On This Day

April 2001 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Apr 1 20th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Notre Dame beats Purdue, 68-66; Fighting Irish forward Ruth Riley is named Most Outstanding Player
  • Apr 2 63rd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Duke beats Arizona, 82-72; Blue Devils' 3rd title; forward Shane Battier MOP

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Apr 2 New York Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens becomes American League all-time strikeout leader, recording his 3,509th K in a 7-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals; Walter Johnson previous record 3,508 Ks

MLB Pitching Legend Roger Clemens
MLB Pitching Legend
Roger Clemens

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 2 Seattle outfielder Ichiro Suzuki has 2 hits and becomes first Japanese position player to play in a regular season MLB game as Mariners beat Oakland A's, 5-4 at Safeco Field

Baseball Star Ichiro Suzuki
Baseball Star
Ichiro Suzuki
  • Apr 7 154th Grand National: Richard Guest wins aboard Red Marauder; trainer Martin Pipe saddles 10 of 40-strong field, Blowing Wind best at 3rd place

Sport awardUS Masters Golf

Apr 8 65th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Tiger Woods wins his 2nd Masters and 6th major title, 2 strokes ahead of David Duval

Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
Tiger Woods
  • Apr 15 The Tradition Senior Men's Golf, GC at Desert Mountain: Doug Tewell wins his second & final Champions Tour major by 9 strokes from Mike McCullough
  • Apr 16 105th Boston Marathon: Lee Bong-Ju of South Korea men's winner in 2:09:43; Catherine Ndereba of Kenya wins back-to-back women's titles in 2:23:53
  • Apr 21 NFL Draft: Virginia Tech quarterback Michael Vick first pick by Atlanta Falcons

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

Apr 18 NBA star player Kobe Bryant (22) weds Vanessa Laine at St. Edward Roman Catholic Church in Dana Point, California

NBA Guard Kobe Bryant
NBA Guard
Kobe Bryant

Deaths in Sport

  • Apr 1 Jo-Jo Moore, American baseball left fielder (MLB All Star 1934–38, 40; World Series 1933; NY Giants), dies at 92

Person of interestWillie Stargell

Apr 9 Willie Stargell, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder/1st baseman (7-time All Star), dies of a stroke at 61

Hall of Fame Baseball Player Willie Stargell
Hall of Fame Baseball Player
Willie Stargell
  • Apr 14 Jim Baxter, Scottish footballer (b. 1939)
  • Apr 16 Alec Stock, English football manager (b. 1917)
  • Apr 25 Michele Alboreto, Italian race car driver (b. 1956)