April 1964 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Apr 10 Demolition begins in Upper Manhattan, New York City on Polo Grounds sports stadium (home to MLB Giants, 1891-1957, Mets, 1962-63, and NFL Jets, 1960-63) to clear way for housing project

US Masters Golf

Apr 12 28th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Arnold Palmer wins by 6 shots from Dave Marr and Jack Nicklaus to become the first 4-time winner of the Masters; his 7th and final major victory

Sports History

Apr 14 LA Dodgers' future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax throws his 9th complete game without allowing a walk in 4-0 Opening Day win over St. Louis Cardinals

  • Apr 17 1st game at Shea Stadium, NY Mets lose to Pittsburgh Pirates, 4-3
  • Apr 18 LA Dodgers pitcher Sandy Koufax strikes out the side on 9 pitches, for major league best third time in his career
  • Apr 20 68th Boston Marathon won for second straight year by Aurele Vandendriessche of Belgium in 2:19:59
  • Apr 21 Pirates & Cubs combine for 9 HRs, Pirates win 8-5
  • Apr 23 Houston Colt 45s Ken Johnson becomes 1st major league pitcher to lose a 9 inning no-hitter, Reds win 1-0
  • Apr 25 Stanley Cup Final, Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, ON: 3-peat for the Toronto Maple Leafs with a 4-0 Game 7 win over Detroit Red Wings for a 4-3 series victory
  • Apr 26 18th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat SF Warriors, 4 games to 1

Golf Tournament

Apr 26 LPGA Titleholders Championship Women's Golf, Augusta CC: Marilynn Smith retains title; beats Mickey Wright by 1 stroke


Birthdays in Sport

  • Apr 1 Erik Breukink, Dutch road cyclist (Tour de France 1990 3rd) and manager (Rabobank), born in Rheden, Netherlands
  • Apr 1 John Morris, British cricketer (England right-hand batsman v India 1990), born in Crewe, Cheshire, England
  • Apr 1 Kevin Duckworth, American basketball center (NBA All Star 1989, 91; Portland Trail Blazers), born in Harvey, Illinois (d. 2008)
  • Apr 1 Scott Stevens, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman (13 x NHL All Star; Stanley Cup 1995, 2000, 03; Con Smythe Trophy 2000; NJ Devils), born in Kitchener, Ontario
  • Apr 3 Ajay Sharma, Indian cricket all-rounder (1 Test; 31 ODIs), born in Delhi, India
  • Apr 3 Bjarne Riis, Danish cyclist, born in Herning, Denmark
  • Apr 4 Branco [Cláudio Ibrahim Vaz Leal], Brazilian footballer and coach, born in Bagé, Brazil
  • Apr 4 Paul Parker, English soccer player, born in West Ham, Essex
  • Apr 5 Robert "Bob" Kaehler, Burlingame California, rower (Olympic 5th 1992, 96)
  • Apr 7 Joe Durant, American golfer (4 PGA Tour titles), born in Pensacola, Florida
  • Apr 8 John McGinlay, Scottish footballer (Bolton Wanderers), born in Inverness, Scotland
  • Apr 8 Lisa Guerrero, American sports broadcaster, journalist and model, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Apr 9 Charles Jenkins Jr., American athlete (Olympic gold 4x400m relay 1992), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 9 Rob Awalt, American football player, born in Landstuhl, Germany
  • Apr 10 Manon Bollegraf, Dutch tennis star (semi 1996 Aust doubles), born in 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands
  • Apr 11 Bret Saberhagen, American baseball player (Kansas City Royals), born in Chicago Heights, Illinois
  • Apr 12 Mike Macfarlane, American baseball catcher (KC Royals), born in Stockton, California
  • Apr 13 Andy Goram, Scottish soccer goalkeeper (43 caps; Oldham Athletic, Hibernian, Rangers, Motherwell), born in Bury, England (d. 2022)

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Apr 13 American golfer (PGA C'ship 1997; 21 PGA Tour titles), born in Charlotte, North Carolina

  • Apr 13 Doug Strange, American baseball infielder (Seattle Mariners), born in Greenville, South Carolina
  • Apr 13 José Rijo, Dominican baseball pitcher (NY Yankees, Cincinnati Reds), born in San Cristóbal, Dominican Republic
  • Apr 14 Allen James, American 50K walker (Olympics 24th-92, 96), born in Sacramento, California
  • Apr 14 Greg Battle, Canadian CFL linebacker (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • Apr 14 Jim Grabb, American professional tennis player, 1986-97 (Grand Slam wins: French Open Doubles, 1989; US Open Doubles, 1992), born in Tucson, Arizona
  • Apr 15 Nadeem Abbasi, Pakistani cricketer (three Tests for Pakistan v India 1989), born in Rawalpindi, Punjab, Pakistan
  • Apr 17 Ken Daneyko, Canadian-American NHL defenseman (NJ Devils), born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada
  • Apr 19 Harris Barton, American football offensive tackle (Super Bowl 1988, 89, 94; All-Pro 1992, 93; Pro Bowl 1993; SF 49ers), born in Sandy Springs, Georgia
  • Apr 19 Scott Kamienicki, American baseball pitcher (NY Yankees), born in Mount Clemens, Michigan
  • Apr 20 John Carney, American football placekicker (San Diego Chargers), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Apr 21 Ludmila Engquist, Swedish athlete (Olympic gold 100m hurdles 1996; World C'ship gold 1991 [rep. USSR], 97), born in Tambov Oblast, Russia
  • Apr 25 Jamie Siddons, Australian cricketer (Victorian & SA batsman ODI for Aust 1988), born in Robinvale, Victoria, Australia
  • Apr 27 Paul Osbaldiston, CFL kicker (Hamilton Tiger Cats), born in Oldham, England
  • Apr 28 Barry Larkin, American NBA infielder (Cincinnati Reds), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Apr 28 Mark Hager, Australian field hockey forward/capt (Olympic 4th 1988, 96)
  • Apr 30 Ian Healy, Australian cricket wicket-keeper (119 Tests, 366 catches, 29 stumpings), born in Brisbane, Queensland
  • Apr 30 Jeff Reboulet, infielder (Minnesota Twins), born in Dayton, Ohio

Deaths in Sport

  • Apr 14 Herb McGirr, New Zealand cricket all-rounder (played in NZ's 1st Test series; 2 Tests, 1 x 50; Wellington), dies at 72
  • Apr 19 Cyril Merry, Trinidadian cricketer (WI batsman in 2 Tests 1933), dies at 53
  • Apr 20 Eddie Dyer, American baseball player, dies at 64