On This Day

March 1980 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Mar 1 27th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament, Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, NC: Duke beats Maryland, 73-72
  • Mar 1 21st SEC Men's Basketball Tournament, BJCC Coliseum, Birmingham, AL: LSU beats Kentucky, 80-78
  • Mar 2 Phoenix point guard Mike Bratz ends NBA free throw streak of 57 games with a miss in the Suns' 123-115 home win over the LA Lakers

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 4 40th hat trick in Islander history-Mike Bossy

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy
  • Mar 8 Greg Chappell 235 & Yallop 172, for 217 stand at Faisalabad
  • Mar 11 Rod Marsh bowls 10 overs for 51 runs in dull Aust v Pak cricket draw
  • Mar 12 NY Islanders 3rd scoreless tie, vs Pittsburgh Penguin

Sports record brokenWorld Record

Mar 13 Eric Heiden skates world record 1000m (1:13.60)

Speed Skater Eric Heiden
Speed Skater
Eric Heiden
  • Mar 14 Ice Dance Championship at Dortmund West Germany won by Regoczy & Sallay
  • Mar 14 Polish airliner crash kills all 87 aboard (22 are US amateur boxers)
  • Mar 15 England beats Scotland, 30-18 at Murrayfield, Edinburgh to claim it's 18th outright Five Nations Rugby Championship, 8th Grand Slam and 15th Triple Crown

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 23 Australian cricketer Allan Border becomes the first and only batsman to reach 150 in each innings of a test, in the 3rd test vs Pakistan in Lahore

Test Cricketer Allan Border
Test Cricketer
Allan Border

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 23 18 year old American tennis star Tracey Austin wins her only WTA Tour Championship; upsets Martina Navratilova in the final 6–2, 2–6, 6–2 in NYC

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
  • Mar 23 PGA Tournament Players Championship, Sawgrass CC: Lee Trevino wins by 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Ben Crenshaw
  • Mar 24 42nd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Louisville beats UCLA, 59-54; Cardinals' first title in first title game
  • Mar 29 134th Grand National: American amateur rider Charlie Fenwick wins aboard 40/1 outsider Ben Nevis; only 4 from 30 starters finish race

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Mar 31 Almost concurrent heavyweight boxing championship fights: Larry Holmes TKOs Leroy Jones in 8 for WBC title in Las Vegas, NV whilst Mike Weaver KOs John Tate in 15 for WBA belt in Knoxville, TN

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes
WBA World Heavyweight Champion Mike Weaver
WBA World Heavyweight Champion
Mike Weaver

Birthdays in Sport

  • Mar 1 Shahid Afridi, Pakistan cricket all-rounder (27 Tests, 5 x 100s; 398 ODIs, record 100 in 37 balls in 1st ODI innings; 99 T20I), born in Khyber, Pakistan
  • Mar 1 Djimi Traoré, Malian soccer defender (6 caps; Liverpool, Monaco), born in Saint-Ouen, Seine-Saint-Denis, France
  • Mar 1 Abdur Rehman, Pakistani cricket spin bowler (22 Tests, 99 wickets; 31 ODIs), born in Sialkot, Punjab, Pakistan
  • Mar 3 Mason Unck, American football player
  • Mar 4 Omar Bravo, Mexican footballer
  • Mar 4 Jack Hannahan, American baseball player
  • Mar 4 Arash Markazi, American sportswriter
  • Mar 11 Paul Scharner, Austrian footballer
  • Mar 11 Dan Uggla, American baseball player
  • Mar 12 Douglas Murray, Swedish ice-hockey player
  • Mar 13 Caron Butler, American basketballer, born in Racine, Wisconsin
  • Mar 14 Matteo Grassotto, Italian racing driver
  • Mar 14 Ben Herring, New Zealand rugby union footballer
  • Mar 14 Aaron Brown, British/English footballer
  • Mar 15 Freddie Bynum, American baseball player
  • Mar 16 Felipe Reyes, Spanish basketball player
  • Mar 16 Todd Heap, American football player
  • Mar 17 Danny Califf, American soccer player
  • Mar 18 Sébastien Frey, French soccer goalkeeper (2 caps; Parma, Fiorentina), born in Thonon-les-Bains, France
  • Mar 20 Jamal Crawford, American basketball player

Person of interestRonaldinho

Mar 21 Ronaldinho Gaucho, Brazilian soccer midfielder (97 caps; FIFA World Cup 2002; Paris SG; FC Barcelona, AC Milan, Flamengo), born in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

Football Player Ronaldinho
Football Player
Ronaldinho
  • Mar 21 Marit Bjørgen, Norwegian cross-country skier, 15 Olympic medals, 18 World Championship medals, born in Trondheim, Norway
  • Mar 22 Pamela O'Connor, Scottish ice dancer, born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Mar 24 Tassos Venetis, Greek footballer
  • Mar 28 Stiliani Pilatou, Greek long jumper
  • Mar 28 Luke Walton, American basketball head coach (Sacramento Kings 2019; LA Lakers 2016-18; NBA C'ships 2009-10, LA Lakers), born in San Diego, California
  • Mar 30 Liriel Higa, rhythmic gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 30 Ricardo Osorio, Mexican footballer
  • Mar 31 Chien-Ming Wang, Taiwanese MLB pitcher (NY Yankees, AL wins leader 2006), born in Tainan City, Taiwan

Deaths in Sport

  • Mar 1 Dixie Dean, English soccer striker (16 caps; Everton), dies from a heart attack at 73
  • Mar 1 Emmett Ashford, American MLB umpire (first certified black umpire in organised baseball), dies from a heart attack at 65
  • Mar 12 Arthur Charles Dobson, British racing driver (b. 1914)
  • Mar 15 Gerald Abrahams, English author (Teach Yourself Chess), dies at 72
  • Mar 18 Herman Griffith, West Indian cricket fast bowler (13 Tests; 44 wickets; best 6-103), dies at 86

Person of interestJesse Owens

Mar 31 Jesse Owens, American athlete (4 Olympic gold 1936), dies of lung cancer at 66

Track and Field Athlete Jesse Owens
Track and Field Athlete
Jesse Owens