On This Day

March 1984 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Mar 3 NY Islanders score their most goals (11) vs Tor Maple Leafs (6)

Election of Interest

Mar 3 Peter Ueberroth elected baseball commissioner (Effective Oct 1)

  • Mar 4 Pee Wee Reese & Rick Ferrell elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame

Sports History

Mar 4 Tennis legend Martina Navratilova retains her WTA Tour Championship in NYC; beats Chris Evert 6–3, 7–5, 6–1 for her 5th overall Championship title

  • Mar 9 Philadelphia 76'ers block 20 Seattle shots tying NBA regulation game record
  • Mar 9 Tim Witherspoon beats Greg Page in 12 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Mar 10 Heavyweight Tim Witherspoon KOs Greg Page
  • Mar 10 25th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats Auburn, 51-49
  • Mar 10 5th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Georgetown beats Syracuse, 82-71 (OT)
  • Mar 11 31st ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Maryland beats Duke, 74-62
  • Mar 13 Last day of 1st-class cricket for G Chappell, R Marsh, B Laird
  • Mar 13 WA beat Queensland by four wickets to win the Sheffield Shield
  • Mar 17 Scotland beats France, 21-12 at Murrayfield to win the Five Nations Rugby Championship outright and Triple Crown for first time since 1938; Grand Slam first time since 1925

Sports History

Mar 19 Two-time Cy Young Award winner Denny McLain is indicted on charges of drug trafficking, embezzlement and racketeering; 25 year sentence later quashed

  • Mar 21 Border scores 100* v WI Trinidad after 98* in 1st cricket innings
  • Mar 21 NFL owners passed the infamous anti-celebrating rule

NHL Record

Mar 22 Islander Bryan Trottier ties NHL record scores 5 seconds into game

Sports History

Mar 23 World Ice Dancing Championship won by Jayne Torvill & Christopher Dean (GRB) in Ottawa, Canada

  • Mar 23 Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Ottawa won by Katarina Witt (GDR)

Sports History

Mar 23 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Ottawa won by Scott Hamilton (USA)

  • Mar 24 IOC agrees to 6-team exhibition baseball tournament in Olympics
  • Mar 29 NFL Baltimore Colts move to Indianapolis
  • Mar 31 138th Grand National: Neale Doughty wins aboard 13/1 Hallo Dandy; 23 complete the course, breaking record for most finishers

Sports History

Mar 31 Mike Bossy becomes first player in NHL history to record 7 straight 50 goal seasons; scores 50th and 51st of the year in a 3-1 New York Islanders' win at Washington


Birthdays in Sport

  • Mar 3 Alexander Semin, Russian ice hockey player
  • Mar 4 Kevin O'Brien, Irish cricket batsman (3 Tests; 142 ODIs; 89 T20I; fastest century ever in ODI World Cup, off 50 balls v England 2011), born in Dublin, Republic of Ireland
  • Mar 4 Zak Whitbread, American-born English footballer
  • Mar 7 Mathieu Flamini, French footballer (Arsenal), born in Marseille, France
  • Mar 9 Julia Mancuso, American Alpine skier (4 Olympic gold medals), born in Reno, Nevada
  • Mar 13 Pieter Custers, Dutch athlete, born in Weert, Netherlands
  • Mar 13 Marc Zwiebler, German badminton player, born in Bonn, Germany
  • Mar 15 Kostas Vassiliadis, Greek basketball player
  • Mar 16 Levi Brown, American football player
  • Mar 20 Markus Niemelä, Finnish racing driver
  • Mar 20 Fernando Torres, Spanish footballer
  • Mar 20 Valtteri Filppula, Finnish NHL hockey player, 2005-21 (Detroit Red Wings, Tampa Bay Lightning, and 2 other teams), born in Vantaa, Finland
  • Mar 20 Marcus Vick, American football player
  • Mar 21 Franck Perera, Montpellier France, racing car driver
  • Mar 24 Chris Bosh, American basketball player
  • Mar 26 Gregory Strydom, Zimbabwean cricketer, born in Pretoria, South Africa
  • Mar 28 Christopher Samba, French-born footballer
  • Mar 28 Yordanos Abay, Ethiopian footballer
  • Mar 30 Mario Ančić, Croatian tennis player (world #7 2006; Davis Cup 2005), born in Split, Croatia
  • Mar 30 Samantha Stosur, Australian tennis player (US Open singles 2011; 9 x Grand Slam doubles titles; Tour Finals doubles 2005, 06), born in Brisbane, Australia
  • Mar 31 Eddie Johnson, American soccer striker (63 caps; FC Dallas, Seattle Sounders), born in Bunnell, Florida
  • Mar 31 James Jones, American NFL receiver (NFL receiving TD leader 2012), born in San Jose, CA

Weddings in Sport

Yannick Noah

Mar 2 Tennis player Yannick Noah (23) weds beauty queen Cecilia Rodhe (22) in Cameroon

John Elway

Mar 3 Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway (23) weds swimmer Janet Buchan in Menlo Park, California


Deaths in Sport

  • Mar 6 Ian Cromb, New Zealand cricketer (5 Tests for NZ, 123 runs, 8 wkts), dies at 78
  • Mar 13 Dick Whitington, journalist/cricketer (South Aust & AIF batsman), dies
  • Mar 18 Charlie Lau, White Sox coach/renowned hitting instructor, dies at 50