On This Day

On This Day in Sport for March 13

Events in Sport

  • 1861 23rd Grand National: Joseph Kendall wins aboard Jealousy at 5/1
  • 1875 English FA Cup Final, Kennington Oval, London: Royal Engineers and Old Etonians draw 1-1; replay won by Engineers, 2-0
  • 1878 Oxford University defeats Cambridge University in their 1st golf match
  • 1894 J L Johnstone of England invents horse racing starting gate
  • 1911 Stanley Cup, Dey's Arena, Ottawa, ON: Ottawa Senators beat Galt (ON), 7-4
  • 1912 Stanley Cup, Quebec Skating Rink, Quebec City, Quebec: Quebec Bulldogs rout Moncton Victorias (NB), 8-0 for a 2-0 sweep of the challenge series
  • 1915 Dodgers manager Wilbert Robinson tries to catch a baseball dropped from an airplane, but the pilot substitutes a grapefruit
  • 1918 1st NHL championship: Toronto Arenas beat Montreal Canadiens, outscoring them 10-7 in a 2 game set
  • 1922 NHL Championship: Ottawa Senators outscore Toronto St Pats, 5 to 4, in 2 games
  • 1925 NHL Championship: Montreal Canadiens sweep Toronto Arenas in 2 games

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1929 20 year old Australian cricket super-batsman Don Bradman scores 123 in 5th Test vs England at MCG; his second Test century

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1936 Irish-bred Golden Miller with Evan Williams aboard wins record 5th consecutive Cheltenham Gold Cup steeplechase at 21/20 favourite; only horse to complete Gold Cup-Grand National double
  • 1943 Baseball approves official ball (with cork & balata)
  • 1948 Ireland beats Wales, 6-3 at Ravenhill Stadium, Belfast to clinch the Five Nations Rugby Championship and first Grand Slam

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1954 Braves' Bobby Thomson breaks his ankle, he is replaced by Hank Aaron

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
  • 1955 LPGA Titleholders Championship Women's Golf, Augusta CC: Patty Berg wins her 6th Titleholders title by 2 strokes from Mary Lena Faulk

  • 1956 NZ bowl out WI for 77 at Eden Park to score their 1st Test Cricket win
  • 1960 LPGA Titleholders Championship Women's Golf, Augusta CC: Fay Crocker of Uruguay wins by 7 strokes ahead of Kathy Cornelius
  • 1960 NFL's Chicago Cardinals moves to St Louis
  • 1960 White Sox unveil new road uniforms with players' names above number

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1961 Floyd Patterson KOs Ingemar Johansson in 6 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxing Champion Floyd Patterson
Boxing Champion
Floyd Patterson
  • 1971 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Margaret Court wins her 10th Australian singles title; beats fellow Australian Evonne Goolagong 2-6, 7-6, 7-5
  • 1971 18th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: South Carolina beats North Carolina, 52-51
  • 1977 Dennis Lillee takes 6-26, England all out 95 in Centenary Test

Sports record brokenNHL Record

1979 Isle's Mike Bossy's 5th career hat trick

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy

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1982 Ice Dance Championship at Copenhagen won by Jayne Torvill & Christopher Dean (GBR)

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

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1982 Men's Figure Skating Champions in Copenhagen won by Scott Hamilton (USA)

Figure Skater Scott Hamilton
Figure Skater
Scott Hamilton
  • 1982 Worlds Ladies' Figure Skating Champs in Copenhagen won by Elaine Zayak (USA) who lands 6 triple jumps
  • 1983 30th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: NC State beats Virginia, 81-78
  • 1983 24th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Georgia beats Alabama, 86-71
  • 1984 Last day of 1st-class cricket for G Chappell, R Marsh, B Laird
  • 1984 WA beat Queensland by four wickets to win the Sheffield Shield
  • 1987 Ice Dance Championship at Cincinnati won by Bestemianova & Bukin (URS)
  • 1988 35th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Duke beats North Carolina, 65-61
  • 1988 29th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats Georgia, 62-57

  • 1988 9th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Syracuse beats Villanova, 85-68

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1992 Martina Navratilova & Judy Nelson settle their galamony suit

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
  • 1994 41st ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #4 North Carolina beats Virginia, 73-66
  • 1994 35th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats Florida, 73-60
  • 1994 15th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Providence beats Georgetown, 74-64
  • 2004 25th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Connecticut beats Pittsburgh, 61-58

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2004 Luciano Pavarotti performs in his last opera at New York Metropolitan Opera's "Tosca"

Operatic Tenor Luciano Pavarotti
Operatic Tenor
Luciano Pavarotti
  • 2005 52nd ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #3 Duke beats Georgia Tech, 69-64
  • 2005 46th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Florida beats Kentucky, 70-53
  • 2009 30th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: #5 Louisville beats #10 Villanova, 69-55
  • 2010 31st Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: #7 West Virginia beats #22 Georgetown, 60-58
  • 2011 58th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #5 Duke beats #6 North Carolina, 75-58
  • 2011 52nd SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats Florida, 70-54
  • 2019 Australian cricketers beat India by 35 runs in Delhi to win ODI series, 3-2; first Australian team to recover from 0-2 in a 5-match series; Usman Khawaja 100, Adam Zampa 3/46
  • 2020 12 hours after PGA Tour cancelled its flagship event, The Players Championship, Augusta National announces postponement of the Masters Tournament to a date to be fixed because of COVID-19 pandemic
  • 2020 Elite football in Britain, including England's Premier League, EFL, Women's Super League plus in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, is suspended until at least 3 April because of COVID-19 pandemic

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1859 Ivo Bligh, British noble (8th Earl of Darnley) and cricketer (Lord Darnley England capt v Australia 1882-83), born in Westminster, London (d. 1927)
  • 1873 Barbados Joe Walcott, Barbadian boxer (World Welterweight champion 1901-06; first black to hold title), born in Demerara, British Guyana (d. 1935)
  • 1886 John 'Home Run' Baker, American Baseball Hall of Fame third baseman (World Series 1910, 11, 13; AL HR leader 1911–14; AL RBI leader 1912, 13; Philadelphia Athletics), born in Trappe, Maryland (d. 1963)
  • 1897 William Herald, Australian swimmer (Olympic-1920), born in Glebe, New South Wales (d. 1976)
  • 1907 Jack Holden, English long-distance runner (International Cross Country C'ship gold, individual 1933, 34, 35, 39; Empire Games marathon gold 1950), born in Bilston, England (d. 2004)
  • 1918 George McAfee, American football player, NFL halfback (Chicago Bears), born in Corbin, Kentucky (d. 2009)
  • 1921 Cyril Poole, English cricketer (Notts 1946-62, England 1951-52 in 3 Tests), born in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, England (d. 1996)
  • 1922 Brun Smith, New Zealand cricket batsman (4 Tests @ 47.40), born in Rangiora, Canterbury (d. 1997)
  • 1925 Bertha Tickey, American softball pitcher (Hall of Fame 1973), born in Dinuba, California (d. 2014)
  • 1930 Doug Harvey, American National League umpire (Baseball Hall of Fame 2010), born in South Gate, California (d. 2018)
  • 1938 Joe Bellino, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1960, Navy), born in Winchester, Massachusetts (d. 2019)
  • 1947 Tomas Hinojosa, jockey
  • 1949 Hiroshi Kazato, Japanese racing driver, born in Chiba Prefecture, Japan (d. 1974)
  • 1950 Bernard Julien, West Indian cricket all-rounder (24 Tests, 50 wickets, 2 x 100s), born in Carenage, Trinidad and Tobago
  • 1950 Joe Bugner, Hungarian-British-Australian boxer (European Champ 1971), born in Szőreg, Hungary
  • 1953 Andy Bean, American golfer (11 PGA Tour titles), born in LaFayette, Georgia
  • 1955 Olga Rukavishnikova, Soviet pentathlete (Olympic silver 1980), born in Severodvinsk, Arkhangelsk
  • 1955 Bruno Conti, Italian footballer and manager, born in Nettuno, Rome
  • 1957 Steve Lake, American baseball player, born in Inglewood, California
  • 1959 Dirk Wellham, Australian cricketer (century on NSW debut & Australian debut), born in Marrickville, Sydney
  • 1961 Cor Lems, Dutch soccer player (ADO The Hague/Dordrecht '90), born in Rotterdam, Netherlansds
  • 1962 Liane Tooth, Australian field hockey forward (Olympics 1996), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1963 Mariano Duncan, infielder (NY Yankees), born in San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic
  • 1963 Vance Johnson, American NFL wide receiver (Denver Broncos), born in Trenton, New Jersey
  • 1964 Will Clark, American MLB first baseman (San Francisco Giants), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1966 Tine Scheuer-Larsen, Danish tennis star, born in Ølstykke, Denmark
  • 1967 Colleen Rosensteel, American heavyweight judoka (Olympics 1996), born in Greensburg, Pennsylvania
  • 1967 Satu Huotari, Finnish ice hockey defenseman (Finland, Olympics 1998), born in Oulu, Finland
  • 1967 Andrés Escobar, Colombian soccer defender (murdered in World Cup aftermath), born in Medellín, Colombia (d. 1994)
  • 1969 Chris Zorich, American NFL defensive tackle (Chicago Bears), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1969 Kevin Kaminski, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Churchbridge, Canada
  • 1971 Curtis Conway, American NFL wide receiver (Chicago Bears, SD Chargers) and broadcaster (Compass Media Networks, Pac-12 Network), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1971 Chen Li-Ling, Chinese tennis star (1995 Futures-Austin TX), born in Xiangtan, Hunan, China
  • 1971 Ralf Kleinmann, American football player from Germany, born in Cologne, Germany
  • 1971 Robert Samuels, West Indian cricketer (West Indies Test opening batsman v NZ 1996), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1971 Ryan Hayden, American athlete, 400m hurdler, born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1971 Tony Vinson, NFL running back (Atl Falcons, Lon Monarchs, Balt Ravens)
  • 1972 Avrom Smith, American football player (London Monarchs)
  • 1972 Brian Saxton, NFL tight end (NY Giants), born in Whippany, New Jersey
  • 1972 Trent Dilfer, American NFL quarterback (Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Santa Cruz, California
  • 1973 Bobby Jackson, American NBA guard (Denver Nuggets), born in Salisbury, North Carolina
  • 1973 Dan Wilkinson, American NFL defensive tackle (Cin Bengals), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1973 Edgar Davids, Dutch soccer player (Ajax, AC Milan), born in Paramaribo, Suriname
  • 1974 Corinna West, American lightweight judoka (Olympics 1996), born in Garberville Colorado
  • 1974 Thomas Enqvist, Swedish tennis player (Australian Open 1999 runner-up), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1974 Vampeta [Marcos André Batista dos Santos], Brazilian footballer, born in Nazaré, Bahia, Brazil
  • 1975 Landon Wilson, NHL right wing (Colorado Avalanche), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1977 Momo Sylla, Guinean footballer, born in Bouaké, Cote d'Ivoire
  • 1978 Tom Danielson, American road racing cyclist, born in East Lyme, Connecticut
  • 1978 Kenny Watson, American football player, born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • 1979 Johan Santana, Venezuelan baseball player, born in Tovar Municipality, Mérida, Venezuela
  • 1979 Cedric Van Branteghem, Belgian athlete, born in Ghent, Belgium
  • 1980 Caron Butler, American basketballer, born in Racine, Wisconsin
  • 1981 Stephen Maguire, Scottish snooker player, born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1982 Nicole Ohlde, American basketball player, born in Clay Center, Kansas
  • 1983 Kaitlin Sandeno, American swimmer (Olympic 2004 Gold), born in Mission Viejo, California
  • 1984 Pieter Custers, Dutch athlete, born in Weert, Netherlands
  • 1984 Marc Zwiebler, German badminton player, born in Bonn, Germany
  • 1985 Alcides [Alcides Eduardo Mendes de Araújo Alves], Brazilian football player, born in São José do Rio Preto, Brazil
  • 1985 Austin Scott, American football player, born in Allentown, Pennsylvania
  • 1987 Marco Andretti, American racecar driver (grandson of Mario Andretti), born in Nazareth, Pennsylvania

Deaths in Sport

  • 1879 Adolf Anderssen, German world chess champion (1851-66), dies at 60
  • 1963 Austin Dobson, British racing driver (b. 1912)
  • 1967 Sir Frank Worrell, West Indian cricket batsman and captain (51 Tests @ 49.48; 9 x 100s), dies from leukemia at 42
  • 1978 Ghulam Guard, Indian cricketer (lefty pace bowler in 2 Tests for India 1959), dies at 52
  • 1983 Louison Bobet, French cyclist (Tour de France 1953-55), dies of cancer at 58
  • 1984 Dick Whitington, journalist/cricketer (South Aust & AIF batsman), dies
  • 1994 Murt [Edward James] O'Donoghue, New Zealand snooker player (1st witnessed 147 break), dies at 93
  • 1995 Leon Day, American baseball pitcher (Negro Leagues), dies of heart failure at 78
  • 1997 Leo O'Brien, Australian cricket batsman (5 Tests; Victoria), dies at 89
  • 2006 Jimmy Johnstone, Scottish soccer forward (23 caps; Celtic FC), dies from motor neuron disease at 61
  • 2012 Jock Hobbs [Michael], New Zealand Rugby Union chairman and All Black, dies from leukemia at 52
  • 2013 Ducky Detweiler, American MLB player, dies at 94
  • 2015 Al Rosen, American baseball third baseman (MLB All-Star 1952–55; World Series 1948; AL MVP 1953; Cleveland Indians) and executive (NL Executive of the Year 1989), dies at 91
  • 2017 Ed Whitlock, British-born runner, oldest person to run marathon under 4 hrs (at 85), dies at 86
  • 2021 'Marvelous' Marvin Hagler, American boxer (undisputed World Middleweight champion 1980-87; second-longest unified C'ship reign in history), dies at 66
  • 2021 Murray Walker OBE, English motorsport commentator and journalist (Formula 1: BBC 1976-96, ITV 1997-2001), dies at 97