On This Day

On This Day in Sport for March 11

Events in Sport

  • 1863 25th Grand National: George Stevens wins his 2nd GN aboard 4/1 Emblem; winning mare's full sister Emblematic wins the following year
  • 1876 English FA Cup Final, Kennington Oval, London: Wanderers and Old Estonians draw, 1-1; Wanderers win replay, 3-0 for 3rd title
  • 1892 1st public basketball game (Springfield, Massachusetts)
  • 1901 Cincinnati Enquirer reports Baltimore manager John McGraw signed Cherokee Indian Tokohoma, who is really black 2nd baseman Charlie Grant
  • 1904 Stanley Cup: Ottawa Silver 7 sweep Brandon Wheat Kings in 2 games
  • 1905 Stanley Cup, Dey's Arena, Ottawa, ON: Ottawa Senators beat Rat Portage Thisles, 5-4 for 2-1 challenge series victory
  • 1910 Jack Hobbs scores 187 vs South Africa, his 1st international test hundred only to get out hit wicket
  • 1912 First Stanley Cup challenge game to be played in three 20-minute periods (formerly 30-minute halves), Quebec beats Moncton, 9-3 on way to series sweep
  • 1917 1st NHL championship game ever played, Toronto Arenas beats Montreal Canadiens 7-3 in 1st of 2 game set (second game on March 13)
  • 1924 NHL Championship: Montreal Canadiens sweeps Ottawa Senators in 2 games

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1941 Bronko Nagurski beats Ray Steele in Minn, to become wrestling champ

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

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1956 LPGA Titleholders Championship Women's Golf, Augusta CC: Louise Suggs wins her 3rd Titleholders title by 1 stroke from Patty Berg

Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA
Louise Suggs
  • 1961 Then NHL record 40 penalties, Black Hawks & Maple Leafs (20 each)
  • 1967 14th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: North Carolina beats Duke, 82-73
  • 1972 19th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: North Carolina beats Maryland, 73-64
  • 1979 Randy Hold receives 67 min in penalties in a 60 min NHL hockey game

  • 1980 Rod Marsh bowls 10 overs for 51 runs in dull Aust v Pak cricket draw
  • 1981 Johnny Mize and Rube Foster are elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1982 Detroit Pistons play the Chicago Bulls, with final score of Detroit 152 to Chicago 144 and Detroit having 20 blocked shots

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1983 Ice Dance Championship at Helsinki, Finland won by Jayne Torvill & Christopher Dean (Great Britain)

Ice Dancer Christopher Dean
Ice Dancer
Christopher Dean
Ice Dancer Jayne Torvill
Ice Dancer
Jayne Torvill

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1983 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Helsinki won by Scott Hamilton (USA)

Figure Skater Scott Hamilton
Figure Skater
Scott Hamilton
  • 1984 31st ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Maryland beats Duke, 74-62

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1986 Islander Mike Bossy, 1st NHLer to score 50 goals in 9 straight seasons

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy
  • 1986 NFL adopts instant replay rule
  • 1990 37th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #14 Georgia Tech beats Virginia, 70-61
  • 1990 31st SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Alabama beats Ole Miss, 70-51
  • 1990 11th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Connecticut beats Syracuse, 78-75
  • 1991 John Smith, US amateur wrestler, wins James E Sullivan Award

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1991 Monica Seles ends Steffi Graf's streak of 186 weeks ranked as #1

Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion Monica Seles
Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion
Monica Seles
Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf
  • 1993 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Prague won by Kurt Browning CAN
  • 1997 San Francisco Giant J T Snow suffers a fractured eye socket when hit by a pitch
  • 2000 21st Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: St. John's beats Connecticut, 80-70
  • 2001 48th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #3 Duke beats #6 North Carolina, 79-53
  • 2001 42nd SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats Ole Miss, 77-55
  • 2006 27th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Syracuse beats Pittsburgh, 65-61
  • 2007 54th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #8 North Carolina beats NC State, 89-80
  • 2007 48th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Florida beats Arkansas, 77-56
  • 2012 59th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #17 Florida State beats #4 North Carolina, 85-82
  • 2012 53rd SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Vanderbilt beats Kentucky, 71-64

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2013 Laureus World Sports Awards, Municipal Theater, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Sportsman: Usain Bolt; Sportswoman: Missy Franklin; Team: FC Bayern Munich

Olympic Sprinter Usain Bolt
Olympic Sprinter
Usain Bolt
  • 2017 England retains the Six Nations Rugby Championship with 61-21 win over Scotland at Twickenham; England's 11th consecutive Six Nations win and equals NZ's record of 18 consecutive international wins
  • 2020 NBA suspends 2019-20 season until further notice after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tests positive for COVID-19

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1863 Andrew Stoddart, cricketer (My Dear Victorious Stod)
  • 1870 Herm McFarland, American MLB outfielder (first grand slam in AL history), born in Des Moines, Iowa (d. 1935)
  • 1885 Malcolm Campbell, British motor racer (world land and water speed record holder), born in London, England (d. 1948)
  • 1903 George Dickinson, cricketer (bowled for NZ in their 1st 3 Tests)
  • 1915 Vijay Hazare, cricketer (prolific Indian batsman 1946-54)
  • 1923 Louise Brough, American tennis player (Wimbledon 1948-50, 55), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 2014)
  • 1929 Jackie McGlew, cricketer (dour South African opening bat of the 50')
  • 1930 Bobby Winkles, American College Baseball Hall of Fame coach (Arizona State University) and manager (California Angels, Oakland A's), born in Tuckerman, Arkansas (d. 2020)
  • 1933 Saïd Amara, Algerian soccer midfielder (5 caps; Strasbourg, Béziers, Bordeaux) and manager (Algeria), born in Saïda, Algeria (d. 2020)
  • 1934 Sydney Burke, South African cricket fast bowler (2 Tests; 11-196 on Test debut v NZ 1961), born in Pretoria, South Africa
  • 1937 John Ward, New Zealand cricket wicketkeeper (8 Tests; 17 dismissals), born in Timaru, New Zealand (d. 2021)
  • 1937 Milan Vukcevich, Yugoslavian chemist and a grandmaster of chess problem composition, born in Belgrade, Serbia (d. 2003)
  • 1945 Dock Ellis, American baseball player
  • 1948 César Gerónimo, Dominican baseball player
  • 1957 Elena Donaldson-Akhmilovskaya, Leningrad, Soviet Union, Chess Grandmaster, (d. 2012)
  • 1964 Raimo Helminen, Tampere FIN, hockey forward (Team Finland, Olympic bronze 1998)
  • 1966 Steve Reed, MLB pitcher (Colorado Rockies), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1967 Andrew Zesers, Australian cricketer (1987 World Cup)
  • 1967 Bill Houlder, Thunder Bay, NHL defenseman (Tampa Bay Lightning)
  • 1969 Dan Lacroix, NHL left wing (NY Rangers), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1969 John Fina, NFL offensive tackle (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1971 Jiri Vykoukai, Olomouc CZ, hockey player (Team Czech Rep, Olympic gold 1998)
  • 1971 Martin Rucinsky, Most Cze, NHL left wing (Canadiens, Olympic gold 1998)
  • 1971 Liesbeth Migchelsen, Dutch soccer defender (97 caps; FFC Heike Rheine, SV Fortuna Wormerveer, AZ Alkmaar), born in Harderwijk, Netherlands (d. 2020)
  • 1972 Carl Greenwood, American NFL cornerback (NY Jets), born in Fort Ord, California
  • 1972 Jamal Duff, NFL defensive end (NY Giants, Wash Redskins)
  • 1973 Mike Mihelic, CFL offensive tackle (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • 1973 Sammie Brennan, CFL defensive back (BC Lions)
  • 1973 Tony Veland, NFL defensive back (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1973 Martin Hiden, Austrian footballer
  • 1974 Billy Granville, linebacker (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • 1974 David Cameron, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • 1975 Shawn Springs, cornerback (Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1976 Thomas Gravesen, Danish footballer
  • 1977 Becky Hammon, American / Russian basketball point guard (WNBA: NY Liberty, SA Stars; Russia Olympics 2008, 12) and coach (first female to coach an NBA team; SA Spurs 2020), born in Rapid City, South Dakota
  • 1978 Didier Drogba, Ivorian football player (Chelsea, Phoenix Rising FC, Ivorian national team), born in Abidjan, Ivory Coast
  • 1978 Albert Luque, Spanish footballer
  • 1979 Fred Jones, American basketball player
  • 1979 Elton Brand, American NBA basketball player, 1999-2016 (Los Angeles Clippers, Philadelphia 76ers, and 3 other teams), and general manager (76ers, 2018-present), born in Cortlandt Manor, New York
  • 1980 Paul Scharner, Austrian footballer
  • 1980 Dan Uggla, American baseball player
  • 1981 Lee Evans, American football player
  • 1982 Hasan Raza, cricketer (Test cricketer at the age of 14)
  • 1982 Brian Anderson, Major League Baseball player
  • 1985 Derek Schouman, American football player
  • 1985 Nikolai Topor-Stanley, Australian soccer player
  • 1987 Marc-Andre Gragnani, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1993 Anthony Davis, American basketball center (2012 NBA Draft: #1 pick New Orleans Pelicans), born in Chicago, Illinois

Deaths in Sport

  • 1894 John Selby, England Test cricket batsman (6 Tests), dies of paralytic stroke at 44
  • 1900 Edmund Peate, cricketer (9 Tests for England 1881-86), dies
  • 1926 Biddy Anderson, South African cricketer (score 32 & 11 in Test for South Africa), dies at 51
  • 1963 Mahomed Nissar, Indian cricketer (6 Tests for India 1932-36, 25 wkts), dies at 52
  • 1972 Zack Wheat, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (NL batting champion 1918; Brooklyn Superbas / Dodgers / Robins 1909–26), dies of a heart attack at 83
  • 1977 Alberto Rodriguez Larreta, Argentine racing driver (b. 1934)
  • 1990 Dean Horrix, English footballer (b. 1961)
  • 1998 Jean Shiley, American high jumper (Olympic gold 1932), dies at 86
  • 2006 Bernie "Boom Boom" Geoffrion, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1931)
  • 2010 Merlin Olsen, American football player (Los Angeles Rams) and actor (Father Murphy), dies of cancer at 69
  • 2016 Iolanda Balaș, Romanian high jumper (Olympic gold 1960), dies at 79
  • 2019 Willie Ellison, American NFL running back (Pro Bowl 1971; LA Rams, KC Chiefs), dies at 73