Events in Sport on April 8

  • 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 Masters Golf Tournament: Gene Sarazen wins, shooting a 282
  • 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: Detroit Red Wings sweep Boston Bruins in 4 games
  • 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 Masters Golf Tournament: Jack Burke Jr wins, shooting a 289
  • 1963 Tigers claim young pitcher Denny McLain from the White Sox for $25,000

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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 Foinavon wins
  • 1968 Baseball's Opening Day is postponed because of Martin Luther King's assassination
  • 1969 1st Baseball game in Canada - Mont 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 Well To Do wins

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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
  • 1979 8th Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Sandra Post
  • 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
  • 1984 13th Nabisco Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Juli Inkster
  • 1989 1-handed pitcher Jim Abbott debut but lasts only 4 2/3 inn
  • 1989 143rd Grand National: Jimmy Frost aboard Little Polveir wins

Sport awardGolf Major

1990 54th Masters Golf Tournament: Nick Faldo wins, shooting a 278

Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner Nick Faldo
Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner
Nick Faldo
  • 1990 Kris Monaghan wins LPGA Red Robin Kyocera Inamori Golf Classic
  • 1991 Jockey Bill Shoemaker paralyzed in a car accident
  • 1991 Major league umpires & baseball reach a 4-year agreement
  • 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 148th Grand National: Jason Titley aboard Royal Athlete wins
  • 1996 Bruce Seldon TKOs Tony Tucker in 7 to win vacated WBA boxing title
  • 2000 153rd Grand National: Ruby Walsh aboard Papillon wins

Sport awardGolf Major

2001 65th Masters Golf Tournament: Tiger Woods wins, shooting a 272

Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
Tiger Woods
  • 2003 22nd NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Tennessee 73-68
  • 2006 159th Grand National: Niall Madden aboard Numbersixvalverde wins
  • 2007 71st Masters Golf Tournament: Zach Johnson wins, shooting a 289
  • 2008 27th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Tennessee beats Stanford 64-48
  • 2012 76th Masters Golf Tournament: Bubba Watson wins, shooting a 278
  • 2013 75th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Louisville beats Michigan 82-76

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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