On This Day in Sport for March 15

Events in Sport

  • 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings become the 1st professional baseball team
  • 1877 Commencement of 1st Test Cricket, Australia v England at MCG
  • 1901 Horse racing is banned in San Francisco, last race March 16th

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1912 Pitcher Cy Young retires from baseball with 511 wins

MLB Pitcher Cy Young
MLB Pitcher
Cy Young
  • 1935 George Headley completes 270 in cricket v England at Kingston
  • 1945 Bert Shepard (1 legged WW II vet) tries out as a pitcher for Senators
  • 1945 Dodgers open spring training at Bear Mountain NY

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1948 Bradman scores 115 for the Australian cricket team v Western Australia

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1953 Patty Berg wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
  • 1953 West Germany loses in soccer to Netherlands, 2-1
  • 1956 Whipper Billy Watson beats Lou Thesz in Toronto, to become NWA wrestling champion

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1958 Oscar Robertson of Cincinnati Royals scores a NCAA midwest region-record 56 pts

NBA Player Oscar Robertson
NBA Player
Oscar Robertson
  • 1958 Royals basketball star Maurice Stokes collapsed during a playoff game with encephalitis; He goes into a coma & is permanently disabled

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1959 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship

Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA
Louise Suggs

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1962 Wilt Chamberlain is 1st to score 4,000 pts in an NBA season

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • 1968 Bob Beamon sets indoor long jump record (27'2-3/4")

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1979 Isle's Bryan Trottier's 5th career hat trick

NHL Star Bryan Trottier
NHL Star
Bryan Trottier
  • 1981 Patty Hayes wins LPGA Sun City Golf Classic
  • 1983 Karnataka beat Bombay on 1st innings to win cricket Ranji Trophy

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1985 Larry Holmes TKOs David Bey in 10 for heavyweight boxing title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes
  • 1987 Last day in Test cricket for Larry Gomes & Joel Garner
  • 1987 NZ beat WI by 5 wickets in Jeremy Coney's last Test Cricket
  • 1987 US Davis Cup team loses to Paraguay
  • 1988 NFL's St Louis Cardinals officially move to Phoenix
  • 1989 NY Rangers retire goalie Eddie Giacomin's #1 uniform
  • 1991 Sergei Bubka pole vaults world record 6.14m (20 feet 1 3/4)
  • 1992 Brandie Burton wins LPGA Ping/Welch's Golf Championship
  • 1992 39th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #1 Duke beats #20 North Carolina, 94-74
  • 1992 33rd SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats Alabama, 80-54
  • 1992 13th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Syracuse beats Georgetown, 56-54
  • 1997 Pitts Penguins' Joe Mullen, is 1st American to score 500 NHL goals
  • 2003 24th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Pittsburgh beats Connecticut, 74-56
  • 2008 29th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Pittsburgh beats Georgetown, 74-65
  • 2009 56th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #9 Duke beats #22 Florida State, 79-69
  • 2009 50th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Mississippi State beats Tennessee, 64-61
  • 2013 Patrick Chan of Canada wins the men’s 2013 World Figure Skating Championships
  • 2014 35th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Providence beats Creighton, 65-58
  • 2015 56th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats Arkansas, 78-63

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1844 Bransby Cooper, cricketer (in Dhaka Batsman in Australia's 1st Test)
  • 1878 Hanson Carter, cricketer (Yorkshire Aussie WK of early 20th century)
  • 1882 Jim Lightbody, American runner (d. 1953)
  • 1897 Jackson Scholz, American runner (d. 1986)
  • 1913 Jack Fairman, British racing driver (d. 2002)
  • 1920 Ranganandhan Francis, India, field hockey (Olympic gold 1948, 52, 56)
  • 1923 George Vogel, race horse trainer
  • 1926 Norm Van Brocklin, NFL QB/coach (LA Rams), hall of famer
  • 1944 Chi Cheng, Taiwan, sprinter/80m hurdler (Oly-Bronze-68)
  • 1945 Jorgen Sundelin, Swedish yachtsmen (Olympic gold 1968)
  • 1945 Tracy Smith, long-distance runner, born in Altadena, California)
  • 1946 Bobby Bond, baseball player (Giants, Yankees, etc)
  • 1947 David Colley, cricketer (NSW quickie, 3 Tests for Australia 1972)
  • 1947 Tomas Pettersson, Swedish cyclist (Olympic silver 1968)
  • 1953 Colin Croft, cricketer (West Indian fast bowler 1977-82)
  • 1955 Mohsin Khan, cricketer (Pakistani opening batsman late 70s early 80s)
  • 1956 Clay Matthews, NFL linebacker (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1957 Víctor Muñoz, Spanish football manager
  • 1959 Eliot Teltscher, California, tennis player (US Davis Cup team)
  • 1959 Harold Baines, Easton MD, outfielder (Chicago White Sox, Texas Rangers)
  • 1961 Craig Ludwig, Rhinelander, NHL defenseman (Dallas Stars)
  • 1961 Terry Cummings, NBA forward (Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers)
  • 1963 Don Simington, American jockey, born in Tomahawk, Wisconsin
  • 1964 Alison Johnson, Tustin CA, WPVA volleyball player (US Open-4th-1993)
  • 1964 Ron Hall, NFL tight end (Detroit Lions)
  • 1964 Davide Pinato, Italian footballer
  • 1965 Marianne Morris, LPGA golfer (1995 McDonald's LPGA-3rd), born in Middletown, Ohio
  • 1966 Karen Weiss, LPGA golfer (1995 Chick-fil-A Charity-7th), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1967 Kirk Scrafford, NFL tackle (SF 49ers)
  • 1968 Rob Anderson, Kamloops BC, Canadian Tour golfer (BC Amateur-1990, 92)
  • 1969 Louis Riddick, NFL safety (Cleveland Browns, Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1969 Gianluca Festa, Italian footballer
  • 1969 Yutaka Take, Japanese jockey
  • 1970 Chris Dalman, NFL guard/center (SF 49ers)
  • 1970 Diego Nargiso, tennis pro, born in Naples, Italy
  • 1970 Eric Castle, NFL free safety (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1970 Paul Kruse, Merritt, NHL left wing (Calgary Flames)
  • 1971 Patrick Reidy, Australian basketball forward (Oly-96), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1972 David Rhodes, WLAF wide receiver (Rhein Fire)
  • 1972 Filip Dewulf, Belgian tennis star
  • 1972 Oliver Gibson, NFL defensive tackle (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1972 Steve Danielson, field hockey defender (Olympics-96), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1973 Franca Fehlauer, golfer (Belgian Intl Jr champ 1991), born in Hamburg, Germany
  • 1974 Imad Baba, Humble Tx, soccer midfielder (Olympics-gold-96)
  • 1974 Robert Fick, American baseball player
  • 1975 Cornell Brown, linebacker (Baltimore Ravens)
  • 1976 Laurent Gras, hockey forward (Team France 1998)
  • 1979 Kevin Youkilis, American baseball player
  • 1980 Deidra Graham, Salt Lake City Utah, gymnast (alt-Olympics-96)
  • 1980 Freddie Bynum, American baseball player
  • 1981 Mikael Forssell, Finnish footballer
  • 1982 Rafael Pérez, Dominican baseball player
  • 1983 Daryl Murphy, Irish footballer
  • 1984 Kostas Vassiliadis, Greek basketball player
  • 1985 Antti Autti, Finnish snowboarder
  • 1985 Tom Chilton, British racing driver
  • 1988 Ever Guzman, Mexican footballer
  • 1993 Paul Pogba, French football player (Manchester United, French national team), born in Lagny-sur-Marne, France

Deaths in Sport

  • 1938 Edmund Tylecote, cricketer (England keeper in 6 Tests 1882-86), dies
  • 1940 Alfred Marr, cricketer (Test for Australia 1885, scored 0 & 5), dies
  • 1971 Jean-Pierre Monseré, Belgian cyclist (b. 1948)
  • 1975 Antonino Rocca, professional wrestler/sportscaster, dies at 49
  • 1990 Tom Harmon, NFL tail back (Heisman Trophy), dies at 70
  • 1990 Tom Harmon, American football player and broadcaster (b. 1919)

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1995 Florence Chadwick, American swimmer, dies at 86

  • 2006 Red Storey, Canadian football player and hockey referee (b. 1918)
  • 2007 Bowie Kuhn, American commissioner of baseball (b. 1926)
  • 2012 Dave Philley, American Major League Baseball switch-hitter, dies at 91