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This Day in Sports History: April 30

This Day in Sports History: April 30

This Day in Sports History: April 30

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 30 is a day in which a revolutionary NBA player was drafted and one of the most memorable manager/umpire confrontations took place.

1946: Bob Feller pitched the second of three no-hitters in his career as his Cleveland Indians beat the New York Yankees 1-0 at Yankee Stadium. Feller allowed five walks and struck out 11 batters.

1955: A bronze statue honoring Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Honus Wagner was dedicated at Pittsburgh's Schenley Park. It is now located at PNC Park in Pittsburgh.

1956: The St. Louis Hawks drafted University of San Francisco center Bill Russell and traded him to the Boston Celtics for Ed Macauley and Cliff Hagan. The Celtics also drafted Holy Cross forward Tom Heinsohn with the first pick.

1971: The Milwaukee Bucks beat the Baltimore Bullets 118-106 at the Milwaukee Arena to complete a four-game sweep in the NBA Finals. This gave Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson their first NBA championships.

1976: Muhammad Ali retained his heavyweight title with a controversial 15-round decision over Jimmy Young at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland.

1988: Cincinnati Reds manager Pete Rose shoved umpire Dave Pallone twice over a call in a game against the New York Mets. Rose was fined a significant, but undisclosed, amount and suspended for 30 days.

1994: The eighth-seeded San Jose Sharks beat the No. 1 Detroit Red Wings 3-2 to win the Western Conference Quarterfinals in seven games. Vancouver Canucks right wing Pavel Bure also scored the game-winning goal in the third overtime to win Game 7 against the Calgary Flames.

— 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.