February 1945 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Feb 5 Big Racket becomes fastest race horse at 69t.6 kph (440 yd/20.8 s)

Agreement of Interest

Feb 8 Paul Brown agrees to coach the new American football expansion team in Cleveland, which would later be named the Cleveland Browns after their coach

Birthdays in Sport

  • Feb 1 Yasuhiro Takai, Japanese baseball first baseman, designated hitter and broadcaster (NPB record 27 career pinch-hit home runs; Hankyu Braves), born in Imabari, Japan (d. 2019)
  • Feb 3 Bob Griese, NFL quarterback (Miami Dolphins, 1971 Player of Year)
  • Feb 7 Gerald Davies, British rugby player
  • Feb 8 Taffy Thomas, Welsh thoroughbred jockey (Singapore Gold Cup 1977, Vernons Sprint Cup 1978, King's Stand Stakes 1983), born in Caernarvon, Wales (d. 2022)
  • Feb 9 Bill Bergey, American NFL player, born in South Dayton, New York
  • Feb 11 Ralph Doubell, Australian athlete (Olympic gold 800m WR 1:44.40 1968), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Feb 12 Don Wilson, American baseball pitcher (2 x no-hitters 1967, 69; MLB All Star 1971; Houston Astros), born in Monroe, Louisiana (d. 1975)
  • Feb 13 Ken Sitzberger, American diver and broadcaster (Olympic gold 3m springboard 1964), born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa (d. 1984)
  • Feb 14 Ladislao Mazurkiewicz, Uruguayan soccer goalkeeper (36 caps; Atlético Mineiro), born in Piriápolis, Uruguay (d. 2013)
  • Feb 16 Julio Morales, Uruguayan soccer striker (24 caps; Racing Montevideo, Nacional, Austria Wien), born in Montevideo, Uruguay (d. 2022)
  • Feb 18 Judy Rankin, American golfer (US Open, Titleholders C'ship 1972 runner-up; 26 LPGA Tour wins), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Feb 19 Jon Whiteley, Scottish child actor (Moonfleet) and art historian, born in Monymusk, Scotland
  • Feb 21 Sudhir Naik, Indian cricket batsman (3 Tests, 1 x 50; Bombay), born in Mumbai, India (d. 2023)
  • Feb 22 Michael Zagaris, American sports photographer (Oakland Athletics, San Francisco 49ers), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Feb 26 Giannis Ioannidis, Greek basketball coach (12 × Greek League C'ship; 6 × Greek Cup winner; GS Larissas, Aris, Olympiacos, AEK, Greece 1982–90), born in Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Feb 26 Jan Klijnjan, Dutch soccer attacking midfielder (11 caps; FC Dordrecht, Sparta Rotterdam, FC Sochaux), born in Papendrecht, Netherlands (d. 2022)
  • Feb 26 Peter Brock, Australian auto racer (3 x Australian Touring Car C'ship; 9 x Bathurst 500/1000; 9 x Sandown Endurance), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 2006)
  • Feb 28 Bubba Smith, American College Football Hall of Fame defensive end (Michigan State; Pro Bowl 1970, 71; First Team All Pro 1971; Super Bowl 1971; Baltimore Colts) and actor (Police Academy), born in Orange, Texas (d. 2011)

Deaths in Sport

  • Feb 2 Joe Hunt, American tennis player (US National C'ship 1943), dies in fighter plane crash during training at 25
  • Feb 13 George Studd, English cricket batsman (4 Tests; Middlesex), dies at 85
  • Feb 21 Eric Liddell, Scottish 400m runner (Olympic gold 1924) and Christian missionary in China, dies of an inoperable brain tumor at 43 while interned at the Weihsien Internment Camp in Weifang, Shandong, China