On This Day in Sport for March 2

Events in Sport

  • 1842 4th Grand National: Tom Olliver aboard Gaylad wins
  • 1853 15th Grand National: Tom Oliver aboard Peter Simple wins
  • 1859 21st Grand National: Chris Green aboard Half Caste IRE wins
  • 1874 Baseball batter's box is officially adopted
  • 1898 Australia complete a 4-1 cricket series annihilation of England
  • 1918 NY Yankees purchase 1st baseman George Burns from Detroit Tigers & immediately trades him to Philadelphia A's

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1927 Babe Ruth becomes highest paid baseball player ($70,000 per year)

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 1929 Chicago Black Hawks shut-out for NHL record 8th straight game

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1936 Bradman scores 369 in 253 mins, South Australia v Tasmania, 46 fours 4 sixes

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1951 1st NBA All-Star Game, Boston garden: Eastern Conference beats Western Conference, 111-94; MVP: Ed Macauley, Boston Celtics, C

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1962 Wilt Chamberlain scores incredible 100 points in an NBA game

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • 1963 10th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Duke beats Wake Forest, 68-57
  • 1968 Ice Dance Championship at Geneva won by Towler & Ford of Great Britain

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1969 Phil Esposito becomes 1st NHL Player to score 100 points in a season

NHL Star Phil Esposito
NHL Star
Phil Esposito
  • 1976 Bob Lurie becomes CEO of San Francisco Giants
  • 1980 3rd Islander scoreless tie-Penguins in Pitts
  • 1980 Mike Bratz (Phoenix) ends NBA free throw streak of 57 games

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1982 60th hat trick in Islander history-Bryan Trottier

NHL Star Bryan Trottier
NHL Star
Bryan Trottier
  • 1984 John Long (Detroit) begins NBA free throw streak of 51 games
  • 1989 NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers win 22nd straight home game

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1989 NY Met Darryl Strawberry swings at teammate Keith Hernandez

Baseball Player Darryl Strawberry
Baseball Player
Darryl Strawberry
MLB First Baseman Keith Hernandez
MLB First Baseman
Keith Hernandez
  • 1990 Mark Tewsksbury swims world record 50m backstroke (25.06 sec)
  • 1991 Deb Richard wins LPGA Women's Kemper Golf Open
  • 1991 NC State Chris Corchiani becomes 1st NCAAer to get 1,000 assists
  • 1996 Copeland swimming pool re-opened by Gladiator

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1996 Sachin Tendulkar scores 137 for Ind v SL in Cricket World Cup, but still lose

Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar
  • 1997 Gail Graham wins LPGA Alpine Australian Ladies Masters

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1997 Nick Faldo wins Nissan Golf Open

Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner Nick Faldo
Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner
Nick Faldo
  • 2000 America's Cup: Team New Zealand defeats Prada Challenge 5-0 to win in Auckland
  • 2003 America's Cup: Alinghi defeats Team New Zealand 5-0 to win in Auckland

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1902 Moe Berg, American baseball player and spy (d. 1972)
  • 1909 Mel Ott, American baseball player, 1st NLer to hit 500 home runs, hall of famer (NY Giants) (d. 1958)
  • 1912 Arthur Beaumont C Langton, cricketer (South African pace bowler of 1930's)
  • 1913 Mort Cooper, baseball player (NL MVP 1942)
  • 1917 Jim Konstanty, American MLB relief pitcher (NL MVP 1950), born in Strykersville, New York (d. 1976)
  • 1927 Roger Walkowiak, French cyclist
  • 1934 Howard "Hopalong" Cassady, NFLer
  • 1938 Donald Schwall, baseball player (1961 AL rookie of year)
  • 1943 Zygfryd Blaut, Polish footballer (d. 2005)
  • 1944 Pam Barnett, LPGA golfer
  • 1947 Harry Redknapp, English football manager
  • 1955 Steve Small, cricketer (stalwart NSW opening batsman)
  • 1958 Ian Woosnam, Welsh golfer
  • 1958 Kevin Curren, South Africa, tennis star
  • 1959 Laura Hurlbut, LPGA golfer
  • 1960 Hector Calma, Filipino basketball player
  • 1962 Al Del Greco, NFL kicker (Houston/Tennessee Oilers)
  • 1962 Philip Jonas, Canadian Tour golfer (1993 Payless-2nd), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1962 Terry Steinbach, New Ulm MN, catcher (Oakland A's)
  • 1962 Raimo Summanen, Finnish ice hockey player and coach
  • 1963 Tanyu Kiryakov, Bulgarian pistol shooter

Person of interestRon Gant

1965 Ron Gant, American baseball outfielder (Atlanta Braves, St Louis Cardinals), born in Victoria, Texas

MLB Outfielder Ron Gant
MLB Outfielder
Ron Gant
  • 1966 Judith Wiesner, Hallein Austria, tennis star (1994 Schenectady)
  • 1967 Allan Boyko, CFL slot back (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • 1967 Bruce Boyko, CFL fullback (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • 1967 Leo Gomez, Canovanas Puerto Rico, infielder (Chicago Cubs)
  • 1968 Penny "Stamper" Davis, Carlisle England, Canadian 470 sailor (Olympics 1996)
  • 1970 Kevin Miniefield, NFL defensive back (Chicago Bears)
  • 1971 James Hammerstrand, LaMesa California, volleyball middle blocker (Olympics 1996)
  • 1971 Ray Hall, NFL defensive tackle (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1971 Ruffin Hamilton, NFL linebacker (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1973 John Elmore, guard (Baltimore Ravens)
  • 1973 Trevor Sinclair, English footballer
  • 1973 Dejan Bodiroga, Serbian basketball player
  • 1974 Martine Dessureault, 50m swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1974 Monika Niederstätter, Italian athlete
  • 1976 Lars Bruggemann, hockey defenseman (Team Germany 1998)
  • 1977 Andrew Strauss, English cricket player, born in Johannesburg, Transvaal Province
  • 1977 Jay Gibbons, American baseball player (Baltimore Orioles), born in Rochester, Michigan
  • 1978 Giannis Skopelitis, Greek footballer
  • 1979 Damien Duff, Irish footballer
  • 1980 Édson Nobre, Angolan footballer
  • 1982 Henrik Lundqvist, Swedish ice hockey player
  • 1982 Ben Roethlisberger, American football player, born in Lima, Ohio
  • 1982 Corey Webster, American football player
  • 1982 Kevin Kurányi, German footballer
  • 1983 Glen Perkins, American baseball player
  • 1985 Reggie Bush, American football player
  • 1988 Matthew Mitcham, Australian diver

Weddings in Sport

HeartWedding of Interest

1984 Tennis player Yannick Noah (23) weds beauty queen Cecilia Rodhe (22) in Cameroon

Tennis Player and French Open Champion Yannick Noah
Tennis Player and French Open Champion
Yannick Noah

Deaths in Sport

  • 1953 Jim Lightbody, American runner (b. 1882)
  • 1956 Fred Merkle, American baseball figure (b. 1888)
  • 1985 John B Kelly Jr, chairman US Olympic Committee, dies at 57
  • 2004 Marge Schott, American baseball team owner (b. 1928)
  • 2004 Cormac McAnallen, Northern Irish Gaelic footballer (b. 1980)
  • 2005 Rick Mahler, American baseball player (b. 1953)
  • 2007 Clem Labine, American baseball player (b. 1926)
  • 2009 Chris Finnegan, British Olympic Boxing Gold Medallist (b. 1944)
  • 2017 Simon Hobday, South African golfer (1994 US Senior Open), dies of cancer at 76
  • 2018 Samuel "Sammy" Stewart, Americal MLB pitcher (Cleveland Indians), dies at 63