On This Day

March 1977 in Sports History

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 4 West Indian cricket fast bowler Colin Croft takes 8-29 against Pakistan in 2nd Test win at Port-of-Spain; best Test figures by a pace bowler from the West Indies
  • Mar 5 24th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: North Carolina beats Virginia, 75-69
  • Mar 13 Dennis Lillee takes 6-26, England all out 95 in Centenary Test
  • 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

Sports History

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

  • 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, American archer (Olympic gold team 1996, bronze 2000), born in Sharon, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 1 Rens Blom, Dutch athlete (World C'ships gold pole vault 2005), born in Munstergeleen, Netherlands
  • Mar 2 Andrew Strauss, English cricket batsman and captain (100 Tests, 21 x 100s, 7,037 runs; 127 ODIs), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 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 Dutch swimmer, born in Wuppertal, Germany
  • 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, American gymnast (Oly2 gold-2 silver/3 bronze-92, 96), born in Rolla, Missouri
  • Mar 10 Peter Enckelman, Finnish footballer
  • Mar 11 Becky Hammon, American / Russian basketball point guard (WNBA: NY Liberty, SA Stars; Russia Olympics 2008, 12) and coach (first female to coach an NBA team; SA Spurs 2020), born in Rapid City, South Dakota
  • 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 NFL linebacker and coach (4-time Pro Bowl; Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 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, born in Sheffield, England
  • 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 marshal at the 1977 South African Grand Prix, dies in a car crash at 19
  • 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