AUTO RACING March 29, 2009 Jenson Button wins the Australian Grand Prix, the inaugural chase of the 2009 Formula One season. Driving for the Brawn GP team, the British racer would lead in 5 more races to claim his only F1 Championship at the end of the year. Ranked 18th on the list of Grand Prix winners, Button has 15 victories to his name.
BASEBALL March 25, 1999 Cal Ripken, Sr. dies of lung cancer at 63. Spending 36 years with the Baltimore Orioles organization, Ripken served as player, scout, coach and manager. His commitment to the club’s tradition of excellence became known as “The Oriole Way”. His 19x All-Star son, Cal Ripken, Jr., spent 20 years with the same team.
YACHT RACING March 28, 1989 A NY court declares that the San Diego Yacht Club had beaten New Zealand’s Mercury Bay Boating Club unfairly at the America’s Cup by racing a double-hull instead of a mono-hull. The ruling is reversed on appeal, stating that the Deed of Gift which governs the race does not limit design, or stipulate the number of hulls.
BASKETBALL March 26, 1979 Michigan State defeats Indiana State 75-64 at the NCAA Division I Championship. Spartans’ Magic Johnson went up against the Sycamores’ Larry Bird for the first time, marking the beginning of a rivalry that would take them through their NBA careers. While Indiana lost, they entered the game undefeated (33-0).