On This Day

April 2008 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Apr 1 New York Yankees set a MLB record by winning their 11th straight home opener, 3-2 against Toronto Blue Jays
  • Apr 5 161st Grand National: 7/1 joint favourite Comply or Die wins in Irish jockey Timmy Murphy's 11th attempt, 4 lengths ahead of King John's Castle
  • Apr 6 Kraft Nabisco Championship Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: top-ranked Lorena Ochoa of Mexico shoots a bogey-free final round 67 to win by 5 strokes ahead of Suzann Pettersen and Annika Sörenstam
  • Apr 7 70th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kansas beats Memphis, 75-68; first time since seeding began, all 4 top seeds advance to the Final Four
  • Apr 8 27th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Tennessee beats Stanford, 64-48; Volunteers' back-to-back titles; coach Pat Summitt, 8 national championships

Sport awardUS Masters Golf

Apr 13 72nd US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Trevor Immelman of South Africa wins his first major title, 3 strokes ahead of Tiger Woods; Immelman leads, or ties for the lead after every round

Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
Tiger Woods
  • Apr 18 NBA owners give approval of a potential Seattle SuperSonics' relocation to Oklahoma City in a 28–2 vote by the Board of Governors
  • Apr 20 Danica Patrick driving for Andretti Green Racing wins the Indy Japan 300 at Twin Ring Motegi; first female driver in history to win an IndyCar Series race
  • Apr 21 112th Boston Marathon: 3rd straight men's title for Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot of Kenya in 2:07:45; Dire Tune of Ethiopia women's winner in 2:25:25
  • Apr 26 NFL Draft: University of Michigan offensive tackle Jake Long first pick by Miami Dolphins

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

Apr 19 New York Giants NFL quarterback Eli Manning (27) weds Abby McGrew (24) at the One & Only Palmilla Resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

NFL Quarterback Eli Manning
NFL Quarterback
Eli Manning

Deaths in Sport

  • Apr 3 Hrvoje Ćustić, Croatian football player (b. 1983)
  • Apr 4 Francis Tucker, South African Rally Driver (b. 1923)
  • Apr 12 Cecilia Colledge, British figure skater (Olympic silver 1936), dies at 87
  • Apr 14 Tommy Holmes, American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 1945, 48; NL HR leader 1945; Boston Braves) and manager (Boston Braves), dies at 91
  • Apr 19 John Marzano, American baseball player (b. 1963)
  • Apr 22 Ed Chynoweth, Canadian ice hockey executive, dies at 66
  • Apr 22 Dora Ratjen, German man who posed as a female high jumper (Olympic 4th 1936), dies at 89
  • Apr 22 Cameron Argetsinger, American auto racing executive (created Watkins Glen Grand Prix Race Course; F1 US Grand Prix 1961-80), dies from a stroke at 87