March 1971 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Mar 6 Test Cricket debut of Sunil Gavaskar, v West Indies at Port-of-Spain

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Mar 8 Joe Frazier beats Muhammad Ali in 15, retains heavyweight boxing title at Madison Square Garden

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • Mar 8 Milwaukee Bucks win their 20th straight NBA game (team record)
  • Mar 13 18th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: South Carolina beats North Carolina, 52-51

Sport awardTennis Open

Mar 14 59th Men's Australian Open: Ken Rosewall beats Arthur Ashe (6-1, 7-5, 6-3)

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player Arthur Ashe
Tennis Player
Arthur Ashe
  • Mar 14 59th Women's Australian Open: Margaret Court beats Evonne Goolagong (2-6, 7-6, 7-5)
  • Mar 19 Philadelphia 76ers outscore Cincinnati Royals 90-8 in 1 half
  • Mar 20 Boston Bruins win 13th straight NHL game
  • Mar 21 Gavaskar scores 1st of his 34 Test Cricket tons, 116 at Georgetown
  • Mar 21 Jan Ferraris wins LPGA Orange Blossom Golf Classic
  • Mar 25 Boston Patriots become New England Patriots
  • Mar 27 33rd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats Villanova 68-62 UCLA wins their 5th consecutive NCAA basketball title

Birthdays in Sport

  • Mar 1 Allen Johnson, long jumper/110m hurdler (Olympic gold 1996), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Mar 1 Andre Karnebeek, soccer player (FC Twente)
  • Mar 1 Austin Robbins, NFL defensive tackle (Oakland Raiders, New Orleans Saints)
  • Mar 1 Shepherd Clark, figure skater (1994, 97 Eastern Sr champ), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Mar 1 Tim Prinsen, CFL offensive linebacker (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • Mar 1 Tyler Hamilton, Marblehead Mass, cyclist (Olympics 1996)
  • Mar 1 Zahoor Elahi, cricketer (Pakistan opening batsman v NZ 1996)
  • Mar 2 James Hammerstrand, LaMesa California, volleyball middle blocker (Olympics 1996)
  • Mar 2 Ray Hall, NFL defensive tackle (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Mar 2 Ruffin Hamilton, NFL linebacker (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Mar 3 Terryl Ulmer, CFL defensive back (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • Mar 4 Edwin van Holten, soccer player (FC Volendam)
  • Mar 4 Jovan Stanković, Serbian footballer
  • Mar 5 Brian Hunter, outfielder (Houston Astros), born in Portland, Oregon
  • Mar 5 Chad Fonville, infielder (LA Dodgers), born in Jacksonville, North Carolina
  • Mar 5 James Roberson, WLAF defensive end (Rhein Fire)
  • Mar 5 Jose Mercedes, El Seybo Dom Rep, pitcher (Milwaukee Brewers)
  • Mar 5 Filip Meirhaeghe, Belgian mountainbiker
  • Mar 6 Darrick Martin, NBA guard (LA Clippers, Minnesota Timberwolves)
  • Mar 6 Roger Salkeld, pitcher (Cincinnati Reds), born in Burbank, California
  • Mar 7 Alison Herst, kayaker (Olympics-5-92, 96), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Mar 8 Bob Boughner, Windsor, NHL defenseman (Buffalo Sabres)
  • Mar 8 Marc Tobert, CFL slot back (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • Mar 8 Kit Symons, Welsh footballer
  • Mar 9 Bev Oden, Millington Tenn, volleyball middle blocker (Olympics 1996)
  • Mar 9 Jiro Nihei, hockey goaltender (Team Japan 1998)
  • Mar 9 Lou Benfatti, NFL defensive tackle (NY Jets)
  • Mar 9 Sean Holcomb, NFL linebacker (NE Patriots)
  • Mar 10 Frank Habermann, WLAF defensive linebacker (Rhein Fire)
  • Mar 10 Morris Unutoa, corner (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Mar 10 Shad Williams, pitcher (California Angels), born in Fresno, California
  • Mar 10 Steve Arnold, British racing driver
  • Mar 11 Bob Kronenberg, WLAF corner (Rhein Fire)
  • Mar 11 Jiri Vykoukai, Olomouc CZ, hockey player (Team Czech Rep, Olympic gold 1998)
  • Mar 11 Martin Rucinsky, Most Cze, NHL left wing (Canadiens, Olympic gold 1998)
  • Mar 12 Greg Hansell, Bellflower CA, pitcher (Minnesota Twins)
  • Mar 12 Isaiah Rider, American NBA guard/forward (Minn Timberwolves, Port Trailblazers), born in Oakland, California
  • Mar 12 Raul Mondesi, MLB outfielder (LA Dodgers), born in San Cristobal, Dominican Republic
  • Mar 13 Curtis Conway, NFL wide receiver/kick returner (Chicago Bears)
  • Mar 13 Li Chen, Changsha China, tennis star (1995 Futures-Austin TX)
  • Mar 13 Paul Henderson, Australian 100m/200m (Olympics 1996)
  • Mar 13 Ralf Kleinmann, WLAF kicker/punter (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • Mar 13 Robert Samuels, cricketer (West Indies Test opening batsman v NZ 1996)
  • Mar 13 Ryan Hayden, 400m hurdler, born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Mar 13 Tony Vinson, NFL running back (Atl Falcons, Lon Monarchs, Balt Ravens)
  • Mar 14 Ernie Brown, CFL defensive tackle (Calgary Stampeders)
  • Mar 15 Patrick Reidy, Australian basketball forward (Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • Mar 16 Brett Carolan, NFL tight end (SF 49ers)
  • Mar 16 Eric Ravotti, NFL linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Mar 17 Katrina Colleton, WNBA guard/forward (LA Sparks)
  • Mar 17 Tommy Thigpen, WLAF linebacker (Barcelona Dragons)
  • Mar 17 Bill Mueller, American baseball player
  • Mar 19 Cory Fleming, NFL wide receiver (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Mar 19 Kirk Botkin, NFL tight end (New Orleans Saints, Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Mar 19 Louie Debrusk, Cambridge, NHL left wing (Edmonton Oilers)
  • Mar 19 Marty Moore, NFL inside linebacker (NE Patriots)
  • Mar 19 Taase Faumui, NFL defensive linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Mar 19 Whitney Hedgepeth, 100m/200m backstroke (2 Olympic silver medals 1996)
  • Mar 20 Janis Kelly, volleyball player (Olympics 1996), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Mar 20 Manny Alexander, Dominican infielder (Baltimore Orioles), born in San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic
  • Mar 21 Hason Graham, NFL wide receiver (NE Patriots)
  • Mar 22 Richard Castillo, jockey
  • Mar 23 Alexander Selivanov, NHL right wing (Tampa Bay Lightning), born in Moscow, Russia
  • Mar 23 Chris Lipuma, NHL defenseman (Tampa Bay Lightning), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Mar 23 Demetrius DuBose, NFL linebacker (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • Mar 23 Hiroyoshi Yamamoto, wrestler (NJPW)
  • Mar 25 Aashish Kapoor, cricketer (Indian off-spin batsman 1994- )
  • Mar 25 Andre Bolduc, CFL slot back (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • Mar 25 Cammi Granato, ice hockey forward (USA, Olympics 1998)
  • Mar 25 Perry Klein, NFL quarterback (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Mar 25 Sheryl Swoopes, Texas, WNBA forward (Houston Comets. Olympic gold 1996)
  • Mar 26 Dave DeGraaf, Lansing Mich, team handball circle (Olympics 1996)
  • Mar 26 Jesus Tavarez, Santo Domingo Dom Rep, outfielder (Florida Marlins)
  • Mar 26 Rennae Stubbs, Australian tennis star, born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • Mar 26 Tommy Fagan, CFL/NFL defensive end (Atl Falcons, Winn Blue Bombers)
  • Mar 28 Damien Marsh, Georgia, Australian 100m/200m swimmer (Olympics 1996)
  • Mar 28 Wesley Person, NBA guard (Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers)
  • Mar 30 Mari Holden, cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 31 Pavel Bure, NHL left wing (Vancouver Canucks, Florida Panthers), born in Minsk, Soviet Union

Ice Hockey Great Pavel Bure
Ice Hockey Great
Pavel Bure

Deaths in Sport

  • Mar 15 Jean-Pierre Monseré, Belgian cyclist (b. 1948)
  • Mar 16 Chuck Fleetwood-Smith, cricketer (Vict & Aust), dies
  • Mar 18 George Wood, England cricket wicketkeeper (v South Africa 1924), dies