April 1959 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Apr 5 23rd Masters Golf Tournament: Art Wall Jr wins, shooting a 284
  • Apr 9 Balt Orioles pull their 2nd triple play (3-6-3 vs Wash Senators)

Sports record brokenNBA Record

Apr 9 Bill Sharman hits a NBA record 56 consecutive foul shot

NBA Guard Bill Sharman
NBA Guard
Bill Sharman
  • Apr 9 13th NBA Championship: Bost Celtics sweep Minn Lakers in 4 games Boston Celtics wins 8th straight title
  • Apr 11 Dodger pitcher Don Drysdale hits his 2nd Opening Day HR

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Apr 12 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Babe Didrikson-Zaharias Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls
  • Apr 16 NY Yankees unveil their 1st message scoreboard
  • Apr 16 Phils' Dave Philley gets a major league record 9th straight pinch hit
  • Apr 18 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 4 games to 1

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Apr 19 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open

Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA
Louise Suggs
  • Apr 20 63rd Boston Marathon won by Eino Oksanen of Finland in 2:22:42

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 22 Yankee Whitey Ford strikes-out 15, beating Senators, 1-0 in 14 innings

MLB Pitcher Whitey Ford
MLB Pitcher
Whitey Ford
  • Apr 22 Chicago White Sox beat KC Athletics 20-6, in 1 inning Sox score 11 runs on 1 hit, 10 walks, & 3 errors
  • Apr 26 Wiffi Smith wins LPGA Betsy Rawls Golf Open

Birthdays in Sport

  • Apr 2 Adrian Meagher, Australian baseball pitching coach (Olympics-1996)
  • Apr 2 Brian Goodell, US, 400m/1500m freestyle swimmer (Olympic-2 gold-1976)
  • Apr 2 Carmen Ayala-Troncoso, American 5K runner, born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 2 Gelindo Bordin, Italian marathon runner (Olympic-gold-1988)
  • Apr 2 Ken Macleay, cricketer (at Bedford-on-Avon Aussie ODI medium pacer)
  • Apr 2 Badou Zaki, Morrocan footballer and manager
  • Apr 2 Juha Kankkunen, Finnish race car driver
  • Apr 8 Franklyn Stephenson, cricketer (great all-rounder)
  • Apr 8 Martin Weston, cricketer
  • Apr 15 Kevin Lowe, Lachute, NHL defenseman (NY Rangers)
  • Apr 16 Anne Kursinski, equestrian show jumper (Olympics-silver-96)
  • Apr 17 David Hearn, slalom single canoe (Olympics-9th-96), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Apr 18 Jim Eisenreich, St Cloud MN, outfielder (Philadelphia Phillies, Fla Marlins)
  • Apr 22 Nicky Le Roux, South Africa, LPGA golfer (1994 Atlanta Champ-15th)
  • Apr 22 Ranjan Madugalle, cricketer (pioneer of Sri Lanka's Test teams)
  • Apr 23 Terri Luckhurst, LPGA golfer
  • Apr 25 Tony Phillips, MLB player (Oakland Athletics), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2016)
  • Apr 26 Ann O'Neill, Toowoomba QLD, golfer (1989 Downs District Champ)
  • Apr 30 Lauren Howe, LPGA golfer

Deaths in Sport

  • Apr 4 Stanley Snooke, cricketer (bro of S J, duck in South African Test), dies