On This Day

April 2013 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Apr 5 Baltimore outfielder Chris Davis becomes 4th player to homer in first 4 games of a MLB season; 8th-inning grand slam propels Orioles to a 9-5 win over the Twins; his RBI total of 16 a MLB record
  • Apr 6 166th Grand National: Ryan Mania wins aboard 66/1 Auroras Encore for trainer Sue Smith
  • Apr 7 Sweden wins the 2013 World Men's Curling Championship defeating Canada
  • Apr 7 Kraft Nabisco Championship Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Inbee Park wins her 2nd major title, 4 strokes ahead of fellow South Korean So Yeon Ryu; first of Park's 3 straight major victories in 2013
  • Apr 8 75th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Louisville beats Michigan, 82-76; Cardinals' forward Luke Hancock hits 22 points
  • Apr 9 32nd NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Louisville, 93-60; Huskies' 8th National title
  • Apr 14 77th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Adam Scott wins his first major title and becomes first Australian Masters champion with a 2nd hole sudden death playoff win against Ángel Cabrera
  • Apr 15 Boston Marathon bombings: 3 people are killed and 183 injured after two explosions near the finish line
  • Apr 15 117th Boston Marathon: Lelisa Desisa Benti of Ethiopia men's winner in 2:10:22; Rita Jeptoo of Kenya wins women's section in 2:26:25
  • Apr 20 5 snowboarders are killed by an avalanche in Loveland Pass, Colorado
  • Apr 21 Tsegaye Kebede and Priscah Jeptoo win the 2013 London Marathon
  • Apr 22 Manchester United defeat Aston Villa to claim the 2012/2013 English Premier League

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 23 West Indian cricketer, Chris Gayle, smashes the fastest century in history (30 balls)

Cricketer Chris Gayle
Cricketer
Chris Gayle
  • Apr 25 NFL Draft: Central Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher first pick by Kansas City Chiefs

Birthdays in Sport

  • Apr 11 Arrogate, American thoroughbred racehorse (Breeders' Cup Classic, World's Best Racehorse 2016; Pegasus World Cup, Dubai World Cup 2017), born in Clearsky Farms, Kentucky (d. 2020)

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

Apr 27 NBA great Michael Jordan (50) weds 2nd wife model Yvette Prieto at Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea in Palm Beach, Florida

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan

Deaths in Sport

  • Apr 1 Nicolae Martinescu, Romanian Greco-Roman wrestler (Olympic gold 100kg 1972), dies at 73
  • Apr 1 Jack Pardee, American College Football Hall of Fame linebacker (Texas A&M; NFL: LA Rams, Washington Redskins) and coach (Houston Oilers), dies at gallbladder cancer at 76
  • Apr 2 Chuck Fairbanks, American football coach (New England Patriots 1973-78; University of Oklahoma 1967-72, University of Colorado 1979-81), dies from brain cancer at 79
  • Apr 4 Ian Walsh, Australian rugby league hooker, captain, coach (25 Tests; St. George), dies at 80
  • Apr 7 Marty Blake, NBA executive (GM Atlanta Hawks, NBA Director of Scouting), dies at 86
  • Apr 11 Grady Hatton, American baseball player and manager, dies from natural causes at 90
  • Apr 12 Robert Byrne, American grand chess master, dies from Parkinson’s disease at 84
  • Apr 12 Marv Harshman, American basketball hall of fame coach (Pacific Lutheran, Wash State, Washington), dies at 95

Person of interestPat Summerall

Apr 16 Pat Summerall, American NFL player and sportscaster, dies from cardiac arrest at 82

CBS, Fox, and ESPN Sportscaster Pat Summerall
CBS, Fox, and ESPN Sportscaster
Pat Summerall
  • Apr 19 Mike Denness, English cricket batsman and captain (28 Tests, top score 188), dies from cancer at 72
  • Apr 20 Nosher Powell, English actor and boxer, dies at 84
  • Apr 24 Larry Felser, American sports columnist, dies at 80
  • Apr 25 Rick Camp, American MLB pitcher, dies of natural causes at 59