On This Day in Sport for March 7

Events in Sport

  • 1855 17th Grand National: John Hanlon aboard Wanderer IRE wins
  • 1857 Baseball decides 9 innings constitutes an official game, not 9 runs
  • 1860 22nd Grand National: Mr Tommy Pickernell aboard Anatis IRE wins
  • 1866 28th Grand National: Mr Alec Goodman aboard Salamander IRE wins
  • 1870 Cincinnati Red Stockings, 1st pro BB team, begin 8-mo tour of Midwest & East
  • 1900 Stanley Cup: Montreal Shamrocks sweep Halifax Crescents in 2 games
  • 1930 Georgetown High of Chicago defeats Homer 1-0 in basketball
  • 1940 Mont Canadiens lose record tying NHL 15th straight game at home

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1940 Ray Steele beats B Nagurski in St Louis, to become wrestling champ

Hall of Fame American Football Player Bronko Nagurski
Hall of Fame American Football Player
Bronko Nagurski

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1951 Ezzard Charles beats Jersey Joe Walcott in 15 for 2nd time to win National Boxing Association world heavyweight title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Ezzard Charles
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Ezzard Charles
World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jersey Joe
World Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jersey Joe
  • 1954 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Sarasota Golf Open
  • 1954 Russia wins title in their 1st international ice hockey competition
  • 1955 Baseball Commissioner Ford Frick says he favors legalization of spitter
  • 1959 6th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: NC State beats North Carolina, 80-56
  • 1964 11th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Duke beats Wake Forest, 80-59
  • 1970 17th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: NC State beats South Carolina, 42-39 (2 OT)
  • 1978 Canuck's Ron Sedlbauer fails on 5th penalty shot against Islanders
  • 1979 Baseball exhibition season opens with semipro & amateur umpires
  • 1979 Warren Giles & Hack Wilson selected to baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1981 28th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: North Carolina beats Maryland, 61-60
  • 1981 22nd SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Ole Miss beats Georgia, 66-62

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1982 Beth Daniel wins LPGA American Express Sun City Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Beth Daniel
LPGA Golfer
Beth Daniel
  • 1982 NCAA Tournament Selection televised live for 1st time
  • 1982 29th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: North Carolina beats Virginia, 47-45

Sports record brokenNHL Record

1986 Wayne Gretzky breaks own NHL season record with 136th assist

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • 1987 Gavaskar becomes 1st cricket batsman to score 10,000 Test runs

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1987 Mike Tyson beats Bonecrusher Smith in 12 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • 1988 Jim Abbott, 1-handed pitcher, wins 58th James E Sullivan Award

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1989 Dino Ciccarelli is traded by the Minnesota North Stars to the Washington Capitals

NHL Star Dino Ciccarelli
NHL Star
Dino Ciccarelli
  • 1992 Nicole Stevenson swims world record 200m backstroke (2:06.78)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1996 Magic Johnson is 2nd NBA player to reach 10,000 career assists

NBA Legend Magic Johnson
NBA Legend
Magic Johnson
  • 1997 Athens, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Rome & Stockholm are finalists for 2004 Olympics site
  • 1998 19th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Connecticut beats Syracuse, 69-64
  • 1999 46th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #1 Duke beats #15 North Carolina, 96-73
  • 1999 40th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats Arkansas, 76-63

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2009 Despite only being 17 years old, Brazilian soccer star Neymar makes his professional debut for Real Madrid

Footballer Neymar
Footballer
Neymar

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2016 Peyton Manning announces his retirement from the Denver Broncos and the NFL

NFL Quarterback Peyton Manning
NFL Quarterback
Peyton Manning

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2016 Maria Sharapova reveals she failed a drug test for meldonium at the Australian Open in January

Tennis Player Maria Sharapova
Tennis Player
Maria Sharapova

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1813 Judocus Smits, Dutch Catholic newspaper pioneer/founder (The Time)
  • 1904 Ivar Ballangrud, Norway, Olympic speed skater (4 gold, 2 silver)
  • 1920 Willie Watson, cricketer (England batsman & soccer international)
  • 1933 Jackie Blanchflower, Northern Irish footballer (d. 1998)
  • 1934 Nari Contractor, cricketer (Indian batsman & captain)
  • 1938 Homero Blancas, PGA golfer (1972 Phoenix Open), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1938 Janet Guthrie, race car driver (1st woman to race in Indie 500)
  • 1939 Panajot Pano, Albania's most outstanding football player of the past 50 years born in Durres
  • 1942 Al[bert] Tanara, WLAF defensive coach (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 1942 U N Kulkarni, cricketer (Indian pace bowler in four Tests 1967-68)
  • 1943 Carole Peel, Australian softball asst coach (Olympics-bronze-96)
  • 1947 Walter Röhrl, German race and rally car driver
  • 1950 Franco Harris, NFL fullback (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1952 Lynn Swann, NFL receiver (Pittsburgh Steelers)/sportscaster
  • 1955 Tommy Kramer, American football player
  • 1959 Thomas Edward Lehman, Austin MN, PGA golfer (1994 Memorial Tournament)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1960 Ivan Lendl, Czech tennis champion (US Open 1985-87), born in Ostrava, Czechoslovakia

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ivan Lendl

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1960 Joe Carter, MLB outfielder (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

MLB Outfielder Joe Carter
MLB Outfielder
Joe Carter
  • 1963 Mike Eagles, Sussex, NHL center (Washington Capitals)
  • 1963 Mohammad Ishaq, cricketer (UAE batsman 1996 World Cup)
  • 1964 Amy Baltus, Bloomington IND, WPVA volleyballer (Nationals-13th-1992)
  • 1964 Jeff Criswell, NFL tackle (KC Chiefs)
  • 1965 Jesper Bo Parnevik, PGA golfer (1995 Nestle-5th), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1965 Steve Beuerlein, NFL quarterback (Jacksonville Jaguars, Car Panthers)
  • 1965 [Willie] Flipper Anderson, NFL wide receiver (Indianapolis Colts)
  • 1965 Jack Armstrong, American baseball player
  • 1966 Jeff Feagles, NFL punter (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1966 Terry Carkner, Smiths Falls, NHL defenseman (Florida Panthers)
  • 1967 Zheng Haixia, WNBA center (LA Sparks)
  • 1968 Jeff Kent, Bellflower CA, infielder (NY Mets)
  • 1968 Ricky Proehl, NFL wide receiver (Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears)
  • 1969 Anne Marie Lauck, marathoner (Olympics-10th-96), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1969 Anthony Davis, NFL linebacker (KC Chiefs)
  • 1969 Brian Jamieson, rower (Olympics-silver-1996), born in Livingston, New Jersey
  • 1969 Geoff Smith, Edmonton, NHL defenseman (Florida Panthers)
  • 1969 Matt Blundin, NFL quarterback (KC Chiefs, Detroit Lions)
  • 1969 Sam Gash, NFL running back (New England Patriots)
  • 1970 Kathy Gedney, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-25th-1994), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1971 Alison Herst, kayaker (Olympics-5-92, 96), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1972 Andrew Finch, rower (Olympics-1996)
  • 1972 Marina Hatzakis, Australian rower (Olympics-96)
  • 1973 Ray Parlour, English footballer
  • 1974 Joost Volmer, soccer player (FC Twente)
  • 1974 Facundo Sava, Argentine footballer
  • 1975 Andrey Savenkov, hockey defenseman (Team Kazakhstan Oly-1998)
  • 1975 William Hampton, CFL defensive back (Calgary Stampeders)
  • 1977 Ludmila Richterova, Kosice Slovakia, tennis star (1995 Bournemouth)
  • 1977 Gianluca Grava, Italian footballer, born in Caserta
  • 1977 Mitja Zastrow, German-born swimmer
  • 1983 Manucho, Angolan footballer
  • 1983 Taylor Tankersley, American baseball player
  • 1984 Mathieu Flamini, French footballer
  • 1986 Ben Griffin, Australian soccer player

Deaths in Sport

  • 1924 Pat Moran, manager (Cincinnati Reds), dies of Bright's Disease
  • 1978 Steve Bilko, American baseball player (b. 1928)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1991 James "Cool Papa" Bell, American baseball center fielder in Negro league baseball, considered by many to have been one of the fastest men ever to play the game, dies at 87

Baseball player Cool Papa Bell
Baseball player
Cool Papa Bell
  • 1993 Tony Harris, South African cricketer (8 Tests for South Africa 1947-49, 100 runs) and rugby union player (Springbok), dies at 76