This Day in Sports History: April 26

Recapping events that took place in the sports world on this day

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 26 is a day on which arguably the greatest class in NFL Draft history was taken and Carl Edwards brought fans to a standing ovation.

 

1900: Lewis Robert "Hack" Wilson was born in Elwood City, Pennsylvania. No baseball player in the modern era has come close to touching the record 191 RBIs this Hall of Famer recorded with the Chicago Cubs in 1930.

 

1906: Jack Johnson retained his World Colored Heavyweight title with a 15-round decision over Sam Langford. This is the only time these two all-time greats ever met in the ring.

 

1975: In an exhibition match at Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens, George Foreman knocked out Alonzo Johnson, Jerry Judge, Terry Daniels, Charlie Polite, and Boone Kirkman all in the same evening.

 

1983: The 1983 NFL Draft was held at the New York Sheraton Hotel. The Baltimore Colts took Stanford quarterback John Elway with the first pick and later traded him to the Denver Broncos. The Los Angeles Rams took SMU running back Eric Dickerson with the second and the Miami Dolphins took Pittsburgh quarterback Dan Marino with the 27th.

 

1989: San Francisco Giants outfielder Kevin Mitchell caught a pop fly from St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Ozzie Smith with his bare hand.

 

 

2009: At the 2009 Aaron's 499 at the Talladega Super Speedway, Carl Edwards' and Brad Keselowski's cars collided, sending Edwards' airborne. When he landed, his car was hit head-on by Ryan Newman's and eight fans were injured. Edwards climbed out of his car and jogged to the finish line like Ricky Bobby (Will Ferrell) in Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby and fans gave him a standing ovation. The accident prompted the Speedway to raise the catch fence by 10 feet to protect fans.

 

 

2010: Vince Carter scored 21 points and Dwight Howard snagged 13 rebounds as the Orlando Magic beat the Charlotte Bobcats 99-90 for a four-game sweep in the First Round of the NBA playoffs. The loss marked a quick end to the Bobcats' first playoff appearance.

 

— 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.

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