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

Boxing Title Fight

1908 Canadian champion Tommy Burns KOs Jewey Smith of England in 5th round at Neuilly Bowling Palace, Paris to retain his world heavyweight boxing title

  • 1910 14th Boston Marathon won by Canadian Fred Cameron in 2:28:52.4

Sports History

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
  • 1923 74,000 (62,281 paid) on hand for opening of Yankee Stadium

Boston Marathon

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

  • 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

Sports History

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

  • 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
  • 1958 NL single-game record crowd of 78,682 at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Dodgers win over San Francisco Giants, 6-5
  • 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

Baseball Record

1964 LA Dodgers pitcher Sandy Koufax strikes out the side on 9 pitches, for major league best third time in his career

NBA Record

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

  • 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

Baseball Event

1977 Eddie Murray hits his 1st HR

  • 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)

Baseball Record

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

  • 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

NBA Record

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

  • 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

World Record

1994 Cricketer Brian Lara hits 375 runs on 1 day for WI vs England to beat Gary Sobers' world record

Sports History

1995 Quarterback Joe Montana announces his retirement from football

Sports History

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

Sports History

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

  • 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

Laureus Awards

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

Sports History

2017 Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo becomes first player to score 100 goals in the Champions League with a hat-trick in Real Madrid's 4-2 win over Bayern Munich

  • 2021 12-team European Super League is announced to widespread condemnation amongst governments, non-involved clubs, press and fans; amidst the furore all 6 EPL clubs withdraw within 3 days