April 1980 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Apr 1 Baseball Players' Association votes to cancel 92 remaining exhibition games

Sports record brokenNHL Record

Apr 1 Wayne Gretzky breaks Bobby Orr's record with 103rd assist

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 6 9th Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Donna Caponi Young

LPGA Golfer Donna Caponi
LPGA Golfer
Donna Caponi

Sports record brokenNHL Record

Apr 6 Gordie Howe completes a record 26th 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 awardGolf Major

Apr 13 44th Masters Golf Tournament: Seve Ballesteros wins, shooting a 275

Golfer and Five-Time Major Championship Winner Seve Ballesteros
Golfer and Five-Time Major Championship Winner
Seve Ballesteros
  • Apr 13 Amy Alcott wins LPGA American Defender/WRAL Golf Classic
  • Apr 13 US and its allies boycott the Summer Olympics in Moscow in protest against Russia's invasion of Afghanistan

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 16 Arthur Ashe retires from professional tennis

Tennis Player Arthur Ashe
Tennis Player
Arthur Ashe
  • Apr 20 Donna White wins LPGA Florida "Lady Citrus" Golf Tournament
  • Apr 21 84th Boston Marathon: Bill Rodgers of United States 1st man in 2:12:11 and Jacqueline Gareau of Canada 1st woman in 2:34:28; Rosie Ruiz disqualified as women's champion 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)
  • Apr 26 Phillies' Steve Carlton pitches his 6th 1-hitter (beats Cards)
  • Apr 27 Barbara Barrow wins LPGA Birmingham Golf Classic
  • Apr 29 NFL Draft: Oklahoma running back Billy Sims first pick by Detroit Lions

Birthdays in Sport

  • Apr 2 Carlos Salcido, Mexican footballer (Guadalajara), born in Ocotlán, Jalisco, Mexico
  • Apr 2 Ricky Hendrick, American NASCAR driver and owner, 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 Kristin Lee, rhythmic gymnast (US team-96), born in Bethesda, Maryland
  • Apr 9 Jerko Leko, Croatian footballer
  • 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
  • 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/boxer
  • Apr 17 Lee Hyun-il, South Korean badminton player
  • Apr 18 Robyn Regehr, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Apr 21 Vincent Lecavalier, Canadian hockey player
  • Apr 21 Tony Romo, American football player
  • Apr 21 Jeff Keppinger, American baseball player
  • Apr 22 Monica Flammer, gymnast (alt-Olympics 1996), born in Gainesville, Florida
  • 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 cyclist
  • Apr 25 Bruce Martin, New Zealand cricketer
  • 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, cricketer (England slow lefty all-rounder late 40's), dies
  • 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 (b. 1956)