On This Day

April 1937 in Sports History

Events in Sport

US Masters Golf

Apr 4 4th Augusta National Invitation Tournament (Masters) Golf: Byron Nelson wins first of his 5 major titles by 2 strokes ahead of Ralph Guldahl

  • Apr 12 Sir Frank Whittle ground-tests the first jet engine designed to power an aircraft at Rugby, England.
  • Apr 15 Stanley Cup Final, Olympia Stadium, Detroit, MI: Detroit Red Wings beat New York Rangers, 3-0 for a 3-2 series win; back-to-back titles for Red Wings
  • Apr 19 41st Boston Marathon won by Walter Young of Canada in 2:33:20

Sports History

Apr 23 New York Giants pitcher Carl Hubbell's first start of season, a 3-0 win over the Boston Bees, is his 17th straight win; streak continues for league record 24 victories in a row


Birthdays in Sport

  • Apr 2 Dick Radatz, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1963, 64; AL saves leader 1962, 64; Boston Red Sox), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2005)
  • Apr 2 Theo Foley, Irish soccer defender (9 caps, Republic of Ireland; Burnley, Charlton Athletic) and manager (Northampton Town), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 2020)
  • Apr 3 Sandra Spuzich, American golfer (US Open 1966), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 2015)
  • Apr 6 Tom Veivers, cricketer (Australian off-spinner in the 60's)
  • Apr 10 Stan Mellor MBE, British National Hunt jockey and trainer (first jumps jockey to ride 1,000 winners; Champion Jockey 1960-62), born in Manchester, England (d. 2020)
  • Apr 12 Raymond Ceulemans, Belgian world champ billiards player, born in Lier, Belgium
  • Apr 18 Tatyana Shchelkanova, Soviet long jumper (Olympic bronze 1964), born in Rostov, Russia (d. 2011)
  • Apr 18 Joaquim Carvalho, Portuguese soccer goalkeeper (6 caps; Sporting CP), born in Barreiro, Portugal (d. 2022)
  • Apr 22 Ken Palmer, English cricket umpire (22 Tests, 23 ODIs 1977-2001) and fast bowler (1 Test), born in Winchester, Hampshire, England
  • Apr 23 Barry Shepherd, Australian cricket batsman (9 Tests, 5 x 50s; West Australia CA), born in Donnybrook, Australia (d. 2001)
  • Apr 23 Don Massengale, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1967 runner-up), born in Jackson, Texas (d. 2007)
  • Apr 26 Bob Boozer, College/Basketball Hall of Fame forward (Olympic gold 1960), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 2012)
  • Apr 27 David Bolton, English rugby league five eighth (23 caps Great Britain; Wigan, Balmain) and coach (Parramatta), born in Wigan, England (d. 2021)