On This Day

Events in Sport in April 1976

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 2 Oakland Athletics trade 2 key members from recent World Series C'ship team, sending outfielder Reggie Jackson and pitcher Ken Holtzman to Baltimore Orioles in exchange for outfielder Don Baylor and pitchers Mike Torrez and Paul Mitchell

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson
  • Apr 3 Philadelphia Flyers win record tying 20th straight NHL home game
  • Apr 3 130th Grand National: John Burke wins aboard Rag Trade; equal record 4th winner trained by Fred Rimell and 2nd winner owned by Pierre Raymond Bessone
  • Apr 8 1976 NFL Draft: Lee Roy Selmon from University of Oklahoma first pick by Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Apr 10 Brewers' Don Money's grand slammer disallowed-Yanks win 9-7
  • Apr 10 Cleveland Cavaliers win their 1st NBA Central Division title

Sport awardUS Masters Golf

Apr 11 40th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Raymond Floyd wins his only Masters title, 8 strokes ahead of runner-up Ben Crenshaw

Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner Ray Floyd
Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner
Ray Floyd
  • Apr 13 1st NBA playoff game for Cleve Cavliers, they lose 100-95 to Wash
  • Apr 15 Yankee stadium reopens, Yanks beat Twins after trailing 4-0

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Apr 17 NL greatest comeback: trailing 12-1, Philadelphia Phillies beat Chicago Cubs, 18-16 in 10 innings at Wrigley Field; Mike Schmidt hits 4 consecutive HRs

MLB Third Baseman Mike Schmidt
MLB Third Baseman
Mike Schmidt

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 17 Australian tennis star Evonne Goolagong Cawley wins her second WTA Tour Championship at the Los Angeles Sports Arena; beats Chris Evert 6–3, 5–7, 6–3

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • Apr 19 80th Boston Marathon: US double; Jack Fultz is men's winner in 2:20:19; Kim Merritt takes women's section in 2:47:10

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Apr 30 Muhammad Ali beats Jimmy Young in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali