On This Day in Sport for April 1

Events in Sport

  • 1876 1st official NL baseball game (Boston-6, Phila-5)
  • 1888 Soccer team Sparta forms in Rotterdam
  • 1912 Greek athlete Konstantinos Tsiklitiras breaks the world record -in standing long jump jumping 3.47 metres.
  • 1914 UVS Soccer team forms in Lead
  • 1920 Stanley Cup: Ottawa Senators (NHL) beat Seattle (PCHA), 3 games to 2
  • 1926 Halsteren Soccer team forms in Halsteren
  • 1931 Jackie Mitchell became 1st female in professional baseball

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1938 Joe Louis KOs Harry Thomas in 5 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • 1945 Sons of Elburger Soccer team forms in Elburg
  • 1963 NY Mets purchase Duke Snider from the Dodgers for $40,000
  • 1969 Seattle Pilots trade minor league outfielder Lou Piniella to Royals
  • 1970 Bud Selig becomes CEO of Milwaukee Brewers
  • 1970 Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club, headed by Bud Selig, purchases Seattle Pilots for $10,800,000
  • 1972 Major league baseball players stages 1st collective strike
  • 1973 Betsy Cullen wins LPGA Alamo Ladies Golf Classic
  • 1977 NFL decides to experiment with a 7th official in some preseason games
  • 1978 132nd Grand National: Bob Davies aboard Lucius wins
  • 1979 Joanne Carner wins LPGA Women's Kemper Golf Open
  • 1980 Baseball Players' Association votes to cancel 92 remaining exhibition games

Sports record brokenNHL Record

1980 Wayne Gretzky breaks Bobby Orr's record with 103rd assist

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1983 NY Isle Mike Bossy becomes 1st to score 60 goals in 3 cons seasons

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy
  • 1984 3rd NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: USC beats Tennessee 72-61
  • 1985 47th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Villanova beats Georgetown 84-75
  • 1989 1st NY Met-NY Yankee game in NYC since 1983, Yanks win 4-3
  • 1989 A Bartlett Giamatti replaces Ueberroth as 7th commissioner of baseball

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1990 19th Nabisco Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Betsy King

LPGA Golfer Betsy King
LPGA Golfer
Betsy King

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1990 2nd Seniors Golf Tradition: Jack Nicklaus wins his first start on the Senior PGA tour

  • 1990 9th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Stanford beats Auburn 88-81
  • 1990 CBS fires sportscaster Brent Mussburger
  • 1991 Dwight Gooden signs $5.15 million 3 year contract with NY Mets
  • 1991 53rd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Duke beats Kansas 72-65
  • 1992 NFL decides to stay with 17 week schedule instead of expanded 18 games
  • 1992 NHL players begin 1st strike in 75-year history
  • 1992 WA beat NSW by 44 runs to win the Sheffield Shield Final
  • 1995 NY Islanders retire Bobby Nystrom's uniform #23
  • 1996 58th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kentucky beats Syracuse 76-67
  • 1996 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Boston MA on WBCN 104.1 FM (morn)
  • 2001 20th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Notre Dame beats Purdue 68-66
  • 2002 64th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Maryland beats Indiana 64-52

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1882 Paul Anspach, Belgian Olympic champion fencer (d. 1991)
  • 1902 L P Jai, cricketer (one Test India v England 1934, scored 19 & 0)
  • 1906 Sigve Lie, Norway, yachtsmans (Olympic-gold-1948, 52)
  • 1911 Evert H "Bep" Bakhuys, Dutch soccer star/writer
  • 1921 Ken Reardon, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1929 Bo Schembechler, American football coach (d. 2006)
  • 1934 Rod Kanehl, American baseball player (d. 2004)
  • 1935 John Murray, cricketer (Eng 1961-67, 1st wk called Murray to play Tests)
  • 1939 Phil Niekro, knuckleball pitcher (NY Yankees, Atlanta Braves)
  • 1941 Ajit Wadekar, cricketer (stalwart Indian batsman & capt)
  • 1944 Rusty Staub, American baseball player
  • 1947 Norm Van Lier, American basketball player
  • 1948 Y Y Williams, Welsh rugby player
  • 1949 Sammy Nelson, Northern Irish footballer
  • 1952 Rey Robinson, US, 100m sprinter (Olympic-1972)
  • 1953 Aftab Baloch, cricketer (Pakistani in 2 Tests, scored 428 for Sind 74)
  • 1955 Danny Joe Pohl, Mt Pleasant MI, PGA golfer (1986 Colonial)
  • 1957 David Gower, cricketer (elegant England left-handed batsman 1978-92)
  • 1957 Donald William Hammond, Frederick MD, PGA golfer (1986 Bob Hope)
  • 1958 Anton Innauer, Austria, 70m ski jumper (Olympic-gold-1980)
  • 1961 Jim Jeffcoat, NFL defensive end (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1962 Rich Amaral, Visalia CA, outfielder (Seattle Mariners)
  • 1964 John Morris, cricketer (England right-hand batsman v India 1990)
  • 1964 Kevin Duckworth, NBA center (Milwaukee Bucks)
  • 1964 Scott Stevens, NHL defenseman (NJ Devils, Team Canada), born in Kitchener, Ontario
  • 1964 Erik Breukink, Dutch cyclist and manager
  • 1965 John "Jumbo" Elliott, NFL tackle (NY Giants, NY Jets)
  • 1965 Mark Jackson, NBA guard (Indiana Pacers) and coach, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1966 Dave Vankoughnett, CFL corner (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • 1966 Odie Harris, NFL safety/defensive back (Houston Oilers)
  • 1968 Joel Smeenge, NFL defensive end (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1969 Andrew Vlahov, Australian basketball forward (Olympics-1988, 92, 96)
  • 1969 Arnaud Boetsch, Meulam France, tennis star (1985 European Junior)
  • 1969 Frank Castillo, pitcher (Chicago Cubs), born in El Paso, Texas (d. 2013)
  • 1969 John Forest, soccer player (Go Ahead Eagles)
  • 1969 Kevin Dean, Madison, NHL defenseman (NJ Devils)
  • 1970 Mark Wheeler, NFL defensive tackle (Tampa Bay Bucs, NE Patriots)
  • 1970 Wes Barnett, 238lb (108kg) weightlifter (Oly-6th-92, 96), born in St Joseph, Missouri
  • 1970 Wyatt Jones, kayak (alt-Olympics-96), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1971 Daniel Vacek, tennis star, born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • 1971 Ernest Jones, NFL defensive end (Saints, Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1971 Shinji Nakano, Japanese race car driver
  • 1972 Kenny Gales, NFL/WLAF cornerback (Chicago Bears, Barcelona Dragons)
  • 1972 Mike McCoy, WLAF quarterback and coach, born in San Francisco, California
  • 1973 Ferdy Vierklau, soccer player (FC Utrecht)
  • 1973 Stephen Fleming, cricketer (NZ left-handed Test batsman 1994-)
  • 1974 Hugo Benjamín Ibarra, Argentine footballer
  • 1974 Sandra Völker, German swimmer
  • 1975 Kristine Quance, 100m breaststroke/200m medley (Olympics-96)
  • 1975 Magdalena Maleeva, Sofia Bulgaria, tennis star (1995 Chicago Moscow)
  • 1975 George Bastl, Swiss tennis player
  • 1976 Clarence Seedorf, Surinam/Dutch soccer player (Ajax, Real Madrid)
  • 1977 Haimar Zubeldia, Spanish cyclist
  • 1978 Jean-Pierre Dumont, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1978 Miroslava Vavrinec, Swiss tennis player
  • 1981 Antonis Fotsis, Greek basketball player
  • 1981 Pieter Weening, Dutch cyclist
  • 1981 Bjoern Einar Romoeren, Norwegian ski jumper
  • 1983 Ólafur Ingi Skúlason, Icelandic footballer
  • 1983 Sean Taylor, American football player (Washington Redskins), born in Miami, Florida (d. 2007)
  • 1984 Gilberto Macena, Brazilian footballer
  • 1986 Ireen Wüst, Dutch speed skater
  • 1987 Li Ting, Chinese diver
  • 1988 Courtney McCool, American gymnast
  • 1988 Brook Lopez, American basketball player
  • 1988 Robin Lopez, American basketball player
  • 1989 Vietoris Krisztián, German racecar driver

Deaths in Sport

  • 1914 Rube Waddell, baseballer, dies at 37 of TB
  • 1973 Arthur Wood, cricket wicket-keeper (England 1938-39), dies
  • 1992 Juanito, soccer star (Madrid Real 1977-87), dies at 37 in car crash
  • 1993 Alan Kulwicki, stock car racer, dies in plane crash at 38
  • 1993 Wayne Mack, sportscaster/actor (Storyville), dies of cancer at 68
  • 1995 Johnny Nicholss, footballer, dies at 63
  • 1996 John McSherry, American baseball umpire (b. 1944)
  • 2001 Jo-Jo Moore, American baseball player (b. 1908)
  • 2005 Ioannis Kyrastas, Greek footballer and manager (b. 1952)
  • 2007 Herb Carneal, American sports broadcaster (b. 1923
  • 2012 Giorgio Chinaglia, Italian soccer star, dies from heart attack at 65
  • 2013 Nicolae Martinescu, Romanian Olympic wrestling champion, dies at 73
  • 2015 Eddie LeBaron, American football player, dies at 85