April 1968 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Apr 8 Baseball's Opening Day is postponed because of Martin Luther King's assassination
  • Apr 9 Minn's Wayne Connelly is 1st to score on a Stanley Cup penalty shot
  • Apr 14 1st NBA game at Madison Sq Garden, Knicks beat SD Clippers
  • Apr 14 32nd Masters Golf Tournament: Bob Goalby wins, shooting a 277
  • Apr 14 Marilynn Smith wins LPGA O'Sullivan Golf Open
  • Apr 15 Houston Astros beat NY Mets, 1-0, in 24 innings
  • Apr 17 A's 1st game in Oakland-Alameda Stadium, lose 4-1 to Balt Orioles
  • Apr 18 1st ABA basketball championship began
  • Apr 19 72nd Boston Marathon: Amby Burfoot of Conn 1st man in 2:22:17 and Bobbi Gibb of United States 1st woman in 3:30:00
  • Apr 21 Carol Mann wins LPGA Lady Carling Golf Open
  • Apr 28 Carol Mann wins LPGA Raleigh Ladies' Golf Invitational
  • Apr 30 3 Oriole pitchers walk 14 NY Yankees in a 9 inning game

Birthdays in Sport

  • Apr 1 Joel Smeenge, NFL defensive end (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Apr 3 Bernd Karbacher, German tennis star
  • Apr 4 Andre Bowden, WLAF LB (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • Apr 6 Chris Anderson, Australian high jumper (Olympics-96)
  • Apr 7 Don[ald] Smith, North Tonawanda NY, rower (Olympics-5th-1996)
  • Apr 7 Duncan Armstrong, Australian swimmer
  • Apr 8 Don Davey, NFL defensive tackle (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Apr 8 Patricia Girard-Léno, French athlete (100m hurdles)
  • Apr 9 Janne Ojanen, Tampere FIN, hockey forward (Team Finland)
  • Apr 11 Eric Moten, NFL guard/tackle (San Diego Chargers)
  • Apr 12 Adam Graves, NHL left wing (NY Rangers), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Apr 12 Neal Fort, CFL tackle (Montreal Alouettes)
  • Apr 13 Tami Lyn Jameson, team handball goalie (Olympics-92, 96), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Apr 13 Ted Washington, NFL nose tackle (Buffalo Bills)
  • Apr 13 Toni Lee Jameson, team handball back court (Olympics-96), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Apr 14 Andrew Trim, Australian canoeist (Olympics-96), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • Apr 14 Jesse Levis, catcher (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 15 Billy Brewer, pitcher (NY Yankees), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • Apr 16 Grace Kim, Korea, tennis star
  • Apr 17 Ritchie Woodhall, boxer
  • Apr 17 Roger Twose, cricketer (Warwickshire batsman, New Zealand 1995)
  • Apr 19 Brent Mayne, Loma Linda CA, catcher (NY Mets)
  • Apr 19 Keith McCants, NFL defensive end (Arizona Cardinals)
  • Apr 19 Roger Reinson, CFL linebacker (Calgary Stampeders)
  • Apr 20 LeShundra Nathan, heptathlete, born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Apr 21 Peter van Foxes, soccer player (Ajax)
  • Apr 22 Bimbo Coles, NBA guard (Golden State Warriors)
  • Apr 22 Carlos Costa, Spanish tennis star
  • Apr 22 Jo Angel, cricketer (big WA right-arm fast bowler, Australia 1993-)
  • Apr 22 Vernell Coles, basketball player (Olympic bronze 1988)
  • Apr 22 Zarley Zalapski, Edmonton, NHL defenseman (Calgary Flames)
  • Apr 24 Todd Jones, Marietta GA, pitcher (Houston Astros)
  • Apr 24 Tracy Gravely, CFL linebacker (Montreal Alouettes)
  • Apr 26 Ahmed Elmaghraby, Suez Egypt, US field hockey forward (Olympics-96)
  • Apr 27 Adrian Cooper, NFL tight end (Minnesota Vikings)
  • Apr 28 Andy Flower, cricketer (Zimbabwe keeper & victorious Test captain)
  • Apr 28 Damion Lyons, CFL cornerback (BC Lions)
  • Apr 28 Mark Carrier, NFL safety (Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions)
  • Apr 29 Browning Nagle, NFL quarterback (NY Jets, Atlanta Falcons)
  • Apr 30 Richard Pilon, Saskatoon, NHL defenseman (NY Islanders)
  • Apr 30 Roger Mar, rapid fire pistol (Olympics-1996), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Apr 30 Sandra Beikoff, Mackay QLD, golfer (1990 Sunshine Coast Open)

Deaths in Sport

  • Apr 7 Jim Clark, Scottish F1 World Champion and Indianapolis 500 winner, dies in an accident during a race at Hockenheim, Germany at 32
  • Apr 14 Al Benton, American baseball player (b. 1911)
  • Apr 19 Tommy Bridges, US baseball pitcher (Detroit Tigers), dies at 61
  • Apr 25 John Tewksbury, American athlete (b. 1876)