On This Day in Sport for March 31

Events in Sport


Event of interestEvent of Interest

1877 Test Cricket debut of Fred "Demon" Spofforth, Aust v Eng MCG

Cricketer Fred Spofforth
Cricketer
Fred Spofforth
  • 1905 67th Grand National: Frank Mason aboard Kirkland wins
  • 1909 Baseball rules players who jump contracts are suspended for 5 years
  • 1923 Stanley Cup: Ottawa Senators (NHL) sweep Edm Eskimos (WCHL) in 2 games
  • 1935 Fusahige Suzuki runs world record marathon (2:27:49)
  • 1955 Collie Smith scores 104 on cricket debut WI v Aust, Kingston
  • 1962 116th Grand National: Fred Winter aboard Kilmore wins

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1968 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Palm Beach County Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
  • 1973 Flyers score 8 goals in 1 period vs Islanders, on 60 shots

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1973 Ken Norton defeats Muhammad Ali in a 12 round split decision

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • 1973 127th Grand National: Brian Fletcher aboard Red Rum wins
  • 1975 37th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats Kentucky 92-55
  • 1976 Cleveland Cavaliers clinch their 1st ever NBA playoff bearth
  • 1979 133rd Grand National: Maurice Barnes aboard Rubstic wins

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1980 Larry Holmes TKOs Leroy Jones in 8 for WBC heavyweight boxing title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1980 Mike Weaver KOs John Tate in 15 for WBA heavyweight boxing title

WBA World Heavyweight Champion Mike Weaver
WBA World Heavyweight Champion
Mike Weaver
  • 1984 138th Grand National: Neale Doughty aboard Hallo Dandy wins
  • 1985 4th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Old Dominion beats Ga 70-65
  • 1986 48th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Louisville beats Duke 72-69
  • 1987 49th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Indiana beats Syracuse 74-73

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1988 NY Islanders celebrate Denis Potvin night

NHL Star Denis Potvin
NHL Star
Denis Potvin
  • 1991 10th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Tennessee beats Virginia 70-67
  • 1991 20th Nabisco Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Amy Alcott

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1991 St Louis Blues Brett Hull scores his 86th goal

NHL Legend Brett Hull
NHL Legend
Brett Hull
  • 1992 Delhi beat Tamil Nadu on 1st innings to win cricket Ranji Trophy
  • 1995 Bombay beat Punjab on 1st innings to win cricket Ranji Trophy
  • 1995 Federal judge orders injunction to end baseball strike
  • 1996 15th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Tennessee beats Georgia 83-65

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1996 25th Nabisco Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Patty Sheehan

LPGA Golfer Patty Sheehan
LPGA Golfer
Patty Sheehan
  • 1997 59th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Arizona beats Kentucky 84-79 (OT)
  • 1998 Tampa Bay Devil Rays 1st game they host Detroit Tigers
  • 2002 21st NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Oklahoma 82-70

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1878 Jack Johnson,1st African American heavyweight boxing champ (1908-1915)
  • 1919 Frank Akins, American football player (d. 1993)
  • 1923 Donald Argee Barksdale, Berkley Cal, basketballer (Olympic gold 1948)
  • 1923 Lawrie Miller, NZ cricketer (opening bat in 13 Tests)

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1928 Gordie Howe, Canadian NHL right wing (Detroit Redwings), born in Floral, Saskatchewan (d. 2016)

Ice Hockey Legend Gordie Howe
Ice Hockey Legend
Gordie Howe
  • 1931 Miller Barber, PGA golfer (1968 Byron Nelson Classic), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1932 Godfrey Lawrence, cricketer (South African fast bowler, 8-53 v NZ 1961)
  • 1940 Jim Criner, WLAF head coach (Scottish Claymores)
  • 1946 Aftab Gul, cricketer (Pakistani opening batsman in six Tests 1969-71)
  • 1946 Gonzalo Márquez, Venezuelan baseball player (d. 1984)
  • 1948 Gustaaf Van Cauter, Belgian cyclist
  • 1955 Robert Vance, New Zealand cricketer
  • 1958 Jay Feenan, Windham NH, rower (Olympics-1996)
  • 1960 Mark Tuinei, NFL tackle (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1961 Ron Brown, 4x100m runner (Olympic gold 1984), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1962 John Taylor, NFL wide receiver (SF 49ers)
  • 1964 Dave Wyman, NFL linebacker (Denver Broncos)
  • 1964 David Diaz-Infante, NFL guard (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1964 Rod Jones, NFL cornerback (Cin Bengals)
  • 1965 Patty Fendick, tennis star (1989 Auckland), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1965 Tom Barrasso, NHL goalie (Pitts Penguins), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1966 Natalie Gosselin, Levis Quebec, 52kg judoka (Olympics-96)
  • 1966 Thomas Fitzgerald, American team handball left wing (Olympics-1996), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1966 Roger Black, English athlete
  • 1967 Glenn Montgomery, NFL defensive tackle (Seattle Seahawks, Oilers)
  • 1967 Nanci Bowen, Tifton GA, LPGA golfer (1995 Nabisco Dinah Shore)
  • 1968 J R Reid, NBA forward (NY Knicks, Charlotte Hornets)
  • 1969 Kevin Sargent, NFL tackle/guard (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • 1969 Steve Smith, NBA guard (Atlanta Hawks)
  • 1970 Derek Brown, NFL tight end (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1970 Oleg Romanov, NHL defenseman (Belarus, Olympics-98)
  • 1970 Stuart Carruthers, Australian field hockey fullback (Olympics-96)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1971 Pavel Bure, NHL left wing (Vancouver Canucks, Florida Panthers), born in Minsk, Soviet Union

Ice Hockey Great Pavel Bure
Ice Hockey Great
Pavel Bure
  • 1972 John Godina, Fort Sill Oklahoma, shot putter/discus thrower (Oly-silver-96)
  • 1972 Kelly O'Leary, Halifax Nova Scotia, kayaker (Olympics-96)
  • 1972 Hristos Polihroniou, Greek hammer thrower
  • 1973 Bold Forbes, Puerto Rican/American thoroughbred racehorse (d. 2000)
  • 1974 Anthony Hicks, NFL linebacker (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • 1974 James Burgess, linebacker (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1974 Jason Odom, tackle (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • 1977 Garth Tander, Australian racing driver
  • 1978 Jérôme Rothen, French footballer
  • 1978 Stephen Clemence, English footballer
  • 1979 Josh Kinney, American baseball player
  • 1980 Jenny Smith, Western Australia, gymnast (Olympics-96)
  • 1980 Chien-Ming Wang, Taiwanese baseball player
  • 1981 Maarten van der Weijden, Dutch swimmer
  • 1982 Jessica Joseph, dance skater (& Butler-1997 Natl), born in Royal Oak, Michigan
  • 1982 Tal Ben Haim, Israeli footballer
  • 1982 Philippe Mexès, French footballer
  • 1983 Paddy McCarthy, Irish footballer
  • 1983 Vlasios Maras, Greek gymnast
  • 1984 James Jones, American football player
  • 1988 Hogan Ephraim, English Footballer

Weddings in Sport

  • 2006 Long jumper gold medalist Bronwyn Thompson (28) weds Jason Chipperfield at Roma Street Parkland in Brisbane, Australia
  • 2006 2006 Commonwealth Games gold medalist Jana Pittman (23) weds track and field athlete Chris Rawlinson (33) at Morning Star Estate on Mornington Peninsula in Australia

Deaths in Sport

  • 1900 Frank Milligan, cricketer (Mafeking 2 Tests Eng v South Africa 1898-99), dies
  • 1915 Wyndham Halswelle, Scottish athlete (b. 1882)
  • 1931 Knute Rockne, football player/coach, dies in a plane crash at 43
  • 1956 Ralph DePalma, Italian-American race car driver (b. 1884)
  • 1968 Grover Lowdermilk, American baseball player (b. 1885)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1980 Jesse Owens, American track and field star who spoiled Hitler's 1936 Olympics with 4 gold medals, dies of lung cancer at 66

Track and Field Athlete Jesse Owens
Track and Field Athlete
Jesse Owens
  • 1998 Tim Flock, American race car driver (b. 1924)
  • 2017 Rubén Amaro, Sr., Mexican baseball player (Philadelphia Phillies), dies at 81