On This Day

March 1986 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Mar 1 Quebec's Peter Stastny becomes just the 2nd player in NHL history to score 100 points in each of his first 6 seasons, with an assist in an 8-4 Nordiques' loss to the visiting Buffalo Sabres
  • Mar 2 Qualifier Kenny Knox is the last player to score in the 80’s (R3 80) and still win a PGA Tour event, the Honda Classic at TPC Eagle Trace; total 287 is highest winning score in PGA tournament history

Sports History

Mar 2 Edmonton's Finnish right wing Jari Kurri scores 2 goals, including the overtime winner, to lead Oilers to a 2-1 win over Philadelphia; Kurri, 100 points for the 4th straight NHL season

  • Mar 2 The first million dollar purse for a handicap race is won by British bred 5-year old Greinton with Laffit Pincay Jr. aboard taking out the $1,359,500 Santa Anita Handicap

Sports History

Mar 4 Allan Border completes twin Test tons (140 & 114*) v NZ

NHL Record

Mar 7 Wayne Gretzky breaks own NHL season record with 136th assist

Sports History

Mar 8 Martina Navratilova is 1st tennis player to earn $10 million

  • Mar 8 27th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats Alabama, 83-72
  • Mar 8 7th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: St. John's beats Syracuse, 70-69
  • Mar 9 33rd ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Duke beats Georgia Tech, 68-67

Sports History

Mar 11 Islander Mike Bossy, 1st NHLer to score 50 goals in 9 straight seasons

  • Mar 11 NFL adopts instant replay rule
  • Mar 15 Scotland (10-9 v Ireland) and France (29-10 v England) win their final round matches to share the Five Nations Rugby Championship with 3-1 records
  • Mar 18 Exciting draw in final gives NSW the Sheffield Shield over Queensland
  • Mar 21 Pittsburgh Associates buy Pittsburgh Pirates for $218 million
  • Mar 22 HBO launches boxing's heavyweight-title-unification-tournament

Boxing Title Fight

Mar 22 Jamaican boxer Trevor Berbick upsets Pinklon Thomas by unanimous decision in Las Vegas to win WBC heavyweight title

  • Mar 23 First of 2 WTA Tour Championships of the year; change of tennis schedule; Martina Navratilova wins 4th straight and 7th overall title 6–2, 6–0, 3–6, 6–1 against Hana Mandlíková in NYC

Sports History

Mar 24 Men's International Professional Tennis Council announces Jimmy Connors' 10 week suspension and $20,000 fine for storming off the court after defaulting against Ivan Lendl at Boca Raton, Florida in February

Sports History

Mar 25 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Geneva won by Brian Boitano (USA)

Sports History

Mar 25 Canadian Kurt Browning becomes the 1st figure skater to land a quadruple jump

  • Mar 30 5th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Texas beats USC, 97-81; Longhorns' Clarissa Davis MOP award; complete first undefeated season (34-0)
  • Mar 30 PGA Tournament Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: John Mahaffey wins by 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Larry Mize
  • Mar 31 48th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Louisville beats Duke, 72-69; first tournament to use a shot clock (initially set at 45 seconds)

Birthdays in Sport

  • Mar 1 Jonathan Spector, American soccer defender (36 caps; West Ham United, Birmingham City), born in Arlington Heights, Illinois
  • Mar 4 Tom De Mul, Belgian footballer
  • Mar 4 Bohdan Shust, Ukrainian footballer, born in Sudova Vyshnia, Ukraine
  • Mar 5 Matty Fryatt, English footballer
  • Mar 14 Elton Chigumbura, Zimbabwean cricketer
  • Mar 16 T. J. Jordan, American basketball player
  • Mar 17 Edin Dzeko, Bosnian footballer (Inter Milan), born in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia
  • Mar 18 Bia Figueiredo, Brazilian racing driver
  • Mar 18 Abdennour Cherif El Ouazzani, Algerian footballer
  • Mar 18 Kaloyan Ivanov, Bulgarian basketball player
  • Mar 23 Andrea Dovizioso, Italian motorcycle racer
  • Mar 24 Kohei Hirate, Japanese racing driver
  • Mar 24 Anthony McMahon, English footballer
  • Mar 27 Manuel Neuer, German football player (Bayern Munich, German national team), born in Gelsenkirchen, West Germany
  • Mar 28 Barbora Strýcová, Czech tennis player (Wimbledon doubles 2019; 6 x Federation Cup), born in Plzeň, Czechoslovakia
  • Mar 29 Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, English footballer (Wolverhampton Wanderers ), born in Cambridge, England
  • Mar 30 Sergio Ramos, Spanish soccer defender (Europe's most capped male outfield player; Real Madrid), born in Camas, Seville, Andalusia

Deaths in Sport

  • Mar 5 Teddy Hoad, West Indies cricket batsman, captain (4 Tests), dies at 90
  • Mar 6 István Pelle, Hungarian gymnast (Olympic gold 1932), dies at 78