On This Day

March 1937 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Mar 19 96th Grand National: With King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in attendance, aptly-named Royal Mail ridden by jockey Evan Williams wins at odds of 100/6; estimated crowd, 300,000
  • Mar 20 England beats Scotland, 6-3 at Murrayfield, Edinburgh to clinch the Home Nations Rugby Championship and Triple Crown

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 25 It is revealed Quaker Oats pays Babe Ruth $25,000 per year for ads

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • Mar 25 Lionel Conacher misses on 1st Stanley Cup penalty shot

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 26 Joe DiMaggio takes Ty Cobb's advice and replaces his 40 oz bat with a 36 oz one

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio
MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
  • Mar 27 Feijenoord Stadion, home ground of Dutch football club Feyenoord Rotterdam and nicknamed De Kuip opens after 2 years in construction

Birthdays in Sport

  • Mar 2 Denny Crum, American College Basketball & Basketball Hall of Fame coach (University of Louisville 1971-2001; NCAA C'ship 1980, 86; 6 x Final Fours), born in San Fernando, California
  • Mar 4 Graeme Dowling, cricketer (New Zealand, 239 v India 1968)
  • Mar 9 Grahame Chevalier, South African cricketer (one Test for South Africa 1970, 0 & 0*, 5-100), born in Cape Town, South Africa (d. 2017)
  • Mar 9 Brian Redman, English racing driver, born in Colne, Lancashire
  • Mar 11 John Ward, New Zealand cricket wicketkeeper (8 Tests; 17 dismissals), born in Timaru, New Zealand (d. 2021)
  • Mar 11 Milan Vukcevich, Yugoslavian chemist and a grandmaster of chess problem composition, born in Belgrade, Serbia (d. 2003)
  • Mar 14 Peter van der Merwe, cricketer (South African captain of mid-1960's)
  • Mar 14 Arturo Chaires, Mexican soccer defender (22 caps; C.D. Guadalajara), born in Guadalajara, Mexico (d. 2020)
  • Mar 15 Dick Bass, American NFL running back (Pro Bowl 1962, 63, 66; LA Rams), born in Georgetown, Mississippi (d. 2006)
  • Mar 18 Mark Donohue, auto racer (1972 Indianapolis 500)
  • Mar 18 Rudi Altig, German cyclist
  • Mar 20 Helmut Recknagel, German 90m ski jump (Olympic gold 1960)
  • Mar 21 Tom Flores, NFL quarterback and coach (Raiders), born in Fresno, California
  • Mar 22 Armin Hary, German athlete (2 Olympic gold 100m, 4x100m relay 1960), born in Quierschied, Germany
  • Mar 23 Craig Breedlove, American auto racer (5-time world land speed record holder), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 23 Tony Burton, actor (Rocky films) and boxer, born in Flint, Michigan (d. 2016)
  • Mar 26 Barbara Pearl Jones, 4X100m relayer (Olympic gold 1952, 60), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Mar 26 Wayne Embry, American Basketball Hall of Fame center, executive (5-time NBA All Star), born in Springfield, Ohio
  • Mar 27 Francesco Janich, Italian soccer defender (6 caps; Bologna), born in Udine, Italy (d. 2019)

Deaths in Sport


Person of interestHowie Morenz

Mar 8 Howie Morenz, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center (Montreal Canadiens, 3-time Stanley Cup winner), dies of a heart attack at 34

NHL Star Howie Morenz
NHL Star
Howie Morenz