On April 24 in the 1980s, Danny Martin was leading a team of Volunteers against Warren County coaches (1981), John Walker dove back into first base for the Pioneers (1981), the WCSH softball team gathered for photos (1985, 1989), top gymnasts were honored (1987) and all-tournament selections were made in the McMinnville Parks and Recreation basketball league (1989).
Famous April 24 birthdays
1938 – Carroll Dale, Three-time NFL Pro Bowler
1955 – Ernie Grunfeld, UT All-American, nine-year NBA pro
1961 – Roger Mayweather, welterweight WBC and IBO welterweight champ
1967 – Dino Radja, Hall of Fame NBA player
1967 – Omar Vizquel, Three-time MLB All Star
1972 – Chipper Jones, MLB Hall of Famer, 1999 NL MVP
1977 – Carlos Beltran, Nine-time MLB All Star
1987 – Kris Letang, Two-time NHL All Star
National April 24 headlines (AP)
1945 — Albert B. “Happy” Chandler, junior Senator from Kentucky, is elected baseball commissioner by a unanimous vote of the major league club owners. Chandler is elected to a seven-year term and succeeds Kenesaw Mountain Landis, who died in November 1944.
1963 — Bob Cousy ends his 13-year career by scoring 18 points as the Boston Celtics win their fifth consecutive NBA championship, beating the Los Angeles Lakers 112-109 in Game 6.
1967 — The Philadelphia 76ers win the NBA championship in six games with 125-122 comeback victory over the San Francisco Warriors. Billy Cunningham scores 13 points in the final 12 minutes as the 76ers overcome a five-point deficit entering the fourth quarter.
1974 — Tampa, Fla., is awarded the NFL’s 27th franchise.
1993 — George Branham III becomes the first black bowler to win a PBA Triple Crown event when he beats Parker Bohn III 227-214 in the Tournament of Champions.
1994 — David Robinson scores 71 points to win the NBA scoring title as the San Antonio Spurs end the regular season with a 112-97 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers. Robinson, the fourth NBA player to score more than 70 points in a game, edges Orlando’s Shaquille O’Neal for the scoring title.
1996 — Petr Nedved scores a power-play goal with 44.6 seconds left in the fourth overtime, ending the longest NHL game in 60 years and giving the Pittsburgh Penguins a 3-2 victory over the Washington Capitals.
1999 — Patrick Roy makes a season-high 42 saves while leading Colorado over San Jose 3-1. It’s the 100th playoff win for Roy, the most in NHL history.
2002 — Ottawa’s Patrick Lalime ties an NHL record by recording his third consecutive playoff shutout, defeating Philadelphia 3-0.
2003 — Petr Sykora scores 48 seconds into the fifth overtime as Anaheim outlasts Dallas 4-3 to win the opener of the Western Conference semifinal series. The game is the fourth-longest in NHL history.
2005 — Andres Nocioni has 25 points and an NBA rookie playoff-record 18 rebounds in Chicago’s 103-94 victory over Washington.
2006 — Joe Sakic scores his NHL playoff-record seventh overtime goal, tipping in a shot at 4:36 of the extra period to give Colorado a 5-4 victory over Dallas.
Jamaican Usain Bolt dazzles a capacity crowd with a lightning-fast final leg,
overtaking USA Blue’s Ivory Williams to win the 4x100-meter relay at the Penn
Relays. A quartet of Mario Forsythe, Yohan Blake, Marvin Anderson and Bolt
finishes in 37.90 seconds for Jamaica Gold, setting a Penn Relays record.
Trailing entering the final leg, Bolt takes the handoff and finishes the final
100 meters in an unofficial time of 8.79 seconds.