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On This Day In Sports History – April 9

APRIL 9 – On this day in cricket

Knott’s landing
-A dangerous English wicketkeeper-batsman makes his first move.

On this day in Sports

1880 20th British Golf Open: Bob Ferguson shoots a 162 at Musselburgh Links
1906 3½th modern Olympic games opens in Athens (4/22 NS)
1912 1st exhibition baseball game at Fenway Park (Red Sox vs Harvard)
1913 Brooklyn Dodger’s Ebbets Field opens, Phillies win 1-0
1925 Babe Ruth rushed to hospital
1928 Top-Oss soccer team forms in Oss
1931 – Chicago Blackhawks’ Cy Wentworth beats Montreal Canadiens at 13:50 of the 6th period.
1932 – NHL Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs sweep New York Rangers in three games.
1935 – NHL Stanley Cup: Montréal Maroons sweep Toronto Maple Leafs in three games.
1941 – PGA establishes Golf Hall of Fame.
1945 – NFL requires players to wear long stockings.
1946 – NHL Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Boston Bruins, 4 games to 1.
1947 – Baseball suspends Brooklyn Dodgers’ Leo Durocher for one year.
1950 – 14th Golf Masters Championship: Jimmy Demaret wins, shooting a 283.
1959 – 13th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics sweep Minnesota Lakers in four games; this is Celtics’ 8th consecutive title.
1959 – Baltimore Orioles pull their second triple play (3-6-3 versus Washington Senators).
1959 – Bill Sharman hits an NBA record 56 consecutive foul shots.
1960 – 14th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat Saint Louis Hawks, 4 games to 3; this is Celtics’ 9th consecutive title.
1962 – 26th Golf Masters Championship: Arnold Palmer wins, shooting a 280.
1962 – Arnold Palmer wins his third Masters golf tournament.
1962 – US President John Kennedy throws out first ball at Washington DC’s new Stadium.
1965 – First baseball game at Houston Astrodome, Houston Astros beat New York Yankees 2-1 in exhibition as Mickey Mantle hits first indoor homerun.
1966 – Anaheim Stadium for the California Angels opens.
1967 – 31st Golf Masters Championship: Gay Brewer Junior wins, shooting a 280.
1968 – Minnesota North Stars’ Wayne Connelly is first to score on a Stanley Cup penalty shot.
1969 – Chicago Cubs’ Billy Williams hits four consecutive doubles, beat Philadelphis Phillies 11-3.
1972 – 36th Golf Masters Championship: Jack Nicklaus wins, shooting a 286.
1972 – Glenn Turner (259) and Terry Jarvis make 387 opening cricket stand versus West Indies.
1973 – 37th Golf Masters Championship: Tommy Aaron wins, shooting a 283.
1974 – San Diego Padres’ owner Ray Kroc addresses fans “Ladies and gentlemen, I suffer with you. I’ve never seen such stupid baseball playing in my life”.
1978 – 42nd Golf Masters Championship: Gary Player wins, shooting a 277.
1978 – Milwaukee Brewers sweep Baltimore Orioles 11-3, 16-3, and 13-5 (each with a grand slam).
1978 – Denver Nuggets’ David Thompson scores 73 points and San Antonio Spurs’ George Gervin scores 63 points in seperate NBA games (33 in one quarter).
1980 – Los Angeles Kings tie NHL record with two shorthanded playoff goals in a period versus New York Islanders.
1981 – Los Angeles Dodgers’ Fernando Valenzuela’s first start, beats Houston Astros 2-0.
1982 – Los Angeles Lakers block 21 Denver Nuggets’ shots setting NBA regulation game record.
1985 – Chicago White Sox pitcher Tom Seaver starts a record 15th opening day game.
1987 – For third time, Wayne Gretzky scores 7 goals in a Stanley Cup game.
1987 – Wayne Gretzky passes Jean Beliveau as all time playoff scoring champion.
1988 – New Jersey Devils 3-0 over New York Islanders-Devils lead 2-1 in first round.
1989 – 53rd Golf Masters Championship: Nick Faldo wins, shooting a 283.
1989 – Patti Rizzo wins LPGA Red Robin Kyocera Inamori Golf Classic.
1989 – Rickey Henderson steals his 800th career base in New York Yankees’ 4-3 loss to Cleveland Indians.
1989 – Scott Hoch chokes on 18-inch putt and loses Masters golf tournament.
1990 – Don Mattingly signs a US$19.7 million 5-year contract with the New York Yankees.
1990 – New York Islanders beat New York Rangers 4-3 in double overtime-Rangers lead 2-1.
1990 – Houston Astros’ Glen Davis is hit by a pitch three times, tying a major league record, in a 8-4 Opening Day loss to the Cincinnati Reds.
1992 – Record 18 golfers shoot in the 60s in Masters round one (old record 12).
1993 – Colorado Rockies first home game and first victory, 11-4 over Montreal Expos.
1994 – BPAA US Open won by Justin Hromek.
1995 – 59th Golf Masters Championship: Ben Crenshaw wins, shooting a 274.
1997 – Major League Soccer announces Miami and Chicago expansion.
1997 – NFL announces it will give $3 million to Canadian Football League and possible “World Classic Bowl”.
2001 – The Cincinnati Reds defeat the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-2 in the first game at PNC Park, the first two-deck stadium built in the U.S. since Milwaukee County Stadium opened in 1953.

Births of sports on April 9

1848 – Birth of F A MacKinnon; cricket player (later the 35th Mackinnon of Mackinnon).
1898 – Birth of Earl (Curly) Lambeau; NFL coach (Green Bay Packers).
1898 – Birth of Paul Robeson in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; singer (“Old Man River”), actor, football player.
1920 – Birth of F Don Miller in Racine, Wisconsin, USA; boxing coach (Olympics-1956).
1931 – Birth of Bill Gilbert in Washington DC, USA; sports author (They Also Served, The Big E).
1942 – Birth of Galina A Kulakova; USSR nordic skier (Olympics-3 golds-1972, holds 9 world titles).
1946 – Birth of Alan [Philip Eric] Knott in Belvedere, Kent, England; great English cricket wicketkeeper (1967-81).
1950 – Birth of Ehtesham-ud-din; cricket player (Pakistani pace bowler in five Tests 1980-82).
1957 – Birth of Sevériano Ballesteros in Spain; golfer (British Open 1979, 1984, 1988).
1961 – Birth of Kirk McCaskill in Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada; pitcher (Chicago White Sox).
1962 – Birth of Freddie Joe Nunn; NFL defensive end (Indianapolis Colts).
1962 – Birth of Jeff Turner; NBA forward (Vancouver Grizzlies).
1965 – Birth of Hal Morris in Fort Rucker, Alabama, USA; infielder (Cincinnati Reds).
1965 – Birth of Helen Alfredsson in Goteborg, Sweden; LPGA golfer (1993 Dinah Shore).
1966 – Birth of Oliver Barnett; NFL defensive end (San Francisco 49ers).
1967 – Birth of Graeme Lloyd in Australia; pitcher (New York Yankees, Milwaukee Brewers).
1968 – Birth of Janne Ojanen in Tampere, Finland; hockey forward (Team Finland).
1968 – Birth of Terry Brands in Omaha, Nebraska, USA; 125.5 pounds/57kg freestyle wrestler/identical twin of Tom (Olympics-1996).
1968 – Birth of Tom Brands in Omaha, Nebraska, USA; 136.5 pounds/62kg freestyle wrestler/identical twin of Terry (Olympics-gold-1996).
1969 – Birth of Amy Feng in Tianjin, China; US table tennis player (Olympics-1996).
1969 – Birth of Karl Krikken; cricket player (Derbyshire 1989-, wicketkeeper).
1969 – Birth of Timothy Young in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; rower (Olympics-silver-1996).
1970 – Birth of Chuck Bradley; Canadian Football League/WLAF tackle (British Columbia Lions, Barcelona Dragons).
1970 – Birth of Neal Caloia in Torrance, California, USA; free pistol (Olympics-1996).
1970 – Birth of Olaf Kolzig in Johannesburg, South Africa; NHL goalie (Team Germany, Washington Capitals).
1971 – Birth of Anthony Redmon; NFL guard (Arizona Cardinals).
1971 – Birth of Derwin Gray; NFL center (Indianapolis Colts).
1971 – Birth of James Hundon; wide receiver (Cincinnati Bengals).
1971 – Birth of Mujaahid Maynard in Brooklyn, New York, USA; 105.5 pounds/48kg greco-roman wrestler (Olympics-1996).
1971 – Birth of Wang Yang; youngest Olympic record breaker at age 17 (Olympics-1988).
1972 – Birth of Brian DeMarco; NFL tackle (Jacksonville Jaguars).
1972 – Birth of Craig Jones; Australian rower (Olympics-1996).
1972 – Birth of Jeff Wilkins; kicker (Saint Louis Rams).
1972 – Birth of Jeffrey van As; soccer player (MVV).
1972 – Birth of Karen Clark in Calgary, Alberta, Canada; synchronized swimmer (Olympics-silver-1996).
1974 – Birth of Ben Bordelon; tackle (San Diego Chargers).
1974 – Birth of Kevin Mathis; cornerback (Dallas Cowboys).
1980 – Birth of Kristin Lee in Bethesda, Maryland; rhythmic gymnast (US team-1996).

Death In Sports

2001 Willie Stargell, American baseball player (b. 1940)
2002 Pat Flaherty, American racecar driver (b. 1926)
2006 Billy Hitchcock, American baseball player, coach, and official (b. 1916)
2009 Nick Adenhart, MLB pitcher (b. 1986)

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