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 boycotts Summer Olympics in Moscow

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 1980 NFL Draft: Billy Sims from University of Oklahoma first pick by Detroit Lions

Birthdays in Sport

  • Apr 2 Carlos Salcido, Mexican footballer
  • Apr 2 Ricky Hendrick, NASCAR driver and owner (d. 2004)
  • Apr 4 Björn Wirdheim, Swedish race car driver
  • 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
  • Apr 10 Kasey Kahne, American race-car driver
  • Apr 11 Keiji Tamada, Japanese footballer
  • Apr 11 Mark Teixeira, American baseball player
  • 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 footballer
  • Apr 25 Alejandro Valverde, Spanish cyclist
  • Apr 25 Bruce Martin, New Zealand cricketer
  • Apr 27 Christian Lara, Ecuadorian footballer
  • Apr 27 Ananda Mikola, Indonesian racing driver
  • Apr 27 Sybille Bammer, Austrian tennis player
  • 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 13 Markus Höttinger, Austrian racing driver (b. 1956)