On This Day

April 1962 in Sports History

Events in Sport

Sports History

Apr 3 American jockey Eddie Arcaro retires after 31 years (24,092 races)

  • Apr 7 Indian cricketer Polly Umrigar slams 172 not out vs West Indies at Port-of-Spain in 248 minutes

US Masters Golf

Apr 9 26th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Arnold Palmer wins the 3rd of his 4 Masters titles in an 18 hole Monday playoff with Gary Player and Dow Finsterwald; tournament's first 3-way playoff

  • Apr 10 52,564 fans attend first MLB game at LA's Dodger Stadium at Chavez Ravine, a 6-3 loss to the Cincinnati Reds
  • Apr 10 Houston Colt .45s make their MLB debut with an 11-2 win over the Chicago Cubs at Colt Stadium; outfielder Román Mejías hits a pair of 3-run homers
  • Apr 11 New York Mets make a losing debut

Baseball Record

Apr 13 Stan Musial scores his 1,869th run, a new NL record

  • Apr 14 France retains the Five Nations Rugby Championship with an 11-0 win over Ireland at Stade Colombes, Paris
  • Apr 16 66th Boston Marathon won by Eino Oksanen of Finland in 2:23:48; second straight win and 3rd title overall
  • Apr 18 16th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 3
  • Apr 22 NY Mets tiea NL record by losing 9 straight to start season
  • Apr 22 Stanley Cup Final, Chicago Stadium, Chicago, IL: Dick Duff scores the winner as Toronto Maple Leafs beat Chicago Blackhawks, 2-1 for a 4-2 series victory
  • Apr 23 NY Mets win their 1st game ever, after going 0-9, beat Pirates 9-1

Baseball Record

Apr 24 LA Dodgers pitcher Sandy Koufax's 2nd career 18-strikeout, in a 10-2 win over Cubs in Chicago

  • Apr 26 Red Sox Bill Monbouquette no-hits White Sox 1-0

Golf Tournament

Apr 30 LPGA Titleholders Championship Women's Golf, Augusta CC: Mickey Wright wins her 8th major title in a playoff with Ruth Jessen


Birthdays in Sport

  • Apr 3 Nancy Filteau, Canadian athlete, 72k judoka (Olympics 1996), born in Swift Current, Saskatchewan
  • Apr 7 Andy Hampsten, American cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • Apr 7 Bonny Warner, American luger, born in Mount Baldy, California
  • Apr 9 Freddie Joe Nunn, American NFL defensive end (Indianapolis Colts), born in Noxubee County, Mississippi
  • Apr 9 Jeff Turner, American NBA forward (Vancouver Grizzlies), born in Bangor, Maine
  • Apr 10 Cathy Turner, American short track skater (Olympic gold 1994), born in Rochester, New York
  • Apr 10 Jukka Tammi, Finnish hockey goaltender (Team Finland Olympic bronze 1998), born in Tampere, Finland
  • Apr 10 Steve Tasker, American NFL wide receiver, broadcaster (Buffalo Bills, 7-time Pro Bowl), born in Smith Center, Kansas
  • Apr 11 Terry Hoage, American NFL wide receiver (Arizona Cardinals), born in Ames, Iowa
  • Apr 12 Takada Nobuhiko, Japanese wrestler, born in Isogo-ku, Yokohama
  • Apr 13 Dave Miley, American baseball player and manager, born in Tampa, Florida
  • Apr 14 James Carpenter, fencer-epee (Olympics 1996), born in Canton, Connecticut
  • Apr 15 Nawal El Moutawakel, Moroccan athlete (Olympic gold 400m hurdles 1984), born in Casablanca, Morocco
  • Apr 16 David Pate, American tennis star, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 16 Jeanne Golay, American cyclist (Olympics-16th-92, 96), born in Coral Gables, Florida
  • Apr 17 Nancy Hogshead, American swimmer (Olympic gold 1984), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • Apr 18 Wilber Marshall, American College Football HOF linebacker (Uni of Florida; Super Bowl 1985 Chicago Bears, 1991 Washington Redskins; 3 x Pro Bowl; 2 x All Pro), born in Titusville, Florida

Al Unser Jr.

Apr 19 Al Unser Jr., American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1992, 94), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico

  • Apr 21 Les Lancaster, American baseball player
  • Apr 24 Stuart Pearce, English soccer defender (78 caps; Nottingham Forest) and manager (England U-21 2007-13; Great Britain Olympic team 2012; Manchester City), born in London, England

Adam Silver

Apr 25 Adam Silver, American lawyer and NBA Commissioner, born in Rye, New York

  • Apr 26 Colin Anderson, English footballer, born in Newcastle, England
  • Apr 27 PattiSue Plumer, American 3k runner (Gold-Seattle '90), born in Covina, California
  • Apr 27 Ángel Comizzo, Argentine football goalkeeper, born in Reconquista, Argentina
  • Apr 28 Evguenni Rochtchin, NHL forward (Team Belarus, Olympics 1998)
  • Apr 29 Bruce Driver, Canadian NHL defenseman (NY Rangers), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Apr 29 Robert Druppers, Dutch runner (world record 1 km indoor), born in Utrecht, Netherlands

Deaths in Sport

  • Apr 3 Benny "Kid" Paret, American welterweight boxer, dies after a fight at 24
  • Apr 12 Ron Flockhart, Scottish racing driver (b. 1923)
  • Apr 15 Arsenio Lacson, Filipino journalist and politician (Mayor of Manila, 1952-62), dies of a stroke at 49