On This Day

April 1943 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Apr 7 NFL adopts free substitution rule; helmets made mandatory and 10-game schedule for all teams approved
  • Apr 8 Stanley Cup Final, Boston Garden, Boston, MA: Detroit Red Wings beat Boston Bruins, 2-0 for a 4-0 series sweep and their 3rd SC Championship
  • Apr 8 1943 NFL Draft: Frank Sinkwich from University of Georgia first pick by Detroit Lions
  • Apr 19 47th Boston Marathon won by Gerard Cote of Canada in 2:28:25.8; his 2nd of 4 wins in the event

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 20 Braves manager Casey Stengel is struck by a taxi, fractures a leg

Baseball Hall of Fame Manager Casey Stengel
Baseball Hall of Fame Manager
Casey Stengel

Birthdays in Sport

  • Apr 5 Masahiko 'Fighting' Harada, Japanese boxer (world flyweight, bantamweight champion), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Apr 6 Joaquin Agostinho, Portuguese cyclist
  • Apr 7 Dennis Amiss, cricketer (prolific English batsman)
  • Apr 8 Carol Lavell, American equestrian dressage (Olympic bronze 1992, 96), born in Newport, Rhode Island
  • Apr 16 Johnny Watkins, Australian cricketer (NSW leg-spinner, bowled 6 overs for Aust), born in Newcastle, New South Wales
  • Apr 19 Robert Yates, American auto racing team owner and engine builder (Yates Racing, NASCAR), born in Charlotte, North Carolina (d. 2017)
  • Apr 21 Hannes Viljoen, South African rugby union winger (3 caps; Natal), born in Elliot, South Africa (d. 2021)
  • Apr 22 Steve Dunne, New Zealand cricket umpire (39 Tests; 100 ODIs), born in Dunedin. Otago
  • Apr 23 Tony Esposito, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender (6 x NHL All Star; Vezina Trophy 1970, 72, 74; Chicago Blackhawks), born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario (d. 2021)
  • Apr 27 Helmut Marko, Austrian auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans 1971), born in Graz, Austria

Deaths in Sport