On This Day

Events in Sport on March 15

  • 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings become the 1st professional baseball team
  • 1877 Commencement of 1st Test Cricket, Australia v England at the MCG, Melbourne, Australia
  • 1901 Horse racing is banned in San Francisco, last race March 16th

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1912 Pitcher Cy Young retires from baseball with 511 wins

MLB Pitcher Cy Young
MLB Pitcher
Cy Young
  • 1935 Brilliant batsman George Headley steers West Indies to an innings victory over England in 4th cricket Test at Kingston, Jamaica with a patient, unbeaten 270
  • 1945 Bert Shepard (1 legged WW II vet) tries out as a pitcher for Senators
  • 1945 Dodgers open spring training at Bear Mountain NY

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1948 Bradman scores 115 for the Australian cricket team v Western Australia

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1949 Cricket's master batsman Don Bradman receives his knighthood from the Governor-General of Australia, the Rt Hon. WJ McKell at the investiture in Queen’s Hall, Parliament House, Melbourne

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1953 LPGA Titleholders Championship Women's Golf, Augusta CC: Patty Berg wins her 5th Titleholders title by 9 strokes from Betsy Rawls

LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls
  • 1953 West Germany loses in soccer to Netherlands, 2-1

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1958 Oscar Robertson of Cincinnati Royals scores a NBA midwest region-record 56-point game

NBA Player Oscar Robertson
NBA Player
Oscar Robertson
  • 1958 Royals basketball star Maurice Stokes collapses during a playoff game with encephalitis; He goes into a coma & is permanently disabled
  • 1958 England retains the Five Nations Rugby Championship with a 3-3 draw against Scotland at Murrayfield, Edinburgh; England’s 16th FN title

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1959 LPGA Titleholders Championship Women's Golf, Augusta CC: Louise Suggs wins her 4th Titleholders title by 1 stroke from Betsy Rawls

Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA
Louise Suggs
LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls

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1962 Wilt Chamberlain is 1st to score 4,000 pts in an NBA season

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain

  • 1968 Bob Beamon sets indoor long jump record (27'2-3/4")
  • 1975 Wales trounce Ireland, 32-4 at the National Stadium, Cardiff to clinch their 18th Five Nations Rugby Championship

Sports record brokenNHL Record

1979 Isle's Bryan Trottier's 5th career hat trick

NHL Star Bryan Trottier
NHL Star
Bryan Trottier
  • 1980 England beats Scotland, 30-18 at Murrayfield, Edinburgh to claim it's 18th outright Five Nations Rugby Championship, 8th Grand Slam and 15th Triple Crown
  • 1983 Karnataka beat Bombay on 1st innings to win cricket Ranji Trophy

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1985 Larry Holmes TKOs David Bey in 10 for heavyweight boxing title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes
  • 1986 Scotland (10-9 v Ireland) and France (29-10 v England) win their final round matches to share the Five Nations Rugby Championship with 3-1 records
  • 1987 Last day in Test cricket for Larry Gomes & Joel Garner
  • 1987 NZ beat WI by 5 wickets in Jeremy Coney's last Test Cricket
  • 1987 US Davis Cup team loses to Paraguay
  • 1988 NFL's St Louis Cardinals officially move to Phoenix
  • 1989 NY Rangers retire goalie Eddie Giacomin's #1 uniform
  • 1991 Sergei Bubka pole vaults world record 6.14m (20 feet 1 3/4)
  • 1992 39th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #1 Duke beats #20 North Carolina, 94-74
  • 1992 33rd SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats Alabama, 80-54
  • 1992 13th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Syracuse beats Georgetown, 56-54
  • 1997 Pitts Penguins' Joe Mullen, is 1st American to score 500 NHL goals
  • 1997 France beats Scotland, 47-20 at Parc des Princes, Paris to claim an 11th outright Five Nations Rugby Championship and 5th Triple Crown; fly-half Christophe Lamaison lands 6 penalties and 3 conversions
  • 2003 24th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Pittsburgh beats Connecticut, 74-56
  • 2008 29th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Pittsburgh beats Georgetown, 74-65
  • 2008 Wales beats France, 29-12 at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff to complete a Grand Slam and win the Six Nations Rugby Championship with a 19th Triple Crown
  • 2009 56th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #9 Duke beats #22 Florida State, 79-69
  • 2009 50th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Mississippi State beats Tennessee, 64-61
  • 2013 Patrick Chan of Canada wins the men’s 2013 World Figure Skating Championships
  • 2014 35th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Providence beats Creighton, 65-58
  • 2014 Ireland edges France, 22-20 at Stade de France, Saint-Denis to beat England on points difference and win Six Nations Rugby Championship; final international match for Ireland centre Brian O'Driscoll with record 141 caps
  • 2015 56th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats Arkansas, 78-63