On This Day

April 1976 in Sports History

Events in Sport

Sports History

Apr 2 Oakland Athletics trade 2 key members from recent World Series C'ship team, sending outfielder Reggie Jackson and pitcher Ken Holtzman to Baltimore Orioles in exchange for outfielder Don Baylor and pitchers Mike Torrez and Paul Mitchell

  • Apr 3 Philadelphia Flyers win record tying 20th straight NHL home game
  • Apr 3 130th Grand National: John Burke wins aboard Rag Trade; equal record 4th winner trained by Fred Rimell and 2nd winner owned by Pierre Raymond Bessone
  • Apr 8 1976 NFL Draft: Lee Roy Selmon from University of Oklahoma first pick by Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Apr 10 Brewers' Don Money's grand slammer disallowed-Yanks win 9-7
  • Apr 10 Cleveland Cavaliers win their 1st NBA Central Division title

US Masters Golf

Apr 11 40th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Raymond Floyd wins his only Masters title, 8 strokes ahead of runner-up Ben Crenshaw

  • Apr 13 1st NBA playoff game for Cleveland Cavliers, they lose 100-95 to Washington
  • Apr 15 Yankee stadium reopens, Yanks beat Twins after trailing 4-0

Baseball Record

Apr 17 NL greatest comeback: trailing 12-1, Philadelphia Phillies beat Chicago Cubs, 18-16 in 10 innings at Wrigley Field; Mike Schmidt hits 4 consecutive HRs

Sports History

Apr 17 Australian tennis star Evonne Goolagong Cawley wins her second WTA Tour Championship at the Los Angeles Sports Arena; beats Chris Evert 6–3, 5–7, 6–3

  • Apr 19 80th Boston Marathon: US double; Jack Fultz is men's winner in 2:20:19; Kim Merritt takes women's section in 2:47:10

Boxing Title Fight

Apr 30 Muhammad Ali beats Jimmy Young in 15 for heavyweight boxing title


Birthdays in Sport

  • Apr 1 Clarence Seedorf, Dutch soccer midfielder (87 caps; AC Milan, Ajax, Real Madrid) and manager (AC Milan, Deportivo La Coruña, Cameroon), born in Paramaribo, Suriname
  • Apr 1 David Gilliland, American auto racer and team owner (pole Daytona 500 2007; Meijer 300 2006), born in Riverside, California
  • Apr 1 Hazem El Masri, Australian rugby league winger (Canterbury Bulldogs; NRL career point scoring record 2,418 points, 317 games; 159 tries, 891/1087 goals @ 81.97%), born in Tripoli, Lebanon
  • Apr 2 Rory Sabbatini, South African golfer (US Masters 2007 runner-up, 6 PGA Tour titles, born in Durban, RSA
  • Apr 3 Nicolas Escudé, French tennis player, coach (Davis Cup 2001), born in Chartres, France
  • Apr 3 Keith Closs, American basketball center (LA Clippers), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Apr 4 Emerson, Brazilian footballer (Brazil national team), born in Pelotas, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
  • Apr 4 Sébastien Enjolras, French racing driver, born in Seclin, France (d. 1997)
  • Apr 5 Ike Hilliard, NFL wide receiver (NY Giants)
  • Apr 5 Ryan Drese, baseball pitcher (Olympic bronze 1996), born in San Francisco, California
  • Apr 5 Simone Inzaghi, Italian footballer
  • Apr 5 Kim Collins, Nevisian athlete (World C'ship gold men's 100m 2003), born in Saint Peter Basseterre Parish, Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Apr 5 Ross Gload, American baseball player
  • Apr 5 Fernando Morientes, Spanish footballer
  • Apr 5 Henrik Stenson, Swedish golfer (British Open 2016), born in Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Apr 6 Simon Coombes, Australian swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • Apr 10 Sara Renner, Canadian cross-country skier, born in Golden, British Columbia, Canada
  • Apr 12 Brad Miller, American basketball player, born in Kendallville, Indiana
  • Apr 13 Everton Matambanadzo, Zimbabwean cricket pace bowler (v Paki 1996), born in Harare, Zimbabwe
  • Apr 14 Baedon Choppy, Australian field hockey forward (Olympics 1996), born in Mackay, Australia
  • Apr 14 Jason Wiemer, Canadian NHL left wing, 1994-2006 (Tampa Bay Lightning, Calgary Flames, and 4 other teams), born in Kimberley, British Columbia
  • Apr 14 Kyle Farnsworth, American MLB baseball pitcher, 1999-2014 (Chicago Cubs, New York Yankees, and 7 other teams), born in Wichita, Kansas
  • Apr 15 Jason Bonsignore, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Apr 20 Lenka Němečková, Czech tennis star (1993 Futures-Maribor-SLO), born in Brno, Czechoslovakia
  • Apr 20 Shay Given, Irish footballer, born in Lifford, County Donegal, Ireland
  • Apr 21 Rommel Adducul, Filipino basketball player, born in Tuguegarao, Cagayan, Philippines
  • Apr 22 Michał Żewłakow, Polish footballer
  • Apr 23 Tamas Buday Jr, Canadian canoeist (Olympics 1996), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • Apr 24 Sonya Jeyaseelan, Canadian tennis star (1995 Futures Fla), born in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada
  • Apr 24 Steve Finnan, Irish footballer, born in Limerick, Ireland

Tim Duncan

Apr 25 Tim Duncan, American NBA forward (San Antonio Spurs), born in Christiansted, U.S. Virgin Islands

  • Apr 25 Rainer Schüttler, German tennis player (Olympic silver 2004), born in Korbach, West Germany
  • Apr 25 Gilberto [Gilberto da Silva Melo], Brazilian soccer midfielder (36 caps; Hertha BSC; Flamengo), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Apr 26 Sarah Tueting, American ice hockey goalie (USA, Olympics 1998), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 27 Walter Pandiani, Uruguayan footballer, born in Montevideo, Uruguay
  • Apr 29 God Shammgod, American NBA guard (Wash Wizards), born in New York City

Deaths in Sport

  • Apr 9 Phil Ochs, American anti-war folk singer ("I Ain't Marching Anymore"; "Draft Dodger Rag"), commits suicide at 35
  • Apr 23 Karl Schäfer, Austrian figure skater (Olympic gold 1932, 36), dies at 66