On This Day

April 1969 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Apr 1 Seattle Pilots trade minor league outfielder Lou Piniella to Royals

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Apr 2 Milwaukee Bucks sign (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Lew Alcindor)

  • Apr 7 Dodgers' Bill Singer is credited with 1st official save, against Reds

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Apr 7 Ted Williams begins managing Washington Senators, they lose to Yanks 8-4

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • Apr 8 1st Baseball game in Canada - Mont Expos beats NY Mets 10-9
  • Apr 8 Expansion teams Royals, Expos, Padres & Pilots win their 1st games
  • Apr 9 Chic Cub Billy Williams hits 4 consecutive doubles beat Phillies 11-3
  • Apr 12 Simon & Garfunkel releases "Boxer"
  • Apr 12 Wales beats England, 30-9 at the National Stadium, Cardiff to clinch their 16th Five Nations Rugby Championship and 11th Triple Crown
  • Apr 13 33rd US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: George Archer wins his only major title, 1 stroke ahead of runners-up Billy Casper, George Knudson, and Tom Weiskopf
  • Apr 14 1st major league baseball game outside US played (Montreal Canada)
  • Apr 17 Mont Expos Bill Stoneman no-hits Phillies, 7-0
  • Apr 21 73rd Boston Marathon: Yoshiaki Unetani of Japan wins in 2:13:49; American Sara Mae Berman 1st woman in 3:22:46 (unsanctioned)

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Apr 22 Joe Frazier KOs Dave Zyglewick in 1 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Joe Frazier
  • Apr 22 Robin Knox-Johnston ends 312 day non-stop sailing

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Apr 23 LA Laker Jerry West scores 53 points

NBA Guard Jerry West
NBA Guard
Jerry West
  • Apr 30 Cincinnati Red Jim Maloney 3rd no-hitter beats Houston Astros, 10-0

Birthdays in Sport

  • Apr 1 Andrew Vlahov, Australian basketball forward (Olympics 1988, 92, 96)
  • Apr 1 Arnaud Boetsch, Meulam France, tennis star (1985 European Junior)
  • Apr 1 Frank Castillo, pitcher (Chicago Cubs), born in El Paso, Texas (d. 2013)
  • Apr 1 John Forest, soccer player (Go Ahead Eagles)
  • Apr 1 Kevin Dean, Madison, NHL defenseman (NJ Devils)
  • Apr 3 Reid Hayston, New Zealand beach volleyball player (Olympics 1996), born in Hamilton, New Zealand
  • Apr 3 Rodney Hampton, American football player, NFL running back (NY Giants), born in Houston, Texas
  • Apr 4 Anthony Tucker, American basketball forward (NY Knicks), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Apr 4 Carlos Reyes, American baseball pitcher (Oakland A's), born in Miami, Florida
  • Apr 4 Dennis de Nooijer, Dutch soccer player (Sparta), born in Oost-Souburg, Netherlands
  • Apr 4 Gerard de Nooijer, Dutch soccer player (Sparta), born in Oost-Souburg, Netherlands
  • Apr 6 Andy Harmon, NFL defensive tackle (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Apr 6 Bret Boone, infielder (Cincinnati Reds), born in El Cajon, California
  • Apr 6 Brian Williams, NBA center/forward (Detroit Pistons, LA Clippers)
  • Apr 7 Clark Sheehan, cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Denver, Colorado
  • Apr 7 Jeremy Lincoln, NFL cornerback (Chicago Bears, Seattle Seahawks)
  • Apr 7 Peggy Clasen, speed skater (Olympics 1994), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • Apr 7 Ricky Bones, pitcher (Milwaukee Brewers, NY Yanks), born in Salinas, Puerto Rico
  • Apr 7 Ricky Watters, NFL running back (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Apr 8 Steve Jackson, NFL cornerback (Houston/Tennessee Oilers)
  • Apr 9 Amy Feng, Chinese born-American table tennis player (Olympics 1996), born in Tianjin, China
  • Apr 9 Karl Krikken, English cricketer (Derbyshire 1989-, wicketkeeper), born in Bolton, Lancashire
  • Apr 9 Timothy Young, American rower (Olympic silver 1996), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 10 Dennis Vial, Canadian NHL defenseman (Ottawa Senators), born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada
  • Apr 10 Ekaterini Koffa, Greek sprinter, born in Karditsa, Greece
  • Apr 11 Gavin Briant, Zimbabwean cricketer (Zimbabwe Test batsman 1993), born in Harare, Zimbabwe
  • Apr 11 J Nick Adamson, Freeport Bahamas, US laser sailor (Olymp-21st-1996)
  • Apr 11 Janeth Arcain, Brazilian basketball forward (Houston Comets), born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • Apr 11 Jesse Campbell, American football safety (NY Giants, Washington Redskins), born in Washington, North Carolina
  • Apr 12 Michael Jackson, American football wide receiver (Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens), born in Tangipahoa, Louisiana
  • Apr 14 Brad Ausmus, catcher (Detroit Tigers), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Apr 14 Brad Pennington, Salem IN, pitcher (California Angels)
  • Apr 14 David Archibald, Chilliwack, NHL center (Ottawa Senators)
  • Apr 14 Mark Macon, NBA guard (Detroit Pistons)
  • Apr 14 Tim Roberts, NFL defensive end (NE Patriots)
  • Apr 15 Jeromy Burnitz, American baseball outfielder (Cleveland Indians), born in Westminster, California
  • Apr 15 Michael Jones, American NFL linebacker (Oakland Raiders, St Louis Rams), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Apr 15 Phillippi Sparks, American NFL cornerback (NY Giants), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Apr 16 Fernando Viña, Cuban-American infielder (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Sacramento, California
  • Apr 18 Vladimir Tsyplakov, Belarusian NHL left wing (LA Kings, Belarus 1998), born in Inta, Soviet Union
  • Apr 20 Jan van Halst, Dutch soccer player (FC Twente), born in Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Apr 21 Conrad Clarks, NFL center (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Apr 21 Dwight Hollier, NFL linebacker (Miami Dolphins)
  • Apr 22 Bobby Olive, NFL wide receiver (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Apr 22 George Williams, Lacrosse WI, catcher (Oakland A's)
  • Apr 22 Roger Jones, NFL center (Cin Bengals)
  • Apr 22 Dion Dublin, English footballer
  • Apr 23 Martín López-Zubero, Spanish backstroke swimmer (world record 200m), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Apr 23 Nadeem Shahid, English cricketer, born in Karachi, Pakistan
  • Apr 23 Yelena Shushunova, Russian gymnast (1988 Olympic Champion), born in Leningrad, Soviet Union (d. 2018)
  • Apr 24 Elias Atmatsidis, Greek football goalkeeper, born in Kozani, Greece
  • Apr 25 Darren Woodson, American NFL safety (Dallas Cowboys), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Apr 25 Gavin Bruk-Jackson, Zimbabwean cricketer (Zimbabwe Test batsman 1993)
  • Apr 25 Nir Shental, Israeli Men's 470 sailor (Olympic 15th-1996), born in Jaffa, Israel
  • Apr 25 Sanjeeva Ranatunga, Sri Lankan cricketer (Sri Lankan Test batsman 1994-97), born in Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Apr 25 Travis Fryman, American baseball infielder (Detroit Tigers), born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • Apr 25 Joe Buck, American sports broadcaster, born in St. Petersburg, Florida
  • Apr 27 Brett Steven, New Zealand tennis player (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Apr 27 Francine McRae, Australian softball outfielder (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Apr 27 Tyrone Rodgers, American football defensive linebacker (Winnipeg Blue Bombers), born in Longview, Texas
  • Apr 27 Grahame Cheney, Australian boxer, born in Lithgow, Australia
  • Apr 28 Merlelynn Lange-Harris, basketball center (Olympics 1996), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Apr 29 Arthur Marshall, NFL wide receiver (NY Giants)
  • Apr 30 Dexter Rogers, volleyball opposite hitter (Olympics 1996), born in St Petersburg, Florida