On This Day

On This Day in Sport for March 18

Events in Sport

  • 1875 37th Grand National: Tommy Pickernell wins his 3rd GN aboard 100/6 chance Pathfinder
  • 1876 English FA Cup Final Replay, Kennington Oval, London: Wanderers beat Old Estonians, 3-0 after initial 1-1 draw; Wanderers 3rd title
  • 1892 Lord Stanley presents silver challenge cup for hockey (Stanley Cup)
  • 1900 Ajax soccer club forms in Amsterdam, The Netherlands (33 Eredivisie titles, 18 KNVB Cups, 4 Champions League); named after legendary Greek hero
  • 1910 72nd Grand National: Bob Chadwick wins aboard 100/8 chance Jenkinstown; earliest Grand National to which there are moving images
  • 1918 Soccer team SON OF Meerssen forms
  • 1921 80th Grand National: Fred Rees wins aboard 100/9 bet Shaun Spadah; winner is only horse to complete the course without falling
  • 1930 Boston Bruins win record 20th NHL home game
  • 1932 91st Grand National: Tim Hamey wins aboard 50/1 outsider Forbra
  • 1933 US Ladies' Figure Skating championship won by Maribel Vinson
  • 1933 US Men's Figure Skating championship won by Roger Turner
  • 1939 England beats Scotland, 9-6 at Murrayfield, Edinburgh to force a share of the Home Nations Rugby Championship with Wales and Ireland

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1942 2 black players, Jackie Robinson & Nate Moreland, request a tryout with the Chicago White Sox, they are allowed to work out

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1945 Montreal Canadien Maurice "Rocket" Richard becomes the 1st NHLer to score 50 goals

Ice Hockey Player Maurice Richard
Ice Hockey Player
Maurice Richard
  • 1951 LPGA Titleholders Championship Women's Golf, Augusta CC: Pat O'Sullivan wins her only major title by 2 strokes from fellow amateur Beverly Hanson
  • 1953 15th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Indiana beats Kansas, 69-68; Jayhawks' center B. H. Born is named tournament Most Outstanding Player

  • 1953 MLB National League approves Boston Braves move to Milwaukee (1st shift since 1903)
  • 1958 Dodgers announces their mascot and clown Emmett Kelly will not perform in 1958

Sports record brokenNBA Record

1959 Boston Celtic's Bill Sharman begins record of 56 straight free-throws

NBA Guard Bill Sharman
NBA Guard
Bill Sharman
  • 1970 NFL selects Wilson as official football & scoreboard as official time
  • 1972 Cornell NCAA hockey team shut out for 1st time in 225 games (Boston U)
  • 1978 Wales beats France, 16-7 at the National Stadium, Cardiff to clinch its 20th outright Five Nations Rugby Championship, a record 8th Grand Slam and record 3rd consecutive Triple Crown
  • 1981 Buffalo Sabres sets NHL record of 9 goals in 1 period (vs Toronto)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1985 Commissioner Peter Ueberroth reinstates Willie Mays & Mickey Mantle

Olympic Executive and Commissioner of Baseball Peter Ueberroth
Olympic Executive and Commissioner of Baseball
Peter Ueberroth
Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • 1986 Exciting draw in final gives NSW the Sheffield Shield over Queensland

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1989 Dino Ciccarelli sets Washington Capital record of 7 pts in a game

NHL Star Dino Ciccarelli
NHL Star
Dino Ciccarelli
  • 1990 32-day lockout by baseball owners ends
  • 1990 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Jodie Mudd wins by 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Mark Calcavecchia; winner's cheque $270,000

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1991 Mike Tyson beats Razor Ruddock in the 7th round

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1991 Philadelphia '76ers retires Wilt Chamberlain's #13 jersey

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • 1991 Reggie Miller (Indiana Pacers) ends NBA free throw streak of 52 games

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1995 Michael Jordan announces he is ending his 17 month NBA retirement

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan
  • 1995 In a final round title decider, England beats Scotland, 24-12 at Twickenham to claim the Five Nations Rugby Championship, Grand Slam, Triple Crown and Calcutta Cup
  • 1996 50,000 swimmers raise 15 million for charity during BT's Swimathon '96
  • 2000 England clinch inaugural Six Nations Rugby Championship with 59-12 thrashing of Italy at Stadio Flaminio, Rome; England flyhalf Jonny Wilkinson kicks 7 goals and winger Austin Healey scores 3 tries
  • 2006 France wins Six Nations Rugby Championship on points difference over Ireland, with a 21-16 win over Wales at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff; Ireland receives consolation prize of the Triple Crown Trophy
  • 2007 Former England Test cricket batsman, and Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer is found dead one day after his team's defeat to Ireland puts them out of the World Cup in the West Indies; cause of death remains suspicious
  • 2012 Superleague Greece football match between Olympiacos and Panathinaikos is abandoned after fans set fire to Athens' Olympic Stadium

AgreementContract of Interest

2014 Phil Jackson signs a five-year contract to be president of the New York Knicks

NBA Coach Phil Jackson
NBA Coach
Phil Jackson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018 Portuguese soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo records his 50th career hat-trick in Real Madrid's 6-3 win over Girona

Football Star Cristiano Ronaldo
Football Star
Cristiano Ronaldo
  • 2019 40-year old Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki overtakes Wilt Chamberlain to go 6th with 31,424 points on the NBA scorers' list; Mavs suffer 129-125 OT loss to New Orleans Pelicans

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1848 Nathaniel Herreshoff, America Cup yacht designer
  • 1874 Jimmy 'Nixey' Callahan, American baseball pitcher, outfielder and manager (Chicago WS; first AL no-hitter 1902), born in Fitchburg, Massachusetts (d. 1934)
  • 1877 Clem Hill, cricketer (all-time great Australian batsman)
  • 1881 Oliver Seibert, Canadian hall of fame hockey player (elected 1963), born in Berlin, Ontario (d. 1944)
  • 1887 Frank Moran, American heavyweight boxer and film actor, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1967)
  • 1893 Costante Girardengo, Italian cyclist, born in Novi Ligure, Italy (d. 1978)
  • 1918 Al Benton, American baseball player (d. 1968)
  • 1918 Bob Broeg, American sports writer (d. 2005)
  • 1919 Laila Schou Nilsen, Norwegian downhill skier (Olympic gold 1936)
  • 1919 Len Johnson, cricketer (Australian fast bowler played Test in 1948)
  • 1923 Andy Granatelli, American motorsports entrepreneur
  • 1924 Madhussudan Rege, cricketer (15 runs in only Test India v WI 1948-49)
  • 1925 Don Paul, American football player (LA Rams), (d. 2015)
  • 1926 Dick Littlefield, American baseball player (d. 1997)
  • 1927 George Plimpton, sports writer (Paper Lion), born in NYC, New York
  • 1928 Miguel Poblet, Spanish cyclist
  • 1934 Roy Chapman, English footballer & manager, born in Birmingham, United Kingdom (d. 1983)
  • 1936 Tony Nash, England, bobsled (Olympic gold 1964)
  • 1937 Mark Donohue, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500, 1972), born in Haddon Township, New Jersey (d. 1975)
  • 1937 Rudi Altig, German cyclist
  • 1938 Bob Nevin, Canadian ice hockey right wing (Stanley Cup 1962, 63; Toronto Maple Leafs; NY Rangers; 1,128 career NHL games), born in Timmins, Ontario (d. 2020)
  • 1939 Ron Atkinson, English soccer wing half, manager (Oxford United, Manchester United, Sheffield Wed, Aston Villa), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1942 Albert Van Vlierberghe, Belgian cyclist (d. 1991)
  • 1945 Aleksey Vakhonin, USSR, bantam weight (Olympic gold 1964)
  • 1945 John Jacobs, American golfer (PGA Senior C’ship 2003), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1946 Michel Leclère, French racing driver
  • 1947 David Lloyd, cricketer (England opener, 214 v India 1974)
  • 1948 Eknath Solkar, cricketer (India 1969-77, brilliant short-leg fielder)
  • 1948 Brian Lloyd, Welsh footballer
  • 1949 Alex "Hurricane" Higgins, Irish snooker player (2x world-champ), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland (d. 2010)
  • 1949 Hannu Siitonen, Finnish athlete
  • 1949 Jacques Secrétin, French table tennis player (World C'ship gold mixed doubles 1977), born in Carvin, France (d. 2020)
  • 1950 Larry Perkins, Australian racing driver
  • 1952 Mike Webster, American football player (d. 2002)
  • 1952 Pat Eddery OBE, Irish jockey (11 x British flat racing Champion Jockey; 3 x Epsom Derby), born in Newbridge, Republic of Ireland (d. 2015)
  • 1953 Nicholas Wisdom, cricketer (son of comic Norman, 2 games Sussex 1974)
  • 1956 Ingemar Stenmark, Swedish alpine skier (2 Olympic gold 1980), born in Joesjö, Sweden
  • 1958 Andreas Wenzel, Liechtenstein, skier (Olympic silver 1980)
  • 1960 Guy Carbonneau, Sept-iles, NHL center (Dallas Stars)
  • 1961 Todd Nelson, Dalles Ore, tennis star
  • 1961 Kevan James, English cricket all-rounder (4 wickets/4 balls + 103 Hampshire v India 1996), born in Lambeth, England
  • 1962 Trevor Franklin, cricketer (opened for NZ mid-80's)

Person of interestBonnie Blair

1964 Bonnie Blair, American speed skater (Olympic 5 gold/bronze 1988, 92, 94), born in Champaign, Illinois

Speed Skater Bonnie Blair
Speed Skater
Bonnie Blair
  • 1964 Alex Caffi, Italian racecar driver
  • 1964 Paul Elliott, English footballer
  • 1965 Geronimo Berroa, outfielder (Oakland A's), born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • 1965 Birgit Clarius, German heptathlete
  • 1967 Andre Rison, NFL wide receiver (Cleveland Browns, KC Chiefs)
  • 1967 Derrick Graham, NFL tackle (Green Bay Packers, Carolina Panthers, Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1967 Stefan Lindqvist, Swedish soccer midfielder (5 caps; IFK Göteborg), born in Halmstad, Sweden (d. 2020)
  • 1968 Pat Terrell, NFL strong safety (Carolina Panthers, Green Bay Packers)
  • 1969 Michael Dumas, NFL free safety (San Diego Chargers, Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1969 Shaun Udal, cricketer (Hants off-spinner, England to Aust 1994-95)
  • 1969 Sheila Taormina, 4X200m freestyle swimmer (Olympic gold 1996)
  • 1969 Vassily Ivanchuk, Ukrainian chess player
  • 1970 Sarah Thorsett, Winona Minn, 1.5k runner
  • 1972 Nathan Quarry, American mixed martial arts fighter
  • 1973 Marlon Kerner, NFL cornerback (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1973 Rob Johnson, NFL quarterback (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1974 Torrian Gray, safety (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1975 Claude N'Goran, Adzope Ivory Coast, tennis pro
  • 1975 Kimmo Timonen, hockey defenseman (Team Finland Olympic bronze 1998)
  • 1975 Tomas Žvirgždauskas, Lithuanian footballer
  • 1975 Brian Griese, American football player
  • 1976 Jovan Kirovski, American soccer player
  • 1976 Tomokazu Ohka, Japanese baseball player
  • 1976 Scott Podsednik, American baseball player
  • 1976 Michael Spillane, American wrestler, better known as Mike Quackenbush
  • 1977 Danny Murphy, English footballer
  • 1977 Zdeno Chára, Slovak ice hockey player
  • 1977 Willy Sagnol, French footballer
  • 1977 Terrmel Sledge, American baseball player
  • 1977 Fernando Rodney, Dominican baseball player
  • 1978 Dionne Bainbridge, Brisbane QLD Aust, NZ 200m swimmer (Olympics 1996)
  • 1978 Jonas Wallerstedt, Swedish footballer
  • 1978 Yoshie Takeshita, Japanese volleyball player
  • 1979 Dramane Coulibaly, Malian footballer
  • 1979 Anthony Maher, American soccer player
  • 1980 Sébastien Frey, French soccer goalkeeper (2 caps; Parma, Fiorentina), born in Thonon-les-Bains, France
  • 1981 Tora Berger, Norwegian biathlete
  • 1981 Kasib Powell, American basketball player
  • 1982 Timo Glock German Formula 1 driver
  • 1982 Pedro Mantorras, Angolan footballer
  • 1982 Chad Cordero, American baseball player, born in Upland, California
  • 1983 Tomasz Stolpa, Polish footballer
  • 1983 Andy Sonnanstine, American baseball player
  • 1985 Vince Lia, Australian Footballer
  • 1985 Gennaro Esposito, Italian footballer
  • 1986 Bia Figueiredo, Brazilian racing driver
  • 1986 Abdennour Cherif El Ouazzani, Algerian footballer
  • 1986 Kaloyan Ivanov, Bulgarian basketball player
  • 1987 Mauro Zárate, Argentinian Footballer
  • 1987 Gabriel Mercado, Argentinian Footballer
  • 1987 Cesare Rickler, Italian footballer

Deaths in Sport

  • 1917 William Shalders, South African cricket batsman (12 Tests 1895-1907), dies
  • 1945 William Grover-Williams, British racing driver
  • 1954 Walter Mead, cricketer (one Test for England 1899), dies
  • 1958 Sigve Lie, Norwegian sailor (Olympic gold dragon class 1948, 52), dies at 51
  • 1964 Sigfrid Edström, Swedish sports official and 4th President of the International Olympic Committee, dies at 93
  • 1971 George Wood, England cricket wicket-keeper (v South Africa 1924), dies
  • 1977 José Carlos Pace, Brazilian racing driver (b. 1944)
  • 1980 Herman Griffith, West Indian cricket fast bowler (13 Tests; 44 wickets; best 6-103), dies at 86
  • 1983 Franco Giorgetti, Italian cyclist (Olympic gold 1920), dies at 80
  • 1984 Charlie Lau, White Sox coach/renowned hitting instructor, dies at 50
  • 1989 Piet Kruiver, Dutch soccer player, dies at 51
  • 2003 Karl Kling, German race car driver, dies at 92
  • 2007 Bob Woolmer, England cricket all-rounder, coach (19 Tests, coach Pakistan, South Africa), dies of diabetes at 58