On This Day

March 1981 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Mar 1 Houston Rockets guard Calvin Murphy misses a free throw in a 102-86 loss in San Antonio, ending his NBA record consecutive free throw streak at 78

Sports History

Mar 3 Isle's Mike Bossy 9th & final hat trick of season-4 goals

  • Mar 3 NY Islanders & Edmonton Oilers play to an 8-8 tie

Sports History

Mar 5 Ice Dance Championship at Hartford won by Jayne Torvill & Christopher Dean (GRB)

Sports History

Mar 5 Men's Figure Skating Champions in Hartford won by Scott Hamilton (USA)

  • Mar 6 Worlds Ladies' Figure Skating Champ in Hartford won by Denise Biellmann
  • Mar 7 28th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: North Carolina beats Maryland, 61-60
  • Mar 7 22nd SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Ole Miss beats Georgia, 66-62
  • Mar 8 Dennis Lillee ct by Qld 12th man Dennis Lillie in Shield game
  • Mar 11 Johnny Mize and Rube Foster are elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Mar 14 NCAA St Joseph's upsets top seed DePaul 49-48
  • Mar 17 FC Lisse, Dutch soccer team forms
  • Mar 18 Buffalo Sabres sets NHL record of 9 goals in 1 period (vs Toronto)
  • Mar 19 Buffalo Sabres beat Toronto Maple Leafs 14-4
  • Mar 21 France beats England 16-12 at Twickenham, London for it's 7th outright Five Nations Rugby Championship and 3rd Grand Slam title

PGA Players Championship

Mar 23 PGA Tournament Players Championship, Sawgrass CC: Raymond Floyd beats Barry Jaeckel and Curtis Strange on the first hole of a sudden death playoff in a rain affected Monday finish

  • Mar 24 Bombay beat Delhi by innings & 46 to win Ranji Cricket Trophy

Sports History

Mar 28 Martina Navratilova beats 16 year old American tennis prodigy Andrea Jaeger 6-3, 7-6 in the final of the WTA Tour Championships at Madison Square Garden, NYC

  • Mar 29 Tiina Lehtola ski jumps female record 110m
  • Mar 29 AIAW Women's Basketball Championship, Louisiana Tech beat Tennessee 79-59 in Eugene

Sports History

Mar 30 43rd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Indiana beats North Carolina, 63-50; Hoosiers' future Hall of Fame point guard Isiah Thomas is named Tournament Most Outstanding Player


Birthdays in Sport

  • Mar 1 Will Power, Australian auto racer (Indianapolis 500 2018), born in Toowoomba, Queensland
  • Mar 3 Dusty Dvoracek, American football player
  • Mar 3 Emmanuel Pappoe, Ghanaian footballer
  • Mar 5 Andreas Wiig, Norwegian snowboarder
  • Mar 5 Paul Martin, American ice hockey player
  • Mar 8 Michael Beauchamp, Australian footballer
  • Mar 9 Antonio Bryant, American football player, born in Miami, Florida
  • Mar 9 Anders Nøhr, Danish footballer, born in Ikast, Denmark
  • Mar 9 Clay Rapada, American baseball player, born in Chesapeake, Virginia
  • Mar 10 Samuel Eto'o, Cameroonian footballer
  • Mar 10 Efthimios Kouloucheris, Greek footballer
  • Mar 10 Steven Reid, English-born footballer
  • Mar 11 Lee Evans, American football player
  • Mar 13 Stephen Maguire, Scottish snooker player, born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Mar 14 Bobby Jenks, American baseball player
  • Mar 15 Mikael Forssell, Finnish footballer
  • Mar 16 Curtis Granderson, American baseball player
  • Mar 16 Yoav Ziv, Israeli footballer
  • Mar 16 Andrew Bree, Irish swimmer
  • Mar 17 Kyle Korver, American Basketball Player
  • Mar 17 Servet Çetin, Turkish Football Player
  • Mar 18 Tora Berger, Norwegian biathlete
  • Mar 18 Kasib Powell, American basketball player
  • Mar 18 Fabian Cancellara, Swiss cyclist (Olympic Gold 2008, 2016), born in Wohlen bei Bern, Switzerland
  • Mar 19 Kolo Touré, Ivorian footballer
  • Mar 23 Erin Crocker, American NASCAR driver
  • Mar 23 Tony Peña, Jr., Dominican baseball player
  • Mar 24 Ron Hainsey, American ice hockey player
  • Mar 26 Baruch Dego, Israeli football player, born in Addis Ababa., Ethiopia
  • Mar 26 Josh Wilson, American baseball player, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 27 Terry McFlynn, Northern Irish footballer, born in Magherafelt, Northern Ireland
  • Mar 28 Edwar Ramirez, American baseball player
  • Mar 29 Jlloyd Samuel, West Indian-born English footballer (Aston Villa), born on San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Mar 31 Maarten van der Weijden, Dutch distance swimmer (Olympic gold 10k open water 2008), born in Alkmaar, Netherlands

Deaths in Sport

  • Mar 2 Tony Gulotta, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1927 3rd), dies at 78
  • Mar 6 George Geary, English cricket fast bowler (14 Tests, 46 wickets), dies at 87
  • Mar 7 Hilde Krahwinkel Sperling, German tennis player (Wimbledon 1931, 1936 runner-up), dies at 72
  • Mar 14 Ken Barrington, English cricketer (82 Tests for England, 6806 runs), dies of a heart attack at 50
  • Mar 17 Paul Dean, American baseball player (St. Louis Cardinals), dies at 68
  • Mar 19 Frank Lane, American MLB executive (GM Chicago WS, St. Louis Cardinals, Cleveland Indians, KC Athletics, Milwaukee Brewers), dies at 85
  • Mar 23 Mike Hailwood, MBE GM, British motorcycle road racer (World C'ships: 250cc – 1961, 66, 67; 350cc – 1966, 67; 500cc –1962, 63, 64, 65; 76 Grand Prix wins), dies in a car accident at 40
  • Mar 26 Tim Wall, Australian cricketer (SA v NSW 1933 is Sheffield Shield record), dies at 76
  • Mar 30 Noel Harford, New Zealand cricketer (8 Tests for NZ 1955-58), dies at 50