On This Day

On This Day in Sport for April 8

Events in Sport

  • 1935 2nd Augusta National Invitation Tournament (Masters) Golf: Gene Sarazen wins Monday playoff with Craig Wood by 5 strokes

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1941 In his 4th title defence in 9 weeks Joe Louis beats Tony Musto by TKO in the 9th round at the Arena, Saint Louis, Missouri to retain NYSAC heavyweight boxing crown

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1963 Detroit Tigers claim young pitcher Denny McLain on waivers from the Chicago WS; McLain goes on the win Cy Young Award 1968, 69 and AL MVP 1968

MLB Pitcher Denny McLain
MLB Pitcher
Denny McLain

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1966 American Football League votes in 36 year old Al Davis as commissioner after Joe Foss resigns; appointment lasts 3 months when AFL merges with NFL

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 Major League Baseball decides to postpone Opening Day because of the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr
  • 1969 First Major League Baseball game featuring a Canadian team; Montréal Expos beats NY Mets, 11-10 at Shea Stadium; KC Royals, SD Padres and Seattle Pilots also win on debut
  • 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, off of L.A. Dodger Al Downing, breaking Babe Ruth's record in Atlanta

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron

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1975 Frank Robinson debuts as 1st African American baseball manager (Cleveland Indians beat New York Yankees, 5-3)

MLB Hall of Fame Outfielder and Manager Frank Robinson
MLB Hall of Fame Outfielder and Manager
Frank Robinson

  • 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
  • 1993 Indians' Carlos Baerga is 1st to switch hit HRs in same inn (vs Yanks)
  • 1994 Atlanta Brave Kent Mercker no-hits Dodgers, 6-0

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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 American Bruce Seldon defeats by RTD over Tony Tucker in 7 rounds to win vacated WBA boxing title
  • 1995 148th Grand National: Irish rider Jason Titley wins aboard 40/1 outsider Royal Athlete; trainer Jenny Pitman's second GN victory
  • 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

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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, English cricketer (big hitting Somerset & England batsman)
  • 1910 George Musso, American NFL guard (Chicago Bears), born in Collinsville, Illinois (d. 2000)
  • 1910 Wendell Bill, Australian 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, assistant to Adolf Eichmann (convicted in absentia for crimes against humanity) born in Nádkút, Austria-Hungary (d. c. 2010)
  • 1914 John Cameron, Jamaican cricketer (brother of Jimmy WI v-capt 1939 England tour), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 2000)
  • 1920 Erik Pausin, Austrian figure skating pairs (Olympic silver 1936)
  • 1938 Mohammad Farooq, Pakistani cricket fast bowler (7 Tests, 21 wickets; Karachi), born in Junagadh, India
  • 1940 John Havlicek, American 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, American equestrian dressage (Olympic bronze 1992, 96), born in Newport, Rhode Island
  • 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, American broadcaster (Monday Night Baseball), born in Hendersonville, North Carolina
  • 1950 Grzegorz Lato, Polish footballer and manager, born in Malbork, Poland
  • 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, born in Waltham, Massachusetts
  • 1959 Franklyn Stephenson, Barbados born cricketer (great all-rounder), born in Saint James, Barbados
  • 1963 Alec Stewart, English cricketer (son of Micky, opening batter, occasional wicket keeper), born in Merton Park, England
  • 1963 Terry Porter, American basketball point guard and coach (Portland Trail Blazers; Minnesota Timberwolves; NBA All Star 1991, 93), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1964 Lisa Guerrero, American sports broadcaster, journalist and model, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1964 John McGinlay, Scottish footballer (Bolton Wanderers), born in Inverness, Scotland
  • 1966 Mazinho, Brazilian footballer (1994 FIFA World Cup) and manager, born in Santa Rita, Brazil
  • 1966 Mark Blundell, British auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans 1992), born in London, England
  • 1967 Kenneth Benjamin, West Indian cricketer, born in St John's, Antigua
  • 1968 Patricia Girard-Léno, French athlete (100m hurdles)
  • 1969 Steve Jackson, American NFL cornerback (Houston/Tennessee Oilers), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1970 Derek D. Brown, American team handball right wing (Olympics 1996), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1970 Harold Bishop, NFL tight end (Cleveland Browns), born in Booneville, Mississippi
  • 1971 Marc Peers, Canadian tornado sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • 1971 Christophe "Titou" Lamaison, French rugby footballer fly-half, 1996-2004, all-time leading points scorer for France, with 380 points, born in Dax, France
  • 1972 Damon Watts, American NFL center (Indianapolis Colts), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1972 Isaac Davis, American NFL guard (San Diego Chargers), born in Malvern, Arkansas
  • 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 Walter Nicholas Henry Tongue, New Zealand 50m/100m swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1973 Khaled Badra, Tunisian footballer, born in Kairouan, Tunisia
  • 1978 Bernt Haas, Swiss footballer, born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1979 Jeremy Guthrie, American MLB baseball pitcher, 2004-17 (Baltimore Orioles, Kansas City Royals, and 3 other teams), born in Roseburg, Oregon
  • 1981 Rebecca Wilson, Australian gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Queensland, Australia
  • 1981 Brian Burres, American baseball player, born in Oregon City, Oregon
  • 1982 Gennady Golovkin, Kazakh boxer (undisputed world middleweight champion), born in Karaganda, Kazakhstan
  • 1986 Igor Akinfeev, Russian footballer ( CSKA Moscow.), born in Vidnoye, Russian SFSR
  • 1986 Félix Hernández, Venezuelan MLB baseball player (Seattle Mariners), born in Valencia
  • 1987 Royston Drenthe, Dutch footballer, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands

Deaths in Sport

  • 1889 Harry Jupp, English cricketer (scored 63 on Test debut for England in 1877), dies at 47
  • 1938 Harold Baumgartner, South African cricketer (took 2-99 lefty in test for South Africa), dies at 54
  • 1943 Richard Sears, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1881-87), dies at 81
  • 1957 Frank Chester, English cricketer and distinguished 1-armed Test umpire, dies at 62
  • 1965 Jack Durston, English cricketer (one Test for England, 4-102 & 1-34), dies at 71
  • 1972 Sherwin Badger, American Figure Skating Champion (1920-24), dies at 70
  • 1976 Donald Byrne, American chess player, dies at 45
  • 1978 Ford Frick, American baseball commissioner, dies at 83
  • 1982 Katherine Rawls, American swimming and diving champion, dies at 64
  • 1995 Maurice Allom, English cricketer (14 Test wickets-NZ debut hat-trick), dies at 89
  • 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
  • 2021 Conn Findlay, American rower (Olympic gold coxed pair 1956, 64) and sailor (Olympic bronze Tempest 1976), dies at 90
  • 2021 Diána Igaly, Hungarian sport shooter (Olympic gold women's skeet 2004; bronze 2000), dies from COVID-19 at 56