February 1943 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Feb 2 Cubs return to original uniform after experimenting with a vest

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Feb 5 Jake LaMotta defeats future multi-weight world boxing champion Sugar Ray Robinson by unanimous points decision in Detroit in the 2nd of their 6 meetings; his only win of their rivalry; Robinson’s first loss in his first 40 pro bouts

World Middleweight Boxing Champion Jake LaMotta
World Middleweight Boxing Champion
Jake LaMotta
Middle/welterweight championship boxer Sugar Ray Robinson
Middle/welterweight championship boxer
Sugar Ray Robinson
  • Feb 9 National League of Baseball seeks a buyer for the Philadelphia Phillies as owner Gerry Nugent falls in arrears

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Feb 17 NY Yankee Joe DiMaggio enlists into the US army

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio
  • Feb 18 A syndicate headed by New York lumberman William D Cox buys MLB's Philadelphia Phillies for $850,000; 33 year-old Cox is youngest owner in baseball

Birthdays in Sport

  • Feb 5 Craig Morton, NFL quarterback (Dallas, Denver), born in Flint, Michigan
  • Feb 8 Bob Oliver, baseball player
  • Feb 9 James King, American basketball player (Olympic gold 1968), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Feb 9 Jonny Nilsson, Swedish 10K speed skater (Olympic gold 1964)
  • Feb 14 Bob Murphy Jr, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1970 runner-up; 11 Senior PGA Tour titles), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Feb 22 Dick Van Arsdale, American NBA all-star (NY Knicks, Phoenix Suns), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Feb 22 Tom Van Arsdale, American NBA all-star (Detroit, Cincinnati, KC-Omaha, Phil), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Feb 23 Bobby Mitchell, American golfer (US Masters runner-up 1972), born in Chatham, Virginia (d. 2018)
  • Feb 23 Fred Biletnikoff, NFL wide receiver
  • Feb 25 Wilson da Silva Piazza, Brazilian footballer
  • Feb 27 Klaus Köste, German gymnast (Olympic gold 1972- vault), born in Frankfurt, Germany (d. 2012)

Deaths in Sport

  • Feb 1 Foy Draper, American relay runner (Olympic gold 1936), dies at 31
  • Feb 4 Frank Calder, 1st NHL president, dies