On This Day in Sport for March 15

Events in Sport

  • 1869 With 10 salaried players, Cincinnati Red Stockings become baseball's first professional team
  • 1877 Australian batsman Charles Bannerman completes first Test century in cricket history in 1st Test v England in Melbourne; retires hurt on 165 the following day
  • 1877 Cricket's inaugural Test match commences as Australia plays England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground; Australia wins by 45 runs in 4 days
  • 1912 Legendary pitcher Cy Young retires from baseball with 511-315 win-loss record
  • 1935 Brilliant batsman George Headley steers West Indies to an innings victory over England in 4th cricket Test at Kingston, Jamaica with a patient, unbeaten 270
  • 1945 As a symbol of wartime baseball, Bert Shepard (one-legged WWII veteran) begins a successful tryout as a pitcher for the Washington Senators
  • 1949 Cricket's master batsman Don Bradman receives his knighthood from the Governor-General of Australia, the Rt Hon. WJ McKell at the investiture in Queen’s Hall, Parliament House, Melbourne
  • 1953 LPGA Titleholders Championship Women's Golf, Augusta CC: Patty Berg wins her 5th Titleholders title by 9 strokes from Betsy Rawls
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Birthdays in Sport

  • 1877 Malcolm Whitman, American tennis player (US Nat C'ships 1898-1900), born in New York, NY (d. 1932)
  • 1878 Sammy Carter, Australian cricket wicketkeeper (28 Tests, 65 dismissals), born in Northowram, Yorkshire, England (d. 1948)
  • 1897 Jackson Scholz, American athlete (Olympic gold 4 x 100m 1920, 200m 1924), born in Buchanan, Michigan (d. 1986)
  • 1910 Joop Van Nellen, Dutch soccer forward (27 caps; DHC Delft), born in Delft, Netherlands (d. 1992)
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