On This Day in Sport for March 8

Events in Sport

  • 1865 27th Grand National: Captain Henry Coventry aboard Alcibiade FRA wins
  • 1900 NL decides to go with 8 teams They exclude Baltimore, Cleveland, Louisville & Washington (in 1953 Boston Braves move to Milwaukee)
  • 1904 Hugh Trumble takes a hat-trick in his final Test Cricket match
  • 1906 Stanley Cup: Ottawa Silver 7 sweep Smiths Falls (Ont) in 2 games

AgreementContract of Interest

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 24th Women's Australian Championships: Coral McInnes Buttsworth beats Marjorie Cox Crawford (1-6, 6-3, 6-4)
  • 1931 24th Men's Australian Championships: Jack Crawford beats 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)
  • 1951 Intl Table Tennis Federation bans Egypt (for refusing to play Israel)
  • 1953 Patty Berg wins LPGA Jacksonville Golf Open
  • 1958 5th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Maryland beats North Carolina, 86-74

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1959 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Jacksonville Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
  • 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

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1971 Joe Frazier beats Muhammad Ali in 15, retains heavyweight boxing title at Madison Square Garden

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • 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
  • 1976 1,774 kg (largest observed) stony meteorite falls in Jilin, China

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1981 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Arizona Copper Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez
LPGA Golfer
Nancy Lopez
  • 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

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1987 Jane Geddes wins LPGA GNA/Glendale Federal Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Jane Geddes
LPGA Golfer
Jane Geddes
  • 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)
  • 1992 Judy Dickinson wins LPGA Inamori Golf Classic
  • 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

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1854 Tom Felix Horan, cricketer (Ireland Pioneering Aust all-rounder)
  • 1915 Tapio Rautavaara, Finnish athlete, actor, and singer (d. 1979)
  • 1930 Bob Grim, American baseball player (d. 1996)
  • 1931 Neil Adcock, cricketer (South African pace bowler, 104 wkts 1953-62), (d. 2013)
  • 1934 Marv Breeding, American baseball player (d.2006)
  • 1939 Jim Bouton, pitcher (NY Yankees)/author (Ball Four), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 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 (Oly-gold-1964)
  • 1942 Richard "Dick" Allen, American baseball player (AL MVP 1972), born in Wampum, Pennsylvania
  • 1945 Graeme Watson, cricketer (Australian opening batsman 5 Tests 1966-72)
  • 1946 Mohammad Nazir, Pakistani cricket off-spinner (14 Tests 1969-83)
  • 1949 Charles Lismont, Belgian marathon runner (Olympic silver 1972)
  • 1951 Philippe Henri Edmonds, cricketer (in Zambia England slow left-arm)
  • 1953 Jim Rice, Anderson, South Carolina, American MLB left fielder (AL MVP 1978)
  • 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, NHL defenseman (Dallas Stars), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1964 Lance McCullers, American baseball player
  • 1965 Kenny Smith, NBA guard (Houston Rockets)
  • 1966 Elliot Boult, New Zealand golfer, born in Blenheim
  • 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, Oly-98)
  • 1971 Bob Boughner, Windsor, NHL defenseman (Buffalo Sabres)
  • 1971 Marc Tobert, CFL slot back (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • 1971 Kit Symons, Welsh footballer
  • 1972 Craig Johnson, NHL left wing (LA Kings/Oly-1994), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1972 Pat Riley, NFL defensive end (Chicago Bears, Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1972 Takuro Abe, WLAF linebacker (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 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 Petr Devyatkin, hockey forward (Team Kazakhstan Oly-1998)
  • 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

Deaths in Sport


Person of interestPerson of Interest

1937 Howie Morenz, Canadian ice hockey player, dies of a heart attack at 34

NHL Star Howie Morenz
NHL Star
Howie Morenz
  • 1954 Percy Twentyman-Jones, cricketer (pair in only Test for South Africa), dies
  • 1963 John Hartley, cricketer (bowl avg 115 in 2 Tests for Eng 1906), dies
  • 1973 Gordon Leggat, cricketer (9 Tests for NZ, 351 runs at 21 93), dies

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1998 Ray Nitschke, American football player, dies of a heart attack at 61

NFL Middle Linebacker Ray Nitschke
NFL Middle Linebacker
Ray Nitschke

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1999 "Joltin" Joe DiMaggio [Yankee Clipper], MLB center fielder who had a 56 game hitting streak, dies of lung cancer at 84

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio
  • 2007 John Vukovich, American baseball player and coach.. (b. 1947)
  • 2017 Lou Duva, American boxing trainer, dies at 94