March 1979 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Mar 3 26th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: North Carolina beats Duke, 71-63
  • Mar 3 20th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Tennessee beats Kentucky, 75-69
  • Mar 4 Sally Little wins LPGA Bent Tree Golf Classic
  • Mar 7 Baseball exhibition season opens with semipro & amateur umpires
  • Mar 7 Warren Giles & Hack Wilson selected to baseball Hall of Fame
  • Mar 9 Bowie Kuhn orders baseball to give equal access to female reporters
  • Mar 11 Randy Hold receives 67 min in penalties in a 60 min NHL hockey game

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Mar 13 Isle's Mike Bossy's 5th career hat trick

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy

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Mar 15 Isle's Bryan Trottier's 5th career hat trick

NHL Star Bryan Trottier
NHL Star
Bryan Trottier
  • Mar 17 Ice Dance Championship at Vienna won by N Linichuk & G Karponosov USSR
  • Mar 22 NHL votes to accept 4 WHA teams (Oilers, Jets, Nordiques & Whalers)

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Mar 23 Larry Holmes TKOs Osvaldo Ocasio in 7 for heavyweight boxing title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes
  • Mar 24 1st appearance as Australian cricket captain for Kim Hughes

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Mar 24 10 rebounds & 10 assists, as the Spartans cruise to a 101-67 by Penn Mich State's Earvin "Magic" Johnson registers triple-double 29 pts

NBA Legend Magic Johnson
NBA Legend
Magic Johnson
  • Mar 26 41st NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Mich State beats Indiana St 75-64
  • Mar 26 Padres & Giants announce plans to play exhibition series in Tokyo but Giant players reject it
  • Mar 29 Delhi beats Karnataka by 399 runs to win Cricket's Ranji Trophy
  • Mar 29 Last day of Test cricket for Mushtaq Mohammad
  • Mar 31 133rd Grand National: Maurice Barnes aboard Rubstic wins

Birthdays in Sport

  • Mar 2 Damien Duff, Irish footballer
  • Mar 4 Geoff Huegill, Australian swimmer
  • Mar 5 Tang Gonghong, Chinese weightlifter
  • Mar 6 Erik Bedard, Canadian baseball player
  • Mar 6 Ryan Nyquist, American BMX rider, born in Los Gatos, California
  • Mar 11 Fred Jones, American basketball player
  • Mar 11 Elton Brand, American basketball player
  • Mar 12 Edwin Villafuerte, Ecuadorian footballer
  • Mar 13 Johan Santana, Venezuelan baseball player, born in Tovar Municipality, Mérida, Venezuela
  • Mar 13 Cedric Van Branteghem, Belgian athlete, born in Ghent, Belgium
  • Mar 14 Nicolas Anelka, French footballer
  • Mar 14 Love, Angolan footballer
  • Mar 14 Sead Ramović, German-born Bosnian footballer
  • Mar 15 Kevin Youkilis, American baseball player
  • Mar 16 Edison Méndez, Ecuadorian footballer
  • Mar 17 Andrew Ference, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Mar 18 Dramane Coulibaly, Malian footballer
  • Mar 18 Anthony Maher, American soccer player
  • Mar 19 Christos Patsatzoglou, Greek footballer
  • Mar 19 Hee-Seop Choi, Korean baseball player
  • Mar 19 Ivan Ljubičić, Croatian tennis player
  • Mar 19 Hedo Türkoğlu, Turkish basketball player
  • Mar 20 Bernard O'Connor, Gaelic Footballer
  • Mar 20 Keven Mealamu, New Zealand rugby player
  • Mar 22 Juan Uribe, Dominican baseball player
  • Mar 23 Mark Buehrle, American baseball player
  • Mar 23 Misty Hyman, American swimmer
  • Mar 23 Donncha O'Callaghan, Irish rugby player
  • Mar 23 Natalya Baranovskaya, Olympic swimmer
  • Mar 24 Periklis Iakovakis, Greek athlete
  • Mar 24 Norris Hopper, American baseball player
  • Mar 24 Graeme Swann, English cricketer
  • Mar 26 Pierre Wome, Cameroonian footballer
  • Mar 26 Nacho Novo, Spanish footballer
  • Mar 27 Michael Cuddyer, American baseball player (Minnesota Twins), born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • Mar 31 Josh Kinney, American baseball player

Deaths in Sport

  • Mar 17 Merv Inverarity, cricketer (father of John WA player 1925-40), dies
  • Mar 23 Ted Anderson, English footballer (b. 1911)