1926: Babe Ruth becomes first MLB player to hit three home runs in a World Series game as NY Yankees beat Louis Cardinals, 10-5 in Game 4 at Sportsman’s Park, St. Louis.
1930: To a generation of cricket fans Richie Benaud, who was born today, was simply the best commentator in the business. But in his time he was also a marvellous all-rounder: dashing batsman, brilliant fielder, ingenious legspinner and peerless captain (he lost only four of 28 Tests as captain and Australia never lost a series when he was in charge). His finest hour came at Old Trafford in 1961. Bowling into the rough outside leg stump, he took 6 for 70 to help Australia retain the Ashes after England had looked set to go one-up with one to play.
1993: After nine seasons and three Championships with the Chicago Bulls, Michael Jordan announces his retirement from the NBA; returns on March 18, 1995 and leads Bulls to another three NBA titles
1998: The NBA announced that all 114 pre-season games for this year have been cancelled because of the stalled collective bargaining negotiations with the National Basketball Players Association.
2018: Eighteen-year-old Prithvi Shaw became the youngest Indian to score a century on debut in the side’s biggest Test win ever – by an innings and 272 runs, against West Indies in Rajkot. It took India under 100 overs to bowl West Indies out twice – 14 of the 20 wickets fell in two sessions and a bit on the third day – in the three-day mismatch. Ravindra Jadeja also cashed in and made his maiden Test hundred.