April 1946 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Apr 5 100th Grand National: Capt. Robert Petre wins aboard 25/1 shot Lovely Cottage; first true GN since 1940 due to World War II; last on a Friday

US Masters Golf

Apr 7 10th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: American Herman Keiser wins his only major title, 1 stroke ahead of tour money-leader Ben Hogan; first Masters in 4 years because of World War II

  • Apr 9 Stanley Cup Final, Montreal Forum, Montreal, Quebec: Montreal Canadiens beat Boston Bruins, 6-3 for a 4-1 series victory

Golf Tournament

Apr 12 LPGA Titleholders Championship Women's Golf, Augusta CC: Louise Suggs wins her first major title by 2 strokes from Eileen Stulb

  • Apr 13 Eddie Klepp, a white pitcher signed by defending Negro League champ Cleveland Buckeyes, is barred from field in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Apr 15 50th Boston Marathon won by Stylianos Kyriakides of Greece in 2:29:27; first and only Cypriot athlete to win the event

Baseball Record

Apr 16 Mel Ott playing in right field for NY Giants hits his 511th and final MLB home run in 8-4 Opening Day win over Philadelphia Phillies

Sports History

Apr 18 Jackie Robinson debuts as 2nd baseman for the Montreal Royals

  • Apr 19 Yankees switch from 3rd base to 1st base dug out
  • Apr 20 1st baseball broadcast in Chicago, Cards vs Cubs
  • Apr 23 Brooklyn Dodger Ed Head no-hits Boston Braves, 5-0
  • Apr 24 11 players named to the Baseball Hall of Fame: Tinker, Evers, Chance, Burkett, McCarthy, Waddell, Plank, Walsh, Jack Chesbro, Griffith and McGinnity

Sports History

Apr 30 Cleveland Indians pitcher Bob Feller's 2nd career MLB no-hitter; beats New York Yankees, 1-0


Birthdays in Sport

  • Apr 1 Arrigo Sacchi, Italian soccer coach (Italy national team 1991-96; Serie A 1987-88; European Cup 1989, 90; AC Milan; Atlético Madrid, Parma), born in Fusignano, Italy
  • Apr 1 Manfred Stengl, Austrian luger (Olympic gold men's doubles 1964), born in Salzburg, Austria (d. 1992)
  • Apr 2 Richard Collinge, New Zealand cricket fast bowler (35 Tests, 116 wickets; Central Districts CA, Wellington CA, Northern Districts CA), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • Apr 7 Colette Besson, French runner (d. 2005)
  • Apr 8 Jim "Catfish" Hunter, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (MLB All-Star 1966, 67, 70, 72–1976; World Series 1972–74, 77, 78; AL Cy Young Award 1974; Oakland A's, NY Yankees), born in Hertford, North Carolina (d. 1999)
  • Apr 9 Alan Knott, English cricket wicket-keeper (1967-81), born in Belvedere, Kent
  • Apr 10 Bob Watson, American baseball utility (MLB All Star 1973, 75; Houston Astros) and sports executive (GM NY Yankees, World Series 1996), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2020)
  • Apr 17 Clare Francis, British yachtswoman and novelist (Come Hell or High Water), born in Thames Ditton, Surrey
  • Apr 21 S Venkataraghavan, cricket (Indian off-spinner, Test ump, ICC referee)
  • Apr 27 John Maclean, Australian cricketer (Australian wicket-keeper 1978-79), born in Herston, Queensland, Australia
  • Apr 30 Donald Schollander, swimmer (Olympic-4 gold-64), born in Charlotte, North Carolina

Deaths in Sport

  • Apr 16 Arthur Chevrolet, Swiss auto racer and car designer (co-founder Chevrolet Motor Car Company), dies from suicide at 61
  • Apr 17 John Iddon, cricketer (car accident 5 Tests for Eng 1934-35), dies
  • Apr 21 Robert Graham, cricketer (3 wkts for South Africa in 2 Tests 1898-99), dies
  • Apr 25 Albert Knight, cricketer (3 Tests for England on 1903-04 tour), dies
  • Apr 25 Joseph Vine, cricketer (batted in two Tests Eng v Aust 1911-12), dies