The history of sports is both vast and rich, thanks to the existence of so many different ones and the longevity associated with them. With so much history to cull through, Athlon Sports wanted to offer the opportunity to look back and see what memorable things happened or milestones were reached on a specific date.
With that in mind, April 24 is a day on which an Old West sharpshooter started on a path to becoming a legend and a trade put a struggling quarterback on the road to Canton.
1885: Annie Oakley joined Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show.
1917: The New York Giants baseball franchise was reported to be valued at $2 million and manager John McGraw’s salary was $50,000.
1926: Max Schmeling knocked out Max Diekmann 30 seconds into the first round to win the German BDB Light Heavyweight title in Berlin’s Luna Park.
1933: The Nazi Party banned Jewish prizefighters from participating in German boxing matches.
1957: Mickey Mantle and Yogi Berra hit home runs in the New York Yankees 3-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium.
1972: Larry Wayne "Chipper" Jones Jr. was born in DeLand, Florida. Jones went on to record the most RBIs (1,623) for any third baseman during his Hall of Fame career with the Atlanta Braves.
1986: Jack Nicklaus headlined the Houston Open, his first tournament since winning The Masters.
1987: The San Francisco 49ers acquired Steve Young from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for their second- and fourth-round NFL Draft picks.
1994: The NFL Draft opened at New York City’s Marriot Marquis. The Cincinnati Bengals took Ohio State defensive lineman Dan Wilkinson with the first pick and the Indianapolis Colts drafted San Diego State running back Marshall Faulk with the second.
2008: The Washington Wizards sported all-white uniforms and overwhelmed LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in a 108-72 victory that cut the Cavs' lead to 2-1 in the first round of the NBA playoffs.
— Compiled by Aaron Tallent, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Tallent is a writer whose articles have appeared in The Sweet Science, FOX Sports’ Outkick the Coverage, Liberty Island and The Washington Post. Follow him on Twitter at @AaronTallent.