April 7, 2020

This Day in Sports History: 4/6/20



1896 – The Summer Olympics open in Athens, Greece. American James Connolly becomes the first modern Olympic champion by winning the hop, step, and jump.

1936 – The third Masters Tournament, then known as the Augusta National Invitation Tournament, takes place with Horton Smith winning his second title.

1958 – Arnold Palmer wins the first of his eventual four green jackets after winning The Masters by one stroke over Doug Ford.

1973 – President Richard Nixon throws out the first pitch of the season at a California Angels game. It was the first time that a President throw out a first pitch in a city other than Washington DC.

1977 – The Kingdome in Seattle opens as the Mariners play in their first game. They lose to the Angels 7-0.

1979 – Legendary Orioles manager Earl Weaver picks up his 1,000th career win, a 5-3 win over the White Sox.

1987 – After three years away from the ring, Sugar Ray Leonard returns to boxing and upsets “Marvelous” Marvin Hagler in a 12-10 split decision to win the middleweight title.

1991 – Argentinean soccer star Diego Maradona is suspended for 15 months by Italian League after testing positive for cocaine.

1997 – Pittsburgh Penguins star Mario Lemieux announces that he will retire from the NHL following the playoffs.

2004 – The UCONN women’s basketball team wins their third straight national championship. With the men’s team winning the title on April 5, 2004, UCONN becomes the first school to win the men’s and women’s titles in the same season.

2019 – The Tampa Bay Lightning tie an NHL record by winning their 62nd regular season game. The number of wins tied the ’95-’96 Red Wings for the most in league history.