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April 1991 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Apr 1 53rd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Duke beats Kansas, 72-65; Blue Devils' first title; power forward Christian Laettner MOP
  • Apr 3 Bo Jackson signs 1-year contract with Chicago White Sox
  • Apr 5 Detroit Pistons Joe Dumaars ends NBA free throw streak of 62 games

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 6 Argentine soccer star Diego Maradona suspended for 15 months by Italian League for testing positive for cocaine use

Football Legend Diego Maradona
Football Legend
Diego Maradona
  • Apr 6 145th Grand National: In Canadian distillery Seagram's final year of race sponsorship, New Zealand-bred chestnut gelding Seagram wins, ridden by Nigel Hawke

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Apr 7 Tradition Senior Men's Golf, GC at Desert Mountain: Jack Nicklaus wins his second of 4 event titles by 1 stroke from Jim Colbert, Jim Dent & Phil Rodgers

  • Apr 8 Jockey Bill Shoemaker paralyzed in a car accident
  • Apr 8 Major league umpires & baseball reach a 4-year agreement
  • Apr 8 Oakland A's stadium becomes 1st outdoor arena in USA to ban smoking

Sports record brokenNHL Record

Apr 10 LA King Wayne Gretzky scores NHL record 93rd playoff goal

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • Apr 10 Martin Zubero swims world record 200m backstroke (1:52.51)
  • Apr 14 55th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Welshman Ian Woosnam wins his only major title, 1 stroke ahead of José María Olazábal; 4th straight year the Masters champion is from the UK
  • Apr 14 Chic Blackhawks becomes 1st NHL regular season champion in 20 years to lose in 1st round of the playoffs (To Minn North Stars)
  • Apr 15 95th Boston Marathon: Ibrahim Hussein of Kenya wins his 2nd men's title in 2:11:06; Wanda Panfil of Poland woman's champion in 2:24:18

Sports record brokenNBA Record

Apr 15 Magic Johnson sets NBA record for career assists with 9,898

NBA Legend Magic Johnson
NBA Legend
Magic Johnson
  • Apr 15 Sacramento Kings set NBA record, losing 35th consecutive game on road
  • Apr 16 St Louis Blues becomes 8th NHL team in Play-off to come back from a 3-1 deficit as they beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 in game 7

Sports record brokenNBA Record

Apr 18 John Stockton breaks his own NBA season assist record at 1,136

NBA Point Guard John Stockton
NBA Point Guard
John Stockton

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Apr 19 Evander Holyfield beats George Foreman in 12 for heavyweight boxing title

  • Apr 20 Mark Lenzi is 1st diver to score 100 pts on a dive (101.85)
  • Apr 21 PGA Seniors' Championship Men's Golf, PGA National GC: Jack Nicklaus wins his 4th of 8 Champions Tour majors by 6 strokes from Bruce Crampton of Australia
  • Apr 21 Jakov Tolstikov wins 4th World Cup marathon (2:09:17)
  • Apr 21 Rosa Mota wins 4th World Cup female marathon (2:26:14)
  • Apr 21 NFL Draft: University of Miami defensive tackle Russell Maryland first pick by Dallas Cowboys
  • Apr 22 Frank Thomas is 1st White Sox to homer at new Comiskey Park

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 23 Björn Borg loses 6-2, 6-3 to Jordi Arrese after an 8 year lay off without practising or playing any exhibition matches

Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
  • Apr 23 Gordon Greenidge scores 223 v Aus, his last Test Cricket knock at home
  • Apr 25 Lisa Olson brings suit against NFL NE Patriots for sexual harassment
  • Apr 26 Soccer star Diego Maradona, suspended for using cocaine, arrested in Argentina for possession & distribution of illegal narcotics

Birthdays in Sport

  • Apr 21 Max Chilton, British Formula One and IndyCar racing driver, born in Redhill, England

Deaths in Sport

  • Apr 1 Frankie Gustine, American Major baseball infielder (MLB All-Star 1946, 47, 48; Pittsburgh Pirates), dies at 71
  • Apr 4 Luc de Rijck, Belgian soccer player (Turnhout), dies
  • Apr 4 Edmund Adamkiewicz, German footballer (b. 1920)
  • Apr 6 Bill Ponsford, Australian cricket batsman (29 Tests @ 48 22, 7 x 100s; 1st-class 13,819 runs @ 65.18; Victoria), dies at 90
  • Apr 9 Forrest Towns, American athlete (Olympic gold 110m hurdles 1936), dies at 77
  • Apr 11 Walker Cooper, American baseball catcher (MLB All-Star 1942–44, 46–50; World Series 1942, 44; St. Louis Cardinals), dies at 76
  • Apr 25 Theo Laseroms [Tank], Dutch soccer player (Feyenoord), dies
  • Apr 26 Lars Hall, Swedish pentathlete (Olympic gold 1952), dies at 63