It’s Thursday so that means one thing, “throwback Thursday” is here. April 17 may not be a big deal today, but a lot happened on this day throughout sports history. A baseball legend smashed a home run that traveled 565 feet, a "great" hockey player scored seven goals in one game, and a baseball playboy married his second wife. Can you name these athletes? Take a look at the historical events that took place on this day!
April 17, 1929 - Yankees legend Babe Ruth marries Claire Merritt Hodgson. FILE - In this March 6, 1948, file photo, Jackie Robinson, first baseman of the Brooklyn Dodgers, returns an autograph book to a fan in the stands, during the Dodgers' spring training in Ciudad Trujillo, now Santo Domingo, in the Dominican Republic. Baseball holds tributes across the country on Jackie Robinson Day, Tuesday, April 15, 2014, the 67th anniversary marking the end of the game's racial barrier. (AP Photo/File) April 17, 1953 - Mickey Mantle hits a 565 foot home run. A gigantic American Flag is hung outside Shea Stadium as the Mets play the Atlanta Braves tonight in the first major sporting event in the New York area since the World Trade Center Disaster. Mandatory Credit: Ezra Shaw/ALLSPORT April 17, 1976 - Mike Schmidt hits four consecutive home runs, helping the Phillies make the greatest comeback on NL history. Down 12-1, the Phillies came back to win the game 18-16 in ten innings. April 17, 1983 - Nolan Ryan strikes out his 3,500th batter. April 17, 1983 - Wayne Gretzky scores seven goals in one Stanley Cup playoff game. April 17, 1984 - Braves pitcher Pascual Perez suspended for cocaine use. France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga serves to Germany's Tobias Kamke during their Davis Cup quarter-final single tennis match in Nancy, eastern France, April 6, 2014. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler (FRANCE - Tags: SPORT TENNIS) April 17, 1997 - Martin Brodeur becomes the second NHL goalie to score in a playoff game. April 17, 2001 - Barry Bonds hits his 500th home run. April 17, 2010 - Ubaldo Jiménez throws the first no-hitter in Rockies history.