On This Day

February 1954 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Feb 1 Dutch soccer club De Graafschap "The County" forms in Doetinchem, Netherlands
  • Feb 1 Australian Championships Women's Tennis: In an all-Australian final Thelma Coyne Long beats Jenny Staley 6-3, 6-4 for the 2nd of her 2 Australian singles titles
  • Feb 1 Australian Championships Men's Tennis: Mervyn Rose wins his first Grand Slam title; beats fellow Australian Rex Hartwig 6-2, 0-6, 6-4, 6-2
  • Feb 2 Bevo Francis, Rio Grande College, scores 113 pts in basketball game
  • Feb 10 World Figure Skating Championship at Oslo: Ice Dancing - won by Great Britain's team of Jean Westwood and Lawrence Demmy
  • Feb 10 World Figure Skating Championship at Oslo: Pairs - won by Canadian team of Frances Dafoe and Norris Bowden

Birthdays in Sport

  • Feb 2 Jayantha Amerasinghe, cricketer (2 Tests for Sri Lanka v NZ 1983)
  • Feb 3 Tiger Williams, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Feb 10 Larry McWilliams, American major baseball pitcher, 1978-90, born in Wichita, Kansas
  • Feb 15 Pamela Theresa Jiles, American 4X400m relayer (Olympic silver 1976), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Feb 16 Michael Holding, West Indian cricket fast bowler (60 Tests, 249 wickets, BB 8/92; Jamaica, Derbyshire CCC, Lancashire CCC) and broadcaster (Sky Sports), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • Feb 19 Sócrates [Socrates Brasileiro Sampaio de Sousa Vieira de Oliveira], Brazilian soccer midfielder (60 caps, 22 goals Brazil; Corinthians), born in Belém, Brazil (d. 2011)
  • Feb 21 Ivo van Damme, Belgian 800/1500m dash (Olympic silver 1976)
  • Feb 25 Steve Rixon, Australian cricket wicket-keeper (1977-85)
  • Feb 28 Brian Billick, American football coach