Events in Sport in April 1966

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Apr 3 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Venice Ladies Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright

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Apr 8 AFL chooses 36 year old Al Davis as commissioner

American Football Coach and Executive Al Davis
American Football Coach and Executive
Al Davis
  • Apr 9 Anaheim Stadium for California Angels opens

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 11 30th Masters Golf Tournament: Jack Nicklaus wins, shooting a 288

  • Apr 11 Emmett Ashford becomes 1st African American major league umpire
  • Apr 12 Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium opens; Pirates beat Braves 3-2
  • Apr 17 100th international soccer match between Netherlands and Belgium (3-1)
  • Apr 17 Carol Mann wins LPGA Raleigh Ladies Golf Invitational

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Apr 18 Bill Russell becomes first African American coach in NBA history (Boston Celtics)

Basketball Player Bill Russell
Basketball Player
Bill Russell
  • Apr 19 70th Boston Marathon: Kenji Kimihara of Japan 1st man in 2:17:11 and Bobbi Gibb of United States 1st woman in 3:21:40
  • Apr 19 Roberta Bignay becomes 1st woman to run in the Boston Marathon
  • Apr 22 Atlanta Braves win their 1st game, beating NY Mets 8-4
  • Apr 24 Atlanta Braves win NL-record 18 straight home games (17 in Milwaukee)
  • Apr 24 Carol Mann wins LPGA Peach Blossom Golf Invitational

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Apr 26 Red Auerbach retires as Boston Celtic's coach

NBA Head Coach Red Auerbach
NBA Head Coach
Red Auerbach
  • Apr 28 20th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 3