On This Day

February 1895 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Feb 9 William G. Morgan presents his new sport "Mintonette" to the world at Springfield College, Massachusetts, later renames it "Volleyball" [1]

Sports record brokenWorld Record

Feb 23 Jaap Eden skates world record 10km (17:56)

Cyclist and Speed Skater Jaap Eden
Cyclist and Speed Skater
Jaap Eden

Birthdays in Sport

  • Feb 1 Conn Smythe, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame team owner (Toronto Maple Leafs 1927-61; Stanley Cup x 8), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1980)

Person of interestGeorge Halas

Feb 2 George Halas [Papa Bear], American NFL coach and pioneering owner of the Chicago Bears, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1983)

American Football Coach and Team Owner George Halas
American Football Coach and Team Owner
George Halas
  • Feb 3 Izak Buys, cricketer (one Test for South Africa 1922, 0 & 4*, 0-52)
  • Feb 6 Babe Ruth, American Baseball Hall of Fame slugger (MLB All-Star 1933, 34; 7 x World Series champion; 12 × AL home run leader 1918–21, 23-24, 1926–31), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1948)
  • Feb 15 Earl Thomson, Canadian athlete (d. 1971)
  • Feb 18 George "The Gipper" Gipp, American football player (Notre Dame), born in Laurium, Michigan (d. 1920)
  • Feb 25 DeBenneville "Bert" Bell, PA, NFL owner/commissioner/HOF (Eagles)