April 1966 in Sport

Events in Sport

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 8 AFL chooses 36 year old Al Davis as commissioner

American Football Coach and Executive Al Davis
American Football Coach and Executive
Al Davis
  • Apr 9 Anaheim Stadium for California Angels opens

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 11 30th Masters Golf Tournament: Jack Nicklaus wins, shooting a 288

  • Apr 11 Emmett Ashford becomes 1st African American major league umpire
  • Apr 12 Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium opens; Pirates beat Braves 3-2
  • Apr 17 100th international soccer match between Netherlands and Belgium (3-1)

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Apr 18 Bill Russell becomes first African American coach in NBA history (Boston Celtics)

Basketball Player Bill Russell
Basketball Player
Bill Russell
  • Apr 19 70th Boston Marathon: Kenji Kimihara of Japan 1st man in 2:17:11 and Bobbi Gibb of United States 1st woman in 3:21:40
  • Apr 19 Roberta Bignay becomes 1st woman to run in the Boston Marathon
  • Apr 22 Atlanta Braves win their 1st game, beating NY Mets 8-4
  • Apr 24 Atlanta Braves win NL-record 18 straight home games (17 in Milwaukee)

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Apr 26 Red Auerbach retires as Boston Celtic's coach

NBA Head Coach Red Auerbach
NBA Head Coach
Red Auerbach
  • Apr 26 International Olympic Committee votes to award German city of Munich the right to host the 1972 Summer Olympic Games
  • Apr 28 20th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 3

Birthdays in Sport

  • Apr 1 Dave Vankoughnett, CFL corner (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • Apr 1 Odie Harris, NFL safety/defensive back (Houston Oilers)
  • Apr 2 Andrei Kovalev, NHL forward (Belarus, Olympics 1998), born in Minsk, Belarus
  • Apr 2 Bill Romanowski, NFL linebacker (Eagles, Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in Rockville, Connecticut
  • Apr 2 Willie Green, American basketball player, NFL wide receiver (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Apr 2 Teddy Sheringham, English football player and manager, born in Highams Park, London
  • Apr 3 Bo Orlando, American football player, NFL safety (San Diego Chargers, Cincinnati Bengals), born in Berwick, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 3 John de Vries, Australian racing driver (Indy Racing League and Australian Formula Holden), born in New South Wales, Australia
  • Apr 4 Michal Clingman, WPVA volleyballer (Nationals-9th-1994), born in Indio, California
  • Apr 4 Myriam Schropp, German tennis star, born in Mannheim, Germany
  • Apr 4 Stanislav Medrik, Olympic ice hockey defenseman (Team Slovakia), born in Nitra, Slovakia
  • Apr 5 Brent Hughes, American NHL left wing (Buffalo Sabres), born in New Westminster, California
  • Apr 5 Scott Dill, American NFL tackle and guard (Tampa Bay Bucs, Minnesota Vikings), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Apr 7 Gary Wilkinson, English snooker player
  • Apr 8 Mazinho, Brazilian footballer
  • Apr 8 Mark Blundell, British racing car driver (1992 Le Mans 24hr), born in London
  • Apr 9 Oliver Barnett, NFL defensive end (SF 49ers)
  • Apr 10 Neil Smith, American football defensive end (KC Chiefs, Den Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Apr 11 David Richards, NFL guard (Atlanta Falcons), born in Staten Island, New York
  • Apr 11 Kara McGaw, Canadian softball rightfielder (Olympics 1996), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Apr 11 Mark Higgs, American football running back (Arizona Cardinals), born in Owensboro, Kentucky
  • Apr 11 Steve Scarsone, American baseball infielder (SF Giants), born in Anaheim, California
  • Apr 12 Lorenzo White, American football running back (Cleveland Browns), born Hollywood, Florida
  • Apr 12 Theo Blanco, WLAF receiver (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • Apr 13 Ali Boumnijel, Tunisian football player

Person of interestDavid Justice

Apr 14 David Justice, American baseball player (Atlanta Braves), born in Cincinnati, Ohio

MLB Outfielder David Justice
MLB Outfielder
David Justice

Person of interestGreg Maddux

Apr 14 Greg Maddux, Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (4-time NL Cy Young Award), born in San Angelo, Texas

MLB Pitching Legend Greg Maddux
MLB Pitching Legend
Greg Maddux
  • Apr 14 Greg Myers, Riverside CA, catcher (Minnesota Twins)
  • Apr 14 Ricky Andrews, WLAF linebacker (Rhein Fire)
  • Apr 15 Andrei Olhovskiy, tennis pro, born in Moscow, Russia
  • Apr 16 Lewis Tillman, NFL running back (Chicago Bears)
  • Apr 17 Susie Redman, LPGA golfer (1995 Nabisco Dinah Shore-2nd), born in Salem, Ohio
  • Apr 18 Chuck Wade, Menomonee Falls Wisc, diver (Olympics 1996)
  • Apr 18 Michelle Chryst, WPVA volleyballer (Santa Cruz-17th-1994)
  • Apr 18 Valeri Kamensky, Voskresensk Russia, NHL left wing (Avalanche, Olympic silver 1998)
  • Apr 18 Trine Hattestad, Norwegian athlete
  • Apr 19 Paul Reiffel, cricketer (Victorian & Australian pace bowler)
  • Apr 19 Randolph Keys, NBA forward (Milwaukee Bucks)
  • Apr 21 Judy Diduck, ice hockey defenseman (Canada, Olympics 1998)
  • Apr 22 Glenn Parker, NFL offensive tackle (Buffalo Bills, KC Chiefs)
  • Apr 22 Serge Poudrier, hockey defenseman (Team France 1998)
  • Apr 23 Jacques "Jacq" Koumans, soccer player (NAC)
  • Apr 23 Richard Greenwood, Canadian Tour golfer (1990 Napa Valley), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 23 Wayne Drinkwalter, CFL defensive tackle (BC Lions)
  • Apr 24 Margashayam Venkataramana, Indian cricketer (Indian off-spinner 1989), born in Secunderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
  • Apr 24 Pascale Paradis-Mangon, French tennis star, born in Troyes, France
  • Apr 24 Theo Adams, American football tackle (Frankfurt Galaxy), born in San Francisco, California
  • Apr 24 Alessandro Costacurta, Italian footballer, born in Jerago con Orago, Italy
  • Apr 25 Darren Holmes, pitcher (Colorado Rockies), born in Asheville, North Carolina
  • Apr 26 Andrea Temesvari, tennis star (1985 US Clay Courts), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • Apr 27 Peter McIntyre, Australian cricketer (Australian leg-spinner 1995), born in Gisborne, Australia
  • Apr 28 Jim Poole, pitcher (Cleveland Indians), born in Rochester, New York
  • Apr 28 John Patrick Daly, PGA golfer (1995 British Open), born in Sacramento, California

Person of interestJohn Daly

Apr 28 John Daly, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1991, British Open 1995), born in Carmichael, California

Golfer and Two-Time Major Champion John Daly
Golfer and Two-Time Major Champion
John Daly
  • Apr 29 John VanderWal, outfielder (Colorado Rockies), born in Grand Rapids Michigan
  • Apr 29 Phil Tufnell, cricketer (England slow lefty & slower fieldsman)
  • Apr 30 Aundray Bruce, defensive end (Oakland Raiders)
  • Apr 30 David Meggett, NFL running back (NY Giants, NE Patriots)
  • Apr 30 Jeff Brown, NHL defenseman (Hartford Whalers), born in Ottawa, Ontario

Deaths in Sport

  • Apr 5 Slats Gill, Basketball Hall of Fame coach (36 seasons Oregon State), dies of stroke at 64