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ON THIS DAY - April 22
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Before getting to the April 22 ‘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

Before Bill Rutledge played for Memphis and became a standout performer on the Nashville Kats, he was lacing it up locally in Warren County. Rutledge was captured carrying the rock in the April 22, 1985, edition of the Southern Standard.

Rutledge was still in junior high then, but he went on to become one the most decorated receivers in Warren County football history. Rutledge still holds the record for most TD catches in a career (14), most TD catches in a season (10 – tied with Brad Brock) and yards in a single season (1,019).

In other April 22 editions, the WCSH Pioneer baseball team got together for a group shot (1981), top bowlers and campers were honored (1983), Teddy Grandey safely made it back to third base for the Pioneers (1985), the ‘Most Spirited’ were celebrated (1987) and Charlie Harris showed out for the Pioneer track team in the long jump (1988).

Famous April 22 birthdays

1949 – Spencer Haywood, NBA Hall of Famer

1959 – Terry Francona, two-time World Series champion manager (Red Sox)

1981 – Ken Dorsey, NCAA championship quarterback (Miami)

1982 – Kaká, Brazil soccer star

1986 – Marshawn Lynch, five-time NFL Pro Bowler

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1988 – Dee Gordon, two-time MLB All Star

1999 – Eeli Tolvanen, Nashville Predator

National April 22 headlines (AP)

1876 — The first official National League baseball game is played with Boston beating Philadelphia 6-5.

1945 — The Toronto Maple Leafs edge the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 to win the Stanley Cup in seven games.

1947 — The Philadelphia Warriors, behind Joe Fulks’ 34 points, beat the Chicago Staggs 83-80 in Game 5 to win the first Basketball Association of America title.

1962 — The Toronto Maple Leafs capture the Stanley Cup in six games with a 2-1 triumph over the Chicago Black Hawks.

1987 — The NBA grants expansion franchises to Charlotte, Miami, Minnesota and Orlando. Charlotte and Miami join the league in the 1988-89 season, while Minnesota and Orlando join in 1989-90.

1988 — New Jersey’s Patrik Sundstrom sets an NHL playoff record scoring eight points — three goals and five assists — in a 10-4 rout of Washington in the Stanley Cup quarterfinals.

1993 — Chris Bosio pitches a no-hitter as the Seattle Mariners beat the Boston Red Sox 7-0.

1993 — The Pittsburgh Penguins’ 4-3 victory over the New Jersey Devils extends their NHL playoff record to 14 straight wins.

1994 — Shannon Miller wins the women’s all-around title for the second straight year at the World Gymnastics Championships in Brisbane, Australia. The last woman to win consecutive all-around titles was Ludmilla Tourischeva of the Soviet Union in 1970 and 1974.

1994 — Michael Moorer outpoints Evander Holyfield to win the IBF and WBA titles and become the first left-handed heavyweight champion.

2000 — The Suns-Spurs playoff opener ties an NBA playoff record for fewest points. Phoenix beats San Antonio 72-70. The 142 points tie the record set by Atlanta and Detroit on May 12, 1995.

2003 — Minnesota and Vancouver become the first teams since 2000 to come back from 3-1 series deficits and win. The Wild take Game 7 in Colorado on Andrew Brunette’s overtime goal for a 3-2 victory. The Canucks oust St. Louis with a 4-1 win.

2006 — New Jersey scores a playoff-record five power-play goals in its 6-1 win over New York.

2006 — In Berlin, Germany, Wladimir Klitschko stops Chris Byrd in the seventh round of a one-sided fight to gain the IBF heavyweight title.

2007 — The Boston Red Sox tie a major league record by hitting four straight home runs in a 7-6 win over the New York Yankees. Manny Ramirez, J.D. Drew, Mike Lowell and Jason Varitek connect in a span of 10 pitches during the third inning against Chase Wright.

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2008 — John Smoltz of Atlanta becomes the 16th pitcher in major league history to reach 3,000 strikeouts in the Braves’ 6-0 loss to Washington.

2018 — Rafael Nadal beats Kei Nishkori 6-3, 6-2 to extend his Open-era record for most wins at the same event (11).