April 1939 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Apr 2 6th Masters Golf Tournament: Ralph Guldahl wins, shooting a 279
  • Apr 8 ACV soccer team forms in Axes
  • Apr 16 Stanley Cup: Boston Bruins beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 4 games to 1

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Apr 17 Joe Louis KOs Jack Roper in 1 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • Apr 19 43rd Boston Marathon won by Ellison Brown of RI in 2:28:51.8

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 20 Ted Williams' 1st hit (off of Yankee Red Ruffing) a double

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Apr 30 Lou Gehrig sets a MLB record playing his 2,130th consecutive and final game for the New York Yankees.

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig

Birthdays in Sport

  • Apr 1 Phil Niekro, knuckleball pitcher (NY Yankees, Atlanta Braves)
  • Apr 3 Vitaliy Davidov, Soviet ice hockey player (Olympic gold 1964, 68, 72), born in Moscow
  • Apr 4 JoAnne Carner, American LPGA golfer (US Women's Open 1971, 76), born in Kirkland, Washington
  • Apr 4 Ernie Terrell, American boxer (WBA champ 1965-7), born in Belzoni, Mississippi (d. 2014)
  • Apr 12 Johnny Raper, Australian rugby league footballer, born in Revesby, New South Wales, Australia
  • Apr 18 Von McDaniel, baseball player
  • Apr 19 Michael Macaulay, cricketer (Tvl, W Prov, OFS, NE Tvl, E Prov & S Afr)

Deaths in Sport

  • Apr 5 William Cooper, cricketer (two Tests for Australia 1882-84), dies