On This Day

April 1975 in Sport

Events in Sport


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 3 Bobby Fischer stripped of world chess title for refusing to defend it

Chess Champion Bobby Fischer
Chess Champion
Bobby Fischer
  • Apr 5 129th Grand National: Irish combination of jockey Tommy Carberry aboard L'Escargot wins by 15 lengths from 7/2 favourite and 1973-74 winner Red Rum

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Apr 5 American tennis #1 Chris Evert wins her 3rd WTA Tour Championship at the Los Angeles Sports Arena; beats Martina Navratilova 6-4, 6-2

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
  • Apr 8 Frank Robinson debuts as 1st African American baseball manager (Cleveland, beats New York 5-3)
  • Apr 10 Rangers score 8 goals against Islanders in playoffs

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 11 Hank Aaron returns as a Milwaukee player (Brewer)

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
  • Apr 11 J. P. Parisé scores an 11 sec OT goal, to see the NY Islanders eliminate the NY Rangers in their ever 1st playoff advance

Sport awardUS Masters Golf

Apr 13 39th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Jack Nicklaus wins his 5th Masters title, 1 stroke ahead of Johnny Miller and Tom Weiskopf; Lee Elder, first African-American to compete in the tournament

  • Apr 21 79th Boston Marathon: American Bill Rodgers wins men's section in race record 2:09:55; Liane Winter of West Germany women's champion in 2:42:24 (female world record)

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Apr 26 Phillies Mike Schmidt's 2 HRs ties NL record of 11 HRs in April

MLB Third Baseman Mike Schmidt
MLB Third Baseman
Mike Schmidt

Birthdays in Sport

  • Apr 1 Kristine Quance, 100m breaststroke/200m medley (Olympics 1996)
  • Apr 1 Magdalena Maleeva, Sofia Bulgaria, tennis star (1995 Chicago Moscow)
  • Apr 1 George Bastl, Swiss tennis player
  • Apr 3 Thomas Hamilton, American NBA center (Boston Celtics), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Apr 3 Yoshinobu Takahashi, Japanese professional baseball player, born in Chūō-ku, Chiba, Japan
  • Apr 3 Koji Uehara, Japanese professional baseball pitcher, born in Neyagawa, Osaka, Japan
  • Apr 4 Kisha Ford, American WNBA guard and forward (NY Liberty), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Apr 5 Nikki Dryden, 800m swimmer (Olympic 6th 1992, 96), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • Apr 5 John Hartson, Welsh footballer
  • Apr 7 Ronde Barber, cornerback (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • Apr 7 Tiki Barber, running back (NY Giants)
  • Apr 7 Ronnie Belliard, American baseball player
  • Apr 9 Robbie Fowler, English footballer (Liverpool), born in Toxteth, Liverpool, England
  • Apr 10 Eric Den Besten, American rower (Olympics 1996)
  • Apr 10 Steve Washburn, Canadian NHL center (Florida Panthers), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • Apr 11 Terry Cousin, American football cornerback (Chicago Bears), born in Miami, Florida
  • Apr 12 Marcie Alberts, American basketball player (Cleveland Rockers), born in Wooster, Ohio
  • Apr 13 Bruce Dyer, English footballer, born in Ilford, England
  • Apr 14 Petra Begerow, German tennis star (1996 quarter Hilton Head), born in Bad Kreuznach, Germany
  • Apr 15 Paul Dana, American race car driver (d. 2006)
  • Apr 16 Nicky Sualua, American NFL fullback (Dallas Cowboys), born in Santa Ana, California
  • Apr 17 Trifun Živanović, American-Serbian figure skater (1995 Pac Coast Jr champ), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Apr 19 Jason Gillespie, Australian cricketer (fast bowler, Australia 1996), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Apr 19 Temoc Suarez, American soccer forward (Olympic gold 1996), born in Greenwood, South Carolina
  • Apr 19 Jussi Jääskeläinen, Finnish footballer (Finland national team) and coach, born in Mikkeli, Finland
  • Apr 21 Danyon Loader, New Zealand 200m and 400m swimmer (2 Olympic gold medals 1996), born in Dunedin, New Zealand
  • Apr 22 Brian Manning, wide receiver (Miami Dolphins)
  • Apr 22 Stijn Haeldermans, Belgian soccer player (MVV)
  • Apr 22 Greg Moore, Canadian race car driver (d. 1999)
  • Apr 22 Carlos Sastre, Spanish cyclist
  • Apr 24 Justin Boocock, Australian canoeist (Olympics 1996), born in Launceston, Australia
  • Apr 24 Michael Stewart, American basketball NBA center (Sacramento Kings), born in Cucq-Trepied-Stella-Plage, France
  • Apr 25 Jacque Jones, American baseball outfielder (Olympic bronze 1996), born in San Diego, California
  • Apr 27 Michael Booker, American football cornerback (Atlanta Falcons), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Apr 27 Chris Carpenter, American baseball player (Toronto Blue Jays, St. Louis Cardinals), born in Exeter, New Hampshire
  • Apr 28 James Thrash, wide receiver (Washington Redskins)
  • Apr 28 Martin Lewis, NBA guard (Toronto Raptors)
  • Apr 29 John Macready, gymnast (Olympic 5th 1996), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 29 Rafael Betancourt, Venezuelan baseball player
  • Apr 30 Elliott Sadler, American race car driver