On This Day

March 1954 in Sports History

Events in Sport

Sports History

Mar 1 Future Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder Ted Williams fractures his collarbone on the first day of Boston Red Sox spring training; injury keeps him out of Boston lineup until May 15

  • Mar 6 1st ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: NC State beats Wake Forest, 82-80 (OT)
  • Mar 7 Russia wins their 1st international ice hockey competition

Sports History

Mar 13 Braves' Bobby Thomson breaks his ankle, he is replaced by Hank Aaron

  • Mar 14 Milwaukee Braves future home run king Hank Aaron homers in his debut exhibition game against the Boston Red Sox

Golf Tournament

Mar 14 LPGA Titleholders Championship Women's Golf, Augusta CC: Louise Suggs wins her second Titleholders title by 7 strokes from Patty Berg

  • Mar 19 US Ladies' Figure Skating championship won by Tenley Albright
  • Mar 19 "The Three Ws" of West Indian cricket each score centuries in one innings; Clyde Walcott scores 124 following Everton Weekes (206) and Frank Worrell (167) in 1st innings of drawn 4th Test v England at Port of Spain
  • Mar 20 16th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: La Salle beats Bradley, 92-76; Explorers' small forward Tom Gola is named tournament Most Outstanding Player
  • Mar 30 Test Cricket debut of Garry Sobers v England at Kingston

Birthdays in Sport

  • Mar 2 Pete Johnson, American NFL running back (Pro Bowl, All Pro 1981; Cincinnati Bengals), born in Fort Valley, Georgia
  • Mar 2 John Sciarra, American College Football Hall of Fame safety (UCLA; NFL: Philadelphia Eagles), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 3 Keith Fergus, American golfer (3 PGA Tour titles), born in Temple, Texas
  • Mar 4 Peter Jacobsen, American golfer (US Senior Open 2004, Senior Players C'ship 2005; 7 PGA Tour titles), born in Portland, Oregon
  • Mar 4 Willie Thorne, English snooker player (1985 Classic), born in Leicester, England (d. 2020)
  • Mar 8 David Wilkie MBE, Scottish swimmer (Olympic gold 200m breaststroke 1976; World C 'ship gold 200m breaststroke 1973, 75, 100m 1975), born in Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Mar 8 Karl Schnabl, 90m ski jumper (Olympic gold 1976)
  • Mar 16 Dav Whatmore, Australian cricket batsman (7 Tests, 2 x 50s; Victoria) and coach (Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan), born in Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Mar 16 Hollis Stacy, American golfer (US Open, 1977-78, 84), born in Savannah, Georgia
  • Mar 20 Charlie Simmer, Ontario, NHL left winger (LA Kings)
  • Mar 22 Ross Browner, American College Football HOF defensive end (Notre Dame; Maxwell Award 1977; Cincinnati Bengals), born in Warren, Ohio (d. 2022)
  • Mar 23 Geno Auriemma, Italian-born American basketball coach (Connecticut Huskies), born in Montella, Italy
  • Mar 25 Thom Loverro, American sportswriter

Deaths in Sport

  • Mar 12 Bob Quinn, American MLB executive (owner Boston Red Sox 1923–33; part owner Boston Braves 1936–45; President National Baseball Hall of Fame 1948–51), dies at 84
  • Mar 14 Fred Herd, Scottish golfer (US Open 1898), dies at 80
  • Mar 18 Walter Mead, cricketer (one Test for England 1899), dies