February 1959 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • 1st Wiffi Smith wins LPGA Havana Golf Tournament
  • 1st Zack Wheat unanimously elected to baseball Hall of Fame

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2nd Vince Lombardi signs a 5 year contract to coach Green Bay Packers

  • 7th Dorothy Rigney sells White Sox to Bill Veeck for a reported $27M
  • 11th Vinoo Mankad ends his final Test Cricket (v WI at Delhi)

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15th Louise Suggs wins LPGA St Petersburg Golf Tournament

Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA
Louise Suggs
  • 22nd 1st Daytona 500: Lee Petty wins (135.521 MPH)

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23rd Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Lake Worth Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls
  • 27th Chicago Cards trade running back Ollie Matson to LA Rams for 9 players

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27th Boston Celtic Bob Cousy sets NBA record with 28 assists Boston Celtics score 173 points against Minneapolis Lakers

NBA Point Guard Bob Cousy
NBA Point Guard
Bob Cousy
  • 28th NFL trade, Chicago Cards trade Ollie Matson to LA Rams for 9 players

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1st Carolyn Hill, LPGA golfer (1994 McCall's Classic), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1st Mike Horan, NFL punter (NY Giants)
  • 1st Wade Wilson, NFL quarterback (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 3rd Molly Killingbeck, Jamaica, 4X400m relayer (Olympic-silver-1984)

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4th Lawrence Taylor, Williamsburg Virginia, NFL's greatest linebacker (NY Giants)

Hall of Fame American Football Player Lawrence Taylor
Hall of Fame American Football Player
Lawrence Taylor
  • 5th Glenn Dubis, US 3x40 rifle (Olympics-1984, 88, 96), born in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • 7th Sammy Lee, British soccer player
  • 8th Heinz Gunthardt, Switzerland, tennis star
  • 8th Irina Kalinina, USSR, springboard diver (Olympic-gold-1980)
  • 10th Tonga, [Uliuli Fifita], wrestler (WCW/WAR/WWF, Ming, Haku, Islanders)
  • 11th Corinne Shigemoto, US judo coach (Olympics-96)
  • 13th Gord Hampson, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 15th Guy De Alwis, cricket wicket-keeper (Sri Lankan mid 80s)
  • 15th Joe Hesketh, US baseball player (Boston Red Sox)
  • 15th Hugo Savinovich, Ecuadorian wrestler

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16th John McEnroe, Wiesbaden, Germany, American tennis great (US Open 1979-81, 84 Wimb 1981, 83, 84)

Tennis Player John McEnroe
Tennis Player
John McEnroe
  • 16th Kelly Tripuka, Glenn Ridge NJ, NBA forward (Det Pistons, Utah Jazz)
  • 17th Ambrose "Rowdy" Gaines, US, 100m swimmer (Olympic-gold-1984)
  • 17th Daniel Ray "Danny" Ainge, basketball & football star
  • 17th Rowdy Gaines, US swimmer (Olympics-3 gold-1984)

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19th Roger Goodell, Jamestown New York, American NFL Commissioner

Commissioner of the National Football League (NFL) Roger Goodell
Commissioner of the National Football League (NFL)
Roger Goodell
  • 20th Bill Gullickson, US baseball pitcher (Detroit Tigers)
  • 20th Scott Evans Brayton, racing car driver
  • 23rd John Arthur Wilson, Ceres CA, PGA golfer (1994 Anheuser-Busch-4th)
  • 24th Michael Roy Whitney, cricket (great NSW & Aussie lefty quick 1981-92)
  • 26th Rolando Blackman, American basketball player

Deaths in Sport

  • 2nd Frank DeCaires, cricketer (WI bat v Eng 1930, 3 Tests 232 runs), dies
  • 7th Napoleon Lajorie, baseball player, dies at 83
  • 11th Marshall Teague, American race car driver (b. 1922)
  • 17th Tim Mara, co-founder of NFL's NY Giants, dies