March 1966 in Sports History

Events in Sport

Sports History

Mar 2 Chicago Black Hawks right wing Bobby Hull becomes the NHL's first 2-time 50-goal scorer when he strikes in a 5-4 win against the Detroit Red Wings at Chicago Stadium

Sports History

Mar 2 Jean Béliveau scores his 380th career NHL goal when Montreal ties Toronto, 3-3; moves him ahead of Ted Lindsay into the #3 spot all time, behind Gordie Howe and Maurice Richard

  • Mar 5 13th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Duke beats NC State, 71-66
  • Mar 5 Bob Seagren pole vaults 5.19m indoor world record
  • Mar 5 Player reps elect Marvin Miller as executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association

Sports History

Mar 12 Jockey Johnny Longden retires after 40 years (6,032 wins)

  • Mar 19 28th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Texas Western beats Kentucky, 72-65; Miners first title in first title game
  • Mar 26 120th Grand National: Tim Norman aboard 50/1 outsider Anglo wins by 20 lengths, giving Freddie 2nd place for a second straight year
  • Mar 26 Wales beats France, 9-8 at the National Stadium, Cardiff to clinch their 15th Five Nations Rugby Championship

Boxing Title Fight

Mar 29 Muhammad Ali beats George Chuvalo in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

Birthdays in Sport

  • Mar 2 Judith Wiesner, Austrian tennis player (World #12 1997; captain Austria's Federation Cup team 2001), born in Hallein Austria
  • Mar 3 Claus Boekweg, Dutch soccer player (FC Groningen, FC Zwolle)
  • Mar 3 Dmitry Volkov, Soviet-Russian swimmer (1992 medley relay silver), born in Moscow, Russia, Soviet Union
  • Mar 3 Ellen Minzner, Lawrence Mass, rower (Olympics 1996)
  • Mar 4 Kevin Johnson, American NBA player (Phoenix Suns) and politician, born in Sacramento, California
  • Mar 5 Bob Halkidis, Canadian hockey player
  • Mar 5 Michael Irvin, American Pro Football HOF wide receiver (Super Bowl 1992, 93, 95; Dallas Cowboys; 5 × Pro Bowl) and broadcaster (ESPN, NFL Network), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Mar 6 Cliff Meidl, American sprint kayak (Olympics 1996 & 2000), born in Manhattan Beach, California
  • Mar 7 Jeff Feagles, American NFL punter (Arizona Cardinals), born in Anaheim, california
  • Mar 7 Terry Carkner, Canadian NHL defenseman (Florida Panthers), born in Smiths Falls, Canada
  • Mar 8 Laura McCabe, cross country skier (Olympics 1994)
  • Mar 10 Michael Timlin, American MLB pitcher (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Midland, Texas
  • Mar 11 Stéphane Demol, Belgian soccer central defender (38 caps; Anderlecht, Bologna, Porto, Toulouse, Standard Liège), born in Watermael-Boitsfort, Belgium (d. 2023)
  • Mar 12 Alecia Stephenson, North softball ss (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Mar 12 Grant Long, NBA forward (Detroit Pistons, Atlanta Hawks)
  • Mar 12 John Thompson III, NCAA Basketball Head Coach
  • Mar 13 Tine Scheuer-Larsen, Danish tennis star, born in Ølstykke, Denmark
  • Mar 14 Darcy Wakaluk, Canadian NHL goalie (Dallas Stars), born in Pincher Creek, Alberta
  • Mar 14 Tertius Bosch, South African cricketing pace bowler
  • Mar 16 Catarina Pollini, WNBA forward (Houston Comets)
  • Mar 16 David Nascimento, soccer player (Roda JC/FC Utrecht)
  • Mar 16 Rodney Peete, NFL quarterback (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Mar 19 Andy Sinton, English footballer
  • Mar 20 Blas Minor, Merced CA, pitcher (Seattle Mariners)
  • Mar 20 Giulio Caravatta, CFL quarterback (BC Lions)
  • Mar 21 Al Iafrate, American NHL defenseman (799 career NHL games, 152 goals, 311 assists for 463 points), born in Dearborn, Michigan
  • Mar 21 Karen Lunn, Australian golfer (British Open 1993; LET Order of Merit 1993), born in Cowra, New South Wales
  • Mar 21 Kenny Bräck, Swedish auto racer (Indy Racing League 1998; Indianapolis 500 1999), born in Arvika, Sweden
  • Mar 21 Matthew Maynard, cricketer (big hitting Glamorgan & England player)
  • Mar 22 Brian Shaw, American NBA guard and coach (Orlando Magic, SF Warriors), born in Oakland, California
  • Mar 22 Sean Berry, American infielder (Houston Astros), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Mar 23 Mike Remlinger, MLB pitcher (Cincinnati Reds), born in Middletown, New York
  • Mar 24 Penny Toler, WNBA guard (LA Sparks)
  • Mar 25 Anton Rogan, Irish soccer defender (18 caps NI; Celtic, Sunderland, Oxford United, Millwall), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Mar 25 David Hohl, American freestyle wrestler (Olympics-9-92, 96), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Mar 25 Jeff Cross, American football defensive end (Pro Bowl 1990 Miami Dolphins), born in Blythe, California

Tom Glavine (57 years old)

Mar 25 American Baseball HOF pitcher (NL Cy Young Award 1991, 98; World Series MVP 1995; 10 x MLB All Star; Atlanta Braves, NY Mets), born in Concord, Massachusetts

  • Mar 26 Wesley Walls, American NFL tight end (Carolina Panthers, SF 49ers, New Orleans Saints), born in Batesville, Mississipi
  • Mar 27 Kate Donahoo, US judoka (Olympic-92), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Mar 28 Jason Garrett, American NFL quarterback (Dallas Cowboys), born in Abington Township, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 28 Nathalie Herreman, French tennis star, born in Sainte-Adresse, France
  • Mar 30 Efstratios Grivas, Greek chess grandmaster and author, born in Aigio, Greece
  • Mar 31 Roger Black, English athlete (World C'ships gold 4 x 400m relay 1991, 97), born in Gosport, Hampshire,

Deaths in Sport

  • Mar 9 Pablo Birger, Argentine racing driver (b. 1924)
  • Mar 15 Abe Saperstein, British-American sports entrepreneur (founder of Harlem Globetrotters), dies of a heart attack at 63