On This Day

April 2012 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Apr 1 Kraft Nabisco Championship Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Sun-Young Yoo wins sudden-death playoff on 1st extra hole after I.K. Kim misses a one-foot putt on the 72nd hole for the win
  • Apr 2 74th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kentucky defeats Kansas, 67-59; Wildcats guard Doron Lamb, 22 points
  • Apr 3 31st NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Baylor beats Notre Dame, 80-61; Lady Bears' second National title
  • Apr 5 A three-run homer by J.P. Arencibia off Jairo Asencio gives the Toronto Blue Jays a 7-4 win over the Cleveland Indians; 16 inning game duration a MLB Opening Day record
  • Apr 8 76th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Bubba Watson wins on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff with South African Louis Oosthuizen
  • Apr 14 165th Grand National: Daryl Jacob wins aboard Neptune Collonges; beats Sunnyhillboy in a photo finish and the closest ever GN finish
  • Apr 16 116th Boston Marathon: Kenyan double; Wesley Korir wins men's section in 2:12:40; Sharon Cherop first woman in 2:31:50
  • Apr 21 Chicago White Sox pitcher, Philip Humber, pitches the 21st MLB perfect game against the Seattle Mariners
  • Apr 22 30 year old woman collapses and dies during London Marathon
  • Apr 23 38,000 London Marathon entrants have their home and email contacts published in a data protection breach
  • Apr 26 NFL Draft: Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck first pick by Indianapolis Colts
  • Apr 30 Manchester City defeat Manchester United 1-0 in what is claimed to be the biggest match in the English Premier League's history

Deaths in Sport

  • Apr 1 Giorgio Chinaglia, Italian soccer striker (14 caps; Lazio, NY Cosmos), dies from heart attack at 65
  • Apr 9 Mark Lenzi, American springboard diver (Olympic gold 1992), dies at 43
  • Apr 14 Émile Bouchard, Canadian ice hockey player, dies at 92
  • Apr 15 Murray Rose, Australian Olympic gold winning swimmer, dies from leukemia at 73
  • Apr 15 Joan Tozzer, American figure skater, dies at 90
  • Apr 19 Valeri Vasiliev, Soviet ice hockey defenceman (2x Olympic gold, dies at 62
  • Apr 23 LeRoy T. Walker, American sports executive (first black president US Olympic Committee 1992-96), dies at 93
  • Apr 27 Bill Skowron, American MLB player, dies from lung cancer at 81