On This Day

Events in Sport on April 19

  • 1897 1st Boston Marathon (B.A.A. Road Race), won by John J. McDermott in 2:55:10; the world's oldest annual marathon inspired by success of the first marathon at the 1896 Summer Olympics
  • 1900 Highest scoring opening game, Phils beat Braves 19-17 in 10
  • 1909 13th Boston Marathon won by Henri Renaud in 2:53:36.8
  • 1915 19th Boston Marathon won by Canadian Édouard Fabre in 2:31:41.2
  • 1920 24th Boston Marathon won by Peter Trivoulidas of Greece in 2:29:31
  • 1926 30th Boston Marathon won by Canadian Johnny Miles in 2:25:40.4
  • 1928 Yanks are out of 1st place for 1st time since May 1926
  • 1937 41st Boston Marathon won by Walter Young of Canada in 2:33:20
  • 1938 Phil Emmett Mueller & Dodger Ernie Koy both homer in their 1st at bat
  • 1943 47th Boston Marathon won by Gerard Cote of Canada in 2:28:25.8; his 2nd of 4 wins in the event
  • 1944 1944 NFL Draft: Angelo Bertelli from University of Notre Dame first pick by Boston Yanks
  • 1946 Yankees switch from 3rd base to 1st base dug out
  • 1947 Stanley Cup Final, Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, ON: Toronto Maple Leafs edge Montreal Canadiens, 2-1 for a 4-2 series win; first all-Canadian final since 1935
  • 1947 Suh Yun Buck wins world record marathon (2:25:39)

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1947 After scoring 45 goals during the regular season, Maurice Richard is named MVP.

Ice Hockey Player Maurice Richard
Ice Hockey Player
Maurice Richard
  • 1947 England beats France, 6-3 at Twickenham to be level on points with Wales for a share of the Five Nations Rugby Championship; first appearance of France in tournament since 1931

  • 1948 52nd Boston Marathon won by Gerard Cote of Canada in 2:31:02; his 4th victory in the event

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1949 Yankees dedicate a plaque for Babe Ruth

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 1954 58th Boston Marathon won by Veikko Karvonen of Finland in 2:20:39

Sport awardBoston Marathon

1954 7-time winner of Boston Marathon, 65-year-old Clarence DeMar, runs his last race at Boston finishing 78th

Marathon Runner Clarence DeMar
Marathon Runner
Clarence DeMar
  • 1956 1st ML baseball game in NJ, Dodgers beat Phils in Roosevelt Stadium
  • 1960 Baseball uniforms begin displaying players' names on their backs
  • 1965 69th Boston Marathon won by Morio Shigematsu of Japan in race record 2:16:33
  • 1971 After smashing 124 in the 1st innings, Indian cricket opener Sunil Gavaskar makes 220 in 2nd innings in the drawn 5th Test against the West Indies in Port of Spain, Trinidad
  • 1971 75th Boston Marathon: Álvaro Mejía of Colombia wins in 2:18:45; American Sara Mae Berman 1st woman for 3rd straight year in 3:08:30 (unsanctioned)
  • 1974 Oriole Al Bumbry hits an inside-the-park HR against NY Yankees
  • 1976 80th Boston Marathon: US double; Jack Fultz is men's winner in 2:20:19; Kim Merritt takes women's section in 2:47:10
  • 1981 Oakland A's runs record to 11-0
  • 1982 86th Boston Marathon: American Alberto Salazar claims men's title in 2:08:51; Charlotte Teske of West Germany wins women's section in 2:29:33
  • 1982 Rosie Ruiz, marathon race cheater, arrested for forgery

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1986 Michael Spinks beats Larry Holmes in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes
  • 1987 Brendon Kuruppu scores 201* on Test Cricket debut (Sri Lanka v NZ)
  • 1987 Brewers score 5 runs in 9th to win 6-4 & record 12th straight AL win
  • 1987 LA Clippers end season with a terrible 12-70 record
  • 1989 Kevin Elster (NY Mets), sets error-less shortstop mark at 73
  • 1990 Pistons & 76'ers get into a fight accruing $162,500 fines (NBA record)

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1991 Evander Holyfield beats George Foreman in 12 for heavyweight boxing title

  • 1992 PGA Seniors' Championship Men’s Golf, PGA National GC: Lee Trevino beats Mike Hill by 1 stroke for his 3rd seniors major title
  • 1993 97th Boston Marathon: Cosmas N'deti of Kenya wins men's event in 2:09:33; Olga Markova of Russia repeats as women's champion in 2:25:27
  • 1994 Graeme Obree bicycles world record 10km (11:25.88)
  • 1996 Rangers scores 16 in 8th vs Orioles
  • 1997 San Diego Padres & St Louis Cards play at Aloha Stadium Hawaii
  • 1997 NFL Draft: Ohio State offensive tackle Orlando Pace first pick by St. Louis Rams

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1998 PGA Seniors' Championship Men’s Golf, PGA National GC: Hale Irwin makes it 3 straight titles in the event with a convincing 7 stroke margin over runner-up Larry Nelson

Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner Larry Nelson
Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner
Larry Nelson
  • 1999 103rd Boston Marathon: Joseph Chebet of Kenya takes men's title in 2:09:52; 3-peat for Fatuma Roba of Ethiopia in women's race in 2:23:25
  • 2004 108th Boston Marathon: Kenyan double; Timothy Cherigat takes men's title in 2:10:37; Catherine Ndereba wins her 3rd women's event in 2:24:27
  • 2010 114th Boston Marathon: Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot of Kenya wins 4th men's title in 2:05:52; Teyba Erkesso of Ethiopia women's champion in 2:26:11