This Day in Sports History: 4/18

  • 1923 – Yankee Stadium opens in the Bronx with the Yankees defeating the Red Sox 4-1.

  • 1966 – Bill Russell is named player-coach of the Boston Celtics, making him the first African-American head coach in NBA history.

  • 1977 – Future Hall of Famer Eddie Murray hits his first career home run.

  • 1984 – US distance runner Joan Benoit sets a women’s world record in the marathon, finishing in 2:22:43.

  • 1985 – Tulane shuts down its men’s basketball program after scandals of fixed games, drug abuse and payment to players. The program would return in 1988.

  • 1987 – Mike Schmidt of the Phillies hits his 500th career home run.

  • 1995 – Joe Montana announces his retirement from the NFL.

  • 1997 – Former Valparaiso High School standout athlete Tim Bishop is killed in a car accident in South Carolina. Bishop was playing in the Mets’ minor league system at the time. Watch a video of Bishop hitting the game winning shot to defeat East Chicago in the 1994 basketball semi-state below!

  • 1998 – With the first pick in the NFL draft, the Indianapolis Colts select Peyton Manning.

  • 1999 – Wayne Gretzky plays in his final career NHL game as the Rangers fall to the Penguins 2-1. In the game, Gretzky recorded his 2,857th career point. He retired as the holder of 61 individual records.

  • 2002 – Avalanche star Peter Forsberg returns to the NHL after nearly a calendar year away from the league after having his spleen removed.

  • 2007 – White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle throws a no-hitter against the Texas Rangers. Buehrle faced just 27 batters, the minimum a pitcher can face, as the only base runner was a walk issued to Sammy Sosa, who was subsequently picked off first.

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