On This Day

February 1966 in Sports History

Events in Sport


AgreementContract of Interest

Feb 11 SF Giant Willie Mays signs highest contract, $130,000 per year

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays

Sports record brokenNBA Record

Feb 14 Wilt Chamberlain breaks NBA career scoring record at 20,884 points

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • Feb 15 Kees Verkerk becomes world champion all-round skater
  • Feb 16 End of Wally Grout's Test Cricket career, 187 dismissals as Australian wicketkeeper
  • Feb 27 Ice Dance Championship at Davos won by Diane Towler and Bernard Ford of great Britain
  • Feb 27 Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Davos won by Peggy Fleming of US

CarDaytona 500

Feb 27 8th Daytona 500: Polesitter Richard Petty comes from 2 laps down to win the event after 198 laps were completed because of rain

Auto Racer Richard Petty
Auto Racer
Richard Petty

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 28 Sandy Koufax & Don Drysdale begin a joint holdout against Dodgers

Baseball Pitcher Sandy Koufax
Baseball Pitcher
Sandy Koufax

Birthdays in Sport

  • Feb 1 Michelle Akers, American soccer forward (Olympics gold 1996, World Cup 1991, 99), born in Santa Clara, California
  • Feb 1 Rob Lee, English soccer midfielder (21 caps; Charlton Athletic, Newcastle United), born in London, England
  • Feb 2 Andrei Chesnokov, Russian tennis star
  • Feb 2 Bob Estes, American golfer (4 PGA Tour titles), born in Graham, Texas
  • Feb 2 Tony Plourde, Chibougamau Quebec, sabre (Olympics 1996)
  • Feb 3 Jimmy Thunder, New Zealand boxer (IBO heavyweight title 1994-95), born in Apia, Samoa (d. 2020)
  • Feb 3 Danny Morrison, New Zealand cricket fast bowler (48 Tests, 160 wickets; 96 ODIs, 126 wickets) and broadcaster (TVNZ, Sky Sports, Radio Sport), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Feb 3 Sean Patrick Wade, NZ marathoner (Olympics 1996), born in Houston, Texas
  • Feb 4 Barry Klein, rower (Olympics 1996), born in Grand Rapids Michigan
  • Feb 4 Viatcheslav Ekimov, Russian cyclist
  • Feb 5 José María Olazábal, Spanish golfer (US Masters 1994, 99), born in Hondarribia, Spain
  • Feb 5 Apostolos Nanos, Greek archer, born in Greece
  • Feb 6 Tom Tupa, American football punter & quarterback (Cleveland Browns, NE Patriots), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Feb 7 Kristin Otto, German swimmer (6 Olympic gold 1988), born in Leipzig, Germany
  • Feb 8 Alex Antonitsch, Austrian tennis player, born in Villach, Austria
  • Feb 8 Kirk Muller, Kingston, NHL center (Toronto Maple Leafs)
  • Feb 8 Hristo Stoichkov, Bulgarian footballer
  • Feb 9 Ellen van Langen, Dutch athlete
  • Feb 10 Daryl Johnston, American NFL running back (Dallas Cowboys), born in Youngstown, New York
  • Feb 11 Alexander Semak, Russian NHL center (NY Islanders), born in Ufa, Russia
  • Feb 11 Anthony Parker, American NFL cornerback (Minnesota Vikings, St Louis Rams, Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Sylacauga, Alabama
  • Feb 11 Patrick Kuhnen, German tennis player, born in Püttlingen, Germany
  • Feb 14 Petr Svoboda, Czech NHL defenseman (Philadelphia Flyers, Olympic gold 1998), born in Most, Czechia
  • Feb 14 Gary Halpin, Irish rugby union prop (11 caps; Wanderers F.C, Leinster, London Irish, Harlequins), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 2021)
  • Feb 15 Melido Perez, Dominican-American baseball pitcher (NY Yankees), born in San Cristóbal, Dominican Republic
  • Feb 15 Petra Huber, Austrian professional tennis player
  • Feb 16 Eric Uptagrafft, prone rifle (Olympics 1996), born in Spokane, Washington
  • Feb 17 Luc Robitaille, NHL left wing (NY Rangers, Pitts Penguins), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Feb 17 Ioannis Kalitzakis, Greek footballer, born in Eleusis, Greece
  • Feb 18 Kris King, Canadian NHL left wing (Winnipeg Jets), born in Hornepayne, Canada
  • Feb 18 Phillip De Freitas, English cricket fast bowler (44 Tests, 140 wickets, 4 x 50; 103 ODIs, 115 wickets; Derbyshire, Leicestershire), born in Scotts Head, Dominica
  • Feb 19 Matthew Ryan, team handball circle (Olympics 1996), born in Port Jefferson, New York
  • Feb 19 Paul Haarhuis, Eindhoven Neth, tennis star (1994 US/Austral doubles)
  • Feb 19 Peter Douris, NHL right wing (Anaheim Mighty Ducks), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Feb 19 William White, NFL safety (KC Chiefs, Atlanta Falcons)
  • Feb 19 Enzo Scifo, Belgian footballer
  • Feb 20 Britt Hager, NFL linebacker (Philadelphia Eagles, Denver Broncos, St Louis Rams), born in Odessa, Texas
  • Feb 20 Cindy Crawford, Dekalb Ill, supermodel (Sports Illustrated Swimsuit)
  • Feb 20 Dennis Allen Mitchell, Cherry Point NC, 100m/200m (Olympic silver 1996)
  • Feb 20 Derek Lilliquist, American baseball pitcher (Cleveland Indians, Atl Braves)
  • Feb 21 Chris Donnels, American baseball infielder (Houston Astros), born in Angeles, California
  • Feb 21 Edie Boyer, American discus thrower, born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • Feb 22 Brent Severyn, Canadian NHL defenseman (NY Islanders), born in Vegreville, Canada
  • Feb 22 Brad Edwards, American NFL safety (Atlanta Falcons), born in Lumberton, North Carolina
  • Feb 23 John Druce, NHL right wing (Philadelphia Flyers, LA Kings), born in Peterborough, Canada
  • Feb 24 Rene Arocha, Cubans-American baseball pitcher (St Louis Cardinals)
  • Feb 25 Don Anurasiri, cricketer (Sri Lankan slow left-armer)
  • Feb 25 Samson Kitur, Kenyan athlete (d. 2003)
  • Feb 27 Chris Howard, American baseball catcher (Seattle Mariners), born in Kenner, Louisiana
  • Feb 27 Pete Smith, American baseball player (Atlanta Braves, NY Mets), born in Abington, Massachusetts
  • Feb 28 Jan Varholik, Kosice CZE, hockey defenseman (Team Slovakia)
  • Feb 28 Tim Goad, NFL defensive tackle (Cleveland Browns)
  • Feb 28 Vincent Askew, NBA guard/forward (Seattle Supersonics, Trailblazers)
  • Feb 28 Paulo Futre, Portuguese footballer

Deaths in Sport

  • Feb 25 James D. Norris, American sports businessman (Chicago Black Hawks), dies at 59