On This Day in Sport for March 18

Events in Sport

  • 1875 36th Grand National: Mr Tommy Pickernell aboard Pathfinder wins
  • 1892 Lord Stanley presents silver challenge cup for hockey (Stanley Cup)
  • 1910 72nd Grand National: Bob Chadwick aboard Jenkinstown wins
  • 1918 Soccer team SON OF Meerssen forms
  • 1921 80th Grand National: Fred Rees aboard Shaun Spadah wins
  • 1930 Boston Bruins win record 20th NHL home game
  • 1932 91st Grand National: Tim Hamey aboard Forbra wins

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

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

Ice Hockey Player Maurice Richard
Ice Hockey Player
Maurice Richard
  • 1951 Pat O'Sullivan wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
  • 1953 15th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Indiana beats Kansas 69-68
  • 1953 Boston Braves move to Milwaukee
  • 1953 NL 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)
  • 1973 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Orange Blossom Golf Classic
  • 1979 Joanne Carner wins LPGA Honda Civic Golf Classic
  • 1981 Buffalo Sabres sets NHL record of 9 goals in 1 period (vs Toronto)

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1984 Christa Johnson wins LPGA Tucson Conquistadores Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Christa Johnson
LPGA Golfer
Christa Johnson

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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

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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 Colleen Walker wins Circle K Tucson LPGA Golf Open

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) ends NBA free throw streak of 52 games

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

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan
  • 1996 50,000 swimmers raise 15 million for charity during BT's Swimathon '96
  • 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


Birthdays in Sport

  • 1848 Nathaniel Herreshoff, America Cup yacht designer
  • 1877 Clem Hill, cricketer (all-time great Australian batsman)
  • 1881 Oliver Seibert, hall of fame hockey player (elected 1963)
  • 1887 Frank Moran, American heavyweight boxer and film actor, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1967)
  • 1893 Costante Girardengo, Italian cyclist (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 and manager (d. 1983)
  • 1936 Tony Nash, England, bobsled (Olympic gold 1964)
  • 1937 Mark Donohue, auto racer (1972 Indianapolis 500)
  • 1937 Robin Wright, race horse trainer
  • 1937 Rudi Altig, German cyclist
  • 1939 Ron Atkinson, English former footballer and manager
  • 1940 Kathy Hutchinson, race horse trainer
  • 1942 Albert Van Vlierberghe, Belgian cyclist (d. 1991)
  • 1945 Aleksey Vakhonin, USSR, bantam weight (Olympic gold 1964)
  • 1946 Martyn Griffiths, British racing driver
  • 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 Hannu Siitonen, Finnish athlete
  • 1950 Larry Perkins, Australian racing driver
  • 1952 Mike Webster, American football player (d. 2002)
  • 1952 Pat Eddery, Irish jockey (won Epsom Derby 3x), born in Newbridge, County Kildare (d. 2015)
  • 1953 Nicholas Wisdom, cricketer (son of comic Norman, 2 games Sussex 1974)
  • 1955 Graham Porter, cricketer (1 day intl for Australia 1979)
  • 1956 "The Model" Rick Martel, [Richard Vignault], wrestler (WWF/AWA)
  • 1956 Ingamar Stenmark, Swedish slalom (Olympic-2 gold-1980)
  • 1958 Andreas Wenzel, Liechtenstein, skier (Olympic silver 1980)
  • 1960 Guy Carbonneau, Sept-iles, NHL center (Dallas Stars)
  • 1961 Kevan James, cricketer (all-rounder 4 wkts/4 balls & ton v India 1996)
  • 1961 Todd Nelson, Dalles Ore, tennis star
  • 1962 Trevor Franklin, cricketer (opened for NZ mid-80's)
  • 1964 Bonnie Blair, Champaign Ill, speed skater (Oly-5 gold/brz-88, 92, 94)
  • 1964 Alex Caffi, Italian racecar driver
  • 1964 Paul Elliott, English footballer
  • 1965 Geronimo Berroa, Santo Domingo Dom Rep, outfielder (Oakland A's)
  • 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)
  • 1968 Joseph Ouellet, hockey forward (Team France 1998)
  • 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 (Olympics-gold-96)
  • 1970 Sarah Thorsett, Winona Minn, 1.5k runner
  • 1973 Marlon Kerner, NFL cornerback (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1973 Rob Johnson, NFL quarterback (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1974 Petra Kamstra, Rotterdam Holland, tennis star (1995 Surabaya doubles)
  • 1974 Tina Krizan, Maribor Slovenia, tennis star (1995 Surabaya doubles)
  • 1974 Torrian Gray, safety (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1975 Claude N'Goran, Adzope Ivory Coast, tennis pro
  • 1975 Kimmo Timonen, hockey defenseman (Team Finland Oly-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-96)
  • 1978 Jonas Wallerstedt, Swedish footballer
  • 1978 Yoshie Takeshita, Japanese volleyball player
  • 1979 Dramane Coulibaly, Malian footballer
  • 1979 Anthony Maher, American soccer player
  • 1980 Sebastien Frey, French footballer
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1964 Sigfrid Edström, Swedish sports official (b. 1870)
  • 1971 George Wood, England cricket wicketkeeper (v South Africa 1924), dies
  • 1977 José Carlos Pace, Brazilian racing driver (b. 1944)
  • 1980 Herman Griffith, cricketer (13 Tests for WI, 44 wickets), dies
  • 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 (b. 1910)
  • 2007 Bob Woolmer, South African cricketer and Pakistan national coach (b. 1948)