On This Day in Sport for April 7

  • April

Events in Sport

  • 1896 American athlete Robert Garrett wins the throwing double at the Athens Olympics by taking out the shot putt (11.22m); wins the discus the previous day

OlympicsOlympic Gold

1896 Australian Teddy Flack, wins Gold in the first Olympic 1500 meters final at Olympics in Athens. Goes on to win 800 meters two days later.

Olympic Runner Teddy Flack
Olympic Runner
Teddy Flack
  • 1928 44-yr old NY Ranger GM Lester Patrick replaces his injured goaltender in a Stanley Cup game, & beats Montreal Maroons 2-1
  • 1940 7th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Jimmy Demaret wins the first of his 3 Masters titles, 4 strokes ahead of runner-up Lloyd Mangrum
  • 1943 NFL adopts free substitution rule

Sport awardUS Masters Golf

1946 10th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: American Herman Keiser wins his only major title, 1 stroke ahead of tour money-leader Ben Hogan; first Masters in 4 years because of World War II

Golfer Ben Hogan
Golfer
Ben Hogan
  • 1951 15th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Ben Hogan wins the first of his 2 Masters titles, 2 strokes ahead of runner-up Skee Riegel
  • 1951 105th Grand National: John Bullock wins aboard 40/1 shot Nickel Coin; of 36 runners, only 3 complete the course
  • 1956 10th NBA Championship: Philadelphia Warriors beat Ft Wayne Pistons, 4 games to 1

Sport awardUS Masters Golf

1957 21st US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Doug Ford wins his only Masters, 3 strokes ahead of 3-time champion Sam Snead

Golfer Sam Snead
Golfer
Sam Snead
  • 1958 Dodgers erect 42-foot screen in left field at LA Coliseum to cut down on home runs, since it is only 250 feet down the line

Sport awardUS Masters Golf

1963 27th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: 23 year old Jack Nicklaus wins the first of his record 6 Green Jackets with a 3-foot par putt on the final hole to finish 1 stroke ahead of Tony Lema

  • 1963 Public stock offering of 115,000 shares in Milwaukee Braves withdrawn after only 13,000 shares are sold to 1,600 new investors
  • 1969 Dodgers' Bill Singer is credited with 1st official save, against Reds

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1969 Ted Williams begins managing Washington Senators, they lose to Yanks 8-4

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • 1970 Milwaukee Brewers (former Seat Pilots) 1st game, lose to Angels 12-0

  • 1971 Dismissal of Curt Flood's suit against baseball is upheld by
  • 1973 Doug Walters' best Test Cricket bowling, 5-66 v WI Georgetown
  • 1977 Toronto Blue Jays 1st game, they beat Chicago 9-5
  • 1979 Houston Astro Ken Forsch no-hits Atlanta Braves, 6-0

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1979 Islander's Mike Bossy scores 4 goals against Flyers

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy
  • 1984 Detroit Tiger Jack Morris no-hits Chicago White Sox, 4-0
  • 1985 Nabisco Dinah Shore Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Alice Miller shoots a final round 67 (−5) to win her only major title, 3 strokes ahead of Jan Stephenson of Australia
  • 1989 NY Supreme Court takes America's Cup away from SD Yacht Club for using a catamaran against NZ. Appeals court eventually overrules
  • 1990 NY Rangers beat NY Islanders 5-2, Rangers lead 2-0 in preliminary
  • 1990 144th Grand National: Marcus Armytage aboard 16/1 bet Mr Frisk wins in race record 8m 47.8s; 2 equine fatalities during the race
  • 1991 3rd Seniors Golf Tradition: Jack Nicklaus
  • 1994 NY Yankees beat Texas Rangers 18-6
  • 1995 Baseball exhibition season begins late due to strike
  • 1996 8th Seniors Golf Tradition: Jack Nicklaus

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1996 Sri Lanka's Sanath Jayasuriya hits fastest ODI fifty off 17 balls v Pakistan, Singapore

  • 1997 150th Grand National: Tony Dobbin aboard New Zealand bred Lord Gyllene wins at 14/1 by 25 lengths; race postponed 2 days because of IRA bomb threat
  • 2000 South African cricket captain Hansie Cronje is charged by Delhi police with fixing One Day International matches against India
  • 2001 154th Grand National: Richard Guest wins aboard Red Marauder; trainer Martin Pipe saddles 10 of 40-strong field, Blowing Wind best at 3rd place
  • 2003 65th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Syracuse beats Kansas, 81-78; Orangemen win first title; Carmelo Anthony named tournament Most Outstanding Player
  • 2008 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
  • 2009 28th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Louisville, 76-54; Huskies' 6th national title with center Tina Charles MOP
  • 2013 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
  • 2014 76th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Kentucky, 60-54; 2nd time a school has won both men's & women's Div I national titles in same year
  • 2015 34th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Notre Dame, 63-53; Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis & Moriah Jefferson, 15 points for Huskies
  • 2019 38th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Baylor beats Notre Dame, 82-81; Lady Bears' point guard Chloe Jackson, 26 points

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2019 Retiring NBA legends Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas) and Dwyane Wade (Miami) play their final home games, both victories; Magic Johnson sensationally quits as LA Lakers president of basketball operations

NBA Legend Magic Johnson
NBA Legend
Magic Johnson

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1859 Walter Camp, father of American football (Yale), born in New Britain, Connecticut (d. 1925)
  • 1873 John McGraw, American Baseball Hall of Fame infielder/manager (manager NY Giants World Series champions 1905, 21-22), born in Truxton, New York (d. 1934)
  • 1878 Maitland Hathorn, South African cricketer (12 tests 1901-11), born in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa (d. 1920)
  • 1882 Bert "Dainty" Ironmonger, cricketer (belated Australian rep 1928-33)
  • 1886 Ed Lafitte, American baseball player (d. 1971)
  • 1896 Benny Leonard, lightweight boxing champ (1917-25)
  • 1900 Tebbs Lloyd Johnson, England, 50K walker (Olympic bronze 1952)
  • 1918 C B Bertie Clarke, cricketer (Barbados & West Indian leg-spinner)
  • 1918 Bobby Doerr, American Baseball Hall of Fame second baseman (9-time All Star, Boston Red Sox), born in Junction City, Oregon (d. 2017)
  • 1919 Edoardo Mangiarotti, Italian fencer (6x Olympic gold, 1936-1960), (d. 2012)
  • 1943 Dennis Amiss, cricketer (prolific English batsman)
  • 1944 Bill Stoneman, American baseball player and manager
  • 1946 Colette Besson, French runner (d. 2005)
  • 1952 Jane Frederick, US pentathlete (Olympic 7th 1976)
  • 1953 Everard Endt, American sailor (Olympic gold 1952)
  • 1954 Donna White, American golfer (US Open runner-up 1982), born in Kinston, North Carolina
  • 1954 Tony Dorsett, NFL running back (Dallas Cowboys, Heisman Trophy)
  • 1960 James 'Buster' Douglas, American boxer (undisputed world heavyweight champion 1990), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1961 Pascal Olmeta, French footballer
  • 1962 Andy Hampsten, cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1964 Joe Durant, American golfer (4 PGA Tour titles), born in Pensacola, Florida
  • 1965 Alexander Mronz, tennis star, born in Cologne, Germany
  • 1965 Kaushik Amalean, cricketer (two Tests for Sri Lanka 1986-88)
  • 1966 Gary Wilkinson, English snooker player
  • 1967 Steve Wisniewski, NFL guard (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1968 Don[ald] Smith, North Tonawanda NY, rower (Olympic 5th 1996)
  • 1968 Duncan Armstrong, Australian swimmer (Olympic gold 200m freestyle 1988), born in Rockhampton, Queensland
  • 1969 Clark Sheehan, cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1969 Jeremy Lincoln, NFL cornerback (Chicago Bears, Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1969 Peggy Clasen, speed skater (Olympics 1994), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1969 Ricky Bones, pitcher (Milwaukee Brewers, NY Yanks), born in Salinas, Puerto Rico
  • 1969 Ricky Watters, NFL running back (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1970 Alexander Karpovtsev, NHL defenseman (NY Rangers), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1970 Kevin Smith, NFL cornerback (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1971 Mark Thompson, Russellville KY, pitcher (Colorado Rockies)
  • 1971 Stephen Brimacombe, Australian 100m/200m (Olympics 1996)
  • 1971 Victor Kraatz, Canadian ice dancer (1995 World Champs-4th), born in Berlin, West Germany
  • 1972 Greg Clark, tight end (San Francisco 49ers)
  • 1972 Joanne Brown, Australian softball catcher/1st baseman (Olym-bronze-96)
  • 1972 Lovett Purnell, wide receiver (New England Patriots)
  • 1972 Malcolm Huckaby, NBA guard (Miami Heat)
  • 1972 Shana Williams, Bridgeton NJ, long jumper/heptathlete
  • 1973 Brett Tomko, American baseball player
  • 1974 Anita Maxwell, WNBA forward (Cleveland Rockers)
  • 1975 Ronde Barber, cornerback (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • 1975 Tiki Barber, running back (NY Giants)
  • 1975 Ronnie Belliard, American baseball player
  • 1978 Siobhan Drake-Brockman, Bunbury Aust, tennis star (1994 Port Pirie)
  • 1978 Vladimir Voltchkov, Belarusian tennis player
  • 1979 Adrián Beltré, Dominican baseball player
  • 1981 Suzann Pettersen, Norwegian golfer (LPGA C'ship 2007, Evian C'ship 2013), born in Oslo, Norway
  • 1989 Franco Di Santo, Argentine Footballer

Deaths in Sport

  • 1968 Jim Clark, Scottish auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1965, world F1 Champion 1963, 65), dies in race accident at Hockenheim, Germany at 32
  • 1971 Charles F Pahud de Mortanges, (Olympic gold 1928, 32), dies at 74
  • 1982 Harald Ertl, Austrian racing driver (b. 1948)
  • 1993 S C (Billy) Griffith, cricketer (England 1948-49, MCC sect), dies
  • 1994 Albert Guðmundsson, Icelandic footballer and politician (Minister of Finance), dies at 70
  • 1997 Luis Aloma, Cuban baseball player, dies at 73
  • 1997 Sam Parks Jr., American golfer (US Open 1935), dies at 87
  • 2005 Bob Kennedy, American baseball player and manager (b. 1920)
  • 2005 Cliff Allison, British racing driver (b. 1932)
  • 2013 Marty Blake, NBA executive (GM Atlanta Hawks, NBA Director of Scouting), dies at 86