On This Day

Events in Sport on April 21

  • 1898 Phillies' pitcher Bill Duggleby hits a grand slam on 1st at bat
  • 1902 6th Boston Marathon won by Sam Mellor in 2:43:12

Sports History

1904 Ty Cobb makes his pro debut for Augusta (South Atlantic League)

  • 1910 Cleveland Naps play 1st game at League Park, lose to Detroit Tigers 5-0
  • 1913 17th Boston Marathon won by Fritz Carlson in 2:25:14.8
  • 1919 23rd Boston Marathon won by Carl Linder in 2:29:13.4

Boston Marathon

1924 28th Boston Marathon won by Clarence DeMar for the third consecutive year in 2:29:40.2; 4th race victory

  • 1925 No baseball games played in NL due to Charles Ebbets' funeral
  • 1930 34th Boston Marathon won by Clarence DeMar in 2:34:48.2; his 7th victory in the event
  • 1934 Moe Berg, Senators catcher, plays AL record 117th cons errorless game
  • 1944 NFL Chic Cardinals & Pittsburgh Steelers merge (dissolves on Dec 3)
  • 1947 51st Boston Marathon won by Yun Bok Soh of Korea in 2:25:39; world best time
  • 1948 Basketball Association of America Finals: Baltimore Bullets beat Philadelphia Warriors, 88-73 to take series, 4 games to 2
  • 1951 NBA Championship: Rochester Royals beat New York Knicks, 79-75 to take series 4 games to 3; first Finals appearance for both teams
  • 1951 Stanley Cup Final, Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, ON: Toronto Maple Leafs beat Montreal Canadiens, 3-2 for a 4-1 series victory
  • 1952 56th Boston Marathon won by Doroteo Flores of Guatemala in 2:31:53
  • 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers win, then record 10th straight game to begin a season
  • 1958 62nd Boston Marathon won by Franjo Mihalić of Yugoslavia in 2:25:54
  • 1964 Pirates & Cubs combine for 9 HRs, Pirates win 8-5
  • 1967 Dodgers 1st rain out in Los Angeles (after 737 consecutive games)
  • 1969 73rd Boston Marathon: Yoshiaki Unetani of Japan wins in 2:13:49; American Sara Mae Berman 1st woman in 3:22:46 (unsanctioned)
  • 1970 Reds clout 7 HRs by 6 batters, Braves counter with 3 HRs, 6 for one team & 9 different batters for two teams, all tie or set records

Boston Marathon

1975 79th Boston Marathon: American Bill Rodgers wins men's section in race record 2:09:55; Liane Winter of West Germany women's champion in 2:42:24 (female world record)

Sports History

1977 Billy Martin pulls Yankee line-up out of a hat, beats Blue Jays 8-6

  • 1980 84th Boston Marathon: Bill Rodgers wins 3rd straight event and 4th overall title in 2:12:11; Jacqueline Gareau of Canada women's winner in 2:34:28; Rosie Ruiz disqualified for not running the entire course
  • 1982 Atlanta Braves win their 13th straight game
  • 1985 Ingrid Kristiansen of Norway wins London Marathon in race record 2:21:06
  • 1986 90th Boston Marathon: Rob de Castella first Australian winner in 2:07:51; Ingrid Kristiansen of Norway claims women's title in 2:24:55
  • 1986 Bob Hering sets Formula One power boat record (165.338 mph, Ariz)
  • 1987 Brewers lose, ending AL season-opening winning streak at 13 games
  • 1987 Milwaukee Brewers lose after 13th straight victory to start season

Sports History

1987 Richard Hadlee makes highest Test Cricket score of 151* (v Sri Lanka)

  • 1988 1st four-day games in County Cricket Championship commence

Sports History

1989 George W. Bush and Edward W. Rose become joint CEOs of the Texas Rangers

  • 1990 National League umpire is arrested for stealing baseball cards

Golf Tournament

1991 PGA Seniors' Championship Men's Golf, PGA National GC: Jack Nicklaus wins his 4th of 8 Champions Tour majors by 6 strokes from Bruce Crampton of Australia

  • 1991 Jakov Tolstikov wins 4th World Cup marathon (2:09:17)
  • 1991 Rosa Mota wins 4th World Cup female marathon (2:26:14)
  • 1991 NFL Draft: University of Miami defensive tackle Russell Maryland first pick by Dallas Cowboys

Baseball Record

1994 Eddie Murray sets record for switch hit HRs in a games (11 times)

  • 1995 Boston Celtics final regular season game at Boston Garden, NY Knicks win 98-92
  • 1996 PGA Seniors' Championship Men’s Golf, PGA National GC: Hale Irwin beats Japan’s Isao Aoki by 2 strokes for his first of 4 Senior PGA Championships
  • 1996 Chicago Bulls win NBA record 72 games (72-8)
  • 1997 101st Boston Marathon: Lameck Aguta of Kenya wins men's event in 2:10:34; Fatuma Roba of Ethiopia women's champion in 2:26:23
  • 2001 NFL Draft: Virginia Tech quarterback Michael Vick first pick by Atlanta Falcons
  • 2003 107th Boston Marathon: Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot of Kenya men's champion in 2:10:11; Svetlana Zakharova of Russia women's winner in 2:25:19
  • 2008 112th Boston Marathon: 3rd straight men's title for Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot of Kenya in 2:07:45; Dire Tune of Ethiopia women's winner in 2:25:25
  • 2012 Chicago White Sox pitcher, Philip Humber, pitches the 21st MLB perfect game against the Seattle Mariners
  • 2013 Tsegaye Kebede and Priscah Jeptoo win the 2013 London Marathon
  • 2014 118th Boston Marathon: American Meb Keflezighi men's champion in 2:08:37; Rita Jeptoo of Kenya wins her 2nd women's title in 2:18:57
  • 2018 Oakland A's left hander Sean Manaea no-hits the Boston Red Sox