This Date is Sports History

Posted: April 13, 2012 in On This Date In Sports History

1954 – Hank Aaron debuted with the Milwaukee Braves.
1957 – The Boston Celtics won their first NBA Championship. They beat the St. Louis Hawks 125-123 in Game 7.
1963 – The New York Mets played their first home game. The game was played at the Polo Grounds.
1963 – Pete Rose (Cincinnati Reds) got his first hit in the major leagues.
1972 – Major league baseball owners and players agreed to not make up the games lost to the players strike. It was the first strike in the history of major league baseball. Players had walked off the field 13 days earlier.
1979 – The world’s longest doubles ping-pong match ended after 101 hours.
1985 – Howard Cosell was a guest on “Saturday Night Live.”
1986 – Jack Nicklaus, at age 46, won his sixth Masters.
1997 – Eldrick “Tiger” Woods became the youngest and the first African-American person to win the Masters Tournament at the age of 21. He also set a record when he finished at 18 under par with a tournament-record score of 270.
2002 – Barry Bonds hit his 574th career home run. He moved past Harmon Killebrew and into sixth place.
2003 – Mike Weir became the first Canadian to win the Masters Tournament.
2009 – The New York Mets opened the season at their new stadium, Citi Field.

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