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April 1939 in Sports History

Events in Sport

Sport awardUS Masters Golf

Apr 2 6th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Ralph Guldahl wins his only Masters title with a tournament record 279 (−9), 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Sam Snead

Golfer Sam Snead
Golfer
Sam Snead
  • Apr 16 Stanley Cup Final, Boston Garden, Boston, MA: Boston Bruins beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 3-1 for a 4-1 series win; first best-of-7 SC Final series

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 17 43rd Boston Marathon won by Ellison Brown in 2:28:51.8; his second victory in the event

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 20 Ted Williams' first MLB hit comes off of NY Yankees fellow future HOF'er Red Ruffing in Boston's 2-0 opening day defeat at Yankee Stadium, NYC

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, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher, famed knuckleballer; no-hitter 1973; 5 x MLB All Star; 5 x Gold Glove; Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves), born in Blaine, Ohio (d. 2020)
  • Apr 1 Nick Peters, American Baseball Hall of Fame writer (Oakland Tribune, Sacramento Bee, Berkeley Gazette, San Francisco Chronicle), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2015)
  • Apr 1 Vitali Davydov, Russian ice hockey defenceman (Olympic gold 1964, 68, 72; HC Dynamo Moscow), born in Moscow, Russia
  • Apr 3 Vitaliy Davidov, Soviet ice hockey player (Olympic gold 1964, 68, 72), born in Moscow
  • Apr 4 JoAnne Carner, American 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, American baseball player, born in Hollis, Oklahoma (d. 1995)
  • Apr 19 Michael Macaulay, South African cricketer (Tvl, W Prov, OFS, NE Tvl, E Prov & S Afr), born in Durban, Natal
  • Apr 25 Tarcisio Burgnich, Italian soccer defender (66 caps; Internazionale 358 games) and manager (Como, Genoa), born in Ruda, Italy (d. 2021)

Deaths in Sport

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