On This Day

February 1938 in Sports History

Events in Sport

Sports History

Feb 11 Steve Casey beats Lou Thesz in Boston, to win National Boxing Association world heavyweight title

Boxing Title Fight

Feb 23 Joe Louis retains his world heavyweight boxing title by knocking out Nathan Mann in round 3 at Madison Square Garden, New York; second defence by Louis

  • Feb 26 Rie Van Veen swims world record 200m free style (2:24.6)
  • Feb 26 US female Figure Skating championship won by Joan Tozzer

Birthdays in Sport

  • Feb 1 Jacky Cupit, American golfer (US Open runner-up 1963; PGA Tour Rookie of Year 1961; 4 x PGA titles), born in Longview Texas
  • Feb 1 Manuel Ycaza, Panamanian jockey (Belmont Stakes 1964; Racing Hall of Fame), born in Panama (d. 2018)
  • Feb 3 Emile Griffith, American boxer, (world welterweight, middleweight & junior middleweight champion), born in Saint Thomas, US Virgin Islands (d. 2013)
  • Feb 7 Juan Pizarro, Puerto Rican MLB baseball pitcher, 1957-74, 2x All-Star (Milwaukee Braves, Chicago White Sox, and 7 other teams), born in Santurce, Puerto Rico (d. 2021)
  • Feb 11 Bevan Congdon, New Zealand cricket all-rounder and captain (61 Tests; 3448 runs @ 32.22, 7 x 100; 59 wickets), born in Motueka, New Zealand (d. 2018)
  • Feb 11 Boris Majorov, USSR, ice hockey (Olympic gold 1964)
  • Feb 11 Yevgeniy Majorov, USSR, ice hockey (Olympic gold 1964)
  • Feb 17 Alan Rees, Welsh rugby union fly-half (3 Tests; Maesteg RFC), rugby league five eighth (Leeds RLFC) and cricket all-rounder (Glamorgan CCC), born in Talbot, Wales (d. 2022)
  • Feb 18 Barry Knight, English cricketer (England all-rounder mid-60s)
  • Feb 18 Manny Mota, Dominican baseball outfielder (LA Dodgers), born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Feb 20 Jack Bicknell, American football coach (Boston College, Barcelona Dragons), born in North Plainfield, New Jersey
  • Feb 24 Phil Knight, American sportswear manufacturer
  • Feb 25 Farokh Engineer, Indian cricket wicket-keeper (1961-75)
  • Feb 25 Herb Elliott, Australia, 1500m runner (Olympic gold 1960)
  • Feb 25 Viktor Kosichkin, Russian speed skater (Olympic gold 1960), born in Rybnoye (d. 2012)
  • Feb 28 Foge Fazio, American college football coach (University of Pittsburgh), born in Dawmont, West Virginia (d. 2009)