On This Day

April 1985 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Apr 1 47th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Villanova beats Georgetown, 84-75; Wildcats lowest-seeded team to win tournament (8)

Sports record brokenNHL Record

Apr 2 Edmonton center Wayne Gretzky sets an NHL record with his 34th career hat trick as the Oilers beat the Kings 6-4 in Los Angeles

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • Apr 2 Quebec's Czech center Peter Stastny scores his 100th NHL point of the season for the 5th straight year, with an assist for the Nordiques in a 6-4 win over the Boston Bruins in Quebec City
  • Apr 2 The NCAA Rules Committee adopts a 45-second shot clock for men’s basketball to begin in the 1986 season in an effort to eliminate stalling
  • Apr 4 Tulane University cancels its basketball season amidst scandal
  • Apr 7 Nabisco Dinah Shore Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Alice Miller shoots a final round 67 (−5) to win her only major title, 3 strokes ahead of Jan Stephenson of Australia

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 9 White Sox pitcher Tom Seaver starts a record 15th opening day game

Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher Tom Seaver
Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher
Tom Seaver
  • Apr 13 "TASS" denounces US boycott of Moscow Olympics
  • Apr 13 Katrin Dörre wins 1st female World Cup marathon (2:33:30)

Sport awardUS Masters Golf

Apr 14 49th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Bernhard Langer wins by 2 strokes from Seve Ballesteros, Curtis Strange & Raymond Floyd; first German champion

Golfer and Two-Time Masters Champion Bernhard Langer
Golfer and Two-Time Masters Champion
Bernhard Langer
Golfer and Five-Time Major Winner Seve Ballesteros
Golfer and Five-Time Major Winner
Seve Ballesteros
Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner Ray Floyd
Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner
Ray Floyd
  • Apr 14 Ahmed Salah wins 1st World Cup marathon (2:08:09)
  • Apr 15 89th Boston Marathon: Englishman Geoff Smith repeats as men's champion in 2:14:05; American Lisa Larsen Weidenbach takes women's title in 2:34:06
  • Apr 20 Carlos Lopes runs world record marathon (2:07:12)
  • Apr 21 Ingrid Kristiansen of Norway wins London Marathon in race record 2:21:06
  • Apr 23 Brooklyn College soccer team wins Nepal's invitational
  • Apr 25 For 2nd time, Wayne Gretzky, scores 7 points in a Cup game (3 goals, 4 assists)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 28 Billy Martin named NY Yankee manager for 4th time

Baseball Player and Manager Billy Martin
Baseball Player and Manager
Billy Martin

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 28 Fernando Valenzuela sets record of 41 scoreless inn to start season

Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher Fernando Valenzuela
Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher
Fernando Valenzuela
  • Apr 29 Tony Tubbs beats defending champion Greg Page by unanimous decision in 15 rounds at Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo for WBA heavyweight boxing title

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 29 New York Yankees fire manager Yogi Berra 16 games into season, despite assurance from owner George Steinbrenner that he would be kept for the whole season. Billy Martin named as replacement.

MLB Catcher and Manager Yogi Berra
MLB Catcher and Manager
Yogi Berra
Baseball Player and Manager Billy Martin
Baseball Player and Manager
Billy Martin
New York Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner
New York Yankees Owner
George Steinbrenner
  • Apr 30 NFL Draft: Virginia Tech defensive end Bruce Smith first pick by Buffalo Bills

Birthdays in Sport

  • Apr 1 Beth Tweddle, English gymnast (World C'ship gold 2006, 09, 10; Olympic bronze 2012), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Apr 2 Thom Evans, Scottish rugby union winger (10 caps; London Wasps, Glasgow Warriors), born in Harare, Zimbabwe
  • Apr 2 Stéphane Lambiel, Swiss figure skater (World C'ship gold men's singles 2005, 06; Olympic silver 2006; Grand Prix Final champion 2005, 07), born in Martigny, Switzerland
  • Apr 4 Rudy Fernández, Spanish basketball guard (Olympic silver 2008, 12; bronze 2016; FIBA World Cup gold 2006, 19; Portland TB's, Denver Nuggets; Real Madrid), born in Palma de Mallorca, Spain
  • Apr 6 Clarke MacArthur, Canadian-born ice hockey player
  • Apr 10 Dion Phaneuf, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • Apr 10 Eddie Castro, Panamanian jockey (record 9 wins in one race meeting 2005), born in Los Santos Province, Panama
  • Apr 12 Ted Ginn Jr., American football player, born in Ohio
  • Apr 15 John Danks, American baseball player
  • Apr 15 Aaron Laffey, American baseball player
  • Apr 16 Luol Deng, Sudanese-born British basketball player, born in Wau, South Sudan
  • Apr 17 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, French tennis player (Australian Open 2008 runner-up; Davis Cup 2017; Hopman Cup 2014), born in Le Mans, France
  • Apr 18 Łukasz Fabiański, Polish football goalkeeper (Poland national team), born in Kostrzyn nad Odrą, Poland
  • Apr 18 Karl Reindler, Australian racing driver, born in Perth, Australia
  • Apr 19 Valon Behrami, Swiss footballer (Switzerland national team), born in Mitrovica, Yugoslavia
  • Apr 25 Giedo van der Garde, Dutch racing driver, born in Rhenen, Netherlands
  • Apr 26 John Isner, American tennis player, born in Greensboro, North Carolina

Deaths in Sport

  • Apr 5 Tyrell Johnson, cricketer (WI left-arm quickie, one Test 1939), dies
  • Apr 11 Bunny Ahearne, British ice hockey promoter, dies at 84