On This Day

April 1944 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Apr 13 Stanley Cup Final, Montreal Forum, Montreal, Quebec: Montreal Canadiens beat Chicago Blackhawks, 5-4 in overtime for a 4-0 series sweep; Canadiens' first SC triumph since 1931
  • Apr 17 48th Boston Marathon won by Gerard Cote of Canada in 2:31:50.4; second straight victory; 3rd of 4 titles
  • Apr 19 1944 NFL Draft: Angelo Bertelli from University of Notre Dame first pick by Boston Yanks
  • Apr 20 NFL legalizes coaching from bench
  • Apr 21 NFL Chic Cardinals & Pittsburgh Steelers merge (dissolves on Dec 3)
  • Apr 27 Boston Brave Jim Tobin no-hits Bkln Dodgers, 2-0
  • Apr 30 NY Giant, Mel Ott scores 6 runs in 1 game drawing 5 walks for 4th time

Birthdays in Sport

  • Apr 1 Rusty Staub, American baseball utility (6 x MLB All Star; Houston Colt .45s / Astros; Montreal Expos; NY Mets; Detroit Tigers) and broadcaster (Mets games 1986-95), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2018)
  • Apr 2 František Pospíšil, Czech ice hockey defenceman (IIHF World C'ships gold 1972, 76, 77; best defenceman 1972, 76; Olympic bronze 1972, silver 1976), born in Unhošť, Bohemia and Moravia
  • Apr 2 Rodolfo Fischer, Argentine soccer striker (35 caps; San Lorenzo 271 games), born in Oberá, Argentina (d. 2020)
  • Apr 4 Lawrence A. Hough, American rower (Pairs w/o cox-1968 olympic silver), born in Janesville, Wisconsin
  • Apr 6 John Huarte, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1964, Notre Dame; Super Bowl 1970, KC Chiefs), born in Anaheim, California
  • Apr 7 Bill Stoneman, American baseball player and manager
  • Apr 12 Mike Garrett, American College Football Hall of Fame running back (Heisman Trophy 1965, USC; AFL All-Star 1966-67, KC Chiefs) and executive (athletic director USC 1993-2010), born in Los Angeles, CA
  • Apr 16 Bob Montgomery, last Major League Baseball player to bat without a helmet (1979), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Apr 18 Irvine Shillingford, West Indian cricketer (cousin of Grayson, 4 Tests for WI), born in Dublanc, Dominica
  • Apr 21 Adrian Hurley, Australian basketball coach
  • Apr 26 Martha Rockwell, American cross-country skier (Mount Washington), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • Apr 29 Jim Hart, NFL quarterback (St Louis Cardinals), born in Evanston, Illinois

Deaths in Sport

  • Apr 17 Jack Hearne, English cricket spin bowler (12 Tests, 49 wickets; England's first hat-trick vs Australia 1899), dies at 76
  • Apr 25 Tony Mullane, Irish-American baseball player, dies at 85
  • Apr 26 Violette Morris, French athlete & spy for Nazi Germany, dies at 51