On This Day

Events in Sport in April 1908

  • Apr 2 Mills Committee declares baseball was invented by in 1839 by future American Civil War general Abner Doubleday in Cooperstown, New York; known as 'the Doubleday myth'
  • Apr 3 Frank Gotch wins world heavyweight wrestling championship in 2 hrs
  • Apr 13 Groundbreaking on Philadelphia's Shibe Park (home of A's & Phillies)

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Apr 18 Tommy Burns KOs Jewy Smith in 5 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Tommy Burns
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Tommy Burns
  • Apr 20 12th Boston Marathon won by Tom Morrissey in 2:25:43.2
  • Apr 20 Opening day of competition of the New South Wales Rugby League.
  • Apr 22 Queensland beat NSW by 171 runs for their 1st cricket win at Gabba
  • Apr 27 IV Summer (Modern) Olympic Games open in London