On This Day

On This Day in Sport for March 17

Events in Sport

  • 1876 British high jump champion Marshall Jones Brooks clears 1.83m at Oxford, England for unofficial world record; thought to be first leap over 6'
  • 1877 Australian / English all-rounder Billy Midwinter completes Test cricket's first 5-wicket haul, 5-78 in the first ever Test match v England in Melbourne
  • 1893 Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup (Stanley Cup): Montreal Hockey Club claim inaugural trophy after finishing top of final Amateur Hockey Association of Canada standings with a 7–1–0 record
  • 1897 British boxer Bob Fitzsimmons KOs American champion 'Gentleman' Jim Corbett in the 14th round to win World Heavyweight title in Carson City, Nevada
  • 1906 Stanley Cup, Dey's Arena, Ottawa, ON: ECAHA playoff: Montreal Wanderers lose, 9-3 to Ottawa HC but win challenge series, 12-10 on aggregate

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1908 Canadian champion Tommy Burns KOs Irish challenger Jem Roche in 1:28s of the 1st round at the Theatre Royal, Dublin; then quickest world heavyweight boxing title fight

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Tommy Burns
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Tommy Burns

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1932 Montreal Canadiens center Howie Morenz registers his 334th career point with an assist in a 10-4 win v NY Americans; passes Cy Denneny as NHL leader for career points

NHL Star Howie Morenz
NHL Star
Howie Morenz
  • 1934 England beats Scotland, 6-3 at Twickenham, London to win the Home Nations Rugby Championship and Triple Crown
  • 1951 Test cricket debut of great English fast bowler Brian Statham, England v NZ at Christchurch; goes on to play 70 Tests, 252 wickets @ 24.84

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1953 Bill Veeck says he will sell his 80% of St Louis Browns for $2,475M

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1955 After Maurice Richard is suspended for the remainder of the season, riots break out in Montreal. 37 people are injured and over 100 are arrested. The following morning, Richard goes on the radio to ask citizens to stop vandalizing the city.

Ice Hockey Player Maurice Richard
Ice Hockey Player
Maurice Richard
  • 1970 Peter O'Malley becomes CEO of LA Dodgers
  • 1977 Australia wins cricket Centenary Test by 45 runs, same result as 1877
  • 1979 Ice Dance Championship at Vienna won by N Linichuk & G Karponosov USSR
  • 1979 Wales beats England, 27-3 at the National Stadium, Cardiff for its 2nd consecutive Five Nations Rugby Championship and record 21st outright title; record 4th straight Triple Crown
  • 1981 FC Lisse, Dutch soccer team forms

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1983 70th hat trick in Islander history-Mike Bossy

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy
  • 1984 Scotland beats France, 21-12 at Murrayfield to win the Five Nations Rugby Championship outright and Triple Crown for first time since 1938; Grand Slam first time since 1925
  • 1985 Matti Nykanen of Finland set a world ski jump record of 623'
  • 1987 Sunil Gavaskar ends his Test career with an innings of 96 v Pak
  • 1988 Then highest scoring NCAA basketball game to date; Loyola-Marymont 119, Wyoming 115
  • 1990 Scotland beats England, 13-7 at Murrayfield, Edinburgh for it's 14th outright Five Nations Rugby Championship, 3rd Grand Slam title and 10th Triple Crown
  • 1994 It is announced there is no smoking in Cleveland Indians new ballpark

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1996 Cricket World Cup, Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore, Pakistan: Aravinda de Silva scores 107 no and takes 3/42 as Sri Lanka beats Australia by 7 wickets; Sanath Jayasuriya, Player of Series

  • 2012 Bolton Wanderer footballer Fabrice Muamba collapses and is rushed to hospital during a live football match against Tottenham Hotspur
  • 2012 Wales beats France, 16-9 at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff to wrap up the Grand Slam and win the Six Nations Rugby Championship; Welsh fullback Leigh Halfpenny kicks 3 penalties and a conversion
  • 2013 60th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Miami beats North Carolina, 87-77
  • 2013 54th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Ole Miss beats Florida, 66-63
  • 2018 Ireland beats England, 24-15 at Twickenham to wrap up Six Nations Rugby Championship; 3rd Grand Slam & 11th Triple Crown
  • 2019 Wales beats Ireland, 25-7 at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff to clinch the Six-Nations Rugby Championship and Grand Slam; Welsh fly-half Gareth Anscombe kicks 6 penalties and a conversion
  • 2019 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland wins biggest cheque in golf ($2.25m) by 1 stroke from Jim Furyk
  • 2020 French Open becomes first Grand Slam tennis tournament to be postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic; moves from May 24-June 7 to September 20-October 4; conflicts with Laver Cup men’s team event
  • 2021 America's Cup, Auckland: Emirates Team New Zealand beats Italian yacht Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli by 46s in race 10 for a 7-3 series victory and retain the cup

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1872 Billy Quaife, cricketer (England batsman 1899-1902)
  • 1874 Kincsem, horse that never lost a race

Person of interestBobby Jones

1902 Bobby Jones Jr., American golfer, course designer (13 major titles, Grand Slam 1930), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1971)

Golfer Bobby Jones
Bobby Jones
  • 1907 Sonny Werblin, former owner of the New York Jets (d. 1991)

Person of interestSammy Baugh

1914 Sammy Baugh, American NFL hall of fame quarterback (Washington Redskins), born in Temple, Texas (d. 2008)

American Football Player and Coach Sammy Baugh
American Football Player and Coach
Sammy Baugh
  • 1915 William "Bill" Roycroft, Australian equestrian 3 day (Olympic bronze 1976), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 2011)
  • 1919 Hank Sauer, baseball player (NL MVP 1952)
  • 1921 Mick Harvey, cricketer (in Newcastle Brother of Neil Test umpire)
  • 1935 Vladimir Popović, Serbian soccer midfielder (20 caps, Yugoslavia; Red Star Belgrade) and manager (Intercontinental Cup, Red Star Belgrade 1991), born in Belgrade, Serbia (d. 2020)
  • 1938 Fred Akers, American football coach (University of Wyoming; University of Texas, Austin; Purdue; career college record 108–75–3), born in Blytheville, Arkansas (d. 2020)
  • 1939 Shahid Mahmoud, cricketer (opener scored 16 & 9 in only Pak Test)
  • 1939 Robin Knox-Johnston, British yachtsman
  • 1944 Cito Gaston, MLB manager (Toronto Blue Jays)
  • 1948 Alex MacDonald, Scottish Footballer and football manager
  • 1949 Pat Rice, Irish soccer defender and coach (49 caps; Arsenal, Watford), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1953 Chuck Muncie, American football running back, (d. 2013)
  • 1957 Mal Donaghy, Northern Irish footballer
  • 1959 Danny Ainge, American NBA basketball player (Boston Celtics, 1981-69; 3 other teams 1989-95), coach (Phoenix Suns, 1996-99), and executive (Boston Celtics, 2000-present)and MLB baseball (Toronto Blue Jays, 1979-81) player, born in Eugene, Oregon
  • 1963 Roger Harper, cricketer (Guyana & WI off-spinner Extraordinary field)
  • 1964 Alex Shoumidoub, NHL goaltender (Belarus, Olympics 1998)
  • 1964 Don Griffin, NFL cornerback (Cleveland Browns)
  • 1964 Ron Warren Jr, jockey (Bay Meadows)
  • 1964 Lee Dixon, English footballer
  • 1964 Jacques Songo'o, Cameroonian footballer
  • 1965 Caitlin Bilodeaux, US fencer (Olympic-92), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1965 John Smiley, Phoenixville PA, pitcher (Cincinnati Reds)
  • 1965 Andrew Hudson, South African cricket player, 1984-2000 (South Africa, 163 on debut vs WI 1992), 55), born in Eshowe, KwaZulu-Nata
  • 1967 Chris Luongo, NHL defenseman (NY Islanders), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1968 Judy Mosley McAfee, WNBA forward (Sacramento Monarchs)
  • 1969 Andrew McMarlin, Vienna VA, rower (Olympics 1996)
  • 1969 Domenic "Filane" Figliomeni, Terrace Bay Ontario, boxer (Olympics 1996)
  • 1969 Gilbert Schaller, Bruck Austria, tennis star
  • 1970 Shannan Mitchem, female infielder (Colo Silver Bullets), born in Decatur, Georgia
  • 1971 Katrina Colleton, WNBA guard/forward (LA Sparks)
  • 1971 Bill Mueller, American baseball player, born in Maryland Heights, Missouri
  • 1972 Mia Hamm, Anerican soccer forward (Olympics 1996), born in Selma, Alabama
  • 1973 Jerome Woods, American NFL safety (KC Chiefs), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1974 Eric Lane, running back (NY Giants)
  • 1974 John Hall, kicker (NY Jets)
  • 1976 Álvaro Recoba, Uruguayan footballer
  • 1976 Scott Downs, American baseball player
  • 1979 Andrew Ference, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1980 Danny Califf, American soccer player
  • 1981 Kyle Korver, American Basketball Player
  • 1981 Servet Çetin, Turkish Football Player
  • 1982 Steven Pienaar, South African footballer

Person of interestKatie Ledecky

1997 Katie Ledecky, American swimmer (5 Olympic gold 2012, 2016), born in Washington, D.C.

Swimmer Katie Ledecky
Katie Ledecky

Weddings in Sport

LoveWedding of Interest

2001 NFL Quarterback Peyton Manning (24) weds Ashley Thompson in Memphis, Tennessee

NFL Quarterback Peyton Manning
NFL Quarterback
Peyton Manning

Deaths in Sport

  • 1965 Almos Alonzo Stagg, American football coach (University of Chicago), dies in California at 102
  • 1972 Manny Martindale, West Indian cricket fast bowler (10 Tests, 37 wickets; Barbados), dies at 62
  • 1978 George Dickinson, cricketer (8 wickets in 3 Tests for NZ), dies
  • 1979 Merv Inverarity, cricketer (father of John WA player 1925-40), dies
  • 1981 Paul Dean, American baseball player (St. Louis Cardinals), dies at 68
  • 1985 Dattu Phadkar, Indian cricketer (Indian all-rounder, 31 Tests 1947-58), dies at 59
  • 1988 Reg Sinfield, cricketer (one Test for England v Australia 1938), dies
  • 1994 Ellsworth Vines, American tennis player (US Open 1931-32; Wimbledon 1932), golfer (3 PGA Tour titles), dies at 82
  • 2001 Zinaida Voronina, Russian and Soviet gymnast (1968 Olympics: 4 medals including 1 gold), dies at 53
  • 2002 Paul Runyan, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1934, 38; Ryder Cup 1933, 35), dies at 93
  • 2006 Ray Meyer, American basketball coach (b. 1913)
  • 2009 Whitey Lockman, American baseball player, dies at 82
  • 2015 Bob Appleyard, English cricketer (superb England off-spinner, brief career), dies at 90
  • 2020 Roger Mayweather, American boxer (WBA & lineal super featherweight title 1983-84, WBC light welterweight 1987-89; IBO light welterweight; IBO welterweight 1994-95), dies at 58