On This Day

Events in Sport on March 18

  • 1875 37th Grand National: Tommy Pickernell wins his 3rd GN aboard 100/6 chance Pathfinder
  • 1876 English FA Cup Final Replay, Kennington Oval, London: Wanderers beat Old Estonians, 3-0 after initial 1-1 draw; Wanderers 3rd title
  • 1892 Lord Stanley presents silver challenge cup for hockey (Stanley Cup)
  • 1900 Ajax soccer club forms in Amsterdam, The Netherlands (33 Eredivisie titles, 18 KNVB Cups, 4 Champions League); named after legendary Greek hero
  • 1910 72nd Grand National: Bob Chadwick wins aboard 100/8 chance Jenkinstown; earliest Grand National to which there are moving images
  • 1918 Soccer team SON OF Meerssen forms
  • 1921 80th Grand National: Fred Rees wins aboard 100/9 bet Shaun Spadah; winner is only horse to complete the course without falling
  • 1930 Boston Bruins win record 20th NHL home game
  • 1932 91st Grand National: Tim Hamey wins aboard 50/1 outsider Forbra
  • 1939 England beats Scotland, 9-6 at Murrayfield, Edinburgh to force a share of the Home Nations Rugby Championship with Wales and Ireland

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1942 2 black players, Jackie Robinson & Nate Moreland, request a tryout with the Chicago White Sox, they are allowed to work out

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson

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1945 Maurice "Rocket" Richard becomes the 1st NHLer to score 50 goals

Ice Hockey Player Maurice Richard
Ice Hockey Player
Maurice Richard
  • 1951 LPGA Titleholders Championship Women's Golf, Augusta CC: Pat O'Sullivan wins her only major title by 2 strokes from fellow amateur Beverly Hanson
  • 1953 15th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Indiana beats Kansas, 69-68; Jayhawks' center B. H. Born is named tournament Most Outstanding Player
  • 1953 Boston Braves move to Milwaukee
  • 1953 NL approves Boston Braves move to Milwaukee (1st shift since 1903)

  • 1958 Dodgers announces their mascot and clown Emmett Kelly will not perform in 1958

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1959 Boston Celtic's Bill Sharman begins record of 56 straight free-throws

NBA Guard Bill Sharman
NBA Guard
Bill Sharman
  • 1970 NFL selects Wilson as official football & scoreboard as official time
  • 1972 Cornell NCAA hockey team shut out for 1st time in 225 games (Boston U)
  • 1978 Wales beats France, 16-7 at the National Stadium, Cardiff to clinch its 20th outright Five Nations Rugby Championship, a record 8th Grand Slam and record 3rd consecutive Triple Crown
  • 1981 Buffalo Sabres sets NHL record of 9 goals in 1 period (vs Toronto)

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1985 Commissioner Peter Ueberroth reinstates Willie Mays & Mickey Mantle

Olympic Executive and Commissioner of Baseball Peter Ueberroth
Olympic Executive and Commissioner of Baseball
Peter Ueberroth
Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • 1986 Exciting draw in final gives NSW the Sheffield Shield over Queensland

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1989 Dino Ciccarelli sets Washington Capital record of 7 pts in a game

NHL Star Dino Ciccarelli
NHL Star
Dino Ciccarelli
  • 1990 32-day lockout by baseball owners ends
  • 1990 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Jodie Mudd wins by 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Mark Calcavecchia; winner's cheque $270,000

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1991 Mike Tyson beats Razor Ruddock in the 7th round

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson

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1991 Philadelphia '76ers retires Wilt Chamberlain's #13 jersey

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • 1991 Reggie Miller (Indiana) ends NBA free throw streak of 52 games

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1995 Michael Jordan announces he is ending his 17 month NBA retirement

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan
  • 1995 In a final round title decider, England beats Scotland, 24-12 at Twickenham to claim the Five Nations Rugby Championship, Grand Slam, Triple Crown and Calcutta Cup
  • 1996 50,000 swimmers raise 15 million for charity during BT's Swimathon '96
  • 2000 England clinch inaugural Six Nations Rugby Championship with 59-12 thrashing of Italy at Stadio Flaminio, Rome; England flyhalf Jonny Wilkinson kicks 7 goals and winger Austin Healey scores 3 tries
  • 2006 France wins Six Nations Rugby Championship on points difference over Ireland, with a 21-16 win over Wales at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff; Ireland receives consolation prize of the Triple Crown Trophy
  • 2007 Former England Test cricket batsman, and Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer is found dead one day after his team's defeat to Ireland puts them out of the World Cup in the West Indies; cause of death remains suspicious
  • 2012 Superleague Greece football match between Olympiacos and Panathinaikos is abandoned after fans set fire to Athens' Olympic Stadium

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2014 Phil Jackson signs a five-year contract to be president of the New York Knicks

NBA Coach Phil Jackson
NBA Coach
Phil Jackson
  • 2019 40-year old Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki overtakes Wilt Chamberlain to go 6th with 31,424 points on the NBA scorers' list; Mavs suffer 129-125 OT loss to New Orleans Pelicans