On This Day

February 1944 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Feb 2 Baseball meets in NYC to discuss postwar action
  • Feb 14 Carl Wick publishes "Salmon Trolling for Commercial & Sport Fishing"
  • Feb 18 15-year-old Joe Nuxhall signs a contract to play baseball with the Cincinnati Reds just one day after playing in a high school basketball game; debuts later that year

Birthdays in Sport

  • Feb 1 Paul Blair, American baseball outfielder (MLB All-Star 1969, 73; World Series 1966, 70, 77-78; Gold Glove Award 1967, 69–75; Baltimore Orioles), born in Cushing, Oklahoma (d. 2013)
  • Feb 2 Sandy Carmichael, Scottish rugby union prop (50 caps; British and Irish Lions 1971, 74; West of Scotland, Glasgow District), born Glasgow, Scotland (d. 2021)
  • Feb 11 Bert Greene, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1969 3rd), born in Gray, Georgia
  • Feb 12 Charles Pasarell, tennis pro
  • Feb 13 Sal Bando, American baseball player (Oakland A's), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Feb 14 Ronnie Peterson, Swedish racing driver (d. 1978)
  • Feb 16 Richard Ford, American author (Sportswriter)
  • Feb 18 Pat Bowlen, American Pro Football Hall of Fame team owner (Denver Broncos), born in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin (d. 2019)
  • Feb 20 Willem van Hanegem, Dutch soccer champ/coach (Feyenoord)
  • Feb 22 Ranjit Fernando, Sri Lankan cricket wicket-keeper (1975 World Cup), born in Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Feb 22 Tom Okker, Dutch tennis player, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Feb 27 Graeme Pollock, South African cricketer (South African batting prodigy), born in Durban, South Africa
  • Feb 28 Sepp Maier, German footballer
  • Feb 29 John Niland, American NFL offensive guard (6 x Pro Bowl; 3 x All-Pro; Super Bowl 1971; Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles), born in Quincy, Massachusetts

Deaths in Sport

  • Feb 8 Clem Wilson, cricketer (bro of Rockley, 2 Tests for England 1896), dies
  • Feb 21 Ferenc Szisz, Hungarian race car driver (winner of the 1st Grand Prix motor racing), dies at 70