April 1981 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Apr 4 135th Grand National: Bob Champion aboard Aldaniti wins

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 5 10th Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Nancy Lopez

LPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez
LPGA Golfer
Nancy Lopez
  • Apr 5 Philadelphia Flyers amass a record 2,621 penalty minutes
  • Apr 8 Islanders scored 9 goals against Toronto in playoffs
  • Apr 9 LA Dodgers Fernando Valenzuela's 1st start, beats Astros 2-0

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Apr 11 Larry Holmes beats Trevor Holmes in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 12 45th Masters Golf Tournament: Tom Watson wins, shooting a 280

Golfer Tom Watson
Tom Watson

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Apr 12 Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA American Defender/WRAL Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Donna Caponi
LPGA Golfer
Donna Caponi
  • Apr 17 Isle Potvin's 3 playoff power-play goals tie NHL record vs Oilers
  • Apr 17 Ranger's Anders Hedberg is 2nd to score on a Stanley Cup penalty shot
  • Apr 18 Longest game in Professional Baseball: Pawtucket Red Sox tie Rochester Red Wings 2-2 in 32 innings (game resumed 23rd June)

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Apr 19 Beth Daniel wins LPGA Florida Lady Citrus Golf

LPGA Golfer Beth Daniel
LPGA Golfer
Beth Daniel
  • Apr 19 Oakland A's runs record to 11-0
  • Apr 20 85th Boston Marathon: Toshihiko Seko of Japan 1st man in 2:09:26 and Allison Roe of New Zealand 1st woman in 2:26:46
  • Apr 22 Dodgers rookie Fernando Valenzuela tosses his 3rd shutout in 4 starts
  • Apr 24 Bill Shoemaker wins his 8,000th race, 2000 more than any other jockey
  • Apr 24 San Antonio blocks 20 Golden State shots to set NBA reg game record
  • Apr 26 Beth Solomon wins LPGA Birmingham Golf Classic
  • Apr 27 1st female soccer official is hired by NASL
  • Apr 29 Phillie Steve Carlton is 1st lefty to strike out 3,000 batters
  • Apr 29 NFL Draft: South Carolina running back George Rogers first pick by New Orleans Saints

Birthdays in Sport

  • Apr 1 Antonis Fotsis, Greek basketball player
  • Apr 1 Pieter Weening, Dutch cyclist
  • Apr 1 Bjoern Einar Romoeren, Norwegian ski jumper
  • Apr 2 Michael Clarke, Australian cricketer, born in Liverpool, New South Wales
  • Apr 3 Matthew Nash, Australian soccer player (goalkeeper), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Apr 3 DeShawn Stevenson, American basketball player, born in Fresno, California
  • Apr 5 Jorge de la Rosa, Mexican baseball player
  • Apr 6 Robert Earnshaw, Zambian born, Welsh international footballer
  • Apr 7 Suzann Pettersen, Norwegian golfer (LPGA C'ship 2007, Evian C'ship 2013), born in Oslo, Norway
  • Apr 8 Rebecca Wilson, Queensland Australia, gymnast (Olympics 1996)
  • Apr 8 Brian Burres, American baseball player
  • Apr 9 Ireneusz Jeleń, Polish footballer
  • Apr 9 Milan Bartovič, Slovak ice hockey player
  • Apr 9 Dennis Sarfate, American baseball player
  • Apr 10 Alexei Semenov, Russian ice hockey player, born in Murmansk, Russia
  • Apr 11 Alexandre Burrows, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Pincourt, Quebec, Canada
  • Apr 12 Nicolás Burdisso, Argentine footballer, born in Altos de Chipión, Córdoba, Argentina
  • Apr 12 Brian Vandborg, Danish cyclist, born in Snejbjerg, Denmark
  • Apr 13 Nat Borchers, American soccer player
  • Apr 15 Andrés D'Alessandro, Argentine football player
  • Apr 17 Ryan Raburn, American baseball player
  • Apr 18 Brian Buscher, American baseball player
  • Apr 19 Martin Havlat, Czech hockey player
  • Apr 19 Troy Polamalu, American football player
  • Apr 22 Ken Dorsey, American football player
  • Apr 23 Sean Henn, American baseball player
  • Apr 24 Taylor Dent, American tennis player, born in Newport Beach, California
  • Apr 25 Felipe Massa, Brazilian Formula One racing driver (11 wins), born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • Apr 25 John McFall, British Paralympic sprinter
  • Apr 26 Matthieu Delpierre, French footballer
  • Apr 27 Patrik Gerrbrand, Swedish footballer, born in Älvsjö, Sweden
  • Apr 27 Joey Gathright, American baseball player, born in Columbia, Mississippi
  • Apr 29 Émilie Mondor, Canadian athlete (d. 2006)
  • Apr 29 George McCartney, Northern Irish footballer
  • Apr 30 John O'Shea, Irish footballer

Weddings in Sport

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 9 NFL coach Bill Cowher (23) weds Kaye Young

NFL Head Coach Bill Cowher
NFL Head Coach
Bill Cowher

Deaths in Sport

  • Apr 2 Delfo Cabrera, Argentine distance runner (Olympic gold marathon 1948), dies in a car accident at 62

Person of interestJoe Louis

Apr 12 Joe Louis, [Brown bomber], US heavyweight boxing champion (1937-49), dies of cardiac arrest at 66

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • Apr 16 Eric Hollies, English cricketer (13 Tests for England, 44 wickets), dies at 68
  • Apr 21 Harry Lee, cricketer (scored 18 & 1 in only Test for England), dies
  • Apr 28 Mickey "Toy Bulldog" Walker, welterweight champ (1922-26) dies at 79
  • Apr 28 Cliff Battles, Pro/College Football Halls of Fame halfback (Boston Braves/Redskins, Washington Redskins), dies at 70