March 1977 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Mar 1 PGA of America announces a sudden-death playoff format for the PGA Championship to be implemented; previously an 18-hole playoff applied after tie in regulation 72 holes
  • Mar 3 Islanders allow Red Wings only 11 shots on goal
  • Mar 3 World Ladies' Figure Skating Championship in Tokyo won by Linda Fratianne (USA)
  • Mar 5 24th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: North Carolina beats Virginia, 75-69
  • Mar 17 Australia wins cricket Centenary Test by 45 runs, same result as 1877
  • Mar 19 France beats Ireland, 15-6 at Lansdowne Road, Dublin to clinch its 6th outright Five Nations Rugby Championship and 2nd Grand Slam
  • Mar 20 PGA Tournament Players Championship, Sawgrass CC: Mark Hayes wins in windy conditions, 2 strokes ahead of runner-up Mike McCullough

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Mar 27 American tennis star Chris Evert wins her 4th and final WTA Tour Championship 2–6, 6–1, 6–1 against England's Sue Barker at Madison Square Garden, NYC

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • Mar 28 39th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Marquette beats North Carolina, 67-59; Warriors' first title; coach Al McGuire retires

Birthdays in Sport

  • Mar 1 Rod White, Sharon Pa, archer (Olympic gold 1996)
  • Mar 1 Rens Blom, Dutch athlete
  • Mar 2 Andrew Strauss, English cricket player, born in Johannesburg, Transvaal Province
  • Mar 2 Jay Gibbons, American baseball player (Baltimore Orioles), born in Rochester, Michigan
  • Mar 4 Ana Gabriela Guevara, Mexican athlete
  • Mar 4 Daniel Klewer, German footballer
  • Mar 5 Bryan Berard, NHL defenseman (Team USA Olympics 1998, NY Islanders)
  • Mar 5 Mike MacDougal, American baseball player
  • Mar 5 Wally Szczerbiak, American basketball player
  • Mar 6 Giorgos Karagounis, Greek soccer player
  • Mar 6 Marcus Thames, American baseball player
  • Mar 7 Ludmila Richterova, Czech tennis star (1995 Bournemouth), born in Kosice, Slovakia
  • Mar 7 Gianluca Grava, Italian footballer, born in Caserta
  • Mar 7 Mitja Zastrow, German-born swimmer
  • Mar 8 Johann Vogel, Swiss footballer
  • Mar 9 Radek Dvorak, Czech NHL left wing (Florida Panthers), born in Tábor, Czech Republic
  • Mar 10 Shannon Miller, Rolla MO, gymnast (Oly2 gold-2 silver/3 bronze-92, 96)
  • Mar 10 Peter Enckelman, Finnish footballer
  • Mar 11 Becky Hammon, WNBA player
  • Mar 13 Momo Sylla, Guinean footballer, born in Bouaké, Cote d'Ivoire
  • Mar 18 Danny Murphy, English footballer
  • Mar 18 Zdeno Chára, Slovak ice hockey player
  • Mar 18 Willy Sagnol, French footballer
  • Mar 18 Terrmel Sledge, American baseball player
  • Mar 18 Fernando Rodney, Dominican baseball player
  • Mar 22 Joey Porter, American football player
  • Mar 24 Darren Lockyer, Australian rugby league footballer
  • Mar 24 Jason Dufner, American golfer (PGA C'ship 2013), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Mar 26 Kevin Davies, English footballer
  • Mar 27 Tom van der Leegte, Dutch soccer player (PSV), born in Bergeijk, Netherlands
  • Mar 27 Vitor Meira, Brazilian racing driver, born in Brasilia, Brazil
  • Mar 31 Garth Tander, Australian auto racer (Bathurst 1000: 2000, 09, 11), born in Perth, WA

Deaths in Sport

  • Mar 5 Tom Pryce, Welsh Formula One driver, dies at 27
  • Mar 5 Jansen Van Vuuren, Dutch volunteer safety marshall at the 1977 South African Grand Prix
  • Mar 11 Alberto Rodriguez Larreta, Argentine racing driver (b. 1934)
  • Mar 18 José Carlos Pace, Brazilian racing driver (b. 1944)
  • Mar 19 Buck Shaw, American football player and coach, dies at 77