This Day in Sports History: 4/20

  • 1912 – Fenway Park officially opens with the Red Sox defeating the New York Highlanders 7-6 in 11 innings.

  • 1912 – The Detroit Tigers play in their first game at Tiger Stadium, defeating the Indians 6-5. Detroit would play there until 1999.

  • 1916 – The Cubs play in their first game at Wrigley Field, then known as Weeghman Park, defeating the Cincinnati Reds 7-6.

  • 1939 – Ted Williams doubles for his first major league hit.

  • 1949 – Jockey Willie Shoemaker gets his first career win. He’d go on to win 8,833 races in a career that lasts until 1990.

  • 1986 – Michael Jordan sets an NBA record with 63 points in a playoff game as the Bulls lose to the Celtics 135-131 in double overtime.

  • 1996 – With the first pick in the NFL Draft, the New York Jets select USC wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson.

  • 1997 –Mark McGwire becomes the fourth player in MLB history to homer onto the roof in left field at Tiger Stadium. Frank Howard, Harmon Killebrew & Cecil Fielder had all previously hit a ball there.

  • 2002 – The Houston Texans select Fresno State QB David Carr with the first pick in the NFL Draft.

  • 2006 – At age 47, Julio Franco of the Mets becomes the oldest player in MLB history to hit a home run. The previous record was held Jack Quinn of the Athletics who homered at age 46 in 1930.

  • 2008 – Danica Patrick wins the Indy Japan 300, becoming the first female drive to win an Indy car race.

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