On This Day

On This Day in Sport for March 22

Events in Sport

  • 1894 Stanley Cup, Victoria Rink, Montreal, Quebec: Montreal Hockey Club defeats Ottawa HC, 3-1 to win 3-team challenge tournament
  • 1896 Charilaos Vasilakos of Greece wins 1st modern marathon in 3:18 at the Panhellenic Games
  • 1903 NY Highlanders (Yankees) tickets 1st go on sale
  • 1907 69th Grand National: Alf Newey wins aboard 8/1 chance Eremon
  • 1929 88th Grand National: Robert W. H. Everett wins aboard 100/1 outsider Gregalach
  • 1952 Wales wins Five Nations Rugby Championship, Grand Slam & Triple Crown with a 9-5 win over France at St. Helen's Ground, Swansea

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1958 20th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kentucky beats Seattle, 84-72; Seattle's future Hall of Fame small forward Elgin Baylor is named tournament MOP

NBA Forward Elgin Baylor
NBA Forward
Elgin Baylor
  • 1964 LPGA Western Open Women's Golf, Scenic Hills CC: Carol Mann her 1st of 2 major titles by 2 shots from Ruth Jessen and Judy Kimball

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1967 Muhammad Ali KOs Zora Folley in 7 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • 1969 31st NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats Purdue 92-72; Bruins' 3-peat; center Lew Alcindor tournament Most Outstanding Player for 3rd consecutive year

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1972 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar named NBA MVP

  • 1972 Nick Mileti purchases Cleveland Indians for $9 million
  • 1972 Yankees trade Danny Cater to the Red Sox for Sparky Lyle
  • 1979 NHL votes to accept 4 WHA teams (Oilers, Jets, Nordiques & Whalers)

Sports record brokenNHL Record

1984 Islander Bryan Trottier ties NHL record scores 5 seconds into game

NHL Star Bryan Trottier
NHL Star
Bryan Trottier
  • 1986 HBO launches boxing's heavyweight-title-unification-tournament
  • 1986 Trevor Berbick beats Pinklon Thomas in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1988 WA beat Queensland by 5 wkts to win the Sheffield Shield Final

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1989 Pete Rozelle announces retirement as NFL commissioner after 29 years

NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle
NFL Commissioner
Pete Rozelle
  • 1989 Clint Malarchuk of the Buffalo Sabres suffers a near-fatal injury when another player accidentally slits his throat.
  • 1990 The ML umpires announce that they will boycott exhibition games
  • 1992 England beat South Africa in rain-ruined cricket World Cup semi final
  • 1992 Joseph A Molloy elected NY Yankee general partner
  • 1994 Mark Foster swims world record 50m butterfly (23.68 sec)
  • 1997 Ladies' Figure Skating Championship in Lausanne won by Tara Lipinski (USA)
  • 2008 French Swimmer Alain Bernard sets world record of 47.50 for 100m freestyle long course after winning the European LC Championships 2008
  • 2009 Cricket Women's World Cup: England defeats New Zealand by 4 wickets

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2011 Lawrence Taylor pleads guilty for misdemeanors of sexual misconduct and is sentenced to six years probation

Hall of Fame American Football Player Lawrence Taylor
Hall of Fame American Football Player
Lawrence Taylor

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1866 Jack Boyle, American baseball player (d. 1913)
  • 1878 Michel Théato, Luxembourgian athlete (d. 1919)
  • 1880 Ernie Quigley, Canadian-American sports official (d. 1960)
  • 1908 Jack Crawford, Australian tennis player (6 Grand Slam singles titles), born in Urangeline, NSW (d. 1991)
  • 1915 George Cresswell, cricketer (3 Tests for NZ aged 35)
  • 1926 Billy Goodman, American baseball infielder (MLB All-Star 1949, 53; AL batting champion 1950), born in Concord, North Carolina (d. 1984)
  • 1927 George Thoms, cricketer (1 Test Aust against WI 1952, scored 16 & 28)
  • 1927 Marty Blake, NBA executive (GM Atlanta Hawks, NBA Director of Scouting), born in Wyoming, PA (d. 2013)
  • 1928 Ed Macauley, American Basketball Hall of Fame center (7-time NBA All Star), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2011)
  • 1931 Billy Vessels, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1952, University of Oklahoma), born in Cleveland, Oklahoma (d. 2001)
  • 1933 Michel Hidalgo, French soccer midfielder (1 cap; Monaco) and manager (France 1976-84; UEFA Euro 1984), born in Leffrinckoucke, France (d. 2020)
  • 1937 Armin Hary, German athlete (2 Olympic gold 100m, 4x100m relay 1960), born in Quierschied, Germany
  • 1946 Don Chaney, NBA player (Houston Rockets)/coach (Detroit Pistons)
  • 1950 Jocky Wilson, Scottish darts player (BDO World Champion 1982, 89), born in Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland (d. 2012)
  • 1952 Bob Costas, sportscaster/talk show host (Later), born in Queens, New York
  • 1958 Joyce Lester, Australian softball catcher (Olympic bronze 1996)
  • 1962 Juan Aguilera, Spanish tennis star
  • 1963 Hannu Virta, Turku FIN, hockey defenseman (Team Finland)
  • 1963 Rich Monteleone, pitcher (California Angels), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1966 Brad Edwards, NFL safety (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1966 Brian Shaw, NBA guard (Orlando Magic, SF Warriors)
  • 1966 Sean Berry, infielder (Houston Astros), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1966 Todd Ewen, Saskatoon, NHL right wing (Anaheim Mighty Ducks)
  • 1967 Mario Cipollini, Italian cyclist
  • 1968 Ramon Martinez, pitcher (LA Dodgers), born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • 1969 Darrell Russell, defensive tackle (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1969 Russell Maryland, NFL defensive tackle (Dallas Cowboys, Oak Raiders)
  • 1970 Jason Rouser, 200m/400m runner, born in Tucson, Arizona
  • 1970 Travis Richards, Crystal Minn, US hockey defenseman (Olympics 1994)
  • 1970 Leontien van Moorsel, Dutch cyclist
  • 1971 Richard Castillo, jockey
  • 1972 Elvis Stojko, Canadian figure-skater (World C'ship gold singles 1994, 95, 97; Olympic silver 94, 98), born in Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • 1972 John Farquhar, tight end (New Orleans Saints)
  • 1972 Shawn Bradley, NBA center (Dallas Mavericks, NJ Nets, Space Jams)
  • 1973 Joe Nedney, kicker (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1973 Luther Elliss, NFL defensive end (Detroit Lions)
  • 1974 Marcus Camby, NBA forward (Toronto Raptors)
  • 1974 Tuomas Gronman, NHL defenseman (Team Finland Olympic bronze 1998, Pitts)
  • 1974 Philippe Clement, Belgian footballer
  • 1975 Chris Bayne, safety (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1975 Jiri Novak, Czechostovakia, tennis star
  • 1977 Joey Porter, American NFL linebacker and coach (4-time Pro Bowl; Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1978 Tom Poti, professional hockey player
  • 1979 Juan Uribe, Dominican baseball player
  • 1980 Pamela O'Connor, Scottish ice dancer
  • 1985 Mike Jenkins, German-born American NFL cornerback (Pro Bowl 2009; Dallas Cowboys), born in Neuenburg am Rhein, Germany

Person of interestJ. J. Watt

1989 J. J. Watt [Justin James], American NFL player (Houston Texans), born in Waukesha, Wisconsin

American Football Player J. J. Watt
American Football Player
J. J. Watt
  • 1992 Luke Freeman, English footballer

Deaths in Sport

  • 1871 Johnny Cuzens, cricketer (Australian aboriginal tourist 1868), dies
  • 1963 Cilly Aussem, German tennis player (French C'ships, Wimbledon 1931), dies of liver failure at 54
  • 1974 Peter Revson, US race car driver (Indianapolis 500), dies at 35
  • 1975 Asa Smith Bushnell III, American sports executive (Secretary US Olympic Committee 1945-65), dies at 75
  • 1993 Cec Pepper, cricketer (NSW & Commonwealth XI leggie), dies
  • 1993 Steve Olin, pitcher (Cleveland Indians), drowns at 27
  • 1993 Tim Crews, pitcher (Cleveland Indians), drowns at 31
  • 2009 Leon Walker, Wakefield Wildcats Rugby Player (b. 1988)
  • 2009 Howard Komives, American NBA star (NY Knicks, Buffalo Braves), dies at 67
  • 2013 Pietro Mennea, Italian sprinter (200m world record), dies from cancer at 60
  • 2017 Dallas Green, American baseball manager and pitcher (Phillies, Yankees), dies at 82
  • 2018 Wayne Huizenga, American businessman, CEO (Waste Management, Blockbuster), and sports team owner (Miami Dolphins, Florida Panthers, Florida Marlins), dies of cancer at 80