On This Day

April 1, 1973 in Sports History

Day of the Week: Sunday

Events in Sport

  • 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

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

Birthdays in Sport

  • Ferdy Vierklau, Dutch soccer left back (2 caps; FC Utrecht; Ajax), born in Bilthoven, Netherlands
  • Stephen Fleming, New Zealand cricket batsman and captain (111 Tests; 7,172 @ 40.06; 280 ODIs), born in Christchurch, New Zealand

Deaths in Sport

  • Arthur Wood, English cricket wicketkeeper (4 Tests, 11 dismissals), dies at 74