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Events in Sport on April 20

World's First Motor RaceWorld's First Motor Race

1887 Georges Bouton wins the world’s 1st motor race on a steam-powered quadricycle, a 'test' organised by French newspaper Le Velocipede
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Georges Bouton and Jules-Albert de Dion causing a stir and setting a record in 1887. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Georges Bouton and Jules-Albert de Dion causing a stir and setting a record in 1887. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images
  • 1903 7th Boston Marathon won by Irishman John Lorden in 2:41:29.8
  • 1908 12th Boston Marathon won by Tom Morrissey in 2:25:43.2
  • 1908 Opening day of competition of the New South Wales Rugby League.
  • 1910 Cleveland Naps Addie Joss 2nd no-hitter, beats Chicago, 1-0
  • 1912 Fenway Park officially opens, Red Sox beat NY Highlanders 7-6 in 11
  • 1912 Tiger Stadium in Detroit opens, Tigers beat Cleveland Indians 6-5
  • 1914 18th Boston Marathon won by Canadian James Duffy in 2:25:01.2
  • 1916 Chicago Cubs play their 1st game at Weeghman Park (now Wrigley Field) and beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-6
  • 1920 Phillies manager Gravvy Cravath puts himself in as pinch hitter, his 3- run homer beats NY Giants 3-0
  • 1925 29th Boston Marathon won by Charles Mellor in 2:33:00.6
  • 1931 35th Boston Marathon won by Jim Henigan in 2:46:45.8
  • 1931 British House of Commons agrees for sports play on Sunday
  • 1936 40th Boston Marathon won by Ellison Brown in 2:33:40.8

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1939 Ted Williams' 1st hit (off of Yankee Red Ruffing) a double

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • 1941 Dodgers start to wear liners in their caps

  • 1942 46th Boston Marathon won by Joe Smith in 2:26:51.2
  • 1943 Braves manager Casey Stengel is struck by a taxi, fractures a leg
  • 1944 NFL legalizes coaching from bench
  • 1945 Cleveland Browns organization formed by Arthur "Mickey" McBride
  • 1946 1st baseball broadcast in Chicago, Cards vs Cubs
  • 1949 Jockey Bill Shoemaker wins his 1st race, in Albany, California
  • 1950 Balt's Memorial Stadium opens - Orioles of International League
  • 1953 57th Boston Marathon won by Keizo Yamada of Japan in 2:18:51
  • 1958 Stanley Cup Final, Boston Garden, Boston, MA: Montreal Canadiens' 3-peat; beat Boston Bruins, 5-3 for a 4-2 for series win
  • 1959 63rd Boston Marathon won by Eino Oksanen of Finland in 2:22:42
  • 1964 68th Boston Marathon won for second straight year by Aurele Vandendriessche of Belgium in 2:19:59
  • 1967 NY Met pitcher Tom Seaver wins his 1st game, helps beat Cubs, 6-1
  • 1970 74th Boston Marathon: Englishman Ron Hill wins in 2:10:30 (US record): American Sara Mae Berman 1st woman for 2nd straight year in 3:05:07 (unsanctioned)
  • 1972 Kallicharran scores his 2nd Test century in his 2nd Test Cricket
  • 1981 85th Boston Marathon: Toshihiko Seko of Japan wins men's race in 2:09:26; Allison Roe of New Zealand takes women's title in 2:26:46
  • 1982 Atlanta Braves become 1st team to win 1st 12 games of the season
  • 1985 Carlos Lopes runs world record marathon (2:07:12)

Sports record brokenNBA Record

1986 Michael Jordan sets NBA playoff record with 63 points in a game

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan
  • 1987 91st Boston Marathon: Toshihiko Seko of Japan wins 2nd title in 2:11:50; Rosa Mota of Portugal claims women's event in 2:25:21; her first of 3 race victories
  • 1988 Baltimore Orioles set worst record to start a season 0-14 (will go 0-21)

  • 1988 NJ Devils 1st playoff hat trick-Eric Broten

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1990 Pete Rose pleads guilty to hiding $300,000 in income

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • 1990 8 2/3 inning perfect game pitched by Brian Holman of Oakland A's is spoiled by a home run hit by Ken Philips
  • 1991 Mark Lenzi is 1st diver to score 100 pts on a dive (101.85)
  • 1992 96th Boston Marathon: Ibrahim Hussein of Kenya repeats in 2:08:14 for his 3rd title; Olga Markova first Russian women's champion in 2:23:43
  • 1996 Chicago Bulls win record 72 games in a season
  • 1996 1996 NFL Draft: Keyshawn Johnson from USC first pick by New York Jets
  • 1997 1st baseball game in Hawaii, Cards beat Padres in doubleheader

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1997 PGA Seniors' Championship Men’s Golf, PGA National GC: Defending champion Hale Irwin wins his second of 3 straight Senior PGA C’ships by streeting runners-up Dale Douglass and Jack Nicklaus by 12 strokes

  • 1997 Cubs beat NY Mets ending NL worst opening, lost 14 straight games

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1997 Mark McGwire is 4th to HR on Detroit Tiger left field roof (others are Frank Howard, Harmon Killibrew, & Cecil Fielder)

MLB First Baseman Mark McGwire
MLB First Baseman
Mark McGwire
  • 1998 102nd Boston Marathon: Moses Tanui of Kenya wins men's title in 2:07:34; Fatuma Roba of Ethiopia wins back-to-back women's events in 2:23:21
  • 2002 NFL Draft: Fresno State quarterback David Carr first pick by Houston Texans
  • 2008 Danica Patrick driving for Andretti Green Racing wins the Indy Japan 300 at Twin Ring Motegi; first female driver in history to win an IndyCar Series race
  • 2009 113th Boston Marathon: Deriba Merga of Ethiopia wins men's event in 2:08:42; Salina Kosgei of Kenya women's champion in 2:32:16
  • 2013 5 snowboarders are killed by an avalanche in Loveland Pass, Colorado
  • 2015 119th Boston Marathon: Lelisa Desisa Benti of Ethiopia wins men's race in 2:09:17; Caroline Rotich of Kenya women's champion in 2:24:55
  • 2018 Arsène Wenger announces he will leave London EPL club Arsenal after 22 years as manager