On This Day

April 1970 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Apr 1 Federal Bankruptcy Referee Sidney Volinn declares MLB's Seattle Pilots bankrupt; car dealer Bud Selig buys franchise for $10.8 million and moves club to Milwaukee (Brewers)
  • Apr 4 124th Grand National: 15/1 chance Gay Trip wins by 20 lengths, giving Irish jockey Pat Taaffe his second GN winner
  • 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
Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio
  • Apr 13 34th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Billy Casper defeats Gene Littler, 69 to 74 in a Monday 18-hole playoff to win his 3rd major title; last 18-hole playoff at the Masters
  • Apr 18 France beats England, 35-13 at Stade Colombes, Paris to earn a share of the Five Nations Rugby Championship with Wales
  • Apr 20 74th Boston Marathon: Englishman Ron Hill wins in 2:10:30 (US record): American Sara Mae Berman 1st woman for 2nd straight year in 3:05:07 (unsanctioned)
  • 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, American football player, NFL guard and tackle (NY Giants), born in Fort Thomas, Kentucky
  • Apr 2 Jon Lieber, American baseball pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Council Bluffs, Iowa
  • Apr 2 Marcus Christensen, figure skater (1995 Canadian-2nd), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Apr 2 Tammi Reiss, American actress and former WNBA guard (Utah Starzz), born in New York
  • Apr 3 Keith Franklin, American football linebacker (Amsterdam Admirals), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 4 Barry van Galen, Dutch soccer player (Roda JC), born in Haarlem, Netherlands
  • Apr 4 Jason Stoltenberg, Australian tennis star, born in Narrabri, Australia
  • 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, American NFL offensive tackle (BC Lions, Barcelona Dragons), born in Covington, Kentucky
  • Apr 9 Neal Caloia, American marksman (Olympics 1996), born in Torrance, California
  • Apr 10 Enrico Ciccone, Canadian NHL defenseman (Chicago Blackhawks), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Apr 10 J. J. McCleskey, American NFL safety (New Orleans Saints, Arizona Cardinals), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Apr 10 Sean Gilbert, American NFL defensive tackle (Washington Redskins), born in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 10 Wesley "Wes" Barnett, American Olympic 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, American baseball pitcher (San Diego Padres), born in Joliet, Illinois
  • Apr 11 Trevor Linden, Canadian ice hockey right wing (Canucks, NY Islanders), born in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada
  • Apr 13 Eddie Robinson, American NFL linebacker (Houston Oilers, Jacksonville Jaguars), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Apr 13 Monty Brown, American professional wrestler and NFL linebacker (Buffalo Bills), born in Saginaw, Michigan
  • Apr 13 Gerry Creaney, Scottish footballer, born in Coatbridge, Scotland
  • Apr 14 Brian Stablein, American NFL wide receiver (Indianapolis Colts), born in Erie, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 14 Jan Siemerink, Dutch tennis star, born in Rijnsburg, Netherlands
  • Apr 14 Steve Avery, American pitcher (Atlanta Braves), born in Trenton, Michigan
  • Apr 15 Darrin Smith, American NFL linebacker (Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles), born in Miami, Florida
  • Apr 16 Ian Franklin, CFL cornerback (Edmonton Eskimos), born in Morgan City, Louisiana
  • Apr 16 Steve Emtman, American NFL defensive tackle (Miami Dolphins), born in Spokane, Washington
  • Apr 16 Walt Williams, American NBA forward and guard (Toronto Raptors, Miami Heat), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Apr 18 Carl Simpson, American NFL defensive tackle (Chicago Bears), born in Vidalia, Georgia
  • Apr 18 François Leroux, Canadian NHL defenseman (Pitts Penguins), born in Sainte-Adèle, Québec, Canada
  • Apr 18 Heike Friedrich, East German swimmer (world record 200m), born in Karl-Marx-Stadt, Sachsen
  • Apr 18 Peter Giles, Canadian kayaker (Olympics 1996), born in London, Ontario
  • Apr 18 William Roaf, American NFL tackle (New Orleans Saints), born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas
  • Apr 18 Rico Brogna, American MLB baseball player (Detroit Tigers), born in Turners Falls, Massachusetts
  • Apr 19 Michael Barrow, American NFL linebacker (Houston Oilers, Carolina Panthers), born in Homestead, Florida
  • Apr 19 Kelly Holmes, British athlete (Olympics gold 800/1,500m 2004), born in Hildenborough, England
  • 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 Coleman Bell, NFL tight end (Washington Redskins)
  • Apr 23 Cristiano Caratti, Italian tennis star (1987 Orange Bowl boys doubles), born in Acqui Terme, Italy
  • Apr 24 Damien Fleming, Australian cricket pace bowler (hat-trick on Test debut), born in Bentley, Perth, Australia
  • Apr 24 Emanuela Zardo, Swiss tennis star
  • Apr 25 Corwin Brown, American NFL safety (NY Jets, NE Patriots), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Apr 25 Steve Tovar, American NFL linebacker (Cin Bengals), born in Elyria, Ohio
  • Apr 27 Mikiko Hagiwara, Japanese basketball player, born in Fukushima, Japan
  • Apr 27 Tim Hanshaw, NFL guard (SF 49ers), born in Spokane, Washington
  • 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

Person of interestAndre Agassi

Apr 29 Andre Agassi, American tennis player (Olympic gold 1996, 8 Grand Slam titles), born in Las Vegas, Nevada

Tennis Legend Andre Agassi
Tennis Legend
Andre Agassi
  • 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)