On This Day

February 1949 in Sports History

Events in Sport

Sports History

Feb 2 Golfing champ Ben Hogan seriously injured in an auto accident

  • Feb 5 Huaso sets official world equestrian high-jump record, 2.47 m, Chic

Sports History

Feb 7 Joe DiMaggio becomes 1st $100,000 a year baseball player for the New York Yankees

  • Feb 11 Willie Pep recaptures world featherweight boxing title

Birthdays in Sport

  • Feb 1 Jim Thorpe, American golfer (The Tradition 2002, 3 PGA Tour titles), born in Roxboro, North Carolina
  • Feb 2 Francisco Maturana, Colombian football manager
  • Feb 3 Hennie Kuiper, Dutch cyclist
  • Feb 5 David Sullivan, Welsh businessman & pornographer (Sunday Sport), born in Cardiff, United Kingdom
  • Feb 6 Manuel Orantes, Spanish tennis player (US Open-1975), born in Granada, Spain
  • Feb 6 Richie Zisk, American retired baseball player & pro scout (Chicago Cubs), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Feb 7 Sunil Wettimuny, cricket (Sri Lanka open batsman 1975-79 World Cups)
  • Feb 7 Paulo César Carpegiani, Brazilian footballer and coach
  • Feb 8 Scott Allen, USA, skater (Olympic bronze 1964)
  • Feb 9 Bernard Gallacher, British golfer (10 European Tour titles), born in Bathgate, Scotland
  • Feb 10 Joe Lavender, NFL cornerback, born in Rayville, Louisiana
  • Feb 12 Gundappa Viswanath, cricketer (prolific Indian batsman of 70s)
  • Feb 12 Len Randle, baseball player (NY Mets)
  • Feb 15 Ken Anderson, NFL quarterback (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • Feb 20 Eddie Hemmings, English cricket spin bowler (16 Tests, 43 wickets, best 6/58; 33 ODIs; Nottinghamshire CCC), born in Leamington, England
  • Feb 21 Ronnie Hellström, Swedish footballer

Niki Lauda

Feb 22 Niki Lauda, Austrian auto racer (F1 world champ 1975, 77, 84), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2019)

  • Feb 22 Olga Morozova, Russian tennis player, born in Moscow, Soviet Union
  • Feb 23 Anna-Maria Muller, German DR, Luge (Olympic gold 1972)
  • Feb 24 John Lever, cricketer (England lefty quick in 21 Tests 1976-81)