On This Day

April 2003 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Apr 2 At 27 years, 249 days Texas Rangers infielder Alex Rodriguez becomes the youngest MLB player to hit 300 home runs; homers off Ramon Ortiz in 5th inning of an 11-5 loss to the Angels in Anaheim
  • Apr 5 156th Grand National: 10-year-old 16/1 shot Monty's Pass, ridden by Barry Geraghty wins by 12 lengths from 2001 Welsh National winner Supreme Glory
  • Apr 5 The Kansas City Royals become the first MLB team to begin the season 5-0 after losing 100 games the previous year, beating the Cleveland Indians, 2 - 1
  • Apr 7 65th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Syracuse beats Kansas, 81-78; Orangemen win first title; Carmelo Anthony named tournament Most Outstanding Player
  • Apr 8 22nd NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Tennessee, 73-68; UConn guard Diana Taurasi is named Most Outstanding Player
  • Apr 13 67th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Mike Weir wins his only major title in a 1-hole playoff over Len Mattiace; only Canadian to win a major and first left-handed Masters champion

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Apr 16 Washington Wizards' Michael Jordan plays his final NBA game, in Philadelphia, where he receives a 3 minute standing ovation.

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan
  • Apr 21 107th Boston Marathon: Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot of Kenya men's champion in 2:10:11; Svetlana Zakharova of Russia women's winner in 2:25:19

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Apr 22 Patrick Roy plays his final career NHL game

NHL Goalie and Coach Patrick Roy
NHL Goalie and Coach
Patrick Roy
  • Apr 26 NFL Draft: USC quarterback Carson Palmer first pick by Cincinnati Bengals

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Apr 28 Andre Agassi recaptures the world no. 1 ranking to become the oldest top-ranked male in the history of the ATP rankings (33 years, 13 days)

Tennis Legend Andre Agassi
Tennis Legend
Andre Agassi

Birthdays in Sport

  • Apr 29 Barbaro, American thoroughbred racehorse (d. 2007)

Deaths in Sport

  • Apr 15 Leonard Tose, American trucking magnate & owner of NFL Philadelphia Eagles 1969-85, dies at 88
  • Apr 20 Daijiro Kato, Japanese motorcycle racer (b. 1976)
  • Apr 22 Michael Larrabee, American athlete (Olympic gold 400m, 4x400m relay 1964), dies from pancreatic cancer at 69
  • Apr 25 Samson Kitur, Kenyan athlete (b. 1966)
  • Apr 30 Peter "Possum" Bourne, New Zealand race car driver, dies at 47