On This Date In Sports History

Posted: April 8, 2012 in On This Date In Sports History

1911 – The first squash tournament was played at the Harvard Club in New York City.
1966 – At the Astrodome in Houston, TX, The Astros and the Dodgers played the first Major League Baseball game to be played on synthetic grass.
1974 – Hank Aaron hit his 715th home run to break Babe Ruth’s home run record.
1975 – Frank Robinson of the Cleveland Indians became first black manager of a major league baseball team.
1987 – Los Angeles Dodgers executive Al Campanis resigned over remarks he had made. While on ABC’s “Nightline” Campanis said that blacks “may not have some of the necessities” to hold managerial jobs in major-league baseball.
1991 – Oakland A’s stadium became the first outdoor arena to ban smoking.
1992 – Tennis player Arthur Ashe announced that he had AIDS.
2008 – The Mets lost their last home opener at Shea Stadium to Philadelphia Phillies.

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