On This Day

On This Day in Sport for March 16

Events in Sport

  • 1872 1st English FA Cup Final, Kennington Oval, London: Wanderers defeat Royal Engineers, 1-0; Morton Betts scores winner
  • 1875 English FA Cup Final Replay, Kennington Oval, London: Royal Engineers beat Old Etonians, 2-0 after initial 1-1 draw
  • 1876 Nelly Saunders & Rose Harland fight 1st female boxing match (NY)
  • 1877 Charles Bannerman completes 1st Test cricket century, 165 v Eng
  • 1900 AL meets in Chicago, Ban Johnson announces AL league will be Chicago White Stockings, Washington Senators, Milwaukee Brewers, Detroit Tigers, Cleveland Blues, Boston Americans, Philadelphia Athletics and Baltimore Orioles
  • 1907 First 1st-class cricket game between NSW & Western Australia
  • 1911 Stanley Cup, Dey's Arena, Ottawa, ON: Ottawa Senators beat Port Arthur Bearcats (ON), 13-4
  • 1935 Scotland beats England, 10-7 at Murrayfield, Edinburgh to allow Ireland to win the Home Nations Rugby Championship with a 2-1 record
  • 1939 NHL record 10 goals in 1 period-NY Rangers (7), NY Americans (3) & a record 26 points in the 3rd period

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1952 LPGA Titleholders Championship Women's Golf, Augusta CC: Babe Didrikson Zaharias wins her 3rd Titleholders title by 7 strokes from Betsy Rawls

LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1953 AL rejects Bill Veeck's request to move St Louis Browns to Baltimore

MLB Team Owner and Promoter Bill Veeck
MLB Team Owner and Promoter
Bill Veeck

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1955 NHL President Clarence Campbell suspends Montreal Canadiens superstar Maurice "Rocket" Richard for the remainder of the season after he viciously attacked an opponent; Riots ensued in Montreal

Ice Hockey Player Maurice Richard
Ice Hockey Player
Maurice Richard
3rd President of the NHL Clarence Campbell
3rd President of the NHL
Clarence Campbell
  • 1956 US Ladies Figure Skating championship won by Tenley Albright
  • 1957 LPGA Titleholders Championship Women's Golf, Augusta CC: Patty Berg wins her 7th Titleholders title by 3 strokes from amateur Anne Quast
  • 1957 Toronto Maple Leafs tie NHL record 37 points beating NY Rangers 14-1
  • 1957 England clinches its 15th Five Nations Rugby Championship, the Grand Slam, Triple Crown and Calcutta Cup with a 16-3 win over Scotland at Twickenham, London

  • 1958 LPGA Titleholders Championship Women's Golf, Augusta CC: Beverly Hanson wins by 5 strokes ahead of Betty Dodd
  • 1963 England edges Scotland, 10-8 at Twickenham, London to win its 17th Five Nations Rugby Championship
  • 1964 Paul Hornung & Alex Karras reinstated in NFL after 1 year suspension
  • 1969 Boston Bruins scores a NHL record 8 goals in 1 period
  • 1974 Both Wales (12-16 v England) and France (6-19 v Scotland) lose their final round matches handing Ireland their 8th Five Nations Rugby Championship

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1985 Two-time Cy Young Award winner Denny McLain is convicted of embezzlement and drug trafficking; sentenced to 25 years but conviction later reversed

MLB Pitcher Denny McLain
MLB Pitcher
Denny McLain
  • 1991 NJ Net coach Bill Fitch is 4th coach to win 800 NBA games
  • 1991 Worlds Ladies' Figure Skating Champ in Munich won by Kristi Yamaguchi
  • 1991 England beats France, 21-19 at Twickenham for it's 19th outright Five Nations Rugby Championship, 9th Grand Slam and 16th Triple Crown; fullback Simon Hodgkinson 4 penalties and a conversion

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1994 Tonya Harding pleads guilty to felony attack on Nancy Kerrigan

Figure Skater Tonya Harding
Figure Skater
Tonya Harding
Figure Skater Nancy Kerrigan
Figure Skater
Nancy Kerrigan

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1996 Mike Tyson TKOs Frank Bruno in 3rd round to gain heavyweight title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
Boxer Frank Bruno
Frank Bruno
  • 1996 Montreal Canadien's 1st game in their new arena (Bell Center)
  • 1996 England beats Ireland, 28-15 at Twickenham for a second consecutive Five Nations Rugby Championship and Triple Crown; fly-half Paul Grayson lands 6 penalties, a conversion and drop goal
  • 1997 NJ Devils' Dave Andreychuk is 26th NHL to score 500 goals
  • 2003 50th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #12 Duke beats NC State, 84-77
  • 2003 44th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats Mississippi State, 64-57
  • 2008 55th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #1 North Carolina beats #22 Clemson, 86-81
  • 2008 49th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Georgia beats Arkansas, 66-57

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2012 Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar becomes first cricketer to score 100 international centuries

Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar
  • 2013 Kim Yu-Na of South Korea wins the women’s 2013 World Figure Skating Championships
  • 2013 34th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Louisville beats Syracuse, 78-61
  • 2013 Wales routs England by a record 30-3 at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff to retain their Six Nation Rugby Championship; Welsh winger Alex Cuthbert scores 2 tries and fullback Leigh Halfpenny lands 4/4 penalties
  • 2014 61st ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #6 Virginia beats #7 Duke, 72-63
  • 2014 55th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Florida beats Kentucky, 61-60
  • 2020 Major League Baseball suspends remainder of Spring Training and delays start of regular season in response to COVID-19 pandemic; return dependent on recommendations by Centers for Disease Control

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1865 Patsy Donovan, Irish-American baseball player (d. 1953)
  • 1882 Jim Lightbody, American athlete (Olympic gold 800m, 1500m, 2590m Steeplechase 1904), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1953)
  • 1889 Reggie Walker, South African athlete (Olympic gold 100m 1908), born in Durban, South Africa (d. 1951)
  • 1906 Lloyd Waner, American Baseball Hall of Fame center fielder (MLB All Star 1938; batting average over .300 x 10; Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Harrah, Oklahoma (d. 1982)
  • 1910 Aladár Gerevich, Hungarian fencer (7 Olympic gold 1932, 36, 48, 52, 56, 60), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1991)
  • 1910 Iftikhar Ali Khan, cricketer (Nawab of Pataudi, England & India)
  • 1920 Percy Mansell, cricketer (leg-spin all-rounder in 13 Tests for South Africa)
  • 1923 George Bean, cricketer (92 runs in 3 Tests for Eng v Aust)
  • 1930 Don Perry, Canadian NHL coach (LA Kings 1982-84), born in Edmonton, Alberta (d. 2019)
  • 1934 Howard Schnellenberger, American football coach (National C'ship Uni of Miami 1983; Uni of Oklahoma, Uni of Louisville, Florida Atlantic Uni; Baltimore Colts), born in Saint Meinrad, Indiana (d. 2021)
  • 1936 Thelma Hopkins, England, high jumper (Olympic silver 1956)
  • 1942 Roger Crozier, Canadian ice hockey goaltender (d. 1996)
  • 1954 Dav Whatmore, cricketer (Colombo Aust bat 1979, Sri Lanka coach 1995-)
  • 1954 Hollis Stacy, American golfer (US Open, 1977-78, 84), born in Savannah, Georgia
  • 1955 Jiro Watanabe, Japanese boxer
  • 1956 Ozzie Newsome, NFL tight end (Cleveland Browns)
  • 1960 Duane Sutter, Canadian NHL right wing, 1979-90 (New York Islanders, Chicago Blackhawks), and coach, 2000-02 (Florida Panthers), born in Viking, Alberta
  • 1961 Mel Gray, NFL wide receiver/kick returner (Houston/Tennessee Oilers)
  • 1962 Marcel Brands, soccer player (RKC)
  • 1964 Pascal Richard, Swiss cyclist
  • 1965 Cindy Brown, American basketball player (Olympic gold 1988)
  • 1966 Catarina Pollini, WNBA forward (Houston Comets)
  • 1966 David Nascimento, soccer player (Roda JC/FC Utrecht)
  • 1966 Rodney Peete, NFL quarterback (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1967 Dan Owens, NFL defensive tackle (Atlanta Falcons, Detroit Lions)
  • 1967 John Mangum, NFL safety (Chicago Bears)
  • 1968 Jason van Blerk, Australian soccer player (Go Ahead Eagles), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1969 Ottis Gibson, cricketer (Barbados fast bowler, WI 1995)
  • 1969 Pat Harlow, NFL tackle (NE Patriots, Oakland Raiders)
  • 1969 Steve Israel, NFL cornerback (SF 49ers, New England Patriots)
  • 1970 Kelli James, Medford NJ, field hockey forward (Olympics 1996)
  • 1971 Brett Carolan, NFL tight end (SF 49ers)
  • 1971 Eric Ravotti, NFL linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1973 Bert Zuurman, soccer player (SC Heerenveen)
  • 1974 Heath Streak, cricketer (Zimbabwean pace bowler 1993-)
  • 1974 Lamont Burns, American NFL guard (NY Jets), born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • 1974 Georgios Anatolakis, Greek footballer
  • 1974 Fotini Vavatsi, Greek archer
  • 1976 Abraham Núñez, Dominican baseball player
  • 1979 Edison Méndez, Ecuadorian footballer
  • 1980 Felipe Reyes, Spanish basketball player
  • 1980 Todd Heap, American football player
  • 1981 Curtis Granderson, American baseball player
  • 1981 Yoav Ziv, Israeli footballer
  • 1981 Andrew Bree, Irish swimmer
  • 1983 Brandon League, American baseball player
  • 1984 Levi Brown, American football player
  • 1985 Colin O'Brady, American athlete and adventurer, first to cross Antarctica solo unassisted, born in Olympia, Washington
  • 1986 T. J. Jordan, American basketball player
  • 1989 Theo Walcott, English football player (Arsenal, English national team), born in Stanmore, England
  • 1989 Blake Griffin, American NBA forward (LA Clippers, Detroit Pistons), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1994 Joel Embiid, Cameroonian basketball player (Philadelphia 76ers), born in Yaoundé, Cameroon

Weddings in Sport

LoveWedding of Interest

1996 Sportscaster Pat Summerall (65) weds Cherilyn Burns in Florida

CBS, Fox, and ESPN Sportscaster Pat Summerall
CBS, Fox, and ESPN Sportscaster
Pat Summerall

Deaths in Sport

  • 1935 Aron Nimzowitsch, Latvian-born chess player (b. 1886)
  • 1958 Leon Cadore, American baseball pitcher (pitched all of 26 inning game), dies at 65
  • 1971 Chuck Fleetwood-Smith, Australian cricket wrist-spin bowler (10 Tests), dies from cancer at 62
  • 1972 Pie Traynor, American baseball hall of fame 3rd baseman (Pirates), dies at 72
  • 2001 Bob Wollek, French race car driver (b. 1943)
  • 2005 Todd Bell, American football player (b. 1958)
  • 2005 Dick Radatz, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1963, 64; AL saves leader 1962, 64; Boston Red Sox), dies after falling down a flight of stairs at 67
  • 2007 Manjural Islam, Bangladeshi test cricketer, dies at 22
  • 2008 Bill Brown, Australian cricketer (Australian opener of the 30's & 40's), dies at 95
  • 2012 Estanislao Basora, Spanish footballer (The Monster of Colombes, 22 caps for Spain, 301 matches for Barcelona), dies at 85
  • 2021 Erhan Önal, Turkish soccer central defender (12 caps; FC Bayern Munich, Standard Liège, Galatasaray), dies at 63
  • 2021 Sabine Schmitz, German professional motor racing driver, and television personality (Top Gear), dies of cancer at 51