On This Day

April 1980 in Sports History

Events in Sport


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 2 In his first full season in the NHL, Wayne Gretzky scores for Edmonton in a 1-1 tie with Minnesota North Stars to become the youngest player to reach 50 goals at 19 years and 2 months of age

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 2 Montreal right wing Guy Lafleur scores twice to become the first player in NHL history to record 6 straight 50-goal seasons, as the Canadiens beat the Red Wings, 7-2 at Detroit

NHL Legend Guy Lafleur
NHL Legend
Guy Lafleur

Sports record brokenNHL Record

Apr 6 Gordie Howe completes a record 26th NHL season

Ice Hockey Legend Gordie Howe
Ice Hockey Legend
Gordie Howe
  • Apr 8 Islander Potvin's 2 shorthanded goals tie NHL record vs Kings & set NHL rec of 2 shorthanded playoff goals in 1 period
  • Apr 9 Los Angeles Kings tie NHL record with two shorthanded playoff goals (vs NY Islanders)
  • Apr 12 Milwaukee beats Boston Red Sox, 18-1 (Cooper & Money hit grand slams)
  • Apr 12 US Olympic Committee endorses a boycott of the Moscow Olympic games
  • Apr 12 Terry Fox begins his "Marathon of Hope" at St. John's, Newfoundland

Sport awardUS Masters Golf

Apr 13 44th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: 23 year old Spaniard Seve Ballesteros wins his first Masters, 4 strokes ahead of Jack Newton and Gibby Gilbert

Golfer and Five-Time Major Winner Seve Ballesteros
Golfer and Five-Time Major Winner
Seve Ballesteros
  • Apr 13 US and its allies boycott the Summer Olympics in Moscow in protest against Russia's invasion of Afghanistan

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Apr 16 Arthur Ashe retires from professional tennis

Tennis Player Arthur Ashe
Tennis Player
Arthur Ashe
  • Apr 21 84th Boston Marathon: Bill Rodgers wins 3rd straight event and 4th overall title in 2:12:11; Jacqueline Gareau of Canada women's winner in 2:34:28; Rosie Ruiz disqualified for not running the entire course
  • Apr 25 A's manager Billy Martin restrained by umpires from attacking a fan
  • Apr 26 Gerard Nijboer runs Dutch record marathon (2:09:01)

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Apr 26 Phillies' Steve Carlton pitches his 6th 1-hitter (beats Cards)

Baseball Pitcher Steve Carlton
Baseball Pitcher
Steve Carlton
  • Apr 29 NFL Draft: Oklahoma running back Billy Sims first pick by Detroit Lions

Birthdays in Sport

  • Apr 2 Carlos Salcido, Mexican soccer defender (124 caps; Olympic gold 2012; PSV, Guadalajara), born in Ocotlán, Jalisco, Mexico
  • Apr 2 Ricky Hendrick, American auto racer and team owner (NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series 1 win, 23 top 10s), born in Charlotte, North Carolina (d. 2004)
  • Apr 4 Björn Wirdheim, Swedish racing driver, born in Växjö, Sweden
  • Apr 5 Matt Bonner, American basketball player
  • Apr 9 Jerko Leko, Croatian footballer, born in Zagreb, Croatia
  • Apr 10 Sean Avery, Canadian ice hockey player, born in North York, Ontario, Canada
  • Apr 10 Kasey Kahne, American race-car driver, born in Enumclaw, Washington
  • Apr 11 Keiji Tamada, Japanese football player, born in Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture, Japan
  • Apr 11 Mark Teixeira, American baseball first baseman, born in Annapolis, Maryland
  • Apr 13 Quentin Richardson, American basketball player, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Apr 14 Steven Holcomb, American Bobsledder (Olympic gold 2010), born in Park City, Utah (d. 2017)
  • Apr 15 Victor Núñez, Costa Rican footballer
  • Apr 15 James Foster, English cricketer
  • Apr 15 Raúl López, Spanish basketball player
  • Apr 15 Willie Mason, Australian Rugby League Player
  • Apr 15 Fränk Schleck, Luxembourgish cyclist
  • Apr 17 Curtis Woodhouse, English footballer and boxer, born in Beverley, England
  • Apr 17 Lee Hyun-il, South Korean badminton player, born in Seoul
  • Apr 18 Robyn Regehr, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Recife, Brazil
  • Apr 21 Vincent Lecavalier, Canadian hockey player
  • Apr 21 Tony Romo, American football player
  • Apr 21 Jeff Keppinger, American baseball player
  • Apr 22 Nicolas Douchez, French footballer
  • Apr 22 Carlos Hernández, Venezuelan baseball player
  • Apr 24 Fernando Arce, Mexican football midfielder, born in Tijuana, Mexico
  • Apr 25 Alejandro Valverde, Spanish road racing cyclist, born in Las Lumbreras, Spain
  • Apr 25 Bruce Martin, New Zealand cricketer, born in Whangarei, Northland, New Zealand
  • Apr 27 Christian Lara, Ecuadorian footballer, born in Quito, Ecuador
  • Apr 27 Ananda Mikola, Indonesian racing driver, born in Jakarta
  • Apr 27 Sybille Bammer, Austrian tennis player, born in Linz, Austria
  • Apr 28 Josh Howard, American basketball player (Dallas Mavericks)
  • Apr 28 Bradley Wiggins, British cyclist (Olympic gold 2004, 2008 Tour de France 2012), born in Ghent, Belgium
  • Apr 29 Mathieu Biron, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Apr 29 Kelly Shoppach, American baseball player

Deaths in Sport

  • Apr 2 Dick Howorth, English cricket all-rounder (5 Tests, 19 wickets; Worcestershire), dies at 70
  • Apr 12 Stanley De Silva, cricketer (motor bike Sri Lanka '79 World Cup), dies
  • Apr 12 Clark McConachy, New Zealand billiards and snooker player (b. 1895)
  • Apr 13 Markus Höttinger, Austrian racing driver, dies at 23