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April 1987 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Apr 3 Bill Elliott sets NASCAR qualify record of 212.809 mph at Talladega
  • Apr 3 Cubs trade Dennis Eckersley to A's for 3 minor leaguers
  • Apr 4 141st Grand National: Jockey Steve Knight wins his second GN aboard 28/1 shot Maori Venture by 5 lengths from The Tsarevich

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 5 Nabisco Dinah Shore Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Betsy King wins the first of her 6 major titles in a sudden-death playoff with Patty Sheehan, with a par on the 2nd extra hole

LPGA Golfer Betsy King
LPGA Golfer
Betsy King
LPGA Golfer Patty Sheehan
LPGA Golfer
Patty Sheehan

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 5 Wayne Gretzky wins 7th straight NHL scoring title

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • Apr 6 Al Campanis appears on TV program Niteline saying Blacks may not be equipped to be in baseball management, sparking a racial controversy
  • Apr 9 For 3rd time, Wayne Gretzky, scores 7 points (1 goal, 6 assists) in a Stanley Cup game and passes Jean Béliveau as all time playoff scoring champ
  • Apr 11 Yankees score 12 runs in 7th inning vs KC Royals
  • Apr 11 Zoja Ivanova wins 2nd female World Cup marathon (2:30:39)

Sport awardUS Masters Golf

Apr 12 51st US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Larry Mize chips-in from 140 feet for an improbable birdie 3 on the 2nd playoff hole to beat Greg Norman for his only major title

Golfer Greg Norman
Golfer
Greg Norman
  • Apr 12 Ahmed Salah wins 2nd World Cup marathon (2:10:55)
  • Apr 13 1st 3 San Diego Padres hit HRs off SF starter Roger Mason

Sports record brokenNBA Record

Apr 16 Michael Jordan becomes the second NBA player in history to score 3000 points in a season

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 17 Julius Erving becomes 3rd NBA (and ABA) player to score 30,000 points

NBA Legend Julius Erving
NBA Legend
Julius Erving

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Apr 18 Mike Schmidt hits 500th home run (vs Robinson-Pirates)

MLB Third Baseman Mike Schmidt
MLB Third Baseman
Mike Schmidt
  • Apr 18 Gregory Robertson does 200-mph free fall to save unconscious skydiver near Coolidge, Arizona
  • Apr 19 Brendon Kuruppu scores 201* on Test Cricket debut (Sri Lanka v NZ)
  • Apr 19 Brewers score 5 runs in 9th to win 6-4 & record 12th straight AL win
  • Apr 19 LA Clippers end season with a terrible 12-70 record
  • Apr 20 91st Boston Marathon: Toshihiko Seko of Japan wins 2nd title in 2:11:50; Rosa Mota of Portugal claims women's event in 2:25:21; her first of 3 race victories
  • Apr 21 Brewers lose, ending AL season-opening winning streak at 13 games
  • Apr 21 Milwaukee Brewers lose after 13th straight victory to start season

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 21 Richard Hadlee makes highest Test Cricket score of 151* (v Sri Lanka)

Cricketer Richard Hadlee
Cricketer
Richard Hadlee
  • Apr 23 NJ Devils farm team Maine Mariners (AHL) move to Utica (Devils) NY
  • Apr 28 NBA announces expansion to Charlotte NC & Miami Fla in 1988 & Minneapolis Minn & Orlando Fla in 1989
  • Apr 28 NFL Draft: University of Miami quarterback Vinny Testaverde first pick by Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 29 Chicago Cub Andre Dawson hits for cycle

MLB Star Andre Dawson
MLB Star
Andre Dawson
  • Apr 30 Lou Lamoriello is named NJ Devils President

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 30 NY Islander Mike Bossy plays his final game

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy

Birthdays in Sport

  • Apr 1 Ding Junhui, Chinese snooker player (Masters 2011; Shanghai Masters 2013, 16; UK C'ships 2005, 09, 19), born in Yixing, Jiangsu, China
  • Apr 1 Li Ting, Chinese diver (Olympic gold platform synchro 2004; World C'ships gold 2003, 05), born in Lingui, Guilin, Guangxi, China
  • Apr 1 Oliver Turvey, English auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans – LMP2 2014), born in Penrith, Cumbria, England
  • Apr 2 Shane Lowry, Irish golfer (US Open 2016 runner-up), born in Clara, County Offaly
  • Apr 2 Pablo César Aguilar, Paraguayan soccer defender (28 caps; Sportivo Luqueño, América, Cruz Azul), born in Luque, Paraguay
  • Apr 3 Sal Zizzo, American soccer player (Atlanta United), born in San Diego, California
  • Apr 3 Jay Bruce, American baseball player, born in Beaumont, Texas
  • Apr 4 Cameron Maybin, American baseball player, born in Asheville, North Carolina
  • Apr 8 Royston Drenthe, Dutch footballer
  • Apr 9 Jarrod Mullen, Australian rugby league footballer, born in Singleton, New South Wales, Australia
  • Apr 16 Aaron Lennon, English footballer, born in Leeds, United Kingdom
  • Apr 18 Danny Guthrie, English footballer, born in Shrewsbury, England

Person of interestMaria Sharapova

Apr 19 Maria Sharapova, Russian tennis player (5 Grand Slam singles titles), born in Nyagan, Russia

Tennis Player Maria Sharapova
Tennis Player
Maria Sharapova
  • Apr 19 Joe Hart, English football goalkeeper (England national team), born in Shrewsbury, England
  • Apr 21 Nadif Chowdhury, Bangladeshi cricketer
  • Apr 22 David Luiz Moreira Marinho, Brazilian football player (Chelsea, Brazil national team), born in Diadema, Brazil
  • Apr 24 Kristopher Letang, Canadian hockey player (Pittsburgh Penguins), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Apr 24 Jan Vertonghen, Belgian footballer, born in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium
  • Apr 25 Johann Smith, American soccer player, born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Apr 27 Elliott Shriane, Australian short track speed skater, born in Brisbane, Australia
  • Apr 30 Rohit Sharma, Indian Cricketer

Deaths in Sport

  • Apr 1 Henri Cochet, French tennis player (French Open 1926, 28, 30, 32; Wimbledon 1927, 29; US Open 1928), dies at 85
  • Apr 3 Tom Sestak, American football player (b. 1936)
  • Apr 12 Mike Von Erich, American wrestler