On This Day in Sport for March 20

Events in Sport

  • 1891 53rd Grand National: Mr Harry Beasley IRE aboard Come Away wins
  • 1892 54th Grand National: Capt. Roddy Owen aboard Father O'Flynn wins
  • 1911 National Squash Tennis Association forms (NYC)
  • 1920 13th Australasian Championships: Pat O'Hara Wood beats Ronald Thomas (6-3, 4-6, 6-8, 6-1, 6-3)
  • 1924 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens (NHL) sweep Vanc Millionaires (PCHA) in 2
  • 1934 A female Babe Didrikson Zaharias pitches hitless inning for Philadelphia A's in exhibition game against Brooklyn Dodgers
  • 1948 102nd Grand National: Arthur Thompson aboard Sheila's Cottage wins
  • 1954 16th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: La Salle beats Bradley 92-76
  • 1962 Sjoukje Dijkstra becomes world champion figure skater
  • 1965 27th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats Michigan 91-80
  • 1971 Boston Bruins win 13th straight NHL game

Hall of fameHall of Fame

1973 Roberto Clemente elected to Hall of Fame, 11 weeks after his death in a plane crash

Baseball Player Roberto Clemente
Baseball Player
Roberto Clemente
  • 1978 Flyers' Rick MacLeash scores on 6th penalty shot against Islanders
  • 1983 In a clash of tennis legends, Martina Navratilova outclasses Chris Evert Lloyd 6-2, 6-0 to win her first of 5 straight WTA Tour Championships at Madison Square Garden, NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1988 Laura Davies wins Circle K LPGA Tucson Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Laura Davies
LPGA Golfer
Laura Davies

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1988 Mike Tyson KOs Tony Tubbs in 2 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1989 Baseball announces Reds manager Pete Rose is under investigation

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1990 LA Lakers retires Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's #33

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1853 George Godfrey, heavyweight boxer (Old Chocolate), born in Chelsea, Massachusetts
  • 1903 Vincent Richards, hall of fame tennis pro (elected 1961)
  • 1905 Jean Galia, French rugby footballer (d. 1949)
  • 1928 Christopher Benstead, race horse trainer
  • 1928 Jerome Cousins Biffle, long jumper (Olympic gold 1952), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1933 George Altman, American MLB player, born in Goldsboro, North Carolina
  • 1937 Helmut Recknagel, German 90m ski jump (Olympic gold 1960)
  • 1940 Mickey Preger, horse trainer
  • 1941 Carlos Lopez snr, American jockey
  • 1941 Pat Corrales, American baseball player
  • 1945 Pat Riley, NBA coach (Lakers, Knicks, Heat), born in Schenectady, New York

Person of interestBobby Orr

1948 Bobby Orr, Canadian hall of fame NHL defenseman (Boston Bruins), born in Parry Sound, Ontario

Ice Hockey Legend Bobby Orr
Ice Hockey Legend
Bobby Orr
  • 1951 Madan Lal, cricketer (Indian medium pacer in the 70's)
  • 1952 Anand Armitraj, India, tennis player (Brother of ViJay)
  • 1952 Geoff Brabham, Australian auto racer (IMSA GT Championship 1988-91), born in Sydney, NSW
  • 1954 Charlie Simmer, Ontario, NHL left winger (LA Kings)
  • 1958 Rickey Jackson, NFL defensive end (SF 49ers)
  • 1958 Phil Anderson, Australian cyclist
  • 1959 Dale Reid, Ladybank Scotland, LPGA golfer (European Solheim Cup team)
  • 1961 Kathy Guadagnino, LPGA golfer (1985 US Women's Open), born in Albany, New York
  • 1961 Jesper Olsen, Danish footballer
  • 1963 Paul Annacone, tennis star, born in Southampton, New York
  • 1963 Ramon Andersson, Middle Swan Australia, canoeist (Olympics-br-92, 96)
  • 1963 Yelena Romanova, Russian athlete (d. 2007)
  • 1963 Manabu Suzuki, Japanese racing driver and broadcaster
  • 1964 Ruth Davidon, rower (Olympic 6th 1996), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1965 Chris Hoiles, Bowling Green OH, catcher (Baltimore Orioles)
  • 1965 Danielle Woodward, Australian canoeist (Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1966 Blas Minor, Merced CA, pitcher (Seattle Mariners)
  • 1966 Giulio Caravatta, CFL quarterback (BC Lions)
  • 1967 Mookie Blaylock, NBA guard (Atlanta Hawks)
  • 1967 Randy Gullatt, horse trainer
  • 1967 Nikolay Bukhalov, Bulgarian canoeist (2 x Olympic gold 1992), born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria
  • 1968 Eric Viscaal, Dutch soccer star (PSV/AA Gent)
  • 1968 Jurgen Rumrich, Miesbach GER, hockey forward (Team Germany 1998)
  • 1968 Sheree Megan Higgins, New Zealand golfer (1991 Bridgestone), born in Matamata, New Zealand
  • 1969 Caroline Brunet, Canadian kayaker (Olympic silver 1996), born in Quebec City, Québec
  • 1969 Konstantine Starikovitch, Podolsk Russia, 238lbs US weightlift (Olympics 1996)
  • 1969 Sharon Manning, WNBA center/forward (Charlotte Sting)
  • 1970 Kristin Klein, volleyball outside hitter (Olympics 1996), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1970 Ralph Dawkins, NFL running back (New Orleans Saints)
  • 1970 Ron George, NFL linebacker (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1970 Todd Burger, NFL guard (Chicago Bears)
  • 1971 Janis Kelly, volleyball player (Olympics 1996), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1971 Manny Alexander, Dominican infielder (Baltimore Orioles), born in San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic
  • 1972 Ajah Wilson-Ogechukwu, soccer player (Roda JC)
  • 1973 Nico Boje, cricketer (South African ODI left-arm spinner 1996)
  • 1973 Norman Tome, Australian soccer striker (Olyroos, Olympics 1996)
  • 1974 P J Bogart, American diver (Olympics 1996), born in NYC, New York
  • 1976 Arno Knapen, Dutch soccer player (Holten, FC Twente)
  • 1979 Bernard O'Connor, Gaelic Footballer
  • 1979 Keven Mealamu, New Zealand rugby player
  • 1980 Jamal Crawford, American basketball player
  • 1982 Tomasz Kuszczak, Polish footballer
  • 1982 José Moreira, Portuguese footballer
  • 1982 Terrence Duffin, Zimbabwean cricketer
  • 1984 Markus Niemelä, Finnish racing driver
  • 1984 Fernando Torres, Spanish footballer
  • 1984 Valtteri Filppula, Finnish professional ice-hockey player
  • 1984 Marcus Vick, American football player
  • 1987 Daniel Maa Boumsong, Cameroonian football player
  • 1987 Patrick Boyle, Scottish footballer
  • 1987 Pedro Ken, Brazilian footballer
  • 1987 Sergei Kostitsyn, Belarusian hockey player
  • 1987 Jô, Brazilian footballer
  • 1989 Tamim Iqbal, Bangladeshi cricketer
  • 1993 Sloane Stephens, American tennis player (US Open 2017), born in Plantation, Florida

Deaths in Sport

  • 1936 Durant Clifford Parkin, cricketer (Tests for South Africa 1891-92), dies
  • 1937 Harry Vardon, Jersey golfer (6 time British Open champion, US Open 1900), dies of lung cancer at 66
  • 1990 Jev Jasjin, Russian soccer goalie, dies at 60
  • 1990 Lev Yashin, Soviet footballer (b. 1929)
  • 1995 Merv Harvey, cricketer (scored 12 & 31 in Test Aus v Eng 46-47), dies
  • 1997 Tony Zale, American boxer (b. 1913)
  • 2001 Luis Alvarado, Puerto Rican baseball player (b. 1949)
  • 2008 Eric Ashton, English rugby league footballer (b. 1935)
  • 2012 Mel Parnell [Melvin], American Major League Baseball pitcher, dies from cancer at 89
  • 2014 Hilderaldo Bellini, Brazilian footballer, dies from complications from a heart attack at 83