On This Day

March 1941 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Mar 1 Former University of Notre Dame star fullback Elmer Layden is named first Commissioner of the NFL
  • Mar 1 Rangers' goalie Dave Kerr becomes the 5th goaltender in NHL history to record 200 career victories when New York wins, 3-1 over the Canadiens at Montreal
  • Mar 4 Chicago Black Hawks goaltender Sam LoPresti faces NHL record 83 shots in a 3-2 loss to the Bruins in Boston
  • Mar 8 1st baseball player drafted into WW II (Hugh Mulcahy, Phillies)
  • Mar 10 Lee MacPhail, Dodger GM predicts all players will wear batting helmets

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 11 Bronko Nagurski beats Ray Steele in Minn, to become wrestling champ

Hall of Fame American Football Player Bronko Nagurski
Hall of Fame American Football Player
Bronko Nagurski

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Mar 21 In a hard fought 15th title defence Joe Louis KOs Abe Simon in the 13th round at Olympia Stadium, Detroit to retain NYSAC heavyweight boxing crown

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • Mar 24 LIU beats Ohio U 56-42 for NIT basketball championship
  • Mar 29 3rd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Wisconsin beats Washington State, 39-34; Badgers' forward John Kotz is named tournament Most Outstanding Player

Birthdays in Sport

  • Mar 1 Dave Marcis, American auto racer (NASCAR Winston Cup Series 1975 runner-up; 5 career wins, 94 top-fives and 222 top-tens), born in Wausau, Wisconsin
  • Mar 9 Jim Colbert, American golfer (8 PGA Tour titles; Senior Players Championship 1993), born in Elizabeth, New Jersey
  • Mar 20 Carlos Lopez snr, American jockey
  • Mar 20 Pat Corrales, American baseball player
  • Mar 21 Malcolm Francke, cricketer (leg-spinner, Ceylon 1956 to Qld 1984)
  • Mar 26 Barclay Plager, hockey player/twin brother of hockey's Bob Plager
  • Mar 26 Bob Plager, hockey player/twin brother of hockey's Barclay Plager
  • Mar 27 Liese Prokop, Austrian pentathlete (Olympic silver 1968), born in Tulln District, Austria (d. 2006)
  • Mar 28 Jim Turner, American football player, born in Martinez, California
  • Mar 30 Sven Hamrin, Swedish road race cycler (Olympic bronze 1964)