On This Day

Events in Sport in April 1972

  • Apr 1 Major league baseball players stages 1st collective strike
  • Apr 5 The regular MLB season fails to open due to a player strike for the first time in history; 86 games are lost before the labor dispute settled
  • Apr 8 Alvin Kallicharran scores 100* in his 1st Test Cricket innings v NZ
  • Apr 8 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

Sport awardUS Masters Golf

Apr 9 36th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Jack Nicklaus leads wire-to-wire to win the 4th of his 6 Masters titles, 3 strokes ahead of Bruce Crampton, Tom Weiskopf and Bobby Mitchell

  • Apr 9 Glenn Turner (259) & Terry Jarvis make 387 opening cricket stand v WI
  • Apr 13 1st baseball players' strike ends after 13 days
  • Apr 16 Chicago Cub Burt Hooton no-hits Phillies, 1-0
  • Apr 17 76th Boston Marathon: Olavi Suomalainen of Finland wins men's race in 2:15:39; American Nina Kuscsik takes inaugural women's title in 3:10:26; first year women's race officially sanctioned
  • Apr 17 Kiteman attempting to throw out 1st ball in Phillie Vet crashes into centerfield seats
  • Apr 20 Kallicharran scores his 2nd Test century in his 2nd Test Cricket
  • Apr 28 Courts award 1968 Kentucky Derby prize money to 2nd place winner due to the winner being given drugs before the race