On This Day

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 the MCG, Melbourne, Australia
  • 1901 Horse racing is banned in San Francisco, last race March 16th

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1912 Pitcher Cy Young retires from baseball with 511 wins

MLB Pitcher Cy Young
MLB Pitcher
Cy Young
  • 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 Bert Shepard (1 legged WW II vet) tries out as a pitcher for Senators
  • 1945 Dodgers open spring training at Bear Mountain NY


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

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1953 LPGA Titleholders Championship Women's Golf, Augusta CC: Patty Berg wins her 5th Titleholders title by 9 strokes from Betsy Rawls

LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls
  • 1953 West Germany loses in soccer to Netherlands, 2-1

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1958 Oscar Robertson of Cincinnati Royals scores a NBA midwest region-record 56-point game

NBA Player Oscar Robertson
NBA Player
Oscar Robertson
  • 1958 Royals basketball star Maurice Stokes collapses during a playoff game with encephalitis; He goes into a coma & is permanently disabled
  • 1958 England retains the Five Nations Rugby Championship with a 3-3 draw against Scotland at Murrayfield, Edinburgh; England’s 16th FN title

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1959 LPGA Titleholders Championship Women's Golf, Augusta CC: Louise Suggs wins her 4th Titleholders title by 1 stroke from Betsy Rawls

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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")

  • 1975 Wales trounce Ireland, 32-4 at the National Stadium, Cardiff to clinch their 18th Five Nations Rugby Championship
  • 1978 A's trade Vida Blue to Giants for 7 players & $390,000

Sports record brokenNHL Record

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

NHL Star Bryan Trottier
NHL Star
Bryan Trottier
  • 1980 England beats Scotland, 30-18 at Murrayfield, Edinburgh to claim it's 18th outright Five Nations Rugby Championship, 8th Grand Slam and 15th Triple Crown
  • 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
  • 1986 Scotland (10-9 v Ireland) and France (29-10 v England) win their final round matches to share the Five Nations Rugby Championship with 3-1 records
  • 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 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
  • 1994 Experts from AL certify the Cleveland Indians Jacobs Field is properly lit
  • 1997 Pitts Penguins' Joe Mullen, is 1st American to score 500 NHL goals
  • 1997 France beats Scotland, 47-20 at Parc des Princes, Paris to claim an 11th outright Five Nations Rugby Championship and 5th Triple Crown; fly-half Christophe Lamaison lands 6 penalties and 3 conversions
  • 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
  • 2008 Wales beats France, 29-12 at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff to complete a Grand Slam and win the Six Nations Rugby Championship with a 19th Triple Crown
  • 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
  • 2014 Ireland edges France, 22-20 at Stade de France, Saint-Denis to beat England on points difference and win Six Nations Rugby Championship; final international match for Ireland centre Brian O'Driscoll with record 141 caps
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 1913 Jack Fairman, British racing driver (d. 2002)
  • 1918 Punch Imlach, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame coach and general manager (Toronto Maple Leafs, Buffalo Sabres), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1987)
  • 1920 Ranganandhan Francis, India, field hockey (Olympic gold 1948, 52, 56)
  • 1921 Stafford Smythe, Canadian NHL executive (President Toronto Maple Leafs 1961–69, 1970-71), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1971)
  • 1926 Norm Van Brocklin, American Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback (NFL MVP 1960; First-team All-Pro 1960; 9 × Pro Bowl; LA Rams, Philadelphia Eagles) and coach (Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons), born in Parade, South Dakota (d. 1983)
  • 1937 Dick Bass, American NFL running back (Pro Bowl 1962, 63, 66; LA Rams), born in Georgetown, Mississippi (d. 2006)
  • 1944 Chi Cheng, Taiwan, sprinter/80m hurdler (Olympic bronze 1968)
  • 1945 Jorgen Sundelin, Swedish yachtsmen (Olympic gold 1968)
  • 1945 Tracy Smith, long-distance runner, born in Altadena, California)
  • 1946 Bobby Bonds, American MLB baseball outfielder, 1968-81, 3x All-Star, 3x Golden Glove (San Francisco Giants, 1968-74 and 7 other teams), father of Barry Bonds, born in Riverside, California (d. 2003)
  • 1947 David Colley, cricketer (NSW quickie, 3 Tests for Australia 1972)
  • 1947 Tomas Pettersson, Swedish cyclist (Olympic silver 1968)
  • 1953 Colin Croft, West Indian cricket fast bowler, broadcaster (27 Tests, 125 wickets @ 23.30), born in Lancaster Village, Demerara, British Guiana
  • 1955 Mohsin Khan, Pakistani cricketer (Pakistani opening batsman late 70s early 80s), born in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
  • 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 Ron Hall, NFL tight end (Detroit Lions)
  • 1964 Davide Pinato, Italian footballer
  • 1965 Marianne Morris, American golfer (Women's PGA C'ship 3rd 1995), born in Middletown, Ohio
  • 1967 Kirk Scrafford, NFL tackle (SF 49ers)
  • 1969 Louis Riddick, American NFL safety (Cleveland Browns, Atlanta Falcons) and broadcaster (ESPN MNF), born in Quakertown, Pennsylvania
  • 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 (Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1972 Filip Dewulf, Belgian tennis star
  • 1972 Oliver Gibson, NFL defensive tackle (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1972 Steve Danielson, field hockey defender (Olympics 1996), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1972 Mike Tomlin, American NFL coach (Super Bowl 2008 [youngest coach to win SB], Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Hampton, Virginia
  • 1974 Imad Baba, soccer midfielder (Olympic gold 1996), born in Humble, Texas
  • 1974 Robert Fick, American baseball player
  • 1975 Cornell Brown, linebacker (Baltimore Ravens)
  • 1975 Veselin Topalov, Bulgarian chess player
  • 1979 Kevin Youkilis, American baseball player
  • 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 (Gold 2005 Winter X Games), born in Finland
  • 1985 Tom Chilton, British racing driver, born in Reigate, England
  • 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
  • 1950 Ralph Greenleaf, American pocket billiards player (20-time world champion), dies from acute internal haemorrhage at 50
  • 1966 Abe Saperstein, founder (Harlem Globetrotters), dies at 63
  • 1971 Jean-Pierre Monseré, Belgian cyclist (b. 1948)
  • 1980 Gerald Abrahams, English author (Teach Yourself Chess), dies at 72
  • 1987 Red Dutton, Canadian ice hockey player (Calgary Tigers) and coach, dies at 89
  • 1990 Tom Harmon, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1940, Michigan; LA Rams) and broadcaster (CBS 1950-62), dies of a heart attack at 70
  • 1996 Bob Pearce, American wrestler (Olympic gold bantamweight freestyle 1932), dies at 88
  • 2007 Bowie Kuhn, American lawyer, sports administrator (MLB Commissioner 1969-1984), dies of pneumonia at 80
  • 2008 Ken Reardon, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman and executive (Stanley Cup 1946; NHL All-Star 1946-50; Montreal Canadiens), dies at 86
  • 2011 Marty Marion, American baseball shortstop and manager (MLB All-Star 1943–50; NL MVP 1944; St. Louis Cardinals), dies from a heart attack at 93
  • 2012 Dave Philley, American Major League Baseball switch-hitter, dies at 91
  • 2013 Terry Lightfoot, British clarinetist and bandleader (New Orleans Jazzmen), dies at 77
  • 2017 Jackie Pung, American golfer (5 LPGA titles), dies at 95
  • 2018 Edwin "Ed" Charles, American MLB third baseman (Miracle Mets-1969), dies following long illness at 84
  • 2019 Lam Jones, American athlete (Olympic gold 4 x 100m relay 1976) and NFL wide receiver (NY Jets 1980-86), dies of myeloma at 60