On This Day

April 1958 in Sport

Events in Sport


Sport awardUS Masters Golf

Apr 6 22nd US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Arnold Palmer wins the first of his 4 Masters titles, 1 stroke ahead of Doug Ford and Fred Hawkins; first of his 7 major titles

  • Apr 7 Dodgers erect 42-foot screen in left field at LA Coliseum to cut down on home runs, since it is only 250 feet down the line
  • Apr 12 12th NBA Championship: St Louis Hawks beat Bost Celtics, 4 games to 2
  • Apr 15 1st baseball game in California, SF Giants beat LA Dodgers, 8-0
  • Apr 20 Stanley Cup Final, Boston Garden, Boston, MA: Montreal Canadiens' 3-peat; beat Boston Bruins, 5-3 for a 4-2 for series win
  • Apr 21 62nd Boston Marathon won by Franjo Mihalić of Yugoslavia in 2:25:54

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 23 Gil Hodges hits his 300th HR & Pee Wee Reese plays in 2,000th game

MLB First Baseman Gil Hodges
MLB First Baseman
Gil Hodges
  • Apr 24 Lee Walls hits 3 HRs, as Cubs beat Dodgers 15-2

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Apr 30 Ted Williams is 10th major league player to get 1,000 extra-base hits

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams

Birthdays in Sport

  • Apr 1 Anton Innauer, Austrian 70m ski jumper (Olympic gold 1980)
  • Apr 4 Derek Kallicharran, cricket all-rounder (Guyana, USA 1994 ICC Trophy), born in Berbice, Guyana
  • Apr 4 John Wesley Jones, American sprinter, 4X100m relayer (Olympic gold 1976), born in Lawton, Oklahoma
  • Apr 4 Lam Jones, American athlete, NFL receiver (Olympic gold 4 x 100m relay 1976; NY Jets), born in Lawton, Oklahoma (d. 2019)
  • Apr 5 Johan Kriek, South African-American, tennis player (US Indoor 1982), born in Pongola, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
  • Apr 9 Tony Sibson, English boxer, born in Leicester
  • Apr 10 Ken Griffy Sr., American baseball player (Cincinnati Reds, NY Yanks), born in Donora, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 10 Bob Bell, British engineer and Chief Technical Officer of the Renault Formula One team, born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Apr 11 Sally Clark, New Zealand equestrian 3 day event (Olympic silver 1996), born in Feilding, New Zealand
  • Apr 14 Mike Hulbert, American golfer, broadcaster (3 PGA Tour titles), born in Elmira, New York
  • Apr 15 John Bracewell, New Zealand cricketer (premiere spinner of 80's), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Apr 16 Philip Bainbridge, British cricketer, born in Sneyd Green, Stoke-on-Trent
  • Apr 18 Malcolm Marshall, West Indian cricketer (WI quickie 1978-91, WI top wicket-taker), born in Bridgetown, Barbados (d. 1999)
  • Apr 20 Viacheslav Fetisov, NHL defenseman (Team Russia, Detroit), born in Moscow, Russia
  • Apr 22 Ashraf Ali, cricket wicket-keeper (Pakistani mid-80s)
  • Apr 24 Fernando Luna, Spanish tennis star, born in Ciudad Real, Spain

Person of interestChrista Johnson

Apr 25 Christa Johnson, American golfer (Women's PGA C'ship 1997), born in Arcata, California

LPGA Golfer Christa Johnson
LPGA Golfer
Christa Johnson
  • Apr 26 John Crichton-Stuart, 7th Marquess of Bute, British racing driver, born in Rothesay, Argyll and Bute, Scotland
  • Apr 28 Hal Sutton, American golfer (PGA Championship 1983), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • Apr 29 Gary Cohen, American baseball broadcaster, born in Queens, New York

Deaths in Sport

  • Apr 26 Joe Small, cricketer (WI all-rounder in 1928 series), dies