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

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

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy
  • Mar 3 NY Islanders & Edmonton Oilers play to an 8-8 tie

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

Ice Dancer Christopher Dean
Ice Dancer
Christopher Dean
Ice Dancer Jayne Torvill
Ice Dancer
Jayne Torvill

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

Figure Skater Scott Hamilton
Figure Skater
Scott Hamilton
  • 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

Sport awardPGA 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

Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner Ray Floyd
Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner
Ray Floyd
  • Mar 24 Bombay beat Delhi by innings & 46 to win Ranji Cricket Trophy

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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

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

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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

NBA Point Guard and Coach Isiah Thomas
NBA Point Guard and Coach
Isiah Thomas

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 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
  • Mar 26 Josh Wilson, American baseball player
  • Mar 27 Terry McFlynn, Northern Irish footballer, born in Magherafelt, Northern Ireland
  • Mar 28 Edwar Ramirez, American baseball player
  • Mar 29 Jlloyd Samuel, WestIndian-born footballer
  • 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, cricketer (82 Tests for England, 6806 runs), dies
  • 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