2010: Fifty-one seconds into overtime of a Stanley Cup playoff game between the San Jose Sharks and Colorado Avalanche, Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle accidentally backhands the puck past startled teammate/goalie Evgeni Nabokov, the rare own goal giving the Avalanche a 1-0 victory and a 2-1 lead in the best of seven series. “What can I say?” says Sharks coach Todd McLellan after the game. “We couldn’t beat their goalie, but we found a way to beat our own.”
2010: Englishman Brian Davis calls a two-stroke penalty on himself on the first playoff hole of the Verizon Heritage in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, handing 15-time PGA Tour winner Jim Furyk a victory in the tournament. The rule infraction occurs when Davis’ pitching wedge moves a loose reed as he attempts to chip onto the green, costing him the chance to win his first PGA event.
2009: In the New York Yankees’ third home game in brand-new Yankee Stadium, the team suffers a 22-4 loss to the Cleveland Indians, tying the franchise record for most runs allowed in a home game. The Yankees allow 14 runs in the second inning, setting a record for the most runs ever scored in an inning against New York. The 13 hits in the inning also set a franchise record for a Yankees opponent.
1950: The Boston Red Sox open up a 9-0 lead over the New York Yankees on Opening Day at Fenway Park, prompting the Boston American to hit the streets with an edition whose headline screams “Sox Romp.” But the Red Sox blow the lead and go on to lose the game 15-10.
1906: An 8.3 magnitude earthquake strikes San Francisco, California, killing three thousand people and spawning a city-wide blaze that is not extinguished until April 23.