On This Day in Sport for March 21

Events in Sport

  • 1871 32nd Grand National: Mr Tommy Pickernell aboard The Lamb IRE wins
  • 1872 33rd Grand National: John Page aboard Casse Tete wins
  • 1902 64th Grand National: David Read aboard Shannon Lass wins
  • 1909 Moran & MacFarland (US) wins Europe's 1st 6 day bicycle race (Berlin)
  • 1934 Babe Didrikson pitches an inning in an A's-Dodgers exhibition game Walks 1, hits the next guy, 3rd guy hits into triple-play

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1941 Joe Louis KOs Abe Simon in 13 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • 1946 Kenny Washington signs with Rams, 1st black NFLer since 1933
  • 1947 Test Cricket debut of Bert Sutcliffe, NZ v England at Christchurch
  • 1953 NBA record 106 fouls & 12 players foul out (Boston-Syracuse)
  • 1959 21st NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: California beats W Va 71-70
  • 1959 113th Grand National: Michael Scudamore aboard Oxo wins
  • 1961 Art Modell purchases Cleveland Browns for then record ($3,925,000)
  • 1962 Philadelphia retires pitcher Robin Roberts' # 36
  • 1964 26th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats Duke 98-83
  • 1964 UCLA completes undefeated NCAA basketball season (30-0)
  • 1964 118th Grand National: Willie Robinson aboard Team Spirit

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1965 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA St Petersburg Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer
Kathy Whitworth
  • 1970 32nd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats Jacksonville 80-69
  • 1970 Vinko Bogataj crashes during a ski-jumping championship in Germany; his image becomes that of the "agony of defeat guy" in the opening credits of ABC's Wide World of Sports.
  • 1971 Gavaskar scores 1st of his 34 Test Cricket tons, 116 at Georgetown
  • 1971 Jan Ferraris wins LPGA Orange Blossom Golf Classic

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1973 Frank Mahovlich becomes 5th NHLer to score 500 goals

NHL Legend Frank Mahovlich
NHL Legend
Frank Mahovlich
  • 1978 Padres fire Al Dark (2nd manager ever fired during spring training)
  • 1982 Jerry Pate celebrates golf win by jumping into the water hazard

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1982 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA J&B Scotch Pro-Am Golf Tournament

LPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez
LPGA Golfer
Nancy Lopez
  • 1984 Border scores 100* v WI Trinidad after 98* in 1st cricket innings
  • 1984 NFL owners passed the infamous anti-celebrating rule

Hall of fameHall of Fame

1985 Arthur Ashe is nominated for the Internatinal Tennis Hall of Fame

Tennis Player Arthur Ashe
Tennis Player
Arthur Ashe
  • 1986 Pittsburgh Associates buy Pittsburgh Pirates for $218 million
  • 1987 PSV sells soccer player Ruud Gullit to AC Milan (Ÿ17 million)
  • 1992 2nd WLAF season begins

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1993 Patty Sheehan wins LPGA Standard Register Ping Golf Tournament

LPGA Golfer Patty Sheehan
LPGA Golfer
Patty Sheehan

Sports record brokenNHL Record

1994 Wayne Gretzky ties Gordie Howe's NHL record of 801 goals

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1835 Thomas Hayward, English cricketer (d. 1876)
  • 1854 Alick A C Bannerman, cricketer (bro of Charles, Australia 1878-1893)
  • 1876 John Tewksbury, American athlete (d. 1968)
  • 1913 George Abecassis, English race car driver (d. 1991)
  • 1918 Joe Carveth, NHL forward (scored 20 or more goals in 3 seasons)
  • 1925 Hugo Koblet, Swiss cyclist (d. 1964)
  • 1929 Maurice Catarcio, wrestler
  • 1934 Lister Carney, Bellaire Oh, 200m runner (Olympic-silver-1960)
  • 1935 Brian Clough, soccer manager
  • 1937 Tom Flores, NFL quarterback/coach (Raiders), born in Fresno, California
  • 1938 Grahame Thomas, cricketer (Australian batsman of the mid-60's)
  • 1939 Martha Hudson, Eastman Ga, 4X100m relayer (Olympic-gold-1960)
  • 1941 Malcolm Francke, cricketer (leg-spinner, Ceylon 1956 to Qld 1984)
  • 1943 Antal Dunai, Hungary, soccer player (Olympic-gold-1968)
  • 1944 Charles Edward Greene, Pine Bluff Ark, 4x100m runner (Oly-gold-1968)
  • 1949 Alvin Kallicharran, cricketer (wonderful West Indies LHB 1972-81)
  • 1954 Mary Jane Smith, Van Nuys Ca, WPVA volleyballer (National-9th-1993)
  • 1955 Barbel Wockel-Eckert, German DR, sprinter (Olympic-4 gold-1976, 80)
  • 1956 Ingrid Kristiansen, Norway, marathoner (Olympic-4th-1984, Bost-86, 89)
  • 1958 Marlies Gohr, German DR, sprinter (Olympic-gold-1976, 80)
  • 1960 Ayrton Senna, Brazilian formula-1 racer (1988 champ)
  • 1961 Wei Wang, US table tennis player (Olympics-96), born in Beijing, China
  • 1961 Lothar Matthäus, German footballer
  • 1963 Ronald Koeman, Dutch soccer star (Ajax, PSV, Barcelona, Feyenoord)
  • 1963 Shawon Dunston, infielder (SF Giants), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1964 Jesper Skibby, Danish professional cyclist
  • 1966 Al Iafrate, Dearborn Mich, NHL defenseman (San Jose Sharks)
  • 1966 Karen Lunn, Cowra Australia, LPGA golfer (1993 Women's British Open)
  • 1966 Matthew Maynard, cricketer (big hitting Glamorgan & England player)
  • 1967 Elaina Oden, Orange CA, volleyball middle blocker (Oly-bronze-92, 96)
  • 1967 Troy Westwood, CFL kicker (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • 1968 Erwin Vanderbroeck, Dutch soccer player (Roda JC)
  • 1968 Jeff Lazaro, Waltham Mass, US hockey forward (Olympics-1994)
  • 1968 Johan Garpenlov, NHL left wing (Florida Panthers), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1968 Mark Sander, WLAF linebacker (Scottish Claymores)
  • 1968 Scott Williams, NBA forward (Philadelphia 76ers)
  • 1969 Mark Allen, Australia, Australian golfer
  • 1969 Ali Daei, Iranian footballer
  • 1971 Hason Graham, NFL wide receiver (NE Patriots)
  • 1972 (Olympics-silver-1998)
  • 1972 Boris Mironov, NHL defenseman (Team Russia Oly-S-98, Edmonton), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1972 Chris Ball, Costa Mesa California, kayak (alt-Olympics-96)
  • 1972 Frank West, CFL defensive back (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • 1972 John Leach, CFL running back (Toronto Argonauts)
  • 1973 Larry Bowie, running back (Washington Redskins)
  • 1973 Stuart Nethercott, English footballer
  • 1974 Jose Clayton, Tunisian footballer
  • 1975 Vitaly Potapenko, NBA center (Cleveland Cavaliers)
  • 1978 Cristian Guzmán, Dominican baseball player
  • 1980 Ronaldinho Gaucho, Brazilian international footballer
  • 1982 Colin Turkington, British racing driver
  • 1982 Aaron Hill, American baseball player
  • 1984 Franck Perera, Montpellier France, racing car driver
  • 1985 Adrian Peterson, American Football player
  • 1988 Lee Cattermole, English footballer

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

2009 Olympic gold medalist Kim Rhode (29) weds technician Michael Harryman in El Monte, California

Olympic Gold Shooter Kim Rhode
Olympic Gold Shooter
Kim Rhode

Deaths in Sport

  • 1975 Joe Medwick, baseball player (b. 1911)
  • 2009 Walt Poddubny, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1960)
  • 2011 Gerd Klier, German footballer (b. 1944)
  • 2011 Ladislav Novák, Czech footballer (b. 1931)
  • 2015 Chuck Pednarik 'Concrete Charlie', American professional football player for the Philadelphia Eagles, dies at 89