On This Day

Events in Sport on March 13

  • 1861 23rd Grand National: Joseph Kendall wins aboard Jealousy at 5/1
  • 1875 English FA Cup Final, Kennington Oval, London: Royal Engineers and Old Etonians draw 1-1; replay won by Engineers, 2-0
  • 1878 Oxford University defeats Cambridge University in their 1st golf match
  • 1894 J L Johnstone of England invents horse racing starting gate
  • 1911 Stanley Cup, Dey's Arena, Ottawa, ON: Ottawa Senators beat Galt (ON), 7-4
  • 1912 Stanley Cup, Quebec Skating Rink, Quebec City, Quebec: Quebec Bulldogs rout Moncton Victorias (NB), 8-0 for a 2-0 sweep of the challenge series
  • 1915 Dodgers manager Wilbert Robinson tries to catch a baseball dropped from an airplane, but the pilot substitutes a grapefruit
  • 1918 1st NHL championship: Toronto Arenas beat Montreal Canadiens, outscoring them 10-7 in a 2 game set
  • 1922 NHL Championship: Ottawa Senators outscore Toronto St Pats, 5 to 4, in 2 games
  • 1925 NHL Championship: Montreal Canadiens sweep Toronto Arenas in 2 games

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1929 20 year old Australian cricket super-batsman Don Bradman scores 123 in 5th Test vs England at MCG; his second Test century

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1936 Irish-bred Golden Miller with Evan Williams aboard wins record 5th consecutive Cheltenham Gold Cup steeplechase at 21/20 favourite; only horse to complete Gold Cup-Grand National double
  • 1943 Baseball approves official ball (with cork & balata)
  • 1948 Ireland beats Wales, 6-3 at Ravenhill Stadium, Belfast to clinch the Five Nations Rugby Championship and first Grand Slam

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1954 Braves' Bobby Thomson breaks his ankle, he is replaced by Hank Aaron

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
  • 1955 LPGA Titleholders Championship Women's Golf, Augusta CC: Patty Berg wins her 6th Titleholders title by 2 strokes from Mary Lena Faulk

  • 1956 NZ bowl out WI for 77 at Eden Park to score their 1st Test Cricket win
  • 1960 LPGA Titleholders Championship Women's Golf, Augusta CC: Fay Crocker of Uruguay wins by 7 strokes ahead of Kathy Cornelius
  • 1960 NFL's Chicago Cardinals moves to St Louis
  • 1960 White Sox unveil new road uniforms with players' names above number

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1961 Floyd Patterson KOs Ingemar Johansson in 6 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxing Champion Floyd Patterson
Boxing Champion
Floyd Patterson
  • 1971 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Margaret Court wins her 10th Australian singles title; beats fellow Australian Evonne Goolagong 2-6, 7-6, 7-5
  • 1971 18th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: South Carolina beats North Carolina, 52-51
  • 1977 Dennis Lillee takes 6-26, England all out 95 in Centenary Test

Sports record brokenNHL Record

1979 Isle's Mike Bossy's 5th career hat trick

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy

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1982 Ice Dance Championship at Copenhagen won by Jayne Torvill & Christopher Dean (GBR)

Ice Dancer Christopher Dean
Ice Dancer
Christopher Dean
Ice Dancer Jayne Torvill
Ice Dancer
Jayne Torvill

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1982 Men's Figure Skating Champions in Copenhagen won by Scott Hamilton (USA)

Figure Skater Scott Hamilton
Figure Skater
Scott Hamilton
  • 1982 Worlds Ladies' Figure Skating Champs in Copenhagen won by Elaine Zayak (USA) who lands 6 triple jumps
  • 1983 30th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: NC State beats Virginia, 81-78
  • 1983 24th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Georgia beats Alabama, 86-71
  • 1984 Last day of 1st-class cricket for G Chappell, R Marsh, B Laird
  • 1984 WA beat Queensland by four wickets to win the Sheffield Shield
  • 1987 Ice Dance Championship at Cincinnati won by Bestemianova & Bukin (URS)
  • 1988 35th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Duke beats North Carolina, 65-61
  • 1988 29th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats Georgia, 62-57

  • 1988 9th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Syracuse beats Villanova, 85-68

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1992 Martina Navratilova & Judy Nelson settle their galamony suit

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
  • 1994 41st ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #4 North Carolina beats Virginia, 73-66
  • 1994 35th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats Florida, 73-60
  • 1994 15th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Providence beats Georgetown, 74-64
  • 2004 25th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Connecticut beats Pittsburgh, 61-58

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2004 Luciano Pavarotti performs in his last opera at New York Metropolitan Opera's "Tosca"

Operatic Tenor Luciano Pavarotti
Operatic Tenor
Luciano Pavarotti
  • 2005 52nd ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #3 Duke beats Georgia Tech, 69-64
  • 2005 46th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Florida beats Kentucky, 70-53
  • 2009 30th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: #5 Louisville beats #10 Villanova, 69-55
  • 2010 31st Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: #7 West Virginia beats #22 Georgetown, 60-58
  • 2011 58th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #5 Duke beats #6 North Carolina, 75-58
  • 2011 52nd SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats Florida, 70-54
  • 2019 Australian cricketers beat India by 35 runs in Delhi to win ODI series, 3-2; first Australian team to recover from 0-2 in a 5-match series; Usman Khawaja 100, Adam Zampa 3/46
  • 2020 12 hours after PGA Tour cancelled its flagship event, The Players Championship, Augusta National announces postponement of the Masters Tournament to a date to be fixed because of COVID-19 pandemic
  • 2020 Elite football in Britain, including England's Premier League, EFL, Women's Super League plus in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, is suspended until at least 3 April because of COVID-19 pandemic