On This Day in Sport for April 3

Events in Sport

  • 1908 Frank Gotch wins world heavyweight wrestling championship in 2 hrs
  • 1923 2 "Black Sox" sue White Sox (unsuccessfully) for back salary
  • 1930 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens sweep Boston Bruins in 2 games
  • 1935 Yasuo Ikenada runs world record marathon (2:26:44)
  • 1936 Shortest boxing bout with gloves lasts only 10 seconds
  • 1955 Balt Orioles pull their 1st triple play (3-6-2 vs KC Athletics)

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1955 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Oklahoma City Golf Open

Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA
Louise Suggs
  • 1962 Jockey Eddie Arcaro retires after 31 years (24,092 races)

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1966 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Venice Ladies Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
  • 1971 125th Grand National: John Cook aboard Specify wins
  • 1976 Philadelphia Flyers win record tying 20th straight NHL home game
  • 1976 130th Grand National: John Burke aboard Rag Trade wins

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1977 6th Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Kathy Whitworth

LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer
Kathy Whitworth
  • 1977 Boston Bruin Jean Ratelle scores his 1,000th NHL point
  • 1982 Buffalo Sabre Gil Perrault scores his 1,000th NHL point
  • 1982 136th Grand National: Mr. Dick Saunders aboard Grittar wins
  • 1983 12th Nabisco Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Amy Alcott
  • 1983 2nd NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: USC beats Louisiana Tech 69-67
  • 1987 Bill Elliott sets NASCAR qualify record of 212.809 mph at Talladega
  • 1987 Cubs trade Dennis Eckersley to A's for 3 minor leaguers
  • 1988 17th Nabisco Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Amy Alcott
  • 1988 7th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Louisiana Tec beat Auburn 56-54

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1988 Mario Lemieux wins NHL scoring title, stopping Gretzky's 7 year streak

NHL Legend and Owner Mario Lemieux
NHL Legend and Owner
Mario Lemieux
  • 1988 NJ Devils beat Blackhawks, 4-3 in OT to join playoffs for 1st time
  • 1989 51st NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Mich beats Seton Hall 80-79 (OT)
  • 1991 Bo Jackson signs 1-year contract with Chicago White Sox
  • 1992 1st exhibition game at Camden Field - Orioles beat NY Mets
  • 1994 13th NCAA Women Basketball Championship: NC beats Louisiana Tech 60-59
  • 1994 1st roster of Silver Bullets (all-female pro baseball team) announced

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1994 6th Seniors Golf Tradition: Ray Floyd

Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner Ray Floyd
Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner
Ray Floyd
  • 1995 57th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA Bruins beats Arkansas 89-78
  • 1996 South Australia grab exciting draw vs W A to win Sheffield Shield
  • 1996 St Francis Fighting Saints scores college baseball run record 71-1
  • 2000 62nd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Michigan State beats Florida 89-76
  • 2004 157th Grand National: Graham Lee aboard Amberleigh House wins

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2006 Steve Yzerman scores his final NHL goal (#692) against the Calgary Flames

NHL Legend Steve Yzerman
NHL Legend
Steve Yzerman
  • 2006 68th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Florida beats UCLA 73-57
  • 2007 26th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Tennessee beats Rutgers 59-46
  • 2012 31st NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Baylor beats Notre Dame 80-61

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1884 Jackie Matthews, cricketer (Aust leg-spinner, two hat-tricks 1912)
  • 1888 Neville Cardus, cricketer (doyen of cricket writers)
  • 1899 David Jack, English footballer (d. 1958)
  • 1911 Stanislawa Walasiewicz [Stella Walsh], Polish-born American sprinter (Olympic gold 1932), born in Wierzchownia
  • 1914 Katherine Stammers Menzies, England, doubles tennis player (Wimb 1935)
  • 1926 Alex Grammas, American baseball player

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1928 Earl Lloyd, 1st African American basketball player in the NBA, born in Alexandria, Virginia (d. 2015)

Basketball Player Earl Lloyd
Basketball Player
Earl Lloyd
  • 1930 Wally Moon, American baseball player
  • 1931 Johnny Nicholss, soccer star
  • 1934 Jim Parker, NFL guard, tackle (Baltimore Colts)
  • 1937 Sandra Spuzich, LPGA golfer, born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 2015)
  • 1939 Vitaliy Davidov, USSR, ice hockey player (Olympic gold 1964, 68, 72)
  • 1941 Carl Boenish, American father of BASE jumping (d. 1984)
  • 1942 Michael Elliott, American skier (Olympics-1968), born in Durango, Colorado
  • 1942 Rick Sylvester, parachute ski jumper (world record 3,300')
  • 1948 Mary Gordon-Watson, England, equestrian 3 day event (Oly-gold-1972)
  • 1949 Lyle Alzado, NFLer (LA Raiders)/actor (Oceans of Fire, Hangfire)
  • 1957 Charles Jones, NBA forward (Houston Rockets)
  • 1962 Nancy Filteau, Swift Current Saskatchawan, 72k judoka (Olympics-96)
  • 1963 Chris Bosio, baseball pitcher (Seattle Mariners)
  • 1963 Zakir Khan, cricketer (two Tests for Pakistan 1986-89)
  • 1963 Jack Del Rio, American football coach
  • 1964 Ajay Sharma, cricketer (Indian spin all-rounder played one Test 1988)
  • 1964 Bjarne Riis, Danish cyclist
  • 1966 Bo Orlando, NFL safety (San Diego Chargers, Cincinnati Bengals)
  • 1966 John de Vries, Australian racing driver
  • 1967 Brent Gilchrist, Moose Jaw, NHL center (Dallas Stars)
  • 1967 Pervis Ellison, NBA forward/center (Boston Celtics)
  • 1968 Bernd Karbacher, German tennis star
  • 1969 David Morland, North Bay Ont, golfer (1992 Trafalgar Rookie of Year)
  • 1969 Reid Hayston, New Zealand beach volleyball player (Olympics-96), born in Hamilton, New Zealand
  • 1969 Rodney Hampton, NFL running back (NY Giants)
  • 1970 Keith Franklin, WLAF linebacker (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 1971 Anthony McClanahan, CFL linebacker (Calgary Stampeders)
  • 1971 Kevin Farkas, WLAF tackle (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 1971 Peter Schwab, rower (Olympics-1996), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1971 Picabo Street, skier (Olympic gold 94)
  • 1971 Quilvio Veras, Santo Domingo Dom Rep, infielder (Florida Marlins)
  • 1972 Sandrine Testud, Lyon France, tennis star (1993 Strasbourg)
  • 1973 Greg DeLong, NFL tight end (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1973 Jim Campbell, US hockey forward (Olympics-1994), born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • 1973 Kelly Lochbaum, CFL linebacker (BC Lions)
  • 1975 Thomas Hamilton, NBA center (Boston Celtics)
  • 1975 Yoshinobu Takahashi, Japanese professional baseball player
  • 1975 Koji Uehara, Japanese professional baseball pitcher
  • 1976 Keith Closs, NBA center (LA Clippers)
  • 1978 Tommy Haas, German tennis player
  • 1978 John Smit, South African rugby player
  • 1981 Matthew Nash, Australian soccer player
  • 1981 Heath Ramsay, Australian Olympic swimmer
  • 1981 DeShawn Stevenson, American basketball player
  • 1982 Iain Fyfe, Australian soccer player
  • 1982 Jared Allen, American football player
  • 1984 Maxi López, Argentine footballer
  • 1984 Jonathan Blondel, Belgian footballer
  • 1986 Sergio Sánchez, Spanish footballer
  • 1987 Sal Zizzo, American soccer player
  • 1987 Jay Bruce, American baseball player
  • 1988 Tim Krul, Dutch footballer
  • 1988 Peter Hartley, English footballer
  • 1989 Israel Falou, Australian Rugby League player
  • 1993 Dakoda Dowd, American golfer
  • 1997 Gabriel Fernando de Jesus, Brazilian football player (Manchester City, Brazil national team), born in São Paulo, Brazil

Deaths in Sport

  • 1915 Andrew Stoddart, cricketer (England capt at turn of century), suicide
  • 1962 Benny "Kid" Paret, US welterweight boxer, dies after fight, at 24
  • 1977 Jack Ryder, cricketer (20 Tests for Aust, 1394 runs), dies
  • 1987 Tom Sestak, American football player (b. 1936)
  • 1995 Harvey Pennick, golfer/teacher, dies at 89
  • 2005 Jef Eygel, Belgian basketball player (b. 1933)
  • 2007 Eddie Robinson, American football coach (b. 1919)
  • 2008 Hrvoje Ćustić, Croatian football player (b. 1983)