April 2004 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Apr 3 157th Grand National: Graham Lee wins aboard Amberleigh House; trainer Ginger McCain's equal record 4th GN victory
  • Apr 5 66th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Georgia Tech, 82-73; Huskies' forward Emeka Okafor named tournament Most Outstanding Player

Sports History

Apr 6 23rd NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Tennessee, 70-61; UConn's Diana Taurasi is named Most Outstanding Player for the 2nd straight year

US Masters Golf

Apr 11 68th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Phil Mickelson claims his first major title with a birdie on the final hole to win by 1 stroke over Ernie Els of South Africa

Sports History

Apr 12 West Indian cricket batsman Brian Lara smashes highest individual score in a Test innings with 400 not out (773 mins; 582 balls; 43x4, 4x6) in drawn 4th Test against England at Antigua

Baseball Record

Apr 13 Barry Bonds hits his 661st career home run, passing his godfather Willie Mays on the MLB all-time list

  • Apr 19 108th Boston Marathon: Kenyan double; Timothy Cherigat takes men's title in 2:10:37; Catherine Ndereba wins her 3rd women's event in 2:24:27

Sports History

Apr 24 NFL Draft: Ole Miss quarterback Eli Manning first pick by San Diego Chargers


Deaths in Sport

  • Apr 1 Ioannis Kyrastas, Greek soccer midfielder (46 caps; Olympiacos; Panathinaikos) and manager (Panathinaikos), dies from septicaemia at 51
  • Apr 4 Alberic Schotte, Belgian cyclist, dies at 84
  • Apr 8 Enda Colleran, Gaelic footballer (b. 1941)
  • Apr 8 Frank Chamberlain, English cricketer and CEO (Test & County Cricket Board), dies at 78
  • Apr 13 Lou Berberet, American baseball player, dies at 74
  • Apr 22 Pat Tillman, American football player & U.S. Army Ranger, killed in action at 27
  • Apr 24 Willie Watson, English cricket batsman (23 Tests, 2 x 100s) and soccer midfielder (4 caps; Sunderland), dies at 84
  • Apr 29 Sid Smith, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1925)