March 1980 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Mar 1 Hilbert van der Duim becomes world champion all-round skater
  • Mar 1 27th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Duke beats Maryland, 73-72
  • Mar 1 21st SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: LSU beats Kentucky, 80-78
  • Mar 2 3rd Islander scoreless tie-Penguins in Pitts
  • Mar 2 Mike Bratz (Phoenix) ends NBA free throw streak of 57 games

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 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
  • 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 23 Allan Border becomes the first and only batsman to reach 150 in each innings of a test Australia v Pakistan Third Test in Lahore

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 24 42nd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Louisville beats UCLA 59-54
  • Mar 29 134th Grand National: Charlie Fenwick aboard Ben Nevis wins

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Mar 31 Larry Holmes TKOs Leroy Jones in 8 for WBC heavyweight boxing title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Mar 31 Mike Weaver KOs John Tate in 15 for WBA heavyweight boxing title

WBA World Heavyweight Champion Mike Weaver
WBA World Heavyweight Champion
Mike Weaver

Birthdays in Sport

  • Mar 1 Shahid Afridi, Pakistan cricket all-rounder (record 100 in 37 balls in 1st ODI innings), born in Khyber, Pakistan
  • Mar 1 Djimi Traoré, Malian footballer
  • Mar 1 Abdur Rehman, Pakistani cricketer
  • Mar 2 Édson Nobre, Angolan footballer
  • 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 Deidra Graham, Salt Lake City Utah, gymnast (alt-Olympics 1996)
  • 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 Sebastien Frey, French footballer
  • Mar 20 Jamal Crawford, American basketball player
  • Mar 21 Ronaldinho Gaucho, Brazilian international footballer
  • Mar 22 Pamela O'Connor, Scottish ice dancer
  • Mar 24 Tassos Venetis, Greek footballer
  • Mar 28 Stiliani Pilatou, Greek long jumper
  • Mar 28 Luke Walton, American basketball player
  • Mar 30 Liriel Higa, rhythmic gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 30 Ricardo Osorio, Mexican footballer
  • Mar 31 Jenny Smith, Western Australia, gymnast (Olympics 1996)
  • Mar 31 Chien-Ming Wang, Taiwanese baseball player

Deaths in Sport

  • Mar 1 Dixie Dean, English footballer (b. 1907)
  • Mar 12 Arthur Charles Dobson, British racing driver (b. 1914)
  • Mar 18 Herman Griffith, cricketer (13 Tests for WI, 44 wickets), dies

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