On This Day

April 1951 in Sports History

Events in Sport


Sport awardUS Masters Golf

Apr 7 15th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Ben Hogan wins the first of his 2 Masters titles, 2 strokes ahead of runner-up Skee Riegel

Golfer Ben Hogan
Golfer
Ben Hogan
  • Apr 7 105th Grand National: John Bullock wins aboard 40/1 shot Nickel Coin; of 36 runners, only 3 complete the course
  • Apr 16 55th Boston Marathon won by Shigeki Tanaka of Japan in 2:27:45

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 17 NY Yankee Mickey Mantle's 1st game, he goes 1 for 4

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • Apr 21 NBA Championship: Rochester Royals beat New York Knicks, 79-75 to take series 4 games to 3; first Finals appearance for both teams
  • Apr 21 Stanley Cup Final, Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, ON: Toronto Maple Leafs beat Montreal Canadiens, 3-2 for a 4-1 series victory

Birthdays in Sport

  • Apr 2 Ayako Okamoto, Japanese golfer (US Open 1987 runner-up, 17 LPGA Tour titles), born in Hiroshima, Japan
  • Apr 6 Bert Blyleven, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (2-time WS champion Twins 1979, 87), born in Zeist, Netherlands
  • Apr 9 John Teerlinck, American NFL defensive end (SD Chargers) and coach (annual award for NFL best defensive line coach named after him), born in Rochester, New York (d. 2020)
  • Apr 11 Jim Holton, Scottish soccer defender (15 caps; Manchester United, Coventry City), born in Lesmahagow, Scotland (d. 1993)
  • Apr 13 Beatrix "Trixie" Schuba, Austrian figure skater considered to be one of the best compulsory figure skaters ever (Olympic gold 1972), born in Vienna, Austria
  • Apr 13 Joachim Streich, East German footballer, born in Wismar, East Germany
  • Apr 18 Ricardo Fortaleza, Australian-Filipino boxer, born in Malate, Manila, Philippines

Person of interestDale Earnhardt

Apr 29 Dale Earnhardt, American auto racer (7 NASCAR Winston Cup Series championships), born in Kannapolis, North Carolina (d. 2001)

Auto Racer Dale Earnhardt
Auto Racer
Dale Earnhardt
  • Apr 30 Danuta Rosani, Polish discus thrower (Olympic 1976) disqualified for drugs

Deaths in Sport

  • Apr 27 Philip Hands, South African cricketer (7 Tests for South Africa), dies at 61