Events in Sport on April 18

  • 1809 First run of 2,000 guineas horse race at Newmarket, England
  • 1869 1st international cricket match, held in San Francisco, won by California

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1908 Tommy Burns KOs Jewy Smith in 5 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Tommy Burns
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Tommy Burns
  • 1918 Cleveland center fielder Tris Speaker turns an unassisted double play
  • 1922 Netherlands soccer team defeats Denmark 2-0
  • 1942 Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 3
  • 1944 48th Boston Marathon won by Gerard Cote of Canada in 2:31:50.4
  • 1945 1 armed outfielder, St Louis Brown Pete Gray, 1st game he goes 1 for 4

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1946 Jackie Robinson debuts as 2nd baseman for the Montreal Royals

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson
  • 1950 Sam Jethroe is 1st African American to play for Boston Braves
  • 1950 Yankees win 15-10 after trailing Red Sox 9-0 in 6th
  • 1959 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 4 games to 1
  • 1962 16th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 3
  • 1963 Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 1

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1966 Bill Russell becomes first African American coach in NBA history (Boston Celtics)

Basketball Player Bill Russell
Basketball Player
Bill Russell
  • 1968 1st ABA basketball championship began

  • 1977 81st Boston Marathon: Jerome Drayton of Canada 1st man in 2:14:46 and Miki Gorman of United States 1st woman in 2:48:33

Sports record brokenBaseball Event

1977 Eddie Murray hits his 1st HR

MLB First Baseman Eddie Murray
MLB First Baseman
Eddie Murray
  • 1981 Longest game in Professional Baseball: Pawtucket Red Sox tie Rochester Red Wings 2-2 in 32 innings (game resumed 23rd June)
  • 1982 Atlanta Braves win record 11th straight opening game (beat Astros)
  • 1983 87th Boston Marathon: Greg Meyer of United States 1st man in 2:09:00 and Joan Benoit of United States 1st woman in 2:22:43
  • 1984 Joan Benoit runs world record female marathon (2:22:43)

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1987 Mike Schmidt hits 500th home run (vs Robinson-Pirates)

MLB Third Baseman Mike Schmidt
MLB Third Baseman
Mike Schmidt
  • 1987 Gregory Robertson does 200-mph free fall to save unconscious skydiver near Coolidge, Arizona
  • 1988 Boston Marathon: Ibrahim Hussein of Kenya wins men's race, 2:08:43; Rosa Mota of Portugal women's champion, 2:24:30
  • 1990 Birmingham Fire issued an original franchise in WLAF

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1991 John Stockton breaks his own NBA season assist record at 1,136

NBA Point Guard John Stockton
NBA Point Guard
John Stockton
  • 1992 Start of South Africa's 1st Test Cricket since 1970 (v WI Bridgetown)
  • 1993 54th PGA Seniors Golf Championship: Tom Wargo
  • 1993 Trish Johnson wins LPGA Atlanta Women's Golf Championship
  • 1994 98th Boston Marathon: Cosmas Ndeti of Kenya 1st man in 2:07:15 and Uta Pippig of Germany 1st woman in 2:21:45
  • 1994 Cricketer Brian Lara hits 375 runs on 1 day for WI vs England to beat Gary Sobers' world record

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1995 Quarterback Joe Montana announces his retirement from football

NFL Quarterback Joe Montana
NFL Quarterback
Joe Montana

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1998 NFL Draft: Tennessee quarterback Peyton Manning first pick by Indianapolis Colts

NFL Quarterback Peyton Manning
NFL Quarterback
Peyton Manning

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1999 Wayne Gretzky plays his last game in the NHL, as his New York Rangers lose 2-1 to the Pittsburgh Penguins

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • 2005 109th Boston Marathon: Hailu Negussie of Ethiopia 1st man in 2:11:44 and Catherine Ndereba of Kenya 1st woman in 2:25:12
  • 2008 NBA owners give approval of a potential Seattle SuperSonics' relocation to Oklahoma City in a 28–2 vote by the Board of Governors
  • 2011 115th Boston Marathon: Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya 1st man in 2:03:02 (course record) and Caroline Kilel of Kenya 1st woman in 2:22:36