On This Day

April 1957 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Apr 6 Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis buys the Hellenic National Airlines (TAE) and founds Olympic Airlines.

Sport awardUS Masters Golf

Apr 7 21st US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Doug Ford wins his only Masters, 3 strokes ahead of 3-time champion Sam Snead

Golfer Sam Snead
Golfer
Sam Snead
  • Apr 13 11th NBA Championship: Bost Celtics beat St Louis Hawks, 4 games to 3
  • Apr 15 61st Boston Marathon won by John J Kelley in 2:20:05; course length changed
  • Apr 16 Stanley Cup Final, Montreal Forum, Montreal, Quebec: Dickie Moore has a goal and 2 assists as Montreal Canadiens beat Boston Bruins, 5-1 for a 4-1 series victory
  • Apr 20 Yankee Bill Skowron becomes 3rd player to hit a ball out of Fenway
  • Apr 22 All NL baseball teams integrate, John Irwin Kennedy becomes the 1st Black player for the Philadelphia Phillies
  • Apr 24 Chicago Cub pitchers walk NL record 9 Reds in 5th inning
  • Apr 28 LPGA Western Open Women's Golf, Montgomery CC: Patty Berg wins her 6th WO by 1 stroke from Wiffi Smith

Birthdays in Sport

  • Apr 1 David Gower, English cricket batsman and captain (117 Tests; 8,231 runs @ 44.25; 18 x 100; 114 ODIs), born in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England
  • Apr 1 Donnie Hammond, American golfer (2 PGA Tour titles), born in Frederick, Maryland
  • Apr 2 Hank Steinbrenner, American businessman and MLB team owner (New York Yankees 2010-20), born in Culver, Indiana (d. 2020)
  • Apr 4 Paul Downton, English cricketer (England wicket-keeper in 80's), born in Farnborough, London
  • Apr 4 Kelso, American racehorse, born in Claiborne Farm near Paris, Kentucky (d. 1983)
  • Apr 6 Maurizio Damilano, Italian race walker (Olympic gold 20k 1980; World C'ship gold 20k 1987, 91), born in Scarnafigi, Italy
  • Apr 8 Fred Smerlas, American football player

Person of interestSeve Ballesteros

Apr 9 Seve Ballesteros, Spanish golfer (British Open 1979, 84, 88, US Masters 1980, 83), born in Pedreña, Spain (d. 2011)

Golfer and Five-Time Major Winner Seve Ballesteros
Golfer and Five-Time Major Winner
Seve Ballesteros
  • Apr 11 Everton Mattis, West Indian cricketer (WI batsman early 80's), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • Apr 13 Dallas Moir, Maltese-Scottish cricketer, born in Imtarfa, Malta
  • Apr 15 Evelyn Ashford, American athlete (4 x Olympic sprint gold 1984, 88, 92), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • Apr 17 Dwane Casey, American basketball head coach (Detroit Pistons 2018-19; Toronto, Minnesota; NBA All-Star Game 2018), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Apr 20 Graeme Fowler, English cricketer (England left-handed opener early 80s), born in Accrington, Lancashire, England
  • Apr 21 Jesse Orosco, pitcher (NY Mets, Orioles, Dodgers), born in Santa Barbara, California
  • Apr 25 Eric Bristow MBE ['The Crafty Cockney'], English darts player (BDO World Champion 1980-81, 84-86), born in Hackney, England (d. 2018)

Deaths in Sport

  • Apr 8 Frank Chester, cricketer (distinguished 1-armed Engl Test ump), dies