On This Day

April 1947 in Sports History

Events in Sport


Sport awardUS Masters Golf

Apr 6 11th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Jimmy Demaret wins his 2nd Masters by 2 strokes over Byron Nelson and amateur Frank Stranahan

Golfer Byron Nelson
Golfer
Byron Nelson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

AgreementContract of Interest

Apr 10 Jackie Robinson becomes first black player of the 20th century to sign a MLB contract; Brooklyn GM, Branch Rickey announces Dodgers had bought Robinson’s contract from Montreal Royals

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player and Sports Executive Branch Rickey
Baseball Player and Sports Executive
Branch Rickey
  • Apr 15 Jackie Robinson becomes 1st African-American to play in US major league baseball (Dodgers)
  • Apr 17 Jackie Robinson bunts for his 1st major league hit
  • Apr 19 Stanley Cup Final, Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, ON: Toronto Maple Leafs edge Montreal Canadiens, 2-1 for a 4-2 series win; first all-Canadian final since 1935
  • Apr 19 Suh Yun Buck wins world record marathon (2:25:39)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 19 England beats France, 6-3 at Twickenham to be level on points with Wales for a share of the Five Nations Rugby Championship; first appearance of France in tournament since 1931
  • Apr 21 51st Boston Marathon won by Yun Bok Soh of Korea in 2:25:39; world best time
  • Apr 22 1st Basketball Association of America Finals: Philadelphia Warriors beat Chicago Stags, 83-80 to take inaugural series, 4 games to 2

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Apr 25 Lou Thesz beats Whipper Watson in St Louis, to win National Wrestling Association world heavyweight title

Professional Wrestler Lou Thesz
Professional Wrestler
Lou Thesz

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Apr 27 Babe Ruth Day celebrated at Yankee Stadium and throughout the US

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth

Birthdays in Sport

  • Apr 1 Norm Van Lier, American basketball point guard (NBA All Star 1974, 76, 77; Chicago Bulls) and broadcaster (Comcast SportsNet), born in East Liverpool, Ohio (d. 2009)
  • Apr 4 Ray Fosse, American baseball player and broadcaster, born in Marion, Illinois
  • Apr 14 Bob Massie, cricketer (Aust swing bowler, 16 wkts on debut v Eng 1972)

Person of interestKareem Abdul-Jabbar

Apr 16 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar [Lew Alcindor], American Basketball Hall of Fame center (6 x NBA champion; NBA Finals MVP 1971, 85; 6 × NBA MVP; 19 × NBA All-Star), born in NYC, New York

  • Apr 17 Tsutomu Wakamatsu, Japanese baseball player, born in Rumoi, Hokkaidō, Japan
  • Apr 25 Johan Cruyff, Dutch soccer player and coach (Ajax/Barcelona), born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands (d. 2016)
  • Apr 26 Donna De Varona, American 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 Johnny Miller, American golfer (US Open 1973, British Open 1976), born in San Francisco, California

Deaths in Sport

  • Apr 2 Joe Hardstaff Sr., English cricket batsman (5 Tests; umpire 21 Tests), dies at 64
  • Apr 18 Benny Leonard, Jewish-American lightweight boxing champ (1917-25), dies at 51
  • Apr 19 Charles Bidwill, American NFL team owner (Chicago Cardinals 1933-46), dies of pneumonia at 51