April 1989 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Apr 1 1st NY Met-NY Yankee game in NYC since 1983, Yanks win 4-3
  • Apr 1 A Bartlett Giamatti replaces Ueberroth as 7th commissioner of baseball
  • Apr 2 18th Nabisco Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Juli Inkster
  • Apr 2 8th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Tennessee beats Auburn 76-60
  • Apr 3 51st NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Mich beats Seton Hall 80-79 (OT)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 4 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's last NBA game in Seattle

  • Apr 4 NY Yankee Tommy John ties record of playing 26 seasons, his 287th win puts him 19th overall as Yanks beat Twins on opening day 4-2
  • Apr 7 NY Supreme Court takes America's Cup away from SD Yacht Club for using a catamaran against NZ. Appeals court eventually overrules
  • Apr 8 1-handed pitcher Jim Abbott debut but lasts only 4 2/3 inn
  • Apr 8 143rd Grand National: Jimmy Frost aboard Little Polveir wins

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 9 53rd Masters Golf Tournament: Nick Faldo wins, shooting a 283 after Scott Hoch chokes on an 18 inch putt

Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner Nick Faldo
Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner
Nick Faldo

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 9 Mike Tyson strikes a parking attendant when asked to move his car

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Apr 9 Rickey Henderson steals his 800th career base in NY's 4-3 loss to Clev

MLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson
MLB Outfielder
Rickey Henderson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 11 1st playoff goal scored by a goalie, Ron Hextall of Philadelphia

NHL Goalie Ron Hextall
NHL Goalie
Ron Hextall
  • Apr 15 96 crushed to death at Hillsborough Football Stadium, Sheffield England
  • Apr 15 Sue Marchiano wins 3rd World Cup female marathon (2:30:48)
  • Apr 16 1st Seniors Golf Tradition: Don Bies wins
  • Apr 16 Costa Rica beats US 1-0, in 3rd round of 1990 world soccer cup
  • Apr 16 Zeleka Metaferia wins 3rd World Cup marathon (2:10:28)
  • Apr 17 93rd Boston Marathon: Abebe Mekonen of Ethiopia 1st man in 2:09:06 and Ingrid Kristiansen of Norway 1st woman in 2:24:33
  • Apr 19 Kevin Elster (NY Mets), sets error-less shortstop mark at 73
  • Apr 21 George W Bush & Edward W Rose become CEO of Texas Rangers
  • Apr 23 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar plays his last game as a Laker

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 23 Nolan Ryan blows a no hitter in 9th inning

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • Apr 23 NFL Draft: UCLA quarterback Troy Aikman first pick by Dallas Cowboys
  • Apr 25 Penguin Mario Lemuix ties NHL playoff record of 4 goals in 1st period
  • Apr 26 Mike Tyson gets a speeding ticket for drag racing his Lamborghini in Albany, New York
  • Apr 30 Kathy Postlewait wins LPGA Sara Lee Golf Classic
  • Apr 30 US beats Costa Rica 1-0, in 3rd round of 1990 world soccer cup

Birthdays in Sport

  • Apr 1 Vietoris Krisztián, German racecar driver
  • Apr 3 Israel Folau, Australian Rugby League, Rugby Union, AFL player (dual international), born in Minto, New South Wales, Australia
  • Apr 7 Franco Di Santo, Argentine Footballer
  • Apr 23 Nicole Vaidišová, Czech tennis player
  • Apr 25 Robbie Tarrant, Australian football player

Weddings in Sport

  • Apr 15 South African/British Olympic runner Zola Budd marries

Deaths in Sport

  • Apr 6 Elizabeth Becker-Pinkston, American platform diver (Olympic gold 1924 and 1928), dies at 86

Person of interestSugar Ray Robinson

Apr 12 Sugar Ray Robinson [Walter Smith], American middle/welterweight boxer (1946-52, 55, 58), dies of alzheimer's disease at 67

Middle/welterweight championship boxer Sugar Ray Robinson
Middle/welterweight championship boxer
Sugar Ray Robinson
  • Apr 14 Lance Pierre, cricketer (Test WI v Engl 1948, DNB, 7 overs 0-28), dies