On This Day

April 1990 in Sports History

Events in Sport

Golf Tournament

Apr 1 The Tradition Senior Men's Golf, GC at Desert Mountain: Jack Nicklaus wins his first start on the Senior PGA Tour by 4 strokes from Gary Player

  • Apr 1 9th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Stanford beats Auburn, 88-81; Cardinal point guard Jennifer Azzi MOP

Golf Major

Apr 1 Nabisco Dinah Shore Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Betsy King wIns the second of her 3 DS events, 2 strokes ahead of Shirley Furlong and Kathy Postlewait

LPGA Golfer Betsy King
LPGA Golfer
Betsy King
  • Apr 2 52nd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Nevada-LV beats Duke, 103-73; record largest margin of victory in a championship game; Runnin' Rebels' first title

NBA Record

Apr 5 John Stockton reaches 1000-assist mark for NBA record 3 yrs in a row

NBA Point Guard John Stockton
NBA Point Guard
John Stockton
  • Apr 5 NY Rangers beat NY Islanders 2-1 in 1st game of preliminary
  • Apr 7 NY Rangers beat NY Islanders 5-2, Rangers lead 2-0 in preliminary
  • Apr 7 144th Grand National: Marcus Armytage aboard 16/1 bet Mr Frisk wins in race record 8m 47.8s; 2 equine fatalities during the race

US Masters Golf

Apr 8 54th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Nick Faldo of England goes back-to-back with a par on the 2nd sudden-death playoff hole with Raymond Floyd

Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner Nick Faldo
Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner
Nick Faldo
Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner Ray Floyd
Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner
Ray Floyd

Contract of Interest

Apr 9 Don Mattingly signs a $19.7 million 5-year contract with Yankees

Baseball 1st baseman Don Mattingly
Baseball 1st baseman
Don Mattingly
  • Apr 9 NY Islanders beat NY Rangers 4-3 in double overtime-Rangers lead 2-1
  • Apr 10 Curtly Ambrose takes 8-45 in cricket vs England at Bridgetown
  • Apr 11 MLB California Angels Mark Langston & Mike Witt, no-hit Seattle, 1-0
  • Apr 11 NY Rangers beat NY Islanders 6-1, Rangers lead 3-1 in preliminary playoffs
  • Apr 13 4th largest NBA crowd (45,458) see Orlando play at Minneapolis
  • Apr 13 NY Rangers beat NY Islanders 6-5, Rangers win preliminary, 4-1

Sports History

Apr 15 PGA Seniors' Championship Men's Golf, PGA National GC: South African Gary Player wins his third event title by 2 strokes from Chi-Chi Rodríguez

Golfer Gary Player
Golfer
Gary Player
  • Apr 16 94th Boston Marathon: Gelindo Bordin is first Italian event winner in race record 2:08:19; Portugal's Rosa Mota wins her 3rd woman's title in 2:25:24
  • Apr 18 Birmingham Fire issued an original franchise in WLAF
  • Apr 19 Pistons & 76'ers get into a fight accruing $162,500 fines (NBA record)

Sports History

Apr 20 Pete Rose pleads guilty to hiding $300,000 in income

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • Apr 20 8 2/3 inning perfect game pitched by Brian Holman of Oakland A's is spoiled by a home run hit by Ken Philips
  • Apr 21 National League umpire is arrested for stealing baseball cards
  • Apr 22 NFL Draft: University of Illinois quarterback Jeff George first pick by Indianapolis Colts
  • Apr 26 NY court of appeals ends 2½ year legal battle over 1988 America's Cup by refusing jurisdiction of case

Sports History

Apr 26 Nolan Ryan ties Bob Feller's record of pitching 12 1-hitters

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan

Sports History

Apr 27 Dodger Orel Hershiser undergoes career-threatening shoulder surgery

Baseball Pitcher Orel Hershiser
Baseball Pitcher
Orel Hershiser
  • Apr 27 Villanova's women set a 6,000 m relay world record of 17:18:10
  • Apr 28 Boston Celtics score most points in a playoff, beat NY Knicks 157-128
  • Apr 29 Dan Quisenberry (all-time AL save king, 238) announces his retirement
  • Apr 30 As Met pitcher David Cone argues a call at 1st base, 2 Braves score

Birthdays in Sport

  • Apr 2 Yevgeniya Kanayeva OMF, Russian rhythmic gymnast (Olympic gold all-round 2008, 12; World C'ship gold x 17 2007-11), born in Omsk, Russia
  • Apr 2 Miralem Pjanić, Bosnian soccer midfielder (92 caps; Roma, Juventus), born in Tuzia, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Apr 10 Lulinha [Luiz Marcelo Morais dos Reis], Brazilian footballer, born in Mauá, São Paulo, Brazil
  • Apr 17 Jonathan Brown, Welsh footballer, born in Bridgend, Wales
  • Apr 27 Austin Dillon, American auto racer (Daytona 500 2018), born in Welcome, North Carolina
  • Apr 30 Jonathan Brownlee, British triathlete (Olympic bronze 2012, silver 16), born in Dewsbury, England

Deaths in Sport

  • Apr 1 Russell Vis, American Greco-Roman wrestler (Olympic gold freestyle lightweight 1924), dies at 89
  • Apr 11 Harold Ballard, Canadian ice hockey club (Toronto Maple Leafs, 1972-90), and football team (Hamilton Tiger Cats, 1978-88) owner, dies at 86