February 1959 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Feb 1 Outfielder Zack Wheat, a Brooklyn Robins favourite of the 1910s and 1920s, is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame; Wheat hit .317 over 19-year career, and batted .300 or better 14 times

Golf Tournament

Feb 1 Senior PGA Championship Men's Golf, PGA National GC: Willie Goggin, using a borrowed set of woods, wins by 1 stroke ahead of Leland Gibson, Paul Runyan and Denny Shute

Contract of Interest

Feb 2 Vince Lombardi signs a 5 year contract to coach NFL Green Bay Packers

  • Feb 5 Australia regain the Ashes with a 10 wicket victory at Adelaide
  • Feb 11 Vinoo Mankad ends his final Test Cricket (v WI at Delhi)
  • Feb 22 Inaugural Daytona 500: Lee Petty and Johnny Beauchamp cross finish line side by side; Beauchamp declared unofficial winner; ruling overturned after 3 days by NASCAR founder Bill France Sr

NBA Record

Feb 27 Boston Celtic Bob Cousy sets NBA record with 28 assists Boston Celtics score 173 points against Minneapolis Lakers

  • Feb 27 Chicago Cards trade running back Ollie Matson to LA Rams for 9 players
  • Feb 28 Ice Dance Championship at Colorado Springs USA won by Denny & Jones of Great Britain
  • Feb 28 NFL trade, Chicago Cards trade Ollie Matson to LA Rams for 9 players

Birthdays in Sport

  • Feb 1 Mike Horan, American NFL punter (Pro Bowl 1988; All-Pro 1988, Denver Broncos; Super Bowl 1999, St. Louis Rams), born in Orange, California
  • Feb 1 Wade Wilson, American NFL quarterback, 1981-1998 (Dallas Cowboys - Super Bowl 1995, Minnesota Vikings - Pro Bowl 1988, and 3 other teams), born in Greenville, Texas (d. 2019)
  • Feb 3 Molly Killingbeck, Jamaica, 4X400m relayer (Olympic silver 1984)

Lawrence Taylor

Feb 4 Lawrence Taylor, American NFL player considered the greatest linebacker in history (NY Giants), born in Williamsburg, Virginia

  • Feb 5 Glenn Dubis, American sport shooter (Olympics 1984, 88, 96), born in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Feb 7 Sammy Lee, English footballer (Liverpool), born in Liverpool, England
  • Feb 8 Heinz Gunthardt, Swiss tennis star
  • Feb 8 Irina Kalinina, Soviet, springboard diver (Olympic gold 1980)
  • Feb 10 Fernando Chalana, Portuguese soccer winger (27 caps; Benfica, Bordeaux), born in Barreiro, Portugal (d. 2022)
  • Feb 13 Gaston Gingras, Canadian ice hockey defenceman
  • Feb 13 Gord Hampson, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Feb 15 Guy De Alwis, cricket wicket-keeper (Sri Lankan mid 80s)
  • Feb 15 Hugo Savinovich, Ecuadorian sports commentator and wrestler, born in Guayaquil, Ecuador
  • Feb 15 Joe Hesketh, MLB player (Boston Red Sox), born in Lackawanna, New York
  • Feb 16 (Peter) Kelly Tripucka, American NBA forward, 1981-91, 2X All-Star (Detroit Pistons, Utah Jazz, Cahrlotte Hornets), born in Glenn Ridge New Jersey

John McEnroe

Feb 16 John McEnroe, American tennis player (US Open 1979-81, 84 / Wimbledon 1981, 83, 84), born in Wiesbaden, Germany

  • Feb 17 Rowdy Gaines, American swimmer (Olympic gold 100m, 4x100m relay, 4x100m medley 1984; 5 x World C'ship gold 1978, 82) and broadcaster (NBC), born in Winter Haven, Florida
  • Feb 20 Bill Gullickson, American MLB baseball pitcher, 1979-94 (Montreal Expos, Detroit Tigers, and 2 other teams), born in Marshall, Minnesota
  • Feb 20 Scott Brayton, American auto racer (4 x top 10 finishes Indianapolis 500; 2 x pole), born in Coldwater, Michigan (d. 1996)
  • Feb 24 Michael Whitney, Australian cricket fast bowler (12 Tests, 39 wickets, BB 7/27; 38 ODIs, 46 wickets; NSWCA, Gloucestershire CCC), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Feb 26 Rolando Blackman, American basketball player, born in Panama City, Panama

Deaths in Sport

  • Feb 1 William Hoppe, American carom billiards player (51 world titles 1906-52), dies at 71
  • Feb 2 Frank DeCaires, West Indian cricket batsman (3 Tests, 2 x 50; British Guiana), dies at 49
  • Feb 7 Napoleon "Nap" Lajoie, American Baseball HOF second baseman (Triple Crown 1901; AL batting champion 1901–04, 10; Philadelphia A's, Cleveland Naps), dies at 84
  • Feb 11 Marshall Teague, American auto racer (Daytona Road Course Strictly Stock Car winner 1951, 52; AAA National Stock Car champion 1952, 54), dies in speed record attempt at 37
  • Feb 17 Tim Mara, American founder and administrator (NFL NY Giants), dies at 59