March 1948 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Mar 13 Ireland beats Wales, 6-3 at Ravenhill Stadium, Belfast to clinch the Five Nations Rugby Championship and first Grand Slam
  • Mar 20 102nd Grand National: 50/1 chance Sheila's Cottage first mare to win the GN for 46 years; ridden by Irish jockey Arthur Thompson

Golf Tournament

Mar 21 LPGA Titleholders Championship Women's Golf, Augusta CC: Patty Berg wins her 4th Titleholders title by 1 stroke ahead of Babe Zaharias and Peggy Kirk

  • Mar 23 10th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kentucky beats Baylor, 58-42; Wildcats' first victory in first title game
  • Mar 29 Drachtster Boys soccer team forms in Drachten, Netherland
  • Mar 29 New York Yankees & Boston Red Sox tie at 2-2 in 17, spring training game

Birthdays in Sport

  • Mar 4 Leron Lee, American MLB player, born in Bakersfield, California
  • Mar 4 Tom Grieve, American MLB player, born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts
  • Mar 10 Austin Carr, American basketball guard (NBA All-Star 1974; NBA All-Rookie First Team 1972; Cleveland Cavaliers), born in Washington D.C.
  • Mar 10 Jean-Pierre Adams, French soccer centre-back (22 caps; Nîmes, Nice, Paris Saint-Germain), born in Dakar, Senegal (d. 2021)
  • Mar 11 César Gerónimo, Dominican baseball player
  • Mar 17 Alex MacDonald, Scottish Footballer and football manager
  • Mar 18 Brian Lloyd, Welsh footballer
  • Mar 18 Eknath Solkar, cricketer (India 1969-77, brilliant short-leg fielder)
  • Mar 19 Vintcent Van der Bijl, Natal cricket bowler (superb 2m of 70's & 80's)

Bobby OrrBobby Orr (74 years old)

Mar 20 Canadian hall of fame NHL defenseman (Boston Bruins), born in Parry Sound, Ontario

  • Mar 23 Wasim Bari, Pakistani cricket wicket-keeper (Pakistan's most successful), born in Karachi, Pakistan
  • Mar 30 Eddie Jordan, Irish motorsport F1 boss and TV commentator, born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Mar 31 Gustaaf Van Cauter, Belgian cyclist (world champion 100k team road race), born in Mechelen, Flanders

Deaths in Sport

  • Mar 5 Charles Prince, cricketer (5 & 1 in only Test for South Africa), dies