Mar 10th 1963
Pete Rose makes his professional debut as a late-inning replacement in a spring training game. Rose went 1-for-2, correctly picking the over on the total runs scored, but missing on the winning team.
Mar 9th 1979
MLB commissioner Bowie Kuhn orders baseball teams to give equal access to female reporters in locker rooms. Kuhn also said female reporters would have full access to his pants.
Mar 8th 1968
Tommy Moore, age 6, scores a hole-in-one at Woodbrief Golf Course in Hagerstown, Maryland. Moore had to buy alcohol for everyone in his foursome, for which he was promptly cited and sent to a juvenile detention center for a year.
Mar 7th 1954
The NBA experiments for one game by raising the baskets to 12-feet in an exhibition game between Minneapolis and Milwaukee. The change had little impact on the game, as the floor was also raised two feet.
Mar 6th 1976
Wilfred Benitez, age 17, wins a 15-round decision over Antonio Cervantes to win the world junior welterweight title. Benitez was the youngest boxer to win a professional title fight since Joe Louis knocked out 6-year-old Petey "Soft Neck" McGee just seven seconds into the first round of a 1943 bout, breaking the child's neck.
Mar 5th 1973
New York Yankees pitchers Mike Kekich and Fritz Peterson tell reporters that they traded wives during the offseason. Peterson also picked up a daughter to be nailed later in the deal.
Mar 4th 1928
Nearly 200 runners begin a cross-country race from Los Angeles to New York. The escaped runners were quickly rounded up by sheriff's deputies and returned to prison.
Mar 3rd 1920
The first recorded indoor hockey game is played at Victoria Skating Rink in Montreal. The game was marred when several women and children who were also on the ice for that evening's free skate had to be taken off with concussions, lacerations and broken bones.
Mar 2nd 1951
The NBA holds its first NBA All-Star Game as the West defeats the East, 111-94. The game was preceded by the league's first-ever Sensible, Conservative and Respectable Lay-Up Contest, a staple at All-Star Games in the 1950s.
Mar 1st 1997
The Bottom Line, featuring news and scores scrolling across the bottom of the screen, debuts on ESPN2. The first news item on the Bottom Line was: "The Bottom Line, featuring news and scores scrolling across the bottom of the screen, debuts on ESPN2."