Events in Sport in April 1997

  • Apr 4 Anaheim Ducks clinch their 1st-ever playoff berth
  • Apr 4 Braves officially open Turner Field against Cubs
  • Apr 6 9th Seniors Golf Tradition: Gil Morgan wins
  • Apr 6 Annika Sorenstam wins LPGA Longs Drugs Challenge
  • Apr 6 Brad Faxon wins Freeport-McDermott Golf Classic
  • Apr 7 150th Grand National: Tony Dobbin aboard Lord Gyllene wins
  • Apr 9 Cleveland Indians closer Jose Mesa found guilty of rape
  • Apr 9 Major League Soccer announces Miami & Chicago expansion
  • Apr 9 NFL announces it will give $3M to CFL & possible "World Classic Bowl"
  • Apr 13 48th time opposing pitchers hit HRs, Carlos Perez (Mon)/Darren Holmes

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 13 61st Masters Golf Tournament: Tiger Woods at 21 (270 18 under par)

Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
Tiger Woods
  • Apr 13 Hartford Whalers last NHL game

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Apr 13 NHL Pitts Penguin Mario Lemieux's last NHL regular game

NHL Legend and Owner Mario Lemieux
NHL Legend and Owner
Mario Lemieux

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Apr 15 Baseball honors Jackie Robinson by retiring #42 for all teams

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson

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Apr 17 NJ Devil Martin Brodeur is 2nd NHL goalie to score in a playoff game

NHL Goalie Martin Brodeur
NHL Goalie
Martin Brodeur
  • Apr 19 SD Padres & St Louis Cards play at Aloha Stadium Hawaii
  • Apr 19 1997 NFL Draft: Orlando Pace from Ohio State first pick by St. Louis Rams
  • Apr 20 1st baseball game in Hawaii, Cards beat Padres in doubleheader
  • Apr 20 58th PGA Seniors Golf Championship: Hale Irwin
  • Apr 20 Cubs beat NY Mets ending NL worst opening, lost 14 straight games
  • Apr 20 Karrie Webb wins LPGA Susan G Komen International

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Apr 20 Nick Price wins golf MCI Classic

Golfer Nick Price
Golfer
Nick Price

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Apr 20 Mark McGwire is 4th to HR on Detroit Tiger left field roof (others are Frank Howard, Harmon Killibrew, & Cecil Fielder)

MLB First Baseman Mark McGwire
MLB First Baseman
Mark McGwire
  • Apr 21 101st Boston Marathon: Lameck Aguta of Kenya 1st man in 2:10:34 and Fatuma Roba of Ethiopia 1st woman in 2:26:23
  • Apr 25 Seattle Mariner Ken Griffey Jr hits his 250th HR

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Apr 27 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Chick-fil-A Charity Championship

LPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez
LPGA Golfer
Nancy Lopez
  • Apr 29 KC Royal Chili Davis is 75th to hit 300 HRs
  • Apr 30 Atlanta Braves win record 19 games in April