On This Day

Events in Sport on April 7

  • 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 athlete edwin flack wins gold in the first Olympic 1500m final at inaugural modern Games in Athens; goes on to win 800m two days later

Olympic Runner Teddy Flack
Olympic Runner
Teddy Flack
  • 1928 44-year old NY Rangers GM Lester Patrick replaces his injured goaltender in a Stanley Cup game and beats Montreal Maroons, 2-1 in OT; Rangers go on to win series, 3-2
  • 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; helmets made mandatory and 10-game schedule for all teams approved

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: Despite 30 points from Pistons forward George Yardley, Philadelphia Warriors beat Fort Wayne, 99-88; Warriors wrap up series, 4-1

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
  • 1962 Indian cricketer Polly Umrigar slams 172 not out vs West Indies at Port-of-Spain in 248 minutes

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  • 1963 Public stock offering of 115,000 shares in Milwaukee Braves withdrawn after only 13,000 shares are sold to 1,600 new investors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 MLB Milwaukee Brewers (former Seattle Pilots) 1st game, lose to Angels 12-0
  • 1971 Dismissal of Curt Flood's free agency suit against baseball is upheld by the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [1]
  • 1973 Doug Walters' best Test Cricket bowling, 5-66 v WI Georgetown
  • 1977 Toronto Blue Jays 1st game, they beat Chicago 9-5
  • 1978 US Court of Appeals upholds Commissioner Bowie Kuhn's voiding of attempted player sales by A's owner Charlie Finley in June 1976
  • 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 Tradition Senior Men's Golf, GC at Desert Mountain: Jack Nicklaus wins his second of 4 event titles by 1 stroke from Jim Colbert, Jim Dent & Phil Rodgers
  • 1994 NY Yankees beat Texas Rangers 18-6
  • 1995 Baseball exhibition season begins late due to strike
  • 1996 The Tradition Senior Men's Golf, GC at Desert Mountain: Defending champion Jack Nicklaus wins his 4th event title by 3 strokes from Hale Irwin

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

  • 1996 Pakistan beats Sri Lanka to win Cricket's Singer Cup in 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 Sweden wins the 2013 World Men's Curling Championship defeating Canada
  • 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
  • 2018 Vegas Golden Knights suffer a 7-1 end of regular season defeat at Calgary but finish with an NHL expansion team record 51 victories; previous record 33 by Anaheim Ducks & Florida Panthers 1993-94
  • 2019 ANA Inspiration Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Ko Jin-young wins her first major title by 3 strokes over fellow South Korean Lee Mi-hyang
  • 2019 38th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Baylor beats Notre Dame, 82-81; Lady Bears' point guard Chloe Jackson, 26 points

Sports record brokenNBA Record

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; Houston Rockets convert NBA record 27 three-point field goals in 149-113 win over Phoenix

NBA Legend Magic Johnson
NBA Legend
Magic Johnson