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

US 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

  • Apr 12 American Jeff Rouse swims world record 100m backstroke (51.43 sec) at Sheffield, England

Sports History

Apr 16 David Lee Roth arrested in NYC for purchasing marijuana for $10

  • 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

Sports History

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


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, 22; Players C'ship 2021), born in Louisville, Kentucky

Divorces in Sport

Björn Borg

Apr 22 Tennis great Björn Borg divorces Loredana Berte

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 Alexander, Australian cricket fast bowler (1 Test, Bodyline series 1933, 1 wicket; Victoria), dies at 87
  • Apr 18 Masahiko Kimura, Japanese judoka, dies at 75
  • Apr 21 Hal Schumacher, American baseball pitcher (New York Giants), 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)