February 1959 in Sport

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 hits .317 over 19-year career, and bats .300 or better 14 times

Sport awardGolf Tournament

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

Golfer Denny Shute
Golfer
Denny Shute

AgreementContract of Interest

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

NFL Coach Vince Lombardi
NFL Coach
Vince Lombardi
  • Feb 5 Australia regain the Ashes with a 10 wicket victory at Adelaide
  • Feb 7 Dorothy Rigney sells White Sox to Bill Veeck for a reported $27M
  • 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
  • Feb 27 Chicago Cards trade running back Ollie Matson to LA Rams for 9 players

Sports record brokenNBA Record

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

NBA Point Guard Bob Cousy
NBA Point Guard
Bob Cousy
  • Feb 28 Ice Dance Championship at Colo 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 (NY Giants), born in Orange, California
  • Feb 1 Wade Wilson, American NFL quarterback (Dallas Cowboys), born in Greenville, Texas
  • Feb 1 Wade Wilson, American NFL quarterback, coach (Minnesota Vikings), born in Greenville, Texas (d. 2019)
  • Feb 3 Molly Killingbeck, Jamaica, 4X400m relayer (Olympic silver 1984)

Person of interestLawrence Taylor

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

Hall of Fame American Football Player Lawrence Taylor
Hall of Fame American Football Player
Lawrence Taylor
  • Feb 5 Glenn Dubis, American sport shooter (Olympics 1984, 88, 96), born in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Feb 7 Sammy Lee, British soccer player
  • Feb 8 Heinz Gunthardt, Swiss tennis star
  • Feb 8 Irina Kalinina, USSR, springboard diver (Olympic gold 1980)
  • Feb 11 Corinne Shigemoto, US judo coach (Olympics 1996)
  • Feb 13 Gaston Gingras, Canadian ice hockey defenceman
  • Feb 13 Gord Hampson, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Vancouver, Canada
  • Feb 15 Guy De Alwis, cricket wicket-keeper (Sri Lankan mid 80s)
  • Feb 15 Joe Hesketh, MLB player (Boston Red Sox), born in Lackawanna, New York
  • Feb 15 Hugo Savinovich, Ecuadorian sports commentator and wrestler, born in Guayaquil, Ecuador

Person of interestJohn McEnroe

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

Tennis Player John McEnroe
Tennis Player
John McEnroe
  • Feb 16 Kelly Tripuka, Glenn Ridge NJ, NBA forward (Det Pistons, Utah Jazz)
  • Feb 17 Ambrose "Rowdy" Gaines, American 100m swimmer (3 Olympic golds 1984) and television commentator, born in Winter Haven, Florida
  • Feb 17 Daniel Ray "Danny" Ainge, basketball & football star

Person of interestRoger Goodell

Feb 19 Roger Goodell, American NFL Commissioner, born in Jamestown, New York

Commissioner of the National Football League (NFL) Roger Goodell
Commissioner of the National Football League (NFL)
Roger Goodell
  • Feb 20 Bill Gullickson, American baseball pitcher (Detroit Tigers)
  • Feb 20 Scott Evans Brayton, racing car driver
  • Feb 24 Michael Roy Whitney, cricket (great NSW & Aussie lefty quick 1981-92)
  • Feb 26 Rolando Blackman, American basketball player, born in Panama City, Panama

Deaths in Sport

  • Feb 2 Frank DeCaires, cricketer (WI bat v Eng 1930, 3 Tests 232 runs), dies
  • Feb 7 Napoleon Lajorie, baseball player, dies at 83
  • Feb 11 Marshall Teague, American race car driver (b. 1922)
  • Feb 17 Tim Mara, American founder and administrator (NFL NY Giants), dies at 59