On This Day

February 1942 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Feb 3 Baseball owners agree to permit each club up to 14 night games in 1942
  • Feb 5 Braves get Tommy Holmes from Yanks for Buddy Hassett and Gene Moore
  • Feb 7 1st indoor 15' pole vault (Cornelius Warmerdam 15' 3/8")
  • Feb 9 Philadelphia "Phillies" change nickname (temporarily) to "Phils"
  • Feb 19 NY Yankees announce 5,000 uniformed soldiers admitted free at each of their upcoming home games

Birthdays in Sport

  • Feb 1 David Sincock, Australian cricket spin bowler (3 Tests, 8 wickets), born in Adelaide, South Australia
  • Feb 1 Milt Sunde, American NFL guard (Pro Bowl 1966; NFL Champion 1969; Minnesota Vikings), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 2020)
  • Feb 5 Roger Staubach, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1963, Navy; Super Bowl 1971 [MVP], 77; Dallas Cowboys), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Feb 8 Fritz Peterson, baseball pitcher (NY Yankees)
  • Feb 9 Peder Lunde Jr, Norwegian yachtsman (Olympic gold 1960), born in Oslo, Norway
  • Feb 10 Howard Mudd, American football OL (Pro Bowl 1966–68; All-Pro 1967-68; SF 49ers, Chicago Bears) and coach (Super Bowl 2006; OL Indianapolis Colts), born in Midland, Michigan (d. 2020)
  • Feb 12 Pat Dobson, American baseball player (d. 2006)
  • Feb 14 Ricardo Rodríguez, Mexican auto racer (youngest F1 driver ever to race for Ferrari), born in Mexico City, Mexico (d. 1962)
  • Feb 16 Bob Hammond AM, Australian rules key defender (AFL Hall of Fame; North Adelaide; SA) and coach (Sydney Swans 1984), born in Perth, Australia (d. 2020)
  • Feb 18 Roy Prosser, Australian rugby union prop (25 caps; Northern Suburbs), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2008)

Person of interestPhil Esposito

Feb 20 Phil Esposito, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center, coach, GM, broadcaster (Black Hawks, Bruins, Rangers), born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

NHL Star Phil Esposito
NHL Star
Phil Esposito
  • Feb 24 Colin Bond, Australian racing driver
  • Feb 28 Dino Zoff, Italian footballer

Deaths in Sport

  • Feb 7 Dorando di Desiderio Pietri, marathoner (Olympic gold 1908), dies at 56