On This Day

April 1963 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Apr 1 NY Mets purchase future Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder Duke Snider from the LA Dodgers for $40,000; Snider had starred for the Brooklyn Dodgers 1947-57

Sport awardUS Masters Golf

Apr 7 27th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: 23 year old Jack Nicklaus wins the first of his record 6 Green Jackets with a 3-foot par putt on the final hole to finish 1 stroke ahead of Tony Lema

  • Apr 7 Public stock offering of 115,000 shares in Milwaukee Braves withdrawn after only 13,000 shares are sold to 1,600 new investors

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 8 Tigers claim young pitcher Denny McLain from the White Sox for $25,000

MLB Pitcher Denny McLain
MLB Pitcher
Denny McLain
  • Apr 11 Milwaukee Braves future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Warren Spahn beats NY Mets, 6-1 for his 328th win; most by a left-hander in MLB history

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 13 Pete Rose triples for his 1st major league base hit

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • Apr 15 67th Boston Marathon won by Aurèle Vandendriessche of Belgium in race record 2:18:58
  • Apr 18 Stanley Cup Final, Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, ON: Toronto Maple Leafs go back-to-back with a 3-1 Game 5 win over Detroit Red Wings for a 4-1 series victory
  • Apr 24 17th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 2

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Apr 29 LPGA Titleholders Championship Women's Golf, Augusta CC: Marilynn Smith beats Mickey Wright by 1 shot in 18-hole playoff

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright

Birthdays in Sport

  • Apr 2 Dermot Reeve, English cricket all-rounder (3 Tests, 29 ODIs), born in Kowloon, Hong Kong
  • Apr 2 Mike Gascoyne, British motor racing engineer, designer, writer (McLaren, Sauber, Tyrrell, Jordan, Renault, Toyota, Force India) and broadcaster (BBC 5 Live, Sky Sports), born in Norwich, England
  • Apr 3 Chris Bosio, American baseball pitcher (Seattle Mariners), born in Carmichael, California
  • Apr 3 Zakir Khan, Pakistani cricketer (two Tests for Pakistan 1986-89), born in Bannu, Pakistan
  • Apr 4 Dale Hawerchuk, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center (#1 pick NHL Draft 1981; Calder Trophy 1982; Canada Cup 1987, 91; Winnipeg Jets, Buffalo Sabres), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2020)
  • Apr 4 Jack Del Rio, American football player, NFL linebacker (Minnesota Vikings), born in Castro Valley, California
  • Apr 6 Lorenzo Lynch, NFL safety (Az Cardinals, Oakland Raiders)
  • Apr 8 Alec Stewart, cricketer (son of Micky/opening bat Occasional WK)
  • Apr 8 Terry Porter, American basketball point guard and coach (Portland Trail Blazers; Minnesota Timberwolves; NBA All Star 1991, 93), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Apr 10 Claire Smith, equestrian 3 day event (Olympics 1996), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • Apr 10 Kirk Lowdermilk, American football NFL center (Indianapolis Colts), born in Canton, Ohio
  • Apr 10 Mike Devereaux, American baseball outfielder (Baltimore Orioles), born in Casper, Wyoming
  • Apr 11 Elizabeth Smylie, tennis star (1987 Oklahoma City), born in Perth, Australia
  • Apr 11 Billy Bowden, New Zealand cricket umpire (84 Tests, 200 ODIs, 24 T20Is), born in Auckland, New Zealand

Person of interestGarry Kasparov

Apr 13 Gary Kasparov, Russian chess player (world champion 1985-93), born in Baku, Azerbaijan

Chess Grandmaster and Political Activist Garry Kasparov
Chess Grandmaster and Political Activist
Garry Kasparov
  • Apr 13 Jan Willem van Ede, Dutch soccer player (FC Utrecht, PSV), born in Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Apr 13 Mark Leiter, American baseball pitcher (SF Giants), born in Joliet, Illinois
  • Apr 14 Cynthia Cooper, WNBA guard (Houston Comets/Olympic gold 1988)

Person of interestMeg Mallon

Apr 14 Meg Mallon, American golfer (4 major titles; US Open 1991, 2004), born in Natick, Massachusetts

LPGA Golfer Meg Mallon
LPGA Golfer
Meg Mallon
  • Apr 15 Manoj Prabhakar, Indian cricketer (Indian opening batsman & opening bowler), born in Ghaziabad, India
  • Apr 16 Garry Galley, Canadian NHL defenseman (Buffalo Sabres), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Apr 16 Hu Na, Chinese tennis star, born in Chengdu, Sichuan, China
  • Apr 16 Saleem Malik, Pakistani cricketer (memorable Pakistani & Essex batsman), born in Kayerpora, Lahore, Pakistan
  • Apr 18 Phil Simmons, West Indian cricketer (West Indian opening batsman), born in Arima, Trinidad
  • Apr 20 Mauricio Gugelmin, Brazilian racing driver, born in Joinville, Brazil
  • Apr 21 Ken Caminiti, infielder (San Diego Padres), born in Hanford, California
  • Apr 26 Bill Wennington, Canadian NBA center (Chicago Bulls), born in Montreal, Quebec

Person of interestMike Babcock

Apr 29 Mike Babcock, Canadian NHL Coach (Anaheim, Detroit, Team Canada), born in Manitouwadge, Ontario

NHL Coach Mike Babcock
NHL Coach
Mike Babcock
  • Apr 30 Steve Smith, NHL defenseman (Chicago Blackhawks), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Apr 30 Michael Waltrip, American race car driver (Daytona 500 winner, 2001 and 2003), born in Owensboro, Kentucky

Deaths in Sport

  • Apr 4 Endzion Barelli, dies 2 days after winning a boxing match at 18
  • Apr 8 Len Tuckett, cricketer (no runs no wkts in 1 Test for S A), dies