On This Day

April 1995 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Apr 1 New York Islanders retire Swedish right wing Bobby Nystrom's uniform #23
  • Apr 1 Blackburn Rovers striker Chris Sutton scores fastest goal in English Premier League history when he nets after 12.94 seconds in 2-1 win at Everton
  • Apr 2 14th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Tennessee, 70-64; Huskies' first NCAA title, completing first undefeated season since 1986 Texas

Golf Tournament

Apr 2 The Tradition Senior Men's Golf, GC at Desert Mountain: 2-time champion Jack Nicklaus wins with birdie on 3rd playoff hole against Isao Aoki

  • Apr 2 Longest strike in American major league sports history (232 days) ends as MLB owners accept players’ offer to return to work without a contract; MLB is first major pro sports league to lose an entire postseason due to labor struggles

WrestleMania

Apr 2 WrestleMania XI, Hartford Civic Centre, CT: NFL linebacker Lawrence Taylor defeats Bam Bam Bigelow

  • Apr 3 57th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats Arkansas, 89-78; Bruins' 11th national title
  • Apr 7 Baseball exhibition season begins late due to strike

Boxing Title Fight

Apr 8 Oliver McCall beats Larry Holmes in 12 for heavyweight boxing title

  • Apr 8 American Bruce Seldon defeats by RTD over Tony Tucker in 7 rounds to win vacated WBA boxing title
  • Apr 8 148th Grand National: Irish rider Jason Titley wins aboard 40/1 outsider Royal Athlete; trainer Jenny Pitman's second GN victory
  • Apr 9 59th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Ben Crenshaw wins his 2nd Masters title, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Davis Love III
  • Apr 13 Yankees beat the Mets 2-0
  • Apr 14 India beats Sri Lanka to win the Asia Cricket Cup final in Sharjah

Golf Tournament

Apr 16 PGA Seniors' Championship Men’s Golf, PGA National GC: Raymond Floyd wins by 5 strokes from fellow Americans John Paul Cain, Larry Gilbert and Lee Trevino

  • Apr 17 99th Boston Marathon: Cosmas Ndeti of Kenya claims 3rd straight title in 2:09:22; Uta Pippig of Germany wins 2nd consecutive women's event in 2:25:11

Sports History

Apr 18 Quarterback Joe Montana announces his retirement from football

  • Apr 21 Boston Celtics final regular season game at Boston Garden, NY Knicks win 98-92

Boxing Title Fight

Apr 22 George Foreman beats Axel Schulz in 12 for heavyweight boxing title in Las Vegas

  • Apr 22 NFL Draft: Penn State running back Ki-Jana Carter first pick by Cincinnati Bengals

Sports History

Apr 24 Court orders Darryl Strawberry to pay back $350,000 in taxes

  • Apr 26 Baseball season begins after lengthy strike
  • Apr 29 KC Royal John Nonely is 70th to HR on his 1st at bat

Birthdays in Sport

  • Apr 12 Jennifer Brady, American tennis player (Australian Open 2021 runner-up), born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 14 Baker Mayfield, American football quarterback (Heisman Trophy 2017, U of Oklahoma; 2018 NFL Draft #1 pick Cleveland Browns), born in Austin, Texas
  • Apr 27 Nick Kyrgios, Australian tennis player (Australian Open doubles [Thanasi Kokkinakis] 2022; Hopman Cup 2016), born in Canberra, Australia

Weddings in Sport

  • Apr 22 "Extra" TV co-host Arthel Neville (32) weds Carolina Panther running back Derrick Lassic (25) at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church

Deaths in Sport

  • Apr 2 Harvey Penick, American golfer, coach, author (World Golf Hall of Fame), dies of degenerative arthritis at 90
  • Apr 8 Maurice Allom, English cricketer (14 Test wickets-NZ debut hat-trick), dies at 89
  • Apr 17 Anton Murray, South African cricket all-rounder (10 Tests; 1 x 100; 18 wickets), dies at 72
  • Apr 20 R E S Wyatt, cricketer (England capt 16 times), dies
  • Apr 21 Bob Wyatt, English cricketer (1927-37), dies at 93
  • Apr 21 Stafford Heginbotham, British toymaker (Tebro Toys) and Football Club Chairman, dies at 61
  • Apr 23 Howard Cosell, American sports journalist (Monday Night Football), dies at 77
  • Apr 23 John Stennis, American politician (Sen-D-MS), dies at 93
  • Apr 28 Peaches Davis, American baseball pitcher, dies at 89