On This Day

March 1996 in Sports History

Events in Sport

NBA Record

Mar 1 Atlanta's Lenny Wilkens becomes first coach in NBA history to reach 1,000 career victories when the Hawks beat Cleveland Cavaliers, 74-68

NBA Point Guard and Coach Lenny Wilkens
NBA Point Guard and Coach
Lenny Wilkens

Sports History

Mar 2 Despite Sachin Tendulkar's masterful 137 in India's 3 for 272, Sri Lanka wins Cricket World Cup match in Delhi by 6 wickets; Sanath Jayasuriya 79, Hashan Tillakaratne 70no

Hall of Fame

Mar 5 Earl Weaver & Jim Bunning, elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher and Senator Jim Bunning
Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher and Senator
Jim Bunning
MLB Manager Earl Weaver
MLB Manager
Earl Weaver
  • Mar 6 Aravinda De Silva smashes 145 v Kenya in cricket World Cup at Kandy Sri Lanka score 5-398 in 50 overs in World Cup v Kenya

Sports History

Mar 7 Magic Johnson is 2nd NBA player to reach 10,000 career assists

NBA Legend Magic Johnson
NBA Legend
Magic Johnson
  • Mar 9 Javed Miandad's last international in Pakistan's Cricket World Cup Quater Final loss to India

Sports History

Mar 9 Sri Lanka's Sanath Jayasuriya hammers 82 off 44 balls (13x4 3x6) v England in Cricket World Cup Quarter Final

  • Mar 10 43rd ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #12 Wake Forest beats #18 Georgia Tech, 75-74
  • Mar 10 37th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Mississippi State beats Kentucky, 84-73
  • Mar 14 Australia beat West Indies by 5 runs in amazing cricket World Cup semi

Boxing Title Fight

Mar 16 Mike Tyson TKOs Frank Bruno in 3rd round to gain heavyweight title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
Boxer Frank Bruno
Boxer
Frank Bruno
  • Mar 16 Montreal Canadien's 1st game in their new arena (Bell Center)
  • Mar 16 England beats Ireland, 28-15 at Twickenham for a second consecutive Five Nations Rugby Championship and Triple Crown; fly-half Paul Grayson lands 6 penalties, a conversion and drop goal
  • Mar 17 Cricket World Cup, Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore, Pakistan: Aravinda de Silva scores 107 no and takes 3/42 as Sri Lanka beats Australia by 7 wickets; Sanath Jayasuriya, Player of Series
  • Mar 18 50,000 swimmers raise 15 million for charity during BT's Swimathon '96
  • Mar 25 Ice Dance Championship at Edmonton won by Gritshuk & Platov (RUS)
  • Mar 25 Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Edmonton won by Michelle Kwan (USA)
  • Mar 25 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Edmonton won by Todd Eldredge (USA)

Sports History

Mar 26 Last day of 1st-class cricket for Allan Border (Qld v Vic)

Test Cricketer Allan Border
Test Cricketer
Allan Border
  • Mar 29 Cleveland Browns choose new name, Baltimore Ravens
  • Mar 29 NY Yankees beats NY Mets 7-3 in an exhibition game
  • Mar 30 Lara hits 146 cricket not out in ODI vs NZ at Port-Of-Spain
  • Mar 30 NY Mets beats NY Yankees 5-3 in an exhibition game
  • Mar 30 149th Grand National: 7/1 favourite Rough Quest, ridden by Irish jockey Mick Fitzgerald wins by 1¼ lengths from Encore Un Peu
  • Mar 31 15th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Tennessee beats Georgia, 83-65; 3 Volunteers in All-Tournament team: Michelle Marciniak, Chamique Holdsclaw, Tiffani Johnson
  • Mar 31 First time in MLB history, the regular season opens in March with Seattle Mariners beating Chicago White Sox, 3-2 in 12 innings at the Kingdome, Seattle
  • Mar 31 Ranji Trophy Cricket Final, MA Chidambaram Stadium, Madras: Karnataka (Vijay Bharadwaj 146 of 8/620) beats Tamil Nadu (370) on 1st innings

PGA Players Championship

Mar 31 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Fred Couples shoots a final round 64 to win his 2nd PC title, 4 strokes ahead of runners-up Colin Montgomerie and Tommy Tolles

Golfer and Masters Champion Fred Couples
Golfer and Masters Champion
Fred Couples

Golf Major

Mar 31 Nabisco Dinah Shore Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Patty Sheehan wIns by 1 stroke ahead of runners-up Meg Mallon, Kelly Robbins and Annika Sörenstam

LPGA Golfer Meg Mallon
LPGA Golfer
Meg Mallon
LPGA Golfer Patty Sheehan
LPGA Golfer
Patty Sheehan
Golfer Annika Sörenstam
Golfer
Annika Sörenstam

Birthdays in Sport

  • Mar 1 Ye Shiwen, Chinese swimmer (Olympic gold 400m [WR 4:28.43] & 200m individual medley 2012; World C'ships gold 200m medley 2011, 19), born in Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
  • Mar 20 Charley Hull, British golfer (ANA Inspiration 2016 runner-up), born in Kettering, England
  • Mar 23 Alexander Albon, Thai-British Formula One racing driver (Red Bull Racing), born in London

Weddings in Sport

Pat Summerall

Mar 16 Sportscaster Pat Summerall (65) weds Cherilyn Burns in Florida

CBS, Fox, and ESPN Sportscaster Pat Summerall
CBS, Fox, and ESPN Sportscaster
Pat Summerall

Deaths in Sport

  • Mar 14 Dewi Lorwerth Ellis Bebb, rugby international/journalist, dies at 57
  • Mar 15 Bob Pearce, American wrestler (Olympic gold bantamweight freestyle 1932), dies at 88
  • Mar 29 Bill Goldsworthy, Canadian ice hockey player (Minnesota North Stars), dies at 51