April 1978 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Apr 1 132nd Grand National: Bob Davies aboard 14/1 chance Lucius wins by half a length from Sebastian V
  • Apr 2 Basil Williams scores 100 on Test Cricket debut, v Aust Georgetown

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 2 Czech tennis star Martina Navratilova wins her first WTA Tour Championship; beats Evonne Goolagong Cawley of Australia 7-6, 6-4 at Oakland Coliseum Arena

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova

Sport awardUS Masters Golf

Apr 9 42nd US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: 42 year old Gary Player shoots a record-tying final round 64 (−8) to win by 1 stroke from Rod Funseth, Tom Watson and Hubert Green

Golfer Gary Player
Gary Player
Golfer Tom Watson
Tom Watson
  • Apr 9 Brewers sweep Orioles 11-3, 16-3, & 13-5 (each with a grand slam)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 9 In separate NBA games Denver's David Thompson scores 73 points & San Antonio's George Gervin scores 63 points (33 in 1 quarter)

NBA Guard George Gervin
NBA Guard
George Gervin
  • Apr 10 Formation of Major Indoor Soccer League announced
  • Apr 13 NY Yanks defeat White Sox 4-2 in home opener on Reggie Candy Bar Day
  • Apr 16 St Louis Card Bob Forsch no-hits Phillies, 5-0
  • Apr 17 82nd Boston Marathon: US double; Bill Rodgers wins his 2nd men's title in 2:10:13; Gayle Barron women's champion in 2:44:52

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Apr 24 Angels Nolan Ryan strikes out 15 Mariners, 20th time he has 15 in game

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • Apr 25 Phillie Phanatic makes 1st appearance

Birthdays in Sport

  • Apr 1 Jean-Pierre Dumont, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Apr 1 Miroslava Vavrinec, Swiss tennis player
  • Apr 2 John Gall, American baseball player, MLB left fielder, born in Stanford, California
  • Apr 3 Tommy Haas, German tennis player, born in Hamburg, Germany
  • Apr 3 John Smit, South African rugby player, born in Polokwane, South Africa
  • Apr 4 Jason Ellison, American baseball player, born in Quincy, California
  • Apr 4 Alan Mahon, Irish footballer (Tranmere Rovers), born in Dublin
  • Apr 5 Franziska van Almsick, German swimmer
  • Apr 5 Stephen Jackson, American basketball player
  • Apr 6 Tim Hasselbeck, American football player
  • Apr 6 Blaine Neal, American baseball player
  • Apr 7 Siobhan Drake-Brockman, Bunbury Aust, tennis star (1994 Port Pirie)
  • Apr 7 Vladimir Voltchkov, Belarusian tennis player
  • Apr 8 Bernt Haas, Swiss footballer
  • Apr 9 Jorge Andrade, Portuguese footballer, born in Lisbon, Portugal
  • Apr 10 Jessica Davis, American rhythmic gymnast (Olympics 27th-96), born in Greenbrae, California
  • Apr 11 Victor Sikora, Dutch soccer player (Go Ahead Eagles), born in Deventer, Netherlands
  • Apr 11 Josh Hancock, American baseball player, born in Cleveland, Mississippi (d. 2007)
  • Apr 13 Carles Puyol, Spanish footballer, born in La Pobla de Segur, Spain
  • Apr 15 Austin Aries, American wrestler
  • Apr 15 Milton Bradley, American baseball player
  • Apr 15 Tim Corcoran, American baseball player
  • Apr 17 Jason White, Scottish rugby player, born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Apr 19 Gabriel Heinze, Argentinian footballer and manager (Vélez Sarsfield), born in Crespo, Argentina
  • Apr 21 Jacob Burns, Australian footballer
  • Apr 22 Esteban Tuero, Argentinian race car driver
  • Apr 23 Gezahegne Abera, Ethiopian distance runner (Olympic gold marathon 2000, World C'ship gold 2001), born in Etya, Ethiopia
  • Apr 25 Matt Walker, British Paralympic swimmer, born in Stockport, England
  • Apr 26 Joe Crede, American baseball player, born in Jefferson City, Missouri
  • Apr 26 Peter Madsen, Danish retired footballer, born in Roskilde, Madsen
  • Apr 29 Mike Bryan, Oxnard California, tennis star (USTA National 18 doubles)
  • Apr 29 Tony Armas, Jr., Venezuelan baseball player

Deaths in Sport

  • Apr 8 Ford C Frick, baseball commissioner, dies at 83
  • Apr 9 Vivian McGrath, Australian tennis player (Australian C'ship 1937), dies at 62
  • Apr 27 John Doeg, American tennis champ (US Open-1930), dies at 69