On This Day

April 1983 in Sports History

Events in Sport

Sports History

Apr 2 New York Islanders right wing Mike Bossy scores in a 6-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins to become the first player in NHL history to score 60 goals in 3 consecutive seasons

  • Apr 3 2nd NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: USC beats Louisiana Tech, 69-67; Trojans' forward Cheryl Miller tournament MOP

Golf Major

Apr 3 Nabisco Dinah Shore Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: In strong winds, Amy Alcott wins by 2 strokes ahead of Kathy Whitworth and Beth Daniel; first year tournament regarded as a major title

  • Apr 4 45th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: North Carolina State beats Houston, 54-52; Wolfpack win with buzzer-beating dunk by Lorenzo Charles off a desperation 30 foot shot from Dereck Whittenburg

Sports History

Apr 5 NY Met Tom Seaver's sets record 14th NL Opening Day assignment

  • Apr 9 137th Grand National: Ben de Haan wins aboard 13/1 bet Corbiere; Jenny Pittman first female GN winning trainer

Sports History

Apr 10 Baltimore's Eddie Murray hits his 1,000 career hit

US Masters Golf

Apr 11 47th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Seve Ballesteros of Spain wins his 2nd Masters and 3rd major title, 4 strokes ahead of Ben Crenshaw and Tom Kite; Monday finish because of torrential rain

  • Apr 13 Undefeated middleweight boxer Tony Ayala gets 35 years on sex assault
  • Apr 14 NY Islanders tie own record with 2 shorthanded playoff goals (vs NY Rangers)

Baseball Record

Apr 16 Steve Garvey sets NL record by playing in 1,118 consecutive games

  • Apr 17 Grete Waltz runs female world record marathon (2:25:29)

Baseball Record

Apr 17 Nolan Ryan strikes out his 3,500th batter

  • Apr 17 NY Islanders tie NHL record with 3 shorthanded playoff goals vs NY Rangers
  • Apr 18 87th Boston Marathon: American double; Greg Meyer men's champion in 2:09:00; Joan Benoit takes women's race in 2:22:43; her 2nd event title
  • Apr 22 Start of 1st Sri Lanka-Australia Test Cricket match (at Kandy)
  • Apr 23 David Hookes scores his only Test Cricket century, 143* v Sri Lanka
  • Apr 26 San Antonio spurs beat Denver Nuggets, 152-133 in NBA playoff game

Sports History

Apr 26 NFL Draft: Stanford quarterback John Elway first pick by Baltimore Colts

Birthdays in Sport

  • Apr 1 Ólafur Ingi Skúlason, Icelandic soccer midfielder (36 caps; Zulte Waregem, Fylkir), born in Reykjavík, Iceland
  • Apr 1 Sean Taylor, American NFL free safety (Pro Bowl 2006, 07; All Pro 2007; Washington Redskins), born in Miami, Florida (d. 2007)
  • Apr 2 Felix Borja, Ecuadorian soccer forward (22 caps; El Nacional), born in San Lorenzo, Ecuador
  • Apr 4 Fabian Geiser, Swiss footballer (Le Mont), born in Langenthal, Switzerland
  • Apr 4 Doug Lynch, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Apr 4 Ben Gordon, British-American basketball player, born in London
  • Apr 6 James Wade, English darts player (World Matchplay C'ship 2007; World GP 2007, 10), born in Aldershot, England
  • Apr 11 Nicky Pastorelli, Dutch racing driver (Euro Formula 3000), born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • Apr 13 Schalk Burger, South African rugby player, born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa
  • Apr 13 Hunter Pence, American baseball player, born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • Apr 14 James McFadden, Scottish footballer, born in Springburn, Glasgow
  • Apr 14 Nikoloz Tskitishvili, Georgian basketball player, born in Tbilisi, Georgia
  • Apr 15 Ilya Kovalchuk, Russian ice hockey player
  • Apr 15 Dudu Cearense, Brazilian footballer
  • Apr 16 Cat Osterman, American softball pitcher, born in Houston, Texas
  • Apr 16 George Patis, Greek badminton player, born in Greece
  • Apr 17 Stanislav Chistov, Russian ice hockey player, born in Chelyabinsk, Russia
  • Apr 17 Roberto Jiménez, Peruvian football player, born in Piura, Peru
  • Apr 18 Miguel Cabrera, Venezuelan baseball player, born in Maracay, Venezuela
  • Apr 18 Fodil Hadjadj, Algerian football player, born in Algiers, Algeria
  • Apr 19 Alberto Callaspo, Venezuelan baseball player (Kansas City Royals), born in Maracay, Venezuela
  • Apr 19 Zach Duke, American baseball player (Cincinnati Reds), born in Clifton, Texas
  • Apr 19 Joe Mauer, American baseball player (Minnesota Twins), born in St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Apr 19 Curtis Thigpen, American baseball player, born in Dallas, Texas
  • Apr 21 Paweł Brożek, Polish footballer
  • Apr 21 Tarvaris Jackson, American NFL quarterback (Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks, Buffalo Bills), born in Montgomery, Alabama (d. 2020)
  • Apr 22 Matt Jones, American football player
  • Apr 23 Daniela Hantuchová, Slovakian tennis player, born in Poprad, Czechoslovakia
  • Apr 23 Jennifer Heil, Canadian free style skier (Olympic gold 2006), born in Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada
  • Apr 25 J.P. Howell, American baseball player (Tampa Bay Devil Rays), born in Modesto, California
  • Apr 26 José María López, Argentine racing driver (2014–2016 World Touring Car Champion), born in Río Tercero, Argentina
  • Apr 28 Roger Johnson, English footballer (Cardiff City) and coach, born in Ashford, England
  • Apr 29 Jay Cutler, American football player
  • Apr 29 David Lee, American basketball player (Golden State Warriors), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Apr 30 Tatjana Hüfner, German luger
  • Apr 30 Troy Williamson, American football player

Deaths in Sport

  • Apr 4 Bernard Vukas, Croatian soccer forward (59 caps, Yugoslavia; Hajduk Split; Olympic silver 1948, 52), dies at 55
  • Apr 12 Carl Morton, American baseball player (b. 1944)
  • Apr 13 Gerry Hitchens, English footballer, dies at 48
  • Apr 14 Nina Dumbadze, Russian discus thrower (Olympic bronze 1952), dies at 64
  • Apr 18 Alan Melville, South African cricketer (11 Tests for South Africa, 894 runs), dies at 72
  • Apr 23 Clarence "Buster" Crabbe, American swimmer (Olympic gold 1932) and actor (Tarzan the Fearless, Flash Gordon), dies of a heart attack at 75
  • Apr 24 Rolf Stommelen, German race car driver (b. 1943)
  • Apr 28 Ron James, Australian cricketer (NSW's Sheffield Shield capt 1949-50), dies at 62
  • Apr 30 Joel H. Hildebrand, American chemist and educator (research led to new treatments for divers with the 'bends' through the use of helium and oxygen breathing mixtures), dies at 101