On This Day

March 2001 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Mar 1 Carolina center Ron Francis scores a goal on his 38th birthday in Hurricanes' 3-1 win over NY Islanders to become only the 2nd player in NHL history to score 50+ points for 20 straight seasons
  • Mar 10 22nd Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Boston College beats Pittsburgh, 79-57
  • Mar 11 48th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #3 Duke beats #6 North Carolina, 79-53
  • Mar 11 42nd SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats Ole Miss, 77-55

Golf Major

Mar 25 Nabisco Championship Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Sweden's Annika Sörenstam shoots a final round 69 to win the first of her 3 titles at this event, 3 strokes ahead of 5 runners-up

PGA Players Championship

Mar 26 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Tiger Woods wins the first of his 2 PC's, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Vijay Singh of Fiji

World Record

Mar 30 At 15 years, 9 months American swimmer Michael Phelps breaks 200m butterfly world record at the US World Championship trials at Austin, Texas; becomes youngest male to set a world mark

Sports History

Mar 31 German brothers Michael and Ralf Schumacher become first siblings to share front row of the grid in a Formula 1 World Championship event; qualify 1st and 2nd respectively for Brazilian GP in São Paulo


Weddings in Sport

Peyton Manning

Mar 17 NFL Quarterback Peyton Manning (24) weds Ashley Thompson in Memphis, Tennessee

Deaths in Sport

  • Mar 16 Bob Wollek, French race car driver (b. 1943)
  • Mar 17 Zinaida Voronina, Russian and Soviet gymnast (1968 Olympics: 4 medals including 1 gold), dies at 53
  • Mar 20 Luis Alvarado, Puerto Rican baseball player (b. 1949)
  • Mar 28 Jim Benton, American football end (All Pro 1945, 46; NFL 1940s All-Decade Team; Cleveland/LA Rams, Chicago Bears; first to rush 300+ yards 1945), dies at 84