April 1978 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Apr 1 132nd Grand National: Bob Davies aboard Lucius wins
  • Apr 2 7th Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Sandra Post
  • Apr 2 Basil Williams scores 100 on Test Cricket debut, v Aust Georgetown

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 9 42nd Masters Golf Tournament: Gary Player wins, shooting a 277

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

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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 Hollis Stacy wins LPGA Birmingham Golf Classic
  • Apr 16 St Louis Card Bob Forsch no-hits Phillies, 5-0
  • Apr 17 82nd Boston Marathon: Bill Rodgers of United States 1st man in 2:10:13 and Gayle Barron of United States 1st woman in 2:44:52
  • Apr 23 Amy Alcott wins LPGA American Defender Golf Classic

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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
  • Apr 30 Janet Coles wins LPGA Natural Light Lady Tara Golf Classic

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
  • Apr 3 Tommy Haas, German tennis player
  • Apr 3 John Smit, South African rugby player
  • Apr 4 Jason Ellison, American baseball player
  • Apr 4 Alan Mahon, Irish footballer
  • 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
  • Apr 10 Jessica Davis, Greenbrae California, rhythmic gymnast (Olympics-27th-96)
  • Apr 11 Victor Sikora, soccer player (Go Ahead Eagles)
  • Apr 11 Josh Hancock, American baseball player (d. 2007)
  • Apr 13 Carles Puyol, Spanish footballer
  • 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
  • Apr 19 Whitney Metzler, 400m medley swimmer (Olympics-8th-96)
  • Apr 19 Gabriel Heinze, Argentinian footballer
  • Apr 21 Jacob Burns, Australian footballer
  • Apr 22 Esteban Tuero, Argentinian race car driver
  • Apr 25 Matt Walker, British Paralympic swimmer
  • Apr 26 Joe Crede, American baseball player
  • Apr 26 Peter Madsen, Danish footballer
  • 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