April 1972 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Apr 1 Major league baseball players stages 1st collective strike
  • Apr 5 Baseball season is delayed due to a strike
  • Apr 8 Alvin Kallicharran scores 100* in his 1st Test Cricket innings v NZ
  • Apr 8 126th Grand National: Graham Thorner aboard Well To Do wins

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 9 36th Masters Golf Tournament: Jack Nicklaus wins, shooting a 286

  • Apr 9 Glenn Turner (259) & Terry Jarvis make 387 opening cricket stand v WI
  • Apr 13 1st baseball players' strike ends after 13 days
  • Apr 16 1st Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Jane Blalock
  • Apr 16 Chicago Cub Burt Hooton no-hits Phillies, 1-0
  • Apr 17 76th Boston Marathon: Olavi Suomalainen of Finland 1st man in 2:15:39 and Nina Kuscsik of United States 1st woman in 3:10:26
  • Apr 17 Kiteman attempting to throw out 1st ball in Phillie Vet crashes into centerfield seats
  • Apr 20 Kallicharran scores his 2nd Test century in his 2nd Test Cricket
  • Apr 23 Betty Burfeind wins LPGA Birmingham Centennital Golf Classic
  • Apr 28 Courts award 1968 Kentucky Derby prize money to 2nd place winner due to the winner being given drugs before the race

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Apr 30 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Alamo Ladies Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer
Kathy Whitworth

Birthdays in Sport

  • Apr 1 Kenny Gales, NFL/WLAF cornerback (Chicago Bears, Barcelona Dragons)
  • Apr 1 Mike McCoy, WLAF quarterback and coach, born in San Francisco, California
  • Apr 2 Graham Hood, Winnipeg Manitoba, 1.5k runner (Olympics-9-92, 96)
  • Apr 3 Sandrine Testud, Lyon France, tennis star (1993 Strasbourg)
  • Apr 4 Chad Eaton, defensive tackle (New England Patriots)
  • Apr 4 Jim Werland, Ventura California, American canoeist (alt-Olympics-96)
  • Apr 4 Matt Wagner, Cedar falls IA, pitcher (Seattle Mariners)
  • Apr 5 Shigemasa Ito, WLAF offensive linebacker (Rhein Fire)
  • Apr 5 Tom Coronel, Dutch racing driver
  • Apr 5 Paul Okon, Australian former footballer
  • Apr 6 Dickey Simpkins, NBA forward (SF Warriors, Chicago Bulls)
  • Apr 6 Donald Blair, CFL slot back (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • Apr 6 Hurvin McCormack, NFL defensive tackle (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Apr 7 Greg Clark, tight end (San Francisco 49ers)
  • Apr 7 Joanne Brown, Australian softball catcher/1st baseman (Olym-bronze-96)
  • Apr 7 Lovett Purnell, wide receiver (New England Patriots)
  • Apr 7 Malcolm Huckaby, NBA guard (Miami Heat)
  • Apr 7 Shana Williams, Bridgeton NJ, long jumper/heptathlete
  • Apr 8 Damon Watts, NFL center (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Apr 8 Isaac Davis, NFL guard (San Diego Chargers)
  • Apr 8 Katrina Powell, Australian field hockey striker (Olympics-96), born in Canberra Australia
  • Apr 9 Brian DeMarco, NFL tackle (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Apr 9 Craig Jones, Australian rower (Olympics-96)
  • Apr 9 Jeffrey van As, soccer player (MVV)
  • Apr 9 Karen Clark, synchronized swimmer (Olympics-silver-96), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • Apr 10 Maurice Harrell, NFL tight end (San Diego Chargers)
  • Apr 10 Richard Wearne, Australian rower (Olympics-96)
  • Apr 10 Sue Merz, ice hockey defenseman (USA, Oly-98)
  • Apr 11 Avo Avetisyan, WLAF defensive linesman (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • Apr 11 Dietrich Jells, wide receiver (New England Patriots)
  • Apr 11 Kunihiko Sakurai, hockey forward (Team Japan 1998)
  • Apr 11 Nicole Levesque, WNBA guard (Charlotte Sting)
  • Apr 11 Ted Johnson, linebacker (New England Patriots)
  • Apr 12 Paul Lo Duca, American baseball player
  • Apr 13 Dave Wohlabaugh, NFL center/guard (NE Patriots)
  • Apr 13 Mariusz Czerkawski, Radomsko Pol, NHL right wing (Edmonton Oilers)
  • Apr 13 Mike Kennedy, NHL left wing (Dallas Stars), born in Vancouver, Canada
  • Apr 14 Jason Mallett, CFL safety (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • Apr 14 Zev Lumelski, WLAF guard (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • Apr 14 Paul Devlin, England-born Scottish footballer
  • Apr 14 Dean Potter, American free climber and BASE jumper, born in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas (d. 2015)
  • Apr 15 Melvin Johnson, NFL safety (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • Apr 15 Ricky Otero, Vega Baja Puerto Rico, outfielder (Philadelphia Phillies)
  • Apr 15 Ronald Cherry, NFL tackle (Detroit Lions)
  • Apr 15 Vickie Johnson, WNBA guard/forward (NY Liberty)
  • Apr 16 Conchita Martinez, Monzon Spain, tennis star (1996 final Indian Wells)
  • Apr 16 Jim Ballard, NFL/WLAF quarterback (Scottish Claymores, Buffalo Bills)
  • Apr 16 Mario Bradley, WLAF cornerback (London Monarchs)
  • Apr 17 Benjamin Dodwell, Australian rower (Olympics-96)
  • Apr 17 Gordon Laro, NFL tight end (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Apr 17 Keith Lyle, safety (St Louis Rams)
  • Apr 17 Muttiah Muralitharan, cricketer (leading Sri Lankan Test off-spinner)
  • Apr 17 Tony Boselli, NFL offensive tackle (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Apr 17 Jarkko Wiss, Finnish Footballer
  • Apr 17 Gary Bennett, American baseball player
  • Apr 18 Jeff Traversy, CFL defensive tackle (Calgary Stampeders)
  • Apr 19 Eric Jack, NFL cornerback (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Apr 19 Jeff Wilkins, NFL kicker (SF 49ers, St Louis Rams), born in Youngstown, Ohio
  • Apr 19 Rivaldo, Brazilian footballer
  • Apr 20 Le Huynh Đuc, Vietnamese footballer
  • Apr 21 David Williams, Bedford PA, outfielder (SF Giants)
  • Apr 21 Tia Jackson, WNBA forward (Phoenix Mercury)
  • Apr 22 Sabine Appelmans, Aalst Belg, tennis star (Strasbourg doubles final)
  • Apr 22 Owen Finegan, Australian rugby union footballer
  • Apr 23 Rachel Hetherington, Port Macquarie NSW, golfer (1993 NSW Champ)
  • Apr 24 Chipper Jones, Deland FL, infielder (Atlanta Braves)
  • Apr 24 Jamie Brown, NFL tackle (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • Apr 24 Nicolas Gill, 86kg judoka (Olympics-bronze-92, 96), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Apr 24 Rab Douglas, Scottish footballer
  • Apr 25 Percell Gaskins, linebacker (Carolina Panthers)
  • Apr 26 Francisco Cordova, Veracruz Mexico, pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • Apr 26 Marco Rivera, NFL/WLAF guard (Scot Claymores, GB Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • Apr 26 Natrone Means, NFL running back (San Diego Chargers, Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Apr 26 Avi Nimni, Israeli Footballer
  • Apr 26 Kiko Narváez, Spanish footballer
  • Apr 27 Alison McKnight, 100m hurdler and heptathlete, born in Bakersfield, California
  • Apr 27 Ethan Brooks, NFL/WAFL tackle (Atlanta Falcons, Rhein Fire)
  • Apr 27 Silvia Farina, tennis star (1995 Maria Lankowitz doubles), born in Milan, Italy
  • Apr 27 Tim Ruddy, NFL center (Miami Dolphins)
  • Apr 27 Tommy Thompson, NFL punter (SF 49ers)
  • Apr 28 Jan Benda, Reet Belgium, hockey forward (Team Germany 1998)
  • Apr 28 Jean-Paul van Gastel, soccer player (Willem II)
  • Apr 29 Gwendolyn Wentland, high jumper, born in Flint, Michigan
  • Apr 30 Kendricke Bullard, NFL wide receiver (NE Patriots)
  • Apr 30 Mario Schaden, hockey forward (Team Austria 1998)

Deaths in Sport


Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 2 Gil Hodges, manager (NY Mets), dies of heart attack at 57

MLB First Baseman Gil Hodges
MLB First Baseman
Gil Hodges
  • Apr 8 Sherwin Badger, American Figure Skating Champion (1920-24), dies at 70