On This Day

February 1937 in Sports History

Events in Sport

Sports History

Feb 3 Don Bradman scores 212 (in 441 minutes!) in 5th cricket test v England

  • Feb 12 Cleveland (now Los Angeles) Rams granted an NFL franchise
  • Feb 13 Maribel Vinson wins her 9th US figure skating championship
  • Feb 13 Boston Redskins receive approval from NFL to move to Washington, D.C; to share baseball's Griffith Stadium with first Washington Senators of the American League
  • Feb 27 Bradman scores 169 in 5th Test Cricket v England in 223 minutes

Birthdays in Sport

  • Feb 1 Tony Waiters, English soccer goalkeeper (5 caps; Blackpool) and manager (Canada, Plymouth Argyle, Vancouver Whitecaps), born in Southport, England (d. 2020)
  • Feb 1 Maryan Wisniewski, French soccer striker (33 caps; Lens, Sampdoria, Saint-Étienne, Sochaux, Grenoble), born in Calonne-Ricouart, France (d. 2022)
  • Feb 2 Martina Arroyo, American opera soprano (NY Metropolitan Opera, 1965-78), born in New York City
  • Feb 2 Don Buford, All-Star MLB outfielder
  • Feb 4 John Devitt, Australian swimmer (2 Olympic gold 1956, 1960), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Feb 4 Magnar Solberg, Norwegian 20K biathlete (Olympic gold 1968, 72)
  • Feb 4 Harry Jacobs, American football linebacker (AFL All Star 1965, 69; AFL C'ship 1964, 65 Buffalo Bills; Boston Patriots, NO Saints), born in Canton, Illinois (d. 2021)
  • Feb 5 Gaston Roelants, Belgian world cross-country champion
  • Feb 5 Larry Hillman, Canadian NHL defenceman (Stanley Cup 1955 Detroit RWs, 1962, 63, 64, 1967 Toronto MLs, 1969 Montreal Canadiens) and coach (Winnipeg Jets 1977-79), born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario (d. 2022)
  • Feb 8 Manfred Krug, German actor (Boxer), born in Duisburg, Germany (d. 2016)
  • Feb 9 Clete Boyer, American MLB baseball infielder, 1955-71 (New York Yankees, and 2 other teams), born in Cassville, Missouri (d. 2007)
  • Feb 10 Yuriy Poyarkov, USSR, volleyball player (Olympic 2 gold/1 silver-1964-72)
  • Feb 11 Bill Lawry AM, Australian cricket batsman and captain (67 Tests, 5,234 runs @ 47.15, 13 x 100s) and broadcaster (9 Network), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Feb 11 Peter Lashley, cricketer (4 Tests for West Indies 1960-66)
  • Feb 11 Eddie Shack, Canadian ice hockey left wing (NHL All Star 1962, 63, 64; Stanley Cup 1962, 63, 64, 67; Toronto Maple Leafs), born in Sudbury, Ontario (d. 2020)
  • Feb 12 Charles Dumas, American high jumper (Olympic gold 1956; first to clear 7 foot mark), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 2004)
  • Feb 12 Larry Lacewell, American college football coach (Arkansas State Uni 1979-89) and administrator (AD Arkansas State; Dallas Cowboys Dir college & pro scouting 1992-2004), born in Fordyce, Arkansas (d. 2022)
  • Feb 13 Angelo Mosca, American football defensive tackle (CFL All Star 1963, 70 Hamilton Tiger-Cats), born in Waltham, Massachusetts (d. 2021)
  • Feb 14 Carlos Campos, Chilean soccer striker (39 caps; Universidad de Chile 259 games), born in Santiago, Chile (d. 2020)
  • Feb 15 Coen Moulijn, Dutch soccer winger (38 caps; Feyenoord 487 games, European Cup 1970), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 2011)
  • Feb 18 Jeff Farrell, American swimmer (Olympics 2 gold-1960)
  • Feb 19 Norman O'Neill, Australian cricket batsman (42 Tests @ 45.55, 6 x 100s; NSW CA), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2008)
  • Feb 20 Roger Penske, American auto racer
  • Feb 21 Ron Clarke AO, MBE, Australian athlete (17 x WRs, 5,000m, 10,000m, 20,000m; 2, 3, 6, 10 miles) and politician (mayor Gold Coast), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 2015)
  • Feb 22 Noel Murphy, Irish rugby union player, born in County Cork, Ireland
  • Feb 22 Tommy Aaron, American golfer (US Masters 1973), born in Gainesville, Georgia
  • Feb 23 Tom Osborne, college football coach
  • Feb 27 L. Jay Silvester, American discus thrower (Olympic silver 1972), born in Tremonton, Utah

Deaths in Sport

  • Feb 20 Barlow Carkeek, Australian cricket wicket-keeper (6 Tests, 6 dismissals; Victoria), dies when struck by a car at 58
  • Feb 23 Claude Buckenham, cricketer (21 wkts in 4 Tests for Eng 1909-10), dies