On This Day

Events in Sport on April 17

Boxing Match That Went for 42 Rounds

1860 Champion of England Tom Sayers and American John Heenan fight out brutal 2 hour, 27 minute draw near Farnborough, England; police stop fight acknowledged as first world title bout

  • 1869 1st pro baseball games-Cincinnati Reds 24, Cin amateurs 15
  • 1875 Modern Snooker invented by Sir Neville Chamberlain, a bored British officer in Jabalpur, India
  • 1892 1st Sunday NL baseball game, Reds beat Cards 5-1
  • 1899 3rd Boston Marathon won by Lawrence Brignolia in 2:54:38
  • 1905 9th Boston Marathon won by Fred Lorz in 2:38:25.4

Boston Marathon

1911 15th Boston Marathon won by Clarence DeMar in race record 2:21:39.6; first of 7 race victories

  • 1916 20th Boston Marathon won by Arthur Roth in 2:27:16.4
  • 1922 26th Boston Marathon won by Clarence DeMar in race record 2:18:10; his 2nd race victory; first of 3 consecutive wins
  • 1923 Longest NL opening game, Phillies & Dodgers tie 5-5 in 14

Sports History

1925 NY Yankee Babe Ruth has ulcer surgery

  • 1933 Chicago Bears win their 1st NFL Game beating NY Giants 23-21
  • 1933 37th Boston Marathon won by Leslie Pawson in 2:31:01.6
  • 1934 Fenway Park in Boston re-opens after a major renovation including a hand-operated electronic scoreboard, though it didn't help the Red Sox who lost to the Washington Senators 6-5

Boxing Title Fight

1939 In his 6th title defence, world heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis KOs Jack Roper in 1 at Wrigley Field, Los Angeles, California

  • 1939 43rd Boston Marathon won by Ellison Brown in 2:28:51.8; his second victory in the event
  • 1944 48th Boston Marathon won by Gerard Cote of Canada in 2:31:50.4; second straight victory; 3rd of 4 titles

Sports History

1947 Jackie Robinson bunts for his 1st major league hit

  • 1950 54th Boston Marathon won by Kee Yong Ham of South Korea in 2:32:39

Sports History

1951 NY Yankee Mickey Mantle's 1st game, he goes 1 for 4

  • 1953 Mickey Mantle hits a 565' (172 m) HR in Washington, D.C.'s Griffith Stadium
  • 1960 Cleveland Indians trade Rocky Colavito to Tigers for Harvey Kuenn
  • 1961 65th Boston Marathon won by Eino Oksanen of Finland in 2:23:39; his 2nd event title
  • 1964 1st game at Shea Stadium, NY Mets lose to Pittsburgh Pirates, 4-3
  • 1966 100th international soccer match between Netherlands and Belgium (3-1)
  • 1967 71st Boston Marathon: Dave McKenzie of New Zealand wins in 2:15:45; American Bobbi Gibb 1st woman for 2nd straight year in 3:27:17 (unsanctioned)

Sports History

1967 Italian boxer Nino Benvenuti beats American Emile Griffith in a 15 round points decision to win world middleweight crown at Madison Square Garden; start of famous trilogy of fights between the pair

  • 1968 A's 1st game in Oakland-Alameda Stadium, lose 4-1 to Baltimore Orioles
  • 1969 Mont Expos Bill Stoneman no-hits Phillies, 7-0
  • 1972 76th Boston Marathon: Olavi Suomalainen of Finland wins men's race in 2:15:39; American Nina Kuscsik takes inaugural women's title in 3:10:26; first year women's race officially sanctioned
  • 1972 Kiteman attempting to throw out 1st ball in Phillie Vet crashes into centerfield seats

Baseball Record

1976 NL greatest comeback: trailing 12-1, Philadelphia Phillies beat Chicago Cubs, 18-16 in 10 innings at Wrigley Field; Mike Schmidt hits 4 consecutive HRs

Sports History

1976 Australian tennis star Evonne Goolagong Cawley wins her second WTA Tour Championship at the Los Angeles Sports Arena; beats Chris Evert 6–3, 5–7, 6–3

Boston Marathon

1978 82nd Boston Marathon: US double; Bill Rodgers wins his 2nd men's title in 2:10:13; Gayle Barron women's champion in 2:44:52

  • 1981 New York Islander Dennis Potvin's 3 playoff power-play goals vs Edmonton Oilers tie NHL record
  • 1981 Ranger's Anders Hedberg is 2nd to score on a Stanley Cup penalty shot
  • 1983 Grete Waltz runs female world record marathon (2:25:29)

Baseball Record

1983 Nolan Ryan strikes out his 3,500th batter

  • 1983 NY Islanders tie NHL record with 3 shorthanded playoff goals vs NY Rangers
  • 1984 Braves pitcher Pascual Perez suspended due to cocaine usage

Sports History

1987 Julius Erving becomes 3rd NBA (and ABA) player to score 30,000 points

  • 1988 Ethiopian Belayneh Densimo runs world record marathon (2:06:50)
  • 1989 93rd Boston Marathon: Abebe Mekonen of Ethiopia takes men's race in 2:09:06; Ingrid Kristiansen of Norway wins her 2nd women's title in 2:24:33
  • 1994 PGA Seniors' Championship Men’s Golf, PGA National GC: Lee Trevino beats Jim Colbert by 1 stroke for his second title in the event
  • 1995 99th Boston Marathon: Cosmas Ndeti of Kenya claims 3rd straight title in 2:09:22; Uta Pippig of Germany wins 2nd consecutive women's event in 2:25:11

Sports History

1997 NJ Devil Martin Brodeur is 2nd NHL goalie to score in a playoff game

  • 1999 NFL Draft: University of Kentucky quarterback Tim Couch first pick by Cleveland Browns
  • 2000 104th Boston Marathon: Kenyan double; Elijah Lagat wins men's race in 2:09:47; Catherine Ndereba takes women's title in 2:26:11
  • 2006 110th Boston Marathon: Kenyan double; Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot wins 2nd men's title in 2:07:14; Rita Jeptoo takes women's title in 2:23:38
  • 2015 James Anderson becomes the highest wicket-taking bowler in England's test cricket history
  • 2017 121st Boston Marathon: Kenyan double; Geoffrey Kirui takes men's title in 2:09:37; Edna Kiplagat women's champion in 2:21:52
  • 2021 San Jose Sharks forward Patrick Marleau ties Gordie Howe's NHL record for most regular season games played at 1,767