On This Day

February 1948 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Feb 1 Finland goes 1-2 in the Nordic combined event at the St. Moritz Winter Olympics; Heikki Hasu takes gold ahead of team mate Martti Huhtala
  • Feb 1 Johnny Palmer sets a 36-hole PGA Tour scoring record with rounds of 62-64 in the Tucson Open; finishes runner-up by 1 stroke to Skip Alexander who cards tournament record total 264
  • Feb 4 After winning the men’s downhill, French alpine skier Henri Oreiller takes the combined gold medal at the St. Moritz Winter Olympics; becomes most successful athlete at these Games with a slalom bronze
  • Feb 5 18 year old Dick Button becomes first American men's figure skating Olympic gold medallist at the St. Moritz Winter Games; first to complete a double axel in competition; retains title in 1952
  • Feb 5 Gretchen Fraser becomes 1st US woman Olympic slalom champion

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Feb 6 Bradman retires hurt, 57 in his last Test Cricket innings in Australia

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • Feb 6 World & European champion Barbara Ann Scott becomes the first Canadian to win a women's figure skating Olympic gold medal at the St. Moritz Winter Games
  • Feb 6 Nils Karlsson wins the 50k cross country gold medal at the St. Moritz Winter Olympics; Swedish skiers win all 3 cross-country events at the Games
  • Feb 7 After winning Lake Placid (1932) and Garmisch-Partenkirchen (1936) Olympic ski jumping gold medals, Birger Ruud comes out of retirement to win silver in St. Moritz in a Norwegian medal sweep
  • Feb 8 V Winter Olympic Games close at St Moritz, Switzerland
  • Feb 8 Canada wins its 5th Olympic ice hockey gold medal at the St. Moritz Winter Games; Canadians complete round-robin event undefeated with forward Wally Halder tournament top scorer with 29 points
  • Feb 8 Canada beats Switzerland, 3-0 to regain the Olympic ice hockey title at the St. Moritz Winter Games; forward Walter Halder top scores with 29 points in Canada’s 5th Olympic title
  • Feb 11 Billy Griffith scores cricket century on debut Eng v WI, out for 140
  • Feb 11 Test cricket debut of Frank Worrell for the West Indies vs. England at Port-of-Spain
  • Feb 13 West Indian batsman Andy Ganteaume scores 112 for W Indies in his only Test Cricket innings
  • Feb 21 NASCAR is incorporated.

Birthdays in Sport

  • Feb 1 Debbie Austin, American golfer (7 LPGA Tour wins), born in Oneida, New York
  • Feb 4 Rakesh Shukla, cricket leg-spinner (1 Test India v Sri Lanka 1982)
  • Feb 5 Sven-Göran Eriksson, Swedish football manager & player, born in Sunne, Sweden
  • Feb 15 Ron "Penguin" Cey, American MLB 3rd baseman (LA Dodgers), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • Feb 18 Bruce Francis, cricketer (Australian opener in 3 Tests 1972)
  • Feb 22 Dennis Awtrey, American NBA center (Chicago Bulls, Suns), born in Hollywood, California
  • Feb 24 Walter Smith, Scottish football manager
  • Feb 29 Nikolai Pimenov, USSR, coxless pair rowers (Olympic silver 1976)
  • Feb 29 Yuri Pimenov, USSR, coxless pair rowers (Olympic silver 1976)

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

Feb 16 Baseball player and manager Leo Durocher (41) weds actress Laraine Day (27) in Santa Monica, California

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher

Deaths in Sport

  • Feb 2 Bevil Rudd, South African athlete (Olympic gold 1920), dies at 53
  • Feb 10 Ewart Astill, England cricket all-rounder (9 Tests, Leicestershire), dies at 59
  • Feb 14 Mordecai Brown, American baseball player (b. 1876)