On This Day in Sports Odds History


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1981 (MLB): Los Angeles Dodgers rookie Fernando Valenzuela makes his first start in the majors in a 2-0 victory over Houston on Opening Day. As a -140 favorite, 20 year-old Valenzuela pitches a complete-game, 5-hit shutout. He started out the season 8-0 with eight complete games and would go on to win both the National League Rookie of the Year and Cy Young awards.


1989 (Golf): To win the Masters, Scott Hoch misses a 2-foot par-putt on the first playoff hole and then loses on the next hole to Nick Faldo, who drained a 25-foot putt for birdie. Entering the tournament, Faldo was 20-1 while Hoch was part of the field at 3-1.


2017 (Golf): Competing in his 74th major tournament, Spaniard Sergio Garcia wins his first major at the Masters after beating Justin Rose in a sudden-death playoff. Prior to the start of the tournament, Garcia was 30-1 to win the Green Jacket.