On This Day

Events in Sport on March 29

  • 1873 English FA Cup Final, Lillie Bridge, London: Wanderers beat Oxford University, 2-0; second consecutive title
  • 1878 40th Grand National: John Jones aboard 7/1 chance Shifnal wins by 2 lengths from Martha
  • 1879 English FA Cup Final, Kennington Oval, London: Old Etonians beat Clapham Rovers, 1-0; Charles Clerke scores winner
  • 1889 51st Grand National: Jockey Tommy Beasley wins his third GN aboard Irish 2-time runner-up Frigate at 8/1
  • 1895 57th Grand National: Joe Widger aboard 10/1 chance Wild Man From Borneo wins by 1.5 lengths from Cathal
  • 1901 63rd Grand National: Jockey Arthur Nightingall wins his 3rd GN aboard 9/1 shot Grudon in a howling snowstorm
  • 1912 74th Grand National: Ernie Piggott wins aboard 4/1 co-favourite Jerry M
  • 1929 Stanley Cup Final, Madison Square Garden: Boston Bruins beat New York Rangers, 2-1 for a 2-0 series sweep; Boston's first Championship
  • 1930 89h Grand National: 10-year-old 100/8 shot Shaun Goilin, ridden by jockey Tommy Cullinan, wins by a neck from Melleray's Belle
  • 1935 94th Grand National: Frank Furlong wins aboard Reynoldstown at 22/1; stallion repeats with back-to-back victory the following year

Boxing Title Fight

1940 American boxer Joe Louis KOs Johnny Paycheck in 2 rounds to retain heavyweight boxing title

  • 1941 3rd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Wisconsin beats Washington State, 39-34; Badgers' forward John Kotz is named tournament Most Outstanding Player
  • 1946 1st Test Cricket between Australia & NZ
  • 1946 Australian cricket bowlers Bill O'Reilly (5/14) and Ernie Toshack (4/12) rout NZ for 42 in one-off Test in Wellington; Test debuts of greats Ray Lindwall, Keith Miller & Don Tallon
  • 1947 101st Grand National: 100/1 Irish outsider Caughoo ridden by 35-year-old jockey Eddie Dempsey wins by 20 lengths from Lough Conn
  • 1948 Drachtster Boys soccer team forms in Drachten
  • 1948 Yanks & Red Sox tie at 2-2 in 17, spring training game
  • 1958 112th Grand National: Arthur Freeman aboard 18/1 bet Mr. What wins by 30 lengths from Tiberetta
  • 1959 Wes Hall takes Pakistani cricket hat-trick at Lahore

Boxing Title Fight

1966 Muhammad Ali beats George Chuvalo in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

  • 1969 123rd Grand National: Eddie P. Harty Sr. aboard 100/9 chance Highland Wedding wins by 12 lengths from Steel Bridge
  • 1970 Manchester City of England win 10th European Cup Winner's Cup against Górnik Zabrze of Poland 2-1 in Vienna

Sports History

1973 Boston Celtic Dave Cowens wins NBA MVP

  • 1975 Only 2nd time Islanders beat Rangers
  • 1976 38th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Indiana beats Michigan, 86-68; first time 2 teams from same conference (Big Ten) play in title game
  • 1979 Delhi beats Karnataka by 399 runs to win Cricket's Ranji Trophy
  • 1979 Last day of Test cricket for Pakistani cricketer Mushtaq Mohammad
  • 1980 134th Grand National: American amateur rider Charlie Fenwick wins aboard 40/1 outsider Ben Nevis; only 4 from 30 starters finish race
  • 1981 Tiina Lehtola ski jumps female record 110m
  • 1981 AIAW Women's Basketball Championship, Louisiana Tech beat Tennessee 79-59 in Eugene

Sports History

1982 44th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: North Carolina beats Georgetown, 63-62; Tar Heels' future Hall of Fame small forward James Worthy named Tournament Most Outstanding Player

  • 1984 NFL Baltimore Colts move to Indianapolis

NHL Record

1985 Wayne Gretzky breaks own NHL season record with 126th assist

  • 1987 6th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Tennessee routs Louisiana 67-44; Lady Vols guard Tonya Edwards MOP
  • 1987 PGA Tournament Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Sandy Lyle of Scotland defeats Jeff Sluman on the 3rd hole of a sudden-death playoff to become the first international player to win the title
  • 1989 1st Soviet hockey players are permitted to play for the NHL
  • 1992 Ice Dance Championship in Oakland, California won by Klimova & Ponomarenko (CIS)
  • 1992 Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Oakland, California won by Kristi Yamaguchi (USA)
  • 1992 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Oakland, California won by Viktor Petrenko (CIS)

PGA Players Championship

1992 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Davis Love III wins by 4 strokes ahead of runners-up Ian Baker-Finch, Phil Blackmar, Nick Faldo, and Tom Watson.

  • 1992 Nabisco Dinah Shore Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Dottie Pepper (Mochrie) wins the first of her 2 major titles in a sudden-death playoff with Juli Inkster with par on the 1st extra hole
  • 1993 Queensland all out for 75 v NSW in Sheffield Shield Final

Sports History

1994 Coach Jimmy Johnson quits Dallas Cowboys

Sports History

1994 Last day of Test cricket for Allan Border

  • 1996 Cleveland Browns choose new name, Baltimore Ravens
  • 1996 NY Yankees beats NY Mets 7-3 in an exhibition game
  • 1997 1st game at Turner Field Atlanta, Braves beats Yanks 2-0 (exhibition)
  • 1998 17th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Tennessee beats Louisiana Tech, 93-75; Volunteers' 3-peat, completing undefeated season (39–0)
  • 1998 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Justin Leonard recovers from 5 strokes back to finish 2 strokes ahead of runners-up Glen Day and Tom Lehman
  • 1998 Nabisco Dinah Shore Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Pat Hurst wins her only major title, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Helen Dobson after sinking a 5-foot birdie putt at the final green
  • 1999 61st NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Duke, 77-74; Huskies' first title in first title game
  • 2015 Cricket World Cup, Melbourne (MCG): Australia defeats fellow host New Zealand by 7 wickets to win their 5th title; Player of Series: Mitchell Starc