On This Day

Events in Sport on March 7

  • 1855 17th Grand National: John Hanlon wins aboard Irish horse Wanderer at 25/1
  • 1857 Baseball decides 9 innings constitutes an official game, not 9 runs
  • 1860 22nd Grand National: Tommy Pickernell wins aboard Irish horse Anatis at 5/1
  • 1866 28th Grand National: 1852 winner Alec Goodman wins his second GN aboard Irish 40/1 outsider Salamander
  • 1870 Cincinnati Red Stockings, 1st pro BB team, begin 8-mo tour of Midwest & East
  • 1922 US Ladies' Figure Skating championship won by Theresa Weld Blanchard

Sports History

1922 US Men's Figure Skating championship won by Sherwin Badger

  • 1930 Georgetown High of Chicago defeats Homer 1-0 in basketball
  • 1935 Malcolm Campbell sets world land speed record speed of 276.71 mph driving his famous Blue Bird car; last record set at Daytona Beach, Florida
  • 1940 Montreal Canadiens lose record tying NHL 15th straight game at home

Sports History

1940 Ray Steele beats B Nagurski in St Louis, to become wrestling champ

  • 1950 Men's Figure Skating World Championship in London won by Dick Button (USA)

Boxing Title Fight

1951 Ezzard Charles beats Jersey Joe Walcott in 15 for 2nd time to win National Boxing Association world heavyweight title

  • 1953 South African cricket opening batsman Jackie McGlew scores an unbeaten 255 in 1st Test win against New Zealand in Wellington
  • 1954 Russia wins their 1st international ice hockey competition
  • 1955 Baseball Commissioner Ford Frick says he favors legalization of spitter
  • 1959 6th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: NC State beats North Carolina, 80-56
  • 1964 11th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Duke beats Wake Forest, 80-59
  • 1970 Ice Dance Championship at Ljubljana won by Pakhomova & Gorshkov (URS)
  • 1970 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Ljubljana won by Tim Wood (USA)
  • 1970 17th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: NC State beats South Carolina, 42-39 (2 OT)
  • 1978 Canuck's Ron Sedlbauer fails on 5th penalty shot against Islanders
  • 1979 Baseball exhibition season opens with semi-pro & amateur umpires
  • 1979 Warren Giles and Hack Wilson selected for the Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1981 28th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: North Carolina beats Maryland, 61-60
  • 1981 22nd SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Ole Miss beats Georgia, 66-62
  • 1982 NCAA Tournament Selection televised live for 1st time
  • 1982 29th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: North Carolina beats Virginia, 47-45

NHL Record

1986 Wayne Gretzky breaks own NHL season record with 136th assist

  • 1987 Gavaskar becomes 1st cricket batsman to score 10,000 Test runs

Boxing Title Fight

1987 Mike Tyson beats James 'Bonecrusher' Smith by unanimous decision in 12 rounds in Las Vegas for WBC / WBA heavyweight boxing titles

  • 1988 Jim Abbott, 1-handed pitcher, wins 58th James E Sullivan Award

Sports History

1989 Dino Ciccarelli is traded by the Minnesota North Stars to the Washington Capitals

  • 1992 Nicole Stevenson swims world record 200m backstroke (2:06.78)
  • 1992 England routs Wales, 24-0 at Twickenham for it's 2nd straight outright Five Nations Rugby Championship, Grand Slam and Triple Crown titles; fullback Jonathan Webb 2 penalties and 3 conversions

Sports History

1996 Magic Johnson is 2nd NBA player to reach 10,000 career assists

  • 1997 Athens, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Rome & Stockholm are finalists for 2004 Olympics site
  • 1998 19th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Connecticut beats Syracuse, 69-64
  • 1999 46th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #1 Duke beats #15 North Carolina, 96-73
  • 1999 40th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats Arkansas, 76-63

Sports History

2009 Despite only being 17 years old, Brazilian soccer star Neymar makes his professional debut for Santos

Sports History

2016 Peyton Manning announces his retirement from the Denver Broncos and the NFL

Sports History

2016 Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova reveals failed drug test for meldonium at Australian Open in January, subsequently suspended for 15 months

  • 2021 NBA All Star Game, State Farm Arena, Atlanta, GA: Team LeBron beats Team Durant, 170-150; MVP: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks F