On This Day in Sport for March 29

  • March

Events in Sport

  • 1873 English FA Cup Final, Lillie Bridge, London: Wanderers beat Oxford University, 2-0; second consecutive title
  • 1878 40th Grand National: John Jones aboard 7/1 chance Shifnal wins by 2 lengths from Martha
  • 1879 English FA Cup Final, Kennington Oval, London: Old Etonians beat Clapham Rovers, 1-0; Charles Clerke scores winner
  • 1889 51st Grand National: Jockey Tommy Beasley wins his third GN aboard Irish 2-time runner-up Frigate at 8/1
  • 1895 57th Grand National: Joe Widger aboard 10/1 chance Wild Man From Borneo wins by 1.5 lengths from Cathal
  • 1901 63rd Grand National: Jockey Arthur Nightingall wins his 3rd GN aboard 9/1 shot Grudon in a howling snowstorm
  • 1912 74th Grand National: Ernie Piggott wins aboard 4/1 co-favourite Jerry M
  • 1929 Stanley Cup Final, Madison Square Garden: Boston Bruins beat New York Rangers, 2-1 for a 2-0 series sweep; Boston's first Championship
  • 1930 89h Grand National: 10-year-old 100/8 shot Shaun Goilin, ridden by jockey Tommy Cullinan wins by a neck from Melleray's Belle
  • 1935 94th Grand National: Frank Furlong wins aboard Reynoldstown at 22/1; stallion repeats with back-to-back victory the following year

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1940 Joe Louis KOs Johnny Paycheck in 2 to retain heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • 1941 3rd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Wisconsin beats Washington State, 39-34; Badgers' forward John Kotz is named tournament Most Outstanding Player
  • 1946 1st Test Cricket between Australia & NZ
  • 1946 Test Cricket debuts of Lindwall, Miller & Tallon
  • 1947 101st Grand National: 100/1 Irish outsider Caughoo ridden by 35-year-old jockey Eddie Dempsey wins by 20 lengths from Lough Conn
  • 1948 Drachtster Boys soccer team forms in Drachten

  • 1948 Yanks & Red Sox tie at 2-2 in 17, spring training game
  • 1958 112th Grand National: Arthur Freeman aboard 18/1 bet Mr. What wins by 30 lengths from Tiberetta
  • 1959 Wes Hall takes Pakistani cricket hat-trick at Lahore

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1966 Muhammad Ali beats George Chuvalo in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • 1969 123rd Grand National: Eddie P. Harty Sr. aboard 100/9 chance Highland Wedding wins by 12 lengths from Steel Bridge
  • 1970 Manchester City of England win 10th European Cup Winner's Cup against Górnik Zabrze of Poland 2-1 in Vienna

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1973 Dave Cowens wins NBA MVP

NBA Center and Head Coach Dave Cowens
NBA Center and Head Coach
Dave Cowens
  • 1975 Only 2nd time Islanders beat Rangers
  • 1976 38th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Indiana beats Michigan, 86-68; first time 2 teams from same conference (Big Ten) play in title game
  • 1979 Delhi beats Karnataka by 399 runs to win Cricket's Ranji Trophy
  • 1979 Last day of Test cricket for Pakistani cricketer Mushtaq Mohammad
  • 1980 134th Grand National: American amateur rider Charlie Fenwick wins aboard 40/1 outsider Ben Nevis; only 4 from 30 starters finish race
  • 1981 Tiina Lehtola ski jumps female record 110m
  • 1981 AIAW Women's Basketball Championship, Louisiana Tech beat Tennessee 79-59 in Eugene

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1982 44th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: North Carolina beats Georgetown, 63-62; Tar Heels' future Hall of Fame small forward James Worthy named Tournament Most Outstanding Player

NBA Small Forward James Worthy
NBA Small Forward
James Worthy
  • 1984 NFL Baltimore Colts move to Indianapolis

Sports record brokenNHL Record

1985 Wayne Gretzky breaks own NHL season record with 126th assist

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • 1987 6th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Tennessee routs Louisiana 67-44; Lady Vols guard Tonya Edwards MOP

Sport defeatWrestleMania

1987 WrestleMania III: Pontiac Silverdome, Pontiac, MI (93,173): Hulk Hogan successfully defends WWF Heavyweight title against André the Giant

Professional Wrestler Hulk Hogan
Professional Wrestler
Hulk Hogan
Professional Wrestler André the Giant
Professional Wrestler
André the Giant
  • 1987 PGA Tournament Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Sandy Lyle of Scotland defeats Jeff Sluman on the 3rd hole of a sudden-death playoff to become the first international player to win the title
  • 1989 1st Soviet hockey players are permitted to play for the NHL
  • 1992 Ice Dance Championship at Oakland won by Klimova & Ponomarenko (CIS)
  • 1992 Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Oak won by Kristi Yamaguchi (USA)
  • 1992 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Oakland won by Viktor Petrenko (CIS)

Sport awardPGA Players Championship

1992 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Davis Love III wins by 4 strokes ahead of runners-up Ian Baker-Finch, Phil Blackmar, Nick Faldo, and Tom Watson.

Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner Nick Faldo
Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner
Nick Faldo
Golfer Tom Watson
Golfer
Tom Watson
  • 1992 Nabisco Dinah Shore Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Dottie Pepper (Mochrie) wins the first of her 2 major titles in a sudden-death playoff with Juli Inkster with par on the 1st extra hole
  • 1993 Queensland all out for 75 v NSW in Sheffield Shield Final

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1994 Coach Jimmy Johnson quits Dallas Cowboys

NFL Head Coach Jimmy Johnson
NFL Head Coach
Jimmy Johnson
  • 1994 Last day of Test cricket for Allan Border
  • 1996 Cleveland Browns choose new name, Baltimore Ravens
  • 1996 NY Yankees beats NY Mets 7-3 in an exhibition game
  • 1997 1st game at Turner Field Atlanta, Braves beats Yanks 2-0 (exhibition)
  • 1998 17th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Tennessee beats Louisiana Tech, 93-75; Volunteers' 3-peat, completing undefeated season (39–0)
  • 1998 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Justin Leonard recovers from 5 strokes back to finish 2 strokes ahead of runners-up Glen Day and Tom Lehman
  • 1998 Nabisco Dinah Shore Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Pat Hurst wins her only major title, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Helen Dobson after sinking a 5-foot birdie putt at the final green
  • 1998 WrestleMania XIV, FleetCenter, Boston, MA: 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin's wins his first WWF Heavyweight tile against Shawn Michaels
  • 1999 61st NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Duke, 77-74; Huskies' first title in first title game
  • 2015 Cricket World Cup, Melbourne (MCG): Australia defeats fellow host New Zealand by 7 wickets to win their 5th title; Player of Series: Mitchel Starc
  • 2015 WrestleMania XXXI, Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, CA (76,976): Seth Rollins beats Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns in impromptu triple threat match to capture WWE Heavyweight title

Birthdays in Sport


Person of interestCy Young

1867 Cy Young, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (most wins in MLB history 511), born in Gilmore, Ohio (d. 1955)

MLB Pitcher Cy Young
MLB Pitcher
Cy Young
  • 1871 Tom Hayward, English cricketer (great England batsman of the Golden Age), born in Cambridge (d. 1939)
  • 1874 Ioannis Georgiadis, Greek fencer (Olympic 1896 gold), born in Tripoli, Greece (d. 1960)
  • 1900 Bill Aston, British racing driver (Aston Butterworth), born in Hopton, Staffordshire (d. 1974)
  • 1917 Man o' War, American thoroughbred racehorse (winner of 20 out of 21 races & $249,465) (d. 1947)
  • 1921 Sam Loxton, Australian cricketer (flamboyant Australian batsman of late 40's), born in Albert Park, Melbourne (d. 2011)
  • 1923 Geoff Duke, English motorcycle racer (world 500cc champion 1951, 1953-55), born St. Helens, England (d.2015)
  • 1925 Emlen Tunnell, American football player, NFL safety (Giants, Packers), born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania (d. 1975)
  • 1930 Gundibail Sunderam, Indian cricket pace bowler (2 Tests India v NZ 1955-56), born in Udupi, India (d. 2010)
  • 1939 Hanumant Singh, Indian cricketer (14 Tests for India-century on debut), born in Banswara, India

Person of interestWalt Frazier

1945 Walt "Clyde" Frazier, NBA guard (NY Knicks), born in Atlanta, Georgia

Basketball Player Walt Frazier
Basketball Player
Walt Frazier
  • 1949 Uton Dowe, Jamaican cricketer (WI pace bowler 1972-73 "Dowe shall not bowl"), born in Saint Mary Parish, Jamaica
  • 1951 Geoff Howarth, New Zealand cricket batsman (47 Tests, 30 as NZ captain), born in Auckland, NZ
  • 1952 Teofilo Stevenson, Cuban heavyweight boxer (Olympic gold 1972, 76, 80), born in Puerto Padre, Cuba (d. 2012)
  • 1955 Earl Campbell, NFL running back (Houston, 1977 Heisman), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1956 Kurt Thomas, American gymnast (Olympics), actor (Gymkata), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1959 Brad McCrimmon, Canadian NHL defenseman (Hartford Whalers), born in Dodsland, Saskatchewan (d. 2011)
  • 1961 Mike Kingery, American baseball outfielder (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in St. James, Minnesota
  • 1961 Gary Brabham, Australian auto racer, (British Formula 3000 C'ship 1989), born in London, England
  • 1962 Kirk Triplett, American golfer (3-time PGA Tour winner), born in Moses Lake, Washington
  • 1962 Billy Beane, American MLB baseball outfielder, executive (Oakland Athletics), born in Orlando, Florida
  • 1965 Voula Patoulidou, Greek athlete, born in Tripotamo, Greece
  • 1966 Dwayne Harper, American NFL cornerback (San Diego Chargers), born in Orangeburg, South Carolina
  • 1966 Eric Gunderson, pitcher (Boston Red Sox), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1966 Robb Thomas, American NFL receiver (Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1967 Brian Jordan, outfielder (St Louis Cardinals), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1967 Jerry Olsavsky, NFL linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Youngstown, Ohio
  • 1968 Chris Calloway, American NFL wide receiver (NY Giants), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1968 James O. Williams, NFL tackle (Chicago Bears), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1969 Jeff Blackshear, American football guard (Baltimore Ravens), born in Fort Pierce, Florida
  • 1969 Jimmy Spencer, NFL cornerback (New Orleans Saints, Cincinnati Bengals)
  • 1969 Kai Nurminen, Finnish ice hockey forward (Team Finland), born in Turku, Finland
  • 1969 Kim Batten, American athlete 400m hurdler (Olympic silver 1996), born in McRae, Georgia
  • 1972 Alex Ochoa, American football outfielder (NY Mets), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1972 John Rothell, Titusville Florida, 400m hurdler
  • 1972 Paul Michael Kent, New Zealand athlete, breastroker (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland
  • 1972 Trevor Kidd, NHL goalie (Calgary Flames), born in Dugald, Manitoba
  • 1972 Rui Costa, Portuguese footballer, born in Amadora, Portugal
  • 1973 Brad Bridgewater, American 200m backstroke (Olympic gold 1996), born in Charleston, West Virginia
  • 1973 John Oppio, Sparks Nevada, double trap (Olympics 1996)
  • 1973 Marc Overmars, Dutch soccer player (Ajax)
  • 1973 Mark Platt, Peterborough Ontario, rower (Olympics 1996)
  • 1973 Sebastiano Siviglia Italian footballer
  • 1974 Marc Gené, Spanish racing car driver
  • 1976 Jennifer Capriati, American tennis player (3-time Grand Slam winner), born in NYC, New York
  • 1976 Igor Astarloa, Spanish cyclist
  • 1981 Jlloyd Samuel, WestIndian-born footballer
  • 1985 Maxim Lapierre, Canadian ice hockey forward
  • 1985 Mickey Pimentel, National Football League linebacker
  • 1986 Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, English footballer

Deaths in Sport

  • 1940 Alexander Obolensky, Russian prince and famed Rugby Union footballer who played for England.(b. 1916)
  • 1945 Ferenc Csik, Hungarian swimmer (Olympics gold medal 100m freestyle 1936), dies of war wounds at 31
  • 1951 Jerome Travers, American golfer (US Open 1915), dies at 63
  • 1978 Jayasinghrao Mansinghrao Ghorpade, Indian cricketer (8 Tests for India 1952-59 with little impact), dies at 47
  • 1988 Ted Kluszewski, American baseball 1st baseman (4-time MLB All Star), dies of heart attack at 63
  • 1996 Bill Goldsworthy, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1944)
  • 1998 Dudley Wysong, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1966 runner-up), dies of an aneurysm at 58
  • 2009 Vladimir Fedotov, Soviet football striker and manager (b.1943)
  • 2012 Bill Jenkins, American Hall of Fame drag racer and engineer, dies at 81

Person of interestHobart "Hobie" Alter

2014 Hobart "Hobie" Alter, surf and sailing entrepreneur and pioneer who created the Hobie Cat, dies of cancer at 80