On This Day

March 1976 in Sports History

Events in Sport

PGA Players Championship

Mar 1 PGA Tournament Players Championship, Inverrary CC: Jack Nicklaus wins his second TPC title, 3 strokes ahead of runner-up J. C. Snead

  • Mar 4 MLB's San Francisco Giants are bought for $8 million by Bob Lurie and Bud Herseth
  • Mar 6 Ice Dance Championship at Gothenburg won by Pakhomova & Gorshkov (URS)
  • Mar 6 European Men's Figure Skating Championship in Gothenburg, Sweden won by John Curry (Great Britain)

Sports History

Mar 6 Worlds Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Gothenburg won by American Dorothy Hamill

  • Mar 6 23rd ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Virginia beats North Carolina, 67-62

Sports History

Mar 6 In his 10th title defence, WBA light welterweight champion Antonio Cervantes of Colombia is beaten by 17 year old Puerto Rican boxer Wilfred Benítez in a 15-round split decision in San Juan, Puerto Rico; Benitez youngest ever world champion

  • Mar 6 Wales clinch their 7th Five Nations Rugby Championship title, 7th Grand Slam and 13th Triple Crown with a 19-13 win over France at the National Stadium, Cardiff

Sports History

Mar 14 Jockey Bill Shoemaker wins his 7,000th race

  • Mar 17 Boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter is retried in the US after being convicted of murder in 1967 (sentence is upheld but overturned 1985)
  • Mar 28 AIAW Women's Basketball Tournament, Delta States beat Immaculata, 69-64 at Pennsylvania State University
  • Mar 29 38th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Indiana beats Michigan, 86-68; first time 2 teams from same conference (Big Ten) play in title game
  • Mar 31 Cleveland Cavaliers beat Jazz, 110-101 in New Orleans to clinch club's first ever NBA playoff berth

Birthdays in Sport

  • Mar 1 Travis Kvapil, American auto racer (NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion 2003), born in Janesville, Wisconsin
  • Mar 4 Hiram Bocachica, Puerto Rican baseball player
  • Mar 4 Thierry Renaer, Belgian field hockey player
  • Mar 5 Adriana Serra-Zanetti, Modena Italy, tennis star (1995 Moscow semi)
  • Mar 5 Paul Konerko, American baseball player
  • Mar 8 Juan Encarnacion, American baseball player
  • Mar 8 Hines Ward, American football player
  • Mar 10 Barbara Schett, Austrian tennis player, born in Innsbruck, Austria
  • Mar 11 Thomas Gravesen, Danish footballer
  • Mar 14 Sarah Elizabeth Ulmer, New Zealand 3k ind pursuit cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Mar 16 Abraham Núñez, Dominican baseball player
  • Mar 17 Álvaro Recoba, Uruguayan footballer
  • Mar 17 Scott Downs, American baseball player
  • Mar 18 Jovan Kirovski, American soccer player
  • Mar 18 Tomokazu Ohka, Japanese baseball player
  • Mar 18 Scott Podsednik, American baseball player
  • Mar 18 Michael Spillane, American wrestler, better known as Mike Quackenbush
  • Mar 19 Alessandro Nesta, Italian footballer
  • Mar 20 Arno Knapen, Dutch soccer player (Holten, FC Twente)
  • Mar 23 Nolan Baumgartner, NHL defenseman (Washington Capitals), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • Mar 23 Jeremy Newberry, American football player
  • Mar 23 Joel Peralta, Dominican MLB baseball relief pitcher, 2005-16 (Kansas City Royals, Tampa Bay Rays, and six other teams), born in Bonao, Dominican Republic
  • Mar 23 Ricardo Zonta, Brazilian racing car driver
  • Mar 23 Chris Hoy, Scottish track cyclist (6 x Olympic gold, most successful Olympic cyclist ever; 11 x World C'ship gold), born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Mar 24 Danielle Garrett, American soccer forward (Olympics 1996), born in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 24 Aliou Cissé, Senegalese footballer and national coach, born in Ziguinchor, Senegal
  • Mar 24 Aaron Brooks, American NFL quarterback (New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame), born in Newport News, Virginia

Peyton Manning

Mar 24 Peyton Manning, American NFL quarterback (Super Bowl 2006, 15; 5 x NFL MVP; 14 x Pro Bowl; Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos), born in New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Mar 25 Francis Bellew, Irish Gaelic footballer

Wladimir Klitschko

Mar 25 Wladimir Klitschko, Ukrainian boxer (2-time world heavyweight champion; Olympic gold super-heavyweight 1996), born in Semey, Kazakhstan

  • Mar 26 Ufuk Talay, Australian soccer player and manager, born in Sydney, Australia
  • Mar 27 Danny Fortson, American NBA forward (Denver Nuggets), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 27 Djamel Belmadi, Algerian football player and manager (Al-Duhail), born in Champigny-sur-Marne, France
  • Mar 29 Jennifer Capriati, American tennis player (3-time Grand Slam winner), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 29 Igor Astarloa, Spanish cyclist
  • Mar 30 Chris Canty, American cornerback (New England Patriots), born in Long Beach, California
  • Mar 30 Toby Gowin, American NFL punter (Dallas Cowboys), born in Jacksonville, Texas
  • Mar 30 Obadele Thompson, Barbadian athlete

Deaths in Sport

  • Mar 1 George "Rube" Foster, American baseball pitcher (World Series 1915, 16; no-hitter 1916; Boston Red Sox), dies at 88
  • Mar 6 Maxie Rosenbloom, American boxer, actor (world light heavyweight champion 1932-34), dies of Paget's disease of bone at 68
  • Mar 21 Spider Sabich, American alpine skier (Olympics 1968), dies when shot by actress Claudine Longet at 31