On This Day in Sport for February 25

Events in Sport

  • 1904 Stanley Cup: Ottawa Silver 7 sweep Toronto Marlboroughs in 2 games
  • 1924 Marie Boyd scores 156 points in Maryland HS basketball game (163-3)
  • 1930 George Headley completes twin tons in Test Cricket v England (114 & 112)
  • 1933 Major NFL rule changes (hash mark 10 yds in, posts on goal line)
  • 1933 Thomas Yawkey purchases Boston Red Sox
  • 1941 Boston Bruins set NHL record of 23-game unbeaten streak (15-0-8)
  • 1951 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins Orlando Florida 2 Ball Golf Tournament
  • 1952 6th Winter Olympic games close at Oslo, Norway
  • 1957 Supreme Court decides 6-3, baseball is only antitrust exempt pro sport
  • 1961 Niagara ends St Bonaventura's 99-game home basketball win streak
  • 1962 Mike O'Hara completes record 97th marathon

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1962 Wilt Chamberlain of NBA Philadelphia Warriors scores 67 points vs NY Knicks for the second year in a row

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1964 Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay) TKOs Sonny Liston in 7 for his first world heavyweight championship title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Sonny Liston
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Sonny Liston
  • 1969 Pension plan for baseball is agreed to
  • 1972 Lopsided trade, Cards trade Steve Carlton to Phillies for Rick Wise
  • 1974 Veronica & Colin Scargill (England) begin tandem bicycle ride a record 18,020 miles around the world, completed on August 27, 1975

Sports record brokenNBA Record

1977 New Orleans' Pete Maravich sets NBA record for a guard with 68 pts

NBA Guard Pete Maravich
NBA Guard
Pete Maravich
  • 1978 Botham scores 1st Test Cricket century, 103 v NZ Christchurch
  • 1979 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Orange Blossom Golf Classic
  • 1981 NHL most penalized game; Bruins vs Northstars, 84 penalties (392 mins)
  • 1981 NY Islanders give up their most goals (11) vs Calgary Flames
  • 1981 Exec Board of Baseball Players' Association votes unanimously to strike on May 29 if the issue of free-agent compensation remains unresolved
  • 1987 LaMarr Hoyt is banned from baseball for 1987, due to drug abuse

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1989 Mike Tyson TKOs Frank Bruno in 5 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
Boxer Frank Bruno
Boxer
Frank Bruno
  • 1990 Australia beat Pakistan 2-0 to win cricket's World Series Cup
  • 1991 Andrew Jones scores twin Test Cricket tons v Sri Lanka (122 & 100*)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1991 Bruce McNall, Wayne Gretzky & John Candy buy CFL's Toronto Argonauts

Actor and Comedian John Candy
Actor and Comedian
John Candy
  • 1993 Florida Marlins introduce their mascot "Billy"
  • 1994 Phil Rizzuto elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1995 British super middleweight Nigel Benn puts opponent Gerard McClellan in hospital

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1855 George Bonnor, cricketer (big-hitting Aussie batter 1880-1888)
  • 1871 Oliver Samuel Campbell, tennis champ (US Open-1890)
  • 1895 DeBenneville "Bert" Bell, PA, NFL owner/commissioner/HOF (Eagles)
  • 1903 King Clancy, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1986)
  • 1914 John Arlott, cricketer (the doyen of cricket commentators & writers)
  • 1916 Ralph Baldwin, harness driver (set 11 major world records)
  • 1918 Henry Norwood Ewell, Harrisburg Pa, 4x100m runner (Olympic-gold-1948)
  • 1918 Barney Ewell, American athlete (d. 1996)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1918 Bobby Riggs, American tennis player ("The Battle of the Sexes", US Open 1939, 41), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1995)

Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion Bobby Riggs
Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion
Bobby Riggs
  • 1919 Monty Irvin, baseball hall of famer (NY Giants)
  • 1921 Andy Pafko, Boyceville, Wisconsin, MLB player (Chicago Cubs), (d. 2013)
  • 1932 Tony Brooks, English race car driver
  • 1938 Farokh Engineer, Indian cricket wicket-keeper (1961-75)
  • 1938 Herb Elliott, Australia, 1500m runner (Olympic-gold-1960)
  • 1938 Viktor Kosichkin, Russian speed skater (Olympic Gold 1960), born in Rybnoye (d. 2012)
  • 1940 Billy Packer, Wellsville NY, basketball sportscaster (CBS)
  • 1940 Ron Santo, American MLB player and broascaster (Chicago Cubs), 1st baseball player to veto his trade), born in Seattle (d. 2010)
  • 1943 Wilson da Silva Piazza, Brazilian footballer
  • 1947 Eddie Thomson, Australian soccer coach (Olyroos, Olympics-96)
  • 1947 Lee Evans, Madera, California, American 400m runner (Olympic-2 gold-1968)
  • 1951 Don Quarrie, Jamaican runner
  • 1951 James Brown, American sportscaster
  • 1951 César Cedeño, Dominican baseball player
  • 1952 Joey Dunlop, Irish motorcycle racer (d. 2000)
  • 1954 Steve Rixon, Australian cricket wicket-keeper (1977-85)
  • 1956 Davie Cooper, soccer star
  • 1958 Kurt Rambis, NBA forward (Lakers, Hornets)/Clark Kent look-a-like
  • 1960 Glen Bishop, cricketer (S Aussie bat, 2 ODI's for Australia 1987)
  • 1961 Davey Allison, American race car driver (d. 1993)
  • 1961 Todd Blackledge, American football player
  • 1962 Birgit Fischer, German DR, 500m kayaker (Olympic-gold-1980)
  • 1962 Cammy Ciarelli, WPVA volleyballer (Best of Beach-2nd-1995), born in Iowa City, Iowa

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1963 Paul O'Neill, MLB right fielder (Cincinnati Reds, NY Yankees), born in Columbus, Ohio

MLB Right Fielder Paul O'Neill
MLB Right Fielder
Paul O'Neill
  • 1963 Tom McHale, NFL tackle (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1964 Don Majkowski, NFL quarterback (Detroit Lions)
  • 1966 Don Anurasiri, cricketer (Sri Lankan slow left-armer)
  • 1967 Jenny Byrne, Perth Australia, tennis star (1984 Futures-Wyong-AUS)
  • 1967 Rich Rowland, US baseball catcher (Detroit Tigers)
  • 1968 David Hulse, US baseball outfielder (Texas Rangers)
  • 1969 Donald Hodge, NBA center (Charlotte Hornets)
  • 1969 Kerry Dienelt, Australian softball catcher/1st baseman (Oly-bronze-96)
  • 1969 Michelle Gibson, equestrian dressage (Olympics-bronze-96)
  • 1970 Alfred Jordan, CFL cornerback (Calgary Stampeders)
  • 1970 Brian O'Neal, NFL full back (SF 49ers)
  • 1970 Corey Mayfield, NFL defensive tackle (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1970 Dave Brown, NFL quarterback (NY Giants)
  • 1970 Joe Bowden, NFL linebacker (Houston/Tennessee Oilers)
  • 1970 Troy Mallette, Sudbury, NHL left wing (Ottawa Senators)
  • 1971 Andrew Hermann, US 50K walker (Olympics-96)
  • 1971 Byron Dafoe, Sussex England, NHL goalie (LA Kings)
  • 1971 David Fox, US, 50m freestyle (Olympics-6th-96)
  • 1971 Helen Dobson, Skegness England, golfer (1993 State Farm Rail Classic)
  • 1971 Nova Peris, Darwin Australia, field hockey left halfback (Olympics-96)
  • 1972 Chris Harrison, guard (Detroit Lions)
  • 1972 Erwin van de Looi, soccer player (Vitesse)
  • 1972 Sean Harris, NFL linebacker (Chicago Bears)
  • 1973 Daryl Gardener, defensive end (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1973 Kirrily Sharpe, Bankstown Aust, tennis star (1995 Futures-Saga-JPN)
  • 1973 Normann Stadler, German triathlete
  • 1974 Detron Smith, NFL running back (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1974 Tamarick Vanover, NFL wide receiver (KC Chiefs)
  • 1975 Hercules Kyvelos, boxer (Olympics-96), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1976 Samaki Walker, NBA forward (Dallas Mavericks)
  • 1980 Antonio Burks, American basketball player
  • 1981 Park Ji-Sung, South Korean footballer
  • 1982 Chris Baird, Irish footballer
  • 1982 Anton Volchenkov, Russian ice hockey player
  • 1983 Eduardo da Silva, Brazilian-born Croatian footballer
  • 1985 Benji Marshall, New Zealand rugby player
  • 1985 Joakim Noah, American basketball player
  • 1992 Libby [Elizabeth] Callahan, sport pistol (Olympics-96), born in Columbia, South Carolina

Deaths in Sport

  • 1919 Josef Christiaens, Belgian racing driver (b. 1879)
  • 1934 John J McGraw, manager (NY Giants), dies at 60
  • 1966 James D. Norris, American sports businessman (b. 1906)
  • 1982 J K Irani, cricket wicketkeeper (2 Tests for India 1947-48), dies
  • 1994 Hugh Tayfield, cricketer (170 wickets for South Africa in 37 Tests), dies

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1994 Jersey Joe Walcott, boxer, dies at 80

World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jersey Joe
World Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jersey Joe

Person of interestPerson of Interest

2001 Donald Bradman, Australian cricketer, dies at 92

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 2006 Charlie Wayman, English footballer (b. 1922)
  • 2008 Ashley Cooper, Australian race car driver (b. 1980)
  • 2016 Tony Burton, American actor (Rocky films) and boxer, dies at 78