On This Day

April 1952 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Apr 5 106th Grand National: Jockey Arthur Thompson and trainer Neville Crump combine for their second GN with Teal winning at odds of 100/7 [1]

US Masters Golf

Apr 6 16th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Sam Snead wins his second green jacket by 4 strokes over Jack Burke Jr

  • Apr 15 Stanley Cup Final, Olympia Stadium, Detroit, MI: Detroit Red Wings beat Montreal Canadiens, 3-0 for a 4-0 series sweep
  • Apr 21 56th Boston Marathon won by Doroteo Flores of Guatemala in 2:31:53

Sports History

Apr 23 Bob Cain of Browns & Bob Feller of Cleveland Indians each pitch a one-hitter

  • Apr 23 New York Giant Hoyt Wilhelm wins his 1st game in relief & hits his only HR
  • Apr 25 6th NBA Championship: Minneapolis Lakers beat NY Knicks, 4 games to 3
  • Apr 26 Patty Berg scores 64, best competitive round of golf by a woman
  • Apr 28 St Louis Browns lend 2 black minor leaguers to Hankyu Braves of Japan

Birthdays in Sport

  • Apr 2 Will Hoy, English auto racer (British Touring Car C'ship 1991), born in Melbourn, England (d. 2002)
  • Apr 4 Rosemarie Ackermann, German high jumper (Olympic gold 1976), born in Lohsa, Sachsen, Germany
  • Apr 4 Gregg Hansford, Australian motorcycle and touring car racer, born in Australia (d. 1995)
  • Apr 4 Pat Burns, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame coach (Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins; Stanley Cup 2002-03 New Jersey Devils), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2010)
  • Apr 5 Sandy Mayer, American tennis player (Wimbledon doubles 1975; French Open doubles 1979), born in Portola Valley, California
  • Apr 7 Jane Frederick, US pentathlete (Olympic 7th 1976)
  • Apr 11 Peter Windsor, English motor racing journalist and reporter, born in Reigate, Surrey, England
  • Apr 12 Alexis Argüello, Nicaraguan boxer (3-weight world champion), born in Managua, Nicaragua (d. 2009)
  • Apr 12 Ralph Wiley, American sports journalist and writer (Sports Illustrated and ESPN's Page 2), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 2004)
  • Apr 12 Reuben Gant, American professional football player (Buffalo Bills), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Apr 13 Jonjo O'Neill, Irish racehorse trainer, born in Cork, Ireland
  • Apr 14 Mickey O'Sullivan, Irish Gaelic football manager and player, born in Kenmare, Ireland
  • Apr 15 Bengt Gingsjö, Swedish swimmer, born in Gothenburg, Västra Götaland
  • Apr 16 Peter Westbrook, American fencer (Olympic bronze 1988, 92, 96), born in St Louis, Missouri

Bill Belichick

Apr 16 Bill Belichick, American football coach (Super Bowl 2002, 04, 05, 14, 17, 18; most SB wins; NFL Coach of the Year 2003, 07, 10; New England Patriots), born in Nashville, Tennessee

  • Apr 20 Božidar Maljković, Serbian basketball coach (EuroLeague C'ship 1989, 90 Jugoplastika; 1993 Limoges CSP; 1996 Panathinaikos BC; FIBA Intercontinental Cup 1996; President OC of Serbia), born in Otočac, Croatia
  • Apr 23 Terry Moor, American tennis star, born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Apr 25 Vladislav Tretiak, Russian hockey player (Olympic gold 1972, 76), born in Dmitrovsky District, Russia
  • Apr 27 Ari Vatanen, Finnish rally driver, born in Tuupovaara, Finland
  • Apr 29 Bob McClure, American baseball player and coach (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Oakland, California