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
  • 1913 MLB Federal League organizes with 6 teams, including the Chicago Whales, who built and played at Weeghman Park (now Wrigley Field); League folded after 3 seasons

Contract of Interest

1930 Baseball slugger Babe Ruth signs 2-year contract for a then huge $160,000 with NY Yankees; GM Ed Barrow, wrongly predicts "No one will ever be paid more than 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

Sinatra Snaps the Fight of the Century

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"

  • 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
  • 1980 Greg Chappell 235 & Yallop 172, for 217 stand at Faisalabad
  • 1981 Dennis Lillee ct by Qld 12th man Dennis Lillie in Shield game
  • 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

Sports History

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

  • 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 David Hookes (306*) Wayne Phillips make 462 stand for S Aust
  • 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 COVID-19 and the safety of participants and attendees

Agreement of Interest

2022 Reigning NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers agrees to remain with the Green Bay Packers in a reported 4-year, $200m deal that would make him the highest paid player in NFL history