On This Day

Events in Sport in March 1972

  • Mar 2 American jockey Willie Shoemaker wins his record 555th stakes race aboard Royal Owl in the San Jacinto Stakes at Santa Anita; Eddie Arcaro 554

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Mar 6 Jack Nicklaus, passes Arnold Palmer as golf's all-time money winner

  • Mar 9 Players on White Sox vote 31-0 in favor of a strike, if necessary
  • Mar 11 19th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: North Carolina beats Maryland, 73-64

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Mar 12 NHL great Gordie Howe retires after 26 seasons

Ice Hockey Legend Gordie Howe
Ice Hockey Legend
Gordie Howe
  • Mar 14 NBA's Cincinnati Royals announce they are moving to KC
  • Mar 18 Cornell NCAA hockey team shut out for 1st time in 225 games (Boston U)
  • Mar 19 1st AIAW Women's Basketball Tournament, Immaculata beats West Chester State 52-48 in Normal
  • Mar 19 LA Lakers beat Golden State Warriors, 162-99, by then record 63 pts

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Mar 22 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar named NBA MVP

  • Mar 22 Nick Mileti purchases Cleveland Indians for $9 million
  • Mar 22 Yankees trade Danny Cater to the Red Sox for Sparky Lyle
  • Mar 23 NY Yanks agree to continue playing ball in the Bronx

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Mar 25 34th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats Florida, 81-76; 6th straight title for Bruins; future Hall of Fame center Bill Walton tournament MOP

NBA Center and Television Sportscaster Bill Walton
NBA Center and Television Sportscaster
Bill Walton

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Mar 25 Bobby Hull becomes the 2nd NHLer to score 600 goals

NHL Legend Bobby Hull
NHL Legend
Bobby Hull
  • Mar 25 UCLA wins its 6th consecutive national basketball title
  • Mar 26 LA Lakers break NBA wins record by winning 69 of 82 games (69-13), record will stand for 24 years

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Mar 28 Wilt Chamberlain plays his last pro basketball game

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain