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April 1930 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Apr 1 Chicago Cubs catcher Leo Hartnett breaks the altitude record for a catch by gloving a baseball dropped from the Goodyear blimp 800 feet over Los Angeles, California

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Apr 1 American golfer Bobby Jones starts his Grand Slam season by winning the Southeastern Open by 13 strokes over Horton Smith at the Forest Hills-Ricker Golf Course in Atlanta, Georgia

Golfer Bobby Jones
Golfer
Bobby Jones

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Apr 3 Stanley Cup Final, Montreal Forum, Montreal, Quebec: Montreal Canadiens beat Boston Bruins, 4-3 for a 2-0 series sweep and their 3rd Championship

NHL Goalie George Hainsworth
NHL Goalie
George Hainsworth
  • Apr 4 England cricket batsman Andy Sandham ends Day 2 of 4th Test against West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica unbeaten on 309; 1st triple century in Test history; out for 325
  • Apr 4 Les Ames makes the 1st Test Cricket century by a wicketkeeper (149)
  • Apr 5 England cricketers dismissed for then record 849 v West Indies in 4th Test in Kingston, Jamaica; Andy Sandham out for 325
  • Apr 10 Brilliant West Indian cricket batsman George Headley scores patient 223 in drawn 4th Test against England at Kingston, Jamaica
  • Apr 12 4th Test Cricket WI v England ends in a draw after nine days
  • Apr 12 Wilfred Rhodes ends Test Cricket career aged 52 years 165 days

Sport awardBoston Marathon

Apr 21 34th Boston Marathon won by Clarence DeMar in 2:34:48.2; his 7th victory in the event

Marathon Runner Clarence DeMar
Marathon Runner
Clarence DeMar
  • Apr 27 White Sox 1st baseman Bud Clancy didn't handle ball at all in a 9 inning game vs St Louis Browns [1]
  • Apr 28 1st night organized baseball game played in Independence, Kansas
  • Apr 29 123 runs are scored in 7 major league games

Birthdays in Sport

  • Apr 1 Dennis Young, New Zealand rugby union hooker (22 caps; Canterbury 139 games), born in Christchurch, New Zealand (d. 2020)
  • Apr 2 Bill McColl, American College Football Hall of Fame end (Stanford; NFL: Chicago Bears 1952-59), born in San Diego, California
  • Apr 3 Wally Moon, American baseball player, born in Bay, Arkansas (d. 2018)
  • Apr 6 David Sexton, English football manager, born in Islington, London (d. 2012)
  • Apr 10 Shujauddin Butt, Pakistani cricketer (batted in 19 Tests for Pakistan 1954-62), born in Lahore, Punjab (d. 2006)
  • Apr 12 Johnny Antonelli, American baseball pitcher (6 × MLB All-Star 1954, 56–59²; World Series, NL ERA leader 1954; SF Giants), born in Rochester, New York (d. 2020)
  • Apr 19 Ângelo Martins, Portuguese soccer defender (20 caps; Benfica 231 games), born in Porto, Portugal (d. 2020)
  • Apr 20 Alan Oakman, English cricketer (England batsman against Australia 1956), born in Hastings, Sussex, England
  • Apr 24 Conn Findlay, American rower (Olympic gold coxed pair 1956, 64) and sailor (Olympic bronze Tempest 1976), born in Stockton, California (d. 2021)
  • Apr 25 Roy Marshall, West Indian cricketer (prolific Hampshire only 4 Tests for WI), born in Saint Thomas, Barbados (d. 1992)
  • Apr 26 Roger Moens, Belgian middle distance runner (800m world record 1955), born in Aalst, Belgium
  • Apr 29 Alf Valentine, Jamaican cricketer (great West Indian lefty spinner)

Deaths in Sport

  • Apr 21 Alex Smith, Scottish-American golfer (US Open 1906, 10), dies at 56