On This Day in Sport for March 30

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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, 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1990 Jack Nicklaus makes his debut in the "Seniors" golf tournament

  • 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
  • 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
  • 2003 WrestleMania XIX, Safeco Field, Seattle, WA (54,097): Brock Lesnar wins WWE Heavyweight Championship against Kurt Angle

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)
  • 1908 Leslie O'Brien "Chuck" Fleetwood-Smith, Chinese cricket bowler
  • 1912 Jack Cowie, cricketer (successful NZ fast bowler either side of WWII)
  • 1927 Wally Grout, cricketer (great Aussie wicket-keeper)

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
  • 1951 John Gosden, racehorse trainer
  • 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 racehorse and 1973 triple crown winner (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 footballer

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 cricketer (4 Tests for India), dies at 40
  • 1969 Lucien Bianchi, Belgian auto racer, dies 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