On This Day

Events in Sport on April 30

  • 1722 Game of Billiards is mentioned in New England Courant

Sports History

1859 Paul Morphy returns from 10-month chess tour of Europe, retires

  • 1887 1st game played at Broad & Huntingdon St Park (Baker Bowl) in Philadelphia; Phillies beat Giants 19-10
  • 1900 Weighing in at 170 lbs British former world heavyweight boxing champion Bob Fitzsimmons KOs 270 lb American Ed Dunkhost in round 2 of a lop-sided bout in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1903 NY Highlanders (Yankees) inaugural home opener at Hilltop Park, Manhattan; beat Washington Senators, 6-2
  • 1905 First official soccer game between neighbouring countries Belgium-Netherlands; Dutch win, 4-1 at Olympic Stadium, Antwerp
  • 1910 Cleveland Naps Addie Joss limits St.Louis Browns to 8 hits in 2-1 victory
  • 1918 Orange Nassau soccer team forms in Groningen
  • 1919 Phillies beat Brooklyn Dodgers 9-0 in 20 innings
  • 1921 American Professional Football Association reorganizes in Akron
  • 1921 1st American Professional Football Association Championship (1920): undefeated Akron Pros awarded inaugural title
  • 1922 Chicago pitcher Charlie Robertson throws a perfect game as the White Sox beat Detroit Tigers, 2-0 at Navin Field

Sports History

1938 Bradman scores 258 Aust v Worcs, 293 mins, 33 fours 1 five

  • 1938 The first televised FA Cup Final takes place between Huddersfield Town and Preston North End

Baseball Record

1939 Lou Gehrig sets a MLB record playing his 2,130th consecutive and final game for the New York Yankees.

  • 1940 Brooklyn Dodger Tex Carleton no-hits Cincinnati Reds, 3-0
  • 1944 NY Giant, Mel Ott scores 6 runs in 1 game drawing 5 walks for 4th time

Sports History

1946 Cleveland Indians pitcher Bob Feller's 2nd career MLB no-hitter; beats New York Yankees, 1-0

Baseball Record

1958 Ted Williams is 10th major league player to get 1,000 extra-base hits

Golf Tournament

1961 LPGA Titleholders Championship Women's Golf, Augusta CC: Mickey Wright wins her 5th major title by 1 stroke from Patty Berg & Louise Suggs

Baseball Record

1961 SF outfielder Willie Mays becomes just the 9th player in MLB history to hit 4 homers in one game in the Giants 14-4 win against the Braves in Milwaukee

  • 1962 LPGA Titleholders Championship Women's Golf, Augusta CC: Mickey Wright wins her 8th major title in a playoff with Ruth Jessen
  • 1967 MLB Baltimore Orioles' Stu Miller & Steve Barber lose 2-1 despite no-hitting Tigers
  • 1968 3 Oriole pitchers walk 14 NY Yankees in a 9 inning game
  • 1969 Cincinnati Reds pitcher Jim Maloney records his second MLB no-hitter in 10-0 rout of Houston Astros
  • 1970 Cubs Billy Williams is 1st NLer to play in 1,000 consecutive games
  • 1971 25th NBA Championship: Milwaukee beat Baltimore Bullets in 4 games
  • 1973 Women's tennis groups end disputes over sanctioning tournaments

Boxing Title Fight

1976 Muhammad Ali beats Jimmy Young in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

  • 1982 Atlanta Braves win record 12th straight from beginning of season
  • 1984 Strong winds cause a 30 min delay in Toronto Blue Jays game
  • 1985 NFL Draft: Virginia Tech defensive end Bruce Smith first pick by Buffalo Bills

Sports History

1986 Bill Elliott sets all-time NASCAR qualifying record, winning pole for the Winston 500 at Talladega Superspeedway; 212.809 mph (342.483 km/h; 44.998 seconds)

  • 1987 Lou Lamoriello is named NJ Devils President

Sports History

1987 NY Islander Mike Bossy plays his final game

  • 1988 NJ Devils beat Caps 3-2 taking 7th game of Patrick Division final

Sports History

1988 NY Yank Dave Winfield gets his 29th RBI of April-Sets AL & ties ML Rec

  • 1989 US beats Costa Rica 1-0, in 3rd round of 1990 world soccer cup
  • 1990 As Met pitcher David Cone argues a call at 1st base, 2 Braves score
  • 1997 Atlanta Braves win record 19 games in April
  • 2012 Manchester City defeat Manchester United 1-0 in what is claimed to be the biggest match in the English Premier League's history
  • 2015 NFL Draft: Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston first pick by Tampa Bay Buccaneers