February 1940 in Sport

Events in Sport


Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

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

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • Feb 17 Bradman scores 135 in a non-Shield match for SA v West Australia
  • Feb 28 1st televised basketball game (U of Pitts beats Fordham U, 50-37)

Birthdays in Sport

  • Feb 1 Herve Filion, sulky driver (1969 Canadian Sports Hall of Fame)
  • Feb 2 Wayne Fontes, American football coach

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

Quarterback Fran Tarkenton
Quarterback
Fran Tarkenton
  • Feb 6 Jimmy Tarbuck, English comic/golfer
  • Feb 10 Mary Rand-Bignal-Toomey, England, long jumper (Olympic gold 1964)
  • Feb 11 Calvin Fowler, Pitts, basketball player (Olympic gold 1968)
  • Feb 15 John Hadl, American football player
  • Feb 17 Dennis Gamsy, cricketer (South African bat in 2 Tests v Australia 1970)
  • Feb 20 Jimmy Greaves, British broadcaster/soccer player
  • Feb 21 Peter Gethin, British racing driver
  • Feb 22 Chet Walker, NBA all-star forward (Chicago Bulls)
  • 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 25 Billy Packer, Wellsville NY, basketball sportscaster (CBS)
  • Feb 25 Ron Santo, American MLB player and broascaster (Chicago Cubs), 1st baseball player to veto his trade), born in Seattle (d. 2010)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 28 Mario Andretti, Italian American race-car driver (1969 Indianapolis 500, 1978 Formula One World Champion), born in Montona, Italy

Racing Car Driver Mario Andretti
Racing Car Driver
Mario Andretti

Deaths in Sport

  • Feb 7 Francis Ford, cricketer (5 Tests for England v Australia 1894-95), dies