On This Day

On This Day in Sport for March 25

Events in Sport

  • 1876 Glasgow 1st soccer match Scotland defeat Wales (4-0)
  • 1881 43rd Grand National: Irish jockey Tommy Beasley wins his second consecutive GN aboard 11/2 co-favourite Woodbrook
  • 1887 49th Grand National: Bill Daniels aboard 20/1 chance Gamecock wins by 3 lengths from Savoyard
  • 1889 1st Test Cricket match played at Newlands, Cape Town v England
  • 1898 60th Grand National: John Gourley wins aboard 25/1 shot Drogheda
  • 1904 66th Grand National: Arthur Birch wins aboard 25/1 New Zealand bred Moifaa; horse survives shipwreck off Ireland a year earlier
  • 1907 Stanley Cup, Winnipeg Auditorium, Winnipeg, Manitoba: Montreal Wanderers lose to Kenora Thistles, 6-5 but win on 2 game aggregate, 12-8
  • 1916 Jess Willard fights Frank Moran to no decision in 10 for heavyweight boxing title in NYC
  • 1924 Stanley Cup Final, Ottawa Auditorium, Ottawa, ON: Montreal Canadiens (NHL) beat Calgary Tigers (WCHL), 3-0 for a 2-0 series sweep
  • 1927 86th Grand National: 8/1 favourite Sprig wins; ridden by jockey Ted Leader, trained by his father Tom Leader
  • 1934 1st Augusta National Invitation Tournament (Masters) Golf: Horton Smith wins with 20-foot birdie putt at the 17th hole, 1 stroke ahead of Craig Wood

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1937 It is revealed Quaker Oats pays Babe Ruth $25,000 per year for ads

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 1937 Lionel Conacher misses on 1st Stanley Cup penalty shot
  • 1938 97th Grand National: 17 year old jockey Bruce Hobbs wins aboard 40/1 Battleship; first US bred and owned winner; only horse to win GN and American Grand National (1934)
  • 1947 9th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Holy Cross beats Oklahoma, 58-47; Crusaders' first victory in first title game
  • 1947 Last day of Test cricket for Walter Hammond (v NZ, Christchurch)

  • 1950 104th Grand National: Jimmy Power wins aboard 10/1 Irish co-favourite Freebooter; estimated 500,00 in attendance including Royal Family
  • 1950 Wales outclasses France, 21-0 at the National Stadium, Cardiff to clinch the Five Nations Rugby Championship, Grand Slam and Triple Crown
  • 1957 NBA modifies the free-throw rule

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1958 Sugar Ray Robinson is 1st boxing champ to win 5 times

Middle/welterweight championship boxer Sugar Ray Robinson
Middle/welterweight championship boxer
Sugar Ray Robinson
  • 1959 Bill White traded to St Louis for pitchers Sam Jones & Don Choate
  • 1960 Ford Frick voids Indians-Red Sox deal as Sam White retires

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1961 23rd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Cincinnati beats Ohio State, 70-65 (OT); Buckeyes' future Hall of Fame forward Jerry Lucas is MOP for 2nd straight year

NBA Forward Jerry Lucas
NBA Forward
Jerry Lucas
  • 1961 3rd place game is one of the wildest contests in NCAA Tournament history as St Joseph's defeats Utah, 127-120 in quadruple overtime
  • 1961 115th Grand National: Bobby Beasley wins aboard Nicolaus Silver, 5 lengths ahead of defending champion Merryman II; first grey winner for 90 years

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1967 29th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats Dayton, 79-64; Bruins center Lew Alcindor (later named Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) tournament MOP

  • 1971 Boston Patriots become New England Patriots

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1972 34th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats Florida, 81-76; 6th straight title for Bruins; future Hall of Fame center Bill Walton tournament MOP

NBA Center and Television Sportscaster Bill Walton
NBA Center and Television Sportscaster
Bill Walton

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1972 Bobby Hull becomes the 2nd NHLer to score 600 goals

NHL Legend Bobby Hull
NHL Legend
Bobby Hull
  • 1972 UCLA wins its 6th consecutive national basketball title
  • 1973 AIAW Women's Basketball Tournament, Immaculata beats Queens College, 59-52, Immaculata 1st undefeated team in New York

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1979 Czech tennis star Martina Navratilova retains her WTA Tour Championship with a 6–3, 3–6, 6–2 win over American teenager Tracey Austin in NYC

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova

Sport awardPGA Players Championship

1979 PGA Tournament Players Championship, Sawgrass CC: Lanny Wadkins wins in windy conditions, 5 strokes ahead of runner-up Tom Watson

Golfer Tom Watson
Tom Watson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1982 Wayne Gretzky becomes 1st NHL to score 200 points in a season

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • 1986 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Geneva won by Brian Boitano (USA)
  • 1986 Kurt Browning (Canada) becomes 1st skater to land a quadruple jump

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1988 Robin Givens demands full access to husband Mike Tyson's money

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
Model and Actress Robin Givens
Model and Actress
Robin Givens

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1991 Allan Border takes 5-68 v WI at Bourda (!), Georgetown

Cricketer Allan Border
Allan Border

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1992 Cricket World Cup, Melbourne (MCG): Imran Khan scores 72 in his final ODI as Pakistan beats England by 22 runs for their first title; Martin Crowe (NZ), Player of Series

Cricketer Martin Crowe
Martin Crowe
Cricketer and Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan
Cricketer and Prime Minister of Pakistan
Imran Khan
  • 1995 Boxer Mike Tyson released from jail after serving 3 years
  • 1996 Ice Dance Championship at Edmonton won by Gritshuk & Platov (RUS)
  • 1996 Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Edmonton won by Michelle Kwan (USA)
  • 1996 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Edmonton won by Todd Eldredge (USA)
  • 1997 Indians trade Lofton & Embree to Braves for Grissom & Justice
  • 2001 Nabisco Championship Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Sweden's Annika Sörenstam shoots a final round 69 to win the first of her 3 titles at this event, 3 strokes ahead of 5 runners-up

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2013 Golfer Tiger Woods returns to his world number one ranking

Golfer Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods
  • 2018 Australian cricket captain Steve Smith handed one-match ban after admitting Australian team tampered with the ball in 3rd test against South Africa in South Africa

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1830 Julius Caesar, English cricketer (prominent batsman for Surrey), born in Godalming. England (d. 1878)
  • 1868 Bill Lockwood, English cricketer (England all-rounder in 12 Tests 1893-1902)
  • 1899 Burt Munro, New Zealand motorcycle racer (d. 1978)
  • 1909 Dutch (Emil) Leonard, baseball pitcher (Boston Red Sox, 1.01 ERA 1914)
  • 1918 Howard Cosell, American sportscaster (Monday Night Football), born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • 1920 Arthur Wint, Jamaican runner (d. 1992)
  • 1923 Wim van Est, Dutch cyclist (3 x stage winner Tour de France), born in Fijnaart, Netherlands (d. 2003)
  • 1926 Laszlo Papp, Hungarian Olympic Boxer (Gold-1948, 1952, 1956)
  • 1927 Leslie Claudius, Indian field hockey (Olympic gold 1948, 52, 56), born in Bilaspur, India (d. 2012)
  • 1932 Wes Santee, American runner, born in Ashland, Kansasmiler (d. 2010)
  • 1935 Gabriel 'Flash' Elorde, Filipino boxer (featherweight and super featherweight champion), born in Bogo (d. 1985)
  • 1938 Fritz d'Orey, Brazilian racing driver
  • 1943 Pavel Lednev, Russian pentathlete (Olympic gold 1980)
  • 1949 Jean Potvin, Canadian NHL player, 1970-81 (New York Islanders, and three other teams), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1953 Haroon Rashid, cricketer (Pakistani & WSC batsman late 70's)
  • 1954 Thom Loverro, American sportswriter
  • 1955 Lee Mazzilli, American baseball utility (MLB All Star 1979, NY Mets; World Series 1986, Pittsburgh Pirates), manager (Baltimore Orioles) and coach (World Series 2000, NY Yankees), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1956 Sonia M Lannaman, England, 4X100m relayer (Olympic bronze 1980)
  • 1958 Maria Caridad Colón, Cuba, javelin thrower, (Olympic gold 1980)
  • 1958 Yograj Singh, cricketer (Indian pace bowler early 80's)
  • 1959 Vince Guerra, American jockey, born in Tucson
  • 1960 Robert Green, tennis star, born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1961 Mark Brooks, American golfer (PGA Championship 1996), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1962 Fernando Martín, Spanish basketball center (first Spaniard in NBA 1986, Portland Trail Blazers; FIBA Club World Cup 1981, Real Madrid), born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1989)
  • 1964 Alex Solls, American jockey, born in Panama City, Panama
  • 1964 Ken Wregget, Brandon, NHL goalie (Pitts Penguins)
  • 1965 Avery Johnson, NBA guard (San Antonio Spurs)
  • 1966 David Hohl, American freestyle wrestler (Olympics-9-92, 96), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1966 Jeff Cross, NFL defensive end (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1966 Tom Glavine, American baseball pitcher (Atlanta Braves, Cy Young 1991), born in Concord, Massachusetts
  • 1966 Anton Rogan, Irish footballer
  • 1967 Debi Thomas, American figure skater (Olympic bronze 1988)
  • 1968 Dixon Edwards, NFL linebacker (Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1968 Errol Martin, CFL linebacker (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • 1968 Peter Blackburn, Australia, badminton player (Olympics 1996)
  • 1969 Dale Davis, NBA forward (Indiana Pacers)
  • 1969 Dan Wilson, MLB catcher, 1992-2005 (Seattle Mariners: Cincinnati Reds), born in Arlington Heights, Illinois
  • 1969 Guy Newman, Australian water polo goalie (Olympics 1996)
  • 1969 Scott Sanders, Hannibal MO, pitcher (San Diego Padres)
  • 1970 Magnus Larsson, Swedish tennis star
  • 1970 Shawn Antoski, Brantford, NHL left wing (Philadelphia Flyers)
  • 1971 Aashish Kapoor, cricketer (Indian off-spin batsman 1994- )
  • 1971 Andre Bolduc, CFL slot back (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • 1971 Cammi Granato, ice hockey forward (USA, Olympics 1998)
  • 1971 Perry Klein, NFL quarterback (Atlanta Falcons, 1994-96), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1971 Sheryl Swoopes, Texas, WNBA forward (Houston Comets. Olympic gold 1996)
  • 1972 Howard Battle, American MBA player (Philadelphia Phillies), born in Biloxi, Mississippi
  • 1972 Lawrence Moten, NBA guard (Vancouver Grizzlies)
  • 1973 Andrei Nikolishin, Vorkuta Russia, NHL center (Hartford Whalers)
  • 1973 Bob Sura, NBA guard (Cleveland Cavaliers)
  • 1973 Ray Zellars, NFL fullback (New Orleans Saints)
  • 1973 Anthony Barness, English footballer
  • 1974 Mike Adams, wide receiver (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1974 Vyninka Arlow, Australia, diver (Olympics 1996)
  • 1975 Miguel Mejia, San Pedro de Macoris, outfielder (St Louis Cardinals)
  • 1976 Francis Bellew, Irish Gaelic footballer
  • 1976 Wladimir Klitschko, Ukrainian boxer (2-time world heavyweight champion; Olympic gold super-heavyweight 1996), born in Semey, Kazakhstan
  • 1982 Álvaro Saborío, Costa Rican footballer
  • 1982 Danica Patrick, American auto racer (1st woman to win an IndyCar Series race), born in Beloit, Wisconsin
  • 1987 Nobunari Oda, Japanese figure skater
  • 1989 Scott Sinclair, English footballer

Weddings in Sport

LoveWedding of Interest

1985 Professional boxer George Foreman (35) weds Mary Martelly

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman
  • 2006 Olympic gold medal freestyle skier Jonny Moseley (30) weds Malia Rich in Telluride, Colorado

Deaths in Sport

  • 1924 John Reedman, cricketer (Test for Aust 1894, 17 & 4, 1 for 24), dies

Person of interestEddie Collins

1951 Eddie Collins, American Baseball Hall of Fame infielder (World Series 1910, 11, 13, 17, 29, 30; AL MVP 1914; 4 x AL stolen base leader; Philadelphia A's, Chicago WS), dies of heart problems at 63

Baseball Legend Eddie Collins
Baseball Legend
Eddie Collins
  • 1963 Davey Moore, American boxer (world featherweight champion 1959-63), dies of injuries sustained in title bout against Sugar Ramos at 29
  • 1969 Norman Gallichan, cricketer (one Test for NZ, 30 & 2, 3-113), dies
  • 1975 Juan Gaudino, Argentine racing driver (b. 1893)
  • 1983 Bob Waterfield, American NFL quarterback (Rams), dies at 62
  • 1999 Cal Ripken Sr, American MLB manager (Baltimore Orioles), dies of lung cancer at 63
  • 2008 Ben Carnevale, American basketball coach (b. 1915)
  • 2009 Johnny Blanchard, American baseball player (b. 1933)
  • 2009 Gábor Ocskay, Hungarian hockey player (b. 1975)
  • 2009 Giovanni Parisi, Italian boxer (b. 1967)
  • 2009 Yukio Endo, Japanese gymnast (4 Olympic gold 1960, 64), dies of Esophageal cancer at 72
  • 2012 Bert Sugar, American sports writer (editor / publisher The Ring magazine; Sting like a Bee; The Ageless Warrior), dies from a cardiac arrest at 74
  • 2013 Lou Sleater, American MLB pitcher, dies from lung disease at 86
  • 2019 Cal Ramsey, American basketball broadcaster, small forward (NY Knicks), dies of cardiac arrest at 81
  • 2020 Bill Bartholomay, American businessman and MLB owner (Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves 1962-76), dies from pneumonia at 71
  • 2020 Peter Kemper, Dutch soccer defender (3 caps; PSV 221 games), dies of heart failure at 77
  • 2020 Mike Stratton, American football linebacker (AFL C'ship 1964, 65; AFL All-Star 1963–68; Buffalo Bills; NFL: SD Chargers), dies from heart complications at 78
  • 2021 Stan Albeck, American basketball coach (Cleveland Cavaliers, San Antonio Spurs, New Jersey Nets, Chicago Bulls), dies from a stroke at 89
  • 2021 Bobby Brown, American baseball third baseman (NY Yankees; World Series 1947, 49–51) and executive (president American League 1984-94), dies at 96