April 1970 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Apr 1 Bud Selig becomes CEO of Milwaukee Brewers
  • Apr 1 Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club, headed by Bud Selig, purchases Seattle Pilots for $10,800,000
  • Apr 4 124th Grand National: Pat Taaffe aboard Gay Trip wins
  • Apr 7 Milwaukee Brewers (former Seat Pilots) 1st game, lose to Angels 12-0

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 12 Yankees dedicate plaques to Mickey Mantle & Joe DiMaggio

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • Apr 13 34th Masters Golf Tournament: Billy Casper wins, shooting a 279
  • Apr 19 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Raleigh Ladies Golf Invitational
  • Apr 20 74th Boston Marathon: Ron Hill of Great Britain 1st man in 2:10:30 and Sara Mae Berman of United States 1st woman in 3:05:07
  • Apr 21 Reds clout 7 HRs by 6 batters, Braves counter with 3 HRs, 6 for one team & 9 different batters for two teams, all tie or set records
  • Apr 22 NY Met Jerry Grote sets record of 20 put outs by a catcher
  • Apr 22 NY Met Tom Seaver strikes out last 10 Padres, for a total of 19
  • Apr 22 Senators beat Yankees 2-1 in 18 innings
  • Apr 30 Cubs Billy Williams is 1st NLer to play in 1,000 consecutive games

Birthdays in Sport

  • Apr 1 Mark Wheeler, NFL defensive tackle (Tampa Bay Bucs, NE Patriots)
  • Apr 1 Wes Barnett, 238lb (108kg) weightlifter (Olympic 6th-92, 96), born in St Joseph, Missouri
  • Apr 1 Wyatt Jones, kayak (alt-Olympics 1996), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Apr 2 Jerry Reynolds, NFL guard/tackle (NY Giants)
  • Apr 2 Jon Lieber, Council Bluffs IA, pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • Apr 2 Marcus Christensen, figure skater (1995 Canadian-2nd), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Apr 2 Tammi Reiss, WNBA guard (Utah Starzz)
  • Apr 3 Keith Franklin, WLAF linebacker (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • Apr 4 Barry van Galen, Dutch soccer player (Roda JC)
  • Apr 4 Jason Stoltenberg, Australia, tennis star
  • Apr 5 Tim Jacobs, NFL running back (Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins)
  • Apr 6 Oliver Miller, NBA forward/center (Toronto Raptors)
  • Apr 6 Olaf Kolzig, German NHL goalie and coach (Germany, Washington Capitals), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Apr 6 Huang Xiaomin, Chinese swimmer
  • Apr 7 Alexander Karpovtsev, NHL defenseman (NY Rangers), born in Moscow, Russia
  • Apr 7 Kevin Smith, NFL cornerback (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Apr 8 Derek D Brown, team handball right wing (Olympics 1996), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Apr 8 Gerald Vaughn, CFL defensive back (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • Apr 8 Harold Bishop, NFL tight end (Cleveland Browns)
  • Apr 9 Chuck Bradley, CFL/WLAF tackle (BC Lions, Barcelona Dragons)
  • Apr 9 Neal Caloia, free pistol (Olympics 1996), born in Torrance, California
  • Apr 10 Enrico Ciccone, NHL defenseman (Chicago Blackhawks), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Apr 10 J J McCleskey, NFL safety (New Orleans Saints, Arizona Cardinals)
  • Apr 10 Sean Gilbert, defensive tackle (Washington Redskins)
  • Apr 10 Wesley Barnett, Oly weightlifter (Pan Am-silver-1987), born in St Joseph, Missouri
  • Apr 11 Joe Vitiello, infielder (KC Royals), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Apr 11 Sean Bergman, Joliet IL, pitcher (San Diego Padres)
  • Apr 11 Trevor Linden, Medicine Hat, NHL right wing (Canucks, NY Islanders)
  • Apr 12 Patrick Brugnoli, hockey forward (Team Italy 1998)
  • Apr 13 Eddie Robinson, NFL linebacker (Houston Oilers, Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Apr 13 Monty Brown, NFL linebacker (Buffalo Bills)
  • Apr 13 Gerry Creaney, Scottish footballer
  • Apr 14 Brian Stablein, NFL wide receiver (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Apr 14 Jan Siemerink, Neth, tennis star
  • Apr 14 Steve Avery, Trenton MI, pitcher (Atlanta Braves)
  • Apr 15 Darrin Smith, NFL linebacker (Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Apr 16 Ian Franklin, CFL cornerback (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • Apr 16 Steve Emtman, NFL defensive tackle (Miami Dolphins)
  • Apr 16 Walt Williams, NBA forward/guard (Toronto Raptors, Miami Heat)
  • Apr 17 Tony Sacca, WLAF quarterback (Barcelona Dragons)
  • Apr 18 Carl Simpson, NFL defensive tackle (Chicago Bears)
  • Apr 18 Francois Leroux, Ste-adele, NHL defenseman (Pitts Penguins)
  • Apr 18 Heike Friedrich, East Germany swimmer (world record 200m)
  • Apr 18 Peter Giles, kayaker (Olympics 1996), born in London, Ontario
  • Apr 18 William Roaf, NFL tackle (New Orleans Saints)
  • Apr 18 Rico Brogna, American baseball player
  • Apr 19 Michael Barrow, NFL linebacker (Houston Oilers, Carolina Panthers)
  • Apr 19 Rick Hamilton, WLAF linebacker (Barcelona Dragons)
  • Apr 19 Kelly Holmes, English athlete
  • Apr 20 Ben Weir, Rock Island Ill, Canadian Tour golfer (1993 Bogey Hills-2nd)
  • Apr 21 Israel Stanley, NFL/WLAF defensive end (New Orleans Saints, Rhein Fire)
  • Apr 21 Stewart Malgunas, Prince George, NHL defenseman (Washington Capitals)
  • Apr 22 Claus Biedermann, WLAF linebacker (Rhein Fire)
  • Apr 22 Coleman Bell, NFL tight end (Washington Redskins)
  • Apr 23 Cristiano Caratti, Italian tennis star (1987 Orange Bowl boys doubles)
  • Apr 23 Frank Temming, WLAF running back (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • Apr 24 Damien Fleming, Aust cricket pace bowler (hat-trick on Test debut)
  • Apr 24 Emanuela Zardo, Swiss tennis star
  • Apr 25 Corwin Brown, NFL safety (NY Jets, NE Patriots)
  • Apr 25 Steve Tovar, NFL linebacker (Cin Bengals)
  • Apr 27 Mikiko Hagiwara, WNBA guard (Sacramento Monarchs)
  • Apr 27 Tim Hanshaw, NFL guard (SF 49ers)
  • Apr 28 Jason Belser, defensive back (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Apr 28 Mark Harris, wide receiver (San Francisco 49ers)
  • Apr 28 Nicklas Lidstrom, Vasteras SWE, NHL defenseman (Team Sweden, Detroit)
  • Apr 28 Richard Fromberg, Australia, tennis star
  • Apr 28 Diego Simeone, Argentine footballer

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Apr 29 Andre Agassi, tennis star (Olympic gold 1996, US Open 1994), born in Las Vegas, Nevada

Tennis Legend Andre Agassi
Tennis Legend
Andre Agassi
  • Apr 29 Arnaud Briand, hockey forward (Team France 1998)
  • Apr 29 Derrick Frazier, NFL cornerback (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Apr 29 J R Phillips, infielder (Philadelphia Phillies), born in West Covina, California
  • Apr 29 Leuea Tagoai, CFL defensive end (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • Apr 29 Mark McMillian, NFL cornerback (Philadelphia Eagles, KC Chiefs)
  • Apr 29 William Martin III, finn sailor (Olympics 23rd-1996), born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • Apr 30 Brad Layton, Seymour Ind, rower (Olympics 1996)

Deaths in Sport

  • Apr 6 Maurice Stokes, American basketball player (b. 1933)
  • Apr 15 Ripper Collins, American baseball player (b. 1904)