On This Day

April 1973 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Apr 1 Boston Celtics captain John Havlicek scores career high 54 points in 134-109 rout of Atlanta Hawks in Game 1 of 1st round Eastern Conference playoffs; hits NBA playoff record 24-of-36 field-goal attempts

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 1 Despite a final round, 5-3 loss to Montreal, Boston Bruins center Phil Esposito wins his third consecutive NHL scoring title with 130 points from 55 goals and 75 assists in the 78-game season

NHL Star Phil Esposito
NHL Star
Phil Esposito
  • Apr 5 NFL adopts jersey numbering system (ie QBs, 1-19)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 6 Roberto Clemente Day, Pirates retire his #

Baseball Player Roberto Clemente
Baseball Player
Roberto Clemente
  • Apr 6 Yankee Ron Blomberg becomes 1st designated hitter, he walks
  • Apr 7 Doug Walters' best Test Cricket bowling, 5-66 v WI Georgetown
  • Apr 9 37th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Due to weather delays final round is played on Monday with Tommy Aaron winning his only major title, 1 stroke ahead of J. C. Snead
  • Apr 10 Kansas City Royals open their new park, Royals Stadium with 12-1 rout of the Texas Rangers; attendance 39,476
  • Apr 14 Ireland edges France, 6-4 at Lansdowne Road, Dublin to create a 5-way tie for the Five Nations Rugby Championship; each nation wins their 2 home matches
  • Apr 16 77th Boston Marathon: American double; Jon Anderson men's champion in 2:16:03; Jacqueline Hansen wins women's title in 3:05:59
  • Apr 27 KC Royals pitcher Steve Busby no-hits Detroit Tigers, 3-0
  • Apr 30 Women's tennis groups end disputes over sanctioning tournaments

Birthdays in Sport

  • Apr 1 Ferdy Vierklau, Dutch soccer left back (2 caps; FC Utrecht; Ajax), born in Bilthoven, Netherlands
  • Apr 1 Stephen Fleming, New Zealand cricket batsman and captain (111 Tests; 7,172 @ 40.06; 280 ODIs), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Apr 3 Greg DeLong, American football player, NFL tight end (Minnesota Vikings), born in Orefield, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 3 Kelly Lochbaum, Canadian football linebacker (BC Lions), born in Abbotsford, Canada
  • Apr 4 Peter Hoekstra, Dutch soccer player (PSV, Ajax), born in Assen, Netherlands
  • Apr 4 Ryan Coughlin, Canadian football offensive linebacker (Montreal Alouettes), born in Renfrew, Ontario
  • Apr 4 Tiffany Woosley, American basketball player (Houston Comets), born in Shelbyville, Tennessee
  • Apr 4 Loris Capirossi, Italian Grand Prix motorcycle racer, born in Castel San Pietro Terme, Italy
  • Apr 4 Chris McCormack, Australian triathlete (ITU World Championships), born in Sydney
  • Apr 5 Spencer Folau, Tongan, American football offensive lineman (Baltimore Ravens), born in Nukuʻalofa, Tonga
  • Apr 5 Tony Banks, quarterback (St Louis Rams)
  • Apr 6 Donnie Edwards, linebacker (KC Chiefs)
  • Apr 6 Randall Godfrey, linebacker (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Apr 6 Sun Wen, Chinese footballer
  • Apr 7 Brett Tomko, American baseball player
  • Apr 8 Alex Gonzalez, American infielder (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Miami, Florida
  • Apr 8 Walter Nicholas Henry Tongue, 50m/100m swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Apr 8 Khaled Badra, Tunisian footballer
  • Apr 10 Roberto Carlos, Brazilian soccer left back (Brazil 125 caps, Real Madrid), born in Garça, São Paulo, Brazil
  • Apr 11 Blake Brockermeyer, American football tackle (GB Packers, Carolina Panthers), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • Apr 11 Reggie Tongue, American football safety (KC Chiefs), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Apr 12 Antonio Osuna, Mexican baseball pitcher (LA Dodgers), born in Sinaloa, Mexico
  • Apr 13 Aaron Hayden, American NFL running back (San Diego Chargers, GB Packers-Super Bowl 31), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Apr 14 Roberto Ayala, Argentine footballer, born in Parana, Argentina
  • Apr 17 Brett Maher, Australian basketball guard (Olympics 1996), born in Adelaide, South Australia
  • Apr 17 Gene Makowsky, Canadian football offensive linebacker (Saskatchewan Roughriders), born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • Apr 17 Jeff Lewis, American NFL quarterback (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • Apr 17 Kenneth Carlsen, Danish tennis star, born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Apr 17 Ross Aloisi, Australian soccer midfielder (Olyroos, Olympics 1996), born in Adelaide, South Australia
  • Apr 17 Theo Ratliff, American NBA forward and center (Detroit Pistons, Philadelphia 76ers), born in Demopolis, Alabama
  • Apr 17 Kaihō Ryōji, Japanese sumo wrestler, born in Aomori, Japan
  • Apr 18 Derrick Brooks, American NFL linebacker (11×Pro Bowl 1997–2006, 08; Super Bowl 2002; Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Pensacola, Florida
  • Apr 18 Haile Gebrselassie, Ethiopian 10k runner (Olympic gold 1996), born in Asella, Arsi Province, Ethiopia
  • Apr 18 James "Jamie" Koven, American rower (Olympic 5th 1996), born in Morristown, New Jersey
  • Apr 20 Itula Mili, NFL tight end (Seattle Seahawks), born in Kahuku, Hawaii
  • Apr 20 Lamond Murray, American basketball forward (LA Clippers), born in Pasadena, California
  • Apr 20 Todd Hollandsworth, American baseball outfielder (LA Dodgers), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • Apr 21 Jonathan Nsenga, Belgian athlete
  • Apr 22 Christopher Sanders, tight end (Washington Redskins)
  • Apr 22 Scott Fields, NFL linebacker (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Apr 22 Ofer Talker, Israeli footballer
  • Apr 22 Adem Poric, Australian former footballer
  • Apr 23 Derek Armstrong, Canadian NHL center (NY Islanders), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • Apr 23 Patrick Poulin, Canadian NHL left wing (Tampa Bay Lightning), born in Vanier, Quebec, Canada
  • Apr 24 Lee Westwood, English golfer (British Open, US Masters 2010 runner-up), born in Worksop, Nottinghamshire
  • Apr 24 Eric Snow, American NBA guard (Philadelphia 76ers, Seattle Supersonics), born in Canton, Ohio
  • Apr 24 Mark Babic, Australian soccer defender (Olyroos, Olympics 1996), born in Sydney, Australia

Person of interestSachin Tendulkar

Apr 24 Sachin Tendulkar, Indian Cricket Batsman and captain (200 Tests, 15,921 runs @ 53.78, 51 x 100s; highest run scorer in international cricket), born in Mumbai, India

Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar
Cricketer
Sachin Tendulkar
  • Apr 25 Alek Stojanov, Canadian NHL right wing (Pitts Penguins), born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada
  • Apr 25 Barbara Rittner, German tennis star (1992 Schenectady), born in Krefeld, West Germany
  • Apr 25 Paige Gordon, Canadian diver (Olympics-16-92, 96), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Apr 26 Chris Perry, English footballer (Tottenham Hotspur), born in Carshalton, England
  • Apr 28 Earl Holmes, linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Apr 28 Marc[us] Blake Schneider, rower (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Lubbock, Texas
  • Apr 28 Serge Zwikker, NBA center (Houston Rockets)
  • Apr 28 Francisco Palencia, Mexican footballer

Deaths in Sport

  • Apr 1 Arthur Wood, English cricket wicketkeeper (4 Tests, 11 dismissals), dies at 74
  • Apr 27 Jim Sims, English cricket spin bowler (4 Tests, 11 wickets; Middlesex), dies at 69
  • Apr 27 Carlos Menditeguy, Argentine racing driver, dies at 57
  • Apr 28 Clas Thunberg, Finnish speed skater (Olympic gold 1924, 28), dies at 80