Events in Sport on March 8

  • 1865 27th Grand National: Captain Henry Coventry aboard Alcibiade FRA wins
  • 1900 NL decides to go with 8 teams They exclude Baltimore, Cleveland, Louisville & Washington (in 1953 Boston Braves move to Milwaukee)
  • 1904 Hugh Trumble takes a hat-trick in his final Test Cricket match
  • 1906 Stanley Cup: Ottawa Silver 7 sweep Smiths Falls (Ont) in 2 games

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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 24th Women's Australian Championships: Coral McInnes Buttsworth beats Marjorie Cox Crawford (1-6, 6-3, 6-4)
  • 1931 24th Men's Australian Championships: Jack Crawford beats 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)
  • 1951 Intl Table Tennis Federation bans Egypt (for refusing to play Israel)
  • 1953 Patty Berg wins LPGA Jacksonville Golf Open
  • 1958 5th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Maryland beats North Carolina, 86-74

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1959 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Jacksonville Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
  • 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

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1971 Joe Frazier beats Muhammad Ali in 15, retains heavyweight boxing title at Madison Square Garden

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • 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
  • 1976 1,774 kg (largest observed) stony meteorite falls in Jilin, China

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1981 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Arizona Copper Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez
LPGA Golfer
Nancy Lopez
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1987 Jane Geddes wins LPGA GNA/Glendale Federal Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Jane Geddes
LPGA Golfer
Jane Geddes
  • 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)
  • 1992 Judy Dickinson wins LPGA Inamori Golf Classic
  • 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