On This Day

On This Day in Sport for March 30

Events in Sport

  • 1883 45th Grand National: Austrian breeder, owner Count Karel Kinsky rides Zoedone to 10 length win; only 10 starters, the smallest GN field in history; first winning jockey from outside Britain and Ireland
  • 1894 56th Grand National: Jockey Arthur Nightingall wins his second GN aboard 5/1 joint favourite Why Not
  • 1900 62nd Grand National: Algy Anthony wins aboard Ambush II; owner is Prince Of Wales (King Edward VII)
  • 1906 68th Grand National: Aubrey Hastings wins aboard 20/1 shot Ascetic's Silver
  • 1916 Stanley Cup Final, Montreal Arena, Westmount, Quebec:: Montreal Canadiens (NHA) beat Portland Rosebuds (PCHA), 2-1 for a 3-2 series victory
  • 1918 Stanley Cup, Mutual Street Arena, Toronto, ON: Toronto Arenas (NHL) beat Vancouver Millionaires (PCHA), 2-1 for a 3-2 series victory; first series contested by the new NHL
  • 1925 Stanley Cup Final, Patrick Arena, Victoria, BC: Victoria Cougars (WCHL) beat Montreal Canadiens (NHL), 6-1 for a 3-1 series win; last non-NHL team to win trophy
  • 1928 87th Grand National: Mr. William Dutton aboard 100/1 long-shot Tipperary Tim wins as all of the 41 other starters fall during the race
  • 1930 Babberich-H soccer team forms
  • 1940 2nd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Indiana beats Kansas, 60-42; Hoosiers' forward Marvin Huffman is named tournament Most Outstanding Player
  • 1943 5th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Wyoming beats Georgetown, 46-34; Cowboys' point guard Ken Sailors is named tournament Most Outstanding Player
  • 1946 Australia beats NZ in cricket at 3 30pm on 2nd day
  • 1946 Last Test Cricket appearance of Bill O'Reilly (5-14 & 3-19)
  • 1947 LPGA Titleholders Championship Women's Golf, Augusta CC: Babe Didrikson Zaharias wins her first of 3 Titleholders titles by 5 strokes ahead of Dorothy Kirby
  • 1954 Test Cricket debut of Garry Sobers v England at Kingston
  • 1957 111th Grand National: Fred Winter aboard 20/1 bet Sundew wins by 8 lengths from Wyndburgh

  • 1963 117th Grand National: 19-year old jockey Pat Buckley aboard 66/1 outsider Ayala wins by 3/4 of a length from Carrickbeg
  • 1968 122nd Grand National: 20-year old Brian Fletcher aboard 100/7 chance Red Alligator rides the first of 3 GN victories
  • 1974 128th Grand National: Brian Fletcher aboard Red Rum wins for the 2nd consecutive year; horse goes on to win 1977 race for 3 GN victories; Fletcher's record 3rd GN win
  • 1975 Ron Lalonde scores the 1st hat trick by a Washington Capital

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1981 43rd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Indiana beats North Carolina, 63-50; Hoosiers' future Hall of Fame point guard Isiah Thomas is named Tournament Most Outstanding Player

NBA Point Guard and Coach Isiah Thomas
NBA Point Guard and Coach
Isiah Thomas
  • 1985 139th Grand National: Welsh jockey Hywel Davies aboard 11-year old 50/1 outsider Last Suspect wins by 1½ lengths from Mr. Snugfit
  • 1985 Ireland beats England, 13-10 at Lansdowne Road, Dublin to clinch it's 10th outright Five Nations Rugby Championship and 6th triple Crown
  • 1986 5th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Texas beats USC, 97-81; Longhorns' Clarissa Davis MOP award; complete first undefeated season (34-0)
  • 1986 PGA Tournament Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: John Mahaffey wins by 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Larry Mize

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1990 Jack Nicklaus makes his debut on the Senior PGA Tour with a 71 (-1) in the first round of The Tradition at Desert Mountain; wins the event by 4 strokes from Gary Player

  • 1991 1st exhibition baseball games at Joe Robbie Stadium (Yanks-Orioles)
  • 1991 Northern Michigan wins its 1st NCAA hockey title
  • 1993 New South Wales beat Qld by eight wkts to win Sheffield Shield
  • 1993 Punjab beat Maharashtra by 120 runs to win Cricket's Ranji Trophy
  • 1994 Bombay beat Bengal by 8 wickets to win Cricket's Ranji Trophy
  • 1994 England Cricket all out for 46 at Port-of-Spain
  • 1996 Lara hits 146 cricket not out in ODI vs NZ at Port-Of-Spain
  • 1996 NY Mets beats NY Yankees 5-3 in an exhibition game
  • 1996 149th Grand National: 7/1 favourite Rough Quest, ridden by Irish jockey Mick Fitzgerald wins by 1¼ lengths from Encore Un Peu
  • 1997 16th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Tennessee beats Old Dominion, 68-59; Volunteers 5th national title

Sport awardPGA Players Championship

1997 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Steve Elkington of Australia leads wire-to-wire to win his 2nd PC title, a record 7 strokes ahead of runner-up Scott Hoch.

Golfer and PGA Champion Steve Elkington
Golfer and PGA Champion
Steve Elkington

Sport awardGolf Major

1997 Nabisco Dinah Shore Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: 41-year old Betsy King wins her 3rd title in this event, 2 strokes ahead of Kris Tschetter and Amy Fruhwirth; last of her 6 major titles

LPGA Golfer Betsy King
LPGA Golfer
Betsy King
  • 1998 60th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kentucky beats Utah, 78-69; Wildcats' 2nd title in 3 seasons and 7th overall

Sports record brokenWorld Record

2001 At 15 years, 9 months American swimmer Michael Phelps breaks 200m butterfly world record at the US World Championship trials at Austin, Texas; becomes youngest male to set a world mark

  • 2003 In a final match decider, England beats Ireland 42-6 in Dublin to complete a Grand Slam and win the Six Nations Rugby Championship; Jonny Wilkinson kicks 3 conversions, a penalty and 2 dropped goals for England
  • 2003 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Davis Love III shoots a final round 64 to win his 2nd Players title, 6 strokes ahead of runners-up Jay Haas and Pádraig Harrington
  • 2003 Kraft Nabisco Championship Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Patricia Meunier-Lebouc of France wins her only major title, 1 stroke ahead of the 2-time defending champion Annika Sörenstam of Sweden

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Birthdays in Sport

  • 1879 Coen de Koning, Dutch speed skater (World Alllround Speed Skating champion 1905), born in Edam. Netherlands (d. 1954)
  • 1904 Ripper Collins, baseball player (d. 1970)
  • 1905 Mikio Oda, Japan, triple jumper (Olympic gold 1928)
  • 1912 Jack Cowie, cricketer (successful NZ fast bowler either side of WWII)
  • 1927 Wally Grout, cricketer (great Aussie wicket-keeper)
  • 1939 Robert Herbin, French soccer defender (23 caps; Saint-Étienne) and manager (Saint-Étienne, Lyon, Strasbourg), born in Paris, France (d. 2020)

Person of interestJerry Lucas

1940 Jerry Lucas, NBA center (Olympic gold 1960, NY Knicks), born in Middletown, Ohio

NBA Forward Jerry Lucas
NBA Forward
Jerry Lucas
  • 1940 Norman Gifford, cricketer (respected England slow left-armer 1964-73)
  • 1940 Jim Criner, American college football coach (Boise State, Iowa State, Scottish Claymores), born in Lurton, Arkansas
  • 1941 Sven Hamrin, Swedish road race cycler (Olympic bronze 1964)
  • 1943 Bob Blewett, cricketer (father of Greg South Aust batsman 1975-79)
  • 1948 Eddie Jordan, Irish motorsport F1 boss and TV commentator, born in Dublin
  • 1952 Peter Knights, Australian footballer and coach
  • 1958 Joey Sindelar, American golfer (7 PGA Tour titles), born in Fort Knox, Kentucky
  • 1960 Bill Johnson, alpine skier (first American to win alpine Olympic gold - 1984), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2016)
  • 1961 Doug Wickenheiser, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1999)
  • 1963 Jenny Lidback, American golfer (du Maurier Classic 1995), born in Lima, Peru
  • 1963 Lomas Brown, NFL tackle (Detroit Lions, Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1964 Corey Millen, Cloquet, NHL center (Calgary Flames)
  • 1964 Dave Ellett, NHL defenseman (Toronto Maple Leafs), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1964 Vlado Bozinovski, Australian former footballer
  • 1965 Karel Novacek, Prostejov Czech, tennis star (1994 Hilversum)
  • 1966 Efstratios Grivas, Greek chess grandmaster and author
  • 1967 Julie Richardson, tennis star (1992 Futures-Canberra), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1969 Mark Astley, NHL defenseman (Buffalo Sabres), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1970 Secretariat, American thoroughbred race horse (Triple Crown 1973), born in Caroline County, Virginia (d. 1989)
  • 1971 Mari Holden, cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1972 Brenden Stai, NFL guard (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1973 Kareem Streete-Thompson, Caymanian-American 100m athlete and long jumper, born in Ithaca, New York
  • 1973 Rodney Thomas, running back (Tennessee Oilers)
  • 1973 Jan Koller, Czech footballer
  • 1974 Martin Love, cricketer (high scoring Queensland batsman, Aust 1995)
  • 1976 Chris Canty, cornerback (New England Patriots)
  • 1976 Toby Gowin, punter (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1976 Obadele Thompson, Barbadian athlete
  • 1978 Chris Paterson, Scottish rugby player and coach, born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 1980 Liriel Higa, rhythmic gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1980 Ricardo Osorio, Mexican footballer
  • 1983 Jérémie Aliadière, French footballer
  • 1983 Davis Romero, Panamanian baseball player
  • 1984 Mario Ancic, Croatian tennis player
  • 1984 Samantha Stosur, Australian tennis player (US Open 2011) born in Brisbane, Australia
  • 1986 Sergio Ramos, Spanish soccer defender (Europe's most capped male outfield player; Real Madrid), born in Camas, Seville, Andalusia

Person of interestRichard Sherman

1988 Richard Sherman, American NFL cornerback (San Francisco 49ers), born in Compton, California

NFL Player Richard Sherman
NFL Player
Richard Sherman
  • 1993 Lee Mi-hyang, South Korean golfer (ANA Inspiration 2019 runner-up), born in Seoul, South Korea

Deaths in Sport

  • 1949 Dattaram Hindlekar, Indian cricket wicketkeeper (4 Tests), dies at 40
  • 1969 Lucien Bianchi, Italian-Belgian auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans 1968), dies during Le Mans testing accident at 34
  • 1978 George Paine, lefty cricket spinner (for England in WI 1935), dies
  • 1978 Harold Gimblett, cricketer (Batted in 3 Tests for England), suicide
  • 1981 Noel Harford, New Zealand cricketer (8 Tests for NZ 1955-58), dies at 50
  • 1995 Graham Anthony Richard Lock, cricketer, dies at 65
  • 1995 Tony Lock, English cricketer and left-arm spinner who took 174 wickets for England, dies at 65
  • 2005 Milton Green, American athlete (b. 1913)
  • 2006 Red Hickey, American football coach (b. 1917)
  • 2008 David Leslie, Touring Car Driver (b. 1953)
  • 2008 Richard Lloyd, Racing Car Driver (b. 1945)
  • 2009 Andrea Mead-Lawrence, American alpine skier (2 Olympic gold 1952), dies of leiomyosarcoma at 76
  • 2012 Viktor Kosichkin, Russian speed skater and 1960 Olympic gold medalist, dies at 74
  • 2013 Bob Turley, American MLB pitcher, dies from liver cancer at 82
  • 2020 Frank Maloney, American football coach (Syracuse University 1974-1980), dies from brain cancer at 79