On This Day in Sport for March 2

Events in Sport

  • 1842 4th Grand National: Tom Olliver aboard 7/1 Gaylad wins by 4 lengths from Seventy Four
  • 1853 15th Grand National: Tom Oliver aboard Peter Simple wins his third GN Steeplechase and the stallion's second; oldest horse to win event at 15
  • 1859 21st Grand National: Chris Green aboard 7/1 Half Caste wins by only a short neck from Jean Du Quesne
  • 1874 National Association of Professional Baseball Players officially adopts the batter's box; decide any player betting on his own team will be expelled; any player betting on any other team to forfeit his pay
  • 1890 Norwegian speed skater Oskar Fredriksen sets inaugural 5,000m world record of 9:19.8 in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1896 Best 9-wicket haul in cricket history; George Lohmann takes 9-28 as England beats South Africa by an innings and 197 runs in 2nd Test at Johannesburg
  • 1898 Chasing winning target of 275, Australian cricket batsman Joe Darling bashes 160 in 171 minutes with 30 fours to lead Australia to a 6-wicket 5th Test win over England in Sydney; complete 4-1 series rout
  • 1904 Stanley Cup, Montreal Arena, Westmount, Quebec: Montreal Wanderers and Ottawa HC tie, 5-5; Montreal disqualified for refusing to play second game in Ottawa

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1918 Joe Malone goes scoreless in Montreal Canadiens' 5-3 season-ending loss to Toronto Arenas; finishes the first NHL season with 44 goals, a record that stands until 1944-45

Ice Hockey Player Joe Malone
Ice Hockey Player
Joe Malone
  • 1932 Australian golf trick-shot artist Joe Kirkwood posts an incredible 83 using only his putter over 18 holes at Belleaire, Florida; round includes 6 pars and 1 birdie

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1936 Australian cricket's batting maestro Don Bradman scores 369 in 253 minutes (46 fours, 4 sixes) in South Australia's innings and 349 run win over Tasmania

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1951 1st NBA All-Star Game, Boston Garden: East beats West, 111-94; MVP: Ed Macauley, Boston Celtics, G

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1962 Philadelphia center Wilt Chamberlain scores 100 points, most ever by an NBA player in a single game, during Warriors' 169-147 win over NY Knicks in Hershey; 36-of-63 from field, 28-of-32 from free-throw line

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • 1963 10th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament, Reynolds Coliseum, Raleigh, NC: Duke beats Wake Forest, 68-57

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1966 Black Hawks right wing Bobby Hull becomes the NHL's first 2-time 50-goal scorer when he strikes in a 5-4 win against the Detroit Red Wings at Chicago Stadium

NHL Legend Bobby Hull
NHL Legend
Bobby Hull

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1966 Jean Beliveau scores his 380th career NHL goal when Montreal ties Toronto, 3-3; moves him ahead of Ted Lindsay into the #3 spot all time, behind Gordie Howe and Maurice Richard

NHL Legend Jean Beliveau
NHL Legend
Jean Beliveau

  • 1968 Ice Dance Championship at Geneva won by Towler & Ford of Great Britain

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1969 Boston center Phil Esposito becomes first player in NHL history to record 100 points in a season when he scores 2 3rd-period goals in the Bruins' 4-0 win over the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins

NHL Star Phil Esposito
NHL Star
Phil Esposito
  • 1972 American jockey Willie Shoemaker wins his record 555th stakes race aboard Royal Owl in the San Jacinto Stakes at Santa Anita; Eddie Arcaro 554
  • 1974 Australian cricket batsman Greg Chappell makes 247no in drawn 1st Test vs NZ in Wellington; also hits 133 in 2nd innings; brother Ian 145 and 121 also scores twin centuries
  • 1980 Phoenix point guard Mike Bratz ends NBA free throw streak of 57 games with a miss in the Suns' 123-115 home win over the LA Lakers
  • 1986 Qualifier Kenny Knox is the last player to score in the 80’s (R3 80) and still win a PGA Tour event, the Honda Classic at TPC Eagle Trace; total 287 is highest winning score in PGA tournament history

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1986 Edmonton's Finnish right wing Jari Kurri scores 2 goals, including the overtime winner, to lead Oilers to a 2-1 win over Philadelphia; Kurri, 100 points for the 4th straight NHL season

NHL Star Jari Kurri
NHL Star
Jari Kurri

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1989 NY Mets stars Keith Hernandez and Darryl Strawberry famously nearly come to blows in front of reporters and TV crews at spring training

Baseball Player Darryl Strawberry
Baseball Player
Darryl Strawberry
MLB First Baseman Keith Hernandez
MLB First Baseman
Keith Hernandez
  • 1991 NC State point guard Chris Corchiani becomes 1st NCAA Div I player to record 1,000 career assists in a 89-84 loss to Wake Forest

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1991 St. Louis right wing Brett Hull becomes a 70-goal scorer for the 2nd straight season and has 3 assists to help the Blues earn a 4-4 tie in Philadelphia; finishes season with NHL career-best 86 goals

NHL Legend Brett Hull
NHL Legend
Brett Hull
  • 1992 American swimmer Anita Hall breaks the 200m breaststroke world record twice in the one day at the US Swimming championships in Indianapolis; wins final in 2:25.35

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1993 Mario Lemieux undergoes his 22nd and final radiation treatment for Hodgkin lymphoma, then joins the Pittsburgh Penguins in Philadelphia and has a goal and assist in a 5-4 loss to the Flyers

NHL Legend and Owner Mario Lemieux
NHL Legend and Owner
Mario Lemieux
  • 1993 Winnipeg Jets Finnish right wing Teemu Selänne breaks NHL record for goals by a rookie with a hat-trick in a 7-4 loss to the visiting Quebec Nordiques; passes Mike Bossy's mark of 52
  • 1995 Joe Mullen becomes 2nd NHL player to appear in 300 NHL games with 3 different teams when he plays for the Penguins in a 6-3 loss in Buffalo; Pittsburgh 379, St. Louis 301, Calgary 345

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1996 Despite Sachin Tendulkar's masterful 137 in India's 3 for 272, Sri Lanka wins Cricket World Cup match in Delhi by 6 wickets; Sanath Jayasuriya 79, Hashan Tillakaratne 70no

  • 1997 Australians Greg Blewett (214) and Steve Waugh (160) bat for the entire 3rd day of the 1st cricket Test against South Africa in Johannesburg; set up Australian innings and 196 run victory
  • 1997 Michael Andretti wins at Homestead in a Swift chassis, marking the first Champ Car victory in an American-built chassis since 1983; first-ever Champ Car start for the Swift
  • 2000 America's Cup, Auckland: Team New Zealand beats Italian yacht Prada Challenge by 0.48s for a 5-0 series sweep; NZ only the 2nd country in 150 years to successfully defend the Cup
  • 2000 St. Louis Blues become just the 2nd team in NHL history to win 10 straight games on the road, with a 5-2 victory in Atlanta; tie mark set by Buffalo 1983-84
  • 2002 40-year old South African boxer ‘Baby Jake’ Matlala ends his 22-year career with a 7th-round TKO win over Columbia’s Juan Herrera to retain his WBU junior flyweight title in Johannesburg
  • 2003 America's Cup, Auckland: Swiss yacht Alinghi beats Team New Zealand by 0.44s to sweep series, 5-0; Alinghi's Russell Coutts wins last 14 America's Cup races he's competed in as skipper; most in history
  • 2003 Fast bowler Andy Bichel takes career best 7 for 20 as Australia beats England by 2 wickets in a Cricket World Cup match in Port Elizabeth, South Africa; Australia unbeaten in record 12 ODI games
  • 2004 Saint Joseph's Hawks finish their college basketball season with an 82-50 win over St. Bonaventure; Hawks undefeated with a perfect 27-0 record in A-10 East Conference
  • 2004 Pittsburgh Penguins end their NHL record 14-game home losing streak when they tie the visiting New York Islanders, 3-3

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2004 Indianapolis Colts sign quarterback Peyton Manning to a 7-year, $98 million deal with a $34.5 million signing bonus; largest package to date in the NFL

NFL Quarterback Peyton Manning
NFL Quarterback
Peyton Manning
  • 2011 One of cricket’s great upsets; Kevin O’Brien smokes fastest century in World Cup history off 50 balls (ends 113 off 63) to help Ireland beat England by 3 wickets in Bangalore
  • 2012 Major League Baseball confirms the postseason will be expanded from 8 to 10 teams, with an extra wild card team in each league
  • 2012 NFL establishes existence of a bounty program at the New Orleans Saints 2009-11; players given incentives to injure opposition; coach Sean Payton is suspended for 2012 season

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2019 37-year-old Swiss 20-time Grand Slam tennis champion Roger Federer beats Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 6-4 to win his 100th ATP Tour title at the Dubai Championships

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer
  • 2019 Australian wonder horse Winx sets world record for Group 1 wins in the Chipping Norton Stakes in Sydney; stretches unbeaten run to 31 races, and her 23rd in the highest class of thoroughbred racing

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)
  • 1947 Harry Redknapp, English football manager
  • 1955 Steve Small, cricketer (stalwart NSW opening batsman)
  • 1956 Eusebio Pedroza, Panamanian boxer (WBA featherweight champion 1978-85), born in Panama City, Panama (d. 2019)
  • 1958 Ian Woosnam, Welsh golfer (US Masters 1991), born in Oswestry, England
  • 1958 Kevin Curren, South Africa, tennis star
  • 1960 Hector Calma, Filipino basketball player
  • 1962 Al Del Greco, NFL kicker (Houston/Tennessee Oilers)
  • 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
  • 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

LoveWedding 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
  • 2000 Sandra Schmirler, Canadian curler (Olympic gold 1998), dies at 36
  • 2004 Marge Schott, American MLB owner (Cincinnati Reds), dies of pneumonia at 75
  • 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 (US Senior Open 1994), dies of cancer at 76
  • 2018 Samuel "Sammy" Stewart, Americal MLB pitcher (Cleveland Indians), dies at 63