On This Day

On This Day in Sport for March 9

Events in Sport

  • 1864 26th Grand National: George Stevens wins his 3rd GN aboard 10/1 Emblematic; winning mare's full sister Emblem the race winner the previous year
  • 1870 32nd Grand National: George Stevens wins consecutive GN's aboard 7/2 favourite The Colonel; his 5th and final GN victory
  • 1895 Stanley Cup, Victoria Rink, Montreal, Quebec: Montreal Victorias clinches trophy as Montreal HC beats Queens University (Kingston, Ontario), 5-1
  • 1897 MLB Cleveland Spiders sign Louis Sockalexis, full-blooded Penobscot
  • 1897 Cleveland Indians fans start calling the team "Indians" (in 1915 becomes official)
  • 1904 Brandon's Lester Patrick becomes 1st hockey defenseman to score a goal
  • 1908 Italian football club Inter Milan founded as Foot-Ball Club Internazionale
  • 1923 NHL Championship: Montreal Canadiens outscore Ottawa Senators, 3-2, in 2

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1936 Babe Ruth turns down Reds to make a comeback as a player

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth

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1946 Ted Williams is offered $500,000 to play in Mexican Baseball League, he refuses

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • 1952 Heinz Neuhaus wins Europe Heavyweight Boxing title
  • 1957 4th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: North Carolina beats South Carolina, 95-75
  • 1958 Detroit Pistons forward George Yardley III scores 26 points in 111-90 defeat to Syracuse Nationals; 1st NBA player to score 2,000 points in a season

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1961 Wilt Chamberlain of NBA Philadelphia Warriors scores 67 points vs NY Knicks

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • 1968 15th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: North Carolina beats NC State, 87-50
  • 1972 Players on White Sox vote 31-0 in favor of a strike, if necessary

  • 1974 21st ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: NC State beats Maryland, 103-100 (OT)
  • 1978 Ice Dance Championship at Ottawa Canada won by Linichuk & Karponosov
  • 1979 MLB Commissioner Bowie Kuhn orders baseball to give equal access to female reporters
  • 1984 Philadelphia 76'ers block 20 Seattle shots tying NBA regulation game record
  • 1984 Tim Witherspoon beats Greg Page in 12 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1985 Ladies' Figure Skating Championship in Tokyo won by Katarina Witt (East Germany)
  • 1985 26th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Auburn beats Alabama, 53-49
  • 1986 33rd ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Duke beats Georgia Tech, 68-67
  • 1989 Roger Kingdom runs world record 60m hurdles indoor (7.36 sec)
  • 1991 Joe Dumaars (Detroit) begins NBA free throw streak of 62 games
  • 1993 Pittsburgh Penguins begin NHL record 17 game winning streak
  • 1995 Baseball awards a franchise to Tampa Bay Devil Rays
  • 1996 Javed Miandad's last international in Pakistan's Cricket World Cup Quater Final loss to India

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1996 Sri Lanka's Sanath Jayasuriya hammers 82 off 44 balls (13x4 3x6) v England in Cricket World Cup Quarter Final

  • 1997 44th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #5 North Carolina beats NC State, 64-54
  • 1997 38th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats Georgia, 95-68

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2002 Joe Sakic plays his 1,000th career game

NHL Legend Joe Sakic
NHL Legend
Joe Sakic
  • 2013 Bernard Hopkins defeats Tavoris Cloud to win IBF light heavyweight title

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1875 Evelyn Sears, American tennis player (US National 1907), born in Waltham, Massachusetts (d. 1966)
  • 1887 Phil Mead, English cricketer (strong batsman for England pre- & post-WWI), born in Battersea, Surrey (d. 1958)
  • 1912 Arky Vaughn, American Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop (MLB All-Star 1934–42; NL batting champion 1935; NL stolen base leader 1943), born in Clifty, Arkansas (d. 1952)
  • 1922 Herb Douglas, American long jumper (Olympic bronze 1948), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1924 George Haines, American swimming coach (7 x US Olympic teams), born in Huntington, Indiana (d.2006)
  • 1927 Jackie Jensen, American baseball player (AL MVP 1958), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1982)
  • 1937 Grahame Chevalier, South African cricketer (one Test for South Africa 1970, 0 & 0*, 5-100), born in Cape Town, South Africa (d. 2017)
  • 1937 Brian Redman, English racing driver, born in Colne, Lancashire
  • 1941 Jim Colbert, American golfer (8 PGA Tour titles; Senior Players Championship 1993), born in Elizabeth, New Jersey
  • 1942 Bert Campaneris, Cuban-American baseball player (Oakland A's), born in Pueblo Nuevo, Cuba

Person of interestBobby Fischer

1943 Bobby Fischer, American chess player (world champion (1972-75), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2008)

Chess Champion Bobby Fischer
Chess Champion
Bobby Fischer
  • 1944 Geoff Arnold, English cricketer (England medium-pacer in 34 Tests 1967-75), born in Earlsfield, Surrey, England
  • 1944 Lee Irvine, South African cricketer (batsman, only Tests in 1970), born in Durban, Natal
  • 1947 Dougie Morgan, Scottish rugby union halfback (21 caps Scotland, 2 British & Irish Lions; Stewart's Melville FP), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 2020)
  • 1950 Danny Sullivan, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1985, CART C'ship 1988), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1950 Andy North, American golfer, broadcaster (US Open 1978, 85; ESPN), born in Thorp, Wisconsin
  • 1952 Uljana Semjonova, Soviet-Latvian basketball player (Olympic gold 1976), born in Zarasai, Lithuanian SSR, Soviet Union
  • 1952 Ekkehard Fasser, Swiss bobsledder (Olympic gold, four-man 1988; World C'ship gold 1983; World Cup champion 1985-86), born in Glarus, Switzerland (d. 2021)
  • 1955 Teo Fabi, Italian Formula-1 Indy-car racer (rookie of year-1983), born in Milan, Italy
  • 1956 Mark Dantonio, American football coach for Michigan State University, born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1957 Jon Engen, American biathlete (Olympics 1994), born in Oslo, Norway
  • 1961 Mike Leach, American college football coach (Washington State University), born in Susanville, California
  • 1962 Jan Furtok, Polish footballer, born in Katowice, Poland
  • 1963 Kent Ferguson, American diver (Olympics 1992, 96), born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • 1963 Terry Mulholland, American baseball pitcher (Philadelphia Phillies), born in Uniontown, Pennsylvania
  • 1964 Phil Housley, NHL defenseman (NJ Devils, Team USA Olympics 1998), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1965 Benito Santiago, Puerto Rican baseball player (Philadelphia Phillies), born in Ponce, Puerto Rico
  • 1965 Brian Bosworth, NFL linebacker (Seattle), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1966 Louis Oliver, NFL safety (Miami Dolphins), born in Belle Glade, Florida
  • 1967 Curt Schreiner, American biathlete (Olympics 1994), born in Albany, New York
  • 1967 Eric Flaim, American short track skater (Olympics silver 1988, 94), born in Pembroke, Massachusetts
  • 1967 Michael Kiselak, American football player, CFL corner (Toronto Argonauts), born in North Tarrytown, New York
  • 1968 Youri Djorkaeff, French footballer, born in Lyon, France
  • 1969 George Nimako, CFL safety (Toronto Argonauts), born in Napean, Ontario
  • 1969 Mahmoud Abdul Rauf, NBA guard (Sacramento Kings, Denver Nuggets), born in Gulfport, Mississippi
  • 1971 Bev Oden, American volleyball middle blocker (Olympics 1996), born in Millington, Tennessee
  • 1971 Lou Benfatti, American football player, NFL defensive tackle (NY Jets), born in Green Pond, New Jersey
  • 1973 David Prinosil, German tennis star (1995 ATP Newport), born in Olomouc, Czechoslovakia
  • 1974 Mark Harrity, Australian cricketer (promising South Aust left-arm fast bowler), born in Semaphore, South Australia
  • 1975 Adonal Foyle, Vincentian-American NBA center (SF Warriors), born in Canouan, St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  • 1975 Roy Makaay, Dutch soccer player (Vitesse), born in Wijchen, Netherlands
  • 1975 Juan Sebastián Verón, Argentine footballer, born in La Plata, Argentina
  • 1977 Radek Dvorak, Czech NHL left wing (Florida Panthers), born in Tábor, Czech Republic
  • 1978 Lucas Neill, Australian footballer, born in Sydney
  • 1981 Antonio Bryant, American football player, born in Miami, Florida
  • 1981 Anders Nøhr, Danish footballer, born in Ikast, Denmark
  • 1981 Clay Rapada, American baseball player, born in Chesapeake, Virginia
  • 1983 Wayne Simien, American basketball player (Miami Heat), born in Leavenworth, Kansas
  • 1984 Julia Mancuso, American Alpine skier (4 Olympic gold medals), born in Reno, Nevada
  • 1985 Parthiv Patel, Indian Cricket Player, born in Ahmedabad, India

Deaths in Sport

  • 1916 Kenneth Hutchings, English cricketer (exciting England batsman, WWI), dies fighting at the Battle of the Somme at 33
  • 1943 Oskar Hêks, Czech marathon runner/antifascist, dies in Auschwitz
  • 1947 Stanley Jackson, English cricketer (20 Tests for England 1893-1905), dies at 76
  • 1966 Pablo Birger, Argentine racing driver (b. 1924)
  • 1987 Bobby Locke, South African golfer (British Open 1949-50, 52, 57), dies of meningitis at 69
  • 1991 Jim Hardin, former Baltimore Orioles, New York Yankees and Atlanta Braves pitcher (b. 1943)
  • 1994 Eddie Creatchman, Canadian wrestler manager (b. 1928)
  • 1995 Ruud van den Hende, Dutch sports reporter, dies at 63
  • 2005 István Nyers, Hungarian footballer, dies at 80
  • 2005 Glenn Davis, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1946; National C'ship 1944, 45, 46; Army; NFL: LA Rams), dies of prostate cancer at 80
  • 2006 Dennis Brookes, English cricketer (one Test England v WI 1948, scored 10 & 7), dies at 90
  • 2007 Glen Harmon, Canadian ice hockey defenceman (Stanley Cup 1944, 46: NHL All Star 1949, 50; Montreal Canadiens), dies at 86

Person of interestWillie Davis

2010 Willie Davis, American MLB center fielder (LA Dodgers), dies at 69

Baseball Player Willie Davis
Baseball Player
Willie Davis
  • 2011 Inge Sørensen, Danish swimmer (youngest known female Olympic Games medalist in an individual event-Olympic 1936 bronze), dies at 86
  • 2016 Bill Wade, American NFL quarterback (Pro Bowl 1958, 63; LA Rams, Chicago Bears), dies at 85
  • 2019 Harry Howell, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame defenceman (NY Rangers 1952-69), dies of dementia at 86
  • 2021 Agustín Balbuena, Argentine soccer striker (8 caps; Copa Libertadores 1972, 73, 74, 75; Copa Intercontinental 1973; Club Atlético Independiente), dies at 75
  • 2021 Tommy Troelsen, Danish soccer striker (16 caps; Vejle Boldklub) and broadcaster (Danmarks Radio, dk4), dies at 80