On This Day in Sport for February 8

Events in Sport

  • 1908 Wilhelmina '08 soccer team forms in Weert, Netherlands
  • 1936 1936 NFL Draft (first ever): Jay Berwanger from University of Chicago first pick by Philadelphia Eagles
  • 1936 1st ski jumping tournament, Red Wing, Minn
  • 1936 1st successful Toronto Maple Leaf penalty shot, Conacher vs Rangers

AgreementAgreement of Interest

1945 Paul Brown agrees to coach the new American football expansion team in Cleveland, which would later be named the Cleveland Browns after their coach

American Football Coach Paul Brown
American Football Coach
Paul Brown
  • 1948 5th Winter Olympic games close at St Moritz, Switzerland
  • 1953 Betty Jameson wins LPGA Serbin Golf Open

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1960 Boston Celtic Bill Russell becomes 1st NBAer with 50 rebounds (51)

Basketball Player Bill Russell
Basketball Player
Bill Russell
  • 1963 AFL's Dallas Texans become KC Chiefs
  • 1967 Longest losing streak in Toronto Maple Leaf history (10 games)
  • 1975 Caps only got one shot in a period against Islanders
  • 1976 Jan Stephens wins LPGA Sarah Coventry Naples Golf Classic
  • 1981 Sally Little wins LPGA Elizabeth Arden Golf Classic
  • 1982 Dodgers trade Davey Lopes to A's breaking up the longest-playing infield (Cey-Russell-Lopes-Garvey)
  • 1983 35th NHL All-Star Game: Campbell beat Wales 9-3 at NY Islander

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1983 Baseball orders Mickey Mantle to sever ties with Claridge Casino

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle

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1983 Wayne Gretzky sets NHL all star record of 4 goals in 1 period

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • 1984 14th Winter Olympic games opens in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia
  • 1984 A's take Yankees pitcher Tim Belcher as Type A free agent compensation
  • 1985 1st-class cricket debut of Jimmy Adams (age 17), Jamaica v Barbados
  • 1985 Bruce Morris, Marshall Univ, makes a 92' 5½" basketball shot
  • 1985 Michael Gross swims world record 800m freestyle (7:38.75)
  • 1986 5' 7" Spud Webb of Atlanta Hawks wins NBA Slam Dunk Competition
  • 1987 37th NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 154-149 (OT) at Seattle

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1987 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Sarasota Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez
LPGA Golfer
Nancy Lopez
  • 1989 Jockey Chris Antley begins record of 64 consecutive winning days

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1991 Roger Clemens signs record $5,380,250 per year Red Sox contract

MLB Pitching Legend Roger Clemens
MLB Pitching Legend
Roger Clemens
  • 1992 16th Winter Olympic games opens in Albertville, France

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1994 Jack Nicholson uses a golf club to attack a car

Sports record brokenWorld Record

1994 Kapil Dev sets world record for Test Cricket wickets with 432

Cricketer Kapil Dev
Cricketer
Kapil Dev
  • 1996 NFL & Cleveland allows Art Modell to move his NFL franchise to Balt but he had to leave the Browns' name behind
  • 1998 1st female ice hockey game in Olympic history Finland beats Sweden 6-0
  • 1998 48th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 135-114 at NYC
  • 1998 NHL stops season until Feb 24th to accomodate the Olympics
  • 2002 19th Winter Olympic games open at Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
  • 2004 NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 55-52
  • 2004 54th NHL All-Star Game: East beats West 6-4 at St. Paul, Minnesota
  • 2009 NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 30-21
  • 2014 Ole Einar Bjørndalen equals the Winter Olympics medal record with 12

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1884 Reginald Baker, Australian athlete and actor (d. 1953)
  • 1901 Janina Spychajowa-Kurkowska, Poland, women's world champion archer
  • 1914 Bert Haas, baseball player
  • 1920 Buddy Blattner, baseball player
  • 1921 Hoot Evers, baseball player
  • 1924 Joe Black, baseball player
  • 1925 Raimondo d'Inzeo, It, equestrian (Oly-gold/2 silver/3 bronze-1948-76)
  • 1930 Catherine Hardy, Carollton Ga, 4x100m runner (Olympic-gold-1952)
  • 1936 Cletis Boyer, 3rd baseman (NY Yankees)
  • 1936 Manohar Hardikar, cricketer (batted in 2 Tests India v WI 1958-59)
  • 1937 Manfred Krug, Duisburg Germany, actor (Boxer)
  • 1942 Fritz Peterson, baseball pitcher (NY Yankees)
  • 1943 Bob Oliver, baseball player
  • 1944 Bunky Henry, American PGA golfer, born in Valdosta, Georgia
  • 1947 Sam Gannon, cricketer (Austr lefty quick, 3 Tests v India 1977-78)
  • 1949 Scott Allen, USA, skater (Olympic-bronze-1964)
  • 1951 Camille LaPierre, NHLer
  • 1955 Jim "the Anvil" Neidhart, wrestler (WWF/WCW/NJPW/CWFI/Calgary)
  • 1959 Heinz Gunthardt, Switzerland, tennis star
  • 1959 Irina Kalinina, USSR, springboard diver (Olympic-gold-1980)
  • 1960 Alex Scott, British horse trainer

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1960 Dino Ciccarelli, Canadian NHL right wing (Minnesota North Stars, Washington Capitals), born in Sarnia, Ontario

NHL Star Dino Ciccarelli
NHL Star
Dino Ciccarelli
  • 1960 Linda Fratianne, figure skater (Olympic-silver-1980), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1963 Mohammad Azharuddin, cricketer (elegant Indian batsman 1984-)
  • 1963 Raleigh MCkenzie, NFL center/guard (Philadelphia Eagles, San Diego Chargers)
  • 1964 Dennis Gibson, NFL inside linebacker (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1965 Carmen Savy, Brisbane QLD, golfer (1990 Brisbane & District)
  • 1965 Jim Thornton, NFL tight end (Houston Oilers)
  • 1965 Lee Knight, CFL full back (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • 1965 Rod Bernstine, NFL running back (Denver Broncos)
  • 1965 Terry McDaniel, NFL cornerback (Oakland Raiders, LA Raiders)
  • 1966 Kirk Muller, Kingston, NHL center (Toronto Maple Leafs)
  • 1966 Hristo Stoichkov, Bulgarian footballer
  • 1967 Yvon Corriveau, Ontario, NHL left wing (Wash Caps)
  • 1968 Joy Fawcett, Inglewood California, soccer defender (Olympics-96)
  • 1968 Ron Goetz, CFL linebacker (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • 1969 Herb Hohenberger, hockey defenseman (Team Austria 1998)
  • 1970 Alonzo Mourning, NBA center (Miami Heat, Charlotte Hornets)
  • 1970 Cameron Cuffy, cricketer (St Vincent & WI fast bowler 1994-)
  • 1970 John Filan, Australian footballer
  • 1972 Adrian Rollins, cricketer (Derbyshire batsman, bro of Robert of Essex)
  • 1972 Marcus Pollard, NFL tight end (Indianapolis Colts)
  • 1973 Andreas Gliatis, soccer player (NEC)
  • 1973 Dave Dopek, Bolingbrook Illinois, 200m runner
  • 1973 Eric Kresser, quarterback (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • 1973 Michelle Brogan, Australian basketball forward (Olympics-bronze-96)
  • 1973 Tom King, Australian 470 class sailor (Olympics-96)
  • 1974 Ulises de la Cruz, Ecuadorian footballer
  • 1975 Damon Denson, guard (New England Patriots)
  • 1976 Holly Manthei, Edina Minn, soccer midfielder/forward (Olympics-96)
  • 1976 Jim Parque, Norwalk California, baseball pitcher (Olympics-bronze-96)
  • 1976 Khaled Mashud, Bangladeshi cricketer
  • 1976 Adam Piatt, American baseball player
  • 1978 Christa Williams, softball pitcher (Olympics-gold-96), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1979 Aaron Cook, American baseball player
  • 1980 Stephen Wright, English footballer
  • 1982 Eric Alexander, American football player
  • 1984 Panagiotis Vasilopoulos, Greek basketball player
  • 1987 Carolina Kostner, Italian European champion figure skater
  • 1988 Keegan Meth, Zimbabwean cricketer

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1990 Bethany Hamilton, Pro-surfer (Soul Surfer), born in Lihue Hawaii

Professional Surfer Bethany Hamilton
Professional Surfer
Bethany Hamilton

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

2001 MLB outfielder David Justice (34) weds model Rebecca Villalobos

MLB Outfielder David Justice
MLB Outfielder
David Justice

Deaths in Sport

  • 1944 Clem Wilson, cricketer (bro of Rockley, 2 Tests for England 1896), dies

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1956 Connie Mack, baseball manager (Philadelphia A's, 1901-50), dies at 93

Baseball Legend Connie Mack
Baseball Legend
Connie Mack
  • 1973 Herbie Taylor, cricketer (2936 runs in 42 Tests for South Africa), dies
  • 1984 Karel Miljon, Dutch boxer (b. 1903)
  • 1991 Miran Bux, cricketer (2 Tests for Pakistan 1954-55), dies at 47
  • 2000 Sid Abel, Canadian ice hockey player (Detroit Red Wings), dies at 81
  • 2000 Derrick Thomas, American football player (b. 1967)
  • 2011 Tony Malinosky, American baseball player (b. 1909)
  • 2016 John Disley, Welsh athlete (co-founded London Marathon), dies at 87