On This Day

On This Day in Sport for March 14

Events in Sport

  • 1874 English FA Cup Final, Kennington Oval, London: Oxford University beats Royal Engineers, 2-0
  • 1899 Stanley Cup, Montreal Arena, Westmount, Quebec: Montreal Shamrocks beat Queens University, 6-2 to clinch trophy for CAHL
  • 1903 Stanley Cup, Dey's Arena, Ottawa, Ontario: Ottawa HC beats Rat Portage Thisles, 4-2 for a 2-0 challenge series sweep
  • 1908 Stanley Cup, Montreal Arena, Westmount, Quebec: Montreal Wanderers beat Toronto Professionals, 6-4
  • 1936 Wales beats Ireland, 3-0 in Cardiff to clinch the Home Nations Rugby Championship with a 2-1-0 record

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1954 Milwaukee Braves future home run king Hank Aaron homers in his debut exhibition game against the Boston Red Sox

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1954 LPGA Titleholders Championship Women's Golf, Augusta CC: Louise Suggs wins her second Titleholders title by 7 strokes from Patty Berg

Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA
Louise Suggs
  • 1956 50-year-old baseball pitching star Satchel Paige signs a contract to play for and manage the Birmingham Black Barons of the Negro National League

Sports record brokenNBA Record

1960 Philadelphia center Wilt Chamberlain sets NBA playoff record of 53 points in Warriors' 132-112 win over Syracuse Nationals at Philadelphia Civic Center

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • 1961 Former New York Yankees general manager George Weiss becomes first President of New York Mets after MLB expansion franchise formed

Sports record brokenNHL Record

1962 Red Wings' forward Gordie Howe becomes second player in NHL history to score 500 career goals in Detroit's 3-2 loss to NY Rangers

Ice Hockey Legend Gordie Howe
Ice Hockey Legend
Gordie Howe
  • 1967 1967 NFL Draft: Michigan State defensive end Bubba Smith first pick by Baltimore Colts
  • 1969 Barbara Jo Rubin becomes first female jockey to win at Aqueduct Racetrack, NYC aboard 2-year-old bay Bravy Galaxy at 13 to 1
  • 1969 West Indies cricket batsman Seymour Nurse scores career high 258 in his last Test innings in 3rd Test win over NZ at Christchurch

Sport awardAustralian Men's Tennis Open

1971 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Ken Rosewall of Australia beats American defending champion Arthur Ashe 6-1, 7-5, 6-3; first man to win an Open era Grand Slam singles title without dropping a set

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player Arthur Ashe
Tennis Player
Arthur Ashe
  • 1972 NBA's Cincinnati Royals, plagued by poor home attendance, announce they are moving franchise to Kansas City

  • 1976 Jockey Bill Shoemaker wins his 7,000th race
  • 1978 NFL permanently adds 7th official (side judge)
  • 1980 Ice Dance Championship at Dortmund West Germany won by Regoczy & Sallay
  • 1980 Polish airliner crash kills all 87 aboard (22 are US amateur boxers)
  • 1981 NCAA St Joseph's upsets top seed DePaul 49-48
  • 1982 Sidath Wettimuny scores Sri Lanka's 1st Test Cricket century
  • 1987 Worlds Ladies' Figure Skating Champ in Cincinnati won by Katarina Witt

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1987 NY Met Darryl Strawberry charges Red Sox pitcher Al Nipper during spring training exhibition game, causes bench clearing brawl

Baseball Player Darryl Strawberry
Baseball Player
Darryl Strawberry
  • 1991 Ice Dance Championship at Munich won by Isabel & Phil Duchesnay (FRA)
  • 1991 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Munich won by Kurt Browning (CAN)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1992 NY Met Daryl Boston, Vince Coleman & Dwight Gooden accused of rape

Baseball Pitcher Dwight Gooden
Baseball Pitcher
Dwight Gooden
  • 1993 40th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Georgia Tech beats #1 North Carolina, 77-75
  • 1993 34th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats LSU, 82-65
  • 1993 14th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Seton Hall beats Syracuse, 103-70
  • 1996 Australia beat West Indies by 5 runs in amazing cricket World Cup semi
  • 1997 Olympic gold medalist Michael Johnson wins 67th James E Sullivan Award
  • 2004 51st ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Maryland beats #5 Duke, 95-87
  • 2004 45th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats Florida, 89-73
  • 2009 Canterbury winger Hazem El Masri becomes highest point scorer in Australian Rugby League history; 33rd minute penalty in Bulldogs' 34-12 win over Manly at ANZ Stadium, Sydney takes him to 2,178; Andrew Johns, 2,176
  • 2010 57th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #4 Duke beats Georgia Tech, 65-61
  • 2010 51st SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats Mississippi State, 75-74 (OT)
  • 2015 62nd ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Notre Dame beats North Carolina, 90-82
  • 2015 36th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Villanova beats Xavier, 69-52
  • 2017 World's oldest golf club Muirfield in Scotland, votes to admit women as members for 1st time in 273 years
  • 2021 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: American Justin Thomas edges Lee Westwood of England by 1 stroke; Thomas wins $2.7m winner's share of the $15m purse

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1866 Alexey Troitsky, Russian chess problemist, born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1942)
  • 1886 Firmin Lambot, Belgian cyclist who twice won the Tour de France (1919, 1922), born in Florennes, Namur, Belgium (d. 1964)
  • 1914 Lee Petty, American race car driver (d. 2000)
  • 1920 Dorothy Tyler-Odam, Great Britain, high jumper (Olympic silver 36, 48)
  • 1921 Lis Hartel, Danish equestrian dressage (Olympic silver 1952, 56)
  • 1927 Bill Rexford, auto racer
  • 1929 Bob Goalby, American golfer (US Masters 1968), born in Belleville, Illinois
  • 1930 Ray Flockton, cricketer (prolific NSW batsman of 50's)
  • 1930 Don Haskins, American College Basketball Hall of Fame coach (Texas El Paso 1961-99; NCAA Tournament 1966), born in Enid, Oklahoma (d. 2008)
  • 1936 Bob Charles, New Zealand golfer (British Open 1963), born in Carterton, New Zealand
  • 1936 Maryan Synakowski, French soccer defender (16 caps; UA Sedan Torcy 241 games), born in Calonne-Ricouart, France (d. 2021)
  • 1937 Peter van der Merwe, cricketer (South African captain of mid-1960's)
  • 1937 Arturo Chaires, Mexican soccer defender (22 caps; C.D. Guadalajara), born in Guadalajara, Mexico (d. 2020)
  • 1938 Johnny Gleeson, cricketer (mystery spinner for Australia 1966-72)
  • 1940 Bruce Snyder, American college football coach (Utah State, California, Arizona State), born in Santa Monica, California (d. 2009)
  • 1944 Clyde Lee, American NBA player, born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1946 Wes Unseld, American Basketball Hall of Fame center and coach (NBA C'ship, Finals MVP 1978; NBA MVP 1969; 5 x NBA All-Star; Washington Bullets), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 2020)
  • 1953 Tim McKee, American 400m medley swimmer (Olympic silver 1972)
  • 1956 Tessa Sanderson, British javelin thrower (Olympic gold. 1984), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1956 Colin Ayre, British football player (Newcastle United), born in Ashington, Northumberland
  • 1958 Albert Alexandre Louis Pierre, Prince of Monaco/bobsledder (Olympics 1988)
  • 1960 George Horvath, Swedish pentathlete (Olympic-1980)

Person of interestKirby Puckett

1960 [Anthony] Kirby Puckett, MLB centerfielder (Minnesota Twins), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2006)

MLB Center Fielder Kirby Puckett
MLB Center Fielder
Kirby Puckett
  • 1961 Greg Anderson, American NHRA driver
  • 1963 Bruce Reid, Australian cricket fast bowler (27 Tests, 113 wickets @ 24.63; 61 ODIs), born in Perth, Australia
  • 1964 Richard Migliore, jockey
  • 1965 John Stephenson, cricketer (England opening bat in one Test v Aust 1989)
  • 1965 Kevin Brown, Mcintyre GA, pitcher (Florida Marlins)
  • 1966 Darcy Wakaluk, Pincher Creek, NHL goalie (Dallas Stars)
  • 1966 Tertius Bosch, cricketer (South African pace bowler 1992)
  • 1967 Vijay Yadav, cricketer (Indian wicket-keeper between More & Mongia)
  • 1969 Greg Biekert, NFL linebacker (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1969 Larry Johnson, NBA forward (Charlotte Hornets, NY Knicks)
  • 1969 Ty[rel] Bennion, rower (Olympics 1996), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1970 Ebru Kavaklıoğlu, Russian athlete
  • 1971 Ernie Brown, CFL defensive tackle (Calgary Stampeders)
  • 1972 Antowain Smith, running back (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1972 Aris Brimanis, NHL defenseman (Philadelphia Flyers), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1972 Clover Maitland, Australian field hockey goal keeper (Olympics 1996)
  • 1973 Chris Sullivan, defensive end (New England Patriots)
  • 1974 Justine Joyce, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • 1975 Stephen Harper, British/English footballer
  • 1976 Sarah Elizabeth Ulmer, 3k ind pursuit cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1978 Ron Dayne, American College Football Hall of Fame running back (Heisman Trophy 1999, University of Wisconsin; NY Giants), born in Lynchburg, Virginia
  • 1978 Pieter van den Hoogenband, Dutch swimmer
  • 1979 Nicolas Anelka, French footballer
  • 1979 Love, Angolan footballer
  • 1979 Sead Ramović, German-born Bosnian footballer
  • 1980 Matteo Grassotto, Italian racing driver
  • 1980 Ben Herring, New Zealand rugby union footballer
  • 1980 Aaron Brown, British/English footballer
  • 1981 Bobby Jenks, American baseball player
  • 1982 Carlos Marinelli, Argentine footballer
  • 1982 François Sterchele, Belgian footballer (d. 2008)
  • 1983 Bakhtiyar Artayev, Kazakh boxer
  • 1986 Elton Chigumbura, Zimbabwean cricketer
  • 1986 Andy Taylor, British/English footballer

Person of interestStephen Curry

1988 Stephen Curry, American basketball guard (NBA MVP 2015-16; Golden State Warriors), born in Akron, Ohio

Basketball Superstar Stephen Curry
Basketball Superstar
Stephen Curry
  • 1993 Anthony Bennett, Canadian basketball power forward (2013 NBA Draft: #1 pick Cleveland Cavaliers), born in Toronto, Ontario

Person of interestSimone Biles

1997 Simone Biles, American gymnast (Olympic gold floor, team, vault, all-round 2016), born in Columbus, Ohio

Gymnast Simone Biles
Simone Biles

Weddings in Sport

  • 2006 OVW Heavyweight wrestling champion Matt Cappotelli (26) weds Lindsay Seeders at Makena Cove Beach in Maui

Deaths in Sport

  • 1925 Walter Camp, American, father of American football, dies at 65
  • 1954 Fred Herd, Scottish golfer (US Open 1898), dies at 80
  • 1961 Akiba Rubinstein, Polish chess player (openings theorist), dies at 78
  • 1965 Marion Jones, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1899, 1902), dies at 85
  • 1981 Ken Barrington, cricketer (82 Tests for England, 6806 runs), dies
  • 1996 Dewi Lorwerth Ellis Bebb, rugby international/journalist, dies at 57
  • 2008 Taslim Arif, Pakistan cricket wicket-keeper (6 Tests; top score 210no v Aust 1980), dies of lung infection at 53
  • 2019 Charles Whiting, English Formula 1 Race Director (Safety Delegate, Starter, head F1 Technical Dep't), dies of a pulmonary embolism at 66
  • 2019 Jake Phelps, American skateboarder, journalist (editor Thrasher magazine), dies at 56