On This Day

On This Day in Sport for March 8

Events in Sport

  • 1865 27th Grand National: Captain Henry Coventry wins aboard French outsider Alcibiade at 100/7
  • 1900 NL decides to go with 8 teams They exclude Baltimore, Cleveland, Louisville & Washington (in 1953 Boston Braves move to Milwaukee)
  • 1904 Australian cricket spin bowler Hugh Trumble dismisses England batsmen Bernard Bosanquet, Plum Warner and Dick Lilley for his second Test hat-trick in 5th Test victory in Melbourne; Trumble's final Test
  • 1906 Stanley Cup, Dey's Arena, Ottawa, ON: Ottawa HC beats Smiths Falls (ON), 8-2 for a 2-0 sweep of challenge series

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1930 Babe Ruth signs 2-year contract for $160,000 with NY Yankee GM Ed Barrow, wrongly predicts "No one will ever be paid more than Ruth"

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 1931 Australian Championships Women's Tennis: In an all-Australian final Coral McInnes Buttsworth beats Marjorie Cox Crawford 1-6, 6-3, 6-4
  • 1931 Australian Championships Men's Tennis: Jack Crawford wins 1st of 4 Australian titles; beats fellow Australian Harry Hopman 6-4, 6-2, 2-6, 6-1
  • 1936 The first stock car race is held in Daytona Beach, Florida.
  • 1941 1st baseball player drafted into WW II (Hugh Mulcahy, Phillies)
  • 1958 5th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Maryland beats North Carolina, 86-74
  • 1967 New Orleans Saints begin selling season tickets (20,000 sold 1st day)
  • 1968 6 year old Tommy Moore scores hole-in-one in golf (Hagerstown, Maryland)
  • 1969 16th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: North Carolina beats Duke, 85-74

Sinatra Snaps the Fight of the CenturySinatra Snaps the Fight of the Century

1971 Joe Frazier ends Muhammad Ali's 31-fight winning streak at Madison Square Garden, NYC; retains heavyweight boxing title by unanimous points decision over 15 rounds in the "Fight of the Century"
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Sinatra is the focus of attention as he prepares to take his ringside shots and, right, the controversial Life magazine cover picture that the singer took
Sinatra is the focus of attention as he prepares to take his ringside shots and, right, the controversial Life magazine cover picture that the singer took
  • 1971 Milwaukee Bucks win their 20th straight NBA game (team record)
  • 1975 22nd ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: North Carolina beats NC State, 70-66

  • 1985 Ice Dance Championship at Tokyo won by Bestemianova & Bukin (URS)
  • 1985 6th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Georgetown beats St. John's, 92-80

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1986 Martina Navratilova is 1st tennis player to earn $10 million

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
  • 1986 27th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats Alabama, 83-72
  • 1986 7th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: St. John's beats Syracuse, 70-69
  • 1987 34th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: NC State beats North Carolina, 68-67
  • 1987 28th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Alabama beats LSU, 69-62
  • 1987 8th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Georgetown beats Syracuse, 69-59
  • 1989 Roger Kingdom runs indoor world record 60m hurdles (7.37 secs)
  • 1998 45th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #4 North Carolina beats #1 Duke, 83-68
  • 1998 39th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats South Carolina, 86-56
  • 2019 US national women's soccer team sue for equal pay by filing a federal gender discrimination lawsuit against United States Soccer Federation
  • 2020 ICC T20 World Cup Women's Cricket, Melbourne: Defending champions Australia beats India by 85 runs; Beth Mooney [77no] Player of the Series; Alyssa Healy 75 off 39 balls MVP; crowd 86,174
  • 2020 BNP Paribas Open international tennis tournament in Indian Wells, California, dubbed 'the 5th Grand Slam' is cancelled due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus and the safety of participants and attendees

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1854 Tom Horan, Australian cricketer (Ireland Pioneering Aust all-rounder), born in Midleton, Ireland (d. 1916)
  • 1915 Tapio Rautavaara, Finnish athlete, actor, and singer (Me tulemme taas, Rion yö), born in Pirkkala, Finland (d. 1979)
  • 1930 Bob Grim, American baseball player (d. 1996)
  • 1931 Neil Adcock, South African cricket fast bowler (26 Tests, 104 wickets @ 21.10), born in Cape Town, Western Cape (d. 2013)
  • 1934 Marv Breeding, American baseball player (d.2006)
  • 1938 Pete Dawkins, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1958, Army), born in Royal Oak, Michigan
  • 1939 Jim Bouton, American baseball pitcher, author, broadcaster (NY Yankees, MLB All Star 1968, "Ball Four"), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2019)
  • 1939 Lydia Skoblikova, USSR, speed skater (Olympics-6 gold-1960, 64)
  • 1940 Theo Laseroms, [The Tank], Dutch soccer player (Feyenoord)
  • 1942 Ann Packer, Moulsford, Oxfordshire, British 400m/800m runner (Olympic gold 1964)
  • 1942 Richard "Dick" Allen, American baseball player (AL MVP 1972), born in Wampum, Pennsylvania
  • 1945 Graeme Watson, Australian cricket all-rounder (5 Tests, 6 wickets; 2 ODIs), born in Kew, Victoria, Australia (d. 2020)
  • 1946 Mohammad Nazir, Pakistani cricket spin bowler (14 Tests, best 7/99 1969), born in Rawalpindi, Pakistan
  • 1949 Charles Lismont, Belgian marathon runner (Olympic silver 1972)
  • 1951 Philippe Henri Edmonds, cricketer (in Zambia England slow left-arm)
  • 1953 Jim Rice, American Baseball Hall of Fame left fielder (AL MVP 1978; 8-time MLB All Star; Boston Red Sox) born in Anderson, South Carolina
  • 1953 Don Werner, American baseball player
  • 1954 David Wilkie, 200m backstroke swimmer (Olympic gold 1976), is born in Colombo, Sri Lanka to Scottish parents
  • 1954 Karl Schnabl, 90m ski jumper (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1955 Don Ashby, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1981)
  • 1956 Laurie Cunningham, English former footballer (d. 1989)
  • 1957 Ruth Wysocki, American 800m/1500m runner, born in Alhambra, California
  • 1957 Bob Stoddard, American baseball player
  • 1958 Andreas Maurer, West Germany, tennis star
  • 1958 Nick Capra, American baseball player
  • 1960 Buck Williams, NBA forward (Portland Trail Blazers, NY Knicks)
  • 1960 Max Metzker, Australian swimmer
  • 1961 Larry Murphy, Scarborough, NHL defenseman (Toronto Maple Leafs)
  • 1962 Shaun Gayle, NFL strong safety (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1962 William Fuller, NFL defensive end (Philadelphia Eagles, San Diego Chargers)
  • 1963 Gursharan Singh, cricketer (Indian batsman played one Test 1989-90)
  • 1963 Mike Lalor, American NHL defenseman (Dallas Stars), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1964 Lance McCullers, American baseball player
  • 1965 Kenny Smith, NBA guard (Houston Rockets)
  • 1966 Laura McCabe, cross country skier (Olympics 1994)
  • 1967 Brent Fedyk, Yorkton, NHL left wing (Dallas Stars)
  • 1967 Dale Joseph, CFL defensive back (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • 1967 Joel Johnston, American baseball player
  • 1968 Clare Wood, Zululand South Africa, tennis star (1986 Futures-Lisbon)
  • 1968 Rob Zettler, Sept-iles, NHL defenseman (Toronto Maple Leafs)
  • 1968 Michael Bartels, German race car driver
  • 1968 Jim Dougherty, American baseball player
  • 1970 Harry Decheiver, soccer player (RKC)
  • 1970 Jason Elam, NFL kicker (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1970 Rhett Harty, Pasedena CA, US soccer player (Olympic-92)
  • 1970 Vadim Bekboulatov, NHL forward (Belarus, Olympics 1998)
  • 1971 Bob Boughner, Windsor, NHL defenseman (Buffalo Sabres)
  • 1971 Marc Tobert, CFL slot back (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • 1971 Kit Symons, Welsh footballer
  • 1972 Pat Riley, NFL defensive end (Chicago Bears, Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1972 Georgios Georgiadis, Greek footballer
  • 1973 Kendell Watkins, NFL tight end (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1973 Kurt Mollekens, Belgian racing car driver
  • 1973 Justin Thompson, American baseball player
  • 1974 Steve Sarkisian, CFL quarterback (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • 1974 Toran James, linebacker (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1974 Mike Moriarty, American baseball player
  • 1975 Brett Conway, NFL kicker (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • 1975 Kenny Wheaton, cornerback (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1976 Juan Encarnacion, American baseball player
  • 1976 Hines Ward, American football player
  • 1977 Johann Vogel, Swiss footballer
  • 1981 Michael Beauchamp, Australian footballer
  • 1982 Nicolas Armindo, race car driver
  • 1982 Leonidas Kabantais, Greek footballer
  • 1982 Nicoleta Onel, Romanian gymnast
  • 1982 Craig Stansberry, American baseball player
  • 1983 Mark Worrell, American baseball player.
  • 1988 Armanti Edwards, American college football player
  • 1990 Petra Kvitová, Czech tennis player (Wimbledon 2011, 14), born in Bilovec, Czech Republic

Deaths in Sport


Person of interestHowie Morenz

1937 Howie Morenz, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center (Montreal Canadiens, 3-time Stanley Cup winner), dies of a heart attack at 34

NHL Star Howie Morenz
NHL Star
Howie Morenz
  • 1942 José Raúl Capablanca, Cuban world chess champion (1921-27), dies at 53
  • 1963 John Hartley, cricketer (bowl avg 115 in 2 Tests for Eng 1906), dies
  • 1973 [John] Gordon Leggat, New Zealand cricketer (open batsman in 9 Tests 1953-56), dies at 46
  • 1988 Lala Abdul Rashid, Pakistani field hockey goalkeeper (Olympic gold 1960), dies at 65
  • 1993 Don Barksdale, American basketball forward (Olympic gold 1948, NBA All Star 1953), dies of throat cancer at 69

Person of interestJoe DiMaggio

1999 Joe DiMaggio, American Baseball Hall of Fame center fielder (13 × MLB All-Star; 9 x World Series; 3 x AL MVP; MLB record 56-game hitting streak; NY Yankees), dies of lung cancer at 84

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio
  • 2004 Frank Mooney, New Zealand cricket wicketkeeper (13 Tests, 30 dismissals; Wellington), dies at 82
  • 2007 John Vukovich, American baseball player and coach.. (b. 1947)