On This Day

March 1959 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Mar 3 San Francisco Giants rename their stadium Candlestick Park
  • Mar 7 6th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: NC State beats North Carolina, 80-56

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 10 Dorothy Comiskey Rigney, sells 54% of White Sox to Bill Veeck

MLB Team Owner and Promoter Bill Veeck
MLB Team Owner and Promoter
Bill Veeck

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Mar 15 LPGA Titleholders Championship Women's Golf, Augusta CC: Louise Suggs wins her 4th Titleholders title by 1 stroke from Betsy Rawls

Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA
Louise Suggs
LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls

Sports record brokenNBA Record

Mar 18 Boston Celtic's Bill Sharman begins record of 56 straight free-throws

NBA Guard Bill Sharman
NBA Guard
Bill Sharman

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 21 21st NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: California beats West Virginia, 71-70; WV future Hall of Fame point guard Jerry West is named MOP

NBA Guard Jerry West
NBA Guard
Jerry West
  • Mar 21 113th Grand National: Michael Scudamore wins aboard 8/1 second favourite Oxo; only 4 of 32 starters finish the race
  • Mar 25 Bill White traded to St Louis for pitchers Sam Jones & Don Choate
  • Mar 26 Test debut for Pakistani cricketer Mushtaq Mohammad v West Indies, aged 15 years
  • Mar 29 Wes Hall takes Pakistani cricket hat-trick at Lahore

Birthdays in Sport

  • Mar 3 Romeo Zondervan, Dutch soccer player (NAC)
  • Mar 7 Tom Lehman, American golfer (British Open 1996; Senior PGA C'ship 2010, Tradition 2011-12), born in Austin, Minnesota
  • Mar 13 Dirk Wellham, Australian cricketer (century on NSW debut & Australian debut), born in Marrickville, Sydney
  • Mar 15 Eliot Teltscher, California, tennis player (US Davis Cup team)
  • Mar 15 Harold Baines, Easton MD, outfielder (Chicago White Sox, Texas Rangers)
  • Mar 17 Danny Ainge, American NBA basketball player (Boston Celtics, 1981-69; 3 other teams 1989-95), coach (Phoenix Suns, 1996-99), and executive (Boston Celtics, 2000-present)and MLB baseball (Toronto Blue Jays, 1979-81) player, born in Eugene, Oregon
  • Mar 20 Dale Reid, Scottish golfer (21 Ladies European Tour wins), born in Ladybank Scotland
  • Mar 24 Renaldo Nehemiah, American hurdler (110m at 12.93)/NFLer (SF 49ers)
  • Mar 25 Vince Guerra, American jockey, born in Tucson
  • Mar 28 Petra Delhees, Swiss tennis star, born in Aarau, Switzerland
  • Mar 29 Brad McCrimmon, Canadian NHL defenseman (Hartford Whalers), born in Dodsland, Saskatchewan (d. 2011)

Deaths in Sport

  • Mar 1 Albie Booth, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Yale University), dies of a heart attack at 51
  • Mar 4 Maxey Long, American athlete (b. 1878)
  • Mar 28 James Neblett, cricketer (one Test WI v England 1935), dies