On This Day

On This Day in Sport for March 19

Events in Sport

  • 1880 42nd Grand National: Tommy Beasley aboard Irish 8/1 chance Empress wins by 2 lengths from defending champion The Liberator
  • 1892 3 brothers Hearne play in same Test Cricket England v South Africa (Cape Town)
  • 1910 Australasian Championships Men's Tennis, Adelaide: Rodney Heath wins his 2nd and last Australasian title; beats fellow Australian Horace Rice 6-4, 6-3, 6-2
  • 1914 Stanley Cup, Arena Gardens, Toronto ON: Toronto HC (NHA) defeat Victoria Aristocrats (PCHA), 2-1 for a 3-0 series sweep; final series of the "challenge" era
  • 1915 VI Summer (Modern) Olympic Games: IOC President Pierre de Coubertin writes to Associated Press indicating 1916 Berlin Games won't take place because of WWI
  • 1932 England beats Scotland, 16-3 at Twickenham, London to force a 3-way share with Wales and Ireland of renewed Home Nations Rugby Championship; France expelled, alleged professionalism
  • 1937 96th Grand National: With King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in attendance, aptly-named Royal Mail ridden by jockey Evan Williams wins at odds of 100/6; estimated crowd, 300,000
  • 1938 NHL Toronto Maple Leafs and New York Americans combine to score 8 goals in just under 5 minutes; Toronto wins game 8-5
  • 1938 Scotland beats England, 21-16 at Twickenham, London to win the Home Nations Rugby Championship, Triple Crown and Calcutta Cup
  • 1942 Thoroughbred Racing Association of US formed in Chicago

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1943 In their third match, Jake LaMotta finally defeats Jimmy Reeves by knocking him out in the sixth round

World Middleweight Boxing Champion Jake LaMotta
World Middleweight Boxing Champion
Jake LaMotta

Sport awardUS Women's Golf Open

1950 US Open Women's Golf, Rolling Hills CC: Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins by 9 strokes from amateur Betsy Rawls

LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls
  • 1950 LPGA Titleholders Championship Women's Golf, Augusta CC: Babe Didrikson Zaharias wins her 2nd of 3 Titleholders titles by 8 strokes from amateur Claire Doran
  • 1954 US Ladies' Figure Skating championship won by Tenley Albright
  • 1954 "The Three Ws" of West Indian cricket each score centuries in one innings; Clyde Walcott scores 124 following Everton Weekes (206) and Frank Worrell (167) in 1st innings of drawn 4th Test v England at Port of Spain

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1955 17th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: San Francisco beats La Salle, 77-63; Dons' future Hall of Fame center Bill Russell is named tournament Most Outstanding Player

Basketball Player Bill Russell
Basketball Player
Bill Russell

  • 1956 Biggest NBA margin of victory - Minn Lakers-133, St Louis Hawks-75

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1960 22nd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Ohio State beats California, 75-55; Buckeyes' future Hall of Fame forward Jerry Lucas is named tournament MOP

NBA Forward Jerry Lucas
NBA Forward
Jerry Lucas
  • 1966 28th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Texas Western beats Kentucky, 72-65; Miners first title in first title game
  • 1971 Philadelphia 76ers outscore Cincinnati Royals 90-80 in 2nd half enroute to a 147-127 victory
  • 1972 1st AIAW Women's Basketball Tournament, Immaculata beats West Chester State 52-48 in Normal
  • 1972 LA Lakers beat Golden State Warriors, 162-99, by then record 63 pts
  • 1975 Pennsylvania is 1st state to allow girls to compete with boys in HS sports
  • 1977 France beats Ireland, 15-6 at Lansdowne Road, Dublin to clinch its 6th outright Five Nations Rugby Championship and 2nd Grand Slam

Sport awardPGA Players Championship

1978 PGA Tournament Players Championship, Sawgrass CC: Jack Nicklaus wins his 3rd TPC title, 1 stroke ahead of Lou Graham; 4th straight start for Nicklaus that ends with a top-2 finish

  • 1981 Buffalo Sabres beat Toronto Maple Leafs 14-4
  • 1983 France (16-9 v Wales) and Ireland (25-15 v England) win final round matches to finish level and share the Five Nations Rugby Championship; no tie-break procedure exists before 1993

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1984 Two-time Cy Young Award winner Denny McLain is indicted on charges of drug trafficking, embezzlement and racketeering; 25 year sentence later quashed

MLB Pitcher Denny McLain
MLB Pitcher
Denny McLain
  • 1985 NSW wins cricket Sheffield Shield by beating Queensland by 1 wicket

Sports record brokenWorld Record

1987 Bonnie Blair skates ladies' world record 500 m (39.43 sec)

Speed Skater Bonnie Blair
Speed Skater
Bonnie Blair
  • 1987 Yvonne van Gennip skates ladies world record 3 km (4:16.85)
  • 1988 Yvonne van Gennip skates un-official world record 10 km (15:25.25)
  • 1988 France edges Wales, 10-9 at the National Stadium, Cardiff to share the Five Nations Rugby Championship with the Welsh with 3-1 records
  • 1989 Ice Dance Championship at Paris won by M Klimova & S Ponomarenko (USSR)
  • 1989 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Paris won by Kurt Browning (CAN)
  • 1989 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Tom Kite wins the title in gusty conditions, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Chip Beck

  • 1989 Wales beats England, 12-9 at Cardiff Arms Park to allow France to claim it's 9th outright Five Nations Rugby Championship
  • 1990 1st world ice hockey tournament for women held (Ottawa)
  • 1991 KC Royals announce they are putting Bo Jackson on waivers
  • 1991 Sacramento Kings set NBA record of 29 consecutive road loses

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1991 St Louis Blues Brett Hull is 3rd NHLer to score 80 goals in a season

NHL Legend Brett Hull
NHL Legend
Brett Hull

Sport awardSuper Bowl

1991 NFL owners strip Phoenix of 1993 Super Bowl game due to Arizona Not recognizing Martin Luther King Day

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.
  • 1993 Ice Dance Championship in Prague won by M Usova & A Zhulin (RUS)
  • 1994 NJ Devils club record 41st win of the season
  • 1994 England beats Wales, 15-8 at Twickenham, London but the Welsh take the Five Nations Rugby Championship as title decided by using points difference for the first time
  • 1995 Bonnie Blair skates female world record point total (156.450)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1995 Michael Jordan rejoins Chicago Bulls after 17 months, beats Pacers

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan
  • 1995 NBA NY Knicks beat NY Nets in 100th meeting (Knicks 53 Nets 47)
  • 1997 Major League Baseball announces 5 year/$50M deal with Pepsi
  • 2005 Wales beats Ireland, 32-20 at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff to win the Six Nations Rugby Championship and become the 1st team to complete a Grand Slam playing more games away than at home
  • 2011 Despite a final round 24-8 defeat to Ireland at the new Aviva Stadium in Dublin, England wins the Six Nations Rugby Championship courtesy of their opening 4 straight victories
  • 2016 England beats France 31-21 at Stade de France, Paris to claim Six Nations Rugby Championship; secure their first Grand Slam since 2003; Owen Farrell with 7 goals, England's 2nd-highest points scorer behind Jonny Wilkinson
  • 2019 Houston Rockets guard James Harden becomes first player in NBA history to score at least 30 points against all 29 opponents in a single season with 31 in a 121-105 win over the Atlanta Hawks

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1859 Edward J. McKeever, American baseball executive (co-owner Brooklyn Dodgers), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1925)
  • 1871 Schofield Haigh, cricketer ("Sunshine of the Yorkshire 11")
  • 1888 Léon Scieur, Belgian cyclist (d. 1969)
  • 1909 Attilio Demaria, Argentinian footballer (d. 1990)
  • 1913 William Chatterton, cricketer (48 in only Test for England 1892)
  • 1914 Jay Berwanger, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (1st Heisman Trophy winner 1935, Chicago), born in Dubuque, Iowa (d. 2002)
  • 1915 Norman Yardley, English cricket batsman and captain (20 Tests; Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1948), born in Barnsley, Yorkshire (d. 1989)
  • 1917 Laszlo Szabo, Hungarian chess player (d. 1998)
  • 1923 Bobby Brown, Scottish soccer goalkeeper (5 caps; Rangers, Falkirk) and manager (St Johnstone; Scottish national team 1967-71), born in Dunipace, Scotland (d. 2020)

Person of interestRichie Ashburn

1927 Richie Ashburn, American hall of fame baseball player (Philadelphia Phillies, NY Mets) and sportscaster, born in Tilden, Nebraska (d. 1997)

Baseball Player Richie Ashburn
Baseball Player
Richie Ashburn
  • 1928 Clive Van Ryneveld, cricketer (South African all-rounder 1951-58)
  • 1932 Gay Brewer, American golfer (US Masters 1967), born in Middletown, Ohio (d. 2007)
  • 1936 Ben Lexcen, Australian yacht designer (Australia II 1983 America's Cup), born in Boggabri, Australia (d. 1988)
  • 1939 Abbas Ali Baig, cricketer (Indian bat 112 on debut v England 1959)
  • 1939 Joe Kapp, NFL quarterback (Minnesota Vikings, Boston Patriots, Houston Oilers)
  • 1939 Peter Thorburn MNZM, New Zealand rugby union coach (North Harbour, NZ sevens, Bristol RFC, United States), born in Auckland, New Zealand (d. 2021)
  • 1943 Vern Schuppan, Australian racing driver
  • 1946 Mohammad Ilyas, cricketer (Pakistani batsman in ten Tests 1964-69)
  • 1947 Earlie Fires, jockey (Hialeah Park)
  • 1947 Marinho Peres, Brazilian football player
  • 1948 Vintcent Van der Bijl, Natal cricket bowler (superb 2m of 70's & 80's)
  • 1952 Warren Lees, NZ cricket wicket-keeper (late 70's)
  • 1953 Hans Rinn, German DR, 2 man lugist (Olympic gold 1976, 80)
  • 1958 Andy Reid, American NFL coach (Philadelphia Eagles 1999–2012; Kansas City Chiefs 2013–20), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1961 Jos Lansink, Dutch-Belgian equestrian
  • 1962 Ivan Calderón, Puerto Rican baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 1991; Chicago White Sox, Montreal Expos), born in Fajardo, Puerto Rico (d. 2003)
  • 1966 Andy Sinton, English footballer
  • 1967 Vladimir Konstantinov, Russian ice hockey player
  • 1968 Liam Jewell, kayaker (Olympics 1996), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1968 Tyrone Hill, American NBA forward (Cleveland Cavaliers, Milwaukee Bucks), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1969 Arjan Vermeulen, soccer player (Vitesse)
  • 1969 Scott Alexander Brownlee, New Zealand coxless rower (Olympics 1996), born in Hamilton, New Zealand
  • 1970 Errol Refos, soccer player (Feyenoord)
  • 1970 Janne Laukenen, Lahti FIN, NHL defenseman (Finland Olympic bronze 1998, Senators)
  • 1970 Rick Mirer, NFL quarterback (Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears)
  • 1970 Sean Fleming, CFL kicker (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • 1971 Cory Fleming, NFL wide receiver (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1971 Kirk Botkin, NFL tight end (New Orleans Saints, Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1971 Louie Debrusk, Canadian NHL left wing (Edmonton Oilers, and three other teams), born in Cambridge, Ontario
  • 1971 Marty Moore, NFL inside linebacker (NE Patriots)
  • 1971 Taase Faumui, Samoan-American NFL defensive linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers, 1994-95; Oakland Raiders, 1997), born in Western Samoa
  • 1971 Whitney Hedgepeth, American swimmer - 100m/200m backstroke (2 Olympic silver medals 1996), born in Charlottesville, Virgina
  • 1972 Maria Maunder, St John's New Foundland, rower (Olympics 1996)
  • 1973 John Michels, NFL tackle (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • 1974 John Coppinger, pitcher (Baltimore Orioles), born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1975 Antonio Daniels, NBA guard (Vancouver Grizzlies)
  • 1976 Alessandro Nesta, Italian footballer
  • 1979 Christos Patsatzoglou, Greek footballer
  • 1979 Hee-Seop Choi, Korean baseball player
  • 1979 Ivan Ljubičić, Croatian tennis player
  • 1979 Hedo Türkoğlu, Turkish basketball player
  • 1981 Kolo Touré, Ivorian footballer
  • 1982 Brad Jones, Australian footballer
  • 1982 Jonathan Fanene, American football player
  • 1985 Ernesto Viso, Venezuelan racing driver
  • 1987 Michal Švec, Czech footballer

Weddings in Sport

LoveWedding of Interest

1982 Race car driver Al Unser Jr (19) weds Shelley Unser

Indy Car Driver Al Unser Jr.
Indy Car Driver
Al Unser Jr.

Deaths in Sport

  • 1932 Edward Barrett, Irish heavyweight wrestler and all-round sportsman (Olympic gold tug-of-war 1908), dies at 54
  • 1958 Vernon Ransford, cricketer (20 Tests for Australia, 1211 runs), dies
  • 1977 Buck Shaw, American football player and coach, dies at 77
  • 1981 Frank Lane, American MLB executive (GM Chicago WS, St. Louis Cardinals, Cleveland Indians, KC Athletics, Milwaukee Brewers), dies at 85
  • 1991 John Russell Thomas, NFL general manager (Detroit Lions), dies
  • 1999 Joseph DePietro, American weightlifter (Olympic gold -56kg 1948), dies at 84
  • 2013 Bud Palmer, American basketball player (NY Knicks) and sportscaster, dies at 91
  • 2017 Ken Still, American golfer (3 PGA Tour titles), dies of kidney failure at 82
  • 2017 Roger Pingeon, French cylist (Tour de France 1967 champion), dies at 76