On This Day

On This Day in Sport for March 21

Events in Sport

  • 1871 33rd Grand National: Irish 1868 winner The Lamb claims second GN at 11/2; ridden by Tommy Pickernell
  • 1872 34th Grand National: John Page wins his second GN aboard 20/1 shot Casse Tete
  • 1902 64th Grand National: David Read aboard 20/1 chance Shannon Lass wins by 3 lengths from Matthew
  • 1909 Moran & MacFarland (US) wins Europe's 1st 6 day bicycle race (Berlin)
  • 1931 US Ladies' Figure Skating championship won by Maribel Vinson
  • 1931 US Men's Figure Skating championship won by Roger Turner

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1941 In a hard fought 15th title defence Joe Louis KOs Abe Simon in the 13th round at Olympia Stadium, Detroit to retain NYSAC heavyweight boxing crown

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • 1946 Kenny Washington signs with Rams, 1st black NFLer since 1933
  • 1947 Test Cricket debut of Bert Sutcliffe, NZ v England at Christchurch
  • 1948 LPGA Titleholders Championship Women's Golf, Augusta CC: Patty Berg wins her 4th Titleholders title by 1 stroke ahead of Babe Zaharias and Peggy Kirk
  • 1953 NBA record 106 fouls & 12 players foul out (Boston-Syracuse)
  • 1953 England beats Scotland, 26-8 at Twickenham, London to clinch their 14th Five Nations Rugby Championship
  • 1955 Brooklyn Bulletin ask Dodger fans not to call their team "Bums"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1959 21st NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: California beats West Virginia, 71-70; WV future Hall of Fame point guard Jerry West is named MOP

NBA Guard Jerry West
NBA Guard
Jerry West
  • 1959 113th Grand National: Michael Scudamore wins aboard 8/1 second favourite Oxo; only 4 of 32 starters finish the race
  • 1961 Art Modell purchases Cleveland Browns for then record sum ($3,925,000)

  • 1962 Philadelphia Phillies retire pitcher Robin Roberts' # 36
  • 1964 26th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats Duke, 98-83; Bruins first title in first title game; undefeated season (30-0)
  • 1964 118th Grand National: Willie Robinson aboard American-owned 12-year-old Team Spirit wins at odds of 18/1
  • 1964 Wales draws 11-11 with France in Cardiff, whilst Scotland beats England, 15-6 at Murrayfield to leave the Five Nations Rugby Championship shared by Wales and Scotland on 6 competition points
  • 1970 32nd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats Jacksonville, 80-69; Bruins' 4th straight title under coach John Wooden
  • 1970 Vinko Bogataj crashes during a ski-jumping championship in Germany; his image becomes that of the "agony of defeat guy" in the opening credits of ABC's Wide World of Sports.
  • 1971 Indian cricket great Sunil Gavaskar scores first of his 34 Test Cricket centuries; 116 in drawn 3rd Test at Georgetown, Guyana

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1973 Montreal Canadiens' left wing Frank Mahovlich becomes 5th NHL player to score 500 goals

NHL Legend Frank Mahovlich
NHL Legend
Frank Mahovlich
  • 1978 Padres fire Al Dark (2nd manager ever fired during spring training)
  • 1981 France beats England 16-12 at Twickenham, London for it's 7th outright Five Nations Rugby Championship and 3rd Grand Slam title
  • 1982 Jerry Pate celebrates golf win by jumping into the water hazard
  • 1982 PGA Tournament Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Jerry Pate shoots a final round 67 to win by 2 strokes over runners-up Scott Simpson and Brad Bryant
  • 1984 Border scores 100* v WI Trinidad after 98* in 1st cricket innings
  • 1984 NFL owners passed the infamous anti-celebrating rule

Hall of fameHall of Fame

1985 Arthur Ashe is nominated for the International Tennis Hall of Fame

Tennis Player Arthur Ashe
Tennis Player
Arthur Ashe
  • 1986 Pittsburgh Associates buy Pittsburgh Pirates for $218 million
  • 1987 PSV sells soccer player Ruud Gullit to AC Milan (Ÿ17 million)
  • 1987 France beats Ireland, 19-13 at Lansdowne Road, Dublin the clinch the outright Five Nations Rugby Championship for the 8th time and 4th Grand Slam title

Sports record brokenNHL Record

1994 Wayne Gretzky ties Gordie Howe's NHL record of 801 goals

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • 1997 Ice Dance Championship in Lausanne, Switzerland won by Oksana Grishuk & Evgeny Platov (Rus)
  • 2009 Ireland completes a Grand Slam with a 17-15 win over Wales at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff to win the Six Nations Rugby Championship
  • 2012 Sergio Agüero & Samir Nasri score to give Manchester City 2-1 win over Chelsea at City of Manchester Stadium; EPL record 20th consecutive home win; streak ends with 3-3 draw v Sunderland 31/3
  • 2013 Martin Gould defeats Ali Carter to win the snooker 2013 Championship League

OlympicsOlympic Gold

2014 Canadian freestyle skier (moguls) and two-time Olympic gold medalist Alexandre Bilodeau retires at 26

Two Time Olympic Gold Medalist Alexandre Bilodeau
Two Time Olympic Gold Medalist
Alexandre Bilodeau
  • 2015 Ireland retains Six Nations Rugby Championship with 40-10 win over Scotland at Murrayfield; England needs 26 point win over France for title but can only beat Les Bleus, 55-35 at Twickenham

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2019 Japanese baseball right fielder Ichiro Suzuki finishes his career with a record 4,367 base hits (NPB & MLB) as Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland A's, 5-4 in Tokyo, Japan

Baseball Star Ichiro Suzuki
Baseball Star
Ichiro Suzuki

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1835 Thomas Hayward, English cricketer (d. 1876)
  • 1854 Alick Bannerman, Australian cricketer (28 Tests for Australia 1878-93, 1108 runs), born in Paddington, New South Wales (d. 1924)
  • 1876 John Tewksbury, American athlete (d. 1968)
  • 1913 George Abecassis, English race car driver (d. 1991)
  • 1918 Joe Carveth, NHL forward (scored 20 or more goals in 3 seasons)
  • 1925 Hugo Koblet, Swiss cyclist (d. 1964)
  • 1929 Maurice Catarcio, wrestler
  • 1934 Lister Carney, Bellaire Oh, 200m runner (Olympic silver 1960)
  • 1935 Brian Clough, English football player and manager, born in Middlesborough, England (d. 2004)
  • 1937 Tom Flores, NFL quarterback and coach (Raiders), born in Fresno, California
  • 1938 Grahame Thomas, cricketer (Australian batsman of the mid-60's)
  • 1939 Martha Hudson, Eastman Ga, 4X100m relayer (Olympic gold 1960)
  • 1941 Malcolm Francke, cricketer (leg-spinner, Ceylon 1956 to Qld 1984)
  • 1943 Antal Dunai, Hungarian soccer player (Olympic gold 1968)
  • 1944 Charles Edward Greene, Pine Bluff Ark, 4x100m runner (Olympic gold 1968)
  • 1949 Alvin Kallicharran, West Indian cricket batsman (66 Tests 1972-81 @ 44.43), born in Port Mourant, British Guiana
  • 1955 Barbel Wockel-Eckert, German DR, sprinter (Olympic-4 gold-1976, 80)
  • 1956 Ingrid Kristiansen, Norwegian long distance athlete (World C'ship gold 10,000m 1987; WR 5,000m, 10,000m, marathon; NYC 1989; Boston Marathon 1986, 89), born in Trondheim, Norway
  • 1958 Marlies Göhr, East German sprinter (Olympic gold 100m relay 1976, 80, World Champion 100m 1983), born in Gera, Germany

Person of interestAyrton Senna

1960 Ayrton Senna, Brazilian auto racer (World F1 champion 1988, 90, 91), born in São Paulo, Brazil (d. 1994)

Formula 1 Driver Ayrton Senna
Formula 1 Driver
Ayrton Senna
  • 1961 Wei Wang, US table tennis player (Olympics 1996), born in Beijing, China
  • 1961 Lothar Matthäus, German footballer
  • 1963 Ronald Koeman, Dutch soccer star (Ajax, PSV, Barcelona, Feyenoord)
  • 1963 Shawon Dunston, infielder (SF Giants), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1964 Ahmed Radhi, Iraqi soccer striker (121 caps; 62 goals; Al-Rasheed; Asian Footballer of the Year 1988), born in Baghdad, Iraq (d. 2020)
  • 1964 Jesper Skibby, Danish professional cyclist
  • 1966 Al Iafrate, American NHL defenseman (799 career NHL games, 152 goals, 311 assists for 463 points), born in Dearborn, Michigan
  • 1966 Karen Lunn, Australian golfer (British Open 1993; LET Order of Merit 1993), born in Cowra, New South Wales
  • 1966 Matthew Maynard, cricketer (big hitting Glamorgan & England player)
  • 1966 Kenny Bräck, Swedish auto racer (Indy Racing League 1998; Indianapolis 500 1999), born in Arvika, Sweden
  • 1967 Elaina Oden, Orange CA, volleyball middle blocker (Olympic bronze 1992, 96)
  • 1967 Troy Westwood, CFL kicker (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • 1968 Erwin Vanderbroeck, Dutch soccer player (Roda JC)
  • 1968 Jeff Lazaro, Waltham Mass, US hockey forward (Olympics 1994)
  • 1968 Johan Garpenlov, NHL left wing (Florida Panthers), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1968 Scott Williams, NBA forward (Philadelphia 76ers)
  • 1969 Ali Daei, Iranian footballer
  • 1971 Hason Graham, NFL wide receiver (NE Patriots)
  • 1972 Boris Mironov, NHL defenseman (Team Russia Olympic silver 1998, Edmonton), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1973 Larry Bowie, running back (Washington Redskins)
  • 1973 Stuart Nethercott, English footballer
  • 1974 Jose Clayton, Tunisian footballer
  • 1975 Vitaly Potapenko, NBA center (Cleveland Cavaliers)
  • 1975 Mark Williams, Welsh snooker player (World C'ship 2000, 03, 18; Triple Crown 2002-03), born in Cwm, Blaenau Gwent, Wales
  • 1978 Cristian Guzmán, Dominican baseball player

Person of interestRonaldinho

1980 Ronaldinho Gaucho, Brazilian soccer midfielder (97 caps; FIFA World Cup 2002; Paris SG; FC Barcelona, AC Milan, Flamengo), born in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

Football Player Ronaldinho
Football Player
  • 1980 Marit Bjørgen, Norwegian cross-country skier, 15 Olympic medals, 18 World Championship medals, born in Trondheim, Norway
  • 1982 Colin Turkington, British racing driver
  • 1982 Aaron Hill, American baseball player
  • 1984 Franck Perera, Montpellier France, racing car driver
  • 1985 Adrian Peterson, American Football player
  • 1988 Lee Cattermole, English footballer
  • 1991 Antoine Griezmann, French football player (Atlético Madrid, French national team), born in Mâcon, France

Weddings in Sport

LoveWedding of Interest

2009 Olympic gold medalist Kim Rhode (29) weds technician Michael Harryman in El Monte, California

Olympic Gold Shooter Kim Rhode
Olympic Gold Shooter
Kim Rhode

Deaths in Sport

  • 1975 Joe Medwick, American baseball player, dies at 63
  • 1976 Spider Sabich, American alpine skier (Olympics 1968), dies when shot by actress Claudine Longet at 31
  • 2009 Walt Poddubny, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1960)
  • 2011 Gerd Klier, German footballer (b. 1944)
  • 2011 Ladislav Novák, Czech footballer (b. 1931)
  • 2011 Nikolai Adrianov, Soviet-Russian gymnast (Olympic-4 gold/2 silver/bronze-1976), dies at 58
  • 2014 Jack Fleck, American golfer (US Open 1955), dies at 92
  • 2015 Chuck Bednarik, American Pro/College Football Hall of Fame center/linebacker (Philadelphia Eagles, 1949-62), dies of Alzheimer's disease and dementia at 89
  • 2021 Jeff Grayshon MBE, English rugby league utility (England 11 caps; GB 13 caps; Dewsbury, Cronulla-Sutherland, Bradford Northern, Leeds, Featherstone Rovers, Batley), dies at 72