On This Day in Sport for March 3

Events in Sport

  • 1841 3rd Grand National: Mr A. Powell aboard Charity wins
  • 1847 9th Grand National: Denny Wynne aboard Mathew IRE wins
  • 1852 14th Grand National: Mr Alec Goodman aboard Miss Mowbray wins
  • 1869 31st Grand National: George Stevens aboard The Colonel wins
  • 1909 Stanley Cup: Ottawa Senators beat Montreal Wanderers, 8-3
  • 1920 Montreal Canadiens scores NHL record 16 goals beating Quebec Bulldogs
  • 1950 3 months as National-American Football League takes back NFL name
  • 1951 Bill Mikvy (Temple) scores NCAA basketball record 73 pts
  • 1953 Boston Braves, who own Milwaukee minor league franchise, block St Louis Browns attempt to shift their franchise to Milwaukee
  • 1956 Cockie Gastelaars swims world record 100 m freestyle (1:04.2)
  • 1956 3rd ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: NC State beats Wake Forest, 76-64

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1957 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Jacksonville Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
  • 1959 SF Giant's rename their stadium Candlestick Park
  • 1962 9th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Wake Forest beats Clemson, 77-66
  • 1967 White Sox given permission to use semi-DH in training camp with home club permission (use of pinch hitter twice in same game)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1968 Jean Beliveau (Mont) becomes 2nd NHLer to score 1,000 pts

NHL Legend Jean Beliveau
NHL Legend
Jean Beliveau

Hall of fameHall of Fame

1968 In a blockbuster trade, the Toronto Maple Leafs send hall of fame forward Frank Mahovlich to the rival Detroit Red Wings

NHL Legend Frank Mahovlich
NHL Legend
Frank Mahovlich
  • 1974 Despite Billy Harris' hat trick Islanders lose 3-4

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1974 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Orange Blossom Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer
Kathy Whitworth
  • 1977 Islanders allow Red Wings only 11 shots on goal
  • 1977 World Ladies' Figure Skating Championship in Tokyo won by Linda Fratianne (USA)
  • 1978 1st day of Test cricket for Desmond Haynes (WI v Australia)
  • 1979 26th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: North Carolina beats Duke, 71-63
  • 1979 20th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Tennessee beats Kentucky, 75-69

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1981 Isle's Mike Bossy 9th & final hat trick of season-4 goals

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy
  • 1981 NY Islanders & Edmonton Oilers play to an 8-8 tie
  • 1984 NY Islanders score their most goals (11) vs Tor Maple Leafs (6)

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1984 Peter Ueberroth elected baseball commissioner (Effective Oct 1)

Olympic Executive and Commissioner of Baseball Peter Ueberroth
Olympic Executive and Commissioner of Baseball
Peter Ueberroth

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1985 Betsy King wins LPGA Samaritan Turquoise Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Betsy King
LPGA Golfer
Betsy King
  • 1985 Bill Shoemaker becomes 1st jockey to win $100 million
  • 1987 Ray Dandridge, 3rd baseman in Negro Leagues, eleected to Hall of Fame
  • 1991 Boon completes 10th Test Cricket century, 109* v WI at Kingston
  • 1992 Mike Bossy's #22 is 2nd # retired by NY Islanders
  • 1992 Charges are filed in Florida against NY Mets Darryl Boston, Vince Coleman & Dwight Gooden of rape (dropped in April)
  • 1993 Howard Stern radio show premieres in Boston (WBCN 104.1 FM-evenings)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1994 US Internal Revenue Service investigates baseball player Darryl Strawberry

Baseball Player Darryl Strawberry
Baseball Player
Darryl Strawberry
  • 2009 The Sri Lankan cricket team is attacked by terrorists while on their way to the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore for a Test match against Pakistan.

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1846 Desiderio FA Pietri, Italian baker/marathon runner Dorando's father
  • 1860 John Montgomery Ward, American baseball player (d. 1925)
  • 1871 Maurice Garin, French cyclist (d. 1957)
  • 1872 Wee Willie Keeler, outfielder (Baltimore Orioles); hit .432 in 1897
  • 1901 Roger Turner, American figure skater (7x US National Champion), born in Milton, Massachusetts (d. 1993)
  • 1912 Joe Stydahar, NFL tackle (Chicago Bears)
  • 1915 George Brian Snape, businessman/rugby league entrepreneur
  • 1918 Peter O'Sullevan, British horse racing commentator 'the voice of racing', born in Kenmare, Ireland (d. 2015)
  • 1918 Fritz Thiedemann, German equestrian (d. 2000)
  • 1920 Julius Boros, golfer (PGA Champ 1968, US Open 1952, 63)
  • 1922 Nándor Hidegkuti, Hungarian footballer (d. 2002)
  • 1936 Jim Clark, Formula 1 racer (1963 champ)
  • 1939 M L Jaisimha, cricketer (Indian batsman of the sixties)
  • 1945 Farooq Hamid, cricketer (1-107 in Test, Pakistan v Australia 1964)
  • 1947 Otto Stuppacher, Austrian racing driver (d. 2001)
  • 1949 Jesse Jefferson, American baseball player
  • 1953 Zico, Brazilian footballer
  • 1954 Keith Carlton Fergus, PGA golfer (1995 Honda Classic-8th), born in Temple, Texas
  • 1956 Jim Barton, American sailor (1996 Olympics bronze in Soling class), born in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • 1956 John F Reid, cricketer (New Zealand batsman of 70's/80's)
  • 1956 Zbigniew Boniek, Polish footballer
  • 1958 Bob Bradley, soccer coach (Olympics-gold-96), born in Montclair, New Jersey
  • 1959 Romeo Zondervan, Dutch soccer player (NAC)
  • 1960 Neal Heaton, American baseball player
  • 1960 Colin Wells, English cricketer
  • 1961 Perry McCarthy, English racing driver
  • 1962 Herschel Walker, WFL/NFL running back (NJ Generals, Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1962 Jackie Joyner-Kersee, E St Louis IL, heptathele (Olympic-gold-88, 92)
  • 1963 Elizabeth Chavez, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-13th-91), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1963 Kelly Miller, NHL left wing (Washington Capitals), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1964 Arturo Huerta, Mexico, Canadian walker (Olympics-96)
  • 1964 Atif Rauf, cricketer (Pakistani Test batsman v New Zealand 1994)
  • 1964 Raúl Alcalá, Mexican cyclist
  • 1965 A J Sager, pitcher (Detroit Tigers), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1966 Claus Boekweg, Dutch soccer player (FC Groningen, FC Zwolle)
  • 1966 Dmitri Volkov, Russian swimmer (world record)
  • 1966 Ellen Minzner, Lawrence Mass, rower (Olympics-96)
  • 1966 Gary Parker, WLAF kicker (Scotland Claymores)
  • 1966 Noelle Daghe, Decatur IL, LPGA golfer (1994 PING-Cellular One-21st)
  • 1966 Wendy Fletcher, WPVA volleyballer (National-5th-1993), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1967 Alexander Volkov, Russia, tennis star
  • 1967 Calvin Williams, NFL wide receiver (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1968 Brian Leetch, NHL defenseman (Team USA, NY Rangers), born in Corpus Christi, Texas
  • 1968 Diann Roffe-Steinrotter, alpine skier (Oly-gold/silver-92), born in Warsaw, New York
  • 1968 Scott Radinsky, Simi Valley CA, pitcher (LA Dodgers)
  • 1969 Ronald Humphrey, NFL running back (Indianapolis Colts)
  • 1970 Donovan Bergstrom, US 3K steeplechase runner
  • 1970 Inzamam-ul-Haq, cricketer (dashing Pakistani batsman)
  • 1970 Kristine Radford, Australian tennis star (1996 ITF/Lyneham), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1970 Rick Mirer, NFL QB (Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1970 Scott Keswick, Nevada, gymnast (Coca-Cola-1st-94, Olympics-96)
  • 1971 Terryl Ulmer, CFL defensive back (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • 1972 Martin Prochazka, Slany CZ, NHL forward (Czech Oly-Gold-98), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1972 Darren Anderton, English footballer
  • 1973 Cory Raymer, NFL center (Washington Redskins)
  • 1973 James Dexter, tackle (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1973 Jim Mills, tackle (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1973 Tisha Venturini, Modesto California, soccer midfielder (Olympics-96)
  • 1973 Winslow Oliver, running back (Carolina Panthers)
  • 1973 Romāns Vainšteins, Latvian cyclist
  • 1977 Bas Zuiderent, cricketer (Holland all-rounder 1996 World Cup)
  • 1978 Matt Diaz, American baseball player
  • 1980 Mason Unck, American football player
  • 1981 Dusty Dvoracek, American football player
  • 1981 Emmanuel Pappoe, Ghanaian footballer
  • 1982 Colton Orr, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1984 Alexander Semin, Russian ice hockey player
  • 1985 Sam Morrow, Northern Irish footballer
  • 1989 Erica Morningstar, Canadian Swimmer, and record holder.

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

1984 Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway (23) weds swimmer Janet Buchan in Menlo Park, California

NFL Quarterback John Elway
NFL Quarterback
John Elway
  • 2004 University of Miami star defensive tackle & probable NFL draft pick Vince Wilfork (22) weds Bianca Farinas at Little White Chapel in Las Vegas

Deaths in Sport

  • 1894 Ned Williamson, American baseball player (b. 1857)
  • 1927 J.G. Parry-Thomas, Welsh motor-racing driver (b. 1884)
  • 1935 Neville Knox, cricketer (bowled in 2 Tests for England 1907), dies
  • 1943 George Thomson, cricketer (all-rounder-6 Tests for Eng 1909-10), dies

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1953 James J. Jeffries, American heavyweight boxer, dies at 77

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion James J. Jeffries
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
James J. Jeffries
  • 1994 Bob Crisp, cricketer (9 Tests for South Africa, 20 wickets at 37 35), dies
  • 2010 Keith Alexander, British football manager (b. 1956)
  • 2012 Dave Charnley, British lightweight boxer, dies at 72
  • 2012 Alex Webster, American football coach, dies at 80

Person of interestPerson of Interest

2016 Martin Crowe, New Zealand cricketer and batsman, dies of cancer at 53

Cricketer Martin Crowe
Cricketer
Martin Crowe
  • 2017 Raymond Kopa [Kopaszewski], French footballer 'the Napoleon of football', dies at 85