On This Day

March 1950 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Mar 3 National-American Football League reverts to calling itself the NFL after 3 months
  • Mar 7 Men's Figure Skating World Championship in London won by Dick Button (USA)

US Women's Golf Open

Mar 19 US Open Women's Golf, Rolling Hills CC: Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins by 9 strokes from amateur Betsy Rawls

Golf Tournament

Mar 19 LPGA Titleholders Championship Women's Golf, Augusta CC: Babe Didrikson Zaharias wins her 2nd of 3 Titleholders titles by 8 strokes from amateur Claire Doran

  • Mar 24 US Mens Figure Skating Championship won by Dick Button
  • Mar 25 104th Grand National: Jimmy Power wins aboard 10/1 Irish co-favourite Freebooter; estimated 500,00 in attendance including Royal Family
  • Mar 25 Wales outclasses France, 21-0 at the National Stadium, Cardiff to clinch the Five Nations Rugby Championship, Grand Slam and Triple Crown
  • Mar 28 12th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: CCNY beats Bradley, 71-68; City College of NY first to win NCAA & National Invitational Basketball in same year

Birthdays in Sport

  • Mar 1 Nick Mike-Mayer, American football placekicker (Pro Bowl 1973; Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles, Buffalo Bills), born in Bologna, Italy
  • Mar 1 Riley Odoms, American football tight end (NFL Pro Bowl 1973–75, 78; First-Team All-Pro 1974, 75; Denver Broncos), born in Luling, Texas
  • Mar 4 Judy Dickinson, American golfer (US Open runner-up 1985), born in Akron, Ohio
  • Mar 4 Rafael Canizares Poey, Cuban basketballer (Olympic bronze 1972), born in Alacs Mtnzs, Cuba
  • Mar 7 Franco Harris, American Hall of Fame NFL fullback (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Fort Dix, New Jersey
  • Mar 7 J.R. Richard, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1980; NL ERA leader 1979; NL strikeout leader 1978, 79; Houston Astros), born in Vienna, Louisiana (d. 2021)
  • Mar 9 Danny Sullivan, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1985, CART C'ship 1988), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Mar 9 Andy North, American golfer, broadcaster (US Open 1978, 85; ESPN), born in Thorp, Wisconsin
  • Mar 12 Willie Duggan, rugby football player
  • Mar 12 Javier Clemente, Spanish football manager
  • Mar 13 Bernard Julien, West Indian cricket all-rounder (24 Tests, 50 wickets, 2 x 100s), born in Carenage, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Mar 13 Joe Bugner, Hungarian-British-Australian boxer (European Champ 1971), born in Szőreg, Hungary
  • Mar 18 Larry Perkins, Australian racing driver
  • Mar 22 Jocky Wilson, Scottish darts player (BDO World Champion 1982, 89), born in Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland (d. 2012)
  • Mar 26 Graham Barlow, English cricketer (England batsman in 3 Tests 1976-77)
  • Mar 27 Vic Harris, American MLB player, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 28 John Whittaker, New Zealand rugby league utility back (26 Tests; Wellington; Warrington), born in Wellington, New Zealand (d. 2020)

Deaths in Sport

  • Mar 15 Ralph Greenleaf, American pocket billiards player (20-time world champion), dies from acute internal haemorrhage at 50
  • Mar 23 Douglas Carr, England cricket spin bowler (1 Test, 7 wickets; Kent CCC), dies at 78