On This Day in Sport for February 2

Events in Sport

  • 1876 Baseball's National League forms with teams in Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Hartford, Louisville, New York, Philadelphia, St Louis
  • 1892 Longest boxing match under modern rules; 77 rounds in Nameoki, Illinois between Harry Sharpe & Frank Crosby
  • 1926 19th Women's Australasian Championships: Daphne Akhurst Cozens beats Esna Boyd Robertson (6-1, 6-3)
  • 1926 19th Men's Australasian Championships: John Hawkes beats James Willard (6-1, 6-3, 6-1)
  • 1943 Cubs return to original uniform after experimenting with a vest
  • 1944 Baseball meets in NYC to discuss postwar action

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1949 Golfing champ Ben Hogan seriously injured in an auto accident

Golfer Ben Hogan
Golfer
Ben Hogan
  • 1954 Bevo Francis, Rio Grande College, scores 113 pts in basketball game
  • 1958 Fay Crocker wins LPGA Havana Biltmore Golf Open

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1959 Vince Lombardi signs a 5 year contract to coach Green Bay Packers

  • 1962 1st pole vault over 16' (4.88m) (John Uelses-16', Melrose Games)
  • 1964 Sjoukje Dijkstra (Neth) wins Olympic gold for figure skating

Hall of fameHall of Fame

1964 Elected to Baseball Hall of Fame - Red Faber, Burleigh Grimes, Tim Keefe, Heinie Manush, John Montgomery Ward, & Miller Huggins

Major League Baseball Pitcher Tim Keefe
Major League Baseball Pitcher
Tim Keefe
  • 1967 Formation of American Basketball Association is announced
  • 1969 Stan Coveleski & Waite Hoyt are voted into baseball Hall of Fame

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1970 Pete Maravich becomes 1st to score 3,000 college basketball points

NBA Guard Pete Maravich
NBA Guard
Pete Maravich
  • 1973 Test Cricket debut of Richard John Hadlee, NZ v Pakistan, Wellington
  • 1974 Smallest crowd at Cleveland Arena (Cavs vs Golden State-1,641)

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1975 Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA Burdine's Golf Invitational

LPGA Golfer Donna Caponi
LPGA Golfer
Donna Caponi
  • 1977 Toronto's Ian Turnbull scores 5 goals, NHL REcord for a defenseman
  • 1986 Ayako Okamoto wins LPGA Elizabeth Arden Golf Classic
  • 1986 NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 28-24
  • 1987 KC Royal pitcher Dennis Leonard (3X 20 game winner), retires
  • 1988 David Boon's 6th Test Cricket century, 184* v England at Sydney
  • 1992 Colleen Walker wins Oldsmobile LPGA Golf Classic
  • 1992 David Boon's 13 Test Cricket century, 107 v India at Perth
  • 1992 Kieren Perkins swims world record 1500m freestyle (14:32.40)
  • 1992 NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 21-15
  • 1995 Henry Olonga no-balled for throwing in Zimbabwe-Pakistan Test Cricket
  • 1997 Mark O'Meara wins Pebble Beach National Golf Pro-am
  • 1997 NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 26-23 (OT)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1997 Scotty Bowman becomes first coach in NHL history to win 1,000 games

NHL Coach Scotty Bowman
NHL Coach
Scotty Bowman
  • 2002 52nd NHL All-Star Game: World beats North America 8-5 at Los Angeles, California
  • 2003 NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 45-23
  • 2003 53rd NHL All-Star Game: West beats East 6-5 at Sunrise, Florida
  • 2012 NHL player Sam Gagner becomes the first player to scores eight points in one game for the Edmonton Oilers against the Chicago Blackhawks since 1989
  • 2014 Super Bowl XLVIII: Seattle Seahawks defeat Denver Broncos 42-8, most viewed television event in the United States with over 111 million viewers

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1878 Alfréd Hajós, Hungarian swimmer (d. 1955)
  • 1881 Karl Frederick, pistol champ (Olympic-gold-1920)
  • 1888 Frederick Lane, Australian swimmer (d. 1969)
  • 1891 Frank Foyston, NHL Hall of Famer (Seattle)
  • 1893 Raoul Riganti, Argentine racing driver (d. 1970)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1895 George Halas [Papa Bear], NFL pioneer (owner of the Chicago Bears), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1983)

American Football Player, Coach, Owner, and Pioneer George Halas
American Football Player, Coach, Owner, and Pioneer
George Halas
  • 1900 Asa Smith Bushnell Jr, Springfield Ohio, Sec of US Olympics (1945-65)
  • 1900 Willie Kamm, MLB third baseman (d. 1988)
  • 1908 Clarence "Buster" Crabbe, California, swimmer (Olympic-gold-1932)/actor
  • 1908 Wes Ferrell, All-Star MLB pitcher (d. 1976)
  • 1915 Stan Leonard, Canadian professional golfer (d. 2005)
  • 1919 Allie Reynolds, NY Yankee pitcher (1952 AL ERA leader (2.07))
  • 1923 Al "Red" Schoendienst, baseball manager/2nd baseman (St Louis Cards)
  • 1937 Martina Arroyo, American opera soprano (NY Met), born in NYC, New York
  • 1937 Don Buford, All-Star MLB outfielder
  • 1940 Wayne Fontes, American football coach
  • 1946 Gerrie Muhren, Volendam, Netherlands, footballer (Ajax, European Cup Winner, 1971-3), (d. 2013)
  • 1947 Aleksandr Medved, USSR, wrestler (Olympic-gold-1964, 68, 72)
  • 1949 Francisco Maturana, Colombian football manager
  • 1950 Osamu Kido, wrestler (NJPW/UWF)
  • 1953 Penny Pulz, LPGA golfer
  • 1954 Jayantha Amerasinghe, cricketer (2 Tests for Sri Lanka v NZ 1983)
  • 1958 Dexter Manley, NFLer (Wash Redskins)
  • 1960 Lee Chill, Canadian Tour golfer (1977 Ohio Jr), born in Cleveland Ohio
  • 1961 Joey Benjamin, cricket pace bowler (in St Kitts England in 1994)
  • 1962 Ben Testerman, tennis star, born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 1962 Paul Kilgus, baseball player
  • 1965 Harry Swayne, NFL tackle (San Diego Chargers, Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1965 Carl Airey, English footballer
  • 1966 Andrei Chesnokov, Russia, tennis star
  • 1966 Bob Alan Estes, Graham TX, PGA golfer (1994 Texas Open)
  • 1966 Tony Plourde, Chibougamau Quebec, sabre (Olympics-96)
  • 1966 Victor Muhammad, WLAF running back (London Monarchs)
  • 1967 Arturs Irbe, Latvian hockey player
  • 1968 Paul McKenzie, Australian Finn class sailor (Olympics-96)
  • 1968 Sari Krooks, ice hockey right wing (Finland, Oly-98)
  • 1968 Scott Erickson, pitcher (Minnesota Twins, Balt Orioles), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1968 Sean Elliott, NBA forward (San Antonio Spurs)
  • 1968 Steve Henson, NBA guard (Detroit Pistons)
  • 1968 Ventson Donelson, CFL cornerback (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • 1969 Ijaz Ahmed Jr, cricketer (one Test Pakistan v Sri Lanka 1995)
  • 1969 Jeff Christy, corner (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1969 Jody Hull, Cambridge, NHL right wing (Florida Panthers)
  • 1969 Valeri Karpin, Russian footballer
  • 1970 Chris Luneburg, WLAF T (London Monarchs)
  • 1970 Diego Martos, WLAF linebacker (Barcelona Dragons)
  • 1970 Erik ten Hag, soccer player (FC Twente, RKC, FC Utrecht)
  • 1970 Ivan Vukov, soccer player (FC Volendam)
  • 1970 Nikolaos Michopoulos, Greek footballer
  • 1970 Roar Strand, Norwegian footballer
  • 1971 Ken Dilger, NFL tight end (Indianapolis Colts)
  • 1971 Tony Miller, Mount Pleasant Texas, 400m runner
  • 1972 Charlie Williams, NFL safety (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1972 Ivan Droppa, Liptovsky Mikulas CZE, NHL defenseman (Chicago)
  • 1972 Lance Brown, NFL defensive back (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1973 Dan Brandenburg, linebacker (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1973 Jose White, WLAF/NFL defensive tackle (Minnesota Vikings, Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • 1973 Patrick Jeffers, NFL wide receiver (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1973 Radka Bobkova, tennis star (quarter Bournemouth), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • 1973 Tim Denton, NFL cornerback (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1974 David Buck, kayak (alt-Olympics-96), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1974 J R Conrad, offensive tackle/guard (NY Jets)
  • 1974 Jeff Cassar, soccer goalkeeper (Olympics-gold-96)
  • 1975 Macey Brooks, wide receiver (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1975 Todd Bertuzzi, Sudbury, NHL right wing (NY Islanders)
  • 1975 Ieroklis Stoltidis, Greek footballer
  • 1975 Vaggelis Koutsoures, Greek footballer
  • 1976 Steven Dewick, Australian swimmer (Olympics-96), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1976 James Hickman, British swimmer
  • 1977 Libor Sionko, Czech football player
  • 1978 Annabel Ellwood, Canberra Australia, tennis star (1995 Futures NC)
  • 1978 Barry Ferguson, Scottish football player
  • 1979 Lindsay Langston, Modesto California, archer (Olympics-1996)
  • 1979 Petra Cada, Canadian table tennis player (Olympics-96), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • 1979 Fani Halkia, Greek hurdler
  • 1979 Irini Terzoglou, Greek shot putter
  • 1980 Oleguer Presas, Spanish football player
  • 1981 Jason Kapono, American basketball player
  • 1982 Sergio Castaño, Spanish footballer
  • 1982 Kelly Mazzante, American basketball player
  • 1983 Carolina Klüft, Swedish athlete
  • 1983 Jordin Tootoo, Canadian hockey player
  • 1987 Gerard Piqué, Spanish football player

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

1985 NFL Footballer and felon O.J. Simpson marries 2nd wife Nicole Brown (murdered 1994)

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson

Deaths in Sport

  • 1918 John L Sullivan, Mass, heavyweight boxing champ, dies at 59

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1925 Jaap Eden, Dutch world champion cyclist and speed skater, dies at 51

Cyclist and Speed Skater Jaap Eden
Cyclist and Speed Skater
Jaap Eden
  • 1948 Bevil Rudd, South African athlete (b. 1894)
  • 1959 Frank DeCaires, cricketer (WI bat v Eng 1930, 3 Tests 232 runs), dies
  • 1969 Giovanni Martinelli, opera singer (NY Met), dies at 83
  • 1976 Harry Elliott, England cricket wicketkeeper (3 Tests 1927-34), dies
  • 1979 Jim Burke, cricketer (Australian opener), commits suicide
  • 1983 Bryan Valentine, cricketer (7 Tests for England, 454 runs), dies
  • 1987 Castilho, Brazilian footballer (b. 1927)
  • 1989 Ondrej Nepela, Slovak figure skater (b. 1951)
  • 1990 Joe Erskine, Welsh boxer (b. 1934)
  • 1995 Fred Perry, English tennis star (Wimbledon 1934-36), dies at 85
  • 2005 Max Schmeling, German boxer (1930-32 World Heavyweight Champion), dies at 99
  • 2007 Masao Takemoto, Japanese gymnast (b. 1919)
  • 2013 Walter Francis Sweeney, American NFL guard, dies from pancreatic cancer at 71