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
  • Feb 18 4th Daytona 500: Race winner Fireball Roberts dominates the event, leading 144 of the 200 laps

NBA Record

Feb 22 Philadelphia center Wilt Chamberlain sets NBA record with 34 free-throw attempts (converts 19) in Warriors 139-121 win over St. Louis Hawks at Philadelphia Civic Center

  • Feb 25 Mike O'Hara completes record 97th marathon
  • Feb 25 Philadelphia center Wilt Chamberlain scores 67 points against NY Knicks at Philadelphia Civic Center for the second successive year; Warriors lose 149-135

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 (d. 2021)
  • 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 (Olympic gold 1996) born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Feb 17 Tony Blain, New Zealand cricket wicket-keeper (11 Tests, 21 dismissals, 2 x 50s; Central Districts CA, Canterbury CA), born in Nelson, New Zealand
  • 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, Venezuelan baseball shortstop (NY Yanks, NY Mets)

Hana Mandlikova

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

  • 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 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