On This Day

Events in Sport on March 3

  • 1841 3rd Grand National: Horatio Powell wins aboard 14/1 Charity; first mare to win the race
  • 1847 9th Grand National: Denny Wynne wins aboard 10/1 Mathew; regarded as the first Irish-trained horse to win the race
  • 1852 14th Grand National: Alec Goodman wins first of 2 GN victories (1866) aboard Miss Mowbray
  • 1869 31st Grand National: George Stevens wins his 4th GN aboard 100/7 outsider The Colonel; repeats with back-to-back victories the following year
  • 1883 In the series decider England beats Scotland, 2 tries to 1 at Raeburn Place, Edinburgh to win the inaugural Home Nations Rugby Championship with an undefeated record
  • 1904 England cricket all-rounder Bernard Bosanquet takes 6 for 51 as tourists dismiss Australia for 171 in the 4th Test in Sydney to regain the Ashes; take an unassailable, 3-1 series lead
  • 1920 Montreal Canadiens scores NHL record 16 goals beating Quebec Bulldogs
  • 1950 National-American Football League reverts to calling itself the NFL after 3 months
  • 1951 Bill Mikvy (Temple) scores NCAA basketball record 73 pts
  • 1953 Boston Braves, who own Milwaukee minor league franchise, block St Louis Browns attempt to shift their franchise to Milwaukee
  • 1956 Dutch swimmer Cockie Gastelaars breaks 20-year old world record for 100m freestyle (1:04.2)
  • 1956 3rd ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: NC State beats Wake Forest, 76-64
  • 1957 Ice Dance Championship at Colorado Springs won by Markham & Jones of Great Britain
  • 1959 San Francisco Giants rename their stadium Candlestick Park
  • 1962 9th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Wake Forest beats Clemson, 77-66
  • 1967 White Sox given permission to use semi-DH in training camp with home club permission (use of pinch hitter twice in same game)

Sports History

1968 Jean Béliveau (Montreal) becomes 2nd NHLer to score 1,000 pts

Sports History

1968 In a blockbuster trade, Toronto Maple Leafs send future Hockey Hall of Fame left wing Frank Mahovlich to the rival Detroit Red Wings

  • 1974 Despite Billy Harris' hat trick Islanders lose 3-4
  • 1977 Islanders allow Red Wings only 11 shots on goal
  • 1977 World Ladies' Figure Skating Championship in Tokyo won by Linda Fratianne (USA)
  • 1978 1st day of Test cricket for Desmond Haynes (WI v Australia)
  • 1979 26th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: North Carolina beats Duke, 71-63
  • 1979 20th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Tennessee beats Kentucky, 75-69

Sports History

1981 Isle's Mike Bossy 9th & final hat trick of season-4 goals

  • 1981 NY Islanders & Edmonton Oilers play to an 8-8 tie
  • 1983 Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw is admitted to hospital for surgery to repair his throwing arm under the alias 'Tom Brady'
  • 1984 NY Islanders score their most goals (11) vs Tor Maple Leafs (6)

Election of Interest

1984 Peter Ueberroth elected baseball commissioner (Effective Oct 1)

Sports History

1985 Bill Shoemaker becomes 1st jockey to win $100 million

  • 1987 Ray Dandridge, 3rd baseman in Negro Leagues, eleected to Hall of Fame

Sports History

1991 David Boon completes 10th Test Cricket century, 109* v WI at Kingston

Sports History

1992 Charges are filed in Florida against NY Mets Darryl Boston, Vince Coleman & Dwight Gooden of rape (dropped in April)

  • 1993 Howard Stern radio show premieres in Boston (WBCN 104.1 FM-evenings)

Sports History

1994 US Internal Revenue Service investigates baseball player Darryl Strawberry

  • 2009 The Sri Lankan cricket team is attacked by terrorists while on their way to the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore for 2nd Test against Pakistan; match abandoned