On This Day

April 1971 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Apr 3 125th Grand National: John Cook aboard 28/1 chance Specify wins a close finish between the leading 5 in the final furlong
  • Apr 7 Dismissal of Curt Flood's suit against baseball is upheld by
  • Apr 10 Philadelphia Phillies open their new home, Veterans Stadium with a 4-1 win over the Montreal Expos; 55,352, largest ever crowd to watch a MLB game in Pennsylvania

Sport awardUS Masters Golf

Apr 11 35th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Charles Coody wins his only major title by 2 strokes ahead of runners-up Johnny Miller and Jack Nicklaus

  • Apr 19 After smashing 124 in the 1st innings, Indian cricket opener Sunil Gavaskar makes 220 in 2nd innings in the drawn 5th Test against the West Indies in Port of Spain, Trinidad
  • Apr 19 75th Boston Marathon: Álvaro Mejía of Colombia wins in 2:18:45; American Sara Mae Berman 1st woman for 3rd straight year in 3:08:30 (unsanctioned)
  • Apr 27 Curt Flood resigns Senators after 13 games & departs for Denmark
  • Apr 30 25th NBA Championship: Milwaukee beat Balt Bullets in 4 games

Birthdays in Sport

  • Apr 1 Daniel Vacek, Czech tennis player (French Open doubles 1996, 97; US Open doubles 1997), born in Prague, Czech Republic
  • Apr 1 James Page, American boxer (WBA Welterweight champion 1998-2000), born in Pittsburg, California
  • Apr 2 Todd Woodbridge OAM, Australian tennis player (16 x Grand Slam doubles titles; 6 x GS mixed doubles titles; Olympic gold 1996) and broadcaster (7 Network, 9 Network), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • Apr 3 Anthony McClanahan, American football linebacker (Calgary Stampeders), born in Bakersfield, California
  • Apr 3 Peter Schwab, American rower (Olympics 1996), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Apr 3 Picabo Street, American skier (Olympic gold 1994), born in Triumph, Idaho
  • Apr 3 Quilvio Veras, Major League Baseball second baseman, born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Apr 4 Felipe Lira, baseball pitcher (Detroit Tigers), born in Santa Teresa, Venezuela
  • Apr 4 Jaime Fernandez, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • Apr 4 Yanic Perreault, Canadian ice hockey center (LA Kings), born in Sherbrooke, Canada
  • Apr 5 Bob Kuberski, NFL defensive tackle (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • Apr 5 Finidi George, soccer player (Ajax)
  • Apr 5 Stuart Peele, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • Apr 6 Tom Sorensen, volleyball middle blocker (Olympics 1996), born in Racine, Wisconsin
  • Apr 6 Lou Merloni, American baseball player
  • Apr 7 Mark Thompson, Russellville KY, pitcher (Colorado Rockies)
  • Apr 7 Stephen Brimacombe, Australian 100m/200m (Olympics 1996)
  • Apr 7 Victor Kraatz, Canadian ice dancer (1995 World Champs-4th), born in Berlin, West Germany
  • Apr 8 Marc Peers, tornado sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • Apr 9 Anthony Redmon, American NFL guard (Arizona Cardinals), born in Brewton, Alabama
  • Apr 9 Derwin Gray, NFL center (Indianapolis Colts), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • Apr 9 James Hundon, American football wide receiver (Cincinnati Bengals), born in San Francisco, California
  • Apr 9 Wang Yang, youngest Olympic record breaker at age 17 (Olympics 1988)
  • Apr 9 Peter Canavan, Gaelic footballer, born in Ballygawley, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland
  • Apr 9 Jacques Villeneuve, Canadian auto racer (World F1 champion 1997; Indianapolis 500 1995; Indy Car World Series 1995), born in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec
  • Apr 10 Karl Williams, American football wide receiver (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), born in Albion, Michigan
  • Apr 10 Mihai Bagiu, American gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Timisoara Romania
  • Apr 12 Fernando Meligeni, Argentine tennis star, born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • Apr 12 Kent Manderville, Canadian ice hockey player (Edmonton Oilers), born in Edmonton, Canada
  • Apr 12 Tyrone Chatman, CFL linebacker (BC Lions)
  • Apr 13 Charles "Bo" Outlaw, American NBA forward (LA Clippers, Orlando Magic), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • Apr 14 Antonio London, NFL linebacker (Detroit Lions), born in Tullahoma, Tennessee
  • Apr 14 Gregory Zaun, American baseball analyst & catcher (Baltimore Orioles), born in Glendale, California
  • Apr 14 Miguel Calero, Colombian soccer goalkeeper (50 caps; Copa América 2001; Pachuca), born in Ginebra, Colombia (d. 2012)
  • Apr 15 Craig Whelihan, NFL quarterback (San Diego Chargers)
  • Apr 15 Derek Brown, NFL running back (New Orleans Saints)
  • Apr 15 Guivi Sissaouri, Canada freestyle wrestler (Olympic silver 1996), born in Tbilisi, Georgia
  • Apr 15 Jason Sehorn, NFL cornerback/safety (NY Giants)
  • Apr 15 Rich McKenzie, NFL linebacker (Cleveland Browns)
  • Apr 15 Tim Tindale, NFL running back (Buffalo Bills)
  • Apr 16 Natasha Zvereva, Belarusian tennis ace (18 Grand Slam double titles), born in Minsk, Belarus
  • Apr 17 David Oliver, Canadian NHL right wing (Edmonton Oilers), born in Sechelt, British Columbia, Canada
  • Apr 18 Dan Kordic, Canadian NHL defenseman (Philadelphia Flyers), born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • Apr 18 Oleg Petrov, NHL right wing (Montreal Canadiens), born in Moscow, Russia
  • Apr 20 Allan Houston, American basketball player (NY Knicks, Detroit Pistons), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Apr 20 Chris Penn, NFL wide receiver (KC Chiefs, Chicago Bears), born in Lenapah, Oklahoma
  • Apr 20 Grant Smith, Australian field hockey forward (Olympics 1996), born in Canberra, Australia
  • Apr 20 John Senden, Australian golfer (2 PGA Tour titles), born in Brisbane, Queensland
  • Apr 20 Terry Smith, NFL wide receiver (Indianapolis Colts), born in Clemson, South Carolina
  • Apr 20 Yonel Jourdain, American NFL running back and kick returner (Buffalo Bills), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Apr 20 Carla Geurts, Dutch freestyle swimmer, born in Geldrop, Netherlands
  • Apr 21 Samantha Druce, British swimmer, youngest woman to swim English Channel
  • Apr 21 Tony Mcgee, NFL tight end (Cin Bengals)
  • Apr 22 Milos Holan, Bilovec Cze, NHL defenseman (Anaheim Mighty Ducks)
  • Apr 22 Nicklas Kulti, Swedish tennis star
  • Apr 23 Chuck Adams, Pacific Palisades California, tennis star (1989 USTA Boys), born in Pacific Palisades, California
  • Apr 24 Jeff Brohm, American football quarterback (San Francisco 49ers), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Apr 24 Ken Klee, NHL defenseman (Washington Capitals), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Apr 24 Kumar Dharmasena, Sri Lankan cricketer (Sri Lankan off-spinner), born in Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Apr 24 Phil Rogers, Australian 100m breaststroker (Olympic bronze 1992, 96), born in Adelaide, South Australia
  • Apr 25 Andrew Grigg, CFL receiver (Hamilton Tiger Cats), born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada
  • Apr 25 Brad Clontz, American baseball pitcher (Atlanta Braves), born in Stuart, Virginia
  • Apr 25 Eric England, NFL defensive end (Arizona Cardinals), born in Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Apr 26 Ryan Yarbrough, American NFL wide receiver (Baltimore Ravens, NY Jets), born in Lakeland, Florida
  • Apr 27 Craig Keith, American football tight end (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Apr 27 James Burton, NFL cornerback (Chicago Bears), born in Torrance, California
  • Apr 28 Meredith McGrath, Midland Mich, tennis star (1996 Essen doubles)
  • Apr 28 Mihai Apostal, Bucharest Romania, Canadian kayaker (Olympics 1996)
  • Apr 29 Sterling Hitchcock, pitcher (NY Yanks, Sea Mariners), born in Fayetteville, North Carolina
  • Apr 30 B J Tyler, NBA guard (Toronto Raptors)
  • Apr 30 Matt Martin, Hamden, NHL defenseman (Toronto Maple Leafs, Olympic US-94)
  • Apr 30 Ryan Hawblitzel, pitcher (Colorado Rockies), born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • Apr 30 Ty Hallock, fullback (Jacksonville Jaguars)

Deaths in Sport

  • Apr 7 Charles F Pahud de Mortanges, (Olympic gold 1928, 32), dies at 74
  • Apr 12 Ed Lafitte, American baseball player (b. 1871)
  • Apr 13 Michel Brière, Canadian ice hockey player, dies from injuries sustained in a car crash at 21
  • Apr 15 Dan Reeves, American NFL team owner (Cleveland, LA Rams), dies at 58
  • Apr 19 Russ Hodges, American sportscaster (NY Mets, SF Giants; Wednesday Night Fights), dies at 60