On This Day

March 1968 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Mar 1 High winds blow-off the Philadelphia Spectrum's roof, forcing the Flyers to play their final month of the NHL season on the road, with home games moved to Toronto, NYC and Quebec City
  • Mar 2 Ice Dance Championship at Geneva won by Towler & Ford of Great Britain
  • Mar 2 19 year-old American Peggy Fleming wins her 3rd consecutive World Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Geneva, Switzerland; announces her retirement, turns professional and eventually goes into broadcasting

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Mar 3 Jean Béliveau (Montreal) becomes 2nd NHLer to score 1,000 pts

NHL Legend Jean Béliveau
NHL Legend
Jean Béliveau

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Mar 3 In a blockbuster trade, Toronto Maple Leafs send future Hockey Hall of Fame left wing Frank Mahovlich to the rival Detroit Red Wings

NHL Legend Frank Mahovlich
NHL Legend
Frank Mahovlich

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Mar 4 Joe Frazier takes his record to 20-0 and captures vacant world heavyweight boxing title; stops Buster Mathis in 11th round TKO at Madison Square Garden, NYC

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Joe Frazier
  • Mar 4 Italian boxer Nino Benvenuti regains world middleweight title with a 15-round points decision over American champion Emile Griffith at Madison Square Garden, NY; last of famous trilogy of fights
  • Mar 8 6 year old Tommy Moore scores hole-in-one in golf (Hagerstown, Maryland)
  • Mar 9 15th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: North Carolina beats NC State, 87-50
  • Mar 15 Bob Beamon sets indoor long jump record (27'2-3/4")
  • Mar 23 30th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats North Carolina, 78-55; Bruins back-to-back titles; Lew Alcindor tournament Most Outstanding Player for the 2nd of 3 consecutive years
  • Mar 23 France retains the Five Nations Rugby Championship with an 14-9 win over Wales at the National Stadium, Cardiff; first Grand Slam victory for France
  • Mar 30 122nd Grand National: 20-year old Brian Fletcher aboard 100/7 chance Red Alligator rides the first of 3 GN victories

Birthdays in Sport

  • Mar 1 Salil Ankola, Indian cricket pace bowler (1 Test; 20 ODIs), born in Solapur, Maharashtra, India
  • Mar 3 Brian Leetch, NHL defenseman (Team USA, NY Rangers), born in Corpus Christi, Texas
  • Mar 3 Diann Roffe-Steinrotter, alpine skier (Olympic gold/silver-92), born in Warsaw, New York
  • Mar 3 Scott Radinsky, Simi Valley CA, pitcher (LA Dodgers)
  • Mar 4 Dinky van Rensburg, South Africa, tennis star
  • Mar 4 Dionna Harris, softball outfielder (Olympic gold 1996), born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • Mar 4 Giovanni Carrara, Venezuelan baseball player
  • Mar 5 Marq Mellor, field hockey forward (Olympics 1996), born in Long Island, New York
  • Mar 5 Roman Phifer, linebacker (Los Angeles/St Louis Rams), born in Plattsburgh, New York
  • Mar 5 Shjon Podein, NHL left wing (Philadelphia Flyers), born in Rochester, New York
  • Mar 6 Carla McGhee, Peoria Ill, American basketball forward (Olympic gold 1996)
  • Mar 7 Jeff Kent, American MLB infielder (NY Mets), born in Bellflower, California
  • Mar 7 Ricky Proehl, American NFL wide receiver (Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears), born in New York City
  • Mar 8 Clare Wood, Zululand South Africa, tennis star (1986 Futures-Lisbon)
  • Mar 8 Rob Zettler, Sept-iles, NHL defenseman (Toronto Maple Leafs)
  • Mar 8 Michael Bartels, German race car driver
  • Mar 8 Jim Dougherty, American baseball player
  • Mar 9 Youri Djorkaeff, French footballer, born in Lyon, France
  • Mar 12 Merton Hanks, NFL safety (SF 49ers)
  • Mar 16 Jason van Blerk, Australian soccer player (Go Ahead Eagles), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Mar 17 Judy Mosley McAfee, WNBA forward (Sacramento Monarchs)
  • Mar 18 Pat Terrell, NFL strong safety (Carolina Panthers, Green Bay Packers)
  • Mar 19 Liam Jewell, kayaker (Olympics 1996), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Mar 19 Tyrone Hill, American NBA forward (Cleveland Cavaliers, Milwaukee Bucks), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Mar 20 Eric Viscaal, Dutch soccer star (PSV/AA Gent)
  • Mar 21 Erwin Vanderbroeck, Dutch soccer player (Roda JC)
  • Mar 21 Jeff Lazaro, Waltham Mass, US hockey forward (Olympics 1994)
  • Mar 21 Johan Garpenlov, NHL left wing (Florida Panthers), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Mar 21 Scott Williams, NBA forward (Philadelphia 76ers)
  • Mar 22 Ramón Martínez, pitcher (LA Dodgers), born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Mar 23 Atul Wassan, cricketer (Indian pace bowler 1989-90)
  • Mar 23 Curtis Mayfield, Canadian CFL receiver (Saskatchewan Roughriders, 1996-99), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Mar 23 David Maeva, CFL linebacker (BC Lions)
  • Mar 23 Mark Maddox, linebacker (Buffalo Bills)
  • Mar 23 Mike Atherton, cricketer (Lancashire batsman & England captain)
  • Mar 23 Fernando Hierro, Spanish footballer
  • Mar 25 Dixon Edwards, NFL linebacker (Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings)
  • Mar 25 Errol Martin, CFL linebacker (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • Mar 25 Peter Blackburn, Australia, badminton player (Olympics 1996)
  • Mar 26 Edward Kaminski, American javelin thrower, born in Kansas City, Kansas
  • Mar 26 Jose Vizcaino, MLB infielder (NY Mets), born in San Cristobal, Dominican Republic
  • Mar 26 Mike Trevathan, American CFL slot back (BC Lions), born in Redondo Beach, California
  • Mar 26 Shane Reynolds, American MLB pitcher (Houston Astros), born in Bastrop, Louisiana
  • Mar 26 Laurent Brochard, French cyclist, born in Le Mans, France
  • Mar 27 Irina Belova, Russian heptathlete (world record 1992), born in Angarsk, Russia
  • Mar 28 Nasser Hussain, English cricketer (Essex & England batsman), born in Chennai, India
  • Mar 28 Teee Williams, volleyball outside hitter (Olympic bronze 1992, 96), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 28 Tim Lovejoy, British television presenter (Soccer AM with Helen Chamberlain), born in Northwood, London
  • Mar 29 Chris Calloway, American NFL wide receiver (NY Giants), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Mar 29 James O. Williams, NFL tackle (Chicago Bears), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Deaths in Sport

  • Mar 31 Grover Lowdermilk, American baseball player (b. 1885)