On This Day

On This Day in Sport for March 20

Events in Sport

  • 1891 53rd Grand National: Irish jockey, trainer Harry Beasley wins aboard 4/1 Come Away
  • 1892 54th Grand National: Capt. Roddy Owen wins aboard 20/1 chance Father O'Flynn
  • 1911 National Squash Tennis Association forms (NYC)
  • 1914 1st international figure-skating tournament held in US, New Haven
  • 1920 US Men's Figure Skating championship won by Sherwin Badger
  • 1920 Australasian Championships Men's Tennis, Adelaide: Pat O'Hara Wood beats fellow Australian Ronald Thomas 6-3, 4-6, 6-8, 6-1, 6-3
  • 1934 American all-round female super athlete Babe Didrikson Zaharias pitches a hitless inning for Philadelphia A's in their exhibition pre-season baseball game against Brooklyn Dodgers
  • 1937 England beats Scotland, 6-3 at Murrayfield, Edinburgh to clinch the Home Nations Rugby Championship and Triple Crown
  • 1948 102nd Grand National: 50/1 chance Sheila's Cottage first mare to win the GN for 46 years; ridden by Irish jockey Arthur Thompson
  • 1949 LPGA Titleholders Championship Women's Golf, Augusta CC: Amateur Peggy Kirk wins her only major title by 2 strokes from Patty Berg and Dorothy Kirby
  • 1954 16th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: La Salle beats Bradley, 92-76; Explorers' small forward Tom Gola is named tournament Most Outstanding Player
  • 1962 Sjoukje Dijkstra becomes world champion figure skater
  • 1965 27th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats Michigan, 91-80; Bruins' back-to-back National titles; Gail Goodrich 42 points
  • 1965 Wales misses out on a 4th Grand Slam after losing to France, 22-13 at Stade Colombes, Paris despite winning the Five Nations Rugby Championship

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1969 Ethiopian athlete Abebe Bikila is paralysed in an auto-accident near Addis Ababa

Marathon Runner Abebe Bikila
Marathon Runner
Abebe Bikila
  • 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
  • 1977 PGA Tournament Players Championship, Sawgrass CC: Mark Hayes wins in windy conditions, 2 strokes ahead of runner-up Mike McCullough
  • 1978 Flyers' Rick MacLeash scores on 6th penalty shot against Islanders
  • 1982 France beats Ireland, 22-9 at the Parc des Princes, Paris but the Irish take the Five Nations Rugby Championship with a 3-1 record and also their 5th Triple Crown

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1988 Defending champion Mike Tyson beats Tony Tubbs by TKO in round 2 at the Tokyo Dome, Tokyo for the undisputed world 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

  • 1993 Dan Jansen skates world record 500m (36.02 sec)
  • 1993 France beats Wales, 26-10 at Parc des Princes, Paris for it's 10th outright Five Nations Rugby Championship
  • 2010 France edges England, 12-10 at Stade de France, Saint Denis to complete a Grand Slam and win the Six Nations Rugby Championship; France's 17th title

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2020 After 20 years with the New England Patriots, six-time Super Bowl winning quarterback Tom Brady officially agrees to move to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on a 2-year $50m guaranteed deal

NFL Quarterback Tom Brady
NFL Quarterback
Tom Brady

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1853 George Godfrey, heavyweight boxer (Old Chocolate), born in Chelsea, Massachusetts
  • 1866 Robert Poore, Irish cricket batsman (3 Tests for South Africa; Hampshire), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1938)
  • 1871 Joe McGinnity, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (World Series 1905; 5 × NL wins leader; NL ERA leader 1904; Baltimore Orioles, NY Giants), born in Rock Island, Illinois (d. 1929)
  • 1903 Vincent Richards, American tennis player (US Pro C'ships 1927-28, 30, 33), born in Yonkers, New York (d. 1959)
  • 1905 Jean Galia, French rugby footballer (d. 1949)
  • 1915 Stan Spence, American baseball center fielder (MLB All-Star 1942, 44, 46, 47; Boston Red Sox, Washington Senators, St. Louis Browns), born in South Portsmouth, Kentucky (d. 1983)
  • 1928 Jerome Cousins Biffle, long jumper (Olympic gold 1952), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1933 George Altman, American MLB player, born in Goldsboro, North Carolina
  • 1933 Ian Walsh, Australian rugby league hooker, captain and coach (25 Tests; St. George), born in Bogan Gate, New South Wales (d. 2013)
  • 1937 Helmut Recknagel, German 90m ski jump (Olympic gold 1960)
  • 1941 Carlos Lopez snr, American jockey
  • 1941 Pat Corrales, American baseball player
  • 1945 Pat Riley, American 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)
  • 1951 Mohamed Ben Rehaiem, Tunisian soccer midfielder (35 caps; CS Sfaxien), born in Sfax, Tunisia (d. 2020)
  • 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, Scottish golfer (21 Ladies European Tour wins), born in Ladybank Scotland
  • 1961 Kathy Baker-Guadagnino, American golfer (US Open 1985), born in Albany, New York
  • 1961 Jesper Olsen, Danish footballer, born in Faxe, Denmark
  • 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 Nikolay Bukhalov, Bulgarian canoeist (2 x Olympic gold 1992), born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria
  • 1968 Eric Viscaal, Dutch soccer star (PSV/AA Gent)
  • 1969 Caroline Brunet, Canadian kayaker (Olympic silver 1996), born in Quebec City, Québec
  • 1969 Konstantine Starikovitch, Podolsk Russia, 238lbs US weightlift (Olympics 1996)
  • 1970 Kristin Klein, volleyball outside hitter (Olympics 1996), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 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
  • 1996 Charley Hull, British golfer (ANA Inspiration 2016 runner-up), born in Kettering, England

Deaths in Sport

  • 1910 James Hogan, Irish College Football Hall of Fame tackle (Yale), dies of Bright's disease at 37
  • 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, Australian cricketer (scored 12 & 31 in Test Aus v Eng 46-47), dies at 76
  • 1997 Tony Zale, American boxer (World Middleweight Champion 1940-47, 48), dies at 83
  • 2001 Luis Alvarado, Puerto Rican baseball player (b. 1949)
  • 2008 Eric Ashton, English rugby league footballer (b. 1935)
  • 2012 Mel Parnell, American MLB pitcher (Boston Red Sox, 1947-56), coach, and broadcaster, dies from cancer at 89
  • 2014 Hilderaldo Bellini, Brazilian soccer defender (51 caps; Vasco da Gama, São Paulo), dies from complications from a heart attack at 83
  • 2018 Bobby Mitchell, American golfer (US Masters runner-up 1972), dies of a heart attack at 75
  • 2019 Randy Jackson, American baseball third baseman (MLB All Star 1954,55; Chicago Cubs), dies of pneumonia at 93
  • 2020 Borislav Stanković, Serbian Basketball Hall of Fame administrator (International Basketball Federation secretary general 1976-2002), dies at 94
  • 2021 Peter Lorimer, Scottish soccer midfielder (21 caps; Leeds United 526 games), dies at 74