Before getting to the April 20 ‘On This Day,’ the Standard would like to announce some interactive ways our readers can join in on the latest web feature. Last week, ‘On This Day’ looked back in the 2010s. On Sunday, voting was taken on the Warren County Sports Authority Twitter @SimmonsSaysWC to select this week’s decade. The winner was the 1980s. Each Sunday, a poll will run where readers can make their selections on what decade to feature each week (the same decade will not run on back-to-back weeks).
Also, if you want to feature your Warren County athlete in the ‘On This Day’ online feature, send a picture and their age to email@example.com. Please send all submissions by 10 a.m. on the athlete’s birthday.
Lastly, if a business would like to sponsor ‘On This Day’ on a daily, weekly or monthly basis, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now, on to April 20 in the 1980s.
Back in 1984, Keith Rogers was flirting with a no-hitter against DeKalb County. Rogers barely missed holding the Tigers without a hit, finally surrendering a base knock in the seventh inning. Rogers was still able to earn the victory, leading the Pioneers to a 2-1 win in the border battle.
Rogers, Bill Spicer and Eric Ward had the lone hits for Warren County in a pitchers’ duel. Randall Cantrell took the loss for DeKalb County.
In other April 20 editions in the 1980s, Earl Newby won a race at Warren County Speedway (1980), the Pioneers prepped for a battle with Oakland (1980), Dan McInnis won the Class B Hobby Feature at Warren County Speedway (1983), JC Medley and Ablert Cantrell showed off their 14 largemouth bass (1983), the WCSH tennis and soccer teams took time for team pictures (1987), Steve Weeter pushed the pace for the Pioneer soccer squad (1988) and the fullbacks from the WCSH soccer team were featured (1988).
Famous April 20 birthdays
1925 – Ernie Stautner, NFL Hall of Famer
1945 – Steve Spurrier, Heisman Trophy winner, NCAA champion coach
1958 – Viacheslav Fetisov, NHL Hall of Famer
1960 – Rondy Holman, Three-time NFL Pro Bowl TE
1961 – Don Mattingly, Six-time MLB All Star
1971 – Allan Houston, NBA All Star
1988 – Nick Bonino, Two-time NHL champion, current Nashville Predator
1991 – Luke Kuechly, Seven-time NFL Pro Bowler
National April 20 headlines (AP)
1912 — Fenway Park opens in Boston with the Red Sox beating the New York Yankees 7-6 in 11 innings. Tiger Stadium in Detroit also opens its doors as the Tigers defeat the Cleveland Indians 6-5.
1958 — The Montreal Canadiens win the Stanley Cup for the third straight year with a 5-3 victory over the Boston Bruins in the sixth game.
1986 — Chicago's Michael Jordan sets an NBA single-game playoff scoring record with 63 points in a 135-131 double overtime loss to the Boston Celtics in Game 2 of the first round in the Eastern Conference.
1987 — Toshihiko Seko of Japan wins the Boston Marathon in 2:11:50, and Rosa Mota of Portugal wins the women's division in 2:25:21.
1990 — Brian Holman of the Seattle Mariners pitches 8 2-3 innings of perfect baseball before pinch-hitter Ken Phelps hits a home run for the Oakland Athletics.
1991 — Mark Lenzi becomes the first person to score 100 points on a single dive. On his last dive, Lenzi scores 101.85 points on a reverse 3½ somersault from the tuck position to win the 3-meter springboard title at the U.S. Indoor Diving Championships.
1992 — Kenya's Ibrahim Hussein wins his third Boston Marathon with a time of 2:08:14. Russia's Olga Markova wins the women's division in 2:23:43.
1997 — Chicago's Michael Jordan wins an unprecedented ninth scoring title with an average of 29.6 points, the first time in those nine seasons that he fails to average at least 30 points.
2003 — Allen Iverson scores 55 points, making 21-of-32 shots while eclipsing his previous playoff high of 54, as Philadelphia beats New Orleans 98-90.
2006 — Julio Franco becomes the oldest player in major league history to hit a home run, helping the New York Mets rally for a 7-2 win over San Diego. Franco, 47, replaces Athletics pitcher Jack Quinn in the record book. Quinn was 46 years, 357 days old when he homered in June of 1930.
2007 — Roger Federer wins his 500th career match, defeating David Ferrer 6-4, 6-0 in the quarterfinals of the Monte Carlo Masters.
2008 — Danica Patrick becomes the first female winner in IndyCar history, capturing the Indy Japan 300 in her 50th career start. Patrick takes the lead from pole-sitter Helio Castroneves on the 198th lap in the 200-lap race and finishes 5.8594 seconds ahead of Castroneves.
2008 — Lorena Ochoa becomes the first LPGA Tour player in 45 years to win four tournaments in consecutive weeks. Ochoa shoots a 3-under 69 in the final round of the Ginn Open and beats rookie Yani Tseng by three strokes for her fifth victory in six starts this year.2009 — Ethiopia's Deriba Merga pulls away before Heartbreak Hill and wins the Boston Marathon in 2:08.42, almost a full minute ahead of Kenya's Daniel Rono. Kenya's Salina Kosgei outsprints defending champion Dire Tune of Ethiopia to win the women's title.