On This Day in Sport for March 6

Events in Sport

  • 1858 20th Grand National: William Archer aboard Little Charley wins
  • 1867 29th Grand National: Harry Lamplugh aboard Cortolvin IRE wins
  • 1895 England beats Australia to win one of the best cricket series ever, 3-2
  • 1895 J T Brown hits the fastest 50 in test cricket (28 mins) England v Australia
  • 1906 Cubs sign 3rd baseman Harry Steinfeldt to complete Tinker-Evers-Chance
  • 1919 NHL Championship: Montreal Canadiens beat Ottawa Senators, 3 games to 1 with 1 tie

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1922 Babe Ruth signs 3 year contract with NY Yankees at $52,000 a year

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 1954 1st ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: NC State beats Wake Forest, 82-80 (OT)
  • 1955 Jackie Pung wins LPGA Jacksonville Golf Open

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1964 Boxer Cassius Clay joins the Nation of Islam and its leader Elijah Muhammad renames him Muhammad Ali

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
Religious Leader Elijah Muhammad
Religious Leader
Elijah Muhammad
  • 1965 Bruce Taylor hits 105 for NZ v India in 1st Test Cricket innings
  • 1965 12th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: NC State beats Duke, 91-85
  • 1967 Muhammad Ali is ordered by selective service to be inducted
  • 1971 Test Cricket debut of Sunil Gavaskar, v West Indies at Port-of-Spain

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1972 Jack Nicklaus, passes Arnold Palmer as golf's all-time money winner

  • 1974 Australian brothers an & Greg Chappell both score cricket centuries vs New Zealand
  • 1976 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Gothenburg won by John Curry (Great Britain)
  • 1976 Worlds Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Gothenburg won by American Dorothy Hamill
  • 1976 23rd ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Virginia beats North Carolina, 67-62
  • 1981 Worlds Ladies' Figure Skating Champ in Hartford won by Denise Biellmann
  • 1982 NBA highest scoring game: San Antonio beat Milwaukee 171-166 (3 OT)
  • 1982 23rd SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Alabama beats Kentucky, 48-46
  • 1983 Anne-Marie Palli wins LPGA Samaritan Turquoise Golf Classic
  • 1985 Enos Slaughter & Arky Vaughan are elected to baseball Hall of Fame

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1985 Mike Tyson KOs Hector Mercedes in 1 round in his 1st pro fight

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1988 Betsy King wins LPGA Women's Kemper Golf Open/Helene Curtis Pro-Am

LPGA Golfer Betsy King
LPGA Golfer
Betsy King
  • 1988 Julie Krone becomes winningest female jockey (1205 victories)
  • 1988 Orville Moodey shoots 63 at Seniors golf tournament
  • 1992 Yankee pitcher Pascual Perez suspended for 1 year due to cocaine
  • 1994 Colin Jackson runs world record 60m hurdles indoor (7.30 sec)
  • 1996 Aravinda De Silva smashes 145 v Kenya in cricket World Cup at Kandy Sri Lanka score 5-398 in 50 overs in World Cup v Kenya
  • 1999 20th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Connecticut beats St. John's, 82-63

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2000 Long-time Boston Bruin defenseman Ray Bourque is traded to the Colorado Avalanche

NHL Legend Ray Bourque
NHL Legend
Ray Bourque

Birthdays in Sport


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1884 Molla Mallory, Norwegian tennis player (eight-time U.S. Open champion), born in Mosvik, Norway (d. 1959)

Tennis Player and Eight-Time U.S. Open Champion Molla Mallory
Tennis Player and Eight-Time U.S. Open Champion
Molla Mallory
  • 1885 Ringgold "Ring" Lardner, US sports writer (You Know Me Al)
  • 1898 Hal Hooker, cricketer (NSW pace bowler of 20's & 30's)
  • 1898 Jimmy Conzelman, NFL QB/coach/team owner (Chicago)
  • 1900 Robert "Lefty" Grove, baseball pitcher (300 game winner)
  • 1903 Elizabeth Becker-Pinkston, American platform diver (Olympic gold 1924 and 1928), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1989)
  • 1915 Pete Gray [Wyshner], MLB one-armed outfielder (St Louis Browns), born in Nanticoke, Pennsylvania (d. 2002)
  • 1917 Roy Scott, cricketer (one Test NZ v England 1947, 18, 1-74)
  • 1926 Ann Curtis, 400m/800m US swimmer (Olympics-2 gold-1948), (d. 2012)
  • 1929 David Sheppard, bishop (Liverpool)/cricketer (England batsman)
  • 1931 Ed Whitlock, British-born runner, oldest person to run marathon under 4 hrs (at 85), born in London (d. 2017)
  • 1933 Kim Elgie, South African cricketer (South African bat v NZ 1961-62, Scotland RU intl)
  • 1933 Ted Abernathy, American baseball player (d. 2004)
  • 1935 Ron Delany, Irish 1500m runner (Olympic gold 1956), born in Arklow, Republic of Ireland
  • 1935 Derek Kevan, Ripon, England, footballer (14 caps), (d. 2013)
  • 1939 Cookie Rojas, baseball player
  • 1940 Willie Stargell, outfielder/1st baseman (Pirates, 1971 NL HR leader)
  • 1947 Richard "Dick" Fosbury, high jumper (Olympics-gold-1968), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1949 Martin Buchan, Scottish soccer player
  • 1951 Gerrie Knetemann, Dutch cyclist (d. 2004)
  • 1956 Peter Roebuck, cricketer (Somerset opening batsman & SMH writer)
  • 1958 Mike Gatting, English cricketer
  • 1960 [Eris] Sleepy Floyd, NBA guard
  • 1962 Alison Nicholas, Gibraltar, LPGA golfer (1995 LPGA Corning Classic)
  • 1965 Tammy Liley, volleyball mid blocker/capt (Oly-b-92, 96), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1966 Cliff Meidl, Redondon Beach California, sprint kayak (alt-Olympics-96)
  • 1966 Michelle Edwards, WNBA guard (Cleveland Rockers)
  • 1968 Carla McGhee, Peoria Ill, US basketball forward (Olympics-gold-96)
  • 1968 Jon Baker, WLAF defensive end (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • 1968 Russell Butler, Dandenong Victoria Australia, diver (Oly-28th-88, 96)
  • 1969 Deems May, NFL tight end (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1970 Robbie Tobeck, NFL guard/center (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1970 Scott Stahoviak, Waukegan IL, infielder (Minnesota Twins)
  • 1971 Darrick Martin, NBA guard (LA Clippers, Minnesota Timberwolves)
  • 1971 Roger Salkeld, pitcher (Cincinnati Reds), born in Burbank, California
  • 1972 Jamal Anderson, fullback (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1972 Paul Frlan, CFL linebacker (Saskatchewan Roughriders)

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1972 Shaquille O'Neal, NBA center (Magic, Lakers, Oly-gold-96), born in Newark, New Jersey

Basketball Player Shaquille O'Neal
Basketball Player
Shaquille O'Neal
  • 1973 Brian Olson, middleweight (189 lbs) judoka (Oly-96), born in Tallahassee, Florida
  • 1973 Greg Ostertag, NBA center (Utah Jazz)
  • 1973 Michael Finley, NBA guard/forward (Phoenix Suns/Dallas Mavericks)
  • 1973 Terry Adams, Mobile AL, pitcher (Chicago Cubs)
  • 1977 Giorgos Karagounis, Greek soccer player
  • 1977 Marcus Thames, American baseball player
  • 1978 Sage Rosenfels, American Football Player
  • 1979 Erik Bedard, Canadian baseball player
  • 1979 Ryan Nyquist, American BMX rider, born in Los Gatos, California
  • 1983 Andranik Teymourian, Iranian soccer player
  • 1993 Ning Zetao, Chinese swimmer (2015 World Championships, 2014 Asian Games), born in Zhengzhou, China

Deaths in Sport

  • 1930 William Milton, cricketer (South African Test capt in 3 Tests 1889-92), dies
  • 1976 "Slapsie" Maxie Rosenbloom, Light heavyweight boxing champion (1930-34) and actor, dies at 71
  • 1981 George Geary, cricketer (14 Tests for England, 46 wickets), dies
  • 1984 Ian Cromb, cricketer (5 Tests for NZ, 123 runs, 8 wkts), dies
  • 1998 Frank Barrett, American baseball player (b. 1913)
  • 1999 Dennis Viollet, former soccer player (b. 1933)
  • 2002 Bryan Fogarty, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1969)
  • 2005 Danny Gardella, American baseball player (b. 1920)

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2006 Kirby Puckett, American MLB player (Minnesota Twins), dies of a stroke at 45

MLB Center Fielder Kirby Puckett
MLB Center Fielder
Kirby Puckett
  • 2010 Endurance Idahor, Nigerian footballer (b. 1984)
  • 2014 Ron Murphy, Canadian NHL player, dies at 80