By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation
Welcome to Friday – we made it!
Hopefully, everyone is having a wonderful start to their morning (or afternoon or whenever you will be reading this) and looking forward to some snow in the forecast. Yes, snow will be arriving overnight here in Massachusetts, but luckily warmer weather will follow, which means better days are ahead, right?
In the meantime, take a work break or a reading break to enjoy a brand new ‘On This Date in History’ from your friends at NoontimeSports.com.
On This Date in History: April 17th, 2020
1947: Jackie Robinson recorded his first major league hit with a bunt going toward third base. Robinson started the game at first base and batted second in the lineup for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Brooklyn won the game by defeating the Boston Braves, 12-6.
1951: Mickey Mantle made his major league debut with the New York Yankees and finished his team’s initial contest of the 1951 season with one RBI, one hit, and one run. New York won its opening day clash against the Boston Red Sox by a score of 5-0 and would go onto win the World Series months later against the New York Giants.
1972: Olavi Suomalainen won the 76th running of the Boston Marathon by finishing the 26.2-mile course in 2:15:39. Victor Manuel Mora finished second with a time of 2:15:57 while Jacinto Sabinal placed third with a time of 2:16:10.
Nina Kuscsik won the women’s race with a time of 3:10:26 while Elaine Pedersen finished second (3:20:25) and Kathrine Switzer placed third (3:29:51).
1987: Julius Erving, who was commonly known as Dr. J to many basketball fans, joined a pair of NBA greats (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387) and Wilt Chamberlain (31,419)) by reaching 30,000 points in a 115-111 setback to the Indiana Pacers. Erving, who netted 38 points in the setback to the Pacers on 17 of 31 shooting, would conclude his career with 30,026 points.
Erving spent his entire NBA career competing for the Philadelphia 76ers but did begin competing professionally in the ABA with the Virginia Squires and New York Nets.
1999: With the first pick in the NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns selected Tim Couch, a quarterback that competed for Kentucky.
The Philadelphia Eagles, which had the second pick, selected Donovan McNabb from Syracuse while the Cincinnati Bengals selected Akili Smith, who played quarterback for Oregon.
The New England Patriots selected center Damien Woody, who played locally at Boston College with the 17th pick.