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ON THIS DAY - April 21
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Before getting to the April 21 ‘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 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

On April 21, 1989, the Pioneer baseball team had made it official. Warren County was bringing the District 7AAA championship back to town after sweeping Cookeville in a home doubleheader.

The Pioneers took down the Cavaliers 2-0 and 3-2 in back-to-back games at Edley Newman Field, getting great performances on the hill from Jamie ‘Cat’ Walker and Gary Cope. Walker pitched a complete-game shutout in the first game, then came back to close down the second victory after Cope tossed six innings of five-hit ball.

Current Pioneer coach Phillip King was the starting third baseman on the 1989 squad, his senior year. King touched on that season and more in a coaching spotlight by the Standard recently

In other April 21 editions in the 1980s, Chris Young went the distance on the bump for the Pioneers (1980), the Bellringers won a softball tournament at Midway (1980), the Rescue Squad Invitational named an all-tournament softball team (1980), Oakland baseball players collided at the plate attempting a squeeze play while Pioneer catcher Paul Phifer applied the tag (1982), Christie Hillis tries to take home for the Lady Pioneers (1986), Van Buren County announced its ‘Most Athletic’ (1986) and Paula Sandlin tried to steal third against Oakland (1989).

Famous April 21 birthdays


1960 – Michel Goulet, NHL Hall of Famer

1963 - Ken Caminiti, 1996 National League MVP

1965 – Ed Belfour, NHL Hall of Famer

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1980 – Tony Romo, four-time NFL Pro Bowler

1982 – Cadillac Williams, top 10 NFL pick - 2005

1992 – Joc Pederson, one-time MLB All Star

1998 – Jarrett Allen, Starting C for Brooklyn Nets

National April 21 headlines (AP)


1951 — Bob Davies’ two foul shots and Jack Coleman’s layup give the Rochester Royals a 79-75 triumph over the New York Knicks in the seventh game of the NBA championship series.

1951 — The Toronto Maple Leafs win the Stanley Cup for the fourth time in five years as they beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 in the fifth game.

1975 — Bill Rodgers breaks the Boston Marathon record with a time of 2:09:55.

1980 — Bill Rodgers wins his third straight Boston Marathon. Rosie Ruiz is disqualified eight days later as women’s champion when it’s discovered she did not run the entire distance.

1994 — Eddie Murray sets a major league record with his 11th switch-hit home run game as the Cleveland Indians beat the Minnesota Twins 10-6.

1995 — Defending champion Utah continues its domination of the NCAA women’s gymnastics championships, capturing its ninth national title since the event began in 1982 with a score of 196.650.

1996 — The Chicago Bulls wrap up the most successful regular season in NBA history with their 72nd victory, getting 26 points from Michael Jordan in a 103-93 decision over Washington. Jordan sets an NBA record by winning his eighth NBA scoring title, breaking Wilt Chamberlain’s record of seven.

2001 — Hasim Rahman flattens Lennox Lewis with a stunning right hand near the end of the fifth round to capture the WBC and IBF heavyweight titles in one of the biggest upsets in boxing history in Brakpan, South Africa.

2002 — Iva Majoli, ranked 58th in the world, becomes the lowest ranked player to win a top-tier tournament when she beats Patty Schnyder 7-6 (5), 6-4 for the championship of the Family Circle Cup, her first singles title since the 1997 French Open. It was the first top-tier tournament final between unseeded players.

2008 — Robert Cheruiyot of Kenya wins the Boston Marathon in 2:07:46 to become the fourth man to win the race four times. Ethiopia’s Dire Tune outkicks Alevtina Biktimirova after a back-and-forth final mile to win by 2 seconds in the closest finish in the history of the women’s race.

2012 — Phillip Humbler, Chicago White Sox, pitches a perfect game against the Seattle Mariners.

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