On This Day

April 1979 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Apr 6 Baltimore manager Earl Weaver wins his 1,000th game as a skipper, a 5-3 Orioles victory over the Chicago White Sox
  • Apr 7 Houston Astro Ken Forsch no-hits Atlanta Braves, 6-0

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 7 Islander's Mike Bossy scores 4 goals against Flyers

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy
  • Apr 10 J. R. Richard of the Houston Astros pitches a complete game but sets a MLB record by throwing 6 wild pitches in 2-1 win over the LA Dodgers at the Astrodome

Sport awardUS Masters Golf

Apr 15 43rd US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Fuzzy Zoeller wins his only Masters with a birdie on the 2nd hole of a playoff with Ed Sneed and Tom Watson

Golfer Tom Watson
Golfer
Tom Watson
  • Apr 16 15th Mayor's Trophy Game, Yanks & Mets tie 1-1
  • Apr 16 83rd Boston Marathon: American double; Bill Rodgers wins 2nd straight event and 3rd overall title in 2:09:27; Joan Benoit women's champion in 2:35:15

Birthdays in Sport

  • Apr 1 Ivano Balić, Croatian handballer (198 caps; Olympic gold 2004; World C'ship gold 2003), born in Split, Croatia
  • Apr 1 Ruth Beitia, Spanish athlete (Olympic gold women's high jump 2016), born in Santander, Spain
  • Apr 4 Charles Butler, American figure skater, born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Apr 4 Rebecca Stoyel, Australian gymnast (Olympics 1996)
  • Apr 4 Roberto Luongo, Canadian ice hockey goaltender, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Apr 5 Timo Hildebrand, German footballer
  • Apr 7 Adrián Beltré, Dominican baseball player
  • Apr 8 Jeremy Guthrie, American baseball player
  • Apr 10 Peter Kopteff, Finnish footballer, born in Helsinki, Finland
  • Apr 11 Malcolm Christie, English footballer, born in Stamford, England
  • Apr 11 Michel Riesen, Swiss ice hockey player, born in Oberbalm, Switzerland
  • Apr 12 Mateja Kežman, Serbian footballer, born in Belgrade, Serbia
  • Apr 12 Elena Grosheva, Russian gymnast (Olympic 1996), born in Yaroslavl, Russia
  • Apr 12 Jordan De Jong, American baseball player, born in Orange City, Iowa
  • Apr 13 Baron Davis, American basketball player, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 13 Meghann Shaughnessy, American tennis player, born in Richmond, Virginia
  • Apr 14 Noé Pamarot, French footballer, born in Fontenay-sous-Bois, France
  • Apr 16 Christijan Albers, Dutch Formula One driver, born in Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • Apr 16 Sixto Peralta, Argentine footballer, born in Comodoro Rivadavia, Argentina
  • Apr 18 Michael Bradley, American basketball player, born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • Apr 18 Anthony Davidson, British Formula One driver, born in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, England
  • Apr 18 Matthew Upson, English footballer (England national team World Cup 2010), born in Eye, England
  • Apr 22 Zoltan Gera, Hungarian footballer
  • Apr 27 Natasha Chokljat, Australian netball player, born in Tasmania, Australia
  • Apr 29 Ryan Sharp, Scottish racing driver
  • Apr 29 Lee Dong-Gook, Korean footballer
  • Apr 30 Gerardo Torrado, Mexican footballer

Deaths in Sport

  • Apr 2 Carroll Rosenbloom, American businessman and NFL team owner (Baltimore Colts, LA Rams), dies of a heart attack at 72
  • Apr 2 Ivan Barrow, Jamaican cricket wicketkeeper (11 Tests; first West Indian Test century-maker in England), dies at 68
  • Apr 6 M Marie Wadlow, American softball pitcher (Hall of Fame 1957), dies at 61