On This Day in Sport for March 12

Events in Sport

  • 1862 24th Grand National: Harry Lamplugh aboard The Huntsman wins
  • 1881 Andrew Watson makes his Scotland debut as the world's first black international football player and captain.
  • 1903 NY Highlanders (Yankees) approved as members of AL
  • 1908 Stanley Cup: Mont Wanderers sweep Win Maple Leafs in 2 games
  • 1910 Stanley Cup: Montreal Wanderers beat Berlin (Kitchener), 7-3

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1961 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Miami Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright

Sports record brokenNHL Record

1966 Bobby Hull's 51st goal of season, sets record

NHL Legend Bobby Hull
NHL Legend
Bobby Hull
  • 1966 Jockey Johnny Longden retires after 40 years (6,032 wins)
  • 1967 Austria's Reinhold Bachler ski jumps 505 feet
  • 1972 Judy Rankin wins LPGA Lady Eve Golf Open

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1972 NHL great Gordie Howe retires after 26 seasons

Ice Hockey Legend Gordie Howe
Ice Hockey Legend
Gordie Howe

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1978 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Sunstar Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez
LPGA Golfer
Nancy Lopez
  • 1980 NY Islanders 3rd scoreless tie, vs Pittsburgh Penguin
  • 1983 4th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: St. John's beats Boston College, 85-77

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1985 Larry Bird scores Boston Celtic record 60 points

NBA Legend Larry Bird
NBA Legend
Larry Bird

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1987 David Robinson scores 50 points in a NCAA basketball game

NBA Center David Robinson
NBA Center
David Robinson
  • 1987 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Cincinnati won by Brian Orser (CAN)
  • 1989 36th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #9 North Carolina beats #7 Duke, 77-74
  • 1989 30th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Alabama beats Florida, 72-60
  • 1989 10th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Georgetown beats Syracuse, 88-79
  • 1995 Dottie Mochrie wins LPGA PING/Welch's Golf Championship
  • 1995 42nd ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #7 Wake Forest beats #4 North Carolina, 82-80 (OT)
  • 1995 36th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats Arkansas, 95-93 (OT)
  • 1995 16th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Villanova beats Connecticut, 94-78
  • 2000 47th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #3 Duke beats #20 Maryland, 81-68
  • 2000 41st SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Arkansas beats Auburn, 75-67
  • 2005 26th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Syracuse beats West Virginia, 68-59
  • 2006 53rd ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #1 Duke beats #7 Boston College, 78-76
  • 2006 47th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Florida beats South Carolina, 49-47
  • 2011 32nd Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: #9 Connecticut beats #3 Louisville, 69-66

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1880 Nikolaos Georgantas, Greek discus thrower (d. 1958)
  • 1904 Ken James, cricket wicketkeeper (NZ's 1st Test, later Northants)
  • 1910 Tony "Two-Ton" Galento, boxer/actor (On the Waterfront), born in Orange, New Jersey
  • 1913 Harold Butler, cricketer (England pace bowler late 40's)
  • 1918 James Bracken, race horse trainer
  • 1923 Hjalmar Andersen, Norway, 1500, 5K, 10K speed skater (Oly-gold-1952), (d. 2013)
  • 1925 Louison Bobet, French cyclist (Tour de France 1953-55)
  • 1926 Freddie Williams, Port Talbot, Wales, motorcycle speedway rider (world champion, 1950, 1952), (d. 2013)
  • 1929 Bernard Costello, US, double sculls (Olympic-silver-1956)
  • 1935 John Doherty, English footballer (d. 2007)
  • 1936 Keith Slater, cricketer (one Test for Australia 1958-59 series)
  • 1938 Johnny Rutherford, auto racer (26 championship races)
  • 1938 Vijay Mehra, cricketer (Indian Test batsman from age 17)
  • 1940 Albert Johanneson, soccer star
  • 1942 Jimmy Wynn, American baseball player, 1963-1977
  • 1949 Natalia Kuchinskaya, Soviet gymnast
  • 1950 Willie Duggan, rugby football player
  • 1950 Javier Clemente, Spanish football manager
  • 1956 Dale Murphy, slugger (Atlanta Braves, 2 time NL MVP), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1960 Eldine Baptiste, cricketer (WI all-rounder early 80's)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1962 Darryl Strawberry, baseball right fielder (Mets, Dodgers, Yankees), born in Los Angeles, California

Baseball Player Darryl Strawberry
Baseball Player
Darryl Strawberry
  • 1962 Gunde Svan, Swedish long jumper (Olympics-gold-1984, 88)
  • 1963 Candy Costie, synchronized swimmer (Olympic-gold-1984), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1963 Joaquim Carvalho Cruz, Brazil, 800m runner (Olympic-gold-1984)
  • 1963 John Andretti, race car driver
  • 1963 Paul Way, British golfer
  • 1963 Ian Holloway, English football manager
  • 1965 Fran Harris, WNBA guard (Houston Comets)
  • 1965 Molly Van Nostrand, West lslip NY, tennis star
  • 1965 Randy Dixon, NFL guard (Indianapolis Colts)
  • 1965 Steve Finley, MLB outfielder (San Diego Padres), born in Union City Tennessee
  • 1965 Shawn Gilbert, American baseball player
  • 1965 Steve Levy, American sports journalist
  • 1966 Alecia Stephenson, North softball ss (Olympics-96), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1966 Erich Fischer, Dinuba CA, US Olympic water polo foward (Olympic-92)
  • 1966 Grant Long, NBA forward (Detroit Pistons, Atlanta Hawks)
  • 1966 John Thompson III, NCAA Basketball Head Coach
  • 1967 Irvin Smith, CFL cornerback (Montreal Alouettes)
  • 1967 Rowelle Blenman, WLAF cornerback/safety (London Monarchs)
  • 1967 Julio Dely Valdes, Panamanian footballer
  • 1968 Merton Hanks, NFL safety (SF 49ers)
  • 1969 J P Izquierdo, CFL slot back (Calgary Stampeders)
  • 1969 Karen Snelgrove, softball pitcher (Olympics-96), born in London, Ontario
  • 1969 Muhammad Oliver, NFL cornerback/safety (Washington Redskins)
  • 1970 Michael Bankston, NFL defensive end (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1970 Rex Walters, NBA guard (Philadelphia 76ers, Miami Heat)
  • 1970 Rod Smith, NFL cornerback (Carolina Panthers, Green Bay Packers)
  • 1970 John Nemechek, American NASCAR driver (d. 1997)
  • 1971 Greg Hansell, Bellflower CA, pitcher (Minnesota Twins)
  • 1971 Isaiah Rider, NBA guard/forward (Minn Timberwolves, Port Trailblazers)
  • 1971 Raul Mondesi, MLB outfielder (LA Dodgers), born in San Cristobal, Dominican Republic
  • 1973 Antonio Banks, cornerback (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1973 Gabriel Mendez, Australian soccer midfielder (Olyroos, Olympics-96)
  • 1973 Keif Bryant, NFL defensive end (Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1973 Louis Laros, Dutch soccer player (Willem II, Vitesse)
  • 1974 Chris Carr, NBA guard (Phoenix Suns, Minn Timberwolves)
  • 1978 Tara Mounsey, ice hockey defenseman (USA, Oly-98)
  • 1978 Casey Mears, American auto racer
  • 1979 Edwin Villafuerte, Ecuadorian footballer
  • 1980 Douglas Murray, Swedish ice-hockey player
  • 1982 Tobias Schweinsteiger, German footballer
  • 1982 Zach Miner, American baseball player
  • 1985 Bradley Wright-Phillips, English footballer
  • 1985 Tosh Townend, American skateboarder
  • 1986 Danny Jones, English singer (McFly), born in Bolton

Deaths in Sport

  • 1883 Murrumgunarriman, [Twopenny], cricketer (Aboriginal team 1868), dies
  • 1957 Harry Dean, cricketer (England left-arm bowler in 3 Tests, 1912), dies
  • 1973 Frankie "Fordham Flash" Frisch, baseball player, dies at 74
  • 1978 Theresa Weld Blanchard, American figure skating champion (1914, 1920-24), dies at 84
  • 1980 Arthur Charles Dobson, British racing driver (b. 1914)
  • 2003 Andrei Kivilev, Kazakh cyclist (b. 1973)