Events in Sport on April 26

  • 1900 Newly renamed American League opener in Cleveland draws 6,500 (still as a minor league, was Western League)
  • 1901 Jimmy Collins, having left the Boston Beaneaters (NL), captains and manages his first game for the Boston Americans (loses 10-6 at Baltimore Orioles)
  • 1905 Cubs Jack McCarthy becomes only major league player to throw out 3 runners at plate in 1 game, all were ends of a double play
  • 1912 1st homerun hit at Fenway Park (Hugh Bradley, Red Sox)
  • 1920 Husband and wife team Ludowika & Walter Jakobsson representing Finland, win the pairs skating gold medal at the Antwerp Olympics; Ludowika is the only German-born athlete at the Games
  • 1920 Ice hockey makes its Olympic debut at the Antwerp Games with center Frank Fredrickson scoring 7 goals in Canada's 12-1 drubbing of Sweden in the gold medal match

Baseball Record

1931 Lou Gehrig hits a HR but is called out for passing a runner, mistake costs him AL home run crown; he & Babe Ruth tie for season

  • 1935 Frank Boucher is given NHL's Lady Byng Trophy for sportsmanship permanently for winning it 7 of 11 years
  • 1941 A tradition begins, 1st organ at a baseball stadium (Chicago Cubs)
  • 1950 Last horse race at Havre de Grace Track in Md, is run
  • 1950 U of Miami ends William & Mary straight tennis match victories at 82
  • 1952 Patty Berg scores 64, best competitive round of golf by a woman

Baseball Record

1961 Roger Maris hits 1st of 61 homers in 1961

  • 1962 Red Sox Bill Monbouquette no-hits White Sox 1-0
  • 1964 18th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat SF Warriors, 4 games to 1

Golf Tournament

1964 LPGA Titleholders Championship Women's Golf, Augusta CC: Marilynn Smith retains title; beats Mickey Wright by 1 stroke

  • 1966 International Olympic Committee votes to award German city of Munich the right to host the 1972 Summer Olympic Games

Sports History

1966 Red Auerbach retires as Boston Celtic's coach

  • 1974 Yankees trade Peterson, Beene, Kline & Buskey to Indians for Chambliss, Tidrow & Upshaw

Baseball Record

1975 Phillies Mike Schmidt's 2 HRs ties NL record of 11 HRs in April

  • 1980 Gerard Nijboer runs Dutch record marathon (2:09:01)

Sports History

1980 MLB Philadelphia Phillies Steve Carlton pitches his 6th 1-hitter, in 7-0 win over St. Louis Cardinals, at Veterans Stadium; 1st National League to record 6 1-hitters

  • 1982 Gene Michael becomes NY Yankee manager for 2nd time

Sports History

1983 NFL Draft: Stanford quarterback John Elway first pick by Baltimore Colts

  • 1983 San Antonio spurs beat Denver Nuggets, 152-133 in NBA playoff game
  • 1988 NBA approves addition of 3rd referee in 1988-89 season
  • 1988 NY Met Davey Johnson becomes 2nd manager to record 400 victory in 1st 4 years (Al López was 1st)

Sports History

1989 Mike Tyson gets a speeding ticket for drag racing his Lamborghini in Albany, New York

  • 1990 NY court of appeals ends 2½ year legal battle over 1988 America's Cup by refusing jurisdiction of case

Sports History

1991 Soccer star Diego Maradona, suspended for using cocaine, arrested in Argentina for possession & distribution of illegal narcotics

  • 1992 NFL Draft: University of Washington defensive end Steve Emtman from first pick by Indianapolis Colts

Baseball Record

1992 Ozzie Smith steals his 500th base

  • 1995 Baseball season begins after lengthy strike
  • 2003 NFL Draft: USC quarterback Carson Palmer first pick by Cincinnati Bengals
  • 2008 NFL Draft: University of Michigan offensive tackle Jake Long first pick by Miami Dolphins
  • 2012 NFL Draft: Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck first pick by Indianapolis Colts

Sports History

2015 35th London Marathon: Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge & Ethiopian Tigist Tufa win

Sports History

2015 FC Bayern Munich wins the 2014–15 Bundesliga for a 25th time

  • 2017 Gift Ngoepe becomes 1st black African to play in Major League Baseball, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
  • 2018 NFL Draft: Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield first pick by Cleveland Browns; 4 QBs taken in top 10 selections for first time in history