April 1947 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Apr 6 11th Masters Golf Tournament: Jimmy Demaret wins, shooting a 281

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Apr 9 Baseball suspends Bkln Dodger Leo Durocher for 1 year

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher
  • Apr 10 Baseball Commissioner Happy Chandler suspends Leo Durocher, first day of the season

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Apr 15 Jackie Robinson becomes 1st African-American to play in US major league baseball (Dodgers)

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson
  • Apr 17 Jackie Robinson bunts for his 1st major league hit
  • Apr 19 51st Boston Marathon won by Yun Bok Soh of Korea in 2:25:39
  • Apr 19 Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs beat Montreal Canadiens, 4 games to 2
  • Apr 19 Suh Yun Buck wins world record marathon (2:25:39)

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Apr 19 After scoring 45 goals during the regular season, Maurice Richard is named MVP.

Ice Hockey Player Maurice Richard
Ice Hockey Player
Maurice Richard
  • Apr 22 1st NBA Championship: Philadelphia Warriors beat Chicago Stags, 4 games to 2
  • Apr 25 Lou Thesz beats Whipper Watson in St Louis, to win National Wrestling Association world heavyweight title

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Apr 27 Babe Ruth Day celebrated at Yankee Stadium & through out US

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth

Birthdays in Sport

  • Apr 1 Norm Van Lier, American basketball player
  • Apr 4 Ray Fosse, American baseball player and broadcaster
  • Apr 14 Bob Massie, cricketer (Aust swing bowler, 16 wkts on debut v Eng 1972)

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Apr 16 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, [Lew Alcindor], NBA center (Mil Bucks, LA Lakers), born in NYC, New York

  • Apr 17 Tsutomu Wakamatsu, Japanese baseball player
  • Apr 25 Johan Cruyff, Dutch soccer player/coach (Ajax/Barcelona), born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands (d. 2016)
  • Apr 26 Donna Elizabeth De Varona, swimmer (Olympic-2 gold-64), born in Greenwich, Connecticut
  • Apr 29 Jim Ryun, American 1500m runner/broke 4 minute mile (Olympic silver 1968)
  • Apr 29 John Laurence Miller, golfer (US Open 1973, British Open 1976), born in San Francisco, California

Deaths in Sport

  • Apr 2 Joseph Hardstaff, cricket (311 runs in 5 Tests for Eng 1907-08), dies
  • Apr 18 Benny Leonard, lightweight boxing champ (1917-25), dies at 51