On This Day

On This Day in Sport for March 24

Events in Sport

  • 1876 38th Grand National: Joe Cannon aboard 25/1 chance Regal wins by a neck from Congress
  • 1877 English FA Cup Final, Kennington Oval, London: Wanderers beat Oxford University, 2–1 (a.e.t.); Wanderers' 4th title
  • 1882 44th Grand National: Lord Manners aboard 10/1 shot Seaman wins in heavy snow and freezing conditions
  • 1893 55th Grand National: Bill Dollery aboard 9/2 favourite Cloister wins by a massive 40 lengths from Aesop; owner Charles Duff fields 2 more winners 1912-13
  • 1899 61st Grand National: George Williamson aboard 1897 winner Manifesto wins by 4 lengths from Ford Of Fyne
  • 1911 73rd Grand National: legendary jockey Jack Anthony wins his first of 3 GN's aboard 20/1 Glenside in torrential rain
  • 1913 Dutch soccer forward Huug de Groot scores twice as Netherlands score first ever victory over England; 2-1 at HBS, The Hague
  • 1922 81st Grand National: Lewis Rees aboard 100/9 chance Music Hall wins; only 5 out of 32 starters finish
  • 1927 Cuban chess champion José Raúl Capablanca wins 33-day Grand Chess Tournament
  • 1933 92nd Grand National: Dudley Williams aboard 25/1 chance Kellsboro' Jack wins by 3 lengths and a neck from Really True
  • 1936 Detroit Red Wings beat Montreal Maroons, 1-0 in 16:30 of 6th period of OT; record Stanley Cup playoff game lasts 9 periods (176 minutes)
  • 1939 98th Grand National: Irish jockey Tim Hyde wins, riding 100/8 shot Workman

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1941 Glenn Miller begins work on his 1st movie "Sun Valley Serenade", starring Sonja Henie and John Payne, for 20th Century Fox

Big Band Leader and Jazz Composer Glenn Miller
Big Band Leader and Jazz Composer
Glenn Miller
  • 1941 LIU beats Ohio U 56-42 for NIT basketball championship
  • 1956 18th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: San Francisco beats Iowa, 83-71; Dons' back-to-back National titles
  • 1956 Wales beats France, 5-3 at the National Stadium, Cardiff to clinch their 13th Five Nations Rugby Championship

  • 1956 110th Grand National: race best remembered for Devon Loch's inexplicable fall on final straight, just 40 yards from a certain victory; Dave Dick wins aboard E.S.B.
  • 1961 NY Senate approves $55M for a baseball stadium at Flushing Meadows
  • 1962 24th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Cincinnati beats Ohio State, 71-59; Bearcats win back-to-back National titles
  • 1962 Emile Griffith beats Benny " Kid" Paret by TKO in 12th round in welterweight boxing title fight at MSG, NYC; Paret dies 10 days later; first use of television slow motion replay
  • 1973 San Francisco 49er pres Lou Spadia proposes NFL expand to 30 teams
  • 1974 36th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: North Carolina State beats Marquette, 76-64; Wolfpack first title; first tournament officially designated as a Division I championship

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1975 Muhammad Ali TKOs Chuck Wepner in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • 1979 1st appearance as Australian cricket captain for Kim Hughes

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1979 10 rebounds & 10 assists, as the Spartans cruise to a 101-67 by Penn Mich State's Earvin "Magic" Johnson registers triple-double 29 pts

NBA Legend Magic Johnson
NBA Legend
Magic Johnson
  • 1980 42nd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Louisville beats UCLA, 59-54; Cardinals' first title in first title game
  • 1981 Bombay beat Delhi by innings & 46 to win Ranji Cricket Trophy
  • 1984 IOC agrees to 6-team exhibition baseball tournament in Olympics
  • 1985 Norman Gifford makes cricket ODI debuts at age 44 (v Aust, Sharjah)

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1985 Third straight WTA Tour Championship for tennis legend Martina Navratilova; beats Helena Suková 6–3, 7–5, 6–4 at Madison Square Garden, NYC

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova

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1986 Men's International Professional Tennis Council announces Jimmy Connors' 10 week suspension and $20,000 fine for storming off the court after defaulting against Ivan Lendl at Boca Raton, Florida in February

Tennis Legend Jimmy Connors
Tennis Legend
Jimmy Connors
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ivan Lendl
  • 1987 WA win the Sheffield Shield by drawing cricket final vs Victoria
  • 1988 Quarterback Dan Fouts retires
  • 1990 Tom Hunter swims world record 50m freestyle (21.81 sec)
  • 1991 Barcelona Dragons beat NY/NJ Knights 19-7 in their 1st WLAF game
  • 1991 NY Yankees beat NY Mets, 9-3

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1991 Ayrton Senna wins the Brazilian Grand Prix for the 1st time, at Interlagos, São Paulo

Formula 1 Driver Ayrton Senna
Formula 1 Driver
Ayrton Senna
  • 2002 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Unheralded New Zealander Craig Perks chips-in twice on the final 3 holes for his only PGA Tour career win, 2 strokes ahead of Stephen Ames
  • 2013 Scotland defeats Sweden to win the 2013 World Women's Curling Championship
  • 2016 English footballer Adam Johnson sentenced to 6 years in prison for sexual activity with a schoolgirl
  • 2018 Australian batsman Cameron Bancroft is caught on camera rubbing match ball with an object during 3rd Cricket Test in Cape Town, resulting in an infamous ball tampering scandal
  • 2019 New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski announces retirement as 3-time Super Bowl winner, TE postseason record, most receptions (81), receiving yards (1,163) and receiving TDs (12)
  • 2019 2-time American League MVP Mike Trout signs the biggest contract in North American sports history, a $426.5 million, 12-year extension with the Los Angeles Angels


2020 Japan's Prime Minister Shinzō Abe announces postponement of Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games until summer of 2021 because of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic

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Birthdays in Sport

  • 1866 Jack McAuliffe, US lightweight boxing champ, hall of famer
  • 1871 Leslie Gay, English cricket wicket-keeper and soccer goalkeeper (1 Test; 3 caps), born in Brighton, Sussex (d. 1949)
  • 1885 Charlie Daniels, US swimmer (4 Olympic golds 1904, 08)
  • 1889 Albert Hill, British athlete (d. 1969)
  • 1893 George Sisler, American baseball player (d. 1973)
  • 1917 Ed Furgol, American golfer (US Open 1954), born in New York Mills, NY (d. 1997)
  • 1925 Puig Aubert, French rugby league footballer (d. 1994)
  • 1929 Cuan McCarthy, cricketer (36 Test wkts for South Africa, 1 career no-ball)
  • 1931 Thelma Kalama, American 4 X 100m relay swimmer (Olympic gold 1948)
  • 1936 Alex Olmedo, American/Peruvian tennis player (Australian C'ships, Wimbledon 1959), born in Arequipa, Peru (d. 2020)
  • 1938 Larry Wilson, American Pro Football Hall of Fame free safety (8 x Pro Bowl; 6 x All Pro 1st Team; NFL Defensive Player of Year 1966; St. Louis Cardinals), born in Rigby, Idaho (d. 2020)
  • 1943 Jesus Alou, baseball outfielder (SF Giants)
  • 1943 Marika Kilius, German FR, ice skating pair (Olympic silver 1960, 64)

Person of interestAlan Sugar

1947 Alan Sugar, English computer manufacturer (Amstrad; chairman / part-owner Tottenham Hotspur FC 1991-2001) and television celebrity (The Apprentice), born in London, England

Computer Entrepreneur Alan Sugar
Computer Entrepreneur
Alan Sugar
  • 1951 Earl Williams, American-Israeli NBA player, born in Levittown, Pennsylvania

Person of interestPat Bradley

1951 Pat Bradley, American golfer (6 LPGA major titles; US Open 1981), born in Westford, Massachusetts

LPGA Golfer Pat Bradley
LPGA Golfer
Pat Bradley
  • 1955 Doug Jarvis, Canadian ice hockey forward (most consecutive NHL games record 964), born in Brantford, Ontario
  • 1956 Ijaz Faqih, cricketer (Pakistan off-spin all-rounder in 5 Tests 80-88)
  • 1959 Renaldo Nehemiah, American hurdler (110m at 12.93)/NFLer (SF 49ers)
  • 1961 Dean Jones, Australian cricket batsman and broadcaster (52 Tests @ 46.55; 164 ODIs; Victoria), born in Coburg, Australia (d. 2020)
  • 1961 Jim Gallagher Jr, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1992 runner-up), born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania
  • 1962 Penny Hammel, American golfer (4 LPGA Tour titles), born in Decatur, Illinois
  • 1962 Vaughan Johnson, American NFL linebacker (Pro Bowl 1989-92; New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles), born in Morehead City, North Carolina (d. 2019)
  • 1963 Raimond van der Gouw, Dutch soccer goalie (Vitesse, Manchester)
  • 1963 Sammy Giammatva, tennis star, born in Houston, Texas
  • 1964 Hans Schwaier, West Germany, tennis star
  • 1965 Angela Zuckerman, speed skater (Olympics 1994), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1965 Jeff Reese, Brantford, NHL goalie (Tampa Bay Lightning)
  • 1966 Penny Toler, WNBA guard (LA Sparks)
  • 1967 Kathy Rinaldi-Stunkel, Fla, tennis player (Virginia Slims of Ark 1987)
  • 1967 Richard Gillam, pairs skater (with partner Erin Moorad), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1969 Yoko Zetterlund, volleyball setter (Olympic bronze 1992, 96), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1970 Marques Bragg, NBA forward (Minnesota Timberwolves)
  • 1970 Mike Vanderjagt, CFL kicker (Toronto Argonauts)
  • 1970 Shannon Lemora, Baton Rouge Louisiana, 1.5k runner
  • 1970 Judith Draxler, Austrian swimmer
  • 1972 Steve Karsay, American baseball player
  • 1973 Chip McCaw, volleyball setter (Olympics 1996), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1973 David Moravec, hockey forward (Team Czech Olympic gold 1998)
  • 1973 Josh Lakatos, trap shooter (Olympic silver 1996), born in Pasadena, California
  • 1973 Philippe Boucher, St Apollinaire Ca, NHL defense (LA Kings, Olympic gold 1998)
  • 1973 Jacek Bąk, Polish footballer
  • 1974 Terry Killens, linebacker (Tennessee Oilers)
  • 1975 Debbie Keller, soccer forward (Olympics 1996), born in Winfield, Illinois
  • 1975 Julia Bikbova, dance skater (with partner John Lee), born in Kiev, Ukraine
  • 1975 Thomas Johansson, Swedish tennis player (Australian Open 2002), born in Linköping, Sweden
  • 1976 Danielle Garrett, Camp Hill Penn, soccer forward (Olympics 1996)
  • 1976 Aliou Cissé, Senegalese footballer
  • 1976 Athanasios Kostoulas, Greek footballer
  • 1976 Aaron Brooks, American NFL quarterback (New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame), born in Newport News, Virginia

Person of interestPeyton Manning

1976 Peyton Manning, American NFL quarterback (Super Bowl 2006, 15; 5 x NFL MVP; 14 x Pro Bowl; Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos), born in New Orleans, Louisiana

NFL Quarterback Peyton Manning
NFL Quarterback
Peyton Manning
  • 1977 Darren Lockyer, Australian rugby league footballer
  • 1977 Jason Dufner, American golfer (PGA C'ship 2013), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1979 Periklis Iakovakis, Greek athlete
  • 1979 Norris Hopper, American baseball player
  • 1979 Graeme Swann, English cricketer
  • 1980 Tassos Venetis, Greek footballer
  • 1981 Ron Hainsey, American ice hockey player
  • 1982 Corey Hart, American baseball player
  • 1982 Dustin McGowan, American baseball player
  • 1983 T. J. Ford, American basketball player
  • 1984 Chris Bosh, American basketball player
  • 1986 Kohei Hirate, Japanese racing driver
  • 1986 Anthony McMahon, English footballer
  • 1987 Shakib Al Hasan, Bangladeshi cricket all-rounder (Bangaladesh 217 highest score 2017), born in Magura, Bangladesh
  • 1988 Ryan Higgins, Zimbabwean cricketer, born in Harare, Zimbabwe

Weddings in Sport

  • 2013 Motorcycle mogul Jesse James (43) weds drag racer Alexis DeJoria in Malibu, California

Deaths in Sport

  • 1899 Billy Barnes, English cricketer (725 runs in 21 Tests for England), dies at 46
  • 1932 George Robert Canning, cricketer (the 4th Lord Harris), dies
  • 1934 William Donne, English cricket batsman, (Olympic gold 1900) and administrator (President England Rugby Football Union), dies at 58
  • 1946 Alexander Alekhine, Russian-French chess player (world champion 1927-35, 37-46), dies choking on meat at 53
  • 1999 Birdie Tebbetts, American baseball player and manager (b. 1912)
  • 2009 George Kell, American MLB 10x All-Star, 1949 AL batting champ, infielder, 1943-57 (Philadelphia Athletics, Detroit Tigers, and 3 other teams), dies at 86
  • 2012 Jocky Wilson, Scottish darts player (BDO World Champion 1982, 89), dies of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at 62
  • 2016 Johan Cruyff, Dutch soccer player and coach (Ajax/Barcelona), dies at 68
  • 2016 Kevin Turner, American NFL fullback (Philadelphia Eagles) and plaintiff against NFL (concussion case), dies of A.L.S. at 46
  • 2018 Carl Scheib, American baseball pitcher (at the time [1943] youngest player in MLB history at 16; Philadelphia A’s), dies at 91
  • 2020 John Davies, Australian swimmer (Olympic gold 200m breaststroke 1952; WR 200m breaststroke 2:34.4 1952), dies at 90
  • 2020 Tony Rutter, British motorcycle road racer (Formula Two World C'ship 1981-84; 7 x Isle of Man TT Races), dies at 78
  • 2020 Ignacio Trelles, Mexican soccer midfielder (Mexican Primera División: 1935, 37, 38; Club Necaxa) and coach (Mexico 1960-69), dies at 103
  • 2021 Toshihiko Koga, Japanese judoka (Olympic gold - 71kgs 1992; silver 1996), dies at 53