February 1959 in Sport

Events in Sport

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Feb 15 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
  • Feb 22 1st Daytona 500: Lee Petty wins (135.521 MPH)

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Feb 23 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Lake Worth Golf Open

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

Sports record brokenNBA Record

Feb 27 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
  • Feb 28 NFL trade, Chicago Cards trade Ollie Matson to LA Rams for 9 players

Birthdays in Sport

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 4 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
  • Feb 5 Glenn Dubis, US 3x40 rifle (Olympics-1984, 88, 96), born in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Feb 7 Sammy Lee, British soccer player
  • Feb 8 Heinz Gunthardt, Switzerland, tennis star
  • Feb 8 Irina Kalinina, USSR, springboard diver (Olympic-gold-1980)
  • Feb 10 Tonga, [Uliuli Fifita], wrestler (WCW/WAR/WWF, Ming, Haku, Islanders)
  • Feb 11 Corinne Shigemoto, US judo coach (Olympics-96)
  • Feb 13 Gord Hampson, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Feb 15 Guy De Alwis, cricket wicket-keeper (Sri Lankan mid 80s)
  • Feb 15 Joe Hesketh, US baseball player (Boston Red Sox)
  • Feb 15 Hugo Savinovich, Ecuadorian wrestler

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 19 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
  • Feb 20 Bill Gullickson, US baseball pitcher (Detroit Tigers)
  • Feb 20 Scott Evans Brayton, racing car driver
  • Feb 23 John Arthur Wilson, Ceres CA, PGA golfer (1994 Anheuser-Busch-4th)
  • Feb 24 Michael Roy Whitney, cricket (great NSW & Aussie lefty quick 1981-92)
  • Feb 26 Rolando Blackman, American basketball player

Deaths in Sport

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