On this Day: April 18

Joe Montana and Wayne Gretzky star in our feature on remarkable sporting events that created history on April 18th.

1995 – Montana calls it a day

Joe Montana is an NFL legend. The quarterback, who played for the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs, was elected in to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000.

He won four Super Bowls and was the first player to be named Super Bowl Most Valuable Player three times. In Super Bowl career records he is the man with the most passes without an interception (122 in 4 games).

1999 – The “Great One” retires

National Hockey League (NHL) legend Wayne Gretzky, who has been called “the greatest hockey player ever” and is known as the “Great One”, retired in 1999 with a host of records to his name.

Gretzky played for the Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles Kings, St. Louis Blues and New York Rangers before retiring.

1809 – First running of the 2000 Guineas

The Guineas is a horse race first run on April 18, 1809 on the Rowley Mile at Newmarket over a distance of one mile. It is known as one Britain’s five Classic races and serves as the opening leg of the Triple Crown which consists of the 2,000 Guineas Stakes, Epsom Derby and St. Leger Stakes.

The race was started by the by the Jockey Club under the direction of Sir Charles Bunbury and it was five years before the introduction of a version for fillies only, the 1000 Guineas Stakes.

The name of the race stems from the original prize money on offer. Since 2001, the 2000 Guineas and the 1000 Guineas Stakes have each offered prize money of £350,000.

1923 – Yankees Stadium opened

Yankee Stadium is used mostly for baseball and is the home of the New York Yankees. It is also used by Major League Soccer side New York City FC.

Sporting Birthdays

1958 Malcolm Marshall, cricketer
1970 Carl Simpson, NFL defensive tackle
1973 Haile Gebrselassie, Ethiopian runner
1985 Łukasz Fabiański, Polish footballer
1986 Billy Butler, American baseball player