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PHOTO OF THE DAY:
THIS DAY IN SPORTS-APRIL 19, 1987
NEW YORK TIMES
It was hockey, but as the skaters skimmed slowly into quadruple overtime, the scene resembled the gradual disintegration of a marathon dance contest. The pace slowed, and the progression up and down the ice toward goals that suddenly loomed imposing as brick walls looked almost surreal. Even the ice seemed to respire, as if in weariness, and long glaring puddles formed at random on its surface.
This was hockey history, a classic game of two perfectly matched and equally unyielding opponents. Each came so close to reading each otherís mind that their duel took on epic proportions. In fact, its resolution required all of Saturday night and a portion of this morning as the Islanders and the Washington Capitals laid siege to each otherís goal. It ended, finally, in the steamy Capital Centre nearly seven hours after the game began. The Islanders beat the Capitals, 3‚2, in the fourth overtime period in the seventh and deciding game of their opening-round playoff series.
“It didnít feel real anymore,” said Pat LaFontaine, who scored the winning goal at 8 minutes 47 seconds of the fourth overtime, “and for the longest time it felt like no one was going to score.” The same players who spent a prolonged evening immersed in the rigorous and ritual hitting, bumping, grinding and grabbing that are synonymous for body contact in their sport virtually collapsed in one anotherís arms when it was over. By then, the fifth longest game in National Hockey League history-the longest since Toronto defeated Detroit, 3‚2, at 10:18 of the fourth overtime in a 1943 semifinal-no longer felt like a game.
The standard 60 minutes of hockey, in which the go-ahead goals by Washingtonís Mike Gartner and Grant Martin were countered by goals from Patrick Flatley and Bryan Trottier, seemed part of the distant past. As the overtime persisted and last night became this morning, only the moment mattered, and time seemed to slow. The skaters battled to survive each shift, abbreviated to 20 seconds instead of the normal one to two minutes, the goalies to somehow prod their bodies to block the next shot.
The face of Kelly Hrudey, the Islander goalie who made 73 saves, was mottled by the rash that signals heat prostration. Inside the playersí gloves, their hands began to blister. All the participants fig-ured their exertions had cost them 10 pounds each in fluid loss. “This feels like surviving a war and living to tell about it,” Flatley said. “When it got to the third over-time and they played the theme from ‘Twilight Zone,’ I felt like taking a bow. Thatís the place we all were by then.”
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SPORTS BIRTHDAY’S APRIL 19
- 1873 – Birth of Sydney Barnes; cricket player (probably England’s greatest bowler).
- 1919 – Birth of Gil Langley; cricket player (Australian wicket-keeper 1951-56).
- 1929 – Birth of Edward Crook in Detroit, Michigan, USA; middleweight boxer (Olympics-gold-1960).
- 1931 – Birth of Alex Webster; football coach (New York Giants).
- 1932 – Birth of Andrea Mead Lawrence in Rutland, Vermont, USA; alpine slalom skier (Olympics-2 gold-1952).
- 1933 – Birth of Harold “Dickie” Bird; cricket player (noted England Test umpire).
- 1939 – Birth of Michael John Macaulay; cricket player (Transvaal, Western Province, Orange Free State, North Eastern Transvaal, Eastern Province and South Africa).
- 1945 – Birth of Nuria Ortiz in México; skeet shooter (Olympics-13th-1968).
- 1950 – Birth of Jeff Hammond; cricket player (Australian fast bowler on 1973 West Indies tour).
- 1950 – Birth of Marc Demeyer; Belgian bicyclist (Paris-Brussels 1974).
- 1953 – Birth of Sara Simeoni in Italy; high jumper (Olympics-gold-1980).
- 1956 – Birth of Lori West in Denver, Colorado, USA; LPGA golfer (1994 State Farm-5th).
- 1960 – Birth of Frank Viola in Hempstead, New York, USA; pitcher (Minnesota Twins, New York Mets/Cy Young-1988).
- 1962 – Birth of Al Unser Junior; Indy-car racer (over ten wins).
- 1962 – Birth of Christa Teno in Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada; LPGA golfer (1989 Mitsubishi-44th).
- 1964 – Birth of Harris Barton; NFL tackle (San Francisco 49ers).
- 1964 – Birth of Scott Kamienicki; pitcher (New York Yankees).
- 1965 – Birth of Melita Rühn in Romania; horse vaulter (Olympics-bronze-1980).
- 1966 – Birth of Paul Reiffel; cricket player (Victorian and Australian pace bowler).
- 1966 – Birth of Randolph Keys; NBA forward (Milwaukee Bucks).
- 1968 – Birth of Brent Mayne in Loma Linda, California, USA; catcher (New York Mets).
- 1968 – Birth of Keith McCants; NFL defensive end (Arizona Cardinals).
- 1968 – Birth of Roger Reinson; Canadian Football League linebacker (Calgary Stampeders).
- 1969 – Birth of Carlos Reyes in Miami, Florida, USA; pitcher (Oakland Athletics).
- 1969 – Birth of James Westphal in Oak Park, Illinois, USA; 10km runner.
- 1970 – Birth of Michael Barrow; NFL linebacker (Houston Oilers, Carolina Panthers).
- 1970 – Birth of Rick Hamilton; WLAF linebacker (Barcelona Dragons).
- 1971 – Birth of Otis Scott in Gainesville, Florida, USA; 400 metre/800 metre runner.
- 1972 – Birth of Eric Jack; NFL cornerback (Atlanta Falcons).
- 1972 – Birth of Jeff Wilkins; NFL kicker (San Francisco 49ers).
- 1974 – Birth of Ante Moric; Australian soccer midfielder (Olyroos, Olympics-1996).
- 1975 – Birth of Jason Gillespie; cricket player (South Africa fast bowler, Australia 1996).
- 1975 – Birth of Temoc Suarez in Greenwood, South Carolina; soccer forward (Olympics-gold-1996).
- 1978 – Birth of Whitney Metzler; 400 metre medley swimmer (Olympics-8th-1996).
- 1979 – Birth of Challen Sievers in Downers Grove, Illinois; rhythmic gymnast (Olympics-1996).
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TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY APRIL 19
1890 The Brooklyn Bridegrooms, who will later be known as the Dodgers, play their first National League game. The former American Association team loses to the Beaneaters, who will become known as the Braves in 1912, at Boston’s South End Grounds, 15-9.
1900 The Beaneaters score nine runs in the ninth inning to send the game into extra innings, but the Phillies recover to beat Boston in 10 innings, 19-17. The 36 runs scored in the South End Grounds sets a major league record for most runs scored by two clubs on Opening Day.
1912 At Griffith Stadium prior to the Senators’ 6-0 victory over the A’s, James S. Sherman becomes the first U.S. Vice President to throw the ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day. William Howard Taft does not attend the game, due to the death of Archibald Butt, a friend lost in the sinking of the Titanic.
1912 As a result of the rainout on opening day, the Red Sox schedule a two-admission twin bill at Fenway Park, starting at 10:30 a.m. and 3:15 p.m, giving morning fans the chance to see the end of the Boston Marathon, and race watchers the opportunity to attend the afternoon contest. The doubleheader is also washed away, and although a Patriots’ Day game will not become an annual event until 1959, the pairing of the holiday along with the big crowd gathered for the 26.2-mile run almost occurs a half-of-a-century sooner.
1927 Calling the play-by-play in the Tigers’ 8-5 victory over the Indians, Edwin Tyson becomes the first person in club history to broadcast a game. The radio personality will begin the game by saying “Good afternoon, boys and girls, this is Ty Tyson speaking to you from Navin Field”, which will become his familiar refrain on WWJ.
1938 During the first inning, both Dodgers’ Ernie Koy and Phillies’ Emmett Mueller homer in their first major league at-bats. The pair of rookies will collectively hit a total 42 home runs during their nine seasons in the major leagues.
1939 At an informal press conference arranged by Universal Pictures, actress Dorothy Arnold tells wire service reporters that she and Joe DiMaggio are engaged and plan to marry sometime this summer. Upon hearing the news, the somewhat surprised Yankee center fielder makes it clear no ceremony will take place during the baseball season, but the couple will exchange vows in November.
1944 Mel Ott hits the first National League round-tripper of the season, the 464th of his career, helping the Giants defeat the Braves, 2-1. Next season, Master Melvin will become the first National Leaguer to amass 500 career home runs.
1948 The Red Sox become the first team to hit three consecutive homers on Opening Day when Stan Spence, Vern Stephens, and Bobby Doerr all go deep in the second frame. The long ball proves not to be enough with the A’s 5-4 victory over Boston in 11 innings.
1948 Yankee starter Allie Reynolds, thinking the Senators are trying to trick him, refuses to leave second base after he hits his first and only career home run, which is unbeknownst to him because he did not see the ball clear the left field fence. In front of an amused President Truman, New York skipper Bucky Harris finally convinces the skeptical baserunner to round the bases so the Opening Day contest at Griffith Stadium can continue.
1948 The Pirates, wearing their black and gold color scheme for the first time, lose baseball’s traditional opener in Cincinnati, 4-1, in a game that features scuffles between opposing players, an ump, and a photographer, a fan who jumps on the field, and the police. The Bucs, the first team to permanently change their original colors, abandoned the familiar patriotic look of red, white, and blue, choosing instead to use hues that match the Flag of Pittsburgh.
1949 On Opening Day, the Yankees unveil a monument in centerfield honoring the legendary Babe Ruth, eight months after his death. The “Bambino’ joins Lou Gehrig and Miller Huggins, who were also awarded posthumously with cenotaphs, the team’s highest honor of all.
1949 In front of 53,000 fans on Opening Day, Johnny Groth hits home runs in two of his first three at bats at Tiger Stadium. The 22 year-old rookie’s performance enables Hal Newhowser and Detroit to beat Chicago, 5-1.
1956 In the first major league game ever played in New Jersey, the Dodgers begin their Jersey City home game experiment with a 10-inning 5-4 victory over the Phillies at Roosevelt Stadium. A sparse crowd of 12,214, limited by inclement weather, sees Brooklyn backstop Roy Campanella tie the score in the tenth inning with his 1000th career hit, a double down the left field line.
1960 A record Opening Day crowd at Chicago’s Comiskey Park enthusiastically greets their American League champs, and the patrons warmly welcome the return of Minnie Minoso to the team after his three-year exile to Cleveland. The 34 year-old outfielder doesn’t disappoint the South Side fans when, in addition to hitting a grand slam in the fourth, he blasts a ninth inning walk-off home run, giving the White Sox a 10-9 victory over Kansas City.
1960 Making his debut in pinstripes, Roger Maris goes 4-for-5 batting leadoff in the Yankees lineup. The right-fielder’s 11 total bases, including two home runs and a double, contribute to the Bronx Bombers’ Opening Day 8-4 victory over Boston at Fenway Park.
1961 At Comiskey Park, Bill Veeck employs eight Little People to work in the stands during the White Sox home opener against Washington. The Chicago owner’s hiring decision is a response to complaints that fans sitting in the box seats couldn’t see over the vendors.
1963 Willie Mays becomes the all-time National League right-handed home run leader when he connects for his 371st career round-tripper, a fourth-inning solo shot off Chicago’s Larry Jackson in the Giants’ 5-1 victory at Candlestick Park. The San Francisco center fielder surpasses Gil Hodges, who established the mark last season.
1968 Nolan Ryan makes quick work of the Dodgers when he strikes out the side on nine pitches in the top of the third inning of the Mets’ 3-2 loss at Shea Stadium. The 21 year-old New York fireballer, who will also accomplish the feat with the Angels in 1972, strikes out 11 batters in 7.1 frames, including Claude Osteen, Wes Parker, and Zoilo Versalles, the victims of his immaculate inning.
1969 Ken Harrelson, along with Dick Ellsworth and Juan Pizarro, is traded by the Red Sox to the Indians for Joe Azcue, Vicente Romo, and Sonny Siebert. The 27 year-old ‘Hawk’ decides to retire, but reluctantly returns to the game following conversations with commissioner Bowie Kuhn, who will later say, “the loss of Ken Harrelson would be a tragedy for baseball”.
1972 The demolition of Crosley Field begins when two year-old Pete Rose, Jr. pulls a lever that sends a wrecking ball into the side of the former home of the Reds. The left field terrace area will become a parking lot, but is still distinguishable due to its slope and proximity to York Street.
1972 Sparky Lyle becomes the first reliever to come into a game with a signature entrance song when the Yankee Stadium PA system plays Pomp and Circumstance as the closer approaches the mound. Although the southpaw secures the last out of the team’s 3-2 victory over Milwaukee, the New York relief pitcher feels the song, selected by PR man Marty Appel to signify the end of the game much as the Edward Elgar’s march signals the end of an academic accomplishment, adds more pressure to his closer role and asks the public relations department to put the tradition on hold.
1979 After a 6-3 loss to the Orioles in New York, Goose Gossage sustains a sprained ligament in his left thumb as a result of a clubhouse brawl with Yankee teammate Cliff Johnson. The reliever will be out of action until mid-July, and Johnson, due to the altercation, will be traded to the Indians in June for southpaw Don Hood.
1979 The Mets trade Tim Foli, along with minor league prospect Greg Field, to the Pirates in exchange for second baseman Frank Taveras. Foli, appearing in 133 games, will play a major role in the club’s world championship this season, batting .291 and providing solid defense at shortstop for the Bucs.
1981 At the Kingdome, the A’s establish a major league record by winning eleven consecutive season openers when they post a 6-1 victory over the Mariners. The Opening Day winning streak will be extended to 12 next season with a 3-2 walk-off victory over California at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.
1987 Thanks to Rob Deer’s three-run homer to tie the score and Dale Sveum’s two-run winning shot, the Brewers rallied for five runs in the ninth inning, beating the Rangers, 6-4. The Milwaukee victory sets an American League record as they win their 12th straight game to start the season.
1987 In the 4000th game in franchise history, the Mets drop a 4-2 decision to St. Louis at Busch Stadium. The reigning World Champs, who started as an expansion team in 1962, have won exactly half of their last 1000 games, posting a 500-498-2 record during the span that began on July 19, 1980.
1996 In the eighth, the Rangers fall one run short of setting a modern major league mark, scoring 16 runs in one inning in their 26-7 rout of the Orioles. In 1952, the Red Sox tallied 17 times in the seventh frame in a 23-3 rout of Detroit at Fenway Park.
1997 At Shea Stadium, the Cubs lose their 13th consecutive game to match the longest losing streak in the franchise’s 122-year history. Reliever Turk Wendell, wearing #13, is tagged with the loss when Chicago is defeated by New York, 6-3.
1997 In the first major league game ever played in Hawaii, the Cardinals edge the Padres, 1-0, at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. The three-game set, known as Padres Paradise Series, find the hosts dropping two of three contests to the Redbirds.
1998 Equaling their largest margin of victory when keeping an opponent scoreless, the Mets rout Cincinnati at Cinergy Field, 14-0. Outfielder Bernard Gilkey crosses the plate in the first, third, fifth, seventh, and eighth inning, becoming only one of four players in franchise history to score five runs in one game.
1998 The Devil Rays become the first expansion team to ever be four games over .500 at any point during their inaugural season when they improve their record to 10-6 with a 6-0 victory over Anaheim. Tampa Bay will finish the season with a 63-99 record, finishing last in the American League East.
1999 A sore back puts ‘Iron Man’ Cal Ripken, Jr. on the disabled list. It is the first time the Oriole infielder has been on the DL during his 19-year career.
2000 Veteran hurler Orel Hershiser ties a major league mark, equaled by 19 others, hitting four batters in one game. Astro Richard Hidalgo also ties a modern major league record by getting hit three times in a game, twice by Hershiser and a third time by Dodger reliever Matt Herges.
2002 Mariners’ third baseman Jeff Cirillo ties the major league record for consecutive errorless games at the hot corner by playing his 99th contest without a miscue. The previous mark was established by John Wehner, a journeyman infielder with the Dodgers, Pirates, and Marlins who needed more than eight seasons to accomplish the feat.
2004 A’s right-hander Justin Duchscherer, after faking a throw to third base before throwing to first, is called for a balk by umps Paul Emmel and Mike DiMuro as the result of stepping toward home plate before beginning his pick-off move. The Oakland hurler’s mound miscue ends the 14-inning contest, giving the Mariners a 2-1 balk-off victory at Safeco Field.
2005 David Wright’s seventh inning grand slam at Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park establishes a club record for home runs hit in a game. The Mets go deep seven times (Reyes-2, Diaz-2, Piazza, Wright, and Mientkiewicz) when they rout the Phillies, 16-4.
2009 For the third successive day, the Marlins rally from behind in the top of the ninth inning to complete a sweep of the three-game series against the Nationals. The last team to win three consecutive times after trailing in the ninth inning were the 1998 Tigers, who came back in dramatic fashion in a trio of mid-September contests to beat Toronto and Minnesota.
2009 Daniel Cabrera reaches base safely for the first time in his six-year career when he walks on four straight balls thrown by Florida’s Hayden Penn. Prior to receiving the free pass, the Diamondbacks’ right-hander had previously struck out in all of his 18 major league at bats, setting a major league mark for consecutive strikeouts.
2012 En route to an 11-4 victory in Washington, Jose Altuve, Brian Bogusevic, and Matt Downs all collect three-baggers in Houston’s five-run first frame. It is the first time in franchise history the Astros hit three triples in one inning.
2013 After stealing second base, Jean Segura attempts to swipe third, but when the play ends the Brewers shortstop is standing on first as he aborts his journey to third and mistakenly thinking he is automatically out when he finds teammate Ryan Braun occupying second base, he heads for the dugout before taking refuge at first upon realizing he is still safe. Two pitches later, the bewildered Milwaukee baserunner is thrown out trying to steal second base again to become the first player to have stolen second and then is caught stealing the same base in the same inning.
2013 According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Matt Harvey becomes the first pitcher in modern major league history to win his first four games while giving up less than a total of ten hits. The 24 year-old Mets right-hander easily outduels his mound opponent, Washington’s former phenom, Stephen Strasburg, prompting the Citi Field crowd to start chanting, “Har-vee’s be-tter, “Har-vee’s be-tter.”
TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY: APRIL 19
- 1897 – John J. McDermott of New York wins the first Boston Marathon (15 runners, 24.5 miles) with a time of 2:55:10.
- 1898 – Second Boston Marathon won by Ron McDonald of Massachusetts in 2:42:00.
- 1899 – Third Boston Marathon won by Lawrence Brignolia of Massachusetts in 2:54:38.
- 1900 – 4th Boston Marathon won by Jim Caffrey of Canada in 2:39:44.4.
- 1900 – Highest-scoring opening game, Philadelphia Phillies beat Boston Braves 19-17 in 10 innings.
- 1901 – 5th Boston Marathon won by Jim Caffrey of Canada in 2:29:23.6.
- 1938 – 42nd Boston Marathon won by Leslie Pawson of Rhode Island in 2:35:34.8.
- 1938 – Philadelphia Phillies’ Emmett Mueller and Brooklyn Dodgers’ Ernie Koy both homer in their first at bat.
- 1939 – 43rd Boston Marathon won by Ellison Brown of Rhode Island in 2:28:51.8.
- 1940 – 44th Boston Marathon won by Gerard Coté of Canada in 2:28:28.6.
- 1941 – 45th Boston Marathon won by Leslie Pawson of Rhode Island in 2:30:38.
- 1942 – 46th Boston Marathon won by Joe Smith of Massachusetts in 2:26:51.2.
- 1943 – 47th Boston Marathon won by Gerard Coté of Canada in 2:28:25.8.
- 1945 – 49th Boston Marathon won by John A Kelley of Massachusetts in 2:30:40.2.
- 1946 – New York Yankees switch from third base to first base dug out.
- 1947 – 51st Boston Marathon won by Yun Bok Soh of Korea in 2:25:39.
- 1947 – Amateur Athletic Union record for a 25-foot rope climb is set in 4.7 seconds.
- 1947 – NHL Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs beat Montreal Canadiens, 4 games to 2.
- 1948 – 52nd Boston Marathon won by Gerard Coté of Canada in 2:31:02.
- 1949 – 53rd Boston Marathon won by Gosta Leandersson of Sweden in 2:31:50.8.
- 1949 – New York Yankees dedicate a plaque for Babe Ruth.
- 1950 – 54th Boston Marathon won by Kee Yong Ham of Korea in 2:32:39.
- 1951 – 55th Boston Marathon won by Shigeki Tanaka of Japan in 2:27:45.
- 1952 – 56th Boston Marathon won by Doroteo Flores of Guatemala in 2:31:53.
- 1953 – Louise Suggs wins LPGA San Diego Golf Open.
- 1954 – 58th Boston Marathon won by Veikko Karvonen of Finland in 2:20:39. Seven-time winner of the Boston Marathon, 65-year-old Clarence Demar, runs his last race at Boston finishing 78th.
- 1955 – 59th Boston Marathon won by Hideo Hamamura of Japan in 2:18:22.
- 1956 – First major league baseball game in New Jersey: Brooklyn Dodgers beat Philadelphia Phillies in Roosevelt Stadium.
- 1956 – 60th Boston Marathon won by Antti Viskari of Finland in 2:14:14.
- 1958 – 62nd Boston Marathon won by Franjo Mihalic of Yugoslavia in 2:25:54.
- 1959 – Louise Suggs wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open.
- 1960 – 64th Boston Marathon won by Paavo Kotila of Finland in 2:20:54.
- 1960 – Baseball uniforms begin displaying player’s names on their backs.
- 1960 – Comiskey Park’s famed “exploding” scoreboard begins operating.
- 1961 – 65th Boston Marathon won by Eino Oksanen of Finland in 2:23:39.
- 1962 – 66th Boston Marathon won by Eino Oksanen of Finland in 2:23:48.
- 1964 – Mickey Wright wins LPGA Peach Blossom Golf Invitational.
- 1966 – In first regular season game at Anaheim Stadium, California Angels lose 3-1 to Chicago Cubs.
- 1968 – 72nd Boston Marathon won by Amby Burfoot of Connecticut in 2:22:17 (first American to win since 1957).
- 1968 – National League owners approve expansion for two new teams.
- 1970 – Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Raleigh Ladies Golf Invitational.
- 1973 – George Steinbrenner replaces Mike Burke with Gabe Paul as New York Yankees’ president.
- 1974 – Baltimore Orioles’ player Al Bumbry hits an inside-the-park homerun against the New York Yankees.
- 1979 – Following a 6-3 loss to the Baltimore Orioles, New York Yankees’ Goose Gossage and Cliff Johnson brawl, Gossage sustains a sprained ligament in his left thumb.
- 1981 – With a 6-1 opening day victory over the Seattle Mariners, the Oakland Athletics establish a major league record by winning eleven consecutive season openers.
- 1981 – Beth Daniel wins LPGA Florida Lady Citrus Golf.
- 1982 – Rosie Ruiz, marathon race cheater, arrested for forgery.
- 1986 – Michael Spinks beats Larry Holmes in 15 rounds for heavyweight boxing title.
- 1987 – Brendon Kuruppu scores 201 on Test Cricket debut (Sri Lanka versus New Zealand).
- 1987 – Jacqueline Blanc sets women’s downhill ski speed record (124.902 mph).
- 1987 – Jan Stephenson wins LPGA Santa Barbara Golf Open.
- 1987 – Los Angeles Clippers end season with a terrible 12-70 record.
- 1987 – Milwaukee Brewers score five runs in 9th to win 6-4 and record 12th straight American League win.
- 1989 – Kevin Elster (New York Mets), sets errorless shortstop mark at 73.
- 1990 – Detroit Pistons and Philadelphia 76’ers get into a fight accruing $162,500 in fines (an NBA record).
- 1991 – Battle of the Ages: Heavyweight champion Evander Hollyfield beats 42-year old George Foreman in 12 rounds for heavyweight boxing title.
- 1992 – Dottie Mochrie wins LPGA Sega Women’s Golf Championship.
- 1994 – Graeme Obree bicycles world record 10km (11:25.88).
- 1996 – Texas Rangers score 16 in 8th inning versus Baltimore Orioles.
- 1996 – South Africa defeats Pakistan to win the Pepsi Cup in Sharjah.