On This Day

On This Day in Sport for March 3

Events in Sport

  • 1841 3rd Grand National: Horatio Powell wins aboard 14/1 Charity; first mare to win the race
  • 1847 9th Grand National: Denny Wynne wins aboard 10/1 Mathew; regarded as the first Irish-trained horse to win the race
  • 1852 14th Grand National: Alec Goodman wins first of 2 GN victories (1866) aboard Miss Mowbray
  • 1869 31st Grand National: George Stevens wins his 4th GN aboard 100/7 outsider The Colonel; repeats with back-to-back victories the following year
  • 1883 In the series decider England beats Scotland, 2 tries to 1 at Raeburn Place, Edinburgh to win the inaugural Home Nations Rugby Championship with an undefeated record
  • 1904 England cricket all-rounder Bernard Bosanquet takes 6 for 51 as tourists dismiss Australia for 171 in the 4th Test in Sydney to regain the Ashes; take an unassailable, 3-1 series lead
  • 1920 Montreal Canadiens scores NHL record 16 goals beating Quebec Bulldogs
  • 1950 National-American Football League reverts back to calling itself the NFL after 3 months
  • 1951 Bill Mikvy (Temple) scores NCAA basketball record 73 pts
  • 1953 Boston Braves, who own Milwaukee minor league franchise, block St Louis Browns attempt to shift their franchise to Milwaukee
  • 1956 Dutch swimmer Cockie Gastelaars breaks 20-year old world record for 100m freestyle (1:04.2)
  • 1956 3rd ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: NC State beats Wake Forest, 76-64
  • 1957 Ice Dance Championship at Colorado Springs won by Markham & Jones of Great Britain
  • 1959 San Francisco Giants rename their stadium Candlestick Park
  • 1962 9th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Wake Forest beats Clemson, 77-66
  • 1967 White Sox given permission to use semi-DH in training camp with home club permission (use of pinch hitter twice in same game)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1968 Jean Béliveau (Montreal) becomes 2nd NHLer to score 1,000 pts

NHL Legend Jean Béliveau
NHL Legend
Jean Béliveau

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1968 In a blockbuster trade, Toronto Maple Leafs send future Hockey Hall of Fame left wing Frank Mahovlich to the rival Detroit Red Wings

NHL Legend Frank Mahovlich
NHL Legend
Frank Mahovlich
  • 1974 Despite Billy Harris' hat trick Islanders lose 3-4
  • 1977 Islanders allow Red Wings only 11 shots on goal
  • 1977 World Ladies' Figure Skating Championship in Tokyo won by Linda Fratianne (USA)
  • 1978 1st day of Test cricket for Desmond Haynes (WI v Australia)
  • 1979 26th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: North Carolina beats Duke, 71-63
  • 1979 20th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Tennessee beats Kentucky, 75-69

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1981 Isle's Mike Bossy 9th & final hat trick of season-4 goals

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy
  • 1981 NY Islanders & Edmonton Oilers play to an 8-8 tie
  • 1983 Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw is admitted to hospital for surgery to repair his throwing arm under the alias 'Tom Brady'
  • 1984 NY Islanders score their most goals (11) vs Tor Maple Leafs (6)

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1984 Peter Ueberroth elected baseball commissioner (Effective Oct 1)

Olympic Executive and Commissioner of Baseball Peter Ueberroth
Olympic Executive and Commissioner of Baseball
Peter Ueberroth
  • 1985 Bill Shoemaker becomes 1st jockey to win $100 million
  • 1987 Ray Dandridge, 3rd baseman in Negro Leagues, eleected to Hall of Fame
  • 1991 David Boon completes 10th Test Cricket century, 109* v WI at Kingston
  • 1992 Mike Bossy's #22 is 2nd # retired by NY Islanders

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1992 Charges are filed in Florida against NY Mets Darryl Boston, Vince Coleman & Dwight Gooden of rape (dropped in April)

Baseball Pitcher Dwight Gooden
Baseball Pitcher
Dwight Gooden
  • 1993 Howard Stern radio show premieres in Boston (WBCN 104.1 FM-evenings)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1994 US Internal Revenue Service investigates baseball player Darryl Strawberry

Baseball Player Darryl Strawberry
Baseball Player
Darryl Strawberry
  • 2009 The Sri Lankan cricket team is attacked by terrorists while on their way to the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore for 2nd Test against Pakistan; match abandoned

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1846 Desiderio FA Pietri, Italian baker/marathon runner Dorando's father
  • 1860 John M. Ward, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (perfect game 1880; Providence Grays, New York Gothams / Giants), born in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania (d. 1925)
  • 1871 Maurice Garin, French cyclist (d. 1957)
  • 1872 Willie Keeler, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (highest career AB-per-strikeout ratio in MLB history), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1923)
  • 1901 Roger Turner, American figure skater (7x US National Champion), born in Milton, Massachusetts (d. 1993)
  • 1912 Joe Stydahar, NFL tackle (Chicago Bears)
  • 1915 George Brian Snape, businessman/rugby league entrepreneur
  • 1918 Peter O'Sullevan, British horse racing commentator 'the voice of racing', born in Kenmare, Ireland (d. 2015)
  • 1918 Fritz Thiedemann, German equestrian (d. 2000)
  • 1920 Julius Boros, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1968, US Open 1952, 63), born in Fairfield, Connecticut (d. 1994)
  • 1922 Nándor Hidegkuti, Hungarian footballer (d. 2002)
  • 1939 M L Jaisimha, cricketer (Indian batsman of the sixties)
  • 1945 Farooq Hamid, cricketer (1-107 in Test, Pakistan v Australia 1964)
  • 1946 John Virgo, British snooker player
  • 1947 Otto Stuppacher, Austrian racing driver (d. 2001)
  • 1949 Jesse Jefferson, American baseball player
  • 1953 Zico, Brazilian footballer
  • 1954 Keith Fergus, American golfer (3 PGA Tour titles), born in Temple, Texas
  • 1956 Jim Barton, American sailor (1996 Olympic bronze in Soling class), born in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • 1956 John F Reid, New Zealand cricket batsman (19 Tests, 1296 runs @ 46.28, 6 x 100s), born in Auckland, New Zealand (d. 2020)
  • 1956 Zbigniew Boniek, Polish footballer
  • 1958 Bob Bradley, soccer coach (Olympic gold 1996), born in Montclair, New Jersey
  • 1959 Romeo Zondervan, Dutch soccer player (NAC)
  • 1960 Neal Heaton, American baseball player
  • 1961 Perry McCarthy, English racing driver, born in Stepney, London
  • 1962 Herschel Walker, American College Football Hall of Fame running back (Heisman Trophy 1982, U of Georgia; Pro Bowl 1987, 88), Dallas Cowboys), born in Wrightsville, Georgia
  • 1962 Jackie Joyner-Kersee, E St Louis IL, heptathele (Olympic gold 1988, 92)
  • 1962 Steve Blackmore, Welsh rugby union prop (4 caps; Cardiff RFC), born in Cardiff, Wales (d. 2020)
  • 1963 Kelly Miller, NHL left wing (Washington Capitals), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1964 Atif Rauf, cricketer (Pakistani Test batsman v New Zealand 1994)
  • 1964 Raúl Alcalá, Mexican cyclist
  • 1965 A J Sager, pitcher (Detroit Tigers), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1966 Claus Boekweg, Dutch soccer player (FC Groningen, FC Zwolle)
  • 1966 Dmitri Volkov, Russian swimmer (world record)
  • 1966 Ellen Minzner, Lawrence Mass, rower (Olympics 1996)
  • 1967 Alexander Volkov, Russian tennis star
  • 1967 Calvin Williams, NFL wide receiver (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1968 Brian Leetch, NHL defenseman (Team USA, NY Rangers), born in Corpus Christi, Texas
  • 1968 Diann Roffe-Steinrotter, alpine skier (Olympic gold/silver-92), born in Warsaw, New York
  • 1968 Scott Radinsky, Simi Valley CA, pitcher (LA Dodgers)
  • 1969 Ronald Humphrey, NFL running back (Indianapolis Colts)
  • 1969 Simon Whitlock, Australian darts player (European C'ship 2012; PDC World C'ship 2010 runner-up), born in Cessnock, Australia
  • 1970 Donovan Bergstrom, US 3K steeplechase runner
  • 1970 Inzamam-ul-Haq, cricketer (dashing Pakistani batsman)
  • 1970 Kristine Radford, Australian tennis star (1996 ITF/Lyneham), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1970 Rick Mirer, NFL quarterback (Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1970 Scott Keswick, Nevada, gymnast (Coca-Cola-1st-94, Olympics 1996)
  • 1971 Terryl Ulmer, CFL defensive back (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • 1972 Martin Prochazka, Slany CZ, NHL forward (Czech Olympic gold 1998), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1972 Darren Anderton, English footballer
  • 1973 Cory Raymer, NFL center (Washington Redskins)
  • 1973 James Dexter, tackle (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1973 Jim Mills, tackle (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1973 Tisha Venturini, Modesto California, soccer midfielder (Olympics 1996)
  • 1973 Winslow Oliver, running back (Carolina Panthers)
  • 1973 Romāns Vainšteins, Latvian cyclist
  • 1978 Matt Diaz, American baseball player
  • 1980 Mason Unck, American football player
  • 1981 Dusty Dvoracek, American football player
  • 1981 Emmanuel Pappoe, Ghanaian footballer
  • 1982 Colton Orr, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1984 Alexander Semin, Russian ice hockey player
  • 1985 Sam Morrow, Northern Irish footballer
  • 1989 Erica Morningstar, Canadian Swimmer, and record holder.

Weddings in Sport

LoveWedding of Interest

1984 Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway (23) weds swimmer Janet Buchan in Menlo Park, California

NFL Quarterback John Elway
NFL Quarterback
John Elway
  • 2004 University of Miami star defensive tackle & probable NFL draft pick Vince Wilfork (22) weds Bianca Farinas at Little White Chapel in Las Vegas
  • 2018 Supermodel Chanel Iman (Victoria's Secret Angel), weds New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard in Los Angeles

Deaths in Sport

  • 1894 Ned Williamson, American baseball player (Chicago White Stockings), dies at 36
  • 1927 J.G. Parry-Thomas, Welsh motor-racing driver (b. 1884)
  • 1928 James Foulis, Scottish golfer (US Open 1896), dies at 56
  • 1932 Alfieri Maserati, Italian auto racer and engineer (established Maserati Racing), dies from poorly executed kidney surgery at 44
  • 1935 Neville Knox, cricketer (bowled in 2 Tests for England 1907), dies
  • 1943 George Thomson, cricketer (all-rounder-6 Tests for Eng 1909-10), dies

Person of interestJames J. Jeffries

1953 James J. Jeffries, American heavyweight boxer, dies at 77

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion James J. Jeffries
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
James J. Jeffries
  • 1969 Fred Alexander, American tennis player (Australasian C'ship 1908, 5-time US Indoor winner), dies at 88
  • 1979 Tom Creavy, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1931), dies of a heart attack at 68
  • 1991 Johnny Revolta, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1935; 18 PGA Tour titles), dies at 79
  • 1994 Bob Crisp, South African cricket fast bowler (9 Tests, 20 wickets; Rhodesia, Western Province, Worcestershire), dies at 82
  • 2010 Keith Alexander, British football manager (b. 1956)
  • 2012 Dave Charnley, British lightweight boxer (Dartford Destroyer), dies at 72
  • 2012 Alex Webster, American football coach (NY Giants), dies at 80

Person of interestMartin Crowe

2016 Martin Crowe, New Zealand cricketer and batsman, dies of cancer at 53

Cricketer Martin Crowe
Martin Crowe
  • 2017 Raymond Kopa [Kopaszewski], French footballer 'the Napoleon of football', dies at 85

Person of interestRoger Bannister

2018 Roger Bannister CH CBE, English athlete (first sub-4-minute mile, 3:59.4 at Iffley Road Track, Oxford 1954), dies of Parkinson's disease at 88

Middle-Distance Runner Roger Bannister
Middle-Distance Runner
Roger Bannister
  • 2021 Joe Altobelli, American baseball utility (Cleveland Indians, Minnesota Twins) and manager (SF Giants, World Series Baltimore Orioles 1983, Chicago Cubs), dies at 88