On This Day

February 1962 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Feb 1 MLB's National League releases its first 162-game schedule due to expansion (18 games between opponents)
  • Feb 2 1st pole vault over 16' (4.88m) (John Uelses-16', Melrose Games)
  • Feb 3 John Uelses pole vaults record 489 cm
  • Feb 4 Russian newspaper Izvestia reports baseball is an old Russian game

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 17 Wilt Chamberlain of NBA Philadelphia Warriors scores 67 points vs St Louis Hawks

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • Feb 18 4th Daytona 500: Race winner Fireball Roberts dominates the event, leading 144 of the 200 laps
  • Feb 22 Wilt Chamberlain sets NBA record with 34 free throw attempts
  • Feb 25 Mike O'Hara completes record 97th marathon
  • Feb 25 Wilt Chamberlain of NBA Philadelphia Warriors scores 67 points vs NY Knicks for the second year in a row

Birthdays in Sport

  • Feb 1 José Luis Cuciuffo, Argentinian soccer defender (21 caps; Vélez Sársfield, Boca Juniors, Nîmes Olympique), born in Córdoba, Argentina (d. 2004)
  • Feb 1 Manuel Amoros, French soccer defender (82 caps; Monaco, Marseille), born in Nîmes, France
  • Feb 2 Ben Testerman, tennis star, born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Feb 2 Andy Fordham, English darts player (BDO World Champion 2004), born in Bristol, England
  • Feb 2 Paul Kilgus, baseball player
  • Feb 3 Joe Handle, American baseball pitcher (Florida Marlins)
  • Feb 4 Vern Fleming, American NBA basketball player (Olympic gold 1984), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 4 Dan Plesac, pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Gary, Indiana
  • Feb 7 Alan Sippy, cricketer (dashing Bombay lefty batsman of 1980's)
  • Feb 9 Diego Perez, Spanish tennis star
  • Feb 10 Bobby Czyz, American boxer, born in Orange, New Jersey
  • Feb 11 Eric Vanderaerden, Belgian cyclist, born in Herk-de-Stad, Belgium
  • Feb 12 Jimmy Kirkwood, Irish-born field hockey player, born in Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
  • Feb 13 Jackie Silva, Brazilian volleyballer (Pan Am-Bronze), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Feb 17 Hennie Meijer, Dutch soccer player (Cambuur L, FC Heerenveen)
  • Feb 17 Tony Blain, New Zealand cricketer (NZ Test wicket-keeper)
  • Feb 18 Gary Reasons, American NFL linebacker (NY Giants), born in Crowley, Texas
  • Feb 18 Simon Fletcher, American NFL linebacker (Denver Broncos), born in Bay City, Texas
  • Feb 19 Alvaro Espinoza, Venezuela, baseball shortstop (NY Yanks, NY Mets)

Person of interestHana Mandlikova

Feb 19 Hana Mandlíková, Czech tennis player (4 Grand Slam titles), born in Prague, Czech Republic

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Hana Mandlikova
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Hana Mandlikova
  • Feb 20 Adam Schreiber, NFL center/guard (Atlanta Falcons, NY Giants)
  • Feb 22 Lisa Jacquin, American equestrian show jumper (Olympics 1996), born in Tucson, Arizona
  • Feb 22 Les Wallace, Scottish darts player (BDO World Champion 1997), born in Forres, Scotland
  • Feb 25 Birgit Fischer, German DR, 500m kayaker (Olympic gold 1980)
  • Feb 25 Cammy Ciarelli, WPVA volleyballer (Best of Beach-2nd-1995), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • Feb 26 Dave Palone, American harness racing trainer & driver (US Pacing Triple Crown 1996, 2005), born in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 26 Sheila Cornell, American softball infielder (Olympic gold 1996), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 27 Kory Tarpenning, American pole vaulter, born in Portland, Oregon
  • Feb 27 Veronica Ribot-Canales, Argentinian-American diver (Olympics 1996), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Feb 28 Angela Bailey, Canadian 4X100m relayer (Olympic silver 1984), born in Coventry, England
  • Feb 28 Chunli Li, table tennis player (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand

Deaths in Sport

  • Feb 7 Arthur Carr, cricketer (11 Tests for Eng 22-29), dies shovelling snow