On This Day

On This Day in Sport for March 4

Events in Sport

  • 1846 8th Grand National: William Taylor aboard outsider Pioneer wins by 3 lengths from Culverthorpe
  • 1857 19th Grand National: Charlie Boyce wins aboard Emigrant at 10/1
  • 1868 30th Grand National: George Ede victorious aboard Irish 9/1 shot The Lamb; horse wins second GN in 1871
  • 1903 Stanley Cup, Montreal Arena, Westmount, Quebec: Montreal HC beats Winnipeg Victorias, 4-1 for a 2-1 challenge series victory
  • 1913 NY Yankees are 1st to train outside US (Bermuda)

AgreementContract of Interest

1927 Babe Ruth becomes the highest-paid player in MLB history when he signs 3-year, $70,000 per season contract with the New York Yankees

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1931 Bradman bowled by Herman Griffith for a duck as W I win the Test

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1933 Noordwijk soccer team forms
  • 1941 Chicago Black Hawks goaltender Sam LoPresti faces NHL record 83 shots in a 3-2 loss to the Bruins in Boston
  • 1961 8th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Wake Forest beats Duke, 96-81
  • 1967 Ice Dance Championship at Vienna won by Towler & Ford (GRB)
  • 1967 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Vienna won by Emmerich Danzer (AUT)
  • 1967 Worlds Ladies' Figure Skating Champion in Vienna won by Peggy Fleming (US)

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1968 Joe Frazier TKOs Buster Mathis in 11 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Joe Frazier
  • 1968 Italian boxer Nino Benvenuti regains world middleweight title with a 15-round points decision over American champion Emile Griffith at Madison Square Garden, NY; last of famous trilogy of fights
  • 1970 Jacksonville is 1st college basketball team to avg 100+ pts per game
  • 1970 NY Rangers set then NHL record of 126 games without being shut-out
  • 1976 MLB's San Francisco Giants are bought for $8 million by Bob Lurie and Bud Herseth
  • 1977 West Indian cricket fast bowler Colin Croft takes 8-29 against Pakistan in 2nd Test win at Port-of-Spain; best Test figures by a pace bowler from the West Indies
  • 1978 25th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Duke beats Wake Forest, 85-77

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1980 40th hat trick in Islander history-Mike Bossy

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy
  • 1984 Pee Wee Reese & Rick Ferrell elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1984 Tennis legend Martina Navratilova retains her WTA Tour Championship in NYC; beats Chris Evert 6–3, 7–5, 6–1 for her 5th overall Championship title

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • 1989 Javier Sotomayor high jumps indoor world record (2.43m)

Sport awardSports Awards

1993 1st ESPY Awards: Michael Jordan, Monica Seles win

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan
Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion Monica Seles
Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion
Monica Seles

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1995 George Foreman loses WBA boxing title, refusing to fight Tony Tucker

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman
  • 1995 Replacement NY Yankees beat NY Mets 2-1

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1874 Helen Hellwig, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1894), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1960)
  • 1883 Sam Langford, Canadian boxer (d. 1956)
  • 1884 Red Murray, American professional baseball player (d. 1958)
  • 1888 Knute Rockne, American College Football Hall of Fame receiver, coach, (Notre Dame, 13 National titles), born in Voss, Norway (d. 1931)
  • 1888 Jeff Pfeffer, American professional baseball pitcher (d. 1972)
  • 1891 Dazzy Vance, hall of fame pitcher (led NL in strike-outs 7-yrs)
  • 1896 Rhys Gemmell, Australian tennis player (Australasian C'ships singles & doubles 1921), born in Melbourne, Victoria (d. 1972)
  • 1897 Francis "Lefty" O'Doul, baseball player/organized Japanese baseball
  • 1900 Roberto Soundy, El Salvador, trap shooter (Olympic-1968)
  • 1914 Gino Colaussi (Luigi Colaussi), Italian footballer (d. 1991)
  • 1917 Clyde McCullough, American baseball player (d. 1982)
  • 1918 Margaret Osborne DuPont, American tennis player (6-time Grand Slam singles winner), born in Joseph, Oregon (d. 2012)
  • 1919 Buck Baker, American racecar driver (d. 2002)
  • 1921 Dinny Pails, Australian tennis player (Australian C'ship 1947), born in Nottingham, England (d. 1986)
  • 1923 Piero J d'Inzeo, French equestrian show jumper (Olymp-gold-1952, 64)
  • 1926 Pascual Pérez (boxing), Argentine flyweight boxer (d. 1977)
  • 1927 Dick Savitt, American tennis player
  • 1928 Alan Sillitoe, English writer (Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner), born in Nottingham (d. 2010)
  • 1931 Bob Johnson, American ice hockey coach (d. 1991)
  • 1936 James "Jim" Clark, Scottish F1 Indianapolis 500 winner and World Champion (1963 & 1965), born in Kilmany, Fife, Scotland (d. 1968)
  • 1937 Graeme Dowling, cricketer (New Zealand, 239 v India 1968)
  • 1938 Don Perkins, American football player

Person of interestJack Fisher

1939 Jack Fisher, MLB Pitcher, born in Frostburg, Maryland

MLB Pitcher Jack Fisher
MLB Pitcher
Jack Fisher
  • 1945 Tommy Svensson, Swedish football manager
  • 1948 Tom Grieve, American baseball player
  • 1948 Leron Lee, American baseball player
  • 1950 Judy Dickinson, American golfer (US Open runner-up 1985), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1950 Rafael Canizares Poey, Alacs Mtnzs Cuba, basketballer (Olympic bronze 1972)
  • 1951 Kenny Dalglish, Scottish football player (100+ goals) and manager
  • 1953 Paweł Janas, Polish football manager and former footballer
  • 1954 Peter Jacobsen, American golfer (US Senior Open 2004, Senior Players C'ship 2005; 7 PGA Tour titles), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1954 Willie Thorne, English snooker player (1985 Classic), born in Leicester, England
  • 1957 Rick Mast, American NASCAR driver
  • 1960 Reggie McElroy, NFL tackle (Denver Broncos)
  • 1960 John Mugabi, Ugandan boxer
  • 1960 Christina Sussiek, former German athlete
  • 1961 David "Tinker" Juarez, American BMX and cross-country mountain bike racer, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1961 Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini, American boxer (WBA lightweight champion), born in Youngstown, Ohio
  • 1961 Sabine Everts, former German track athlete
  • 1962 Brant Ian Woodward, New Zealand trap shooter (Olympics 1996), born in Hurstville, New Zealand
  • 1962 Greg Kragen, NFL nose tackle (GB Packers, Carolina Panthers)
  • 1963 Anne Minter, Australia, tennis star
  • 1964 Emilia Eberle, Romania, gymnast (Olympic silver 1980)
  • 1964 Linda French, badminton player (Olympics 1996), born in Oak Park, Illinois
  • 1964 Tom Lampkin, catcher (SF Giants), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1965 Alexandra Harbold, American sprint kayaker (Olympics 1996), born in NYC, New York
  • 1966 Kevin Johnson, NBA guard (Phoenix Suns)
  • 1967 Daryll Cullinan, South African cricketer (batsman Warne's bunny)
  • 1967 Juli Furtado, American mountain cyclist (world champ-1991, 92), born in NYC, New York
  • 1967 Kubilay Türkyılmaz, former Turkish-Swiss footballer
  • 1968 Brian Hunter, infielder (Seat Mariners, Houston Astros), born in Torrance, California
  • 1968 Dinky van Rensburg, South Africa, tennis star
  • 1968 Dionna Harris, softball outfielder (Olympic gold 1996), born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • 1968 Giovanni Carrara, Venezuelan baseball player
  • 1969 Jeff Tinsley, Shelbyville KY, outfielder (Boston Red Sox)
  • 1969 Karrie Poppinga, Manhattan Beach Ca, volleyballer (Pismo Beach-4-95)
  • 1969 Kenneth Benson, CFL linebacker (Toronto Argonauts)
  • 1969 Pierluigi Casiraghi, Italian football manager
  • 1970 Dave Stevens, Fullerton CA, pitcher (Minnesota Twins)
  • 1970 Marja Helena Paluila, ice hockey defenseman (Finland, Olympics 1998)
  • 1971 Edwin van Holten, soccer player (FC Volendam)
  • 1971 Jovan Stanković, Serbian footballer
  • 1972 Chris Borg, American canoeist (alt-Olympics 1996), born in Lexington, South Carolina
  • 1972 Martin St Pierre, Ripon Quebec, 20k walker (Olympics 1996)
  • 1972 Robert Smith, NFL running back (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1972 Pae Gil-Su, North Korean gymnast
  • 1972 Jos Verstappen, Dutch Formula One driver
  • 1973 Phillip Daniels, NFL defensive end (Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1974 Jarrett Deuling, Vernon, NHL left wing (NY Islanders)
  • 1974 Karol Kucera, Bratislava Slovakia, tennis star (1995-Rosmalen)
  • 1974 Sherry Wigginton, diver (Olympics 1996), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1974 Ariel Ortega, Argentine footballer
  • 1974 Tommy Phelps, American baseball player
  • 1975 Kirsten Bolm, German hurdler
  • 1975 Patrick Femerling, German-born professional basketball player
  • 1975 Myrna Veenstra, Dutch field hockey player
  • 1975 Antti Aalto, Finnish ice hockey player
  • 1976 Hiram Bocachica, Puerto Rican baseball player
  • 1976 Thierry Renaer, Belgian field hockey player
  • 1976 Vic Wunderle, American archer
  • 1977 Ana Gabriela Guevara, Mexican athlete
  • 1977 Daniel Klewer, German footballer
  • 1978 Denis Dallan, Italian rugby union footballer
  • 1978 Nate Ackerman, British-American logician and wrestler
  • 1978 Pierre Dagenais, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1979 Geoff Huegill, Australian swimmer
  • 1980 Omar Bravo, Mexican footballer
  • 1980 Jack Hannahan, American baseball player
  • 1980 Arash Markazi, American sportswriter
  • 1982 Mariano Altuna, Argentine racing driver
  • 1982 Landon Donovan, American soccer player
  • 1983 Ryan Lonie, Australian football player.
  • 1984 Zak Whitbread, American-born English footballer
  • 1985 Chinedum Ndukwe, American football player
  • 1986 Tom De Mul, Belgian footballer
  • 1986 Bohdan Shust, Ukrainian footballer
  • 1990 Draymond Green, American NBA forward (Golden State Warriors), born in Saginaw, Michigan

Deaths in Sport

  • 1925 John Montgomery Ward, American baseball player (b. 1860)
  • 1938 Jack Taylor, American baseball player (b. 1874)
  • 1959 Maxey Long, American athlete (b. 1878)
  • 1962 George Mogridge, Major League Baseball pitcher (b. 1889)
  • 1974 Bill Aston, British racing driver (Aston Butterworth), dies at 73
  • 1990 Hank Gathers, American basketball player (b. 1967)
  • 2002 Velibor Vasović, Yugoslavian footballer (b. 1939)
  • 2006 Roman Ogaza, Polish footballer (b. 1952)
  • 2007 Ian Wooldridge, British sports journalist (b. 1932)
  • 2009 George McAfee, American football player, NFL halfback (Chicago Bears), dies at 90
  • 2009 Harry Parkes, English footballer (b. 1920)
  • 2010 Tony Richards, British footballer (b. 1934)
  • 2011 Ed Manning, American basketball player and coach (b. 1943)
  • 2012 Don Mincher, American Major League Baseball 1st baseman, dies at 73
  • 2012 Runako Morton, West Indian cricketer, dies in a traffic collision at 33
  • 2018 Davide Astori, Italian footballer (Milan), dies from cardiac arrest at 31

Person of interestTed Lindsay

2019 Ted Lindsay, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame left wing (Art Ross Trophy 1950, NHL Players Association pioneer), dies at 93

NHL Star Ted Lindsay
NHL Star
Ted Lindsay