On This Date In Sports History

Posted: April 15, 2012 in On This Date In Sports History

1947 – Jackie Robinson played his first major league baseball game for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Previously he had only appeared in exhibition games.
1972 – The major league baseball season began following a players strike.
1976 – Yankee Stadium II opened.
1989 – In Sheffield, England, 96 people died at Hillsborough stadium during a semifinal soccer match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest. Most of the victims were crushed when a barrier collapsed on an overcrowded pen behind one of the goals.
2000 – Cal Ripken Jr. (Baltimore Orioles) became the 24th major league player to reach 3,000 hits.
2002 – HSN began airing “The NHL Show” featuring Phil Esposito.


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