On This Day

April 1960 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Apr 9 14th NBA Championship: Bost Celtics beat St Louis Hawks, 4 games to 3

US Masters Golf

Apr 10 24th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: 1958 champion Arnold Palmer birdies the final 2 holes to win by 1 stroke over runner-up Ken Venturi

Sports History

Apr 12 Bill Veeck & Chicago Comiskey Park debuts "Exploding Scoreboard"

  • Apr 14 Stanley Cup Final, Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, ON: Montreal Canadiens beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 4-0 for a 4 game sweep; 5th consecutive title
  • Apr 17 Cleveland Indians trade Rocky Colavito to Tigers for Harvey Kuenn
  • Apr 18 64th Boston Marathon won by Paavo Kotila of Finland in 2:20:54
  • Apr 19 Baseball uniforms begin displaying players' names on their backs

Birthdays in Sport

  • Apr 1 Reijo Ruotsalainen, Finnish ice hockey defenceman (Stanley Cup 1987, 90; Edmonton Oilers; Olympic silver 1988), born in Oulu, Finland
  • Apr 2 Linford Christie, British athlete (Olympic gold men's 100m 1992), born in Saint Andrew, Jamaica
  • Apr 4 Bev Smith, Canadian basketball forward (Olympics 1996), born in Salmon Arm, Canada
  • Apr 4 Jonathan Agnew, English cricket broadcaster, born in Macclesfield, Cheshire
  • Apr 7 James 'Buster' Douglas, American boxer (undisputed world heavyweight champion 1990), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • Apr 11 Marko Elsner, Slovenian soccer defender (14 caps Yugoslavia, 2 Slovenia; Red Star Belgrade), born in Ljubljana, Slovenia (d. 2020)

Ron MacLean

Apr 12 Ron MacLean, Canadian sportscaster (Hockey Night in Canada), born in Zweibrücken, Germany

  • Apr 13 Olaf Ludwig, German cyclist, born in Gera, Bezirk Gera, East Germany
  • Apr 14 Pat Symcox, South African cricketer (South African off-spinner 1993- )
  • Apr 15 Pedro Delgado, Spanish cyclist, born in Segovia, Castile and León, Spain
  • Apr 16 Rafael Benítez, Spanish football manager, born in Madrid, Spain
  • Apr 16 Pierre Littbarski, German footballer and manager, born in West Berlin, West Germany
  • Apr 17 Michael Whitaker, British Olympic equestrian rider, born in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
  • Apr 19 Frank Viola, American baseball pitcher (Twins, Mets/Cy Young-1988), born in Hempstead, New York
  • Apr 19 Roger Merrett, Australian rules footballer
  • Apr 20 Rodney Holman, American football tight end (Pro Bowl, All-Pro 1988–1990, Cincinnati Bengals), born in Ypsilanti, Michigan
  • Apr 20 Debbie Flintoff-King, Australian athlete (Olympic gold 400m hurdles 1988), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Apr 21 Julius Korir, Kenya, 3K steeplechaser (Olympic gold 1984)
  • Apr 22 Lloyd Honeyghan, British boxer (undisputed world welterweight champion 1986-87; W 43, L 5), born in Saint Elizabeth, Jamaica
  • Apr 23 Jodie Mudd, American golfer (Players C'ship 1990), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Apr 28 John Cerutti, American baseball pitcher (Toronto Blue Jays) and broadcaster (Rogers Sportsnet), born in Albany, New York (d. 2004)
  • Apr 28 Jón Páll Sigmarsson, Icelandic strength athlete (d. 1993)
  • Apr 28 Walter Zenga, Italian footballer (Inter Milan goalkeeper), born in Milan, Italy
  • Apr 28 Tom Browning, American MLB pitcher (perfect game 1988), born in Casper, Wyoming
  • Apr 29 Bill Glasson, American golfer (7 PGA Tour titles), born in Fresno, California

Weddings in Sport

Jerry West

Apr 10 NBA guard Jerry West (21) weds his college sweetheart Martha Kane in Morgantown, West Virginia

  • Apr 30 American Olympic men's figure skating gold medallist (1956) Hayes Alan Jenkins marries Olympic women's champion Carol Heiss in NYC, NY