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 fameHall of Fame

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

Major League Baseball Pitcher Tim Keefe
Major League Baseball Pitcher
Tim Keefe
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 12 End of Richie Benaud's 63-Test Cricket career

Cricketer and Commentator Richie Benaud
Cricketer and Commentator
Richie Benaud

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 15 Bill Bradley scores 51 points for Princeton

Basketball Player and US Senator Bill Bradley
Basketball Player and US Senator
Bill Bradley
  • Feb 17 101st member elected to Baseball Hall of Fame, Chicago WS shortstop Luke Appling

CarDaytona 500

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

Auto Racer Richard Petty
Auto Racer
Richard Petty

Sport defeatBoxing 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

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Sonny Liston
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Sonny Liston
  • Feb 29 NC high school basketball teams play to 56-54 score in 13 overtime

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

NBA Forward Jerry Lucas
NBA Forward
Jerry Lucas
NBA Player Oscar Robertson
NBA Player
Oscar Robertson
  • 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 Cornford, England cricket wicket-keeper (4 Tests v NZ 1930), dies
  • 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