On This Day

Events in Sport on March 19

  • 1880 42nd Grand National: Tommy Beasley aboard Irish 8/1 chance Empress wins by 2 lengths from defending champion The Liberator
  • 1892 3 brothers Hearne play in same Test Cricket England v South Africa (Cape Town)
  • 1910 Australasian Championships Men's Tennis, Adelaide: Rodney Heath wins his 2nd and last Australasian title; beats fellow Australian Horace Rice 6-4, 6-3, 6-2
  • 1914 Stanley Cup, Arena Gardens, Toronto ON: Toronto HC (NHA) defeat Victoria Aristocrats (PCHA), 2-1 for a 3-0 series sweep; final series of the "challenge" era
  • 1915 VI Summer (Modern) Olympic Games: IOC President Pierre de Coubertin writes to Associated Press indicating 1916 Berlin Games won't take place because of WWI
  • 1932 England beats Scotland, 16-3 at Twickenham, London to force a 3-way share with Wales and Ireland of renewed Home Nations Rugby Championship; France expelled, alleged professionalism
  • 1937 96th Grand National: With King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in attendance, aptly-named Royal Mail ridden by jockey Evan Williams wins at odds of 100/6; estimated crowd, 300,000
  • 1938 Toronto Maple Leafs score 8 goals in 5 minutes
  • 1938 Scotland beats England, 21-16 at Twickenham, London to win the Home Nations Rugby Championship, Triple Crown and Calcutta Cup
  • 1942 Thoroughbred Racing Association of US formed in Chicago

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1943 In their third match, Jake LaMotta finally defeats Jimmy Reeves by knocking him out in the sixth round

World Middleweight Boxing Champion Jake LaMotta
World Middleweight Boxing Champion
Jake LaMotta

Sport awardUS Women's Golf Open

1950 US Open Women's Golf, Rolling Hills CC: Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins by 9 strokes from amateur Betsy Rawls

LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls
  • 1950 LPGA Titleholders Championship Women's Golf, Augusta CC: Babe Didrikson Zaharias wins her 2nd of 3 Titleholders titles by 8 strokes from amateur Claire Doran

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1955 17th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: San Francisco beats La Salle, 77-63; Dons' future Hall of Fame center Bill Russell is named tournament Most Outstanding Player

Basketball Player Bill Russell
Basketball Player
Bill Russell
  • 1956 Biggest NBA margin of victory - Minn Lakers-133, St Louis Hawks-75

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1960 22nd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Ohio State beats California, 75-55; Buckeyes' future Hall of Fame forward Jerry Lucas is named tournament MOP

NBA Forward Jerry Lucas
NBA Forward
Jerry Lucas

  • 1966 28th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Texas Western beats Kentucky, 72-65; Miners first title in first title game
  • 1971 Philadelphia 76ers outscore Cincinnati Royals 90-8 in 1 half
  • 1972 1st AIAW Women's Basketball Tournament, Immaculata beats West Chester State 52-48 in Normal
  • 1972 LA Lakers beat Golden State Warriors, 162-99, by then record 63 pts
  • 1975 Pennsylvania is 1st state to allow girls to compete with boys in HS sports
  • 1977 France beats Ireland, 15-6 at Lansdowne Road, Dublin to clinch its 6th outright Five Nations Rugby Championship and 2nd Grand Slam

Sport awardPGA Players Championship

1978 PGA Tournament Players Championship, Sawgrass CC: Jack Nicklaus wins his 3rd TPC title, 1 stroke ahead of Lou Graham; 4th straight start for Nicklaus that ends with a top-2 finish

  • 1981 Buffalo Sabres beat Toronto Maple Leafs 14-4
  • 1983 France (16-9 v Wales) and Ireland (25-15 v England) win final round matches to finish level and share the Five Nations Rugby Championship; no tie-break procedure exists before 1993
  • 1984 MLB Pitcher Denny McLain indicted on charges of racketeering
  • 1985 NSW wins cricket Sheffield Shield by beating Queensland by 1 wicket
  • 1988 France edges Wales, 10-9 at the National Stadium, Cardiff to share the Five Nations Rugby Championship with the Welsh with 3-1 records
  • 1989 Ice Dance Championship at Paris won by M Klimova & S Ponomarenko (USSR)
  • 1989 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Tom Kite wins the title in gusty conditions, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Chip Beck
  • 1989 Wales beats England, 12-9 at Cardiff Arms Park to allow France to claim it's 9th outright Five Nations Rugby Championship
  • 1990 1st world ice hockey tournament for women held (Ottawa)
  • 1991 KC Royals announce they are putting Bo Jackson on waivers
  • 1991 Sacramento Kings set NBA record of 29 consecutive road loses

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1991 St Louis Blues Brett Hull is 3rd NHLer to score 80 goals in a season

NHL Legend Brett Hull
NHL Legend
Brett Hull

Sport awardSuper Bowl

1991 NFL owners strip Phoenix of 1993 Super Bowl game due to Arizona Not recognizing Martin Luther King Day

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.
  • 1993 Ice Dance Championship in Prague won by M Usova & A Zhulin (RUS)
  • 1994 NJ Devils club record 41st win of the season
  • 1994 England beats Wales, 15-8 at Twickenham, London but the Welsh take the Five Nations Rugby Championship as title decided by using points difference for the first time

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1995 Michael Jordan rejoins Chicago Bulls after 17 months, beats Pacers

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan
  • 1995 NBA NY Knicks beat NY Nets in 100th meeting (Knicks 53 Nets 47)
  • 1997 Major League Baseball announces 5 year/$50M deal with Pepsi
  • 2005 Wales beats Ireland, 32-20 at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff to win the Six Nations Rugby Championship and become the 1st team to complete a Grand Slam playing more games away than at home
  • 2011 Despite a final round 24-8 defeat to Ireland at the new Aviva Stadium in Dublin, England wins the Six Nations Rugby Championship courtesy of their opening 4 straight victories
  • 2016 England beats France 31-21 at Stade de France, Paris to claim Six Nations Rugby Championship; secure their first Grand Slam since 2003; Owen Farrell with 7 goals, England's 2nd-highest points scorer behind Jonny Wilkinson
  • 2019 Houston Rockets guard James Harden becomes first player in NBA history to score at least 30 points against all 29 opponents in a single season with 31 in a 121-105 win over the Atlanta Hawks