On This Day

On This Day in Sport for March 26

Events in Sport

  • 1874 36th Grand National: Mr. J. M. Richardson wins his second consecutive GN aboard French 5/1 favourite Reugny
  • 1886 48th Grand National: Tommy Skelton wins aboard 25/1 chance Old Joe
  • 1897 59th Grand National: Terry Kavanagh aboard 6/1 favourite Manifesto wins by 20 lengths from Filbert
  • 1909 71st Grand National: Georges Parfrement wins aboard French 100/9 hope Lutteur III
  • 1915 Stanley Cup Final, Denman Arena, Vancouver, BC: Barney Stanley scores 5 goals as Vancouver Millionaires beat Ottawa Senators, 12-3 for a 3-0 sweep of first non-challenge series; Vancouver first PCHA champions
  • 1915 77th Grand National: legendary jockey Jack Anthony wins his second of 3 GN's aboard 100/8 bet Ally Sloper
  • 1917 Stanley Cup Final, Seattle Ice Arena, Seattle, WA: Seattle Metropolitans (PCHA) beat Montreal Canadiens (NHL), 9-1 for a 3-1 series victory; first US team to win SC
  • 1920 79th Grand National: legendary jockey Jack Anthony wins his record 3rd GN aboard 6/1 Troytown
  • 1926 85th Grand National: Billy Watkinson victorious aboard 25/1 bet Jack Horner; first Australian jockey to win the race

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1937 Joe DiMaggio takes Ty Cobb's advice and replaces his 40 oz bat with a 36 oz one

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio
MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1945 De Paul wins NIT basketball championship, George Mikan scores 34

NBA Center George Mikan
NBA Center
George Mikan
  • 1945 Venray soccer team forms
  • 1949 11th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kentucky beats Oklahoma State, 46-36; Wildcats' back-to-back titles; center Alex Groza MOP
  • 1949 103rd Grand National: Leo McMorrow aboard 66/1 outsider Russian Hero wins by a comfortable 8 lengths ahead of Roimond
  • 1952 14th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kansas beats St. Johns, 80-63; first tournament to have a true "Final Four" format
  • 1955 109th Grand National: Pat Taaffe wins aboard Quare Times at 100/9; third consecutive GN victory for trainer Vincent O'Brien

  • 1955 France misses out on a maiden Grand Slam after losing, 16-11 to Wales at Stade Colombes; share Five Nations Rugby Championship with Wales with 3-1 record
  • 1959 Test debut for Pakistani cricketer Mushtaq Mohammad v West Indies, aged 15 years
  • 1960 Orioles-Reds series planned for Havana is moved to Miami
  • 1960 USC captures NCAA swimming title
  • 1960 114th Grand National: Gerry Scott wins aboard 13/2 favourite Merryman II; first clear favourite to win in 33 years
  • 1966 120th Grand National: Tim Norman aboard 50/1 outsider Anglo wins by 20 lengths, giving Freddie 2nd place for a second straight year
  • 1966 Wales beats France, 9-8 at the National Stadium, Cardiff to clinch their 15th Five Nations Rugby Championship
  • 1972 LA Lakers break NBA wins record by winning 69 of 82 games (69-13), record will stand for 24 years

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1973 35th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats Memphis 81-76; Bruins' 7th straight title; future Hall of Fame center Bill Walton tournament MOP for 2nd consecutive year

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

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1974 George Foreman TKOs Ken Norton in 2 for heavyweight boxing title in Caracas, Venezuela

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman
  • 1975 Washington Capitals play record NHL 37th road game without a win & NHL record of 17 straight loses

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1979 41st NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Michigan State beats Indiana State, 75-64; marks start of rivalry between future Hall of Famers Magic Johnson and Larry Bird; highest-rated game in history of televised college basketball

NBA Legend Magic Johnson
NBA Legend
Magic Johnson
NBA Legend Larry Bird
NBA Legend
Larry Bird
  • 1979 MLB San Diego Padres & San Francisco Giants announce plans to play exhibition series in Tokyo but Giant players reject it
  • 1991 Orlando Thunder beats San Antonio Riders in their 1st WLAF game 35-34
  • 1991 Victoria beat NSW by 7 wickets to win Sheffield Shield Final

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1992 Mike Tyson sentenced to 10 years in rape of Desiree Washington

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • 1992 NHL NY Rangers clinch 1st NHL regular season championship in 50 years

Sports record brokenWorld Record

1994 Bonnie Blair skates world record 500 m ladies (38.99 sec)

Speed Skater Bonnie Blair
Speed Skater
Bonnie Blair

Sport awardPGA Players Championship

1995 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Lee Janzen wins by a stroke ahead of runner-up Bernhard Langer of Germany

Golfer and Two-Time Masters Champion Bernhard Langer
Golfer and Two-Time Masters Champion
Bernhard Langer
  • 1995 Nabisco Dinah Shore Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Nanci Bowen wins her only major title, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Susie Redman; her sole LPGA Tour victory

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1996 Last day of 1st-class cricket for Allan Border (Qld v Vic)

Cricketer Allan Border
Allan Border
  • 1997 NHL announces Anaheim Mighty Ducks & Vancouver Canucks to open 1998 season in Japan

Sport awardGolf Major

2000 Nabisco Championship Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Karrie Webb of Australia wins the first of her 2 titles in this event, 10 strokes ahead of defending champion Dottie Pepper

Golfer Karrie Webb
Karrie Webb

Sport awardPGA Players Championship

2001 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Tiger Woods wins the first of his 2 PC's, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Vijay Singh of Fiji

Golfer Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods
  • 2006 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Canadian Stephen Ames shoots a final round 67 to complete biggest win of his career by 6 strokes from Retief Goosen of South Africa

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2014 Laureus World Sports Awards, Istana Budaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Sportsman: Sebastian Vettel; Sportswoman: Genzebe Dibaba; Team: Germany Men's National Football team

Formula 1 Driver Sebastian Vettel
Formula 1 Driver
Sebastian Vettel

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1849 Edwin Evans, Australian cricket spin bowler (6 Tests; 7 wickets), born in Emu Plains, Australia (d. 1921)
  • 1896 Rudolf Dassler, German entrepreneur who founded sportswear company Puma, born in Herzogenaurach, Germany (d. 1974)
  • 1908 Hilde Krahwinkel Sperling, German tennis player (Wimbledon 1931, 1936 runner-up), born in Essen, Germany (d. 1981)
  • 1916 Bill Edrich, English cricketer (Middlesex & England batsman, Compton's mate)
  • 1919 Roger Leger, Quebec ice hockey player (d. 1965)
  • 1920 Sergio Livingstone, football player and journalist (52 caps), born in Santiago, Chile (d. 2012)
  • 1925 Maqsood Ahmed, Pakistani cricketer (Pakistani batsman in 16 Tests 1952-56), born in Amritsar, British India (d. 1999)
  • 1925 Ben Mondor, Canadian baseball executive (International League Executive of the Year 1978, 99), born in St-Ignace-du-Lac, Maskinongé, Quebec (d. 2010)
  • 1932 Dick Nolan, American NFL football coach (San Francisco 49ers, New Orleans Saints), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2007)
  • 1932 Al Bianchi, American basketball guard, coach and general manager (Philadelphia 76ers, Virginia Squires; GM NY Knicks), born in Queens, NY (d. 2019)
  • 1934 Gino Cappelletti, American football running back (AFL All-Star 1961, 63-66; AFL MVP 1964; Boston Patriots), born in Keewatin, Minnesota
  • 1937 Barbara Pearl Jones, American 4X100m relayer (Olympic gold 1952, 60), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1937 Wayne Embry, American Basketball Hall of Fame center, executive (5-time NBA All Star), born in Springfield, Ohio
  • 1940 Braulio Baeza, American jockey, 1st Latin American to win Kentucky Derby (National Horse Racing Hall of Fame), born in Panama City
  • 1941 Barclay Plager, Canadian hockey player/twin brother of hockey's Bob Plager, born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario (d. 1988)
  • 1941 Bob Plager, Canadian hockey player/twin brother of hockey's Barclay Plager, born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario
  • 1945 Mikhail Voronin, Russian and Soviet gymnast (1968 Olympics: 7 medals including 2 gold, 1972 Olympics: 2 silver medals), born in Moscow (d. 2004)
  • 1949 Francisco Aguilar, Spanish soccer forward (3 caps; Real Madrid), born in Santander, Spain (d. 2020)
  • 1950 Graham Barlow, English cricketer (England batsman in 3 Tests 1976-77)
  • 1952 Didier Pironi, French Formula One driver, born in Villecresnes, France (d. 1987)
  • 1953 Tatyana Providokhina, Russian 1K runner (world record)
  • 1956 Tatyana Kochergina, Ukrainian handball player (Olympic gold 1976, 80 USSR), born in Ovidiopol, Ukraine
  • 1958 Chris Codiroli, American baseballer, born in Oxnard, California
  • 1960 Marcus Allen, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame running back (Heisman Trophy 1981, USC; Super Bowl MVP 1984, LA Raiders; 6 x Pro Bowl), born in San Diego, California

Person of interestJohn Stockton

1962 John Stockton, NBA guard (Utah Jazz, Olympic gold 1996), born in Spokane, Washington

NBA Point Guard John Stockton
NBA Point Guard
John Stockton
  • 1962 Kevin Seitzer, infielder (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Springfield, Illinois
  • 1963 Rebecca Twigg, American cyclist (Olympic silver 1984, 92, 96), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1964 Ab Plugboer, Dutch soccer player (FC Utrecht) and manager, born in Edam, Netherlands
  • 1964 Ulf Samuelsson, Swedish American NHL defenseman (Team Sweden, NY Rangers), born in Fagersta, Sweden
  • 1964 Martin Donnelly, Irish racecar driver, born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1966 Wesley Walls, American NFL tight end (Carolina Panthers, SF 49ers, New Orleans Saints), born in Batesville, Mississipi
  • 1967 Mark Carroll, Australian rugby league footballer
  • 1968 Edward Kaminski, American javelin thrower, born in Kansas City, Kansas
  • 1968 Jose Vizcaino, MLB infielder (NY Mets), born in San Cristobal, Dominican Republic
  • 1968 Mike Trevathan, American CFL slot back (BC Lions), born in Redondo Beach, California
  • 1968 Shane Reynolds, American MLB pitcher (Houston Astros), born in Bastrop, Louisiana
  • 1968 Laurent Brochard, French cyclist, born in Le Mans, France
  • 1969 Luke Richardson, Canadian NHL defenseman, 1987-2009 (Toronto Maple Leafs, Edmonton Oilers, Philadelphia Flyers, and 4 other teams), and coach, born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1969 Vikram Rathour, Indian cricketer (Indian Test opening batsman), born in Jalandhar, Punjab, India
  • 1970 Paul Bosvelt, Dutch soccer player (Go Ahead Eagles/FC Twente), born in Doetinchem, Netherlands
  • 1971 Dave DeGraaf, American team handball player (Olympics, 1996), born in Spring Arbor, Michigan
  • 1971 Jesús Taváres, Dominican MLB outfielder, 1993-98 (Florida Marlins, and 2 other teams), born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • 1971 Rennae Stubbs, Australian tennis player, born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1972 Steve Anderson, American CFL defensive linebacker (Calgary Stampeders), born in Tyler, Texas
  • 1973 Matt Burke, Australian rugby union fullback (81 caps; NSW Waratahs; Eastwood) and broadcaster (Network 10), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1974 Irina Spirlea, Romanian tennis star (1996 Amelia Island), born in Bucharest, Romania
  • 1974 Mike Peca, Canadian NHL center (Buffalo Sabres), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1976 Ufuk Talay, Australian soccer player and manager, born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1977 Kevin Davies, English footballer, born in Sheffield, England
  • 1978 Anastasia Kostaki, Greek basketball player (Panathinaikos), born in Athens, Greece
  • 1979 Pierre Wome, Cameroonian footballer
  • 1979 Nacho Novo, Spanish footballer (Rangers), born in Ferrol, Spain
  • 1981 Baruch Dego, Israeli football player, born in Addis Ababa., Ethiopia
  • 1981 Josh Wilson, American baseball player, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1982 Mikel Arteta, Spanish footballer and manager (Arsenal), born in San Sebastián, Spain
  • 1984 Gregory Strydom, Zimbabwean cricketer, born in Pretoria, South Africa
  • 1985 Prosper Utseya, Zimbabwean cricket captain, born in Harare, Zimbabwe
  • 1989 Von Miller, American NFL outside linebacker (Denver Broncos), born in Dallas, Texas

Weddings in Sport

LoveWedding of Interest

1967 NBA forward Elvin Hayes (21) weds college sweetheart Erna Livingston

NBA Forward Elvin Hayes
NBA Forward
Elvin Hayes
  • 2017 FIFA Women's World Cup champion Julie Beth Johnston (25) weds NFL player Zach Ertz (26) in Santa Barbara, California

Deaths in Sport

Person of interestGeorges Vezina

1926 Georges Vezina, NHL Hall of Fame goalie (Canadiens), dies from TB at 39

NHL Goalie Georges Vezina
NHL Goalie
Georges Vezina
  • 1937 Albert Relf, English cricketer (13 Tests for England 1903-14), commits suicide at 52
  • 1940 Spyridon Louis, Greek distance runner (winner first modern Olympics marathon 1896), dies at 67
  • 1942 Jimmy Burke, American MLB third baseman (Pittsburgh Pirates), coach (World Series 1932, NY Yankees) and manager (St. Louis Cardinals), dies at 67
  • 1958 Phil Mead, English cricketer (strong batsman for England pre- & post-WWI), dies at 71
  • 1973 George Sisler, American MLB hall of famer 1st baseman (257 hits-1920), dies at 80
  • 1973 Johnny Drake, American football player (b. 1916)
  • 1981 Tim Wall, Australian cricketer (SA v NSW 1933 is Sheffield Shield record), dies at 76
  • 1993 Roy Riegels, University of California football player who ran wrong way, dies at 84
  • 2005 Marius Russo, American baseball player (New York Yankees), dies at 90
  • 2006 Paul Dana, American race car driver (b. 1975)
  • 2008 Heath Benedict, American Football Player (b. 1983)
  • 2013 Tom Boerwinkle, American NBA player, dies at 67
  • 2017 Brian Oldfield, American shot-putter (credited with making rotational technique popular), dies at 71
  • 2020 Jimmy Wynn, American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 1967, 74, 75; Houston Colt 45s/Astros, LA Dodgers), dies at 78
  • 2020 Michel Hidalgo, French soccer midfielder (1 cap; Monaco) and manager (France 1976-84; UEFA Euro 1984), dies at 87
  • 2020 Curly Neal, American basketball guard (Harlem Globetrotters 1963-85), dies at 77
  • 2020 John O'Leary, Irish golfer (Irish Open 1982; Ryder Cup 1975; director European Tour 1985-2019), dies at 70