On This Day in Sport for April 6

Events in Sport

  • 1877 17th British Golf Open: Jamie Anderson shoots a 160 at Musselburgh Links
  • 1896 1st modern Olympic games open in Athens Greece [3/25 OS] American, James Connolly, wins 1st Olympic gold medal in mod history

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1900 James J Jeffries KOs Jack Finnegan in 1 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion James J. Jeffries
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
James J. Jeffries
  • 1926 Stanley Cup: Montl Maroons beat Victoria Cougars (WHL), 3 games to 1
  • 1935 H Levitt sinks 499 basketball free throws, misses & sinks 371 more
  • 1936 3rd Masters Golf Tournament: Horton Smith wins, shooting a 285
  • 1941 8th Masters Golf Tournament: Craig Wood wins, shooting a 280
  • 1947 11th Masters Golf Tournament: Jimmy Demaret wins, shooting a 281

Sport awardGolf Major

1952 16th Masters Golf Tournament: Sam Snead wins, shooting a 286

Golfer Sam Snead
Golfer
Sam Snead
  • 1954 Mont Canadiens score 3 goals in 56 sec in playoff game against Det
  • 1957 Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis buys the Hellenic National Airlines (TAE) and founds Olympic Airlines.

Sport awardGolf Major

1958 22nd Masters Golf Tournament: Arnold Palmer wins, shooting a 284

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1973 Roberto Clemente Day, Pirates retire his #

Baseball Player Roberto Clemente
Baseball Player
Roberto Clemente
  • 1977 Kingdome opens, Seattle Mariners 1st game, loses to Angels 7-0

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1980 9th Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Donna Caponi Young

LPGA Golfer Donna Caponi
LPGA Golfer
Donna Caponi

Sports record brokenNHL Record

1980 Gordie Howe completes a record 26th season

Ice Hockey Legend Gordie Howe
Ice Hockey Legend
Gordie Howe
  • 1982 Largest crowd ever to see a baseball game in Minn 52,279

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1986 15th Nabisco Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Pat Bradley

LPGA Golfer Pat Bradley
LPGA Golfer
Pat Bradley
  • 1986 Soccer ball juggled non-stop for 14:14 hrs
  • 1987 Al Campanis appears on Niteline saying blacks may not be equiped to be in baseball management, sparking a racial controversy
  • 1988 NJ Devils' 1st playoff game; lose to NY Islanders 4-3 (OT) in 1st round

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1991 Argentine soocer star Diego Maradona suspended for 15 month by Italian League for testing positive for cocaine use

Football Legend Diego Maradona
Football Legend
Diego Maradona
  • 1991 145th Grand National: Nigel Hawke aboard Seagram wins
  • 1992 1st game at Camden Field, Balt-Orioles beat Indians 2-0
  • 1992 54th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Duke beats Michigan 71-51
  • 1993 Florida Marlins 1st lost ever (4-2 to LA Dodgers)
  • 1996 Albert Belle shows off his arm by hitting Sports Illustrated photographer Tony Tomsic in the hand prior to a game
  • 1997 9th Seniors Golf Tradition: Gil Morgan wins
  • 1997 Annika Sorenstam wins LPGA Longs Drugs Challenge
  • 1997 Brad Faxon wins Freeport-McDermott Golf Classic
  • 2002 155th Grand National: Jim Culloty aboard Bindaree wins
  • 2004 23rd NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Tennessee 70-61
  • 2009 71st NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: North Carolina beats Michigan State 89-72
  • 2010 29th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Stanford 53-47
  • 2013 166th Grand National: Ryan Mania aboard Auroras Encore wins
  • 2015 77th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Duke beats Wisconsin 68-63

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1903 Mickey Cochrane, baseball hall of fame catcher (.320 avg)
  • 1909 Hermann Lang, German race car driver (d. 1987)
  • 1925 Arthur D Larsen, tennis champ (US Open-1950)
  • 1934 Antonius Geesink, Holland, judo (Olympic-gold-1964)
  • 1937 Tom Veivers, cricketer (Australian off-spinner in the 60's)
  • 1943 Joaquin Agostinho, Portuguese cyclist
  • 1951 Bert Blyleven, Dutch-born baseball player
  • 1953 Janet Lynn, ice skater (Olympics-bronze-1972)
  • 1956 Dilip Vengsarkar, cricketer (prolific Indian batsman 1976-92)
  • 1956 Mudassar Nazar, cricketer (son of Nazar Mohammad Pakistani bat)
  • 1961 Mike Schuchart, Nike golfer (1994 NIKE Tour Championship), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1963 Lorenzo Lynch, NFL safety (Az Cardinals, Oakland Raiders)
  • 1964 Bill Brooks, NFL wide receiver (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1965 Gerald Diduck, Edmonton, NHL defenseman (Hartford Whalers)
  • 1965 Rica Reinisch, German DR, 100m/200m backstroke (Olympic-gold-1980)
  • 1965 Virginia Lee, Australian rower (Olympics-96)
  • 1965 Lieve Slegers, Belgian athlete
  • 1967 Derrick Fenner, NFL running back (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1968 Chris Anderson, Australian high jumper (Olympics-96)
  • 1969 Andy Harmon, NFL defensive tackle (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1969 Bret Boone, El Cajon CA, infielder (Cincinnati Reds)
  • 1969 Brian Williams, NBA center/forward (Detroit Pistons, LA Clippers)
  • 1970 Oliver Miller, NBA forward/center (Toronto Raptors)
  • 1970 Olaf Kolzig, German NHL goalie and coach (Germany, Washington Capitals), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1970 Huang Xiaomin, Chinese swimmer
  • 1971 Anthony Redmon, guard (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1971 Tom Sorensen, volleyball middle blocker (Olympics-96), born in Racine, Wisconsin
  • 1971 Lou Merloni, American baseball player
  • 1972 Dickey Simpkins, NBA forward (SF Warriors, Chicago Bulls)
  • 1972 Donald Blair, CFL slot back (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • 1972 Hurvin McCormack, NFL defensive tackle (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1973 Donnie Edwards, linebacker (KC Chiefs)
  • 1973 Randall Godfrey, linebacker (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1973 Sun Wen, Chinese footballer
  • 1974 Robert Kova─Ź, Croatian footballer
  • 1976 Simon Coombes, Australian swimmer (Olympics-96), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1977 Andy Phillips, American Baseball Player
  • 1978 Tim Hasselbeck, American football player
  • 1978 Blaine Neal, American baseball player
  • 1981 Robert Earnshaw, Zambian born, Welsh international footballer
  • 1985 Clarke MacArthur, Canadian-born ice hockey player
  • 1987 Levi Porter, English footballer
  • 1988 Fabrice Muamba, Anglo-Congolese footballer

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

1953 MLB baseball player Ernie Banks (22) weds Mollye Louise

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks

Deaths in Sport

  • 1949 Stanley Christopherson, cricketer (1884, MCC Pres during WWII), dies
  • 1970 Maurice Stokes, American basketball player (b. 1933)
  • 1979 M Marie Wadlow, American softball pitcher (Hall of Fame 1957), dies at 61
  • 1989 Elizabeth Becker-Pinkston, American platform diver (Olympic gold 1924 and 1928), dies at 86
  • 1991 Bill Ponsford, cricketer (Test avg 48 22, 1st-class avg 65 18), dies
  • 1997 Jack Kent Cooke, NFL owner (Wash Redskins), dies at 84
  • 2004 Niki Sullivan, American guitarist (The Crickets) (b. 1937)
  • 2006 Maggie Dixon, American college basketball coach (b. 1977)
  • 2009 Shawn Mackay, Brumbies rugby player (b. 1982)