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

Sports History

Mar 7 West Indies all out 76 v Pakistan at Dacca, Fazal Mahmood 6-34

Sports History

Mar 10 Dorothy Comiskey Rigney, sells her 54% share of MLB Chicago White Sox to Bill Veeck, for a reported $27M

Golf Tournament

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

NBA Record

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

  • Mar 21 113th Grand National: Michael Scudamore wins aboard 8/1 second favourite Oxo; only 4 of 32 starters finish the race

Sports History

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

  • 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, American tennis player (French Open mixed doubles 1983; world #6 singles 1982), born in Rancho Palos Verdes, California
  • Mar 15 Harold Baines, American Baseball HOF outfielder (6 × MLB All-Star; Chicago WS, Texas Rangers; Oakland A's, Baltimore Orioles) and coach (World Series 2005 Chicago WS), born in Easton Maryland
  • 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, 1979-97 (Philadelphia Flyers; Calgary Flames and 4 others), 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