On This Day

February 1964 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Feb 1 French sisters Christine Goitschel (gold) and Marielle Goitschel (silver) become first female siblings to win Olympic gold and silver in the same event when they dominate the slalom in Innsbruck
  • Feb 2 Sjoukje Dijkstra (Neth) wins Olympic gold for figure skating

Hall of Fame

Feb 2 Elected to Baseball Hall of Fame - Red Faber, Burleigh Grimes, Tim Keefe, Heinie Manush, John Montgomery Ward, & Miller Huggins

  • Feb 3 French sisters Marielle Goitschel (gold) and Christine Goitschel (silver) repeat (in reverse order) their top-2 finish in the slalom 2 days earlier, in the giant slalom at the Innsbruck Winter Olympics
  • Feb 9 IX Winter Olympic Games close in Innsbruck, Austria

Sports History

Feb 12 End of Richie Benaud's 63-Test cricket career in drawn 5th Test v South Africa in Sydney

  • Feb 12 US female Figure Skating championship won by Peggy Fleming
  • Feb 17 101st member elected to Baseball Hall of Fame, Chicago WS shortstop Luke Appling
  • Feb 23 Charlie Finley signs a 4 year lease to keep MLB A's in Kansas City

Daytona 500

Feb 23 6th Daytona 500: Race winner Richard Petty leads for record 184 of the 200 laps

Boxing Title Fight

Feb 25 Muhammad Ali [Cassius Clay] wins his first world heavyweight boxing title when Sonny Liston fails to come out for round 7 at the Convention Center, Miami Beach

  • Feb 29 NC high school basketball teams play to 56-54 score in 13 overtime

Sports History

Feb 29 Cincinnati's Jerry Lucas and Oscar Robertson combine for a rare 40-40 performance as the Royals beat host Philadelphia 76ers, 117-114; NBA MVP Robertson has 43 points; Rookie of the Year Lucas, 40 rebounds

  • Feb 29 Australian swimmer Dawn Fraser records the fastest 100m freestyle of her brilliant career; smashes her own world record 58.9s in Sydney; goes on to win her 3rd straight gold in the event at the Tokyo Olympics

Birthdays in Sport

  • Feb 5 Jim Pugh, American tennis star, born in Burbank, California
  • Feb 7 Cynthia "Sippy" Woodhead, swimmer (Olympic silver 1984), born in Riverside, California
  • Feb 7 Gretchen Magers, Pittsburgh PA/San Antonio TX, tennis star
  • Feb 8 Dennis Gibson, NFL inside linebacker (San Diego Chargers)
  • Feb 10 Roger Reijners, Dutch football coach and player (MVV), born in Roemond, Netherlands
  • Feb 10 Sam Graddy, US 4x100m runner (Olympic gold 1984), born in Gaffney, South Carolina
  • Feb 12 Maurice Douglass, NFL safety (NY Giants), born in Muncie, Indiana
  • Feb 12 Michel Petit, NHL defenseman (Tampa Bay Lightning), born in Quebec, Canada
  • Feb 12 Milton Small, West Indian cricket fast bowler (2 Tests, 4 wickets), born in Saint Philip Parish, Barbados
  • Feb 13 Evi Strasser, German equestrian (Olympics 1996), born in Inzell, Germany
  • Feb 14 Darrick Brilz, American NFL offensive lineman (Cin Bengals), born in Richmond, California
  • Feb 14 Gianni Bugno, Italian cyclist, born in Brugg, Switzerland
  • Feb 15 Mark Price, NBA guard (Washington Bullets, Orlando Magic), born in Bartlesville, Oklahoma
  • Feb 16 Mark Price, American NBA guard (Cleveland Caveliers) and coach, born in Bartlesville, Oklahoma
  • Feb 16 Bebeto [José Roberto Gama de Oliveira], Brazilian footballer, born in Salvador, Brazil
  • Feb 17 Mike Campbell, American pitcher (Chicago Cubs), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Feb 17 Buster Olney, American sports columnist
  • Feb 18 Kevin Tapani, American baseball pitcher (Chicago White Sox, Minnesota Twins), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • Feb 20 Christian Ruuttu, Lappeenranta FIN, hockey forward (Team Finland)
  • Feb 20 Jeff Maggert, American golfer (US Senior Open, Tradition 2015), born in Columbia Missouri
  • Feb 21 Willie Pless, American CFL linebacker (Edmonton Eskimos), born in Anniston, Alabama
  • Feb 22 Gigi Fernandez [Beatriz], American tennis star (Olymp-gold-96), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Feb 24 Russell Ingall, Australian racing driver
  • Feb 25 Don Majkowski, NFL quarterback (Detroit Lions)
  • Feb 27 April Heinrichs, US women's soccer coach (Olympic-96), born in Littleton, Colorado
  • Feb 28 Djamolidine Abdoujaparov, Uzbekistan road cyclist (Tour de France points winner 1991, 93-4), born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan
  • Feb 29 Henrik Sundström, Swedish tennis player (rank #6 1984), born in Lund, Sweden

Deaths in Sport

  • Feb 6 W L "Tich" Cornford, English cricket wicketkeeper (4 Tests, 8 dismissals; Sussex CCC), dies at 63
  • Feb 7 Lillian Copeland, US discus thrower (Olympic gold 1932), dies at 59
  • Feb 13 Ken Hubbs, 2nd baseman (Chicago Cubs), dies in plane crash at 22
  • Feb 20 R T Stanyforth, English cricket wicket-keeper (South Africa 1927-28), dies