On This Day

Events in Sport on March 8

  • 1865 27th Grand National: Captain Henry Coventry wins aboard French outsider Alcibiade at 100/7
  • 1900 NL decides to go with 8 teams They exclude Baltimore, Cleveland, Louisville & Washington (in 1953 Boston Braves move to Milwaukee)
  • 1904 Australian cricket spin bowler Hugh Trumble dismisses England batsmen Bernard Bosanquet, Plum Warner and Dick Lilley for his second Test hat-trick in 5th Test victory in Melbourne; Trumble's final Test
  • 1906 Stanley Cup, Dey's Arena, Ottawa, ON: Ottawa HC beats Smiths Falls (ON), 8-2 for a 2-0 sweep of challenge series

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1930 Babe Ruth signs 2-year contract for $160,000 with NY Yankee GM Ed Barrow, wrongly predicts "No one will ever be paid more than Ruth"

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 1931 Australian Championships Women's Tennis: In an all-Australian final Coral McInnes Buttsworth beats Marjorie Cox Crawford 1-6, 6-3, 6-4
  • 1931 Australian Championships Men's Tennis: Jack Crawford wins 1st of 4 Australian titles; beats fellow Australian Harry Hopman 6-4, 6-2, 2-6, 6-1
  • 1936 The first stock car race is held in Daytona Beach, Florida.
  • 1941 1st baseball player drafted into WW II (Hugh Mulcahy, Phillies)
  • 1958 5th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Maryland beats North Carolina, 86-74
  • 1967 New Orleans Saints begin selling season tickets (20,000 sold 1st day)
  • 1968 6 year old Tommy Moore scores hole-in-one in golf (Hagerstown, Maryland)
  • 1969 16th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: North Carolina beats Duke, 85-74

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1971 Joe Frazier ends Muhammad Ali's 31-fight winning streak at Madison Square Garden, NYC; retains heavyweight boxing title by unanimous points decision over 15 rounds in the "Fight of the Century"
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Sinatra is the focus of attention as he prepares to take his ringside shots and, right, the controversial Life magazine cover picture that the singer took
Sinatra is the focus of attention as he prepares to take his ringside shots and, right, the controversial Life magazine cover picture that the singer took
  • 1971 Milwaukee Bucks win their 20th straight NBA game (team record)
  • 1975 22nd ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: North Carolina beats NC State, 70-66

  • 1985 Ice Dance Championship at Tokyo won by Bestemianova & Bukin (URS)
  • 1985 6th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Georgetown beats St. John's, 92-80

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1986 Martina Navratilova is 1st tennis player to earn $10 million

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
  • 1986 27th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats Alabama, 83-72
  • 1986 7th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: St. John's beats Syracuse, 70-69
  • 1987 34th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: NC State beats North Carolina, 68-67
  • 1987 28th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Alabama beats LSU, 69-62
  • 1987 8th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Georgetown beats Syracuse, 69-59
  • 1989 Roger Kingdom runs indoor world record 60m hurdles (7.37 secs)
  • 1998 45th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #4 North Carolina beats #1 Duke, 83-68
  • 1998 39th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats South Carolina, 86-56
  • 2019 US national women's soccer team sue for equal pay by filing a federal gender discrimination lawsuit against United States Soccer Federation
  • 2020 ICC T20 World Cup Women's Cricket, Melbourne: Defending champions Australia beats India by 85 runs; Beth Mooney [77no] Player of the Series; Alyssa Healy 75 off 39 balls MVP; crowd 86,174
  • 2020 BNP Paribas Open international tennis tournament in Indian Wells, California, dubbed 'the 5th Grand Slam' is cancelled due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus and the safety of participants and attendees