April 1982 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Apr 2 In exhibition game A's pitcher Steve McCatty comes to bat using a 15" toy bat (under Billy Martins orders), protesting disallowing of DH
  • Apr 3 Buffalo Sabre Gil Perrault scores his 1,000th NHL point
  • Apr 3 136th Grand National: 48 year old Dick Saunders wins aboard 7/1 favourite Grittar; oldest jockey to win the event
  • Apr 5 43 year old St. Louis reliever Jim Kaat pitches 1 inning for the Cardinals in a season-opening, 14-3 rout of Houston; sets a MLB record for pitchers by playing in his 24th consecutive season
  • Apr 6 Largest crowd ever to see a baseball game in Minnesota 52,279
  • Apr 8 Tracy Caulkins, 19, wins her 36th US swimming title
  • Apr 9 LA Lakers block 21 Denver shots setting NBA regulation game record
  • Apr 10 LA Kings losing 5-0 to Edmonton in 3rd period, win in OT 6-5
  • Apr 11 46th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Craig Stadler wins his only major title by defeating Dan Pohl on the 1st hole of a sudden-death playoff
  • Apr 18 Atlanta Braves win record 11th straight opening game (beat Astros)
  • Apr 19 86th Boston Marathon: American Alberto Salazar claims men's title in 2:08:51; Charlotte Teske of West Germany wins women's section in 2:29:33
  • Apr 19 Rosie Ruiz, marathon race cheater, arrested for forgery
  • Apr 20 Atlanta Braves become 1st team to win 1st 12 games of the season
  • Apr 21 Atlanta Braves win their 13th straight game
  • Apr 22 Atlanta Braves lose after winning 1st 13 games of season
  • Apr 24 Cards win 12th game in a row; 7-4 over Phillies
  • Apr 26 Gene Michael becomes NY Yankee manager for 2nd time
  • Apr 27 NFL Draft: University of Texas defensive end Kenneth Sims first pick by New England Patriots
  • Apr 30 Atlanta Braves win record 12th straight from beginning of season

Birthdays in Sport

  • Apr 2 Bianca Chatfield, Australian netball player, born in Somerville, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria
  • Apr 2 Marco Amelia, Italian World Cup-winning footballer (goalkeeper), born in Frascati, Italy
  • Apr 2 Jeremy Bloom, American skier and football player, born in Loveland, Colorado
  • Apr 3 Iain Fyfe, Australian soccer player (Campbelltown City), born in Adelaide, Australia
  • Apr 3 Jared Allen, American football player, born in Dallas, Texas
  • Apr 5 Alexandre Prémat, French racing driver
  • Apr 5 Thomas Hitzlsperger, German footballer
  • Apr 5 Matt Pickens, American soccer player
  • Apr 8 Gennady Golovkin, Kazakh boxer (undisputed world middleweight champion), born in Karaganda, Kazakhstan
  • Apr 9 Carlos Hernández, Costa Rican footballer, born in San José, Costa Rica
  • Apr 10 Damián Lanza, Ecuadorian footballer, born in Cuenca, Ecuador
  • Apr 10 Andre Ethier, American baseball player, born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Apr 11 Ian Bell, English cricketer, born in Walsgrave, Coventry, Warwickshire
  • Apr 15 Albert Riera, Spanish footballer
  • Apr 15 Michael Aubrey, American baseball player
  • Apr 16 Boris Diaw, French basketball player, born in Cormeilles-en-Parisis, France
  • Apr 16 Jonathan Vilma, American football player, born in Coral Gables, Florida
  • Apr 17 Brad Boyes, Canadian hockey player, born in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
  • Apr 18 Scott Hartnell, Canadian NHL hockey player, born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
  • Apr 21 Carnell "Cadillac" Williams, American football player
  • Apr 22 Kaká [Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite], Brazilian footballer (Orlando City, Brazil national team), born in Gama, Brazil
  • Apr 25 Monty Panesar, English cricketer, born in Luton, Bedfordshire, England
  • Apr 25 Brian Barton, American baseball player (Atlanta Braves), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 26 J. B. Holmes, American golfer (British Open 2016 3rd; 5 PGA Tour titles), born in Campbellsville, Kentucky
  • Apr 26 Brock Gillespie, American basketball player (CB Ciudad de Valladolid), born in Des Moines, Iowa

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

Apr 28 Professional boxer George Foreman (33) weds Andrea Skeete

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman

Divorces in Sport


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Apr 23 Professional boxer George Foreman (33) divorces Sharon Goodson after 7 months of marriage

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman

Deaths in Sport

  • Apr 7 Harald Ertl, Austrian racing driver (b. 1948)
  • Apr 20 Andrew Sandham, cricketer (325 Eng 1930, 879 runs in 14 Tests), dies
  • Apr 26 Ville Ritola, Finnish 5/10km runner (Olympic gold 1924, 28), dies
  • Apr 28 EW "Nobby" Clark, Engl cricketer (32 wickets in 8 Tests 1929-34), dies