On This Day in Sport for March 17

Events in Sport

  • 1876 1st record high jump over 6' (Marshall Jones Brooks)
  • 1877 Bill Midwinter completes Test Cricket's 1st 5-wkt haul, 5-78 v Eng
  • 1897 Bob Fitzsimmons KOs James J Corbett in 14 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1900 Stanley Cup: Montreal Shamrocks sweep Halifax Crescents in 2
  • 1902 Stanley Cup: Montreal AAA beat Winnipeg Victorias, 2 games to 1
  • 1906 Stanley Cup: Montreal Wanderers beat Ottawa Silver 7, although both winning a game, Montreal outscores Ottawa 12-10
  • 1908 Quickest world heavyweight title fight (Burns KOs Roche in 88 seconds)

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1908 Tommy Burns KOs Jem Roche in 1 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Tommy Burns
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Tommy Burns
  • 1910 DHC soccer team forms in Delft, Netherlands
  • 1951 Test Cricket debut of Brian Statham, England v NZ at Christchurch

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1955 After Maurice Richard is suspended for the remainder of the season, riots break out in Montreal. 37 people are injured and over 100 are arrested. The following morning, Richard goes on the radio to ask citizens to stop vandalizing the city.

Ice Hockey Player Maurice Richard
Ice Hockey Player
Maurice Richard

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1963 Bob Cousy plays his last NBA game

NBA Point Guard Bob Cousy
NBA Point Guard
Bob Cousy
  • 1968 Kathie Whitworth wins LPGA St Petersburg Orange Blossom Golf Open

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1969 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Orange Blossom Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer
Kathy Whitworth
  • 1970 Peter O'Malley becomes CEO of LA Dodgers
  • 1974 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Bing Crosby Golf Classic International
  • 1977 Australia wins cricket Centenary Test by 45 runs, same result as 1877
  • 1981 FC Lisse, Dutch soccer team forms

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1983 70th hat trick in Islander history-Mike Bossy

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy
  • 1985 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Women's Kemper Golf Open
  • 1985 Matti Nykanen of Finland set a world ski jump record of 623'
  • 1988 Highest scoring NCAA basketball game; Loyola-Marymont 119, Wyoming 115
  • 1991 Penny Hammel wins Desert Inn LPGA Golf International
  • 1994 It is announced there is no smoking in Cleve Indians new ballpark
  • 1996 Aravinda De Silva gets 107* & 3-42 in cricket World Cup victory
  • 1996 Liselotte Neumann wins LPGA Ping/Welch's Golf Championship
  • 2012 Bolton Wanderer footballer Fabrice Muamba collapses and is rushed to hospital during a live football match against Tottenham Hotspur
  • 2013 60th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Miami beats North Carolina, 87-77
  • 2013 54th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Ole Miss beats Florida, 66-63

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1872 Billy Quaife, cricketer (England batsman 1899-1902)
  • 1874 Kincsem, horse that never lost a race

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1902 Bobby Jones Jr, amateur golfer (Grand Slam 1930), born in Atlanta, Georgia,

Golfer Bobby Jones
Golfer
Bobby Jones
  • 1907 Sonny Werblin, former owner of the New York Jets (d. 1991)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1914 Sammy Baugh, American NFL hall of fame quarterback (Washington Redskins), born in Temple, Texas (d. 2008)

American Football Player and Coach Sammy Baugh
American Football Player and Coach
Sammy Baugh
  • 1915 William Roycroft, Austria, equestrian 3 day (Olympic-bronze-1976)
  • 1919 Hank Sauer, baseball player (NL MVP 1952)
  • 1921 Mick Harvey, cricketer (in Newcastle Brother of Neil Test umpire)
  • 1939 Shahid Mahmoud, cricketer (opener scored 16 & 9 in only Pak Test)
  • 1939 Robin Knox-Johnston, British yachtsman
  • 1944 Cito Gaston, MLB manager (Toronto Blue Jays)
  • 1945 Paco Gonzalez, race horse trainer
  • 1948 Alex MacDonald, Scottish Footballer and football manager
  • 1949 Pat Rice, Northern Irish footballer and football manager
  • 1953 Chuck Muncie, American football running back, (d. 2013)
  • 1957 Mal Donaghy, Northern Irish footballer
  • 1959 Brian Douglas Jones, tornado class sailor (Olympics-96), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1959 Danny Ainge, NBA coach (Phoenix Suns)
  • 1962 Patrick Thomas Burke, Hollywood FL, PGA golfer (1992 BellSouth-6th)
  • 1963 Roger Harper, cricketer (Guyana & WI off-spinner Extraordinary field)
  • 1964 Alex Shoumidoub, NHL goaltender (Belarus, Oly-98)
  • 1964 Don Griffin, NFL cornerback (Cleveland Browns)
  • 1964 Ron Warren Jr, jockey (Bay Meadows)
  • 1964 Lee Dixon, English footballer
  • 1964 Jacques Songo'o, Cameroonian footballer
  • 1965 Andrew Hudson, South African cricket player
  • 1965 Caitlin Bilodeaux, US fencer (Olympic-92), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1965 John Smiley, Phoenixville PA, pitcher (Cincinnati Reds)
  • 1966 Andrew Hudson, cricketer (South Africa, 163 on debut vs WI 1992)
  • 1967 Chris Luongo, NHL defenseman (NY Islanders), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1967 Kim Cathrein, LPGA golfer (1994 Rochester Intl-24th), born in Salinas, California
  • 1967 Melissa Allen, Port OR, WPVA volleyballer (Reebok National-13th-1994)
  • 1968 Judy Mosley McAfee, WNBA forward (Sacramento Monarchs)
  • 1968 Tyrone Hill, NBA forward (Cleveland Cavaliers)
  • 1969 Andrew McMarlin, Vienna VA, rower (Olympics-1996)
  • 1969 Domenic "Filane" Figliomeni, Terrace Bay Ontario, boxer (Olympics-96)
  • 1969 Gilbert Schaller, Bruck Austria, tennis star
  • 1971 Katrina Colleton, WNBA guard/forward (LA Sparks)
  • 1971 Tommy Thigpen, WLAF linebacker (Barcelona Dragons)
  • 1971 Bill Mueller, American baseball player
  • 1972 Mia Hamm, Selma Alabama, soccer forward (Olympics-96)
  • 1973 Jerome Woods, safety (KC Chiefs)
  • 1974 Eric Lane, running back (NY Giants)
  • 1974 John Hall, kicker (NY Jets)
  • 1976 Álvaro Recoba, Uruguayan footballer
  • 1976 Scott Downs, American baseball player
  • 1979 Andrew Ference, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1980 Danny Califf, American soccer player
  • 1981 Kyle Korver, American Basketball Player
  • 1981 Servet Çetin, Turkish Football Player
  • 1982 Steven Pienaar, South African footballer

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

2001 NFL Quarterback Peyton Manning (24) weds Ashley Thompson in Memphis, Tennessee

NFL Quarterback Peyton Manning
NFL Quarterback
Peyton Manning

Deaths in Sport

  • 1972 Manny Martindale, cricketer (10 Tests for WI, 34 wickets), dies
  • 1978 George Dickinson, cricketer (8 wickets in 3 Tests for NZ), dies
  • 1979 Merv Inverarity, cricketer (father of John WA player 1925-40), dies
  • 1981 Paul Dean, American baseball player (b. 1913)
  • 1985 Dattu Phadkar, cricketer (Indian all-rounder, 31 Tests 1947-58), dies
  • 1988 Reg Sinfield, cricketer (one Test for England v Australia 1938), dies
  • 2001 Zinaida Voronina, Russian and Soviet gymnast (1968 Olympics: 4 medals including 1 gold), dies at 53
  • 2006 Ray Meyer, American basketball coach (b. 1913)