On This Day in Sport for February 3

Events in Sport

  • 1876 Albert Spalding with $800 starts sporting goods co, manufacturing 1st official baseball, tennis ball, basketball, golf ball, & football
  • 1894 1st US steel sailing vessel, Dirigo, launched at Bath, Maine

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1937 Don Bradman scores 212 (in 441 minutes!) in 5th cricket test v England

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1942 Baseball owners agree to permit each club up to 14 night games in 1942
  • 1947 Bradman bowled by Alec Bedser for a duck in 4th Test Cricket
  • 1951 Largest purse to date in horse racing, $144,323, won by Great Circle
  • 1956 Toni Sailor becomes 1st Olympic skier to sweep 3 alpine events
  • 1957 Patty Berg wins LPGA Havana Golf Open
  • 1962 John Uelses pole vaults record 489 cm

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1963 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Sea Island Women's Golf Invitational

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
  • 1965 Braves offer Milwaukee $500,000 to terminate their lease a year earlier, the proposal is turned down
  • 1972 11th Winter Olympic games opens in Sapporo, Japan (1st in Asia)
  • 1974 Sandra Palmer wins LPGA Burdine's Golf Invitational
  • 1976 26th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 123-109 at Philadelphia
  • 1979 Minnesota Twins trade Rod Carew to California for 4 players

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1980 Larry Holmes TKOs Lorenzo Holmes in 6 for heavyweight boxing title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes
  • 1980 30th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 144-136 (OT) at Landover, Maryland
  • 1981 Australia beats NZ 3-1 to win cricket's World Series Cup
  • 1985 Joanne Carner wins LPGA Elizabeth Arden Golf Classic
  • 1987 SD Yacht Club celebrates return of America's Cup
  • 1989 Baseball's National League announces Yanks' broadcaster Bill White will its 1st African American President
  • 1989 Start 1st Test Cricket, NZ v Pak, washed out

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1990 Darryl Strawberry voluntarily enters Smither Center for Alcohol rehabilitation

Baseball Player Darryl Strawberry
Baseball Player
Darryl Strawberry
  • 1990 Jockey Billy Shoemaker (58), retires after 40,350 horse race

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1991 Meg Mallon wins Oldsmobile LPGA Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Meg Mallon
LPGA Golfer
Meg Mallon
  • 1991 NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 23-21
  • 1993 Cincinnati Reds owner Marge Schott suspended for 1 year due to racist comments

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1998 Florida Panther Dino Ciccarelli is 9th NHLer to score 600 career goals

NHL Star Dino Ciccarelli
NHL Star
Dino Ciccarelli
  • 1998 NY Yankees replace general manager Bob Watson with Brian Cashman

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2002 Super Bowl XXXVI: New England Patriots beat St. Louis Rams, 20-17 at the Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans MVP: Tom Brady, New England, QB

NFL Quarterback Tom Brady
NFL Quarterback
Tom Brady
  • 2008 Super Bowl XLII: New York Giants beat New England Patriots, 17-14 at the University of Phoenix Stadium MVP: Eli Manning, New York, QB
  • 2013 Super Bowl XLVII: Baltimore Ravens beat San Francisco 49ers, 34-31 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome MVP: Joe Flacco, Baltimore, QB

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1851 Lord Harris, cricketer (4 Tests for England MCC big-wig)
  • 1872 Lou Criger, American baseball player (d. 1934)
  • 1879 Charles Follis, 1st African American NFLer (Shelby, Ohio)
  • 1883 Camille Bombois, French circus wrestler/painter
  • 1895 Izak Buys, cricketer (one Test for South Africa 1922, 0 & 4*, 0-52)
  • 1899 Forrest "Red" DeBernardi, basketball hall of famer (elected 1961)
  • 1908 Oddbjorn Hagen, Norwegian cross country jumper (Olympic gold 1936)
  • 1913 Richard Seaman, British racing driver (d. 1939)
  • 1918 Helen Stephens, Fulton Mo, American 100m runner (double Olympic gold-1936)
  • 1920 Stan Ockers, Belgian cyclist (Tour de France 1955, 56)
  • 1920 Tony Gaze, Australian racing driver
  • 1926 Arthur Arfons, auto racer/designer (Green Monster 1964-536.71 MPH)
  • 1928 C V Gadkari, cricketer (Indian batsman in 6 Tests 1953-55)
  • 1929 Ken Shipp, American football coach
  • 1932 J P "Pom-Pom" Felloes-Smith, cricketer (South African batsman v England 1960)
  • 1932 Maria Itkina, USSR, sprinter (9 world records)
  • 1936 Bob Simpson, Australian cricketer (1965 Wisden Cricketer of the Year)
  • 1938 Emile Griffith, US Virgin Islands professional boxer, (d. 2013)

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1940 Fran Tarkenton, NFL QB (NY Giants, Minnesota Vikings), born in Richmond, Virginia

Quarterback Fran Tarkenton
Quarterback
Fran Tarkenton
  • 1941 Carol Mann, golfer (LPGA Hall of Fame 1977, 1965 US Open), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1941 Gary Bartlett, cricket pace bowler (NZ in 10 Tests in the 1960's)
  • 1945 Bob Griese, NFL quarterback (Miami Dolphins, 1971 Player of Year)
  • 1947 Joe Coleman, baseball pitcher (Washington, Detroit)
  • 1949 Hennie Kuiper, Dutch cyclist
  • 1951 Felipe Munoz, Mexican 200m backstroke swimmer (Olympic gold 1968)
  • 1951 Eugenijus Riabovas, Lithuanian football manager
  • 1952 Fred Lynn, baseball outfielder (Boston, California, Baltimore), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1954 Tiger Williams, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1956 John Jefferson, American football player
  • 1959 Molly Killingbeck, Jamaica, 4X400m relayer (Olympic silver 1984)
  • 1960 Kerry Von Erich, American wrestler (d. 1993)
  • 1960 Marty Jannetty, American Wrestler
  • 1961 Jay Adams, American skateboarder
  • 1962 Joe Handle, US baseball pitcher (Florida Marlins)
  • 1965 Dorcas Wonsavage, cross country skier (Olympics-1994), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1966 Danny Morrison, cricket pace bowler (NZ since 1987)
  • 1966 Sean Patrick Wade, NZ marathoner (Olympics-96), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1967 Aurelio Vidmar, soccer player (Standard Luik, Feyenoord)
  • 1967 Jason Morris, Scotia NY, half-middleweight judoka (Oly-silver-92, 96)
  • 1967 Natalie Hunter, Australian canoeist (Olympics-96), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1967 Bob Taylor, English footballer
  • 1968 Frantisek Kucera, NHL defenseman (Vanc Canucks, Oly-G-98), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • 1968 Leroy Thompson, NFL running back (KC Chiefs)
  • 1968 Mark Koevermans, Netherlands, tennis star
  • 1968 Vlade Divac, Yugoslavia, NBA center (Charlotte Hornets, LA Lakers)
  • 1969 Casey Weldon, NFL quarterback (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • 1969 Jeff Christy, NFL center (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1969 Robert Pack, NBA guard (Washington Bullets, Dallas Mavericks)
  • 1969 Terry Bradshaw, US baseball outfielder (St Louis Cardinals)
  • 1969 Retief Goosen, professional golfer
  • 1970 Alonza Barnett, WLAF safety (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 1970 Eric Curry, NFL defensive end (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • 1970 Jason Muzzatti, NHL goalie (Hartford Whalers), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1970 Keith Carney, NHL defenseman (Chicago Blackhawks, Team US), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • 1970 Oscar Cordoba, Colombian footballer
  • 1971 Eric Owens, Danville VA, outfielder (Cincinnati Reds)
  • 1971 Marcus Buckley, NFL linebacker (NY Giants)
  • 1971 Roman Cechmanek, NHL goaltender (Team Czech Oly-Gold-1998)
  • 1971 Sean Dawkins, NFL wide receiver (Indianapolis Colts)
  • 1972 Jermaine Smith, NFL defensive tackle (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • 1972 Keith Elias, NFL running back (NY Giants)
  • 1972 Tyrone Poole, NFL cornerback (Carolina Panthers)
  • 1972 Mart Poom, Estonian football player
  • 1973 Jim Campbell, Worcester, NHL center (Anaheim Mighty Ducks)
  • 1973 Kyle Richardson, WLAF punter (Rhein Fire)
  • 1974 Konrad Gałka, Polish swimmer
  • 1976 Dwayne Rudd, linebacker (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1981 Maurice Ross, Scottish footballer
  • 1982 Alan Gurr, Australian V8 Supercar driver
  • 1983 Richard Bartel, National Football League quarterback
  • 1989 Slobodan Rajković, Serbian footballer

Deaths in Sport

  • 1956 Johnny Claes, Belgian racing driver (b. 1916)
  • 1976 Neville Lindsay, cricketer (South African batsman in Test v Aust 1921), dies
  • 1984 Anne Townsend, lacrosse/tennis/field hockey star, dies
  • 1989 Glenna Collett Vare, American golfer who dominated women's golf in the 1920s, dies at 85

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2015 Charlie Sifford, American professional golfer, dies at 92