On This Day

On This Day in Sport for April 6

Events in Sport

  • 1877 British Open Men's Golf, Musselburgh Links: Jamie Anderson wins his first of 3 consecutive Championships; beats fellow Scot Bob Pringle by 2 shots
  • 1896 First modern Summer Olympic Games open in Athens, Greece; American athlete James Connolly becomes first modern Olympic champion when he wins triple jump (then 2 hops and a jump); later 3rd in long jump, 2nd in high jump

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1900 James J. Jeffries KOs Jack Finnegan in 1 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion James J. Jeffries
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
James J. Jeffries
  • 1926 Stanley Cup Final, Montreal Forum, Montreal, Quebec: Montreal Maroons beat Victoria Cougars (WHL), 2-0 for a 3-1 series victory
  • 1935 H Levitt sinks 499 basketball free throws, misses & sinks 371 more
  • 1936 3rd Augusta National Invitation Tournament (Masters) Golf: Horton Smith wins his second Masters, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Harry Cooper, with defending champion Gene Sarazen 3rd

Sport awardUS Masters Golf

1941 8th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Craig Wood wins his first major title, 3 strokes ahead of runner-up Byron Nelson; Masters' first wire-to-wire champion

Golfer Byron Nelson
Byron Nelson
  • 1947 11th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Jimmy Demaret wins his 2nd Masters by 2 strokes over Byron Nelson and amateur Frank Stranahan

Sport awardUS Masters Golf

1952 16th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Sam Snead wins his second green jacket by 4 strokes over Jack Burke Jr

Golfer Sam Snead
Sam Snead
  • 1954 Montreal Canadiens score 3 goals in 56 sec in playoff game against Det
  • 1957 Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis buys the Hellenic National Airlines (TAE) and founds Olympic Airlines.

Sport awardUS Masters Golf

1958 22nd US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Arnold Palmer wins the first of his 4 Masters titles, 1 stroke ahead of Doug Ford and Fred Hawkins; first of his 7 major titles

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1973 Roberto Clemente Day, Pirates retire his #

Baseball Player Roberto Clemente
Baseball Player
Roberto Clemente
  • 1973 Yankee Ron Blomberg becomes 1st designated hitter, he walks
  • 1974 Yankees 1st home game at Shea Stadium, while Yankee Stadium is renovated; beat Cleveland Indians 6-1
  • 1977 Kingdome opens, Seattle Mariners 1st game, loses to Angels 7-0

  • 1979 Baltimore manager Earl Weaver wins his 1,000th game as a skipper, a 5-3 Orioles victory over the Chicago White Sox

Sports record brokenNHL Record

1980 Gordie Howe completes a record 26th NHL season

Ice Hockey Legend Gordie Howe
Ice Hockey Legend
Gordie Howe
  • 1982 Largest crowd ever to see a baseball game in Minnesota 52,279

Sport awardGolf Major

1986 Nabisco Dinah Shore Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Pat Bradley wins the 4th of her 6 major titles, 2 strokes ahead of runner-up Val Skinner

LPGA Golfer Pat Bradley
LPGA Golfer
Pat Bradley
  • 1986 Soccer ball juggled non-stop for 14:14 hrs

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1987 Middleweight World Boxing Championship bout: Sugar Ray Leonard upsets Marvelous Marvin Hagler at Caesars Palace in Paradise, Nevada

  • 1987 Los Angeles Dodger's GM Al Campanis appears on TV program ABC News: Nightline saying Blacks may not be equipped to be in baseball management, sparking a racial controversy
  • 1988 NJ Devils' 1st playoff game; lose to NY Islanders 4-3 (OT) in 1st round

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1991 Argentine soccer star Diego Maradona suspended for 15 months by Italian League for testing positive for cocaine use

Football Legend Diego Maradona
Football Legend
Diego Maradona
  • 1991 145th Grand National: In Canadian distillery Seagram's final year of race sponsorship, New Zealand-bred chestnut gelding Seagram wins, ridden by Nigel Hawke
  • 1992 1st game at Camden Field, Balt-Orioles beat Indians 2-0
  • 1992 54th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Duke beats Michigan, 71-51; back-to-back titles for Blue Devils and coach Mike Krzyzewski
  • 1993 Florida Marlins 1st lost ever (4-2 to LA Dodgers)
  • 1996 American baseball player Albert Belle shows off his arm by hitting Sports Illustrated photographer Tony Tomsic in the hand prior to a game
  • 1997 The Tradition Senior Men's Golf, GC at Desert Mountain: Gil Morgan wins first of 3 Champions Tour majors by 6 strokes from Isao Aoki
  • 2002 155th Grand National: 8-year-old 20/1 shot Bindaree, ridden by Jim Culloty and trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies wins by 1¾ lengths from What's Up Boys
  • 2002 France beats Ireland 44-5 at Stade de France, Saint Denis to complete a Grand Slam and win the Six Nations Rugby Championship; their 13th title
  • 2004 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
  • 2008 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
  • 2009 71st NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: North Carolina beats Michigan State, 89-72; Tar Heels' 5th national title; Ty Lawson 21 points
  • 2010 29th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Stanford, 53-47; UConn forward Maya Moore scores 23 points
  • 2013 166th Grand National: Ryan Mania wins aboard 66/1 Auroras Encore for trainer Sue Smith
  • 2014 ICC Women's Cricket T20 World Cup, Dhaka: captain Meg Lanning's 44 from 30 balls leads Australia to 106/4; beat England 105/8 to win by 6 wickets (with 29 balls remaining); 3rd consecutive T20 WC
  • 2014 Kraft Nabisco Championship Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: 19 year old Lexi Thompson shoots a bogey-free final round 68 to win her first major title, 3 strokes ahead of Michelle Wie
  • 2015 77th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Duke beats Wisconsin, 68-63; Blue Devils' point guard Tyus Jones, 23 points
  • 2019 Tampa Bay Lightning beats Boston Bruins, 6-3 in the season finale for their 62nd regular season win, tying the NHL record held by Detroit Red Wings (1995-96); 128 points, 4th in NHL history

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1877 Ted Ray, British golfer (British Open 1912, US Open 1920), born in Jersey (d. 1943)
  • 1903 Mickey Cochrane, baseball hall of fame catcher (.320 avg)
  • 1909 Hermann Lang, German race car driver (d. 1987)
  • 1925 Arthur D Larsen, tennis champ (US Open-1950)
  • 1930 David Sexton, English football manager, born in Islington, London (d. 2012)
  • 1934 Anton Geesink, Dutch judoka (first non-Japanese world champion, Olympic gold 1964), born in Utrecht, Netherlands (d. 2010)
  • 1937 Tom Veivers, cricketer (Australian off-spinner in the 60's)
  • 1943 Joaquin Agostinho, Portuguese cyclist
  • 1944 John Huarte, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1964, Notre Dame; Super Bowl 1970, KC Chiefs), born in Anaheim, California
  • 1951 Bert Blyleven, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (2-time WS champion Twins 1979, 87), born in Zeist, Netherlands
  • 1953 Janet Lynn, ice skater (Olympic bronze 1972)
  • 1956 Dilip Vengsarkar, cricketer (prolific Indian batsman 1976-92)
  • 1956 Mudassar Nazar, cricketer (son of Nazar Mohammad Pakistani batsman)
  • 1957 Maurizio Damilano, Italian race walker (Olympic gold 20k 1980; World C'ship gold 20k 1987, 91), born in Scarnafigi, Italy
  • 1963 Lorenzo Lynch, NFL safety (Az Cardinals, Oakland Raiders)
  • 1965 Gerald Diduck, Edmonton, NHL defenseman (Hartford Whalers)
  • 1965 Rica Reinisch, German DR, 100m/200m backstroke (Olympic gold 1980)
  • 1965 Virginia Lee, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • 1965 Lieve Slegers, Belgian athlete
  • 1967 Derrick Fenner, NFL running back (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1968 Chris Anderson, Australian high jumper (Olympics 1996), born in Western Australia
  • 1969 Andy Harmon, NFL defensive tackle (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1969 Bret Boone, infielder (Cincinnati Reds), born in El Cajon, California
  • 1969 Brian Williams, NBA center/forward (Detroit Pistons, LA Clippers)
  • 1970 Oliver Miller, NBA forward/center (Toronto Raptors)
  • 1970 Olaf Kolzig, German NHL goalie and coach (Germany, Washington Capitals), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1970 Huang Xiaomin, Chinese swimmer
  • 1971 Tom Sorensen, volleyball middle blocker (Olympics 1996), born in Racine, Wisconsin
  • 1971 Lou Merloni, American baseball player
  • 1972 Donald Blair, CFL slot back (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • 1972 Hurvin McCormack, NFL defensive tackle (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1973 Donnie Edwards, linebacker (KC Chiefs)
  • 1973 Randall Godfrey, linebacker (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1973 Sun Wen, Chinese footballer
  • 1974 Robert Kovač, Croatian footballer
  • 1976 Simon Coombes, Australian swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1977 Andy Phillips, American Baseball Player
  • 1978 Tim Hasselbeck, American football player
  • 1978 Blaine Neal, American baseball player
  • 1981 Robert Earnshaw, Welsh soccer striker (59 caps; scored hat-tricks in Premier League, Divisions 1, 2 & 3, FA Cup, League Cup and international match; Cardiff City), born in Mufulira, Zambia
  • 1983 James Wade, English darts player (World Matchplay C'ship 2007; World GP 2007, 10), born in Aldershot, England
  • 1985 Clarke MacArthur, Canadian-born ice hockey player
  • 1988 Fabrice Muamba, Anglo-Congolese footballer

Weddings in Sport

LoveWedding of Interest

1953 MLB baseball player Ernie Banks (22) weds Mollye Louise

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks

Deaths in Sport

  • 1949 Stanley Christopherson, cricketer (1884, MCC President during WWII), dies
  • 1953 Whirlaway, American thoroughbred racehorse (Triple Crown 1941), dies at 15
  • 1970 Maurice Stokes, American basketball player (b. 1933)
  • 1979 M Marie Wadlow, American softball pitcher (Hall of Fame 1957), dies at 61
  • 1986 Raimundo Orsi, Argentine-born Italian soccer winger (13 caps Argentina, 35 Italy; Independiente, Juventus), dies at 84
  • 1989 Elizabeth Becker-Pinkston, American platform diver (Olympic gold 1924 and 1928), dies at 86
  • 1991 Bill Ponsford, Australian cricket batsman (29 Tests @ 48 22, 7 x 100s; 1st-class 13,819 runs @ 65.18; Victoria), dies at 90
  • 1997 Jack Kent Cooke, Canadian entrepreneur, NFL team owner (Washington Redskins), dies at 84
  • 1999 Gene Benson, American baseball outfielder (Negro League All-Star 1940, 45-46), dies at 85
  • 2005 Geoff Millman, English cricket wicket-keeper (6 Tests), dies at 70
  • 2006 Maggie Dixon, American college basketball coach (b. 1977)
  • 2009 Shawn Mackay, Brumbies rugby player (b. 1982)
  • 2010 Tony MacGibbon, New Zealand cricket fast bowler (took 70 wickets in 1950's), dies at 85
  • 2015 Dollard St. Laurent, Canadian ice hockey player, dies at 85
  • 2017 Bob Cerv, American baseball player (Yankees), dies at 91
  • 2020 Al Kaline, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (18 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1968; 10 × Gold Glove Award; Detroit Tigers), dies at 85
  • 2020 Radomir Antić, Serbian soccer defender (1 cap Yugoslavia; Partizan, Luton Town) and manager (Atlético Madrid; Serbia), dies from pancreatitis at 71
  • 2020 Graham "Jock" Edwards, New Zealand cricket batsman (8 Tests; 6 ODIs), dies at 64