April 1959 in Sport

Events in Sport

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

Sports record brokenNBA Record

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

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

Sport awardGolf Tournament

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

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

Sport awardGolf Tournament

19th 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
  • 20th 63rd Boston Marathon won by Eino Oksanen of Finland in 2:22:42

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Birthdays in Sport

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

Deaths in Sport

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