On This Day in Sports: March 30th


They say you can learn from the history books and with the immediate future of most major sport in a holding pattern, we’re going to take a look back at some of the major events on this day.

We’re going to look back at the key games, scores, decisions and moves as they unfolded and see who did what to whom in the past.

Let’s relive some of the highlights of March 30th from the world of sport.

March 30

1925: Victoria Cougars Win the Stanley Cup

Nowadays the Stanley Cup is awarded to the champion of the NHL but back in 1925, it was a little different.

The Victoria Cougars, champions of the WCHL, defeated the NHL champion Montreal Canadiens three games to one including a 6-1 thumping in Game Four to seal the series.

With the WCHL folding the following year, the Cougars became the last non-NHL side to lift Lord Stanley’s trophy, since then Montreal has won 22 of their 24 Cups with their most recent one coming in 1992-1993.

The 1925 Stanley Cup Champion Victoria Cougars

1954: Sir Garfield Sobers makes his Test Debut

One of cricket’s most famous names, Sir Garfield Sobers began his 20 year international career on this day in 1954.

Aged just 17, Sobers made his debut against England, beginning a career that featured a career test top score of 365* and 26 centuries.

Sir Garfield Sobers made his test debut on March 30, 1954.

1993: NSW Wins the Sheffield Shield

A tale of two innings, New South Wales won the 1993 Sheffield Shield Final thanks to a blistering 7/41 performance from Wayne Holdsworth.

Queensland put up 311 before New South Wales responded with 341 and Holdsworth ensured the match would have a result as he tore through Queensland’s lineup, a huge improvement on his 2/43 in the first innings.

Only two Bulls batsmen scored in double digits and the New South Welshmen only used two bowlers with Glenn McGrath cleaning up the other three Queenslanders and helping set a very comfortable total for the home side to chase.

While Steve Small was dismissed for a golden duck, Michael Slater and Adam Gilchrist did the necessary damage before Slater was dismissed just shy of the final total.

It would be two years before the Bulls would finally taste Sheffield Shield glory and no doubt this one would have provided plenty of motivation to get over the line.

1996: Brian Lara Lashes Out

In the career of Brian Lara there are plenty of standout innings but the one he scored against New Zealand to help guide them to a win warrants a special mention.

He finished with 146* to go with player of the match honours in a victory over the Black Caps.

1997: Elko Takes Out a Players Championship

Aussie Steve Elkington had the tournament of a lifetime, leading wire to wire for his second Players Championship victory.

That followed up his first victory at this tournament in 1991 although it’s fair to say this one was nothing short of spectacular.

This tournament also featured a young golfer by the name of Tiger Woods who finished a medicore tied 31st… two weeks before a record victory at The Masters.

Of course, you can’t say Elkington didn’t do it in style.

2001: Michael Phelps Smashes his First World Record

In the early days of his stellar career Michael Phelps set his first world record at the US World Championship trials in Texas.

Aged just 15 at the time, Phelps set the record for the 200m butterfly event becoming the youngest male to set a swimming world record, besting Ian Thorpe’s record by about 13 months.

2003: England’s Grand Slam

March 30 in 2003 was a busy day in sport starting with England claiming the Six Nations, Grand Slam and just about every other northern hemisphere rugby union honour.

Lead by Martin Johnson, the English side demolished Ireland 42-6 at Lansdowne Road to finish the Six Nations with a perfect record of five wins from five games played.

Of course we all know how 2003 ended for the English side with a Rugby World Cup title.

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