Today in Sports History: April 1

NBA superstar Steph Curry
NBA superstar Steph Curry Photo credit: Getty

The COVID-19 pandemic has wiped out live sport all around the globe, but history will never be erased.

While you contemplate streaming yet another NetFlix drama or re-watching the Cricket World Cup semi-final from 2011, here are some stories that were making news in years past on April 1.

The Stanley Cup finals are cancelled, due to a worldwide Spanish Flu epidemic - how ironic. The Montreal Canadians and Seattle Metropolitans are tied at two games apiece at the time.

England cricket great Wally Hammond smashes 34 fours and 10 sixes in a record 336 runs during the drawn second test against New Zealand at Auckland's Eden Park. 

Wally Hammond in 1930
Wally Hammond in 1930 Photo credit: Getty

Hammond would finish his career 14 years later, amassing 7249 runs, at an average of 58.45, in 85 tests.

Joe Louis defends his lineal world heavyweight boxing title with a fifth-round knockout of Harry Thomas in Chicago. 

Louis had an incredible run as the recognised champion, holding his title for 26 fights across 13 years. The American retired after just the third loss (66 wins) of his career, knocked out by Rocky Marciano in 1951.


Hogan and Warrior square off ahead of the match
Hogan and Warrior square off ahead of the match Photo credit: WWE

Legendary pro wrestler Hulk Hogan drops his WWF heavyweight title to the 'Ultimate Warrior' at WrestleMania 6 in Toronto. The result marks the end of a 364-day reign as champion for 'The Hulkster', as he passed the torch to the then-Intercontinental champion. 

England striker Chris Sutton scores the fastest goal in Premier League history, netted the opener just 12.94 seconds into Blackburn Rovers' 2-1 win against Everton at Goodison Park.

The Golden State Warriors' brilliant 54-game home winning streak ends, when the Boston Celtics steal a 109-106 victory at the Oracle Arena in San Francisco - the Warriors' first loss at the venue in 14 months. 

They would set an NBA record with 73 regular season wins that season, but would slip up against Cleveland Cavaliers in the finals, thanks to 'that' block from LeBron James. 


1930 - Former All Blacks hooker Dean Young
1957 - England cricket batting maestro David Gower
1973 - Former Blackcaps skipper Stephen Fleming 

Stephen Feming
Stephen Feming Photo credit: Photosport

1976 - Canterbury Bulldogs great Hazim El Masri
1977 - Former UFC light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort


1993 - NASCAR racing champion Alan Kulwicki dies in a plane crash, aged 38