On This Day

February 1940 in Sports History

Events in Sport

Boxing Title Fight

Feb 9 Joe Louis beats Arturo Godoy in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

Sports History

Feb 13 Bradman scores 209* in 161 minutes for South Aust at the WACA

  • Feb 28 1st televised basketball game (U of Pitts beats Fordham U, 50-37)

Golf Tournament

Feb 29 American golfer Jimmy Demaret wins his third PGA Tour event within an 8-day span, taking the St. Petersburg Open by 1 stroke from Byron Nelson

  • Feb 29 Detroit's Cecil "Tiny" Thompson becomes first goaltender in NHL history to play 40 (or more) games for 12 straight seasons; milestone comes in a 3-1 Red Wings loss at Toronto

Birthdays in Sport

  • Feb 1 Hervé Filion, Canadian harness racing driver (World Driving C'ship 1970; Harness Tracks of America Driver of the Year 1969-74, 76, 78, 81, 89), born in Angers, Quebec (d. 2017)
  • Feb 2 Wayne Fontes, American football coach

Fran Tarkenton

Feb 3 Fran Tarkenton, NFL quarterback (NY Giants, Minnesota Vikings), born in Richmond, Virginia

  • Feb 10 Mary Rand, English field athlete (Olympic long jump gold 6.76m WR 1964), born in Wells, Somerset
  • Feb 11 Calvin Fowler, Pitts, basketball player (Olympic gold 1968)
  • Feb 14 Willie Hunter, Scottish soccer forward (3 caps; Motherwell) and manager (Queen of the South, Inverness Caledonian), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 2020)
  • Feb 15 John Hadl, American football player
  • Feb 17 Dennis Gamsy, South African cricketer (South African bat in 2 Tests v Australia 1970), born in Glenwood, South Africa
  • Feb 17 Willi Holdorf, German athlete (Olympic gold, United Team of Germany, decathlon 1964), born in Blomesche Wildnis, Germany (d. 2020)
  • Feb 20 Jimmy Greaves, English soccer striker (57 caps; FIFA World Cup 1966; Chelsea, Tottenham) and journalist/broadcaster (The Sun, World of Sport, On the Ball), born in London, England (d. 2021)
  • Feb 21 Peter Gethin, British racing driver
  • Feb 22 Chet Walker, American basketball forward (NBA All-Star 1964, 66, 67, 70, 71, 73, 74; NBA C'ship 1967, Philadelphia 76ers; Chicago Bulls), born in Bethlehem, Mississippi
  • Feb 22 Larry Eisenhauer, American football defensive end (AFL All-Star 1962, 63, 64, 66; Boston Patriots), born in Hicksville, New York (d. 2020)
  • Feb 24 Jimmy Ellis, WBA heavyweight boxing champ (1968-70), born in Louisville, Kentucky, (d. 2014)
  • Feb 24 Denis Law, Scottish footballer (Manchester United, Manchester City), born in Aberdeen, Scotland
  • Feb 24 Nicolae Martinescu, Romanian Greco-Roman wrestler (Olympic gold 100kg 1972), born in Vişani, Romania (d. 2013)
  • Feb 24 John Lyall, English soccer manager (West Ham United 1974-89; FA Cup 1980), born in Ilford, England (d. 2006)
  • Feb 25 Billy Packer, Wellsville NY, basketball sportscaster (CBS)
  • Feb 25 Ron Santo, American Baseball Hall of Fame third baseman (9-time MLB All Star; 5-time Gold Glove; Chicago Cubs), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2010)

Mario Andretti

Feb 28 Mario Andretti, Italian American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1969; F1 World Champion 1978), born in Montona, Italy

  • Feb 29 Billy Turner Jr., American thoroughbred trainer (Triple Crown 1977 Seattle Slew), born in Rochester, New York (d. 2021)

Deaths in Sport

  • Feb 7 Francis Ford, cricketer (5 Tests for England v Australia 1894-95), dies
  • Feb 11 Gunnar Höckert, Finnish athlete (Olympic gold 5,000m 1936), dies of war wounds at 29