On This Day in Sport for April 8

Events in Sport

  • 1916 In Corona, California, racecar driver Bob Burman crashes, killing three and badly injuring five spectators.
  • 1920 LONGA soccer team forms in Tilburg
  • 1935 2nd Masters Golf Tournament: Gene Sarazen wins, shooting a 282
  • 1939 ACV soccer team forms in Axes

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1941 Joe Louis TKOs Tony Musto in 9 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • 1943 Stanley Cup: Detroit Red Wings sweep Boston Bruins in 4 games
  • 1943 1943 NFL Draft: Frank Sinkwich from University of Georgia first pick by Detroit Lions
  • 1945 1945 NFL Draft: Charley Trippi from University of Georgia first pick by Chicago Cardinals
  • 1956 20th Masters Golf Tournament: Jack Burke Jr wins, shooting a 289
  • 1963 Tigers claim young pitcher Denny McLain from the White Sox for $25,000

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1966 AFL chooses 36 year old Al Davis as commissioner

American Football Coach and Executive Al Davis
American Football Coach and Executive
Al Davis
  • 1967 121st Grand National: John Buckingham aboard Foinavon wins
  • 1968 Baseball's Opening Day is postponed because of Martin Luther King's assassination
  • 1969 1st Baseball game in Canada - Mont Expos beats NY Mets 10-9
  • 1969 Expansion teams Royals, Expos, Padres & Pilots win their 1st games
  • 1972 Alvin Kallicharran scores 100* in his 1st Test Cricket innings v NZ
  • 1972 126th Grand National: Graham Thorner aboard Well To Do wins

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1974 Hammerin' Hank Aaron hits 715th HR, breaking Babe Ruth's record in Atlanta

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
  • 1975 Frank Robinson debuts as 1st black baseball mgr (Cleve, beats NY 5-3)
  • 1976 1976 NFL Draft: Lee Roy Selmon from University of Oklahoma first pick by Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • 1979 8th Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Sandra Post
  • 1980 Islander Potvin's 2 shorthanded goals tie NHL record vs Kings & set NHL rec of 2 shorthanded playoff goals in 1 period
  • 1981 Islanders scored 9 goals against Toronto in playoffs
  • 1982 Tracy Caulkins, 19, wins her 36th US swimming title
  • 1984 13th Nabisco Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Juli Inkster
  • 1989 1-handed pitcher Jim Abbott debut but lasts only 4 2/3 inn
  • 1989 143rd Grand National: Jimmy Frost aboard Little Polveir wins

Sport awardGolf Major

1990 54th Masters Golf Tournament: Nick Faldo wins, shooting a 278

Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner Nick Faldo
Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner
Nick Faldo
  • 1990 Kris Monaghan wins LPGA Red Robin Kyocera Inamori Golf Classic
  • 1991 Jockey, Bill Shoemaker, paralyzed in a car accident
  • 1991 Major league umpires & baseball reach a 4-year agreement
  • 1994 Atlanta Brave Kent Mercker no-hits Dodgers, 6-0

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1994 Darryl Strawberry enters Betty Ford clinic

Baseball Player Darryl Strawberry
Baseball Player
Darryl Strawberry

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1995 Oliver McCall beats Larry Holmes in 12 for heavyweight boxing title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes
  • 1995 148th Grand National: Jason Titley aboard Royal Athlete wins
  • 1996 Bruce Seldon TKOs Tony Tucker in 7 to win vacated WBA boxing title
  • 2000 153rd Grand National: Ruby Walsh aboard Papillon wins

Sport awardGolf Major

2001 65th Masters Golf Tournament: Tiger Woods wins, shooting a 272

Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
Tiger Woods
  • 2003 22nd NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Tennessee 73-68
  • 2006 159th Grand National: Niall Madden aboard Numbersixvalverde wins
  • 2007 71st Masters Golf Tournament: Zach Johnson wins, shooting a 289
  • 2008 27th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Tennessee beats Stanford 64-48
  • 2012 76th Masters Golf Tournament: Bubba Watson wins, shooting a 278
  • 2013 75th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Louisville beats Michigan 82-76

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2014 Mike Babcock wins his 414th career game as head coach of the Detroit Red Wings, becoming the winningest coach in Red Wings history (passing Jack Adams)

NHL Coach Mike Babcock
NHL Coach
Mike Babcock
  • 2014 33rd NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Notre Dame 79-58

Birthdays in Sport


Person of interestPerson of Interest

1886 Jim Barnes, English golfing pioneer (4 major wins), born in Lelant, Cornwall (d. 1966)

Pioneering Golfer Jim Barnes
Pioneering Golfer
Jim Barnes
  • 1902 Arthur Wellard, cricketer (big hitting Somerset & England batsman)
  • 1910 George Musso, NFL guard (Chicago Bears)
  • 1910 Wendell Bill, cricketer (NSW bat 1929-36 Century on debut 1930)
  • 1912 Sonja Henie, ice skater/actress (Olympic-gold-1928,32,36), born in Oslo, Norway
  • 1912 Alois Brunner, Austrian Nazi
  • 1914 John Cameron, cricketer (brother of Jimmy WI v-capt 1939 England tour)
  • 1920 Erik Pausin, Austria, figure skating pairs (Olympics-silver-1936)
  • 1935 Donald Thompsett, cricket umpire
  • 1938 Mohammad Farooq, cricketer (Pakistani pace bowler in 7 Tests 1960-65)
  • 1940 John Havlicek, Martin's Ferry Ohio, NBA hall-of-famer (Boston Celtics)
  • 1942 Douglas Trumbull, director (Silent Running, Brainstorm)
  • 1943 Carol Lavell, Fairfax Vt, equestrian dressage (Oly-bronze-92, 96)
  • 1943 J P Kavanaugh, racehorse trainer
  • 1946 Jim "Catfish" Hunter, major-league pitcher (A's, Yankees)
  • 1949 Jim Lampley, Hendersonville NC, newscaster (Monday Night Baseball)
  • 1950 Grzegorz Lato, Polish footballer
  • 1954 Gary Carter, catcher (Mont Expos, NY Mets)
  • 1957 Fred Smerlas, American football player
  • 1959 Franklyn Stephenson, cricketer (great all-rounder)
  • 1959 Martin Weston, cricketer
  • 1963 Alec Stewart, cricketer (son of Micky/opening bat Occasional WK)
  • 1963 Terry Porter, NBA guard (Minnesota Timberwolves)
  • 1964 Valinda Hilleary, Littleton Co, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-9th-1993)
  • 1964 Lisa Guerrero, American sports broadcaster
  • 1964 John McGinlay, Scottish footballer
  • 1966 Mazinho, Brazilian footballer
  • 1967 Kenneth Charlie Griffith Benjamin, cricketer (WI like his namesake)
  • 1968 Don Davey, NFL defensive tackle (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1968 Patricia Girard-Léno, French athlete (100 m hurdles)
  • 1969 Steve Jackson, NFL cornerback (Houston/Tennessee Oilers)
  • 1970 Derek D Brown, team handball right wing (Olympics-1996), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1970 Gerald Vaughn, CFL defensive back (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • 1970 Harold Bishop, NFL tight end (Cleveland Browns)
  • 1971 Edward Fryatt, Rochdale England, Nike golfer (1994 NCAA West Regional)
  • 1971 Marc Peers, tornado sailor (Olympics-96), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • 1972 Damon Watts, NFL center (Indianapolis Colts)
  • 1972 Isaac Davis, NFL guard (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1972 Katrina Powell, Canberra Australia, field hockey striker (Olympics-96)
  • 1973 Alex Gonzalez, infielder (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1973 Joel Davis, guard (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • 1973 Walter Nicholas Henry Tongue, 50m/100m swimmer (Oly-96), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1973 Khaled Badra, Tunisian footballer
  • 1976 Jim Farnum, kayak (alt-Olympics-96), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1978 Bernt Haas, Swiss footballer
  • 1979 Jeremy Guthrie, American baseball player
  • 1981 Rebecca Wilson, Queensland Australia, gymnast (Olympics-96)
  • 1981 Brian Burres, American baseball player
  • 1986 Igor Akinfeev, Russian footballer
  • 1986 Félix Hernández, Venezuelan MLB baseball player (Seattle Mariners), born in Valencia
  • 1987 Royston Drenthe, Dutch footballer

Deaths in Sport

  • 1889 Henry Jupp, cricketer (scored 63 on Test debut for Engl in 1877), dies
  • 1938 Harold Baumgartner, cricketer (took 2-99 lefty in test for S Af), dies
  • 1943 Richard Sears, 1st to win US amateur national tennis match, dies at 81
  • 1957 Frank Chester, cricketer (distinguished 1-armed Engl Test ump), dies
  • 1963 Len Tuckett, cricketer (no runs no wkts in 1 Test for S A), dies
  • 1965 Jack Durston, cricketer (one Test for England, 4-102 & 1-34), dies
  • 1972 Sherwin Badger, American Figure Skating Champion (1920-24), dies at 70
  • 1978 Ford C Frick, baseball commissioner, dies at 83
  • 1995 Maurice Allom, cricketer (14 Test wickets-NZ debut hat-trick), dies
  • 2004 Enda Colleran, Gaelic footballer (b. 1941)
  • 2005 Eddie Miksis, American baseball player (b. 1926)