On This Day in Sport for February 16

Events in Sport

  • 1899 Pelham Warner scores 132 on Test Cricket debut (Eng v SA Johannesburg)
  • 1900 Stanley Cup: Montreal Shamrocks beat Winnipeg Victorias, 3 games to 1
  • 1912 VSV soccer team forms in Ijmuiden
  • 1926 Suzanne Lenglen defeats Helen Wills in Tennis at Cannes France
  • 1936 4th Winter Olympic games close at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
  • 1950 Writers fail to elect anyone to Baseball's Hall of Fame
  • 1952 Ian Craig makes NSW cricket debut aged 16 years 249 days (NSW record)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1953 Ted Williams safely crash-lands his damaged Panther jet, later awarded the Air medal

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1958 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA St Petersburg Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls

Sports record brokenNBA Record

1963 North Carolina forward Billy Cunningham grabs a record 27 rebounds in a game vs Clemson

NBA Forward and Coach Billy Cunningham
NBA Forward and Coach
Billy Cunningham
  • 1966 End of Wally Grout's Test Cricket career, 187 dismissals as Australian wicketkeeper

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1970 Joe Frazier TKOs Jimmy Ellis in 5 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Joe Frazier
  • 1972 Test Cricket debut of Lawrence Rowe WI v NZ Kingston, 214 & 100

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1972 Wilt Chamberlain hit 30,000 point mark during a game with Phoenix Suns

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • 1975 Washington Capitals 1st NHL shutout, beating KC Scouts 3-0
  • 1980 Eric Heiden skates 5k in 7:02.29 (Olympic Record)
  • 1984 Bill Johnson becomes 1st American to win Olympic downhill skiing gold
  • 1984 NJ Devils 1st OT goal, Jan Ludvig beats Hartford Whalers 6-5
  • 1985 Largest NBA crowd to date, 43,816, sees Philadelphia at Detroit
  • 1985 Livingston Bramble defeats Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini to win WBA champ
  • 1985 NJ Devils score their fastest hat trick in 42 seconds
  • 1986 Dutch speed skater Hein Vergeer becomes World Allround champion for the second time
  • 1989 Dodgers pitcher Orel Hershiser signs $7.9M-3 year contract

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1989 Red Sox pitcher Roger Clemens signs $7.5M-3 year contract

MLB Pitching Legend Roger Clemens
MLB Pitching Legend
Roger Clemens

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1992 LA Lakers retire Magic Johnson's #32 uniform

NBA Legend Magic Johnson
NBA Legend
Magic Johnson
  • 1993 Sandra Völker swims world record 50m backstroke (28.33 sec)
  • 1997 Paul Stankowski wins Hawaiian Golf Open
  • 1997 Terry-Jo Myers wins LPGA Los Angeles Women's Championship

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1999 O.J. Simpson's 1968 Heisman Trophy is sold for $230,000 to help settle a $33.5 million civil judgement against Simpson for the deaths of his ex-wife and her friend

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson
  • 2004 The Pittsburgh Penguins lose their 12th consecutive home game, a NHL record
  • 2005 2004-05 NHL season is canceled by league commissioner Gary Bettman. This was the first time that a North American professional sports league had to cancel a season due to a labor dispute

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2013 Lionel Messi scores his 14th consecutive goal in La Liga and his 300th goal in 365 appearances for Barcelona

Football Star Lionel Messi
Football Star
Lionel Messi
  • 2014 63rd NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 163-155 at New Orleans

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1866 William "Sliding Billy" Hamilton, NJ, hall of fame baseball player
  • 1880 Frank Burke, American baseball player (d. 1946)
  • 1886 Andrew Ducat, cricketer (Test for Eng 1921 (3 & 2) Soccer intl)
  • 1904 Ellis Achong, cricketer (West Indian SLA, 8 wickets in 6 Tests)
  • 1921 Jean Behra, auto racer
  • 1929 Gerhard Hanappi, Austrian footballer (d. 1980)
  • 1931 Gamini Goonesena, cricket leg-spinner (all-rounder for Ceylon, Notts)
  • 1931 Bobby Collins, Govanhill, Scotland, footballer (Celtic, 31 caps), (d. 2014)
  • 1934 Marlene Bauer Hagge, Eureka SD, LPGA golfer (1950 Woman Athlete)
  • 1941 Vitali Kuznetsov, USSR, judo (Olympic-silver-1972)
  • 1944 Richard Ford, US author (Sportswriter)
  • 1946 Aleksandr Shaparenko, USSR, 1K kayak (Olympic-gold-1972)
  • 1952 Barry Foote, Major League Baseball player
  • 1953 Andre St Lauren, NHLer
  • 1953 George Martin, NFLer (NY Giants)
  • 1953 Mike Ford, Canadian tour golfer (1976 Port Jefferson Open), born in NYC, New York
  • 1954 Michael Holding, cricket fast bowler (Whispering Death-Awesome for WI)
  • 1955 George Martin, NFL defensive back (NY Giants)
  • 1958 Herb Williams, NBA center (Toronto Raptors, NY Knicks)
  • 1958 John Paul Morse, Marshall MI, PGA golfer (1995 United Airlines)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1959 John McEnroe, American tennis great (US Open 1979-81, 84 Wimbeldon 1981, 83, 84), born in Wiesbaden, West Germany

Tennis Player John McEnroe
Tennis Player
John McEnroe
  • 1959 Kelly Tripuka, Glenn Ridge NJ, NBA forward (Det Pistons, Utah Jazz)
  • 1963 Dano Halsall, Swiss swimmer
  • 1964 Mark Price, NBA guard (Cleveland Caveliers)
  • 1964 Bebeto, Brazilian footballer
  • 1966 Eric Uptagrafft, prone rifle (Olympics-1996), born in Spokane, Washington
  • 1967 Robert Massey, NFL cornerback (Arizona Cardinals, Detroit Lions)
  • 1967 John Valentin, infielder (Boston Red Sox), born in Mineola, New York
  • 1967 Keith Gretzky, former hockey player; brother of Wayne Gretzky
  • 1968 Cecil Gray, NFL tackle (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1968 Erik Regtop, Dutch soccer player (SC Heerenveen)
  • 1969 Claude Lambert, boxer (Olympics-96), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1969 Fermin Cacho, 1500m (Olympics-2 gold-92, 96), born in Barcelona, Spain
  • 1969 Tim Costo, US baseball infielder (Cincinnati Reds)
  • 1970 Angelo Peruzzi, Italian footballer
  • 1971 Anthony Abrams, NFL defensive tackle (KC Chiefs)
  • 1971 Chi Kredell, water polo driver (Olympics-96), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1971 Larry Jones, NFL running back (Washington Redskins)
  • 1971 Marco Sas, Dutch soccer player (NAC)
  • 1971 Mike Hubbard, MBA catcher (Chicago Cubs), born in Lynchburg, Virginia
  • 1971 Van Tuinei, defensive end (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1972 Jerome Bettis, running back (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1973 Cathy Freeman, Mackay Aust, 100m/200m/400m (Olympics-silver-92, 96)
  • 1973 James Young, Australian water polo player (Olympics-96)
  • 1973 Nikos Kostakis, Greek footballer
  • 1973 Christian Bassedas, Argentine former footballer
  • 1974 Jevon Langford, defensive end (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • 1974 Kathy McCormack, ice hockey forward (Canada, Oly-Silver-98)
  • 1974 Fanis Katergiannakis, Greek footballer
  • 1975 Casey Barrett, 200m Butterfly (Olympics-96), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1975 Marty Murray, Deloraine, NHL center (Calgary Flames)
  • 1975 Vanina Ickx, Belgian racing driver
  • 1976 Eric Byrnes, American baseball player
  • 1977 Alexei Morozov, NHL forward (Team Russia Oly-Silver-1998, Pittsburgh)
  • 1977 Trina Jackson, 4X200m freestyle swimmer (Olympics-gold-96)
  • 1977 Ahman Green, American football player
  • 1978 Caroline Hunt, rhythmic gymnast (US team-96), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1978 Tia Hellebaut, Belgian athlete
  • 1978 Wasim Jaffer, Indian Cricketer
  • 1979 Valentino Rossi, Italian motorcycle racer
  • 1980 Ashley Lelie, American football player
  • 1981 Jay Howard, British racing driver
  • 1981 Jerry Owens, American baseball player
  • 1981 Qyntel Woods, American basketball player
  • 1985 Zoi Dimoschaki, Greek swimmer
  • 1987 Theresa Goh, Singaporean Paralympic swimmer
  • 1988 Denílson Pereira Neves, Brazilian footballer

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

1948 Baseball player and manager Leo Durocher (41) weds actress Laraine Day (27) in Santa Monica, California

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher

HeartWedding of Interest

1974 MLB player Mike Schmidt (24) weds Donna Wightman

MLB Third Baseman Mike Schmidt
MLB Third Baseman
Mike Schmidt
  • 2011 Indian tennis ace Mahesh Bhupati (36) weds Bollywood actress and former Miss Universe (2000) Lara Dutta (32) at Bandra, Mumbai

Deaths in Sport

  • 1933 Archie Jackson, Austrian cricketer, dies at 23
  • 1936 Tommy Ward, South African cricket wicket keeper (23 Tests), electrocuted
  • 1945 Billy Frank, cricketer (Test South Africa v Eng 1896, 5 & 2, 1-52), dies
  • 1950 David Denton, cricketer (England batsman in 11 Tests 1905-10), dies
  • 1973 Pieter Van der Bijl, cricketer (outstanding S Af bat in 1938-39), dies
  • 1975 Morgan Taylor, American athlete (b. 1903)
  • 2001 Bob Buhl, baseball player (b. 1928)
  • 2002 Walter Winterbottom, England football manager (b. 1913)
  • 2006 Ernie Stautner, German-born American football player (b. 1925)
  • 2010 Wan Chi Keung, Hong Kong soccer player and actor. (b. 1956)
  • 2012 Gary Carter, American Hall of Fame baseball catcher dies from brain tumor at 57