Today In Sports History: April 9

Tom Walsh with his Commonwealth Games gold medal.
Tom Walsh with his Commonwealth Games gold medal. Photo credit: Photosport

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 another replay of your favorite sporting moments, here are some stories that were making news in years past on April 9.


Boston Celtics beat Minneapolis Lakers 118-113 in Minneapolis in Game Four for the 1959 NBA title, completing the first sweep in finals history and capturing their first of eight consecutive championships.


Arnold Palmer wins his third August National title, after an 18-hole Monday playoff with Gary Player and Dow Finsterwald - the tournament's first three-way playoff.



Former Blackcap Glenn Turner.
Former Blackcap Glenn Turner. Photo credit: Getty

New Zealand test openers Glenn Turner (259) and Terry Jarvis produce a 387-run stand against the West Indies in Georgetown, Guyana, an NZ first-wicket record that still stands today. 


The Bulls beat the Chiefs 33-19 in a rematch of the 2009 Super Rugby final.


All Black Julian Savea silences critics, scoring a hat-trick of tries for the Hurricanes in a 40-22 Super Rugby win over the Jaguares in Wellington. The winger had been dropped two weeks earlier, due to a lack of form and fitness. 

Julian Savea.
Julian Savea. Photo credit: Photosport


New Zealand has its most successful day at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, winning six medals - four of them gold. 

Para-swimmer Sophie Pacoe, squash ace Joelle King, weightlifter David Liti and shot-putter Tom Walsh all stood atop the podium, while para-swimmer. Para-javelin thrower Holly Robinson and Paul Coll (squash) both won silvers. 


1927 - Former All Black Stan 'Tiny' Hill 

1952 - Former All Black Bruce Robertson

1975 - Liverpool legend and current Brisbane Roar football coach Robbie Fowler 

1982 - Former Wellington Phoenix footballer Carlos Hernandez

1985 - New Zealand road cyclist Linda Villumsen

Newhub's top sports story 12 months ago…

Shaun Johnson admits Warriors right to move him on

Former NZ Warriors star Shaun Johnson admits his old club was probably right to move him over the off-season, resulting in his current contract with the Cronulla Sharks.

Shaun Johnson.
Shaun Johnson. Photo credit: AAP

Johnson left the Auckland-based NRL club in tumultuous circumstances, after it indicated he could explore options elsewhere past his existing million-dollar contract.

The half reportedly demanded that contract be cancelled and he landed at the Sharks in search of a new start.

Johnson has told Inside The NRL he needed that career reboot.