On This Day

February 1, 1959 in Sports History

Day of the Week: Sunday

Events in Sport

  • 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

Sport awardGolf Tournament

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

Golfer Denny Shute
Golfer
Denny Shute

Birthdays in Sport

  • Mike Horan, American NFL punter (Pro Bowl 1988; All-Pro 1988, Denver Broncos; Super Bowl 1999, St. Louis Rams), born in Orange, California
  • Wade Wilson, American NFL quarterback (Super Bowl 1995, Dallas Cowboys; Pro Bowl 1988, Minnesota Vikings), born in Greenville, Texas

Deaths in Sport

  • William Hoppe, American carom billiards player (51 world titles 1906-52), dies at 71