March 1961 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Mar 4 8th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Wake Forest beats Duke, 96-81

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Mar 9 Wilt Chamberlain of NBA Philadelphia Warriors scores 67 points vs NY Knicks

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • Mar 11 Then NHL record 40 penalties, Black Hawks & Maple Leafs (20 each)

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Mar 13 Floyd Patterson KOs Ingemar Johansson in 6 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson
Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion
Floyd Patterson
  • Mar 14 George Weiss becomes President of NY Mets
  • Mar 21 Art Modell purchases Cleveland Browns for then record ($3,925,000)
  • Mar 24 NY Senate approves $55M for a baseball stadium at Flushing Meadows

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Mar 25 23rd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Cincinnati beats Ohio State, 70-65 (OT); Buckeyes' future Hall of Fame forward Jerry Lucas is MOP for 2nd straight year

NBA Forward Jerry Lucas
NBA Forward
Jerry Lucas
  • Mar 25 3rd place game is one of the wildest contests in NCAA Tournament history as St Joseph's defeats Utah, 127-120 in quadruple overtime
  • Mar 25 115th Grand National: Bobby Beasley wins aboard Nicolaus Silver, 5 lengths ahead of defending champion Merryman II; first grey winner for 90 years

Birthdays in Sport

  • Mar 1 Mike Rozier, NFL halfback (Heisman Trophy-1983, Houston, Atlanta)
  • Mar 3 Perry McCarthy, English racing driver
  • Mar 4 David "Tinker" Juarez, American BMX and cross-country mountain bike racer, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 4 Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini, American boxer (WBA lightweight champion), born in Youngstown, Ohio
  • Mar 4 Sabine Everts, former German track athlete
  • Mar 5 Zeke Mowatt, NFL tight end (NY Giants)
  • Mar 8 Larry Murphy, Scarborough, NHL defenseman (Toronto Maple Leafs)
  • Mar 10 Jesse Sapolu, NFL guard (SF 49ers)
  • Mar 10 Mitch Gaylord, CA, gymnast (Olympics 1984)/actor (American Anthem)
  • Mar 10 Bobby Petrino, American football coach
  • Mar 10 Pam Oliver, American sportscaster
  • Mar 13 Cor Lems, Dutch soccer player (ADO The Hague/Dordrecht '90), born in Rotterdam, Netherlansds
  • Mar 14 Greg Anderson, American NHRA driver
  • Mar 15 Craig Ludwig, Rhinelander, NHL defenseman (Dallas Stars)
  • Mar 15 Terry Cummings, NBA forward (Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers)
  • Mar 16 Mel Gray, NFL wide receiver/kick returner (Houston/Tennessee Oilers)
  • Mar 18 Todd Nelson, Dalles Ore, tennis star
  • Mar 18 Kevan James, English cricket all-rounder (4 wickets/4 balls + 103 Hampshire v India 1996), born in Lambeth, England
  • Mar 19 Jos Lansink, Dutch-Belgian equestrian
  • Mar 20 Kathy Baker-Guadagnino, American golfer (US Open 1985), born in Albany, New York
  • Mar 20 Jesper Olsen, Danish footballer
  • Mar 21 Wei Wang, US table tennis player (Olympics 1996), born in Beijing, China
  • Mar 21 Lothar Matthäus, German footballer
  • Mar 24 Dean Jones, Australian former-cricketer (dashing Australian batsman & fielder 1984-92), born in Coburg, Victoria, Australia
  • Mar 24 Jim Gallagher Jr, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1992 runner-up), born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 25 Mark Brooks, American golfer (PGA Championship 1996), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • Mar 27 Ellery Hanley, British rugby league player, born in Leeds
  • Mar 27 Tony Rominger, Swiss road racing cyclist, born in Vejle, Denmark
  • Mar 28 Byron Scott, American NBA guard (Vancouver Grizzlies), born in Ogden, Utah
  • Mar 29 Mike Kingery, American baseball outfielder (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in St. James, Minnesota
  • Mar 29 Gary Brabham, Australian auto racer, (British Formula 3000 C'ship 1989), born in London, England
  • Mar 30 Doug Wickenheiser, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1999)
  • Mar 31 Ron Brown, American athlete (Olympic gold 4 x 100m 1984), born in Los Angeles, California

Deaths in Sport

  • Mar 14 Akiba Rubinstein, Polish chess player (openings theorist), dies at 78
  • Mar 23 A C Russell, cricketer (10 Tests for England 910 runs), dies