On This Day in Sport for April 4

Events in Sport

  • 1911 Hugh Chalmers, automaker, suggests idea of baseball MVP
  • 1913 75th Grand National: Percy Woodland aboard Covertcoat wins
  • 1921 Stanley Cup: Ottawa Senators (NHL) beat Vancouver Millionaires (PCHA), 3 games to 2
  • 1930 Andrew Sandham makes Test Cricket 1st triple century
  • 1930 Les Ames makes the 1st Test Cricket century by a wicketkeeper (149)

Sport awardGolf Major

1937 4th Masters Golf Tournament: Byron Nelson wins, shooting a 283

Golfer Byron Nelson
Golfer
Byron Nelson
  • 1938 5th Masters Golf Tournament: Henry Picard wins, shooting a 285

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1948 84-year-old Connie Mack challenges 78-year-old Clark Griffith to a race from home to 1st base; it ends in a tie

Baseball Legend Connie Mack
Baseball Legend
Connie Mack

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1954 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Carrollton Georgia Golf Open

Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA
Louise Suggs

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1965 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Baton Rouge Golf Invitational

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
  • 1970 124th Grand National: Pat Taaffe aboard Gay Trip wins

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1974 Hank Aaron ties Babe Ruth's home-run record by hitting his 714th

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
  • 1976 5th Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Judy Rankin
  • 1981 135th Grand National: Bob Champion aboard Aldaniti wins
  • 1982 11th Nabisco Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Sally Little
  • 1983 45th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: NC State beats Houston 54-52
  • 1985 Tulane University cancels its basketball season amidst scandal

Sports record brokenNHL Record

1986 Wayne Gretzky sets NHL record with 213th point of season

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • 1987 141st Grand National: Steve Knight aboard Maori Venture wins
  • 1988 50th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kansas beat Oklahoma 83-79
  • 1988 Eddie Hill becomes the world's first driver to cover the quarter mile in under 5 seconds

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1989 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's last NBA game in Seattle

  • 1989 NY Yankee Tommy John ties record of playing 26 seasons, his 287th win puts him 19th overall as Yanks beat Twins on opening day 4-2
  • 1992 Game 1 of Mayor Challenge - NY Yankees beat NY Mets 6-4 at Yank Stad
  • 1992 146th Grand National: Carl Llewellyn aboard Party Politics wins
  • 1993 12th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Texas Tech beats OH State 84-82
  • 1993 5th Seniors Golf Tradition: Tom Shaw
  • 1993 Trish Johnson wins Las Vegas LPGA at Canyon Gate Golf Tournament
  • 1994 56th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Ark Razorbacks beats Duke 76-72
  • 1994 Cubs Karl "Tuffy" Rhodes, hit 3 HRs in 1993 hits 3 HRs on opening

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1994 LA Dodger Darryl Strawberry begins substance abuse treatment

Baseball Player Darryl Strawberry
Baseball Player
Darryl Strawberry
  • 1997 Anaheim Ducks clinch their 1st-ever playoff berth
  • 1997 Braves officially open Turner Field against Cubs
  • 1998 NFL Europe (Formerly WLAF), kicks off season
  • 1998 151st Grand National: Carl Llewellyn aboard Earth Summit wins
  • 2005 67th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: North Carolina beats Illinois 75-70
  • 2006 25th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Maryland beats Duke 78-75
  • 2009 162nd Grand National: Liam Treadwell aboard Mon Mome wins
  • 2011 73rd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Butler 53-41
  • 2012 Somalia's National Theatre is struck by a suicide bomber killing ten people including the presidents of the Somali Olympic Committee and Football Federation

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1888 Tris Speaker, baseball great, hit more doubles than Pete Rose
  • 1895 Charlie Hallows, cricket batsman (Lancs played for England 1921-28)
  • 1899 William Brann, cricketer (South African batsman v England 1922-23)
  • 1916 Mickey Owen, American baseball player (d. 2005)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1924 Gil Hodges, American baseball player and manager (Brooklyn Dodgers, NY Mets), born in Princeton, Indiana (d. 1972)

MLB First Baseman Gil Hodges
MLB First Baseman
Gil Hodges
  • 1930 David Sexton, soccer manager
  • 1932 Bapu Nadkarni, cricketer (economical Indian slow left-armer 1956-68)
  • 1933 Bill France, Jr., NASCAR pioneer, born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2007)
  • 1935 Easton Dudley Ashton St John McMorris, cricketer (WI batsman of 60's)
  • 1938 A Bartlett Giamatti, American President of Yale and baseball commissioner (1989), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1989)
  • 1939 JoAnne Carner, Kirkland WA, LPGA golfer (1976 US Women's Open)
  • 1939 Ernie Terrell, American boxer (WBA champ 1965-7), born in Belzoni, Mississippi, (d. 2014)
  • 1940 Richard Attwood, British racing driver
  • 1944 Lawrence A Hough, US, rower (Pairs w/o cox-1968 olympic silver)
  • 1945 Bryan Andrews, cricketer (NZ medium-pacer, toured Australia 1973-74)
  • 1947 Ray Fosse, American baseball player and broadcaster
  • 1952 Rosemarie Ackermann, German DR, high jumper (Olympic-gold-1976)
  • 1952 Gregg Hansford, Australian motorcycle and car racer (d. 1995)
  • 1956 Tom Herr, American baseball player
  • 1957 Paul Downton, cricketer (England wicket-keeper in 80's)
  • 1957 Kelso, American racehorse (d. 1983)
  • 1958 Derek Kallicharran, cricket all-rounder (Guyana, USA 1994 ICC Trophy)
  • 1958 John Wesley Jones, Lawton Ok, 4X100m relayer (Olympic-gold-1976)
  • 1960 Bev Smith, Armstrong BC, basketball forward (Olympics-96)
  • 1960 Jonathan Agnew, Macclesfield, Cheshire, English cricket broadcaster
  • 1961 Matt Cole, Stratford Ont, Canadian Tour golfer (1990 Space Coast)
  • 1962 Sherrin Smyers, Newcastle Aust, LPGA golfer (1995 Youngstown-11th)
  • 1962 Tina Tombs, LPGA golfer (1990 Jamie Farr Toledo), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1963 Dale Hawerchuk, NHL center (Philadelphia Flyers), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1963 Jack Del Rio, NFL linebacker (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1964 Gregory Thomas Kraft, PGA golfer (1993 Walt Disney-2nd), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1964 Paul Parker, soccer player
  • 1964 Branco, Brazilian footballer and coach
  • 1965 Tony Burse, CFL fullback (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • 1966 Michal Clingman, Indio California, WPVA volleyballer (Nationals-9th-1994)
  • 1966 Myriam Schropp, West Germany, tennis star
  • 1966 Stanislav Medrik, Nitra CZE, hockey defenseman (Team Slovakia)
  • 1967 Juliana "Juli" Furtado, American cyclist (Olympics-10th-96), born in NYC, New York
  • 1968 Andre Bowden, WLAF LB (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • 1969 Anthony Tucker, NBA forward (NY Knicks)
  • 1969 Carlos Reyes, pitcher (Oakland A's), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1969 Dennis de Nooijer, Dutch soccer player (Sparta)
  • 1969 Gerard de Nooijer, Dutch soccer player (Sparta)
  • 1970 Barry van Galen, Dutch soccer player (Roda JC)
  • 1970 Jason Stoltenberg, Australia, tennis star
  • 1971 Allan Houston, NBA guard (NY Knicks, Detroit Pistons)
  • 1971 Felipe Lira, Miranda Venezeula, pitcher (Detroit Tigers)
  • 1971 Jaime Fernandez, Australian rower (Olympics-96)
  • 1971 Yanic Perreault, Sherbrooke, NHL center (LA Kings)
  • 1972 Chad Eaton, defensive tackle (New England Patriots)
  • 1972 Jim Werland, Ventura California, American canoeist (alt-Olympics-96)
  • 1972 Matt Wagner, Cedar falls IA, pitcher (Seattle Mariners)
  • 1973 Damon Allen, figure skater (1997 Midwestern champ), born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • 1973 Peter Hoekstra, Dutch soccer player (PSV, Ajax)
  • 1973 Ryan Coughlin, CFL offensive linebacker (Montreal Alouettes)
  • 1973 Tiffany Woosley, WNBA guard (Houston Comets)
  • 1973 Loris Capirossi, Italian motorcycle racer
  • 1973 Chris McCormack, Australian triathlete
  • 1974 O J Santiago, tight end (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1974 Dave Mirra, American BMX rider, born in Chittenango, New York (d. 2016)
  • 1975 Kisha Ford, WNBA guard/forward (NY Liberty)
  • 1976 Emerson, Brazilian footballer
  • 1976 Sébastien Enjolras, French racing driver (d. 1997)
  • 1977 Omarr Ali Hasan Smith, American Arena Football League defensive back
  • 1978 Jason Ellison, American baseball player
  • 1978 Alan Mahon, Irish footballer
  • 1979 Charles Butler, Salt Lake City Utah, dance skater (& Joseph-1997 Natl)
  • 1979 Rebecca Stoyel, South Australia, gymnast (Olympics-96)
  • 1979 Roberto Luongo, Canadian ice hockey goaltender
  • 1980 Björn Wirdheim, Swedish race car driver
  • 1983 Fabian Geiser, Swiss footballer
  • 1983 Doug Lynch, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1983 Ben Gordon, American professional basketball player
  • 1984 Arkady Vyatchanin, Russian swimmer
  • 1985 Rudy Fernández, Spanish basketball player
  • 1986 Aiden McGeady, Republic of Ireland and Celtic footballer,
  • 1986 Cameron Barker, Professional ice hockey player
  • 1987 Cameron Maybin, American baseball player
  • 1988 Frank Fielding, English footballer

Deaths in Sport

  • 1938 Cyril Christiani, cricket wicket keep (WI 1935), dies of malaria at 24
  • 1959 Stanley Snooke, cricketer (bro of S J, duck in South African Test), dies
  • 1963 Endzion Barelli, dies 2 days after winning a boxing match at 18
  • 1967 Héctor Scarone, Uruguayan footballer (b. 1898)
  • 1984 John Arnold, cricketer (Eng bat v NZ 1931, scored 34 only Test), dies
  • 1991 Luc de Rijck, Belgian soccer player (Turnhout), dies
  • 1991 Edmund Adamkiewicz, German footballer (b. 1920)
  • 1991 Forrest Towns, American hurdler (b. 1914)
  • 1996 Barney Ewell, American athlete (b. 1918)
  • 1999 Early Wynn, American baseball player (b. 1920)
  • 2004 Alberic Schotte, Belgian cyclist (b. 1919)
  • 2008 Francis Tucker, South African Rally Driver (b. 1923)
  • 2013 Ian Walsh, Australian rugby league player, dies at 80
  • 2015 Elmer Lach, Canadian professional ice hockey player, dies at 97