On This Day

February 1965 in Sports History

Events in Sport

Sports History

Feb 1 Former world heavyweight boxing champion Floyd Patterson beats Canadian George Chuvalo by unanimous decision in a 12-round non-title clash at New York’s Madison Square Garden; 'The Ring' names bout Fight of the Year.

Australian Open Women's Tennis

Feb 1 Australian Championships Women's Tennis: Australian Margaret Smith wins 6th straight home singles title; beats Maria Bueno of Brazil 5-7, 6-4, 5-2; Bueno retired injured

Australian Men's Tennis Open

Feb 1 Australian Championship Men's Tennis: Roy Emerson wins 3rd consecutive Australian title; beats fellow Australian Fred Stolle 7-9, 2-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-1

  • Feb 3 Braves offer Milwaukee $500,000 to terminate their lease a year earlier, the proposal is turned down
  • Feb 11 Braves propose to pay 5 cents from each ticket to bring a new team to Milwaukee
  • Feb 13 US female Figure Skating championship won by Peggy Fleming
  • Feb 14 7th Daytona 500: Fred Lorenzen wins driving for Holman-Moody; race ends on lap 133 due to persistent rain
  • Feb 17 US-Japan baseball relations suspended over Masanori Murakami dispute
  • Feb 19 NFL adds 6th official - the line judge

Birthdays in Sport

  • Feb 1 Dave Callaghan, South African cricket all-rounder (29 ODIs, top score 169no v NZ 1994), born in Queenstown, South Africa
  • Feb 2 Harry Swayne, NFL tackle (San Diego Chargers, Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • Feb 2 Carl Airey, English footballer
  • Feb 3 Dorcas Wonsavage, cross country skier (Olympics 1994), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • Feb 4 John van Loen, Dutch soccer player (Feyenoord, San Frecce)
  • Feb 5 Ben Lee, American badminton player (Olympic-92), born in Rangoon, Burma
  • Feb 5 Tarik Benhabiles, Algerian tennis player, born in Algiers, Algeria
  • Feb 5 Gheorghe Hagi, Romanian footballer, born in Săcele, Romania
  • Feb 7 Reginald Thal, soccer player (MVV)
  • Feb 8 Lee Knight, CFL full back (Hamilton Tiger Cats), born in Wallesey, England
  • Feb 8 Rod Bernstine, American NFL running back (Denver Broncos), born in Fairfield, California
  • Feb 8 Terry McDaniel, American NFL cornerback (Oakland Raiders, LA Raiders), born in Mansfield, Ohio
  • Feb 9 David Brandon, American NFL linebacker (San Diego Chargers, Atlanta Falcons), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Feb 10 Lenny Webster, American catcher (Montreal Expos), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Feb 11 Vicki Wilson, Australian netballer, born in Brisbane, Australia
  • Feb 12 Rubén Amaro Jr., American baseball outfielder (Cleveland Indians), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 13 Kenny Harrison, US triple jumper, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Feb 14 Jessie Tuggle, American NFL linebacker (Atlanta Falcons), born in Griffin, Georgia
  • Feb 15 Craig Matthews, South African cricket pace bowler (South African Test), born in Cape Town, South Africa
  • Feb 17 Jim Bowie, Japanese-American baseball infielder (Oakland Athletics)
  • Feb 19 Andrew Jameson, English swimmer, born in Crosby, England
  • Feb 19 John Commins, South African cricketer (South African Test batsman v NZ 1994-95)
  • Feb 21 Jayson Meyer, Canadian hockey defenseman (Team Germany), born in Regina, Canada
  • Feb 21 Keith Arthurton, West Indian cricketer (Charlestown, Nevis WI lefty batsman), born in Nevis, Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Feb 22 Chris Dudley, American NBA center, 1987-2003 (NY Knicks, Portland Trail Blazers, and 3 other teams), born in Stamford, Connecticut
  • Feb 22 Joe Reekie, Canadian NHL defenseman, 1985-2002 (Buffalo Sabres, Washington Capitals, and 3 other teams), born in Victoria, British Columbia

Pat LaFontaine

Feb 22 Pat LaFontaine, American NHL center, 1983-98 (NY Islanders, Buffalo Sabres, NY Rangers), born in St. Louis, Missouri

  • Feb 23 Helena Suková, Czech tennis player (14 Grand Slam doubles & mixed doubles titles), born in Prague, Czech Republic
  • Feb 24 Paul Gruber, NFL tackle (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • Feb 26 Donald Narcisse, American CFL receiver (Saskatchewan Roughriders), born in Port Arthur, Texas
  • Feb 28 Duane Ferrell, NBA forward (SF Warriors, Indiana Pacers)
  • Feb 28 Mikko Makela, Tampere Finland, NHL right wing (NY Islanders)