Richmond coach Len Smith, aged 52, suffers a heartache and collapse, the day before his debut coaching match against Footscray.
The players were to meet Smith at his house in Essendon at night.
A special meeting of the club's executive committee and selection committee is held where Dick Harris is appointed coach in Smith's absence.
ROUND 1 - vs Footscray.
This was to be Len Smith's first coaching game for Richmond. But as a result of his heart attack the night before, Reserves coach Dick Harris coaches the seniors. Billy Wilson becomes Reserves coach. (April 18 1964 The Age) but appears to have been replaced by Jack Titus after Rd 1 (April 22 1964 The Age)
Gary Arnold wins the Gardiner Medal for Best player in the Reserves. He polls 17 votes to win by 4 votes from Carlton's Bruce McMaster-Smith