On This Day in Sport for February 29

Events in Sport

  • 1964 Frank Rugani sets badminton shuttlecock distance record, 24.3 m
  • 1964 NC high school basketball teams play to 56-54 score in 13 overtime

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1972 Hank Aaron becomes 1st baseball player to sign for $200,000 a year

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron

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1980 Gordie Howe becomes 1st NHL player to score 800 career goals

Ice Hockey Legend Gordie Howe
Ice Hockey Legend
Gordie Howe
  • 1988 Mark Greatbatch scores 107* v England on Test Cricket debut
  • 1992 Dawn Coe wins LPGA Women's Kemper Golf Open
  • 1996 Kenya defeat West Indies (all out 93) in Cricket World Cup

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1904 John "Pepper" Martin, baseballer (NL stolen base leader 1933,34,36)
  • 1908 Alf Gover, cricketer (bowled in 4 Tests for England/famous coach)
  • 1924 Al Rosen, American baseball player (Cleveland Indians) and baseball executive, born in Spartanburg, South Carolina (d. 2015)
  • 1932 Gavin Stevens, cricket (Australian bat on 59-60 India/Pakistan tour)
  • 1932 Masten Gregory, American F1 Driver (d. 1985)
  • 1936 Alwin Schockemohle, Germany, equestrian jumper (Olympic-gold-1976)

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1936 Henri "The Pocket-Rocket" Richard, NHL center (Montreal Canadiens), born in Montreal, Quebec

Ice Hockey Great Henri Richard
Ice Hockey Great
Henri Richard
  • 1948 Nikolai Pimenov, USSR, coxless pair rowers (Olympic-silver-1976)
  • 1948 Yuri Pimenov, USSR, coxless pair rowers (Olympic-silver-1976)
  • 1952 Raisa Smetanina, USSR, cross country skier (Olympic-gold-1976, 80, 92)
  • 1964 Henrik Sundstrom, Sweden, tennis star
  • 1968 Bryce Paup, NFL linebacker (Green Bay Packers, Buffalo Bills)
  • 1968 Cary Conklin, NFL quarterback (SF 49ers)
  • 1968 Chucky Brown, NBA forward (Houston Rockets, Atlanta Hawks)
  • 1972 Chris Devine, Allentown Pa, diver (Olympics-96)
  • 1972 Cyrus Beasley, Rowe NY, rower (Olympics-1996)
  • 1972 Fabien Bownes, NFL wide receiver (Chicago Bears)
  • 1972 Mark Farraway, CFL offensive linebacker (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • 1976 Bryan Gillooly, Auburn NY, diver (Olympics-96)
  • 1976 Terrence Long, American baseball player
  • 1980 Ruben Plaza, Spanish cyclist
  • 1980 Simon Gagné, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1980 Taylor Twellman, American soccer player
  • 1980 Clinton Toopi, New Zealand rugby league footballer
  • 1984 Cam Ward, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1984 Darren Ambrose, English footballer
  • 1984 Cullen Jones, American swimmer
  • 1984 Adam Sinclair, Indian field hockey player
  • 1988 Scott Golbourne, English footballer

Deaths in Sport

  • 1932 "Big Ed" Morris, pitcher (Boston Red Sox), dies