On This Day

April 1977 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Apr 2 Montreal Canadiens rout the Washington Capitals, 11-0 at the Montreal Forum to set an NHL record of 34 straight home games without a loss
  • Apr 2 131st Grand National: Tommy Stack wins aboard 9/1 Red Rum; record third GN victory (1973-74); Charlotte Brew first female to ride in the race
  • Apr 3 Boston Bruin Jean Ratelle scores his 1,000th NHL point
  • Apr 6 Kingdome opens, Seattle Mariners 1st game, loses to Angels 7-0
  • Apr 7 Toronto Blue Jays 1st game, they beat Chicago 9-5

Sport awardUS Masters Golf

Apr 10 41st US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Tom Watson wins the first of his 2 green jackets, 2 strokes ahead of runner-up Jack Nicklaus

  • Apr 10 Cleveland Indians set club record for longest, 9 inn game (3:17)
  • Apr 15 1st baseball game at Montreal's Olympic Stadium
  • Apr 18 81st Boston Marathon: Canadian Jerome Drayton wins men's race in 2:14:46; American Miki Gorman takes her 2nd women's event in 2:48:33

Sports record brokenBaseball Event

Apr 18 Eddie Murray hits his 1st HR

MLB 1st Baseman Eddie Murray
MLB 1st Baseman
Eddie Murray

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 21 Billy Martin pulls Yankee line-up out of a hat, beats Blue Jays 8-6

Baseball Player and Manager Billy Martin
Baseball Player and Manager
Billy Martin
  • Apr 23 ADO Den Haag soccer team forms in The Hague, Netherlands
  • Apr 23 Czech chess master Vlastimil Hort plays 201 games simultaneously & only loses 10
  • Apr 25 Cincinnati Reds tie record of 12 runs in 5th inning beating Braves 23-9

Birthdays in Sport

  • Apr 1 Tangela Smith, American basketball forward (WNBA All Star 2006; WNBA C'ship 2007, 09), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Apr 1 Vítor Belfort, Brazilian mixed martial artist (UFC 12 Heavyweight Tournament 1997; UFC Light Heavyweight title 2004; Cage Rage World Light Heavyweight title 2007), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Apr 2 Per Elofsson, Swedish cross-country skier (World C'ship gold x 2 2001; 2003; Olympic bronze 10k + 10k classical 2002), born in Röbäck, Sweden
  • Apr 4 Omarr Smith, American football defensive back, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Apr 5 JoAnn Sevin, Dubois PA, air pistol (Olympics 1996)
  • Apr 6 Andy Phillips, American Baseball Player
  • Apr 12 Giovanny Espinoza, Ecuadorian footballer, born in Charguayaco, Ecuador
  • Apr 12 Glenn Rogers, Australian-born Scottish cricketer, born in Sydney, Australia
  • Apr 16 Fredrik Ljungberg, Swedish footballer, born in Vittsjö, Sweden
  • Apr 17 Pascal de Vries, Dutch soccer player (FC Twente), born in Hengelo, Netherlands
  • Apr 18 Dan LaCouture, American NHL hockey player, born in Hyannis, Massachusetts
  • Apr 19 Lucien Mettomo, Cameroonian footballer (2002 World Cup), born in Douala, Cameroon
  • Apr 19 Joe Beimel, American baseball player (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in St. Marys, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 19 Dennys Reyes, Mexican baseball player, born in Higuera de Zaragoza, Sinaloa, Mexico
  • Apr 20 Lisa Ervin, American figure skater (US Nationals-4th-1992), born in Charleston, West Virginia
  • Apr 22 Mark van Bommel, Dutch footballer
  • Apr 23 Andruw Jones, Curaçaoan baseball player, born in Willemstad, Curaçao
  • Apr 23 Willie Mitchell, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Port McNeill, British Columbia, Canada
  • Apr 23 Lee Young-Pyo, Korean footballer, born in Hongcheon, Gangwon, South Korea
  • Apr 24 Ryan Mitchell, Australian breaststroke swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Port Augusta, Australia
  • Apr 24 Carlos Beltrán, Puerto Rican baseball player, born in Manatí, Puerto Rico
  • Apr 25 Marguerite Moreau, American actress (Connie-Mighty Ducks, D2, D3), born in Riverside, California
  • Apr 25 Ilias Kotsios, Greek footballer, born in Larissa, Greece
  • Apr 26 Kosuke Fukudome, Japanese baseball player (Hanshin Tigers, Chicago Cubs), born in Osaki, Kagoshima, Japan
  • Apr 29 Claus Jensen, Danish footballer

Deaths in Sport

  • Apr 3 Jack Ryder, Australian cricket all-rounder (20 Tests, 1,394 runs @ 51.62), dies at 87
  • Apr 11 Karen Krantzcke, Australian tennis player (Australian Open doubles 1968; Federation Cup 1970), dies of a heart attack whilst jogging at 31
  • Apr 12 Philip K Wrigley, baseball owner (Chicago Cubs), dies at 82
  • Apr 20 Len Johnson, cricketer (one Test for Australia, 3-66 & 3-8), dies
  • Apr 20 Wilmer Allison, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1935), dies at 72