April 1966 in Sports History

Events in Sport

Sports History

Apr 3 Tom Seaver signs with the Mets for a reported $50,000 bonus

Sports History

Apr 8 American Football League votes in 36 year old Al Davis as commissioner after Joe Foss resigns; appointment lasts 3 months when AFL merges with NFL

  • Apr 9 Anaheim Stadium for California Angels opens

US Masters Golf

Apr 11 30th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Jack Nicklaus becomes first back-to-back champion winning an 18-hole Monday playoff with Tommy Jacobs and Gay Brewer

  • Apr 11 Emmett Ashford becomes first African American major league baseball umpire in Washington Senators’ game against the Cleveland Indians at D.C. Stadium
  • 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 18 70th Boston Marathon: Kenji Kimihara of Japan wins in 2:17:11; American Bobbi Gibb first woman in 3:21:40 (unsanctioned)

NBA Record

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

  • 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 26 International Olympic Committee votes to award German city of Munich the right to host the 1972 Summer Olympic Games

Sports History

Apr 26 Red Auerbach retires as Boston Celtic's coach

  • Apr 28 20th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 3

Birthdays in Sport

  • Apr 1 Harry Van Hofwegen, Canadian CFL defensive tackle (BC Lions), born in Nepean, Ontario
  • Apr 1 Mehmet Özdilek, Turkish soccer midfielder (31 caps; Beşiktaş) and manager (BB Erzurumspor), born in Samsun, Turkey
  • Apr 2 Alexei Kovalev, Russian ice hockey right wing (NHL All-Star Game 2001, 03, 09 [MVP]; Stanley Cup 1994, New York Rangers; Olympic gold 1998), born in Minsk, Belarus
  • Apr 2 Bill Romanowski, American NFL linebacker (Super Bowl 1988, 89 SF 49ers; 97, 98 Denver Broncos; Pro Bowl 1996, 98), born in Rockville, Connecticut
  • Apr 2 Teddy Sheringham, English soccer striker (51 caps; Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Millwall), born in London, England
  • 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 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 Mark Blundell, British auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans 1992), born in London, England
  • Apr 8 Mazinho, Brazilian footballer (1994 FIFA World Cup) and manager, born in Santa Rita, Brazil
  • Apr 9 Oliver Barnett, American NFL defensive end (SF 49ers), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 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 in Hollywood, Florida
  • Apr 13 Ali Boumnijel, Tunisian soccer goalkeeper (51 caps; Gueugnon, Club Africain), born in Menzel Jemil, Tunisia

David Justice

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

Greg Maddux

Apr 14 Greg Maddux, Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (4 x NL Cy Young Award; World Series 1995; 8 x MLB All Star; 18 x Gold Glove; Atlanta Braves), born in San Angelo, Texas

  • Apr 14 Greg Myers, American catcher (Minnesota Twins), born in Riverside, California
  • Apr 15 Andrei Olhovskiy, Russian tennis player, born in Moscow, Russia
  • Apr 18 Trine Hattestad, Norwegian javelin thrower (Olympic gold 2000), born in Lørenskog, Norway
  • Apr 18 Valeri Kamensky, Russian NHL left wing (Avalanche, Olympic silver 1998), born in Voskresensk, Russia
  • Apr 19 Paul Reiffel, Australian cricket fast bowler (35 Tests, 105 wickets, 6 x 50; 92 ODIs, 96 wickets; Victoria) and Test umpire, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Apr 21 Judy Diduck, ice hockey defenseman (Canada, Olympics 1998)
  • Apr 23 Wayne Drinkwalter, CFL defensive tackle (BC Lions), born in Thunder Bay, Ontario
  • Apr 24 Alessandro Costacurta, Italian footballer, born in Jerago con Orago, Italy
  • 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 25 Darren Holmes, American baseball pitcher (Colorado Rockies), born in Asheville, North Carolina
  • Apr 26 Andrea Temesvári, Hungarian 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, American NBA pitcher (Cleveland Indians), born in Rochester, New York

John Daly

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

  • Apr 29 John Vander Wal, American NLB outfielder (Colorado Rockies), born in Grand Rapids Michigan
  • Apr 29 Phil Tufnell, English cricketer (England slow lefty & slower fieldsman), born in London, England
  • Apr 30 Aundray Bruce, defensive end (Oakland Raiders)
  • Apr 30 David Meggett, NFL running back (NY Giants, NE Patriots)

Deaths in Sport

  • Apr 5 Slats Gill, Basketball Hall of Fame coach (36 seasons Oregon State 1928-64), dies of stroke at 64