On This Day

April 1993 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Apr 1 Reigning NASCAR Winston Cup champion Alan Kulwicki perishes in a private plane crash en route to Bristol for the Food City 500
  • Apr 2 Cleveland Cavaliers guard Mark Price has his consecutive free throw streak end at 77, during a 114-113 loss at Charlotte; falls 1 short of Calvin Murphy’s NBA record of 78 straight free throws
  • Apr 3 147th Grand National: race declared void, after 30 of 39 runners carried on racing despite a false start; bookmakers forced to refund estimated £75 million in bets staked
  • Apr 4 12th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Texas Tech beats Ohio State, 84-82; future Hall of Fame forward Sheryl Swoopes MOP
  • Apr 4 The Tradition Senior Men's Golf, GC at Desert Mountain: Tom Shaw wins his lone career major title by 1 stroke from Mike Hill
  • Apr 5 55th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: North Carolina beats Michigan, 77-71; Tar Heels' 3rd title
  • Apr 5 73,293 see the NY Yankees beat the Cleveland Indians, 9-1 in the season opener at Cleveland Stadium
  • Apr 5 A win and a loss for MLB expansion teams in their debut games; Florida Marlins beat LA Dodgers, 6-3 in Miami; the Colorado Rockies lose to Mets, 3-0 in NYC
  • Apr 6 Florida Marlins 1st lost ever (4-2 to LA Dodgers)
  • Apr 8 Indians' Carlos Baerga is 1st to switch hit HRs in same inn (vs Yanks)
  • Apr 9 Colorado Rockies 1st home game & 1st victory, 11-4 over Mont Expos
  • Apr 10 Ottawa Senators win 1st road game (Islanders) after 38 straight loses
  • Apr 10 Pittsburgh Penguins win their NHL record 17 game winning streak

Sport awardUS Masters Golf

Apr 11 57th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Bernhard Langer of Germany wins his second green jacket by 4 strokes from Chip Beck

Golfer and Two-Time Masters Champion Bernhard Langer
Golfer and Two-Time Masters Champion
Bernhard Langer
  • Apr 11 Jeff Rouse swims world record 100m backstroke (51.43 sec)
  • Apr 18 PGA Seniors' Championship Men’s Golf, PGA National GC: American Tom Wargo pars second playoff hole to beat Bruce Crampton of Australia and take his first and only major title
  • Apr 19 97th Boston Marathon: Cosmas N'deti of Kenya wins men's event in 2:09:33; Olga Markova of Russia repeats as women's champion in 2:25:27
  • Apr 22 Seattle Mariner Chris Basio no-hits Boston Red Sox
  • Apr 25 NFL Draft: Washington State quarterback Drew Bledsoe first pick by New England Patriots
  • Apr 28 Zambian plane crashes at Libreville, Gabon, 30 soccer players die

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 28 NY Islanders beat Wash Caps 4 to 1 in playoffs, Caps Dale Hunter attacks Pierre Turgeon after scoring, in hockey's worst cheap shot

NHL Star Pierre Turgeon
NHL Star
Pierre Turgeon

Birthdays in Sport

  • Apr 2 Keshorn Walcott ORTT, Trinidadian athlete (Olympic gold javelin 2012, bronze 2016), born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Apr 16 Mirai Nagasu, American figure skater, born in Montebello, California
  • Apr 29 Justin Thomas, American golfer (PGA C'ship 2017), born in Louisville, Kentucky

Divorces in Sport


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Apr 22 Tennis great Björn Borg divorces Loredana Berte

Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg

Deaths in Sport

  • Apr 1 Alan Kulwicki, American auto racer and owner (NASCAR Winston Cup drivers' and owners' champion 1992), dies in plane crash at 38
  • Apr 1 Wayne Mack, American sportscaster (New Orleans Saints, Tulane University) and actor (Storyville), dies of cancer at 68
  • Apr 3 Klaas Schenk, Dutch speed skater and coach (coach 1952, 56, 60 Winter Olympics; father of triple gold medallist Ard), dies at 86
  • Apr 7 Stewart Cathie "Billy" Griffith, English cricketer (140 for England, 1948) and cricket administrator (MCC), dies at 78
  • Apr 15 Harry "Bull" Alexander, Australian cricketer (Test for Aust 1933, avg 154), dies at 87
  • Apr 21 Hal Schumacher, baseball pitcher, dies at 82
  • Apr 22 Mark Koenig, American baseball player (NY Yankees), dies at 88
  • Apr 28 Jim Valvano, American basketball coach (NC State), dies of cancer at 47
  • Apr 30 Dave Waymer, American NFL safety (NO Saints), dies of a heart attack at 34
  • Apr 30 Eric Rowan, cricketer (26 Tests for South Africa), dies
  • Apr 30 Tommy Caton, English footballer (b. 1962)