On This Day

February 1963 in Sports History

Events in Sport

NBA Record

Feb 16 North Carolina forward Billy Cunningham grabs a record 27 rebounds in a game vs Clemson

  • Feb 17 Japanese runner Toru Terasawa runs a world record marathon (2:15:15.8) at the Beppu Marathon on the island of Kyushu, Japan
  • Feb 20 Australian cricket greats Neil Harvey and Alan Davidson play final Test match in drawn 5th Test vs England at the Sydney Cricket Ground

Baseball Record

Feb 20 Future Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder Willie Mays becomes the highest-paid player in MLB, signing a record $100,000 contract with the San Francisco Giants

  • Feb 24 5th Daytona 500: Tiny Lund driving for Wood Bros Racing, wins on 4 pit stops as first 10 laps run under caution flag because of rain

Contract of Interest

Feb 27 Mickey Mantle of NY Yankees sign a baseball contract worth $100,000


Birthdays in Sport

  • Feb 2 Philip Laats, Belgian judoka
  • Feb 4 Pirmin Zurbriggen, Swiss alpine skier (Olympic gold 1988)
  • Feb 4 Tracie Ruiz-Conforto, Hawaii, sync swimmer (Olympic 2 gold/silver-84, 88)
  • Feb 6 David Capel, English cricket all-rounder (15 Tests; 21 wickets; 23 ODIs), born in Northampton, England (d. 2020)
  • Feb 6 Mike Hough, Canadian NHL left wing (Florida Panthers), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Feb 7 Roland Lefebvre, Dutch cricket all-rounder (11 ODIs, captain), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • Feb 8 Mohammad Azharuddin, cricketer (elegant Indian batsman 1984-)
  • Feb 9 Madusa Miceli [Debra Ann], wrestler (WCW), born in Milan, Italy
  • Feb 9 Mike Rindel, cricketer (N Transvaal opening bat ODI ton v Pak 1995)
  • Feb 10 Bennie Thompson, American football safety (Saints, Chiefs, Cleveland Browns/Ravens), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Feb 10 Harris Huizingh, Dutch football player (FC Groningen)
  • Feb 10 Joakim Nystrom, Swedish tennis star, born in Skellefteå, Sweden
  • Feb 10 Lenny Dykstra, American MLB centerfielder (NY Met, Philadelphia Phillies), born in Santa Ana, California
  • Feb 11 Todd Benzinger, American baseball player (SF Giants), born in Dayton, Kentucky
  • Feb 11 José Mari Bakero, Spanish footballer, born in Goizueta, Spain
  • Feb 12 Brent Jones, American College Football Hall of Fame tight end (Santa Clara Uni; Super Bowl 1988, 89, 95; SF 49ers; Pro Bowl 1992–95; All Pro 1992-94), born in Santa Clara, California
  • Feb 14 Jeff Dellenbach, American NFL center (NE Patriots, GB Packers-Super Bowl 31), born in Wausau, Wisconsin
  • Feb 14 John Marzano, American baseball catcher (Seattle Mariners), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 16 Dano Halsall, Swiss swimmer

Michael Jordan

Feb 17 Michael Jordan, American Basketball Hall of Fame forward, owner (5-time NBA MVP, 6-time NBA champion Chicago Bulls), born in Brooklyn, New York

  • Feb 18 John Gesek, American NFL center (Washington Redskins), born in San Francisco, California
  • Feb 18 Rob Andrew, English rugby player, born in Richmond, United Kingdom

Charles Barkley

Feb 20 Charles Barkley, American basketball forward (NBA MVP 1993, 11-time All Star, Olympic gold 1996), born in Leeds, Alabama

  • Feb 21 Greg Turner, New Zealand golfer (4 European Tour titles), born in Dunedin, NZ
  • Feb 21 Michael Gostigian, American pentathlete (Olympic 16th-88, 92, 96), born in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 22 Dave Besteman, American speed skater (Olympics 1994), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • Feb 22 Devon Malcolm, Jamaican cricketer (in Jamaica England fast bowler 1989-95), born in Kingston, Jamaica

Vijay Singh

Feb 22 Vijay Singh, Fijian golfer (Masters 2000, PGA C'ship 1998, 2004), born in Lautoka, Fiji

  • Feb 23 Bobby Bonilla, American outfielder (NY Mets, Baltimore Orioles, Marlins), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 24 Fuad Reveiz, NFL kicker (Minnesota Vikings)
  • Feb 24 Matias Carrillo, Mexican-American baseball outfielder (Florida Marlins)

Paul O'Neill

Feb 25 Paul O'Neill, MLB right fielder (Cincinnati Reds, NY Yankees), born in Columbus, Ohio

  • Feb 27 Francesco Cancellotti, Italian tennis star, born in Perugia, Italy
  • Feb 28 Claudio Chiappucci, Italian cyclist

Deaths in Sport

  • Feb 7 Learco Guerra, Italian road racing cyclist, dies at 60
  • Feb 27 William Auchterlonie, Scottish golfer (British Open 1893), dies at 90