On This Day

February 1913 in Sports History

Events in Sport


AgreementContract of Interest

Feb 1 American all-round athlete Jim Thorpe signs a contract to play baseball with the New York Giants; unlike his other sporting endeavours the Olympic-medal winner's career in MLB was uninspiring

Versatile Athlete Jim Thorpe
Versatile Athlete
Jim Thorpe

Birthdays in Sport

  • Feb 3 Richard Seaman, British racing driver (d. 1939)
  • Feb 9 Leo van der Kar, masseur/businessman/founder (Sports funds)
  • Feb 14 Woody Hayes, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (National C'ship 1954, 57, 61, 68, 70; Ohio State), born in Clifton, Ohio (d. 1987)
  • Feb 14 Mel Allen, American sportscaster (voice of NY Yankees), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Feb 15 Erich Eliskases, Austrian chess player (d. 1997)
  • Feb 20 Tommy Henrich, American baseball utility (MLB All Star 1942, 1947–50; World Series 1938, 41, 47, 49, 51; NY Yankees), born in Massillon, Ohio (d. 2009)
  • Feb 21 Roger Laurent, Belgian racing driver (d. 1997)
  • Feb 23 Charles Leonard, American pentathlete (Olympic-1936)

Deaths in Sport

  • Feb 10 Konstantinos Tsiklitiras, Greek athlete (Olympic gold standing long jump, bronze high jump 1912, 2 x silver 1908), dies from meningitis at 24
  • Feb 23 Jimmy Sinclair, cricketer (3 centuries in 25 Test South African career), dies