Events in Sport on March 15

  • 1869 With 10 salaried players, Cincinnati Red Stockings become baseball's first professional team
  • 1877 Australian batsman Charles Bannerman completes first Test century in cricket history in 1st Test v England in Melbourne; retires hurt on 165 the following day
  • 1877 Cricket's inaugural Test match commences as Australia plays England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground; Australia wins by 45 runs in 4 days

Sports History

1912 Legendary pitcher Cy Young retires from baseball with 511-315 win-loss record

Sports History

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 As a symbol of wartime baseball, Bert Shepard (one-legged WWII veteran) begins a successful tryout as a pitcher for the Washington Senators

Knighthood

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

Golf Tournament

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

  • 1953 West Germany loses in soccer to Netherlands, 2-1
  • 1958 England retains the Five Nations Rugby Championship with a 3-3 draw against Scotland at Murrayfield, Edinburgh; England’s 16th FN title

Sports History

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

  • 1958 Royals basketball star Maurice Stokes collapses during a playoff game with encephalitis; He goes into a coma & is permanently disabled

Golf Tournament

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

Sports History

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

  • 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
  • 1978 A's trade Vida Blue to Giants for 7 players & $390,000

NHL Record

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

  • 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

Boxing Title Fight

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

  • 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 13th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Syracuse beats Georgetown, 56-54
  • 1992 33rd SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats Alabama, 80-54
  • 1992 39th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #1 Duke beats #20 North Carolina, 94-74
  • 1994 Experts from AL certify the Cleveland Indians Jacobs Field is properly lit
  • 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
  • 1997 Pitts Penguins' Joe Mullen, is 1st American to score 500 NHL goals
  • 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 50th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Mississippi State beats Tennessee, 64-61
  • 2009 56th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #9 Duke beats #22 Florida State, 79-69
  • 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