On This Day

March 1949 in Sports History

Events in Sport

Boxing Title Fight

Mar 1 Former world heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis retires with a 66-3-0 record including 52 KOs; defended the title a record 25 times

Sports History

Mar 5 Bradman plays his last innings in 1st-class cricket, gets 30

  • Mar 10 Detroit Tiger pitcher Art Houtteman is critically injured in an auto accident but recovers to win 15 games in 1949
  • Mar 12 Ireland retains Five Nations Rugby Championship & Triple Crown with a 5-0 win over Wales at St. Helen's Ground, Swansea
  • Mar 15 Cricket's master batsman Don Bradman receives his knighthood from the Governor-General of Australia, the Rt Hon. WJ McKell at the investiture in Queen’s Hall, Parliament House, Melbourne
  • Mar 20 LPGA Titleholders Championship Women's Golf, Augusta CC: Amateur Peggy Kirk wins her only major title by 2 strokes from Patty Berg and Dorothy Kirby
  • Mar 26 11th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kentucky beats Oklahoma State, 46-36; Wildcats' back-to-back titles; center Alex Groza MOP
  • Mar 26 103rd Grand National: Leo McMorrow aboard 66/1 outsider Russian Hero wins by a comfortable 8 lengths ahead of Roimond

Birthdays in Sport

  • Mar 2 J. P. R. Williams, Welsh rugby union fullback (55 caps Wales, 8 British & Irish Lions; Grand Slam 1971, 76, 78), born in Bridgend, Wales
  • Mar 3 Jesse Jefferson, American baseball player
  • Mar 4 Jeff Grayshon MBE, English rugby league utility (England 11 caps; GB 13 caps; Dewsbury, Cronulla-Sutherland, Bradford Northern, Leeds, Featherstone Rovers, Batley), born in Birstall, England (d. 2021)
  • Mar 4 Karel Loprais, Czech rally driver (Dakar Rally truck category 1988, 94, 95, 98, 99, 2001), born in Ostrava, Czech Republic (d. 2021)
  • Mar 6 Martin Buchan, Scottish soccer player
  • Mar 8 Charles Lismont, Belgian marathon runner (Olympic silver 1972)
  • Mar 12 Natalia Kuchinskaya, Soviet gymnast
  • Mar 13 Hiroshi Kazato, Japanese racing driver, born in Chiba Prefecture, Japan (d. 1974)
  • Mar 15 Bernd Nickel, German soccer attacking midfielder (1 cap West Germany, 1972 Olympics; Eintracht Frankfurt 426 games, 141 goals), born in Siegbach, Germany (d. 2021)
  • Mar 17 Pat Rice, Irish soccer defender and coach (49 caps; Arsenal, Watford), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Mar 18 Alex "Hurricane" Higgins, Irish snooker player (2x world-champ), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland (d. 2010)
  • Mar 18 Hannu Siitonen, Finnish athlete
  • Mar 18 Jacques Secrétin, French table tennis player (World C'ship gold mixed doubles 1977), born in Carvin, France (d. 2020)
  • Mar 21 Alvin Kallicharran, West Indian cricket batsman (66 Tests 1972-81 @ 44.43), born in Port Mourant, British Guiana
  • Mar 21 Rolf-Dieter Amend, German canoeist (Olympic gold GDR C-2 slalom 1972), born in Magdeburg, Germany (d. 2022)
  • Mar 25 Jean Potvin, Canadian NHL player, 1970-81 (New York Islanders, and three other teams), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • Mar 26 Francisco Aguilar, Spanish soccer forward (3 caps; Real Madrid), born in Santander, Spain (d. 2020)
  • Mar 27 Russ Conway, American sports journalist (Eagleson NHL scandal), born in Haverhill, Massachusetts (d. 2019)
  • Mar 28 Ronnie Ray Smith, American athlete, 4 X 100m relay runner (Olympic gold 1968), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2013)
  • Mar 28 Shafiq Ahmed, Pakistani cricketer (Pakistani batsman during the 70's), born in Lahore, Pakistan
  • Mar 28 Paul Bayvel, South African rugby union scrum-half (10 caps; Transvaal), born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 2020)
  • Mar 29 Uton Dowe, West Indian cricket fast bowler (4 Tests, 12 wickets), born in Saint Mary Parish, Jamaica

Deaths in Sport

  • Mar 7 Bradbury Robinson Jr., American football pioneer who threw first legal forward pass in the history of American football in 1906, dies from complications following routine surgery at 65
  • Mar 10 James Rector, American athlete (b. 1884)
  • Mar 29 Helen Homans, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1906), dies at 72
  • Mar 30 Dattaram Hindlekar, Indian cricket wicketkeeper (4 Tests), dies at 40