On This Day in Sport for March 27

Events in Sport

  • 1871 1st international rugby game-Scotland 1, England 0
  • 1873 34th Grand National: Mr. J. M. Richardson aboard Disturbance wins
  • 1885 47th Grand National: Mr Ted Wilson aboard Roquefort wins
  • 1896 58th Grand National: Mr David Campbell aboard The Soarer wins
  • 1903 65th Grand National: Percy Woodland aboard Drumcree wins
  • 1908 70th Grand National: Henry Bletsoe aboard Rubio wins
  • 1914 76th Grand National: Bill Smith aboard Sunloch wins
  • 1925 84th Grand National: Maj. John Wilson aboard Double Chance wins
  • 1931 John McGraw says night baseball will not catch on
  • 1931 90th Grand National: Bob Lyall aboard Grakle wins
  • 1932 De Bataven soccer team forms in Gendt
  • 1936 95th Grand National: Mr. Fulke Walwyn aboard Reynoldstown wins
  • 1939 1st NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: U of Oregon beats OH State 46-33

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1942 Joe Louis KOs Abe Simon in 6 to retain heavyweight boxing title (NYC)

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • 1945 7th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Oklahoma State beats NYU 49-44
  • 1951 13th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kentucky beats Kansas 68-58
  • 1960 Wiffi Smith wins LPGA Royal Crown Golf Open

Sports record brokenNHL Record

1962 Jacques Plante ties record winning 6th NHL Vezina trophy

NHL Goalie Jacques Plante
NHL Goalie
Jacques Plante
  • 1965 119th Grand National: Mr. "Tommy" Smith aboard Jay Trump wins
  • 1966 Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Louise Suggs Delray Beach Golf Invitational
  • 1971 33rd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats Villanova 68-62 UCLA wins their 5th consecutive NCAA basketball title
  • 1973 Dennis Amiss out for 99 v Pakistan, 3rd 99 in Test Cricket
  • 1977 Sandra Palmer wins LPGA Kathryn Crosby/Honda Civic Golf Classic
  • 1978 40th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kentucky beats Duke 94-88
  • 1982 Imran takes 14-116 for cricket match v Sri Lanka at Lahore

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1983 Larry Holmes beats Lucien Rodriguez in 12 for heavyweight boxing title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes
  • 1988 Ladies' Figure Skating Championship in Budapest won by Katarina Witt (GDR)
  • 1988 Ok-Hee Ku wins Standard Register Turquoise Classic Golf Tournament
  • 1989 Delhi beat Bengal by innings & 210 to win Cricket's Ranji Trophy
  • 1990 NSW beat Queensland by 345 runs to win Sheffield Shield Final
  • 1991 NCAA bans U of Minn football team from postseason play in 1992
  • 1994 23rd Nabisco Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Donna Andrews

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1859 George Giffen, cricketer (one of Australia's greatest all-rounders)
  • 1879 Miller Huggins, American baseball player and manager (d. 1929)
  • 1903 Walt Kiesling, NFL guard/coach (HOF)
  • 1910 Rudi Ball, German Jewish ice hockey star (Olympic bronze 1932)
  • 1932 Wes Covington, baseball player (Philadelphia Phillies)
  • 1939 Cale Yarborough, auto racer (Daytona 500-1968, 77, 83, 84)
  • 1941 Liese Prokop, Austrian pentathlete (Olympic silver 1968)
  • 1945 Briton Selby, Canadian NHL player, born in Kingston, Ontario
  • 1946 Bill Sudakis, baseball player
  • 1950 Vic Harris, American MLB player, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1951 Bobby Lalonde, NHLer (Boston Bruins)
  • 1955 Kim Brassey, racehorse trainer
  • 1956 Brian Kelly, CFL wide receiver (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • 1956 Thomas Wassberg, Swedish 15K/50K cross country skier (Oly-gold-1980)
  • 1958 Bart Connor, gymnast/sportscaster (Olympic gold 1984)
  • 1960 Steve Jarvin, Australian soling sailor (Olympics-96)
  • 1960 Hans Pflügler, German footballer
  • 1961 Ellery Hanley, rugby league player
  • 1961 Tony Rominger, Swiss cyclist
  • 1963 Ed Pinckney, NBA forward (Philadelphia 76ers)
  • 1963 Randall Cunningham, NFL QB (Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1963 Todd Graves, Laurel Miss, skeet (Olympics-1992, 96)
  • 1966 Kate Donahoo, US judoka (Olympic-92), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1967 Jaime Navarro, Bayamon Puerto Rico, pitcher (Chicago Cubs)
  • 1967 Tom Hammonds, NBA forward (Minn Timberwolves, Denver Nuggets)
  • 1969 Tom Beer, NFL running back (Detroit Lions)
  • 1970 Anthony Prior, NFL cornerback/safety (NY Jets, Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1970 Ed Philion, NFL nose tackle (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1972 Kirby Dar Dar, wide receiver (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1972 Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Dutch footballer
  • 1973 Serge Tremblay, La Malbaie Quebec, weightlifter (Olympics-96)
  • 1974 Russ Haas, wrestler (d. 2001)
  • 1974 Gaizka Mendieta, Spanish footballer
  • 1975 B J Gallis, CFL linebacker (BC Lions)
  • 1975 Gregory DuBois, hockey defenseman (Team France 1998)
  • 1975 Tom Goegebuer, Belgian weightlifter
  • 1976 Danny Fortson, NBA forward (Denver Nuggets)
  • 1976 Djamel Belmadi, Algerian footballer
  • 1977 Tom van der Leegte, Dutch soccer player (PSV)
  • 1977 Vitor Meira, Brazilian racing driver
  • 1979 Michael Cuddyer, Minnesota Twins baseball player
  • 1981 Terry McFlynn, Northern Irish footballer
  • 1985 Dario Baldauf, Austrian footballer
  • 1985 Stijn De Smet, Belgian footballer
  • 1986 Manuel Neuer, German football player (Bayern Munich, German national team), born in Gelsenkirchen, West Germany
  • 1987 Chad Denny, Canadian ice hockey player

Deaths in Sport

  • 1927 Joe Start, American baseball player (b. 1842)
  • 1933 Lionel Palairet, British cricketer (49 runs in 2 Tests for England 1902), dies at 62
  • 1947 Charles Smith, cricketer (batted for South Africa in 1902-03), dies
  • 2005 Bob Casey, American baseball announcer (b. 1925)
  • 2008 Jean-Marie Balestre, French president of motor sport's FIA (b. 1921)
  • 2013 Hjalmar Andersen, Norwegian speed skater, dies from trauma due to a fall at 90