On This Day

April 1967 in Sports History

Events in Sport


Sports record brokenNBA Record

Apr 5 '76er Wilt Chamberlain sets NBA record of 41 rebounds

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • Apr 8 121st Grand National: John Buckingham aboard rank 100/1 outsider Foinavon avoids famous carnage to win by 15 lengths from favourite Honey End
  • Apr 9 31st US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Gay Brewer wins his only major title by 1 stroke over runner-up Bobby Nichols
  • Apr 15 France wins its 4th outright Five Nations Rugby Championship with an 11-6 win over Ireland at Lansdowne Road, Dublin
  • Apr 17 71st Boston Marathon: Dave McKenzie of New Zealand wins in 2:15:45; American Bobbi Gibb 1st woman for 2nd straight year in 3:27:17 (unsanctioned)
  • Apr 17 Italian boxer Nino Benvenuti beats American Emile Griffith in a 15 round points decision to win world middleweight crown at Madison Square Garden; start of famous trilogy of fights between the pair

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Apr 20 NY Met pitcher Tom Seaver wins his 1st game, helps beat Cubs, 6-1

Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher Tom Seaver
Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher
Tom Seaver
  • Apr 21 Dodgers 1st rain out in Los Angeles (after 737 consecutive games)
  • Apr 24 21st NBA Championship: Philadelphia 76ers beat SF Warriors, 4 games to 2

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Apr 28 Muhammad Ali refuses induction into army & stripped of boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • Apr 30 Orioles' Stu Miller & Steve Barber lose 2-1 despite no-hitting Tigers

Birthdays in Sport

  • Apr 2 Helen Chamberlain, British television presenter (Soccer AM, 1995-2017), born in Street, Somerset, England
  • Apr 3 Pervis Ellison, American basketball player, NBA forward and center (Boston Celtics), born in Savannah, Georgia
  • Apr 4 Juliana "Juli" Furtado, American cyclist (Olympics 10th 1996), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 6 Derrick Fenner, NFL running back (Oakland Raiders)
  • Apr 7 Steve Wisniewski, NFL guard (Oakland Raiders)
  • Apr 8 Kenneth Benjamin, West Indian cricketer, born in St John's, Antigua
  • Apr 9 Graeme Lloyd, Australian baseball pitcher (World Series 1996, 98 NY Yankees; Olympic silver 2004), born in Geelong, Australia
  • Apr 10 Donald Dufresne, Canadian ice hockey defenseman (Edmonton Oilers), born in Quebec City, Quebec
  • Apr 10 Kay Whitmore Jr., Canadian ice hockey goaltender (NY Rangers), born in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
  • Apr 11 Lachlan Dreher, Australian field hockey goal keeper (Olympic silver 1992, 96), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Apr 11 Mark Seay, American football wide receiver (San Diego Chargers, Philadelphia Eagles), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 11 Wendel Suckow, American luger (Olympics 1994), born in Marquette, Michigan
  • Apr 12 Bobby Abrams, American football outside linebacker (NE Patriots), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Apr 12 Donna Andrews, American golfer (Nabisco Dinah Shore 1994), born in Lynchburg, Virginia
  • Apr 12 Kirk Everist, American water polo driver (Olympics 1996), born in Houston, Texas
  • Apr 13 Dana Barros, American NBA guard (Boston Celtics), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Apr 14 Jeff Finley, Edmonton, NHL defenseman (Winnipeg Jets)
  • Apr 14 Steve Chiasson, Barrie, NHL defenseman (Calgary Flames)
  • Apr 14 Nicola Berti, Italian International footballer
  • Apr 14 Alain Côté, French Canadian ice hockey player
  • Apr 15 Dara Torres, American swimmer, winner of 12 Olympic medals (1984, 1988, 1992, 2000 and 2008), born in Beverly Hills, California
  • Apr 15 Lance Zeno, American NFL/WLAF football cornerback (Rams, Scottish Claymores), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 17 Aaron Wallace, American NFL defensive end and linebacker (Oakland Raiders), born in Paris, Texas
  • Apr 17 Marquis Grissom, American baseball outfielder (MLB All-Star 1993, 94; World Series 1995; Gold Glove Award 1993–96; Montreal Expos, Atlanta Braves, Cleveland Indians), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Apr 18 Kenneth Gant, American NFL safety (Super Bowl 1992, 93; Dallas Cowbpys, Tampa Bay Buccaneers), born in Bartow, Florida
  • Apr 18 Marcel Valk, Dutch soccer player (RKC, Go Ahead Eagles), born in Hazerswoude-Rijndijk, Netherlands
  • Apr 20 Townsend Saunders, American freestyle wrestler (Olympic silver 1992, 96), born in White Sands, New Mexico
  • Apr 20 Raymond van Barneveld, Dutch darts player (PDC World C'ship 2007; BDO World C'ship 1998, 99, 2003, 05; Premier League 2014), born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • Apr 22 Harvey Williams, NFL running back (Oakland Raiders)
  • Apr 22 Mike Buck, NFL quarterback (Arizona Cardinals)
  • Apr 23 Rhéal Cormier, Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (St. Louis Cardinals; Philadelphia Phillies; Boston Red Sox), born in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada (d. 2021) [1]
  • Apr 24 Dino Radja, Croatian basketball player (Boston Celtics), born in Split, Croatia
  • Apr 24 Leslie M. Marx, American fencer (Olympics 1996), born in Fort Belvoir, Virginia
  • Apr 24 Pamela Bustin, American field hockey defender (Olympics 1996), born in Somerset, Massachusetts
  • Apr 24 Omar Vizquel, Venezuelan shortstop (Seattle Mariners, Indians), born in Caracas
  • Apr 25 Angel Martino, American 50m/100m freestyle swimmer (Olympic gold/2 br-92, 96), born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • Apr 27 Bridgette Gordon, American basketball forward (Sacramento Monarchs, Olympic gold 1988), born in DeLand, Florida
  • Apr 27 Jason Whitlock, American sports journalist, born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Apr 28 Pete Stoyanovich, NFL kicker (Miami Dolphins, KC Chiefs)
  • Apr 29 Curtis Joseph, Canadian NHL goalie (Team Canada, Edmonton Oilers), born in Keswick, Ontario
  • Apr 29 Elizabeth "Betsy" McCagg, American rower (Olympic 4th 1992, 96), born in Kirkland, Washington
  • Apr 29 Mary McCagg, American rower (Olympic 4th 1992, 96), born in Seattle, Washington

Deaths in Sport

  • Apr 4 Héctor Scarone, Uruguayan footballer (b. 1898)
  • Apr 17 Giorgio Cesana, Italian coxswain (Olympic gold 1906), dies at 75
  • Apr 18 Karl Miller, German soccer defender (12 caps; Dresdner SC), dies at 53