On This Day

Events in Sport on March 25

  • 1876 Glasgow 1st soccer match Scotland defeat Wales (4-0)
  • 1881 43rd Grand National: Irish jockey Tommy Beasley wins his second consecutive GN aboard 11/2 co-favourite Woodbrook
  • 1887 49th Grand National: Bill Daniels aboard 20/1 chance Gamecock wins by 3 lengths from Savoyard
  • 1889 1st Test Cricket match played at Newlands, Cape Town v England
  • 1898 60th Grand National: John Gourley wins aboard 25/1 shot Drogheda
  • 1904 66th Grand National: Arthur Birch wins aboard 25/1 New Zealand bred Moifaa; horse survives shipwreck off Ireland a year earlier
  • 1907 Stanley Cup, Winnipeg Auditorium, Winnipeg, Manitoba: Montreal Wanderers lose to Kenora Thistles, 6-5 but win on 2 game aggregate, 12-8
  • 1916 Jess Willard fights Frank Moran to no decision in 10 for heavyweight boxing title in NYC
  • 1924 Stanley Cup Final, Ottawa Auditorium, Ottawa, ON: Montreal Canadiens (NHL) beat Calgary Tigers (WCHL), 3-0 for a 2-0 series sweep
  • 1927 86th Grand National: 8/1 favourite Sprig wins; ridden by jockey Ted Leader, trained by his father Tom Leader
  • 1934 1st Augusta National Invitation Tournament (Masters) Golf: Horton Smith wins with 20-foot birdie putt at the 17th hole, 1 stroke ahead of Craig Wood

Sports History

1937 It is revealed Quaker Oats pays Babe Ruth $25,000 per year for ads

  • 1937 Lionel Conacher misses on 1st Stanley Cup penalty shot
  • 1938 97th Grand National: 17 year old jockey Bruce Hobbs wins aboard 40/1 Battleship; first US bred and owned winner; only horse to win GN and American Grand National (1934)
  • 1947 9th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Holy Cross beats Oklahoma, 58-47; Crusaders' first victory in first title game
  • 1947 Last day of Test cricket for Walter Hammond (v NZ, Christchurch)
  • 1950 104th Grand National: Jimmy Power wins aboard 10/1 Irish co-favourite Freebooter; estimated 500,00 in attendance including Royal Family
  • 1950 Wales outclasses France, 21-0 at the National Stadium, Cardiff to clinch the Five Nations Rugby Championship, Grand Slam and Triple Crown
  • 1957 NBA modifies the free-throw rule
  • 1959 Bill White traded to St Louis for pitchers Sam Jones & Don Choate
  • 1960 Ford Frick voids Indians-Red Sox deal as Sam White retires

Sports History

1961 23rd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Cincinnati beats Ohio State, 70-65 (OT); Buckeyes' future Hall of Fame forward Jerry Lucas is MOP for 2nd straight year

  • 1961 3rd place game is one of the wildest contests in NCAA Tournament history as St Joseph's defeats Utah, 127-120 in quadruple overtime
  • 1961 115th Grand National: Bobby Beasley wins aboard Nicolaus Silver, 5 lengths ahead of defending champion Merryman II; first grey winner for 90 years

Sports History

1967 29th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats Dayton, 79-64; Bruins center Lew Alcindor (later named Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) tournament MOP

  • 1971 Boston Patriots become New England Patriots

Sports History

1972 34th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats Florida, 81-76; 6th straight title for Bruins; future Hall of Fame center Bill Walton tournament MOP

Sports History

1972 Bobby Hull becomes the 2nd NHLer to score 600 goals

  • 1972 UCLA wins its 6th consecutive national basketball title
  • 1973 AIAW Women's Basketball Tournament, Immaculata beats Queens College, 59-52, Immaculata 1st undefeated team in New York

Sports History

1979 Czech tennis star Martina Navratilova retains her WTA Tour Championship with a 6–3, 3–6, 6–2 win over American teenager Tracey Austin in NYC

PGA Players Championship

1979 PGA Tournament Players Championship, Sawgrass CC: Lanny Wadkins wins in windy conditions, 5 strokes ahead of runner-up Tom Watson

Sports History

1982 Wayne Gretzky becomes 1st NHL to score 200 points in a season

Sports History

1986 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Geneva won by Brian Boitano (USA)

Sports History

1986 Canadian Kurt Browning becomes the 1st figure skater to land a quadruple jump

Sports History

1991 Allan Border takes 5-68 v WI at Bourda (!), Georgetown

Sports History

1992 Cricket World Cup, Melbourne (MCG): Imran Khan scores 72 in his final ODI as Pakistan beats England by 22 runs for their first title; Martin Crowe (NZ), Player of Series

  • 1995 Boxer Mike Tyson released from jail after serving 3 years
  • 1996 Ice Dance Championship at Edmonton won by Gritshuk & Platov (RUS)
  • 1996 Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Edmonton won by Michelle Kwan (USA)
  • 1996 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Edmonton won by Todd Eldredge (USA)
  • 1997 Indians trade Lofton & Embree to Braves for Grissom & Justice

Golf Major

2001 Nabisco Championship Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Sweden's Annika Sörenstam shoots a final round 69 to win the first of her 3 titles at this event, 3 strokes ahead of 5 runners-up

Sports History

2013 Golfer Tiger Woods returns to his world number one ranking

  • 2018 Australian cricket captain Steve Smith handed one-match ban after admitting Australian team tampered with the ball in 3rd test against South Africa in South Africa
  • 2022 Sydney forward Lance "Buddy" Franklin kicks 4 goals to become only 6th player in VFL/AFL history to kick 1,000 career goals; Swans overrun Geelong, 107-77 at the SCG