On This Day

April 1949 in Sports History

Events in Sport

US Masters Golf

Apr 10 13th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Sam Snead wins his first of 3 green jackets by 3 strokes over Johnny Bulla and Lloyd Mangrum

  • Apr 13 Basketball Association of America Finals: Minneapolis Lakers beat Washington Capitols, 77-56 to take series, 4 games to 2; BAA and National Basketball League merge later that year to create the NBA
  • Apr 16 Stanley Cup Final, Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, ON: 3-peat for Toronto Maple Leafs as they beat Detroit Red Wings, 3-1 for a 4 game series sweep
  • Apr 18 53rd Boston Marathon won by Gösta Leandersson of Sweden in 2:31:50.8

Sports History

Apr 19 Yankees dedicate a plaque for Babe Ruth

Birthdays in Sport

  • Apr 1 Sammy Nelson, Irish soccer left back (51 caps Northern Ireland; Arsenal), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Apr 3 Lyle Alzado, NFL defensive linesman (LA Raiders) and actor (Oceans of Fire, Hangfire), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1992)
  • Apr 8 Jim Lampley, American broadcaster (Monday Night Baseball), born in Hendersonville, North Carolina
  • Apr 11 Jean-Pierre Bastiat, French rugby union lock (32 Tests; US Dax), born in Pouillon, France (d. 2021)
  • Apr 13 Ricardo Zuniño, Argentine racing driver, born in San Juan, Argentina
  • Apr 18 Geoff Bodine, American race car driver, born in Chemung, New York
  • Apr 22 Spencer Haywood, American Basketball Hall of Fame forward (Olympic gold 1968; NBA C'ship 1980 LA Lakers; NBA All-Star 1972–75; ABA All-Star Game MVP 1970), born in Silver City, Mississippi
  • Apr 25 Vicente Pernía, Argentine footballer, born in Tandil, Argentina
  • Apr 26 Carlos Bianchi, Argentine soccer forward and coach (14 caps; Vélez Sarsfield, Boca Juniors), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Apr 29 Eddie Hart, American 100m runner (Olympics, 1972)
  • Apr 30 Phil Garner, American baseball player and manager (Astros), born in Jefferson City, Tennessee

Weddings in Sport

Jacques Plante

Apr 30 Ice hockey goaltender Jacques Plante (20) weds Jacqueline Gagne in Quebec, Canada

Deaths in Sport

  • Apr 6 Stanley Christopherson, cricketer (1884, MCC President during WWII), dies
  • Apr 19 Ulrich Salchow, Swedish figure skater (b. 1877)