On This Day

March 1985 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Mar 1 Milwaukee businessman Herb Kohl purchases NBA's Milwaukee Bucks for $18 million
  • Mar 3 Bill Shoemaker becomes 1st jockey to win $100 million

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 5 NY Islander Mike Bossy is 1st to score 50 goals in 8 straight seasons

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy
  • Mar 6 Enos Slaughter & Arky Vaughan are elected to baseball Hall of Fame

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Mar 6 Future undisputed world heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson KOs Hector Mercedes at 1:47 in round 1 of 4 in Albany, NY in his first professional fight

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • Mar 8 Ice Dance Championship at Tokyo won by Bestemianova & Bukin (URS)
  • Mar 8 6th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Georgetown beats St. John's, 92-80
  • Mar 9 Ladies' Figure Skating Championship in Tokyo won by Katarina Witt (East Germany)
  • Mar 9 26th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Auburn beats Alabama, 53-49
  • Mar 10 Dallas Maverick coach Dick Motta is 4th NBA coach to win 700 games
  • Mar 10 India beat Pakistan to win "World Championship of Cricket"
  • Mar 10 32nd ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Georgia Tech beats North Carolina, 57-54

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 12 Larry Bird scores Boston Celtic record 60 points

NBA Legend Larry Bird
NBA Legend
Larry Bird

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Mar 15 Larry Holmes TKOs David Bey in 10 for heavyweight boxing title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 16 Two-time Cy Young Award winner Denny McLain is convicted of embezzlement and drug trafficking; sentenced to 25 years but conviction later reversed

MLB Pitcher Denny McLain
MLB Pitcher
Denny McLain
  • Mar 17 Matti Nykanen of Finland set a world ski jump record of 623'

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 18 Commissioner Peter Ueberroth reinstates Willie Mays & Mickey Mantle

Olympic Executive and Commissioner of Baseball Peter Ueberroth
Olympic Executive and Commissioner of Baseball
Peter Ueberroth
Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • Mar 19 NSW wins cricket Sheffield Shield by beating Queensland by 1 wicket

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Mar 21 Arthur Ashe is nominated for the International Tennis Hall of Fame

Tennis Player Arthur Ashe
Tennis Player
Arthur Ashe
  • Mar 24 Norman Gifford makes cricket ODI debuts at age 44 (v Aust, Sharjah)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 24 Third straight WTA Tour Championship for tennis legend Martina Navratilova; beats Helena Suková 6–3, 7–5, 6–4 at Madison Square Garden, NYC

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova

Sports record brokenNHL Record

Mar 29 Wayne Gretzky breaks own NHL season record with 126th assist

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • Mar 30 139th Grand National: Welsh jockey Hywel Davies aboard 11-year old 50/1 outsider Last Suspect wins by 1½ lengths from Mr. Snugfit
  • Mar 30 Ireland beats England, 13-10 at Lansdowne Road, Dublin to clinch its 10th outright Five Nations Rugby Championship and 6th triple Crown
  • Mar 31 4th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Old Dominion beats Georgia, 70-65; Monarchs' Tracy Claxton, MOP
  • Mar 31 PGA Tournament Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Calvin Peete shoots final round 66 to win by 3 strokes from D. A. Weibring; Peete only player to break par in all 4 rounds

Birthdays in Sport

  • Mar 1 Jeremy Jacob "J" Leman, Champaign Illinois, American Football Player
  • Mar 2 Reggie Bush, American NFL running back (Heisman Trophy 2005 [later forfeited], USC; Super Bowl 2009, New Orleans Saints), born in Spring Valley, California
  • Mar 3 Sam Morrow, Northern Irish footballer
  • Mar 4 Chinedum Ndukwe, American football player
  • Mar 7 Gerwyn Price, Welsh darts player (PDC World C'ship 2021; Grand Slam of Darts 2018, 19; World Grand Prix 2020), born in Cardiff, Wales
  • Mar 9 Parthiv Patel, Indian Cricket Player, born in Ahmedabad, India
  • Mar 10 Lassana Diarra, French footballer
  • Mar 11 Derek Schouman, American football player
  • Mar 11 Nikolai Topor-Stanley, Australian soccer player
  • Mar 12 Bradley Wright-Phillips, English footballer
  • Mar 12 Tosh Townend, American skateboarder
  • Mar 13 Alcides [Alcides Eduardo Mendes de Araújo Alves], Brazilian football player, born in São José do Rio Preto, Brazil
  • Mar 13 Austin Scott, American football player, born in Allentown, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 15 Antti Autti, Finnish snowboarder (Gold 2005 Winter X Games), born in Finland
  • Mar 15 Tom Chilton, British racing driver, born in Reigate, England
  • Mar 16 Colin O'Brady, American athlete and adventurer, first to cross Antarctica solo unassisted, born in Olympia, Washington
  • Mar 18 Vince Lia, Australian Footballer
  • Mar 18 Gennaro Esposito, Italian footballer
  • Mar 19 Ernesto Viso, Venezuelan racing driver
  • Mar 21 Adrian Peterson, American Football player
  • Mar 22 Mike Jenkins, German-born American NFL cornerback (Pro Bowl 2009; Dallas Cowboys), born in Neuenburg am Rhein, Germany
  • Mar 23 Maurice Jones-Drew, American football player
  • Mar 26 Prosper Utseya, Zimbabwean cricket captain, born in Harare, Zimbabwe
  • Mar 27 Dario Baldauf, Austrian football player, born in Bregenz, Austria
  • Mar 27 Stijn De Smet, Belgian football player, born in Bruges, Belgium
  • Mar 28 Stan Wawrinka, Swiss tennis player (3-time Grand Slam winner), born in Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Mar 29 Maxim Lapierre, Canadian ice hockey forward
  • Mar 29 Mickey Pimentel, National Football League linebacker

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

Mar 25 Professional boxer George Foreman (35) weds Mary Martelly

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman

Deaths in Sport

  • Mar 2 John Kelly Jr, American rower (Olympic bronze single sculls 1956; president US Olympic Committee) and brother of Grace Kelly, dies at 57
  • Mar 17 Dattu Phadkar, Indian cricketer (Indian all-rounder, 31 Tests 1947-58), dies at 59