On This Day

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 US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Bob Goalby shoots a final round 66 (-6) to win his only major title, 1 stroke ahead of Roberto De Vicenzo who has his card famously marked incorrectly
  • Apr 15 Houston Astros beat NY Mets, 1-0, in 24 innings
  • Apr 15 72nd Boston Marathon: Amby Burfoot wins in 2:22:17; Bobbi Gibb 1st woman for 3rd straight year in 3:30:00 (unsanctioned)
  • Apr 17 A's 1st game in Oakland-Alameda Stadium, lose 4-1 to Baltimore Orioles
  • Apr 18 1st ABA basketball championship began
  • 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 player, born in Munich, Germany
  • Apr 3 Mike Lansing, American baseball infielder (Montreal Expos), born in Rawlins, Wyoming
  • Apr 4 Andre Bowden, fullback and linebacker (Frankfurt Galaxy), born in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina
  • Apr 6 Chris Anderson, Australian high jumper (Olympics 1996), born in Western Australia
  • Apr 7 Don[ald] Smith, North Tonawanda NY, rower (Olympic 5th 1996)
  • Apr 7 Duncan Armstrong, Australian swimmer (Olympic gold 200m freestyle 1988), born in Rockhampton, Queensland
  • Apr 8 Don Davey, NFL defensive tackle (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Apr 8 Patricia Girard-Léno, French athlete (100m hurdles)
  • Apr 9 Janne Ojanen, Finnish hockey forward (Team Finland), born in Tampere, Finland
  • Apr 11 Eric Moten, NFL guard and tackle (San Diego Chargers), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Apr 12 Adam Graves, Canadian left wing hockey player (NY Rangers), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Apr 12 Neal Fort, American football tackle (Montreal Alouettes), born in Warner Robins, Georgia
  • Apr 13 Tami Lyn Jameson, American team handball goalie (Olympics 1992, 96), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Apr 13 Ted Washington, American NFL nose tackle (Buffalo Bills), born in Tampa, Florida
  • Apr 13 Toni Lee Jameson, American team handball back court (Olympics 1996), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Apr 14 Andrew Trim, Australian canoeist (Olympics 1996), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • Apr 14 Jesse Levis, catcher (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 15 Billy Brewer, American baseball pitcher (NY Yankees), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • Apr 16 Grace Kim, South Korean-American tennis star, born in South Korea
  • Apr 17 Richie Woodhall, British professional boxer, born in Telford, Shropshire, England
  • Apr 17 Roger Twose, English cricketer (Warwickshire batsman, New Zealand 1995), born in Torquay, England
  • Apr 19 Brent Mayne, American baseball catcher (NY Mets), born in Loma Linda, California
  • Apr 19 Keith McCants, American NFL defensive end (Arizona Cardinals), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • Apr 19 Roger Reinson, CFL linebacker (Calgary Stampeders), born in Melville, Saskatchewan
  • Apr 20 DeDee Nathan, American 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, MLB relief pitcher (Houston Astros), born in Marietta, Georgia
  • Apr 24 Tracy Gravely, CFL linebacker (Montreal Alouettes), born in West Virginia
  • Apr 26 Ahmed Elmaghraby, American field hockey forward (Olympics 1996), born in Suez, Egypt
  • 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

Deaths in Sport

  • Apr 7 Jim Clark, Scottish auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1965, world F1 Champion 1963, 65), dies in race accident at Hockenheim, Germany at 32
  • Apr 14 Al Benton, American baseball player (b. 1911)
  • Apr 19 Tommy Bridges, American baseball pitcher (Detroit Tigers), dies at 61
  • Apr 25 John Tewksbury, American athlete (b. 1876)