On This Day

February 1946 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Feb 19 Giants outfielder Danny Gardella is 1st major leaguer to announce he is jumping to the "outlaw" Mexican League

Birthdays in Sport

  • Feb 1 Karen Krantzcke, Australian tennis player (Australian Open doubles 1968; Federation Cup 1970), born in Brisbane, Australia (d. 1977)
  • Feb 2 Gerrie Mühren, Dutch soccer midfielder (10 caps; Ajax, Volendam), born in Volendam, Netherlands (d. 2013)
  • Feb 4 Mary Meyer, American 500m speed skater (Olympic silver 1968)
  • Feb 9 Vince Papale, American football player
  • Feb 11 Ian Porterfield, English footballer, born in Dunfermline, United Kingdom (d. 2007)
  • Feb 16 Aleksandr Shaparenko, USSR, 1K kayaker (Olympic gold 1972)
  • Feb 17 Valdemar Bandolowski, Danish sailor (Olympic gold 1976, 80)
  • Feb 21 Desmond Lewis, West Indian cricket batsman/keeper (avg 86.33 in 3 Tests)
  • Feb 21 Bob Ryan, Boston sports columnist
  • Feb 26 Bobby "Bingo" Smith, American NBA star (Cleveland Cavaliers), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Feb 26 Colin Bell, English soccer midfielder (48 caps; Manchester City 394 games), born in Hesleden, England (d. 2021)
  • Feb 28 Graham Vivian, New Zealand cricketer (son of Giff, 5 Tests for NZ 1965-72), born in Auckland New Zealand

Weddings in Sport

Jackie Robinson

Feb 10 1st black pro-baseball player Jackie Robinson marries Rachel Isum

Hank Greenberg

Feb 18 MLB baseball player Hank Greenberg (35) weds heiress Caral Gimbel in Sea Island, Georgia


Deaths in Sport

  • Feb 15 Cornelius Johnson, American high jumper (Olympic gold 1936), dies from bronchopneumonia at 32
  • Feb 27 James Cecil Parke, Irish tennis, rugby player (Australasian C'ship 1912, Ireland rugby 20 caps), dies at 64