On This Day

On This Day in Sport for April 8

Events in Sport

  • 1916 In Corona, California, racecar driver Bob Burman crashes, killing three and badly injuring five spectators.
  • 1920 LONGA soccer team forms in Tilburg
  • 1935 2nd Augusta National Invitation Tournament (Masters) Golf: Gene Sarazen wins Monday playoff with Craig Wood by 5 strokes
  • 1939 ACV soccer team forms in Axes

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1941 Joe Louis TKOs Tony Musto in 9 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • 1943 Stanley Cup Final, Boston Garden, Boston, MA: Detroit Red Wings beat Boston Bruins, 2-0 for a 4-0 series sweep and their 3rd SC Championship
  • 1943 1943 NFL Draft: Frank Sinkwich from University of Georgia first pick by Detroit Lions
  • 1945 1945 NFL Draft: Charley Trippi from University of Georgia first pick by Chicago Cardinals
  • 1956 20th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Jack Burke Jr. wins his first major title, 1 stroke ahead of amateur Ken Venturi; final Masters played without a 36-hole cut
  • 1963 Tigers claim young pitcher Denny McLain from the White Sox for $25,000

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1966 AFL chooses 36 year old Al Davis as commissioner

American Football Coach and Executive Al Davis
American Football Coach and Executive
Al Davis
  • 1967 121st Grand National: John Buckingham aboard rank 100/1 outsider Foinavon avoids famous carnage to win by 15 lengths from favourite Honey End
  • 1968 Baseball's Opening Day is postponed because of Martin Luther King's assassination
  • 1969 1st Major League Baseball game in Canada - Montréal Expos beats NY Mets 10-9
  • 1969 Expansion teams Royals, Expos, Padres & Pilots win their 1st games
  • 1972 Alvin Kallicharran scores 100* in his 1st Test Cricket innings v NZ

  • 1972 126th Grand National: Graham Thorner aboard 14/1 bet Well To Do wins from 1970 winner Gay Trip; Black Secret & General Symons dead heat for 3rd

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1974 Hammerin' Hank Aaron hits 715th HR, breaking Babe Ruth's record in Atlanta

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
  • 1975 Frank Robinson debuts as 1st African American baseball manager (Cleveland, beats New York 5-3)
  • 1976 1976 NFL Draft: Lee Roy Selmon from University of Oklahoma first pick by Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • 1980 Islander Potvin's 2 shorthanded goals tie NHL record vs Kings & set NHL rec of 2 shorthanded playoff goals in 1 period
  • 1981 Islanders scored 9 goals against Toronto in playoffs
  • 1982 Tracy Caulkins, 19, wins her 36th US swimming title

Sport awardGolf Major

1984 Nabisco Dinah Shore Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Juli Inkster wins the first of her 7 major titles in a sudden-death playoff with Pat Bradley, with a par on the 1st extra hole

LPGA Golfer Pat Bradley
LPGA Golfer
Pat Bradley
  • 1989 1-handed pitcher Jim Abbott debut but lasts only 4 2/3 inn
  • 1989 143rd Grand National: Irish 12-year-old Little Polveir, ridden by jockey Jimmy Frost wins by 7 lengths from West Tip

Sport awardUS Masters Golf

1990 54th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Nick Faldo of England goes back-to-back with a par on the 2nd sudden-death playoff hole with Raymond Floyd

Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner Nick Faldo
Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner
Nick Faldo
Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner Ray Floyd
Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner
Ray Floyd
  • 1991 Jockey Bill Shoemaker paralyzed in a car accident
  • 1991 Major league umpires & baseball reach a 4-year agreement
  • 1991 Oakland A's stadium becomes 1st outdoor arena in USA to ban smoking
  • 1994 Atlanta Brave Kent Mercker no-hits Dodgers, 6-0

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1994 Darryl Strawberry enters Betty Ford clinic

Baseball Player Darryl Strawberry
Baseball Player
Darryl Strawberry

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1995 Oliver McCall beats Larry Holmes in 12 for heavyweight boxing title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes
  • 1995 148th Grand National: Irish rider Jason Titley wins aboard 40/1 outsider Royal Athlete; trainer Jenny Pitman's second GN victory
  • 1996 Bruce Seldon TKOs Tony Tucker in 7 to win vacated WBA boxing title
  • 2000 153rd Grand National: Irish 10/1 shot Papillon, ridden by jockey Ruby Walsh and trained by his father Ted Walsh wins by 1¼ lengths from Mely Moss

Sport awardUS Masters Golf

2001 65th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Tiger Woods wins his 2nd Masters and 6th major title, 2 strokes ahead of David Duval

Golfer Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods
  • 2003 22nd NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Tennessee, 73-68; UConn guard Diana Taurasi is named Most Outstanding Player
  • 2006 159th Grand National: 11–1 Irish shot Numbersixvalverde, ridden by Niall Madden wins by 6 lengths from defending champion Hedgehunter
  • 2007 71st US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Zach Johnson wins his first major title, 2 strokes ahead of Retief Goosen, Rory Sabbatini and Tiger Woods
  • 2008 27th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Tennessee beats Stanford, 64-48; Volunteers' back-to-back titles; coach Pat Summitt, 8 national championships
  • 2012 76th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Bubba Watson wins on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff with South African Louis Oosthuizen
  • 2013 75th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Louisville beats Michigan, 82-76; Cardinals' forward Luke Hancock hits 22 points

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2014 Mike Babcock wins his 414th career game as head coach of the Detroit Red Wings, becoming the winningest coach in Red Wings history (passing Jack Adams)

NHL Coach Mike Babcock
NHL Coach
Mike Babcock
  • 2014 33rd NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Notre Dame, 79-58; 2nd time a school has won both men's & women's Div I national titles in same year
  • 2017 170th Grand National: Derek Fox wins aboard 14/1 One For Arthur; second ever Scottish-trained winner of the event
  • 2018 82nd US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Patrick Reed wins his first major title, 1 stroke ahead of fellow American Rickie Fowler
  • 2019 81st NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Virginia beats Texas Tech, 85-77 OT; Cavaliers first ever National title; forward De'Andre Hunter, 27 points

Birthdays in Sport

Person of interestJim Barnes

1886 Jim Barnes, English golfer (PGA C'ship 1916, 19; US Open 1921, British Open 1925), born in Lelant, Cornwall (d. 1966)

Pioneering Golfer Jim Barnes
Pioneering Golfer
Jim Barnes
  • 1902 Arthur Wellard, cricketer (big hitting Somerset & England batsman)
  • 1910 George Musso, NFL guard (Chicago Bears)
  • 1910 Wendell Bill, cricketer (NSW bat 1929-36 Century on debut 1930)
  • 1912 Sonja Henie, Norwegian figure skater (Olympic gold 1928, 32, 36), actress (My Lucky Star), born in Oslo, Norway (d. 1969)
  • 1912 Alois Brunner, Austrian Nazi
  • 1914 John Cameron, cricketer (brother of Jimmy WI v-capt 1939 England tour)
  • 1920 Erik Pausin, Austrian figure skating pairs (Olympic silver 1936)
  • 1935 Donald Thompsett, cricket umpire
  • 1938 Mohammad Farooq, cricketer (Pakistani pace bowler in 7 Tests 1960-65)
  • 1940 John Havlicek, Basketball Hall of Fame guard (8-time NBA champion-Boston Celtics; 13-time NBA All Star), born in Martin's Ferry, Ohio (d. 2019)
  • 1943 Carol Lavell, Fairfax Vt, equestrian dressage (Olympic bronze 1992, 96)
  • 1946 Jim "Catfish" Hunter, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (MLB All-Star 1966, 67, 70, 72–1976; World Series 1972–74, 77, 78; AL Cy Young Award 1974; Oakland A's, NY Yankees), born in Hertford, North Carolina (d. 1999)
  • 1949 Jim Lampley, Hendersonville NC, newscaster (Monday Night Baseball)
  • 1950 Grzegorz Lato, Polish footballer
  • 1954 Gary Carter, American Baseball Hall of Fame catcher (11 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1986; Gold Glove Award 1980–82; Montreal Expos, NY Mets), born in Culver City, California (d. 2012)
  • 1955 John Campbell, Canadian harness racing driver (6 x Hambletonian Stakes; 3 x Yonkers Trot; 8 x Kentucky Futurity), born in Ailsa Craig, Ontario
  • 1957 Fred Smerlas, American football player
  • 1959 Franklyn Stephenson, cricketer (great all-rounder)
  • 1959 Martin Weston, English cricketer
  • 1963 Alec Stewart, cricketer (son of Micky/opening bat Occasional WK)
  • 1963 Terry Porter, American basketball point guard and coach (Portland Trail Blazers; Minnesota Timberwolves; NBA All Star 1991, 93), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1964 Valinda Hilleary, Littleton Co, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-9th-1993)
  • 1964 Lisa Guerrero, American sports broadcaster
  • 1964 John McGinlay, Scottish footballer
  • 1966 Mazinho, Brazilian footballer
  • 1966 Mark Blundell, British auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans 1992), born in London, England
  • 1967 Kenneth Charlie Griffith Benjamin, cricketer (WI like his namesake)
  • 1968 Patricia Girard-Léno, French athlete (100m hurdles)
  • 1969 Steve Jackson, NFL cornerback (Houston/Tennessee Oilers)
  • 1970 Derek D Brown, team handball right wing (Olympics 1996), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1970 Harold Bishop, NFL tight end (Cleveland Browns)
  • 1971 Marc Peers, tornado sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • 1972 Damon Watts, NFL center (Indianapolis Colts)
  • 1972 Isaac Davis, NFL guard (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1972 Katrina Powell, Australian field hockey striker (Olympics 1996), born in Canberra Australia
  • 1973 Alex Gonzalez, American infielder (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1973 Joel Davis, guard (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • 1973 Walter Nicholas Henry Tongue, 50m/100m swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1973 Khaled Badra, Tunisian footballer
  • 1978 Bernt Haas, Swiss footballer
  • 1979 Jeremy Guthrie, American baseball player
  • 1981 Rebecca Wilson, Queensland Australia, gymnast (Olympics 1996)
  • 1981 Brian Burres, American baseball player
  • 1982 Gennady Golovkin, Kazakh boxer (undisputed world middleweight champion), born in Karaganda, Kazakhstan
  • 1986 Igor Akinfeev, Russian footballer
  • 1986 Félix Hernández, Venezuelan MLB baseball player (Seattle Mariners), born in Valencia
  • 1987 Royston Drenthe, Dutch footballer

Deaths in Sport

  • 1889 Henry Jupp, cricketer (scored 63 on Test debut for Engl in 1877), dies
  • 1938 Harold Baumgartner, cricketer (took 2-99 lefty in test for S Af), dies
  • 1943 Richard Sears, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1881-87), dies at 81
  • 1957 Frank Chester, cricketer (distinguished 1-armed Engl Test ump), dies
  • 1963 Len Tuckett, cricketer (no runs no wkts in 1 Test for S A), dies
  • 1965 Jack Durston, cricketer (one Test for England, 4-102 & 1-34), dies
  • 1972 Sherwin Badger, American Figure Skating Champion (1920-24), dies at 70
  • 1976 Donald Byrne, American chess player, dies at 45
  • 1978 Ford C Frick, baseball commissioner, dies at 83
  • 1982 Katherine Rawls, American swimming and diving champion, dies at 64
  • 1995 Maurice Allom, cricketer (14 Test wickets-NZ debut hat-trick), dies
  • 2004 Enda Colleran, Gaelic footballer (b. 1941)
  • 2004 Frank Chamberlain, English cricketer and CEO (Test & County Cricket Board), dies at 78
  • 2005 Eddie Miksis, American baseball player, dies at 78
  • 2020 Jackie Du Preez, Zimbabwe cricket spin bowler (2 Tests, South Africa; Zimbabwe Test selector), dies from heart failure at 77