On This Day in Sport for February 28

Events in Sport

  • 1844 6th Grand National: Mr John Crickmere aboard Discount wins
  • 1849 11th Grand National: Tom Cunningham aboard Peter Simple wins
  • 1903 Barney Dreyfuss & James Potter buys Philadelphia Phillies for $170,000
  • 1906 Stanley Cup: Ottawa Silver 7 sweep Queen's U (Kingston Ont) in 2 games
  • 1912 Victor Trumper's last Test Cricket innings c Woolley b Barnes 50
  • 1925 Longest win streak in Toronto Maple Leaf history (9 games)
  • 1929 Chic Black Hawks lose record NHL 15th straight game at home
  • 1931 Canadian Rugby Union adopts the forward pass
  • 1940 1st televised basketball game (U of Pitts beats Fordham U, 50-37)
  • 1954 Patty Berg/Pete Cooper wins LPGA Orlando Mixed Golf Tournament
  • 1957 Jockey Johnny Longden's 5,000th career victory
  • 1958 West Indies 1-504 in reply to Pakistan 328, day 3 of 3rd Test Cricket
  • 1959 NFL trade, Chicago Cards trade Ollie Matson to LA Rams for 9 players
  • 1960 8th Winter Olympic games close at Squaw Valley, California

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1960 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Tampa Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
  • 1960 US wins Olympic hockey gold medal by defeating Canada
  • 1966 Sandy Koufax & Don Drysdale begin a joint holdout against Dodgers

Sports record brokenNBA Record

1967 Wilt Chamberlain sinks NBA record 35th consecutive field goal

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • 1970 Bicycles permitted to cross Golden Gate Bridge
  • 1970 Caroline Walker runs world female record marathon (3:02:53)

Sport awardGolf Major

1971 53rd PGA Championship: Jack Nicklaus shoots a 281 at PGA National FL Jack Nicklaus wins his 2nd golf grand slam

  • 1981 Calvin Murphy (Hou), sets NBA record with 78 consecutive free throws
  • 1982 Ayako Okamoto wins LPGA Arizona Copper Golf Classic
  • 1986 Peter Uberroth suspended 7 baseball players for 1 year, after they admitted in Curtis Strong's trial in September, they used drugs
  • 1988 15th Winter Olympic games close at Calgary, Canada
  • 1988 Pat Verbeek becomes 1st NJ Devil to score 4 goals in an NHL game
  • 1989 Red Schoendienst & Al Barlick elected to baseball's Hall of Fame
  • 1991 Don Mattingly named 10th NY Yankee Captain
  • 1993 Iolanda Chen triple jumps world indoor record hop step (14.46m)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1998 Vancouver Canucks Mark Messier is 4th NHLer to get 1,600 points

NHL Legend Mark Messier
NHL Legend
Mark Messier
  • 2010 21st Winter Olympic Games close at Vancouver, Canada

Birthdays in Sport


Person of interestPerson of Interest

1890 Joe Malone, Canadian ice hockey center (Quebec Bulldogs), born in Quebec City, Québec (d. 1969)

Ice Hockey Player Joe Malone
Ice Hockey Player
Joe Malone
  • 1917 Hans Deutgen, Sweden, world champion archer
  • 1929 Hayden Fry, American football coach
  • 1930 Frank Malzone, MLB player (Boston Red Sox), born in the Bronx, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1933 Robert Grondelaers, Belgian cyclist (d. 1989)
  • 1935 Clive Halse, cricketer (South African fast bowler on 1963-64 Aust/NZ tour)
  • 1939 Charles Brown, featherweight boxer (Olympic-bronze-1964), born in Cincinnati, Ohio

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1940 Mario Andretti, Italian American race-car driver (1969 Indianapolis 500, 1978 Formula One World Champion), born in Montona, Italy

Racing Car Driver Mario Andretti
Racing Car Driver
Mario Andretti
  • 1942 Dino Zoff, Italian footballer
  • 1944 Sepp Maier, German footballer
  • 1945 Charles "Bubba" Smith, Tx, NFLer (Balt Colts)/actor (Police Academy)
  • 1946 Graham Vivian, cricketer (son of Giff, 5 Tests for NZ 1965-72)
  • 1951 Gustavo Thoeni, Italy, giant slalom (Olympic-gold-1972)
  • 1951 Karsan Ghavri, cricketer (Indian lefty medium pacer early 80s)
  • 1952 Melissa Babish, SC, swimmer (Olympic)
  • 1953 Ricky "Dragon" Steamboat, [Richard Blood], wrestler (NWA/WWF/WCW/AWA)
  • 1953 Ingo Hoffmann, Brazilian racing driver
  • 1954 Brian Billick, American football coach
  • 1955 Adrian Dantley, NBA forward (Olympic-gold-1976, Utah Jazz), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1956 Jimmy Nicholl, Canadian-born Northern Irish footballer
  • 1957 Ian Smith, New Zealand cricket wicket-keeper (1980-92), born in Nelson, New Zealand
  • 1957 Jeff Woodland, Papua New Guinea, Nike golfer (1991 Dakota Dunes Open)
  • 1958 Christine Lathan-Brehmer, German DR, 400m runner (Oly-gold-76)
  • 1958 Mark Pavelich, NHLer (NY Rangers)
  • 1961 Barry McGuigan, British(?) boxer
  • 1961 Wayne Smith, Albany WA, Australian golfer
  • 1961 Eric Bachelart, Belgian racing driver
  • 1962 Angela Bailey, England, Canadian 4X100m relayer (Olympic-silver-1984)
  • 1962 Chunli Li, table tennis player (Olympics-96), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1962 Steve Tsujiura, hockey forward (Team Japan 1998)
  • 1963 Claudio Chiappucci, Italian cyclist
  • 1964 Djamolidine Abdoujaparov, Uzbekistan cyclist
  • 1965 Duane Ferrell, NBA forward (SF Warriors, Indiana Pacers)
  • 1965 Mikko Makela, Tampere Finland, NHL right wing (NY Islanders)
  • 1966 Erik van Kessel, Dutch soccer player (FC Utrecht)
  • 1966 Jan Varholik, Kosice CZE, hockey defenseman (Team Slovakia)
  • 1966 Tim Goad, NFL defensive tackle (Cleveland Browns)
  • 1966 Vincent Askew, NBA guard/forward (Seattle Supersonics, Trailblazers)
  • 1966 Paulo Futre, Portuguese footballer
  • 1967 Antone Davis, NFL tackle (Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1967 Jeff[rey] Pfaendtner, rower (Olympics-bronze-1996), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1967 Colin Cooper, English footballer
  • 1968 J T Snow, US baseball 1st baseman (NY Yankees, California Angels)
  • 1968 Mike Milchin, pitcher (Minnesota Twins), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 1969 Shawn McEachern, Waltham MA, NHL forward (Boston Bruins, Senators)
  • 1969 Butch Leitzinger, American race car driver
  • 1969 Tor Øivind Ødegaard, Norwegian track runner
  • 1970 Jan Varholik, hockey defenseman (Team Slovakia 1998)
  • 1970 Mika Stromberg, Helsinki FIN, hockey defenseman (Team Finland)
  • 1970 Noureddine Morceli, Algeria, 1500m runner (Olympics-gold-96)
  • 1972 Melisa Moses, diver (Olympics-4th-96), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1972 Scott Gragg, NFL tackle (NY Giants)
  • 1973 Demetrice Martin, WLAF cornerback (Scotland Claymores)
  • 1973 Denard Walker, cornerback (Tennessee Oilers)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1973 Eric Lindros, NHL center (Philadelphia Flyers), born in London, Ontario

NHL Star Eric Lindros
NHL Star
Eric Lindros
  • 1973 Gary Walker, NFL defensive tackle/defensive end (Houston Oilers)
  • 1973 Henry Bailey, NFL wide receiver/kick returner (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1973 Nicolas Minassian, French racing driver
  • 1974 Katie Allen, Australian field hockey full back/half back (Olympics-96)
  • 1974 Kevin Abrams, cornerback (Detroit Lions)
  • 1974 Michael Swift, WLAF CB (Rhein Fire)
  • 1974 Lee Carsley, Irish footballer
  • 1975 Azhar Mahmood, cricket pace bowler (Pakistani ODI 1996)
  • 1975 Mike Rucker, American football player
  • 1976 Angie Kennedy, Nambour QLD Australia, swimmer (Olympics-96)
  • 1977 Aki-Petteri Berg, NHL defenseman (Team Finland Oly-Bronze-1998, Kings)
  • 1977 Debbie Koegel, dance skater (& Oleg Fediukov), born in Norristown, Pennsylvania
  • 1978 Benjamin Raich, Austrian Olympic skier
  • 1978 Jamaal Tinsley, American basketball player
  • 1978 Mariano Zabaleta, Argentine tennis player
  • 1979 Virginia Ledgerwood, Chester Va, rhythmic gymnast (Olympics-96)
  • 1979 Sébastien Bourdais, French racing driver
  • 1979 Primož Peterka, Slovenian ski jumper
  • 1979 Ivo Karlović, Croatian tennis player
  • 1980 Pascal Bosschaart, Dutch footballer
  • 1980 Piotr Giza, Polish footballer
  • 1980 Lucian Bute, Romanian-born Quebec boxer
  • 1980 Tayshaun Prince, American basketball player
  • 1981 Brian Bannister, American baseball player
  • 1981 Florent Serra, French tennis player
  • 1985 Jelena Janković, Serbian tennis player
  • 1987 Kerrea Gilbert, English footballer

Deaths in Sport

  • 1912 Bill Storer, English cricket wicketkeeper (6 Tests 1897-99), dies
  • 1972 Victor Barna, table tennis champ, dies
  • 1980 Ian Alexander Ross Peebles, cricketer (45 wkts for England), dies
  • 1984 Leslie Walcott, cricketer (Test for WI v England 1930), dies
  • 1990 Colin Milburn, cricketer (9 Tests for England, 654 runs), dies
  • 1990 Tuppy Owen-Smith, South African cricketer (batsman v England 1929), dies
  • 1995 Keith Rigg, cricketer (8 Tests for Australia 1931-37), dies
  • 2003 Chris Brasher, English athlete (b. 1928)
  • 2015 Alex [Alexander] Johnson, American professional baseball player, dies at 72
  • 2015 Anthony Mason, NBA forward (NY Knicks, Charlotte Hornets), dies at 48 of a heart attack