April 1949 in Sport

Events in Sport


Sport awardUS 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

Golfer Sam Snead
Golfer
Sam Snead
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 19 Yankees dedicate a plaque for Babe Ruth

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • Apr 20 Jockey Bill Shoemaker wins his 1st race, in Albany, California

Birthdays in Sport

  • Apr 1 Sammy Nelson, Northern Irish footballer, 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, Hendersonville NC, newscaster (Monday Night Baseball)
  • 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, Silver City Ms, NBAer (Olympic gold 1968, Knicks)
  • Apr 25 Vicente Pernía, Argentine footballer, born in Tandil, Argentina
  • Apr 26 Carlos Bianchi, Argentinian footballer and coach (Vélez Sarsfield), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Apr 26 Jerry Blackwell, American professional wrestler, born in Stone Mountain, Georgia (d. 1995)
  • Apr 29 Eddie Hart, American 100m runner (Olympic-1972)
  • Apr 30 Phil Garner, baseball manager

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

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

NHL Goalie Jacques Plante
NHL Goalie
Jacques Plante

Deaths in Sport

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