On This Day

April 2002 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Apr 1 64th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Maryland beats Indiana, 64-52; Terrapins' first title in first title game
  • Apr 6 155th Grand National: 8-year-old 20/1 shot Bindaree, ridden by Jim Culloty and trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies wins by 1¾ lengths from What's Up Boys
  • Apr 6 France beats Ireland 44-5 at Stade de France, Saint Denis to complete a Grand Slam and win the Six Nations Rugby Championship; their 13th title

US Masters Golf

Apr 14 66th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Tiger Woods becomes the 3rd player to claim back-to-back Masters, 3 strokes ahead of Retief Goosen of South Africa

  • Apr 15 106th Boston Marathon: Kenyan double; Rodgers Rop claims men's event in 2:09:02; Margaret Okayo women's winner in 2:20:43
  • Apr 20 NFL Draft: Fresno State quarterback David Carr first pick by Houston Texans
  • Apr 28 The Tradition Senior Men's Golf, Superstition Mountain G&CC: Jim Thorpe wins his lone career major title with birdie on first playoff hole against John Jacobs

Weddings in Sport

Mark McGwire

Apr 20 MLB player Mark McGwire (38) weds Stephanie Slemer (26) in Las Vegas, Nevada


Deaths in Sport

  • Apr 9 Pat Flaherty, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500, 1956), dies from cancer at 76
  • Apr 13 Desmond Titterington, Northern Irish racecar driver, dies at 73
  • Apr 15 Byron "Whizzer" White, American football player & U.S. Supreme Court Justice, dies at 84
  • Apr 18 Wahoo McDaniel, American football player & professional wrestler, dies at 63
  • Apr 29 Bob Akin, American industrialist and race car driver (b. 1936)