On This Day

March 1987 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Mar 3 Ray Dandridge, 3rd baseman in Negro Leagues, eleected to Hall of Fame
  • Mar 7 Gavaskar becomes 1st cricket batsman to score 10,000 Test runs

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Mar 7 Mike Tyson beats James 'Bonecrusher' Smith by unanimous decision in 12 rounds in Las Vegas for WBC / WBA heavyweight boxing titles

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • Mar 8 34th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: NC State beats North Carolina, 68-67
  • Mar 8 28th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Alabama beats LSU, 69-62
  • Mar 8 8th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Georgetown beats Syracuse, 69-59

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 12 David Robinson scores 50 points in a NCAA basketball game

NBA Center David Robinson
NBA Center
David Robinson
  • Mar 12 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Cincinnati won by Brian Orser (Canada)
  • Mar 13 Ice Dance Championship at Cincinnati won by Bestemianova & Bukin (URS)
  • Mar 14 Worlds Ladies' Figure Skating Champ in Cincinnati won by Katarina Witt

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 14 NY Met Darryl Strawberry charges Red Sox pitcher Al Nipper during spring training exhibition game, causes bench clearing brawl

Baseball Player Darryl Strawberry
Baseball Player
Darryl Strawberry
  • Mar 15 Last day in Test cricket for Larry Gomes & Joel Garner
  • Mar 15 NZ beat WI by 5 wickets in Jeremy Coney's last Test Cricket
  • Mar 15 US Davis Cup team loses to Paraguay
  • Mar 17 Sunil Gavaskar ends his Test career with an innings of 96 v Pak

Sports record brokenWorld Record

Mar 19 Bonnie Blair skates ladies' world record 500 m (39.43 sec)

Speed Skater Bonnie Blair
Speed Skater
Bonnie Blair

Sports record brokenWorld Record

Mar 19 Yvonne van Gennip skates ladies world record 3 km (4:16.85)

Speed Skater Yvonne van Gennip
Speed Skater
Yvonne van Gennip
  • Mar 20 Yvonne van Gennip skates ladies' world record 5 km (7:20.36)
  • Mar 21 PSV sells soccer player Ruud Gullit to AC Milan (Ÿ17 million)
  • Mar 21 France beats Ireland, 19-13 at Lansdowne Road, Dublin the clinch the outright Five Nations Rugby Championship for the 8th time and 4th Grand Slam title
  • Mar 24 WA win the Sheffield Shield by drawing cricket final vs Victoria
  • Mar 29 6th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Tennessee routs Louisiana 67-44; Lady Vols guard Tonya Edwards MOP
  • Mar 29 PGA Tournament Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Sandy Lyle of Scotland defeats Jeff Sluman on the 3rd hole of a sudden-death playoff to become the first international player to win the title
  • Mar 31 49th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Indiana beats Syracuse, 74-73; Hoosiers' guard Keith Smart hits game-winner in final seconds, intercepts full court pass at the last second

Birthdays in Sport

  • Mar 5 Anna Chakvetadze, Russian tennis player
  • Mar 11 Marc-Andre Gragnani, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Mar 13 Marco Andretti, American racecar driver (grandson of Mario Andretti), born in Nazareth, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 18 Mauro Zárate, Argentinian Footballer
  • Mar 18 Gabriel Mercado, Argentinian Footballer
  • Mar 18 Cesare Rickler, Italian footballer
  • Mar 19 Michal Švec, Czech footballer
  • Mar 20 Daniel Maa Boumsong, Cameroonian football player
  • Mar 20 Patrick Boyle, Scottish footballer
  • Mar 20 Pedro Ken, Brazilian footballer
  • Mar 20 Sergei Kostitsyn, Belarusian hockey player
  • Mar 20 Jô, Brazilian footballer
  • Mar 24 Shakib Al Hasan, Bangladeshi cricket all-rounder (Bangaladesh 217 highest score 2017), born in Magura, Bangladesh
  • Mar 25 Nobunari Oda, Japanese figure skater
  • Mar 31 Humpy Koneru, Indian chess player (youngest woman to achieve title of grandmaster), born in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh

Deaths in Sport

  • Mar 9 Bobby Locke, South African golfer (British Open 1949-50, 52, 57), dies of meningitis at 69
  • Mar 12 Woody Hayes, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (National C'ship 1954, 57, 61, 68, 70; Ohio State), dies of a heart attack at 74
  • Mar 15 Red Dutton, Canadian ice hockey player (Calgary Tigers) and coach, dies at 89