March 1979 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Mar 3 20th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Tennessee beats Kentucky, 75-69
  • Mar 3 26th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: North Carolina beats Duke, 71-63
  • Mar 7 Baseball exhibition season opens with semi-pro & amateur umpires
  • Mar 7 Warren Giles and Hack Wilson selected for the Baseball Hall of Fame

Sports History

Mar 9 MLB Commissioner 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

NHL Record

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

NHL Record

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

  • Mar 17 Ice Dance Championship at Vienna won by N Linichuk & G Karponosov USSR
  • Mar 17 Wales beats England, 27-3 at the National Stadium, Cardiff for its 2nd consecutive Five Nations Rugby Championship and record 21st outright title; record 4th straight Triple Crown
  • Mar 22 NHL votes to accept 4 WHA teams (Oilers, Jets, Nordiques & Whalers)

Boxing Title Fight

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

Sports History

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

Cricket History

Mar 24 1st appearance as Australian cricket captain for Kim Hughes

Sports History

Mar 25 Czech tennis star Martina Navratilova retains her WTA Tour Championship with a 6–3, 3–6, 6–2 win over American teenager Tracey Austin in NYC

PGA Players Championship

Mar 25 PGA Tournament Players Championship, Sawgrass CC: Lanny Wadkins wins in windy conditions, 5 strokes ahead of runner-up Tom Watson

  • Mar 26 41st NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Michigan State beats Indiana State, 75-64; marks start of rivalry between future Hall of Famers Magic Johnson and Larry Bird; highest-rated game in history of televised college basketball
  • Mar 26 MLB San Diego Padres & San Francisco 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 Pakistani cricketer Mushtaq Mohammad
  • Mar 31 133rd Grand National: Maurice Barnes victorious aboard Rubstic; first Scottish-trained horse to win the event
  • Mar 31 Montreal Canadiens beat visiting Pittsburgh Penguins, 5-3 to become just the 2nd team in NHL history to win 50 (or more) games for 4 straight years

Birthdays in Sport

  • Mar 1 Mikkel Kessler, Danish boxer (WBA super-middleweight title x 3; WBC title x 2; IBA title 2002), born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Mar 2 Damien Duff, Irish soccer winger (100 caps, Republic of Ireland; Blackburn Rovers, Chelsea, Newcastle United, Fulham), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Mar 4 Geoff Huegill, Australian swimmer
  • Mar 5 Tang Gonghong, Chinese weightlifter (Olympic gold women's 75kg 2004; World C'ship gold 1998, 99), born in Yantai, China
  • Mar 6 Erik Bedard, Canadian baseball player
  • Mar 6 Ryan Nyquist, American BMX rider, born in Los Gatos, California
  • Mar 11 Elton Brand, American NBA basketball player, 1999-2016 (Los Angeles Clippers, Philadelphia 76ers, and 3 other teams), and general manager (76ers, 2018-present), born in Cortlandt Manor, New York
  • Mar 11 Fred Jones, American basketball player
  • Mar 12 David Williams, American MLB baseball pitcher, 2001-07 (Pittsburgh Pirates, and 2 other teams), born in Anchorage, Alaska
  • Mar 12 Edwin Villafuerte, Ecuadorian footballer
  • Mar 13 Cedric Van Branteghem, Belgian athlete, born in Ghent, Belgium
  • Mar 13 Johan Santana, Venezuelan baseball pitcher (4 × MLB All-Star; AL Cy Young 2004, 06; Triple Crown 2006; Gold Glove 2007; no-hitter 2012; Minnesota Twins, NY Mets), born in Tovar Municipality, Mérida, Venezuela
  • Mar 14 Love [Arsénio Sebastião Cabungula], Angolan footballer, born in Luanda, Angola
  • Mar 14 Nicolas Anelka, French footballer, born in Le Chesnay, France
  • 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 Anthony Maher, American soccer player
  • Mar 18 Dramane Coulibaly, Malian footballer
  • Mar 19 Christos Patsatzoglou, Greek footballer
  • Mar 19 Hedo Türkoğlu, Turkish basketball player
  • Mar 19 Hee-Seop Choi, Korean baseball player
  • Mar 19 Ivan Ljubičić, Croatian tennis player
  • Mar 20 Bernard O'Connor, Gaelic Footballer
  • Mar 20 Keven Mealamu, New Zealand rugby player
  • Mar 22 Juan Uribe, Dominican baseball player, born in Sabana Grande de Palenque, Dominican Republic
  • Mar 23 Donncha O'Callaghan, Irish rugby player
  • Mar 23 Mark Buehrle, American baseball player
  • Mar 23 Misty Hyman, American swimmer
  • Mar 23 Natalya Baranovskaya, Olympic swimmer
  • Mar 24 Graeme Swann, English cricket spin bowler (60 Tests, 255 wickets, BB 6/65; 79 ODIs; 39 T20I; Northamptonshire CCC, Nottinghamshire CCC), born in Northampton, England
  • Mar 24 Norris Hopper, American baseball player
  • Mar 24 Periklis Iakovakis, Greek athlete
  • Mar 26 Nacho Novo, Spanish footballer (Rangers), born in Ferrol, Spain
  • Mar 26 Pierre Wome, Cameroonian footballer
  • Mar 27 Michael Cuddyer, American baseball player (Minnesota Twins), born in Norfolk, Virginia

Deaths in Sport

  • Mar 3 Tom Creavy, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1931), dies of a heart attack at 68
  • Mar 23 Ted Anderson, English footballer (b. 1911)