On This Day

Events in Sport on April 4

  • 1911 Hugh Chalmers, automaker, suggests idea of baseball MVP
  • 1913 75th Grand National: Percy Woodland wins aboard 100/9 chance Covertcoat; owner Sir Charles Assheton-Smith's 2nd straight GN victory and 3rd overall
  • 1921 Stanley Cup Final, Denman Arena, Vancouver, BC: Ottawa Senators (NHL) beat Vancouver Millionaires (PCHA), 2-1 for a 3-2 series victory
  • 1930 Andy Sandham makes Test Cricket 1st triple century
  • 1930 Les Ames makes the 1st Test Cricket century by a wicketkeeper (149)

Sport awardUS Masters Golf

1937 4th Augusta National Invitation Tournament (Masters) Golf: Byron Nelson wins first of his 5 major titles by 2 strokes ahead of Ralph Guldahl

Golfer Byron Nelson
Golfer
Byron Nelson
  • 1938 5th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Henry Picard wins his only Masters, 2 strokes ahead of runners-up Harry Cooper and Ralph Guldahl

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1948 84-year-old Connie Mack challenges 78-year-old Clark Griffith to a race from home to 1st base; it ends in a tie

Baseball Legend Connie Mack
Baseball Legend
Connie Mack
  • 1959 France beats Wales, 11-3 at Stade Colombes to win the Five Nations Rugby Championship outright for the first time
  • 1970 124th Grand National: 15/1 chance Gay Trip wins by 20 lengths, giving Irish jockey Pat Taaffe his second GN winner

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1974 Hank Aaron ties Babe Ruth's home-run record by hitting his 714th

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
  • 1981 135th Grand National: Bob Champion aboard 10/1 hope Aldaniti wins by 4 lengths from 8/1 favourite Spartan Missile
  • 1983 45th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: North Carolina State beats Houston, 54-52; Wolfpack win with buzzer-beating dunk by Lorenzo Charles off a desperation 30 foot shot from Dereck Whittenburg
  • 1985 Tulane University cancels its basketball season amidst scandal

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1986 Wayne Gretzky sets NHL record with 213th point of season

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • 1987 141st Grand National: Jockey Steve Knight wins his second GN aboard 28/1 shot Maori Venture by 5 lengths from The Tsarevich

  • 1988 50th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kansas beats Oklahoma, 83-79; Jayhawks power forward Danny Manning named tournament Most Outstanding Player
  • 1988 Eddie Hill becomes the world's first driver to cover the quarter mile in under 5 seconds

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1989 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's last NBA game in Seattle

  • 1989 NY Yankee Tommy John ties record of playing 26 seasons, his 287th win puts him 19th overall as Yanks beat Twins on opening day 4-2
  • 1992 Game 1 of Mayor Challenge - NY Yankees beat NY Mets 6-4 at Yank Stad
  • 1992 146th Grand National: 14/1 shot Party Politics, ridden by Welsh jockey Carl Llewellyn wins by 2½ lengths from Romany King
  • 1993 12th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Texas Tech beats Ohio State, 84-82; future Hall of Fame forward Sheryl Swoopes MOP
  • 1993 The Tradition Senior Men's Golf, GC at Desert Mountain: Tom Shaw wins his lone career major title by 1 stroke from Mike Hill
  • 1994 56th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Arkansas beats Duke, 76-72; Razorbacks' first title in first title game
  • 1994 Cubs Karl "Tuffy" Rhodes, hit 3 HRs in 1993 hits 3 HRs on opening

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1994 LA Dodger Darryl Strawberry begins substance abuse treatment

Baseball Player Darryl Strawberry
Baseball Player
Darryl Strawberry
  • 1997 Anaheim Ducks clinch their 1st-ever playoff berth
  • 1997 Braves officially open Turner Field against Cubs
  • 1998 NFL Europe (Formerly WLAF), kicks off season
  • 1998 151st Grand National: Carl Llewellyn wins aboard Earth Summit; first GN winner who was also successful in both Scottish and Welsh Grand Nationals

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1999 The Tradition Senior Men's Golf, GC at Desert Mountain: Graham Marsh of Australia wins his second Champions Tour major by 3 strokes from Larry Nelson

Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner Larry Nelson
Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner
Larry Nelson
  • 2005 67th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: North Carolina beats Illinois, 75-70; Tar Heels' 4th national championship
  • 2006 25th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Maryland beats Duke, 78-75 OT; Terrapins' first national title; Laura Harper MOP
  • 2009 162nd Grand National: French-bred 100/1 outsider Mon Mome, ridden by Liam Treadwell, wins by 12 lengths from defending champion Comply or Die
  • 2010 Kraft Nabisco Championship Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Yani Tseng of Taiwan wins her 2nd major title by 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Suzann Pettersen of Norway
  • 2011 73rd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Butler, 53-41; Huskies' point guard Kemba Walker scores 16 points
  • 2016 78th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Villanova defeats North Carolina, 77-74; Wildcats guard Phil Booth, 20 points