On This Day

Events in Sport on March 20

  • 1891 53rd Grand National: Irish jockey, trainer Harry Beasley wins aboard 4/1 Come Away
  • 1892 54th Grand National: Capt. Roddy Owen wins aboard 20/1 chance Father O'Flynn
  • 1911 National Squash Tennis Association forms (NYC)
  • 1920 Australasian Championships Men's Tennis, Adelaide: Pat O'Hara Wood beats fellow Australian Ronald Thomas 6-3, 4-6, 6-8, 6-1, 6-3
  • 1934 American all-round female super athlete Babe Didrikson Zaharias pitches a hitless inning for Philadelphia A's in their exhibition pre-season baseball game against Brooklyn Dodgers
  • 1937 England beats Scotland, 6-3 at Murrayfield, Edinburgh to clinch the Home Nations Rugby Championship and Triple Crown
  • 1948 102nd Grand National: 50/1 chance Sheila's Cottage first mare to win the GN for 46 years; ridden by Irish jockey Arthur Thompson
  • 1949 LPGA Titleholders Championship Women's Golf, Augusta CC: Amateur Peggy Kirk wins her only major title by 2 strokes from Patty Berg and Dorothy Kirby
  • 1954 16th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: La Salle beats Bradley, 92-76; Explorers' small forward Tom Gola is named tournament Most Outstanding Player
  • 1962 Sjoukje Dijkstra becomes world champion figure skater
  • 1965 27th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats Michigan, 91-80; Bruins' back-to-back National titles; Gail Goodrich 42 points
  • 1965 Wales misses out on a 4th Grand Slam after losing to France, 22-13 at Stade Colombes, Paris despite winning the Five Nations Rugby Championship

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1969 Ethiopian athlete Abebe Bikila is paralysed in an auto-accident near Addis Ababa

Marathon Runner Abebe Bikila
Marathon Runner
Abebe Bikila
  • 1971 Boston Bruins win 13th straight NHL game

Hall of fameHall of Fame

1973 Roberto Clemente elected to Hall of Fame, 11 weeks after his death in a plane crash

Baseball Player Roberto Clemente
Baseball Player
Roberto Clemente
  • 1977 PGA Tournament Players Championship, Sawgrass CC: Mark Hayes wins in windy conditions, 2 strokes ahead of runner-up Mike McCullough
  • 1978 Flyers' Rick MacLeash scores on 6th penalty shot against Islanders
  • 1982 France beats Ireland, 22-9 at the Parc des Princes, Paris but the Irish take the Five Nations Rugby Championship with a 3-1 record and also their 5th Triple Crown

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1983 In a clash of tennis legends, Martina Navratilova outclasses Chris Evert Lloyd 6-2, 6-0 to win her first of 5 straight WTA Tour Championships at Madison Square Garden, NYC

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1988 Mike Tyson KOs Tony Tubbs in 2 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson

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1989 Baseball announces Reds manager Pete Rose is under investigation

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose

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1990 LA Lakers retires Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's #33

  • 1993 France beats Wales, 26-10 at Parc des Princes, Paris for it's 10th outright Five Nations Rugby Championship
  • 2010 France edges England, 12-10 at Stade de France, Saint Denis to complete a Grand Slam and win the Six Nations Rugby Championship; France's 17th title

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2020 After 20 years with the New England Patriots, six-time Super Bowl winning quarterback Tom Brady officially agrees to move to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on a 2-year $50m guaranteed deal

NFL Quarterback Tom Brady
NFL Quarterback
Tom Brady