On This Day

March 1937 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Mar 19 96th Grand National: With King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in attendance, aptly-named Royal Mail ridden by jockey Evan Williams wins at odds of 100/6; estimated crowd, 300,000
  • Mar 20 England beats Scotland, 6-3 at Murrayfield, Edinburgh to clinch the Home Nations Rugby Championship and Triple Crown

Sports History

Mar 25 It is revealed Quaker Oats pays Babe Ruth $25,000 per year for ads

  • Mar 25 Lionel Conacher misses on 1st Stanley Cup penalty shot

Sports History

Mar 26 Joe DiMaggio takes Ty Cobb's advice and replaces his 40 oz bat with a 36 oz one

  • Mar 27 Feijenoord Stadion, home ground of Dutch football club Feyenoord Rotterdam and nicknamed De Kuip opens after 2 years in construction

Birthdays in Sport

  • Mar 2 Denny Crum, American College Basketball & Basketball Hall of Fame coach (University of Louisville 1971-2001; NCAA C'ship 1980, 86; 6 x Final Fours), born in San Fernando, California
  • Mar 4 Graeme Dowling, New Zealand cricket batsman (39 Tests, 3 x 100s, TS 239 v India 1968; Canterbury CA), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Mar 9 Grahame Chevalier, South African cricketer (one Test for South Africa 1970, 0 & 0*, 5-100), born in Cape Town, South Africa (d. 2017)
  • Mar 9 Brian Redman, English racing driver, born in Colne, Lancashire
  • Mar 10 John Creighton, New Zealand rugby union hooker (1 Test, 6 apps NZ; Canterbury), born in Rotherham, New Zealand (d. 2022)
  • Mar 11 John Ward, New Zealand cricket wicketkeeper (8 Tests; 17 dismissals), born in Timaru, New Zealand (d. 2021)
  • Mar 11 Milan Vukcevich, Yugoslavian chemist and a grandmaster of chess problem composition, born in Belgrade, Serbia (d. 2003)
  • Mar 11 Alexandra Zabelina, Russian fencer (Olympic gold USSR women's team foil 1960, 68, 72), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 2022)
  • Mar 14 Peter van der Merwe, South African cricketer (South African captain of mid-1960's)
  • Mar 14 Arturo Chaires, Mexican soccer defender (22 caps; C.D. Guadalajara), born in Guadalajara, Mexico (d. 2020)
  • Mar 15 Dick Bass, American NFL running back (Pro Bowl 1962, 63, 66; LA Rams), born in Georgetown, Mississippi (d. 2006)
  • Mar 15 Randy Duncan Jr., American College Football HOF quarterback (University of Iowa; #1 pick 1959 NFL Draft by GB Packers), born in Osage, Iowa (d. 2015)
  • Mar 18 Mark Donohue, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500, 1972), born in Haddon Township, New Jersey (d. 1975)
  • Mar 18 Rudi Altig, German cyclist
  • Mar 20 Helmut Recknagel, German 90m ski jump (Olympic gold 1960)
  • Mar 21 Tom Flores, NFL quarterback and coach (Raiders), born in Fresno, California
  • Mar 22 Armin Hary, German athlete (2 Olympic gold 100m, 4x100m relay 1960), born in Quierschied, Germany
  • Mar 23 Craig Breedlove, American auto racer (5-time world land speed record holder), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 23 Tony Burton, American boxer, and actor (Rocky films), born in Flint, Michigan (d. 2016)
  • Mar 26 Barbara Pearl Jones, American 4X100m relayer (Olympic gold 1952, 60), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Mar 26 Wayne Embry, American Basketball HOF center (5 x NBA All Star; NBA C'ship 1968 Boston Celtics) and executive (NBA Executive of the Year 1992 Cleveland Cavs, 1998 Toronto Raptors), born in Springfield, Ohio
  • Mar 27 Francesco Janich, Italian soccer defender (6 caps; Bologna), born in Udine, Italy (d. 2019)

Deaths in Sport

Howie Morenz

Mar 8 Howie Morenz, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center (Montreal Canadiens, 3-time Stanley Cup winner), dies of a heart attack at 34

Harry Vardon

Mar 20 Harry Vardon, Jersey golfer (6 time British Open champion, US Open 1900), dies of lung cancer at 66

  • Mar 26 Albert Relf, English cricketer (13 Tests for England 1903-14), commits suicide at 52