On This Day in Sport for March 1

  • March

Events in Sport

  • 1843 5th Grand National: Tom Olliver aboard 12/1 Vanguard wins; first year race run as a handicap
  • 1848 10th Grand National: Capt. Josey Little aboard 12/1 Chandler wins; race marred by fatal falls of 3 competitors
  • 1854 16th Grand National: John Tasker wins aboard race favourite Bourton at 4/1
  • 1903 Major League Baseball Rules Committee rule that pitcher's mound must not be more than 15 inches higher than the baselines or home plate
  • 1910 National Baseball Commission prohibits giving mementos to players on winning World Series teams; decision later reversed, making way for traditional winners' watches, rings, and stickpins
  • 1919 Future Hockey Hall of Fame center Newsy Lalonde sets a playoff record with 5 goals in the Canadiens' 6-3 win over Ottawa in NHL Championship Game 3 in Montreal
  • 1921 Spin bowler Arthur Mailey takes 5 for 119 (record 36 wickets for series) to lead Australia to a 9 wicket 5th Test win over England in Sydney; first ever, 5-0 Ashes cricket series win for Australia
  • 1934 Italian boxer Primo Carnera beats American challenger Tommy Loughran by unanimous points decision at Madison Square Garden, NYC for the NYSAC and NBA heavyweight boxing titles
  • 1938 Federal Trade Commission orders 8 manufacturers and the PGA of America to end their practice of golf ball price-fixing
  • 1941 Former University of Notre Dame star fullback Elmer Layden is named first Commissioner of the NFL
  • 1941 Rangers' goalie Dave Kerr becomes the 5th goaltender in NHL history to record 200 career victories when New York wins, 3-1 over the Canadiens at Montreal
  • 1942 Major League Baseball owners decide not to allow players in the military to play for their clubs when on furlough
  • 1947 Cleveland Indians owner Bill Veeck sets up spring training camp In racially tolerant Phoenix, AZ in anticipation of signing team's first black players; Larry Doby is first acquisition later in the season

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1949 Former world heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis retires with a 66-3-0 record including 52 KOs

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1953 American golfer Babe Zaharias wins a controversial Sarasota Women's Open by 7 strokes as playing partner Louise Suggs refuses to sign the scorecard after Zaharias given a beneficial ruling

Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA
Louise Suggs

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1954 Future Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder Ted Williams fractures his collarbone on the first day of Boston Red Sox spring training; injury keeps him out of Boston lineup until May 15

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams

  • 1955 Pakistan and India play out a draw in the 5th cricket Test at the National Stadium in Karachi; 5 Test series drawn 0-0
  • 1958 21 year old West Indian cricket all-rounder Gary Sobers turns his maiden Test century into a world record 365no in the Windies' 3rd Test win over Pakistan in Kingston, Jamaica; Sobers and Conrad Hunte (260) 446 run partnership for 2nd wicket
  • 1965 Australian swimming authorities suspend triple Olympic gold medal winning sprinter Dawn Fraser for 10 years for misconduct at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics
  • 1967 MLB Commissioner William Eckert approves the Baseball Writers Association of America's plan to name a Cy Young Award recipient from both the National and American Leagues
  • 1968 High winds blow-off the Philadelphia Spectrum's roof, forcing the Flyers to play their final month of the NHL season on the road, with home games moved to Toronto, NYC and Quebec City

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1969 New York Yankees legend Mickey Mantle announces his retirement due to persistent knee injuries; finishes 18-season career with 536 home runs and .298 batting average

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle

Sports record brokenNHL Record

1969 Phil Esposito has a goal and assist in Boston Bruins' 8-5 win over NY Rangers to give him 99 points for the season, breaking the NHL record for most points in a season (97) held by Stan Mikita

NHL Star Phil Esposito
NHL Star
Phil Esposito
  • 1969 Tuesdee Testa becomes the first female jockey to win a race at a major American Thoroughbred track when she takes out the 3rd race at Santa Anita Park aboard Buz On
  • 1970 Minnesota coach Charlie Burns becomes the final player/coach in NHL history, when he plays in the North Stars' 8-0 win over Toronto Maple Leafs; remains in role for final month of the season
  • 1970 Boston's Bobby Orr becomes the first defenseman in NHL history to score 25 goals in a season during a 3-1 Bruins win over the visiting St. Louis Blues
  • 1973 Robyn Smith rides North Sea to victory in the Paumanok Handicap at Aqueduct Race Track in NYC to become the first American female jockey to win a stakes race
  • 1974 Australian cricketing brothers Ian (145) and Greg Chappell (162no) record 264 partnership in 1st Test draw vs New Zealand at Wellington; Ian (121) and Greg (133) double up with centuries in 2nd innings
  • 1975 Five Nations Rugby Championship match between Scotland and Wales at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh attracts a world record attendance of 104,000; Scots win 12-10

Sport awardPGA Players Championship

1976 PGA Tournament Players Championship, Inverrary CC: Jack Nicklaus wins his second TPC title, 3 strokes ahead of runner-up J. C. Snead

  • 1977 PGA of America announces a sudden-death playoff format for the PGA Championship to be implemented; previously an 18-hole playoff applied after tie in regulation 72 holes
  • 1980 27th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament, Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, NC: Duke beats Maryland, 73-72
  • 1980 21st SEC Men's Basketball Tournament, BJCC Coliseum, Birmingham, AL: LSU beats Kentucky, 80-78
  • 1981 Houston Rockets guard Calvin Murphy misses a free throw in a 102-86 loss in San Antonio, ending his NBA record consecutive free throw streak at 78
  • 1983 Alpine skier Tamara McKinney becomes the first American woman to top the overall World Cup standings with 225 points
  • 1985 Milwaukee businessman Herb Kohl purchases NBA's Milwaukee Bucks for $18 million
  • 1986 Quebec's Peter Stastny becomes just the 2nd player in NHL history to score 100 points in each of his first 6 seasons, with an assist in a 8-4 Nordiques' loss to the visiting Buffalo Sabres

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1988 Edmonton's Wayne Gretzky picks up a 1st period assist in Oilers' 5-3 win over LA Kings to move ahead of Gordie Howe as NHL's all time leader in career assists; Howe 1,049 assists in 26 years, Gretzky 1,050 in 9 years

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky

Hall of fameHall of Fame

1988 For first time since 1956, the Special Veterans Committee does not elect anyone to the Baseball Hall of Fame; Phil Rizzuto, Leo Durocher, Joe Gordon and Gil Hodges passed over

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher
MLB First Baseman Gil Hodges
MLB First Baseman
Gil Hodges
  • 1989 Charlie Francis, coach of disqualified sprinter Ben Johnson tells federal inquiry into Canada's greatest sports scandal Johnson knowingly used steroids since 1981
  • 1990 England cricket has its first win against West Indies in 16 years and 24 matches, a 9 wicket victory in the 1st Test in Kingston, Jamaica; Allan Lamb's first overseas century 132
  • 1991 37 year-old Pat Day becomes the 6th jockey in history whose mounts earned $100 million when he rides Wild Sierra to 2nd-place in the 1st race at Oaklawn Park, Arkansas
  • 1992 Jenny Thompson swims 100m freestyle world record 54.48s at the US Olympic Trials in Indianapolis, IN; passes famous GDR drug tainted record, Kristen Otto 1986 by 0.25s
  • 1992 In a rematch of one of the most controversial decisions in boxing history, Ghana's WBC super featherweight champion Azumah Nelson KOs Australian Jeff Fenech in 8th round in Melbourne

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1993 New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner is reinstated as general partner of the team; banned because of his relationship with convicted gambler Howie Spira

New York Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner
New York Yankees Owner
George Steinbrenner
  • 1993 New expansion NHL team, owned in Anaheim, CA by Disney, receives its name, inspired by the 1992 Disney movie 'The Mighty Ducks'

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1993 Pavel Bure scores twice to become the first player in Vancouver's 23 year history to record 50 goals in an NHL season as Canucks beat the Buffalo Sabres, 5-2 in Hamilton

Ice Hockey Great Pavel Bure
Ice Hockey Great
Pavel Bure

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1996 Atlanta's Lenny Wilkens becomes first coach in NBA history to reach 1,000 career victories when the Hawks beat Cleveland Cavaliers, 74-68

NBA Point Guard and Coach Lenny Wilkens
NBA Point Guard and Coach
Lenny Wilkens
  • 1997 Puerto Rican boxer Héctor Camacho stops Sugar Ray Leonard in 5th round in Atlantic City, NJ to retain IBC middleweight title; only time Leonard's is KO'ed and sends him into permanent retirement
  • 1998 Miami's Pat Riley becomes the 5th head coach to record 900 NBA career wins with Heat's 85-84 win over the New Jersey Nets
  • 1998 Mark Martin drives his Ford Taurus to victory in the inaugural NASCAR Winston Cup event at Las Vegas Motor Speedway; Martin finishes 1.6 seconds ahead of teammate Jeff Burton
  • 1999 Daryll Cullinan scores South African cricket record 275no in the drawn 1st Test against New Zealand at Eden Park, Auckland; Gary Kirsten 128
  • 2001 Carolina center Ron Francis scores a goal on his 38th birthday in a 3-1 win over Islanders to become just the 2nd player in NHL history to score 50+ points for 20 straight seasons
  • 2003 World light heavyweight boxing champion Roy Jones Jr. wins a unanimous decision against champion John Ruiz to capture the WBA heavyweight crown in Las Vegas
  • 2003 Nashville's Barry Trotz sets NHL record for most games coached with an expansion team from inception as Predators score a 5-4 OT win over Chicago; his 392nd game, Terry Crisp 391 with Tampa Bay
  • 2003 Legendary Mount St. Mary's basketball head coach Jim Phelan wins final game of 49 year career as Mountaineers win 60-56 over Central Connecticut State; Phelan: 830 wins in NCAA record 1,354 games
  • 2009 Steven Holcomb pilots USA-1 sled to victory in the 4-man competition at the World Bobsled Championships at Mt Van Hoevenberg, NY; first American win in the event in 50 years
  • 2016 MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred sends a strong message on the issue of domestic violence; issues a 30-game suspension to NY Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1855 Paul Hines, American MLB outfielder (Triple Crown 1878, Providence Grays), born in Virginia (d. 1935)
  • 1880 Julian Myrick, promoter of junior tennis
  • 1883 Thomas Shelvin, College Football Hall of Fame defensive end (Yale), born in Muskegon, Michigan (d. 1915)
  • 1888 Ewart Astill, England cricket all-rounder (9 Tests, Leicestershire), born in Ratby, Leicestershire (d. 1948)
  • 1911 Harry Golombek, British chess grandmaster, author (3-time British champion), born in London, England (d. 1995)
  • 1914 Harry Caray, American Baseball Hall of Fame broadcaster (Chicago Cubs), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 1998)
  • 1916 Bing Devine, American MLB executive (St. Louis Cardinals, NY Mets), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2007)
  • 1918 Duncan White, Ceylonese hurdler (first Olympic medallist from Ceylon, silver 400m hurdles 1948), born in Lathpandura, Sri Lanka (d. 1998)
  • 1918 Hank Wyse, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1945), born in Lunsford, Arkansas (d. 2000)
  • 1920 Max Bentley, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center (Hart Trophy 1946), born in Delisle, Saskatchewan (d. 1984)

Person of interestPete Rozelle

1926 Pete Rozelle, American NFL commissioner (1960-89), born in South Gate, California (d. 1996)

NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle
NFL Commissioner
Pete Rozelle
  • 1926 Allan Stanley, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame defenceman (4-times Stanley Cup winner), born in Timmins, Ontario (d. 2013)
  • 1930 Coimbatarao Gopinath, Indian cricket all-rounder (8 Tests, HS 50), born in Madras, India
  • 1930 Gastone Nencini, Italian road cyclist (winner Giro d'Italia 1957, Tour de France 1960), born in Florence, Italy (d. 1980)
  • 1940 David Broome, Show Jumper (world champ-1970)
  • 1943 Benjamin W Jipcho, Mt Elgon Kenya, 3K steeplechase (Olympic silver 1972)
  • 1943 Mauro Checcoli, Italian 3 day equestrian (Olympic gold 1964)
  • 1943 Wolfgang Scheidel, German DR, luge (Olympic gold 1972)
  • 1943 Akinori Nakayama, Japanese gymnast (6 Olympic gold 1968, 72), born in Nagoya, Japan
  • 1943 José Ángel Iribar, Spanish footballer
  • 1950 Shahid Israr, Pakistani cricket wicket-keeper (in one Test v NZ 1976)
  • 1952 Alice Ritzman, Kalispell MT, LPGA golfer (1995 Rochester Intl-5th)
  • 1952 David Allen Barr, Kelowna BC, PGA golfer (Atlanta Golf Classic)
  • 1952 Martin O'Neill, Northern Irish footballer and manager
  • 1953 Bandula Warnapura, cricketer (1st Sri Lanka Test captain)
  • 1956 Balwinder Singh Sandhu, cricketer (Sikh pace bowler 1983 World Cup)
  • 1956 Mark Todd, UK, NZ equestrian 3 day event (Olympics 1996)
  • 1958 Wayne B Phillips, cricket wicket-keeper (Australia)
  • 1960 Alicia Dibos, LPGA golfer (1994 US Women's Open-4th), born in Lima, Peru
  • 1961 Mike Rozier, NFL halfback (Heisman Trophy-1983, Houston, Atlanta)
  • 1962 Mark Gardner, pitcher (SF Giants), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1962 Russell Coutts, New Zealand yachtsman (Olympic gold Finn Class 1984, America's Cup 5 x winner), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1963 Arnold Oosterveer, soccer player (SC Heerenveen)
  • 1963 Barb[ara] Marois, Auburn Mass, field hockey defender (Olympics 1996)
  • 1963 Magnus Svensson, Leksand Swe, NHL defenseman (Florida Panthers)
  • 1963 Ron Francis, Sault Ste Marie, NHL center (Pitts Penguins, Team Canada)
  • 1963 Tony Castillo, Lara Venezuela, pitcher (Toronto Blue Jays)
  • 1964 Paul Le Guen, French football manager
  • 1965 Les Miller, defensive end (Carolina Panthers)
  • 1965 Stewart Elliott, American jockey (2004 Kentucky Derby & Preakness on Smarty Jones), born in Toronto, Canada
  • 1967 Aron Winter, Surnamese/Dutch soccer star (Ajax, Lazio)
  • 1967 Yelena Afanasyeva, Russian athlete
  • 1968 Salil Ankola, cricketer (Indian pace bowler one Test 1989)
  • 1968 Sanjeeva Weerasinghe, cricketer (Test for Sri Lanka v India at 17)
  • 1969 Azam Khan, cricketer (Pakistan ODI batsman 1996)
  • 1969 Doug Creek, Winchester VA, pitcher (SF Giants)
  • 1969 Vincenzo Esposito, NBA guard (Toronto Raptors)
  • 1970 Lisa Eagen, Harlan Iowa, team handball wing/back court (Olympics 1996)
  • 1970 Ray Crittenden, wide receiver (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1970 Stuart Thompson, Australian baseball infielder (Olympics 1996)
  • 1971 Allen Johnson, long jumper/110m hurdler (Olympic gold 1996), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1971 Andre Karnebeek, soccer player (FC Twente)
  • 1971 Austin Robbins, NFL defensive tackle (Oakland Raiders, New Orleans Saints)
  • 1971 Shepherd Clark, figure skater (1994, 97 Eastern Sr champ), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1971 Tim Prinsen, CFL offensive linebacker (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • 1971 Tyler Hamilton, Marblehead Mass, cyclist (Olympics 1996)
  • 1971 Zahoor Elahi, cricketer (Pakistan opening batsman v NZ 1996)
  • 1972 Omar Daal, Maracaibo Venezuela, pitcher (Montreal Expos)
  • 1972 Profail Grier, CFL running back (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • 1973 Chris Webber, American NBA forward (Washington Bullets, Wizards), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1974 Stephen Davis, running back (Washington Redskins)
  • 1976 Maringo Vlijter, soccer player (Go Ahead Eagles)
  • 1977 Rod White, Sharon Pa, archer (Olympic gold 1996)
  • 1977 Rens Blom, Dutch athlete
  • 1980 Shahid Afridi, Pakistan cricket all-rounder (record 100 in 37 balls in 1st ODI innings), born in Khyber, Pakistan
  • 1980 Djimi Traoré, Malian footballer
  • 1980 Abdur Rehman, Pakistani cricketer
  • 1981 Will Power, Australian auto racer (Indianapolis 500 2018), born in Toowoomba, Queensland
  • 1981 Brad Winchester, American ice hockey player
  • 1983 Daniel Carvalho, Brazilian footballer
  • 1983 Chris Hackett, English footballer
  • 1983 Blake Hawksworth, Canadian baseball player
  • 1984 Alexander Steen, Canadian-born Swedish ice hockey player
  • 1985 Andreas Ottl, German footballer
  • 1985 Jeremy Jacob "J" Leman, Champaign Illinois, American Football Player
  • 1986 Jonathan Spector, American soccer player
  • 1989 Carlos Vela, Mexican footballer
  • 1990 Nikolas Tsattalios, Australian soccer player
  • 1990 Ben Tozer, English footballer

Deaths in Sport

  • 1922 Rafael Moreno Aranzadi, Spanish footballer (b. 1892)
  • 1963 Irish Meusel, American baseball player (b. 1893)
  • 1963 Jorge Daponte, Argentine racing driver (b. 1923)
  • 1980 Dixie Dean, English footballer (b. 1907)
  • 2006 Peter Osgood, English footballer (b. 1947)
  • 2013 Sammy Guillen, West Indian cricketer (wicket-keeper for West Indies & NZ), dies at 88
  • 2015 Minnie Minoso, Cuban baseball left-fielder (9-time All Star), dies of heart disease at 92
  • 2018 Anatoly Lein, Soviet-born American chess Grandmaster (1968), dies at 86
  • 2019 Eusebio Pedroza, Panamanian boxer (WBA featherweight champion 1978-85), dies of pancreatic cancer at 62