April 1966 in Sport

Events in Sport


Sport awardGolf Tournament

Apr 3 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Venice Ladies Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright

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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)
  • Apr 17 Carol Mann wins LPGA Raleigh Ladies Golf Invitational

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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)
  • Apr 24 Carol Mann wins LPGA Peach Blossom Golf Invitational

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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 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)
  • Apr 2 Bill Romanowski, NFL linebacker (Eagles, Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • Apr 2 Willie Green, NFL wide receiver (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • Apr 2 Teddy Sheringham, English footballer
  • Apr 3 Bo Orlando, NFL safety (San Diego Chargers, Cincinnati Bengals)
  • Apr 3 John de Vries, Australian racing driver
  • Apr 4 Michal Clingman, Indio California, WPVA volleyballer (Nationals-9th-1994)
  • Apr 4 Myriam Schropp, West Germany, tennis star
  • Apr 4 Stanislav Medrik, Nitra CZE, hockey defenseman (Team Slovakia)
  • Apr 5 Brent Hughes, NHL left wing (Buffalo Sabres), born in New Westminster, California
  • Apr 5 Scott Dill, NFL tackle/guard (Tampa Bay Bucs, Minnesota Vikings)
  • 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, NFL defensive end (KC Chiefs, Den Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • Apr 11 Dave Richards, NFL guard (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Apr 11 Kara McGaw, softball rightfielder (Olympics 1996), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Apr 11 Mark Higgs, NFL running back (Arizona Cardinals)
  • Apr 11 Steve Scarsone, Anaheim CA, infielder (SF Giants)
  • Apr 12 Jeffrey Hunter, WLAF DE (London Monarchs)
  • Apr 12 Lorenzo White, NFL running back (Cleveland Browns)
  • Apr 12 Theo Blanco, WLAF receiver (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • Apr 13 Ali Boumnijel, Tunisian football player

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

MLB Outfielder David Justice
MLB Outfielder
David Justice

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Apr 14 Greg Maddux, pitcher (Atlanta Braves), 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, cricketer (Indian off-spinner 1989)
  • Apr 24 Pascale Paradis-Mangon, French tennis star
  • Apr 24 Theo Adams, WLAF tackle (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • Apr 24 Alessandro Costacurta, Italian footballer
  • 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, cricketer (Australian leg-spinner 1995)
  • 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

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Apr 28 John Daly, American golfer (1991 PGA Championship, 1995 Open Championship), 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