On This Day

March 1945 in Sports History

Events in Sport

Historic Invention

Mar 6 George Nissen of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, receives a patent for the first modern trampoline

  • Mar 15 As a symbol of wartime baseball, Bert Shepard (one-legged WWII veteran) begins a successful tryout as a pitcher for the Washington Senators

Sports History

Mar 18 Montreal Canadien Maurice "Rocket" Richard becomes the 1st NHLer to score 50 goals

Sports History

Mar 26 De Paul wins NIT basketball championship, George Mikan scores 34

  • Mar 26 Venray soccer team forms
  • Mar 27 7th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Oklahoma State beats NYU, 49-44; Cowboys' center Bob Kurland is named tournament Most Outstanding Player

Birthdays in Sport

  • Mar 1 Wilfried van Moer, Belgian soccer midfielder (57 caps; Belgian Golden Shoe x 3; Beveren, Antwerp, Standard Liège), born in Beveren, Belgium (d. 2021)
  • Mar 3 Farooq Hamid, cricketer (1-107 in Test, Pakistan v Australia 1964)
  • Mar 4 Tommy Svensson, Swedish soccer midfielder (40 caps; Östers IF, Standard Liège) and manager (Östers IF, Sweden), born in Växjö, Sweden
  • Mar 5 Randy Matson, American field athlete (Olympic gold shot putt 1968), born in Pampa, Texas
  • Mar 8 Graeme Watson, Australian cricket all-rounder (5 Tests, 1 x 50, 6 wickets; 2 ODIs; Victoria CA, WA CA, NSW CA), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 2020)
  • Mar 10 HO de Villiers, South African rugby union fullback (14 caps; Villager FC, Western Province), born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 2022)
  • Mar 11 Dock Ellis, American baseball player
  • Mar 15 Jörgen Sundelin, Swedish yachtsmen (Olympic gold 5.5m class 1968; World C'ship gold Dragon class 1971), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Mar 18 Aleksey Vakhonin, USSR, bantam weight (Olympic gold 1964)
  • Mar 18 John Jacobs, American golfer (PGA Senior C’ship 2003), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 20 Pat Riley, American NBA coach (Lakers, Knicks, Heat), born in Schenectady, New York
  • Mar 23 Krasnodar Rora, Croatian soccer midfielder (5 caps Yugoslavia; Dinamo Zagreb, Standard Liège) and manager (Šibenik), born in Vis, Croatia (d. 2020)
  • Mar 26 Mikhail Voronin, Russian and Soviet gymnast (1968 Olympics: 7 medals including 2 gold, 1972 Olympics: 2 silver medals), born in Moscow (d. 2004)
  • Mar 27 Briton Selby, Canadian NHL player, born in Kingston, Ontario
  • Mar 28 Johnny Famechon, Australian boxer (WBC featherweight champion), born in Paris, France

Walt Frazier

Mar 29 Walt "Clyde" Frazier, NBA guard (NY Knicks), born in Atlanta, Georgia


Deaths in Sport

  • Mar 18 William Grover-Williams, British racing driver
  • Mar 24 (Jevon) "Jeff" Nicklin, Canadian CFL football player,1934-40 (Winnipeg Blue Bombers), and Army paratrooper officer killed in action at 30
  • Mar 29 Ferenc Csik, Hungarian swimmer (Olympics gold medal 100m freestyle 1936), dies of war wounds at 31