On This Day in Sport for February 27

Events in Sport

  • 1850 12th Grand National: Chris Green aboard Abd-El-Kader wins
  • 1856 18th Grand National: George Stevens aboard Freetrader wins
  • 1874 Baseball 1st played in England at Lord's Cricket Ground
  • 1925 Test Cricket debut of Clarrie Grimmett, who took 5-45 & 6-37 v England
  • 1927 For 2nd Sunday in a row golfers in SC arrested for violating Sabbath
  • 1936 Willy den Ouden swims world record 100 m free style (1:04.6)

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1937 Bradman scores 169 in 5th Test Cricket v England in 223 minutes

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1955 Betty Jameson wins LPGA Sarasota Golf Open
  • 1959 Chicago Cards trade running back Ollie Matson to LA Rams for 9 players

Sports record brokenNBA Record

1959 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
  • 1960 US Olympic Ice Hockey Team beats USSR 3-2 en route to gold medal

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1963 Mickey Mantle of NY Yankees sign a baseball contract worth $100,000

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • 1973 White Sox slugger Dick Allen signs 3 year $750,000 contract
  • 1977 Judy Rankin wins LPGA Bent Tree Golf Classic
  • 1982 Dan Issel (NBA-Nuggets), hits on 63rd consecutive free throw
  • 1983 Jan Stephenson wins Tucson Conquistadores LPGA Golf Tournament
  • 1987 Mike Conley triple jumps world indoor record (17.76m)
  • 1987 NCAA cancels SMU's entire 1987 football schedule for gross violations of NCAA rules regarding athletic corruption
  • 1988 Ayako Okamoto wins LPGA Orient Leasing Hawaiian Ladies Golf Open
  • 1988 Bonnie Blair (US) wins Olympic 500m speed skating in record 39.1
  • 1988 Katarina Witt (GDR) wins 2nd consecutive Olympic figure skating
  • 1992 Larry Smith named 9th Commissioner of the CFL

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1992 Tiger Woods, 16, becomes youngest PGA golfer in 35 years

Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
Tiger Woods
  • 1994 17th Winter Olympic games closes in Lillehammer, Norway

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2007 Mark Messier's #11 jersey is retired by the Edmonton Oilers

NHL Legend Mark Messier
NHL Legend
Mark Messier

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1862 Anastasios Metaxas, Greek architect and shooter (d. 1937)
  • 1877 Walter Briggs, Sr., American entrepreneur and sports team owner (d. 1952)
  • 1898 Allison Danzig, sports writer (Tennis Pictorial History)
  • 1902 Ethelda Bleibtrey, 100m/300m US swimmer (Olympics-3 gold-1920)
  • 1902 Gene Sarazen, Harrison NY, PGA golfer (Masters 1935, US Open 1922, 32)
  • 1904 André Leducq, French cyclist (d. 1980)
  • 1904 Chick Fullis, American baseball player (d. 1946)
  • 1906 Alexander Matheson, NZ cricket pace bowler (2 Tests 1930-31)
  • 1910 Ted Horn, American race car driver (d. 1948)
  • 1920 Reg Simpson, cricketer (prolific England opener 1948-55), (d. 2013)
  • 1924 Norman Marshall, cricketer (brother of Roy, one Test for WI 1955)
  • 1929 Djalma Santos, Brazilian footballer, (d. 2013)
  • 1929 Jack Gibson, Australian rugby league footballer and coach (d. 2008)
  • 1933 Raymond Berry, Texas, NFL hall of famer (Baltimore Colts)
  • 1937 L Jay Silvester, US, discus thrower (Olympic-silver-1972)
  • 1939 Lester King, cricketer (WI fast bowler, 2 Tests 1962-68, 9 wkts)
  • 1939 Peter Revson, auto racer (1971 Indianapolis pole winner)
  • 1943 Klaus Köste, Frankfurt, Germany, gymnast (Olympic Gold 1972- vault), (d. 2012)
  • 1944 Graeme Pollock, cricketer (South African batting prodigy)
  • 1947 Ashley Woodcock, cricketer (one Test Aust v NZ 1974, only knock 27)
  • 1952 Dwight Elmo Jones, basketball player (Olymp-silver-1972), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1957 Viktor Markin, Russian athlete
  • 1958 Naas Botha, South African rugby union footballer
  • 1960 Andres Gomez, Ecuador, tennis pro (Madrid Grand Prix-1990)
  • 1960 John van Grinsven, soccer player (MVV)

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1961 James Worthy, American NBA forward (LA Lakers, 1988 Playoff MVP), born in Gastonia, North Carolina

NBA Small Forward James Worthy
NBA Small Forward
James Worthy
  • 1962 Kory Tarpenning, Portland Oregon, pole vaulter
  • 1962 Veronica Ribot-Canales, Buenos Aires Argentina, US diver (Olympics-96)
  • 1963 Francesco Cancellotti, Italy, tennis star
  • 1964 April Heinrichs, Littleton Colo, US women's soccer coach (Olympic-96)
  • 1964 Richard de Vries, soccer player (De Graafschap)
  • 1965 Sandra Cecchini, Bologna Italy, tennis star (1995 Warsaw doubles)
  • 1966 Chris Howard, US baseball catcher (Seattle Mariners)
  • 1966 Pete Smith, US baseball player (Atlanta Braves, NY Mets)
  • 1967 Dallas Eakins, Dade City, NHL defenseman (Winnipeg Jets)
  • 1967 Frantisek Kaberle, Brno CZE, hockey forward (Team Czech Rep)
  • 1967 Robert Kron, Brno Cze, NHL right wing (Hartford Whalers)
  • 1968 Loy Vaught, NBA forward (LA Clippers)
  • 1968 Mike Sullivan, Marshfield, NHL center (Calgary Flames)
  • 1968 Ron Cox, NFL linebacker (Chicago Bears)
  • 1969 Greg Stevenson, Sherbrooke Quebec, rower (Olympics-11-92, 96)
  • 1969 Robert Massey, NFL cornerback (NY Giants)
  • 1969 Robert Molenaar, Dutch soccer player (FC Volendam)
  • 1969 Willie Banks, US baseball pitcher (Chicago Cubs)
  • 1970 David White, NFL linebacker (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1970 Kent Desormeaux, American jockey
  • 1971 Ivan Robinson, US boxer (Olympic-92), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1971 Jaroslav Modry, Ceske-budejovice C, NHL defenseman (Ottawa Senators)
  • 1971 Rich Tylski, guard/center (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1973 Terence Davis, WLAF wide receiver (London Monarchs)
  • 1973 Mark Taylor, Welsh rugby union footballer
  • 1974 Chris Dishman, guard (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1974 Jim Maher, cricketer (Queensland lefty batsman victorious 1995 side)
  • 1975 Duce Staley, running back (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1975 Marcus Robinson, wide receiver (Chicago Bears)
  • 1975 Prodromos Korkizoglou, Greek decathlete
  • 1976 Tony Gonzalez, tight end (KC Chiefs)
  • 1978 James Beattie, English footballer
  • 1981 Elodie Ouédraogo, Belgian athlete
  • 1983 Devin Harris, American basketball player
  • 1984 Lotta Schelin, Swedish female footballer
  • 1984 David Noel, American basketball player
  • 1985 Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, Russian Footballer

Weddings in Sport

  • 2004 Singer-actress Solange Knowles (18) weds Texas Southern University football player Daniel Smith at Old Bahama Bay Resort in Grand Bahama Island

Deaths in Sport

  • 1921 Schofield Haigh, cricketer (Eng all-rounder 11 Tests 1898-1912), dies
  • 1947 Mackinnon of Mackinnon, cricketer (Tests Eng v Aust 1879), dies at 89
  • 1961 Platt Adams, high jumper (Olympic-gold-1912), dies
  • 1975 Neville Cardus, writer/cricketer, dies

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1986 Jacques Plante, Canadian Ice Hockey goalie who was the first to wear a goaltender mask, dies of stomach cancer at 57

NHL Goalie Jacques Plante
NHL Goalie
Jacques Plante
  • 1996 Pat Smythe, show jumper, dies at 67
  • 2008 Myron Cope, American sports broadcaster (b. 1929)
  • 2011 Duke Snider, American professional baseball player (b. 1926)