On This Day in Sport for March 1

Events in Sport

  • 1843 5th Grand National: Tom Olliver aboard Vanguard wins
  • 1848 10th Grand National: Capt. Josey Little aboard Chandler wins
  • 1854 16th Grand National: John Tasker aboard Bourton wins
  • 1904 England regains cricket Ashes taking a 3-1 series lead v Australia
  • 1921 Australia Cricket team complete 5-0 drubbing of England
  • 1934 Primo Carnera beats Tommy Loughran in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1941 Elmer Layden becomes 1st NFL commissioner
  • 1942 Baseball decides that players in military can't play when on furlough

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1949 Joe Louis retires as heavyweight boxing champ

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • 1949 The Browns, owners of Sportsman's Park, move to evict the Cardinals
  • 1953 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Sarasota Golf Open

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1954 In spring training, baseballer Ted Williams breaks his collarbone

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • 1955 Pakistan v India 5 Test Cricket series ends in a 0-0 draw
  • 1958 Gary Sobers 365* v Pak, 614 min, 38 fours, best Cricket before Lara
  • 1958 West Indies cricket team declares at stumps with a score of 3-790 vs Pakistan
  • 1959 Beverly Hanson wins LPGA Golden Triangle Festival Golf Tournament
  • 1965 Australia suspends champion swimmer Dawn Fraser for 10-yrs for misconduct

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1969 NY Yankees' Mickey Mantle retires

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • 1970 Atje Keulen-Deelstra becomes world champion all-round ladies skater

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1972 Wilt Chamberlain is 1st NBA player to score 30,000 points

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • 1973 Robyn Smith becomes 1st female jockey to win a major race in the US - Aqueduct's Paumonok Handicap
  • 1974 Ian & Greg Chappell make 264 partnership v NZ cricket at Wellington
  • 1980 Hilbert van der Duim becomes world champion all-round skater
  • 1980 27th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Duke beats Maryland, 73-72
  • 1980 21st SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: LSU beats Kentucky, 80-78
  • 1981 Sally Little wins LPGA Olympia Gold Golf Classic
  • 1985 Milwaukee businessman Herb Kohl purchases the Milwaukee Bucks

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1987 Jane Geddes wins LPGA Women's Kemper Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Jane Geddes
LPGA Golfer
Jane Geddes

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1988 Wayne Gretzky passes Gordie Howe with his record 1,050th NHL assist

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • 1993 George Steinbenner is reinstated as owner of NY Yankees
  • 1993 New expansion NHL team, owned by Disney, is named the Mighty Ducks

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1996 Lenny Wilkens, winningest coach in NBA, coaches his 1,000th victory

NBA Point Guard and Coach Lenny Wilkens
NBA Point Guard and Coach
Lenny Wilkens

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1880 Julian Myrick, promoter of junior tennis
  • 1883 Thomas Shelvin, college footballer great (Yale)
  • 1888 Ewart Astill, English cricketer (d. 1948)
  • 1914 Harry Caray, American sportscaster (Chicago Cubs), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 1998) probable date
  • 1920 Max Bentley, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1984)
  • 1923 Duncan White, Ceylon, 400m hurdler (Olympic silver 1948)

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

NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle
NFL Commissioner
Pete Rozelle
  • 1926 Allan Stanley, Timmons, ON, Hall of Fame ice hockey player, (d. 2013)
  • 1930 C D Gopinath, cricketer (batted in 8 Tests for India in the 1950's)
  • 1930 Gastone Nencini, Italian cyclist (d. 1980)
  • 1940 David Broome, Show Jumper (world champ-1970)
  • 1943 Mauro Checcoli, Italian 3 day equestrian (Olympic gold 1964)
  • 1943 Wolfgang Scheidel, German DR, luge (Olympic gold 1972)
  • 1943 Akinori Nakayama, Japanese gymnast
  • 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-96)
  • 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 sailor (Olympic Gold 1984, America's Cup 5x winner), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1963 Arnold Oosterveer, soccer player (SC Heerenveen)
  • 1963 Barb[ara] Marois, Auburn Mass, field hockey defender (Olympics-96)
  • 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, Canadian jockey
  • 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 (Olympics-gold-96), 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-96)
  • 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
  • 1973 Igor Murin, Slovakian hockey goaltender (Team Slovakia 1998), born in Trencin, Czechoslovakia
  • 1974 Stephen Davis, running back (Washington Redskins)
  • 1976 Maringo Vlijter, soccer player (Go Ahead Eagles)
  • 1977 Rod White, Sharon Pa, archer (Olympics-gold-1996)
  • 1977 Rens Blom, Dutch athlete
  • 1980 Shahid Afridi, cricketer (ton in 37 balls in 1st ODI innings)
  • 1980 Djimi Traoré, Malian footballer
  • 1980 Abdur Rehman, Pakistani cricketer
  • 1981 Will Power, Australian racing driver
  • 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)
  • 2015 Minnie Minoso, Cuban American baseball player (1st black player for White Socks), dies at 92