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 MLB Toronto Blue Jays 1st game, they beat Chicago 9-5

US 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

Baseball Event

Apr 18 Eddie Murray hits his 1st HR

Sports History

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

  • 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 and manager, born in Nykøbing Falster, Denmark

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