On This Day

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
  • 1898 2nd Boston Marathon won by Canadian Ron McDonald in race record 2:42:00
  • 1904 8th Boston Marathon won by Michael Spring in 2:38:04.4

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
  • 1910 14th Boston Marathon won by Canadian Fred Cameron in 2:28:52.4
  • 1918 Cleveland center fielder Tris Speaker turns an unassisted double play
  • 1921 25th Boston Marathon won by Frank Zuna in race record 2:18:57.6
  • 1922 Netherlands soccer team defeats Denmark 2-0

Sport awardBoston Marathon

1927 31st Boston Marathon won by Clarence DeMar in 2:40:22.2; his 5th victory in the event

Marathon Runner Clarence DeMar
Marathon Runner
Clarence DeMar
  • 1932 36th Boston Marathon won by German runner Paul de Bruyn in 2:33:36.4
  • 1938 42nd Boston Marathon won by Leslie Pawson in 2:35:34.8; his second victory in the event
  • 1942 Stanley Cup Final, Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, ON: Toronto Maple Leafs beat Detroit Red Wings, 3-1 for a 4-3 series win; Toronto recovers after losing first 3 games
  • 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
  • 1949 53rd Boston Marathon won by Gösta Leandersson of Sweden in 2:31:50.8

  • 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
  • 1955 59th Boston Marathon won by Hideo Hamamura of Japan in 2:18:22
  • 1959 Stanley Cup Final, Montreal Forum, Montreal, Quebec: Montreal Canadiens' 4th straight title; beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 5-3 for a 4-1 series win
  • 1960 64th Boston Marathon won by Paavo Kotila of Finland in 2:20:54
  • 1962 16th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 3
  • 1963 Stanley Cup Final, Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, ON: Toronto Maple Leafs go back-to-back with a 3-1 Game 5 win over Detroit Red Wings for a 4-1 series victory

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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
  • 1966 70th Boston Marathon: Kenji Kimihara of Japan wins in 2:17:11; American Bobbi Gibb first woman in 3:21:40 (unsanctioned)
  • 1968 1st ABA basketball championship began
  • 1970 France beats England, 35-13 at Stade Colombes, Paris to earn a share of the Five Nations Rugby Championship with Wales
  • 1977 81st Boston Marathon: Canadian Jerome Drayton wins men's race in 2:14:46; American Miki Gorman takes her 2nd women's event in 2:48:33

Sports record brokenBaseball Event

1977 Eddie Murray hits his 1st HR

MLB 1st Baseman Eddie Murray
MLB 1st 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: American double; Greg Meyer men's champion in 2:09:00; Joan Benoit takes women's race in 2:22:43; her 2nd event title
  • 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 92nd Boston Marathon: Ibrahim Hussein of Kenya wins men's race in 2:08:43; Rosa Mota of Portugal repeats as women's champion in 2:24:30

  • 1990 Birmingham Fire issued an original franchise in WLAF

Sports record brokenNBA Record

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 PGA Seniors' Championship Men’s Golf, PGA National GC: American Tom Wargo pars second playoff hole to beat Bruce Crampton of Australia and take his first and only major title
  • 1994 98th Boston Marathon: Cosmas Ndeti of Kenya wins 2nd straight title in 2:07:15; Uta Pippig of Germany claims women's race 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
  • 1999 PGA Seniors' Championship Men’s Golf, PGA National GC: Allen Doyle wins first of 4 Senior PGA major titles with a 2 stroke margin over runner-up Vicente Fernández of Argentina
  • 2005 109th Boston Marathon: Hailu Negussie of Ethiopia claims men's section in 2:11:44; Catherine Ndereba of Kenya wins back-to-back races and 4th overall women's title 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: Kenyan double; Geoffrey Mutai wins men's race in record 2:03:02; Caroline Kilel takes women's section in 2:22:36
  • 2016 120th Boston Marathon: Ethiopian double; Lemi Berhanu Hayle wins men's section in 2:12:45; Atsede Baysa takes women's event in 2:29:19

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2016 Laureus World Sports Awards, Palais am Funkturm, Berlin, Germany: Sportsman: Novak Đoković; Sportswoman: Sernea Williams; Team: New Zealand Men's National Rugby Union team

Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković