March 1953 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Mar 3 Boston Braves, who own Milwaukee minor league franchise, block St Louis Browns attempt to shift their franchise to Milwaukee
  • Mar 15 Patty Berg wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
  • Mar 15 West Germany loses in soccer to Netherlands, 2-1
  • Mar 18 15th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Indiana beats Kansas 69-68
  • Mar 18 Boston Braves move to Milwaukee
  • Mar 18 NL approves Boston Braves move to Milwaukee (1st shift since 1903)
  • Mar 21 NBA record 106 fouls & 12 players foul out (Boston-Syracuse)
  • Mar 28 107th Grand National: Bryan Marshall aboard Early Mist wins

Birthdays in Sport

  • Mar 1 Bandula Warnapura, cricketer (1st Sri Lanka Test captain)
  • Mar 3 Zico, Brazilian footballer
  • Mar 4 PaweĊ‚ Janas, Polish football manager and former footballer
  • Mar 8 Jim Rice, Anderson, South Carolina, American MLB left fielder (AL MVP 1978)
  • Mar 8 Don Werner, American baseball player
  • Mar 13 Andy Bean, American PGA golfer (Western 1978, Kemper 1978), born in LaFayette, Georgia
  • Mar 14 Tim McKee, American 400m medley swimmer (Olympic silver 1972)
  • Mar 15 Colin Croft, cricketer (West Indian fast bowler 1977-82)
  • Mar 17 Chuck Muncie, American football running back, (d. 2013)
  • Mar 18 Nicholas Wisdom, cricketer (son of comic Norman, 2 games Sussex 1974)
  • Mar 19 Hans Rinn, German DR, 2 man lugist (Olympic gold 1976, 80)
  • Mar 23 Bo Diaz, Venezuelan baseball player (d. 1990)
  • Mar 24 Steve Lubbers, cricketer (capt of Dutch World Cup team 1996)
  • Mar 25 Haroon Rashid, cricketer (Pakistani & WSC batsman late 70's)
  • Mar 26 Tatyana Providokhina, Russian 1K runner (world record)
  • Mar 31 Rene Portland, American college basketball coach (Penn State 1980-2007), born in Broomall, Pennsylvania (d. 2018)

Deaths in Sport

  • Mar 2 Jim Lightbody, American runner (b. 1882)

Person of interestJames J. Jeffries

Mar 3 James J. Jeffries, American heavyweight boxer, dies at 77

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion James J. Jeffries
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
James J. Jeffries

Person of interestJim Thorpe

Mar 28 Jim Thorpe, American all-round athlete (2 gold Olympics 1912, College, Pro Football Halls of Fame), dies of heart failure at 65

Versatile Athlete Jim Thorpe
Versatile Athlete
Jim Thorpe