March 1961 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Mar 4 8th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Wake Forest beats Duke, 96-81

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 9 Wilt Chamberlain of NBA Philadelphia Warriors scores 67 points vs NY Knicks

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • Mar 11 Then NHL record 40 penalties, Black Hawks & Maple Leafs (20 each)

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Mar 12 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Miami Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Mar 13 Floyd Patterson KOs Ingemar Johansson in 6 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson
Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion
Floyd Patterson
  • Mar 14 George Weiss becomes President of NY Mets
  • Mar 21 Art Modell purchases Cleveland Browns for then record ($3,925,000)
  • Mar 24 NY Senate approves $55M for a baseball stadium at Flushing Meadows
  • Mar 25 23rd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Cin beats Ohio State 70-65 (OT)
  • Mar 25 3rd place game is one of the wildest contests in NCAA Tournament history as St Joseph's defeats Utah 127-120 in 4 overtimes
  • Mar 25 115th Grand National: Bobby Beasley aboard Nicolaus Silver wins

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Mar 26 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Golden Circle of Golf Festival

Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA
Louise Suggs

Birthdays in Sport

  • Mar 1 Mike Rozier, NFL halfback (Heisman Trophy-1983, Houston, Atlanta)
  • Mar 3 Perry McCarthy, English racing driver
  • Mar 4 David "Tinker" Juarez, cyclist (Olympics-19th-96), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 4 Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini, boxer (killed a boxer in the ring)
  • Mar 4 Roger Wessels, Port Elizabeth South Africa, golfer (1994 Canadian Masters)
  • Mar 4 Sabine Everts, former German track athlete
  • Mar 5 Zeke Mowatt, NFL tight end (NY Giants)
  • Mar 8 Larry Murphy, Scarborough, NHL defenseman (Toronto Maple Leafs)
  • Mar 10 Jesse Sapolu, NFL guard (SF 49ers)
  • Mar 10 Mitch Gaylord, CA, gymnist (Olympics 1984)/actor (American Anthem)
  • Mar 10 Bobby Petrino, American football coach
  • Mar 10 Pam Oliver, American sportscaster
  • Mar 13 Cor Lems, soccer player (ADO The Hague/Dordrecht '90)
  • Mar 14 Greg Anderson, American NHRA driver
  • Mar 15 Craig Ludwig, Rhinelander, NHL defenseman (Dallas Stars)
  • Mar 15 Terry Cummings, NBA forward (Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers)
  • Mar 16 Mel Gray, NFL wide receiver/kick returner (Houston/Tennessee Oilers)
  • Mar 18 Kevan James, cricketer (all-rounder 4 wkts/4 balls & ton v India 1996)
  • Mar 18 Todd Nelson, Dalles Ore, tennis star
  • Mar 19 Jos Lansink, Dutch-Belgian equestrian
  • Mar 20 Kathy Guadagnino, LPGA golfer (1985 US Women's Open), born in Albany, New York
  • Mar 20 Jesper Olsen, Danish footballer
  • Mar 21 Wei Wang, US table tennis player (Olympics-96), born in Beijing, China
  • Mar 21 Lothar Matthäus, German footballer
  • Mar 24 Dean Jones, cricketer (dashing Australian batsman & fielder 1984-92)
  • Mar 24 James T Gallagher Jr, PGA golfer (1990 Greater Milw), born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 25 Mark David Brooks, PGA golfer (1994 Kemper Open), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • Mar 27 Ellery Hanley, rugby league player
  • Mar 27 Tony Rominger, Swiss cyclist
  • Mar 28 Byron Scott, NBA guard (Vancouver Grizzlies)
  • Mar 29 Mike Kingery, St James MN, outfielder (Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • Mar 29 Gary Brabham, Australian racing driver
  • Mar 30 Doug Wickenheiser, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1999)
  • Mar 31 Ron Brown, 4x100m runner (Olympic gold 1984), born in Los Angeles, California

Deaths in Sport

  • Mar 23 A C Russell, cricketer (10 Tests for England 910 runs), dies