On This Day

March 1962 in Sports History

Events in Sport

Sports History

Mar 2 Philadelphia center Wilt Chamberlain scores 100 points, most ever by an NBA player in a single game, in Warriors' 169-147 win over NY Knicks in Hershey; 36-of-63 from field, 28-of-32 from free-throw line

  • Mar 3 9th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Wake Forest beats Clemson, 77-66
  • Mar 10 Due to its no black policy, Phillies leave Jack Tar Harrison Hotel & move to Rocky Point Motel, 20 miles outside Clearwater, Florida

NHL Record

Mar 14 Red Wings' forward Gordie Howe becomes second player in NHL history to score 500 career goals in Detroit's 3-2 loss to NY Rangers

  • Mar 15 Wilt Chamberlain is 1st to score 4,000 pts in an NBA season
  • Mar 20 Sjoukje Dijkstra becomes world champion figure skater
  • Mar 21 Philadelphia Phillies retire pitcher Robin Roberts' # 36
  • Mar 23 Nawab of Pataudi captains India cricket v WI age 21 years 77 days
  • Mar 23 William DeWitt buys Cincinnati Reds for $4,625,000
  • Mar 24 24th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Cincinnati beats Ohio State, 71-59; Bearcats win back-to-back National titles
  • Mar 24 Emile Griffith beats Benny " Kid" Paret by TKO in 12th round in welterweight boxing title fight at MSG, NYC; Paret dies 10 days later; first use of television slow motion replay

NHL Record

Mar 27 NHL Montreal Canadiens goaltender Jacques Plante ties record winning 6th NHL Vezina trophy

  • Mar 28 Devastating 8 for 6 spell by Gibbs gives WI cricket victory over India
  • Mar 31 116th Grand National: Fred Winter aboard 28/1 shot Kilmore wins by 10 lengths from Wyndburgh

Birthdays in Sport

  • Mar 1 Mark Gardner, American baseball pitcher and coach (World Series 2010, 12, 14; SF Giants), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 1 Russell Coutts, New Zealand yachtsman (Olympic gold Finn Class 1984, America's Cup 5 x winner), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • Mar 2 Terry Steinbach, American baseball catcher (MLB All-Star 1988, 89, 93; World Series 1989; Oakland A's), born in New Ulm, Minnesota
  • Mar 2 Raimo Summanen, Finnish ice hockey left wing (World C'Ships gold 1995; NHL: Edmonton Oilers, Vancouver Canucks) and coach (Finland; HIFK), born in Jyväskylä, Finland
  • Mar 3 Herschel Walker, American College Football Hall of Fame running back (Heisman Trophy 1982, U of Georgia; Pro Bowl 1987, 88), Dallas Cowboys), born in Wrightsville, Georgia
  • Mar 3 Jackie Joyner-Kersee, E St Louis IL, heptathele (Olympic gold 1988, 92)
  • Mar 3 Steve Blackmore, Welsh rugby union prop (4 caps; Cardiff RFC), born in Cardiff, Wales (d. 2020)
  • Mar 4 Brant Ian Woodward, New Zealand trap shooter (Olympics 1996), born in Hurstville, New Zealand
  • Mar 4 Greg Kragen, NFL nose tackle (GB Packers, Carolina Panthers)
  • Mar 5 Elise Burgin, tennis star, born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Mar 6 Alison Nicholas, English golfer (US Open 1997), born in Gibraltar
  • Mar 7 Peter Manley, English Darts Player (PDC World C'ship runner-up 1999, 2002, 2006), born in London, England
  • Mar 8 Shaun Gayle, NFL strong safety (San Diego Chargers)
  • Mar 8 William Fuller, NFL defensive end (Philadelphia Eagles, San Diego Chargers)
  • Mar 9 Jan Furtok, Polish footballer, born in Katowice, Poland
  • Mar 10 Andre Waters, NFL safety (Arizona Cardinals)

Darryl Strawberry

Mar 12 Darryl Strawberry, American MLB right fielder (8-time All Star), born in Los Angeles, California

  • Mar 13 Liane Tooth, Australian field hockey forward (Olympics 1996), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • Mar 16 Marcel Brands, soccer player (RKC)
  • Mar 18 Trevor Franklin, cricketer (opened for NZ mid-80's)
  • Mar 19 Ivan Calderón, Puerto Rican baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 1991; Chicago White Sox, Montreal Expos), born in Fajardo, Puerto Rico (d. 2003)
  • Mar 22 Juan Aguilera, Spanish tennis player, born in Barcelona, Spain
  • Mar 23 Steve Redgrave, British rower (5 Olympic gold medals 1984-2000) world's most successful male rower, born in Marlow
  • Mar 24 Penny Hammel, American golfer (4 LPGA Tour titles), born in Decatur, Illinois
  • Mar 24 Vaughan Johnson, American NFL linebacker (Pro Bowl 1989-92; New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles), born in Morehead City, North Carolina (d. 2019)
  • Mar 25 Fernando Martín, Spanish basketball center (first Spaniard in NBA 1986, Portland Trail Blazers; FIBA Club World Cup 1981, Real Madrid), born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1989)

John Stockton

Mar 26 John Stockton, NBA guard (Utah Jazz, Olympic gold 1996), born in Spokane, Washington

  • Mar 26 Kevin Seitzer, infielder (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Springfield, Illinois
  • Mar 28 Jure Franko, Slovenian-Yugoslav alpine skier, born in Nova Gorica, Slovenia
  • Mar 29 Kirk Triplett, American golfer (3-time PGA Tour winner), born in Moses Lake, Washington
  • Mar 29 Billy Beane, American MLB baseball outfielder, executive (Oakland Athletics), born in Orlando, Florida
  • Mar 31 John Taylor, American NFL wide receiver (3-time Super Bowl winner, SF 49ers), born in Philadelphia, PA

Deaths in Sport

  • Mar 2 Walt Kiesling, American Pro Football Hall of Fame guard (NFL 1920s All-Decade Team; First-team All-Pro 1929, 30, 32; Chicago Cardinals) and coach (Pittsburgh Pirates/Steelers), dies from bacteremia at 58
  • Mar 4 George Mogridge, Major League Baseball pitcher (b. 1889)