April 1972 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Apr 1 Major league baseball players stages 1st collective strike
  • Apr 5 The regular MLB season fails to open due to a player strike for the first time in history; 86 games are lost before the labor dispute settled
  • Apr 8 Alvin Kallicharran scores 100* in his 1st Test Cricket innings v NZ
  • Apr 8 126th Grand National: Graham Thorner aboard 14/1 bet Well To Do wins from 1970 winner Gay Trip; Black Secret & General Symons dead heat for 3rd

Sport awardUS Masters Golf

Apr 9 36th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Jack Nicklaus leads wire-to-wire to win the 4th of his 6 Masters titles, 3 strokes ahead of Bruce Crampton, Tom Weiskopf and Bobby Mitchell

  • 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 Chicago Cub Burt Hooton no-hits Phillies, 1-0
  • Apr 17 76th Boston Marathon: Olavi Suomalainen of Finland wins men's race in 2:15:39; American Nina Kuscsik takes inaugural women's title in 3:10:26; first year women's race officially sanctioned
  • 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 28 Courts award 1968 Kentucky Derby prize money to 2nd place winner due to the winner being given drugs before the race

Birthdays in Sport

  • Apr 1 Mike McCoy, American football coach (San Diego Chargers) and player, born in San Francisco, California
  • Apr 2 Graham Hood, Canadian 1.5k runner (Olympics-9-92, 96), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Apr 3 Sandrine Testud, French tennis star (1993 Strasbourg), born in Lyon, France
  • Apr 4 Chad Eaton, American football player (New England Patriots), born in Exeter, New Hampshire
  • Apr 4 Jim Werland, Ventura California, American canoeist (alt-Olympics 1996)
  • Apr 4 Matt Wagner, American baseball pitcher (Seattle Mariners), born in Cedar Falls, Iowa
  • 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 1996), born in Canberra Australia
  • Apr 9 Brian DeMarco, NFL tackle (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Berea, Ohio
  • Apr 9 Craig Jones, Australian rower (Olympics 1996), born in Queanbeyan, Australia
  • Apr 9 Jeffrey van As, Dutch soccer player (MVV), born in Leiden, Netherlands
  • Apr 9 Karen Clark, Canadian synchronized swimmer (Olympic silver 1996), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • Apr 10 Maurice Harrell, NFL tight end (San Diego Chargers)
  • Apr 10 Richard Wearne, Australian rower (Olympics 1996) and photographer, born in Sydney, Australia
  • Apr 10 Sue Merz, American ice hockey defenseman (Olympics 1998), born in Greenwich, Connecticut
  • Apr 11 Dietrich Jells, American wide receiver (New England Patriots), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Apr 11 Nicole Levesque, American baseball guard (Charlotte Sting), born in Shaftsbury, Vermont
  • Apr 12 Paul Lo Duca, American baseball player, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Apr 13 Dave Wohlabaugh, American NFL center and guard (NE Patriots), born in Hamburg, New York
  • Apr 13 Mariusz Czerkawski, Polish NHL right wing (Edmonton Oilers), born in Radomsko, Poland
  • Apr 13 Mike Kennedy, Canadian NHL left wing (Dallas Stars), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Apr 14 Paul Devlin, England-born Scottish footballer, born in Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • Apr 14 Dean Potter, American free climber & 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 Martínez, Spanish tennis player (Wimbledon 1994), born in Monzón, Huesca, Spain
  • Apr 16 Jim Ballard, American NFL & WLAF quarterback (Scottish Claymores, Buffalo Bills), born in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
  • Apr 17 Benjamin Dodwell, Australian rower (Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Apr 17 Gordon Laro, American NFL tight end (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Lynn, Massachusetts
  • Apr 17 Keith Lyle, American football safety (St Louis Rams), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Apr 17 Muttiah Muralitharan, Sri Lankan cricketer (leading Sri Lankan Test off-spinner), born in Kandy, Ceylon
  • Apr 17 Tony Boselli, American NFL offensive tackle (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Modesto, California
  • Apr 17 Jarkko Wiss, Finnish footballer, born in Tampere, Finland
  • Apr 17 Gary Bennett, American baseball player, born in Waukegan, Illinois
  • Apr 18 Jeff Traversy, Canadian CFL defensive tackle (Calgary Stampeders), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • Apr 19 Eric Jack, American NFL cornerback (Atlanta Falcons), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Apr 19 Jeff Wilkins, American NFL kicker (SF 49ers, St Louis Rams), born in Youngstown, Ohio
  • Apr 19 Rivaldo, Brazilian footballer (Brazil national team 1993-2003), born in Recife, Brazil
  • Apr 20 Lê Huỳnh Đức, Vietnamese footballer, born in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Apr 21 David Williams, Bedford PA, outfielder (SF Giants)
  • Apr 21 Tia Jackson, WNBA forward (Phoenix Mercury)
  • Apr 21 Gwendal Peizerat, French ice dancer
  • Apr 22 Sabine Appelmans, Aalst Belg, tennis star (Strasbourg doubles final)
  • Apr 22 Owen Finegan, Australian rugby union footballer
  • Apr 23 Rachel Hetherington, Australian golfer (ANA Inspiration 2001 runner-up, 8 LPGA Tour titles), born in Port Macquarie, NSW
  • Apr 24 Chipper Jones, American MLB infielder (Atlanta Braves), born in DeLand, Florida
  • Apr 24 Jamie Brown, American football tackle (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in Miami, Florida
  • Apr 24 Nicolas Gill, 86kg judoka (Olympic bronze 1992, 96), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Apr 24 Rab Douglas, Scottish football goalkeeper (Arbroath), born in Lanark, Scotland
  • Apr 24 Jure Košir, Slovenian alpine skier, born in Jesenice, Yugoslavia
  • Apr 25 Percell Gaskins, American football linebacker (Carolina Panthers), born in Daytona Beach, Florida
  • Apr 26 Francisco Cordova, Mexican pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Veracruz, Mexico
  • Apr 26 Marco Rivera, American NFL/WLAF guard (Scot Claymores, GB Packers-Super Bowl 31), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Apr 26 Natrone Means, American NFL running back (San Diego Chargers, Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Harrisburg, North Carolina
  • Apr 26 Avi Nimni, Israeli footballer (Maccabi Tel Aviv F.C.), born in Holon, Israel
  • Apr 26 Kiko Narváez, Spanish footballer (Atlético Madrid), born in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain
  • Apr 27 Alison McKnight, 100m hurdler and heptathlete, born in Bakersfield, California
  • Apr 27 Ethan Brooks, American football offensive tackle (Atlanta Falcons, Rhein Fire), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Apr 27 Silvia Farina, Italian tennis star (1995 Maria Lankowitz doubles), born in Milan, Italy
  • Apr 27 Tim Ruddy, American football offensive lineman (Miami Dolphins), born in Dunmore, Pennsylvania
  • 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)

Deaths in Sport


Person of interestGil Hodges

Apr 2 Gil Hodges, American MLB 1st baseman, manager (8-time All Star), 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
  • Apr 19 Billy Burke, American golfer (US Open 1931), dies at 69