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 25 is a day on which a legend hit one of his relatively few home runs and baseball returned after the only canceled season in its history.
1912: Ty Cobb blasted a three-run homer in the Detroit Tigers 6-1 win over the St. Louis Browns. The game was called after the fifth inning because of rain. The "Georgia Peach" hit only 117 home runs during his 24-year career.
1924: Jack Dempsey was offered $150,000 to face Georges Carpentier in a rematch in Berlin. He did not fight Carpentier or anyone else until 1926 when he faced Gene Tunney.
1932: Meadow Lemon III was born in Wilmington, North Carolina. He was better known as Meadowlark Lemon, who toured with the Harlem Globetrotters on and off for 40 years.
1943: Philadelphia Athletics pitcher Sam Lowry came in to replace John Burrows, who gave up five runs to the Washington Senators in the second inning. Lowry gave up one hit and no runs in 7 and 1/3 innings in a 5-1 loss at Shibe Park.
1995: After the 1994 season was canceled because of a strike, Major League Baseball opened the 1995 season to angry fans and less than sold-out crowds.
2009: The Detroit Lions took Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford with the first pick in the 2009 NFL Draft at New York’s Radio City Music Hall. Detroit had already signed Stafford to a six-year contract that contained $41.7 million in guaranteed money before the draft began.
2019: John Havlicek died at the age of 79 in Jupiter, Florida. The Hall of Fame small forward and shooting guard won eight NBA titles in his 16-season career with the Boston Celtics and was known for his clutch play. Havlicek’s game-saving steal against the Philadelphia 76ers in the 1965 Eastern Conference Finals is one of the most memorable plays in league history.
— 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.