On This Day

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
  • 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
  • Mar 29 Yanks & Red Sox tie at 2-2 in 17, spring training game

Birthdays in Sport

  • Mar 4 Tom Grieve, American baseball player
  • Mar 4 Leron Lee, American baseball player
  • Mar 10 Austin Carr, NBA star (Cleveland Cavaliers)
  • Mar 11 César Gerónimo, Dominican baseball player
  • Mar 17 Alex MacDonald, Scottish Footballer and football manager
  • Mar 18 Eknath Solkar, cricketer (India 1969-77, brilliant short-leg fielder)
  • Mar 18 Brian Lloyd, Welsh footballer
  • Mar 19 Vintcent Van der Bijl, Natal cricket bowler (superb 2m of 70's & 80's)

Person of interestBobby Orr

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

Ice Hockey Legend Bobby Orr
Ice Hockey Legend
Bobby Orr
  • 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
  • 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