On this Day in Sports History April 22
On this day in 1876, the Boston Red Caps beat the Philadelphia Athletics 6-5 in the first game ever to be played in the National League. Three thousand fans attended the event.
On this day in 1914, Babe Ruth played in his first professional game, shutting out the Providence Grays 6-0 to give the Baltimore Orioles the win.
On this day in 1970, New York Mets ace Tom Seaver tied a major league record by striking out 19 batters in a 2-1 win over the San Diego Padres. Seaver was rewarded with the Cy Young award before the game.
On this day in 2007, the Boston Red Sox became the fifth team in major league history to hit four consecutive home runs in an inning when Manny Ramirez, J.D. Drew, Mike Lowell and Jason Varitek all went yard with two outs in the third inning at Fenway off of New York Yankee starter Chase Wright.
On this day in 2010, the Milwaukee Brewers blew out the Pittsburgh Pirates 20-0 to give the Bucs their most-lopsided loss in franchise history. The win completed a three game sweep for the Brewers in which they outscored the Pirates, 36-1.
On this day in 1990, the San Antonio Spurs beat the Phoenix Suns 108-93 to finish the season with a record of 56-26. The Spurs 35-game improvement over the previous season became the greatest one-year jump in league history.
On this day in 2000, Miami Heat coach Pat Riley won his 150th career playoff game, leading the Heat to a 95-85 win over the Detroit Pistons.
On this day in 2009, Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose was named the NBA Rookie of the Year.
On this day in 1945, the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Detroit Red Wings, 2-1 to win the Stanley Cup Finals.
On this day in 2010, the St. Louis Rams drafted Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Sam Bradford with the first overall pick in the Draft.