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1945 – In the U.S., the wartime government ban on horse racing was lifted.
1961 – Jim Gentile (Baltimore Orioles) set a major league baseball record when he hit a grand slam home run in two consecutive innings. The game was against the Minnesota Twins.
1973 – Johnny Bench hit three homeruns in a game. It was the second time he had achieved the feat.
1984 – The Chicago White Sox beat the Milwaukee Brewers, 7-6, in 25 innings. The game took 8 hours and 6 minutes to complete.
1987 – Eddie Murray (Baltimore Orioles) became the first player to switch hit homeruns in two consecutive games.
1989 – Rick Cerone (New York Mets) committed his first error in 159 games as catcher.
1989 – Kevin Elster (New York Mets) committed his first error in 88 games as shortstop.
1993 – The Phoenix Suns beat the Los Angeles Lakers 112-104 in overtime to become the first NBA team to lose two playoff games at home and then come back to win three straight.
1995 – The Cleveland Indians tied a record when they recorded 8 runs before making an out. They beat the Minnesota Twins 10-0.
1997 – The San Diego Padres retired the #35. Pitcher Randy Jones had worn the number.
1999 – Marshall McDougall (Florida State) hit six consecutive home runs and knocked in 16 runs. Both records were set in the 25-2 victory over Maryland.
2001 – In Accra, Ghana, at least 120 people died in a stampede at a soccer match.


1871 – The first game of the National Association of Baseball Players was played. Fort Wayne beat Cleveland 2-0.
1929 – Lou Gehrig hit three consecutive home runs.
1954 – The first intercollegiate court tennis match in the U.S. It was between Yale and Princeton.
1954 – The Philadelphia Phillies and St. Louis Cardinals set a national league record when they used 42 players in one game. The Phillies won 14-10.
1963 – Pitcher Bob Shaw set a record with 5 balks in a game.
1973 – The Phillies beat the Braves 5-4 in 20 innings in the longest game to date at Veterans Stadium.
1975 – Bob Watson (Houston Astros) scored the one-millionth run in major league baseball history.
1980 – Mike Squires (Chicago White Sox) played the position of catcher in the final inning against the Brewers. It was the first time a left handed catcher had played since 1958.
1984 – Dave Kingman hit a fly ball that got stuck in the ceiling of the Metrodome.
1991 – Chris James (Cleveland Indians) set a club record with nine RBIs in a game.
1993 – Dale Hunter (Washington Capitals) was suspended 21 games for his blindside check of Pierre Turgeon (New York Islanders) in a game played on April 8.
1994 – Charles Barkley (Phoenix Suns) scored 56 points, 38 of which came in the first half, against the Golden State Warriors.
2004 – Alex Rodriguez (New York Yankees) hit his 350th career home run and drove in his 1,000th run. He was the youngest player to reach 350 homeruns at 28 years, 282 days.

1876 – Ross Barnes hit the first homerun in the National League.
1904 – Laska Durnell became the first woman to own a Kentucky Derby starter and winner with Elwood.
1920 – In Indianapolis, the first game of the National Negro Baseball League was played.
1923 – Walter Johnson pitched his 100th shutout.
1939 – Lou Gehrig set a new major league baseball record when he played in his 2,130th game. The streak began on June 1, 1925.
1954 – Stan Musial (St. Louis Cardinals) set a new major league record when he hit 5 home runs against the New York Giants.
1958 – The New York Yankees threatened to broadcast games nationwide if the National League went ahead with plans to broadcast their games into New York.
1970 – Diane Crump became the first female jockey to ride in the Kentucky Derby.
1988 – The Baltimore Orioles signed a 15 year lease to remain in Baltimore and get a new park.
1988 – Pete Rose (Cincinnati Reds) was suspended for 30 games for pushing an umpire.
2002 – Mike Cameron (Seattle Mariners) hit four home runs against the Chicago White Sox.
2009 – The Dallas Cowboys practice bubble collapsed during a storm during a practice. At the time, 27 players were working out. Almost all were drafted last weekend or signed as undrafted rookies. Twelve people were injured.

1941 – The Boston Bees agreed to change their name to the Braves.
1961 – ABC’s “Wide World of Sports” premiered.
1981 – Steve Carlton (Philadelphia Phillies) became the first left-handed pitcher in the major leagues to get 3,000 career strikeouts.
1985 – Billy Martin was brought back, for the fourth time, as manager for the New York Yankees.
1986 – Roger Clemens (Boston Red Sox) set a major-league baseball record by striking out 20 Seattle Mariner batters.
1988 – The Baltimore Orioles set a new major league baseball record by losing their first 21 games of the season.
1997 – Craig MacTavish announced his retirement from the NHL after 17 seasons.
2002 – Darryl Strawberry was sentenced to 18 months in prison for violating his probation on a 1999 conviction on drug and solicitation of prostitution charges.

1961 – Sandy Koufax (Los Angeles Dodgers) struck out 18 batters becoming the first major-league pitcher to do so on two different occasions.
1963 – The Boston Celtics won their fifth straight NBA title.
1994 – David Robinson (San Antonio Spurs) scored 71 points againts the Los Angeles Clippers.
2003 – The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim defeated the Dallas Stars 4-3 in 5 overtime periods in game 1 of the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Petr Sykora scored 48 seconds into the fifth overtime ending the game as the fourth longest game in NHL history. The final time was 140 minutes and 48 seconds.

1876 – Eight baseball teams began the inaugural season of the National League. In the first game Boston beat Philadelphia 6-5.
1914 – Babe Ruth made his pitching debut with the Baltimore Orioles.
1915 – The New York Yankees wore pinstripes and the hat-in-the-ring logo for the first time.
1945 – The Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Detroit Red Wings, 2-1 in Game Seven of the Stanley Cup finals.
1982 – The Atlanta Braves ended their 13-game winning streak to start the season. It was the longest streak of wins at the beginning of the season in major league baseball history.
1994 – Michael Moorer became the first left-handed heavyweight champion.
2010 – The NFL Draft was aired in prime time for the first time

1897 – The first annual Boston Marathon was held. It was the first of its type in the U.S.
1958 – The San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers played the first major league baseball game on the West Coast. This was the first game in the Los Angeles Coliseum.
1960 – Baseball uniforms began displaying player’s names on their backs.
1966 – California opened Anaheim Stadium against the Chicago White Sox.
1968 – In Chicago, the National League approved expansion to Montreal and San Diego. Dallas-Fort Worth failed in its bid for an NL franchise.
1988 – The Philadelphia 76ers retired Julius Erving’s #6 before a home game. A Dr. J statue was also unveiled.
1992 – Michael Jordan won his sixth consecutive NBA scoring title with an average of 30.1.
1999 – Cal Ripken Jr. (Baltimore Orioles) was placed on the disabled list for the first time in his 19 year career. He was suffering from a back problem.