On This Day

February 1955 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Feb 1 Hap Day becomes the first man to serve as Toronto Maple Leafs' captain, coach and general manager when he is appointed to run the famous Canadian NHL club
  • Feb 17 Ice Dance Championship at Vienna Austria won by J Westwood/Demmy GRB
  • Feb 17 Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Vienna won by Tenley Albright US
  • Feb 17 Mike Souchak sets PGA 72-hole record of 257 (not broken until 2001)

Birthdays in Sport

  • Feb 1 Virginia Leng, British equestrian competitor (1986 World Champion), born in Malta
  • Feb 5 Mike Heath, American baseball player, born in Tampa, Florida
  • Feb 6 Eric Money, American NBA player, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Feb 7 Charlie Puleo, baseball player

Person of interestGreg Norman

Feb 10 Greg Norman, Australian golfer (British Open 1986, 93), born in Mount Isa, Queensland

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  • Feb 10 Lusia Mae Harris, Minter City Miss, basketball player (Olympic silver 1976)
  • Feb 12 Daniele Masala, Italian pentathlete (Olympics 1976), born in Rome, Italy
  • Feb 12 Chet Lemon [Chester Earl Lemon], American baseball player, born in Jackson, Mississippi
  • Feb 14 Ronald Desruelles, Belgian athlete
  • Feb 22 Tim Young, Canadian ice hockey player (Minnesota North Stars), born in Scarborough, Ontario
  • Feb 24 Alain Prost, French Formula One racing driver (Championships: 85, 86, 89, 93), born in Lorette, France
  • Feb 26 Rupert Keegan, English Formula One racing car driver, born in Essex, England
  • Feb 28 Adrian Dantley, NBA forward (Olympic gold 1976, Utah Jazz), born in Washington, D.C.

Deaths in Sport

  • Feb 5 Ernest Blood, American Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame coach (Passaic HS, NJ, 200-1 record, 1915-24), dies at 82
  • Feb 6 Rosey Rowswell, American MLB broadcaster (Pittsburgh Prates 1936-54), dies from uremic poisoning at 71