March 1939 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Mar 16 NHL record 10 goals in 1 period-NY Rangers (7), NY Americans (3) & a record 26 points in the 3rd period
  • Mar 18 England beats Scotland, 9-6 at Murrayfield, Edinburgh to force a share of the Home Nations Rugby Championship with Wales and Ireland
  • Mar 24 98th Grand National: Irish jockey Tim Hyde wins, riding 100/8 shot Workman
  • Mar 27 1st NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: U of Oregon beats Ohio State, 46-33; Ohio State forward Jimmy Hull is named tournament Most Outstanding Player
  • Mar 28 Renaissance Big 5 win 1st pro basketball championship

Birthdays in Sport

  • Mar 3 M L Jaisimha, cricketer (Indian batsman of the sixties)

Jack FisherJack Fisher (83 years old)

Mar 4 American MLB Pitcher, born in Frostburg, Maryland

  • Mar 6 Cookie Rojas, baseball player
  • Mar 7 Panajot Pano, Albanian football star known as the "The little Puskás", born in Durrës, Albania (d. 2010)

Jim BoutonJim Bouton (1939-2019)

Mar 8 American Baseball Pitcher, author and broadcaster (NY Yankees, MLB All Star 1968, "Ball Four"), born in Newark, New Jersey

  • Mar 8 Lydia Skoblikova, USSR, speed skater (Olympics-6 gold-1960, 64)
  • Mar 10 Irina Press, Soviet 80m hurdles runner and pentathlete (Olympic gold 1960, 64), born in Kharkiv, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union (d. 2004)
  • Mar 10 Len Ashurst, English soccer defender (Sunderland AFC 409 games) and manager (Cardiff City, Sunderland, Newport County), born in Liverpool, England (d. 2021)
  • Mar 10 Paolo Signorelli, Italian footballer, 1960-70 (Trevigliese, Pro Patria, Atalanta), born in Bassa, Italy (d. 2018)
  • Mar 12 John Paul Sr, Dutch-American auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans 1978; 24 Hours of Daytona 1982; 12 Hours of Sebring 1982), born in Netherlands (disappeared 2001)

Robin Knox-JohnstonRobin Knox-Johnston (83 years old)

Mar 17 British yachtsman who completed the 1st single non-stop circumnavigation of the globe in 1969, born in London, England

  • Mar 17 Shahid Mahmoud, Pakistani cricketer (opener scored 16 & 9 in only Pak Test)
  • Mar 18 Ron Atkinson, English soccer wing half, manager (Oxford United, Manchester United, Sheffield Wed, Aston Villa), born in Liverpool, England
  • Mar 19 Abbas Ali Baig, cricketer (Indian bat 112 on debut v England 1959)
  • Mar 19 Joe Kapp, NFL quarterback (Minnesota Vikings, Boston Patriots, Houston Oilers)
  • Mar 19 Peter Thorburn MNZM, New Zealand rugby union coach (North Harbour, NZ sevens, Bristol RFC, United States), born in Auckland, New Zealand (d. 2021)
  • Mar 20 Kevin Flynn, Irish rugby union centre (22 caps; Leinster RFC), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 2022)
  • Mar 21 Martha Hudson, Eastman Ga, 4X100m relayer (Olympic gold 1960)
  • Mar 21 Tommy Davis, American baseball utility (3 x MLB All Star; World Series 1963; NL batting champion 1962, 63 LA Dodgers), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2022)

Cale YarboroughCale Yarborough (83 years old)

Mar 27 American Auto Racer (Daytona 500-1968, 77, 83, 84), born in Timmonsville, South Carolina

  • Mar 27 Maurice Petty, American auto racing crew chief, engine builder and team owner (Petty Enterprises, International Motorsports & NASCAR Hall of Fame), born in Level Cross, North Carolina (d. 2020)
  • Mar 29 Hanumant Singh, Indian cricketer (14 Tests for India-century on debut), born in Banswara, India
  • Mar 30 Robert Herbin, French soccer defender (23 caps; Saint-Étienne) and manager (Saint-Étienne, Lyon, Strasbourg), born in Paris, France (d. 2020)