On This Day in Sport for March 28

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Events in Sport

  • 1879 41st Grand National: Garry Moore aboard 5/1 chance The Liberator wins by 2 lengths from Jackal
  • 1884 46th Grand National: Ted Wilson aboard 10/1 shot Voluptuary wins by 4 lengths from Frigate
  • 1890 52nd Grand National: Arthur Nightingall wins aboard 4/1 favourite Ilex
  • 1891 1st world weightlifting championship won by Edward Lawrence in London, England
  • 1919 78th Grand National: Ernie Piggott wins aboard Poethlyn; shortest price winner in history at 11-4
  • 1922 Stanley Cup Final, Mutual Street Arena, Toronto, ON: Toronto St Patricks (NHL) beat Vancouver Millionaires (PCHA), 5-1 for a 3-2 series win
  • 1924 83rd Grand National: Bob Trudgill wins aboard 25/1 shot Master Robert; last GN from a general riding start, now-familiar 'tape' introduced the following year.
  • 1933 1st SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats Mississippi State, 46-27
  • 1939 Renaissance Big 5 win 1st pro basketball championship
  • 1942 4th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Stanford beats Dartmouth, 53-38; Cardinal forward Howie Dallmar is named tournament Most Outstanding Player
  • 1944 6th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Utah defeats Dartmouth, 42-40; Utes' first title; small forward Arnie Ferrin is named tournament MOP
  • 1950 12th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: CCNY beats Bradley, 71-68; City College of NY first to win NCAA & National Invitational Basketball in same year
  • 1953 107th Grand National: Bryan Marshall wins aboard Irish 8-year old Early Mist; first of 3 consecutive GN victories for trainer Vincent O'Brien
  • 1955 NZ cricket all out for 26 v England at Eden Park
  • 1962 Devastating 8 for 6 spell by Gibbs gives WI cricket victory over India
  • 1963 AFL's NY Titan's become the NY Jets

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1972 Wilt Chamberlain plays his last pro basketball game

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • 1976 AIAW Women's Basketball Tournament, Delta States beat Immaculata, 69-64 at Pennsylvania State University
  • 1977 39th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Marquette beats North Carolina, 67-59; Warriors' first title; coach Al McGuire retires

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1981 Martina Navratilova beats 16 year old American tennis prodigy Andrea Jaeger 6-3, 7-6 in the final of the WTA Tour Championships at Madison Square Garden, NYC

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
  • 1982 1st NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Louisiana Tech beats Cheney, 76-62; Lady Techsters' forward Janice Lawrence tournament MOP
  • 1982 Last AIAW Women's Basketball Championship, Rutgers beat Texas 83-77 in Philadelphia
  • 1983 PGA Tournament Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Hal Sutton comes from 4 strokes back with a final round 69 to win a rain-affected Monday finish by 1 stroke ahead of Bob Eastwood
  • 1989 New Zealand wins America's Cup over Stars & Stripes, in a NY court
  • 1990 Bengal beat Delhi in rained-out cricket Ranji Trophy final on quotient

Sports record brokenNBA Record

1990 Michael Jordan scores 69 points, 4th time he scores 60 pts in a game

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1991 Mike Tyson admits paternity to Kimberly Scarborough's son

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson

Sport awardPGA Players Championship

1993 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Nick Price of Zimbabwe sets a scoring record of 270 (−18) to finish 5 strokes ahead of Germany's Bernhard Langer

Golfer Nick Price
Golfer
Nick Price
Golfer and Two-Time Masters Champion Bernhard Langer
Golfer and Two-Time Masters Champion
Bernhard Langer
  • 1993 Nabisco Dinah Shore Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Helen Alfredsson of Sweden wins her only major title, 2 strokes ahead of 3 runners-up; first non-American to win the event as a major
  • 1995 Queensland beat S Aust to win 1st ever cricket Sheffield Shield
  • 1999 18th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Purdue beats Duke, 62-45; Boilermakers' Ukari Figgs is named Most Outstanding Player
  • 1999 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: David Duval wins by 2 strokes from Scott Gump; Duval's father Bob wins Senior Tour's Emerald Coast Classic on the same day

Sport awardGolf Major

1999 Nabisco Championship Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: 1992 champion Dottie Pepper wins the last of her 2 major titles, 6 strokes ahead of runner-up Meg Mallon

LPGA Golfer Meg Mallon
LPGA Golfer
Meg Mallon

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1999 WrestleMania XV, First Union Center, Philadelphia, PA: 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin beats The Rock in no disqualification match for the WWF Heavyweight title

Actor & Professional Wrestler The Rock
Actor & Professional Wrestler
The Rock
  • 2004 Kraft Nabisco Championship Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Grace Park wins her only major title by 1 stroke, sinking a 6-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole; fellow South Korean Aree Song is runner-up
  • 2004 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: 23-year old Australian Adam Scott holds on for his 2nd PGA Tour title, 1 stroke ahead of Irishman Pádraig Harrington
  • 2005 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: 48-year old Fred Funk becomes oldest event winner, 1 stroke ahead of runners-up Luke Donald, Tom Lehman, and Scott Verplank
  • 2018 Captain Steve Smith and David Warner are suspended by Cricket Australia for 12 months, and Cameron Bancroft (9 months) for their part in the infamous ball-tampering scandal in South Africa

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1866 Jimmy Ross, Scottish footballer, born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1902)
  • 1899 August A. "Gussie" Busch, Jr., American brewing magnate and American baseball executive, born in St Louis (d. 1989)
  • 1899 Buck Shaw, American football player and coach, born in Mitchellville, Iowa (d. 1977)
  • 1906 Joseph Wright Jr., Canadian oarsman (Olympic gold 1928), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1981)
  • 1915 Ray Emery, New Zealand cricketer (NZ Test batsman vs West Indies 1952), born in Auckland (d. 1982)
  • 1919 Tom Brooks, Australian cricketer (NSW fast bowler of the 30's, later Test umpire), born in Paddington, Australia (d. 2007)
  • 1919 Vic Raschi, American MLB pitcher (4-time All Star), born in West Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 1988)
  • 1922 Joey Maxim, American boxer, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2001)
  • 1926 Polly Umrigar, Indian cricketer (Indian batsman & captain), born in Solapur, India (d. 2006)
  • 1929 Paul England, Australian racing driver, born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 2014)
  • 1931 Anatoly Lein, Soviet-born American chess Grandmaster (1968), born in Leningrad, USSR (d. 2018)
  • 1940 Michael Plumb, American equestrian (Olympic 2 gold/4 silver-1976,84), born in Islip, New York
  • 1940 Kevin Loughery, American NBA star and coach (Balt, Philadelphia), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1941 Jim Turner, American football player, born in Martinez, California

Person of interestRick Barry

1944 Rick Barry, Basketball forward (NY Nets, Golden State Warriors), born in Elizabeth, New Jersey

NBA Small Forward Rick Barry
NBA Small Forward
Rick Barry
  • 1945 Johnny Famechon, Australian boxer (WBC featherweight champion), born in Paris, France
  • 1949 Ronnie Ray Smith, American athlete, 4 X 100m relay runner (Olympic gold 1968), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2013)
  • 1949 Shafiq Ahmed, Pakistani cricketer (Pakistani batsman during the 70's), born in Lahore, Pakistan
  • 1952 Tony Brise, English racing driver, born in Erith, Kent (d. 1975)
  • 1956 Asoka De Silva, Sri Lankan cricket leg-spinner (Sri Lanka in 10 Tests 1985-91), born in Kalutara, Sri Lanka
  • 1956 Evelin Jahl, German discus thrower (Olympic-2 gold-1976), born in Annaberg-Buchholz, Germany
  • 1956 T A Sekar, Indian cricket pace-bowler (2 Tests 1982-83 little impact), born in Chennai, India
  • 1957 Harvey Glance, American athlete, 4x100m runner (Olympic gold 1976), born in Phenix City, Alabama
  • 1958 Bart Wayne Conner, American gymnast (Olympic-2 gold-1984), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1959 Petra Delhees, Swiss tennis star, born in Aarau, Switzerland
  • 1961 Byron Scott, American NBA guard (Vancouver Grizzlies), born in Ogden, Utah
  • 1962 Jure Franko, Slovenian-Yugoslav alpine skier, born in Nova Gorica, Slovenia
  • 1963 Therese Washtock, 3 day equestrian (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1965 Jeff Beukeboom, Canadian ice hockey player, NHL defenseman (NY Rangers), born in Ajax, Canada
  • 1965 Steve Bull, English footballer, born in Tipton, Staffordshire
  • 1966 Jason Garrett, American NFL quarterback (Dallas Cowboys), born in Abington Township, Pennsylvania
  • 1966 Nathalie Herreman, French tennis star, born in Sainte-Adresse, France
  • 1967 David Lang, American NFL running back (Dallas Cowboys), born in Loma Linda, California
  • 1967 Ed[ward] Grose, Juneau Alaska, rower (Olympics 1996)
  • 1967 Shawn Boskie, American baseball pitcher (California Angels), born in Hawthorne, Nevada
  • 1968 Nasser Hussain, English cricketer (Essex & England batsman), born in Chennai, India
  • 1968 Teee Williams, volleyball outside hitter (Olympic bronze 1992, 96), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1968 Tim Lovejoy, British television presenter (Soccer AM with Helen Chamberlain), born in Northwood, London
  • 1969 Craig Paquette, infielder (KC Royals), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1969 Earnest Stewart, American soccer player (Willem II), born in Veghel, Netherlands
  • 1969 Elliot Perry, NBA guard (Phoenix Suns, Milwaukee Bucks), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1969 Scottie Graham, NFL running back (Minnesota Vikings, Cincinnati Bengals), born in Long Beach, New York
  • 1970 James Johnson, American NFL/WLAF running back (Tampa Bucs, Frankfurt Galaxy), born in Cheyenne, Wyoming
  • 1970 Jason B Gailes, American rower (Olympic silver 1996), born in Dighton, Massachusetts
  • 1970 Shawn Price, NFL defensive end (GB Packers, Car Panthers, Buf Bills), born in Van Nuys, Los Angeles
  • 1971 Damien Marsh, Georgia, Australian 100m/200m swimmer (Olympics 1996)
  • 1971 Wesley Person, NBA guard (Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers)
  • 1972 Derek West, offensive tackle (Indianapolis Colts)
  • 1972 Jonathan Edwards, doubles luger (Olympics 1994), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1972 Keith Tkachuk, Melrose MA, NHL left wing (Winnipeg Jets, Phoenix, USA)
  • 1972 Michael Smith, NBA forward (Sacramento Kings)
  • 1972 Mike Morton, linebacker (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1972 Shannon Mitchell, NFL tight end (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1973 Andrew Whittall, cricketer (cousin of Guy Zimbabwe off-spinner 1996)
  • 1974 K C Jones, NFL center (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1974 Mark King, English snooker player
  • 1975 Atta-ur-Rehman, cricketer (Pakistani quickie, debut v Engl1992 age 17)
  • 1975 Iván Helguera, Spanish footballer
  • 1975 Derek Hill, American racing driver
  • 1980 Stiliani Pilatou, Greek long jumper
  • 1980 Luke Walton, American basketball player
  • 1981 Edwar Ramirez, American baseball player
  • 1983 Ryan Ashington, English footballer
  • 1984 Christopher Samba, French-born footballer
  • 1984 Yordanos Abay, Ethiopian footballer
  • 1985 Stan Wawrinka, Swiss tennis player (3-time Grand Slam winner), born in Lausanne, Switzerland
  • 1986 Barbora Strýcová, Czech tennis player
  • 1989 Marek Suchý, Czech footballer
  • 1989 Mira Leung, Canadian figure skater
  • 1989 Lukas Jutkiewicz, English footballer

Deaths in Sport

  • 1891 Dick Pilling, cricketer ("Prince of Wicketkeepers", Eng 1881-88), dies
  • 1931 Ban Johnson, American baseball executive, founder and President of the American League, dies after a long illness at 67
  • 1946 Chick Fullis, baseball player (b. 1904)

Person of interestJim Thorpe

1953 Jim Thorpe, American all-round athlete (2 gold Olympics 1912, College, Pro Football Halls of Fame), dies of heart failure at 65

Versatile Athlete Jim Thorpe
Versatile Athlete
Jim Thorpe
  • 1958 Chuck Klein, American Baseball Hall of Fame right fielder (Triple Crown 1933 Philadelphia Phillies), dies of a stroke at 53
  • 1959 James Neblett, cricketer (one Test WI v England 1935), dies
  • 2012 Harry Crews, American writer and actor (Indian Runner), dies from neuropathy at 76
  • 2013 Soraya Jiménez, Mexican weightlifter, dies from a heart attack at 70