February 1968 in Sport

Events in Sport


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 1 Vince Lombardi steps down as Green Bay Packers head coach in favour of longtime assistant Phil Bengtson; stays on as Packers' general manager for 1968

NFL Coach Vince Lombardi
NFL Coach
Vince Lombardi
  • Feb 4 Bowie Kuhn replaces William Eckert as 5th commissioner of baseball
  • Feb 5 Skater Kees Verkerk wins olympic gold in the 1500m
  • Feb 6 X Winter Olympic Games opens in Grenoble, France
  • Feb 9 World champion Jean-Claude Killy of France wins the downhill at the Grenoble Winter Olympics; first of 3-event clean sweep of the alpine skiing events at the Games
  • Feb 9 A rare 3-way tie for silver in the women's 500m speed skating at the Grenoble Winter Olympics; Soviet Lyudmila Titova wins from American trio of Jenny Fish, Mary Meyers and Dianne Holum
  • Feb 10 American 2-time world champion Peggy Fleming comfortably wins Olympic women's figure skating gold medal at the Grenoble Winter Games
  • Feb 12 Frenchman Jean Claude-Killy follows his win in the downhill with victory in the giant slalom at the Grenoble Winter Olympics; clean sweeps 3 alpine skiing events with success in the slalom
  • Feb 12 Dutch speed skater Ans Schut wins the women's 3,000m event at the Grenoble Winter Olympics; first 10 finishers beat previous Olympic record set in Squaw Valley (1960)
  • Feb 13 Swedish 10k cross country champion Toini Gustafsson wins her 2nd gold medal at the Grenoble Winter Olympics in the 5k event ahead of Soviet pair Galina Kulakova and Alvetina Kolchina
  • Feb 13 After winning giant slalom in Innsbruck (1964) French skier Marielle Goitschel takes out the slalom gold medal at the Grenoble Winter Olympics
  • Feb 14 Soviet Union goes 1-2 in pairs figure skating at the Grenoble Winter Olympics; husband & wife team Oleg Protopopov and Liudmila Belousova edge team mates Tatiana Zhuk and Alexander Gorelik
  • Feb 14 Norwegian 15k Olympic cross country champion Harald Grønningen wins his second gold medal of the Grenoble Winter Olympics in the 4 x 10k relay
  • Feb 15 Biathlon 4 x 7.5k relay debuts at the Grenoble Winter Olympics with the Soviet Union taking the gold medal ahead of Norway and Sweden
  • Feb 15 Fred Anton Maier of Norway skates a world record 7:22.4 in winning the 5,000m at the Grenoble Winter Olympics; Dutch 1,500m champion Kees Verkerk is just 0.8s behind for silver
  • Feb 16 Italy completes the bobsleigh double at the Grenoble Winter Olympics with victory in the 4-man; Eugenio Monti and Luciano de Paolis double up for gold winning 2-man earlier
  • Feb 17 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Springfield, Massachusetts opens
  • Feb 17 Frenchman Jean Claude-Killy completes a clean sweep of the alpine skiing events at the Grenoble Winter Olympics when he wins the slalom; also takes out the downhill and giant slalom
  • Feb 17 Norwegian cross country skier Ole Ellefsæter wins 50k event at the Grenoble Winter Olympics; 2nd gold medal of the Games (4 x 10k relay)
  • Feb 17 Soviet Union wins its 3rd Olympic ice hockey gold medal in Grenoble; clinch title with final round, 5-0 win over Canada; Soviet LW Anatoli Firsov top scores with 16 points
  • Feb 18 X Winter Olympic Games close in Grenoble, France
  • Feb 18 After winning men's luge singles Olympic gold medal in Innsbruck (1964), Thomas Köhler of Germany teams with Klaus Bonsack to take out the doubles in Grenoble
  • Feb 21 Baseball announces a minimum annual salary of $10,000

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Feb 23 Wilt Chamberlain becomes 1st NBAer to score 25,000 points

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • Feb 24 Gary Unger begins NHL consecutive game record of 914 games
  • Feb 25 10th Daytona 500: Cale Yarborough driving for Wood Brothers Racing wins by less than a second from LeeRoy Yarbrough; grid set exclusively by qualifying times

Birthdays in Sport

  • Feb 1 George Quigley Jr., American skeet shooter (Olympics 1996), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Feb 1 Javier Sanchez, Spanish tennis star, born in Getafe, Spain
  • Feb 1 Kent Mercker, American MLB pitcher (Atlanta Braves, Baltimore Orioles), born in Dublin, Ohio
  • Feb 1 Mark Recchi, Canadian NHL right wing (Montreal Canadiens), born in Kamloops, Canada
  • Feb 1 Sean Millington, Canadian football fullback (BC Lions), born in Vancouver, Canada
  • Feb 2 Paul McKenzie, Australian Finn class sailor (Olympics 1996)
  • Feb 2 Sari Krooks, ice hockey right wing (Finland, Olympics 1998)
  • Feb 2 Scott Erickson, pitcher (Minnesota Twins, Baltimore Orioles), born in Long Beach, California
  • Feb 2 Sean Elliott, NBA forward (San Antonio Spurs)
  • Feb 2 Steve Henson, NBA guard (Detroit Pistons)
  • Feb 2 Ventson Donelson, CFL cornerback (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • Feb 3 Frantisek Kucera, NHL defenseman (Vanc Canucks, Olympic gold 1998), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • Feb 3 Leroy Thompson, NFL running back (KC Chiefs)
  • Feb 3 Mark Koevermans, Netherlands, tennis star
  • Feb 3 Vlade Divac, Yugoslavia, NBA center (Charlotte Hornets, LA Lakers)
  • Feb 5 Regina Rajchitova, Czech tennis star, born in Czechoslovak Socialist Republic
  • Feb 5 Roberto Alomar, Puerto Rican infielder (Baltimore Orioles), born in Salinas, Puerto Rico
  • Feb 5 Will Furrer, American football quarterback (Houston Oilers, St Louis Rams), born in Danville, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 6 Adolfo Valencia, Colombian footballer, born in Buenaventura, Colombia
  • Feb 7 Martin Sinner, Koblenz Germany, tennis star (1990 Pretoria)
  • Feb 7 Peter Bondra, Lutsk Ukr, NHL right wing (Washington Capitals)
  • Feb 8 Joy Fawcett, soccer defender (Olympics 1996), born in Inglewood, California
  • Feb 8 Ron Goetz, CFL linebacker (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • Feb 9 Derek Strong, NBA forward (LA Lakers, Orlando Magic)
  • Feb 10 Peter Popovic, Swedish NHL defenseman (Montreal Canadiens), born in Köping, Sweden
  • Feb 10 Ryan Bowen, American baseball pitcher (Florida Marlins), born in Fort Madison, Iowa
  • Feb 13 Matt Mieske, American baseball outfielder (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Midland, Michigan
  • Feb 14 Chris Lewis, English cricketer (in Guyana England all-rounder), born in Georgetown, Guyana
  • Feb 15 Mieke Suys, Belgian triathlete, born in Ghent, Belgium
  • Feb 16 Cecil Gray, NFL tackle (Arizona Cardinals), born in Harlem, New York
  • Feb 16 Erik Regtop, Dutch soccer player (SC Heerenveen), born in Schoonebeek, Netherlands
  • Feb 17 Bryan Cox, American NFL linebacker and coach (Miami Dolphins, Chicago Bears), born in East St. Louis, Illinois
  • Feb 17 Celita Schutz, Riverdale NJ, half-middleweight judoka (Olympics 1996)
  • Feb 19 Rob Dimaio, NHL right wing (Philadelphia Flyers), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • Feb 20 Bennie Goods, CFL defensive tackle (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • Feb 20 Ted Hankey, English darts player
  • Feb 21 Pellom McDaniels, American professor & NFL defensive lineman (KC Chiefs), born in San Jose, California
  • Feb 21 Terry Allen, American NFL running back (Minnesota Vikings, Wash Redskins), born in Commerce, Georgia
  • Feb 22 Jayson Williams, American NBA center (NJ Nets), born in Ritter, South Carolina
  • Feb 22 Reggie Rivers, American NFL running back (Denver Broncos), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • Feb 22 James Allison, British Formula 1 Technical Director of Mercedes-AMG, born in Louth, Lincolnshire
  • Feb 24 John Velddman, soccer player (Sparta)
  • Feb 24 Vaughn Booker, NFL defensive end (KC Chiefs)
  • Feb 25 David Hulse, American baseball outfielder (Texas Rangers)
  • Feb 26 Chris Green, American NFL safety (Buffalo Bills), born in Lawrenceburg, Indiana
  • Feb 26 J. T. Snow, American baseball infielder (NY Yankees, California Angels), born in Long Beach, California
  • Feb 26 Leif Rohlin, Swedish NHL defenseman (Vancouver Canucks), born in Vasteras, Sweden
  • Feb 27 Loy Vaught, American NBA forward (LA Clippers), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Feb 27 Mike Sullivan, American NHL center (Calgary Flames), born in Marshfield, Massachusetts
  • Feb 28 J T Snow, American baseball 1st baseman (NY Yankees, California Angels)
  • Feb 28 Mike Milchin, pitcher (Minnesota Twins), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Feb 29 Ron Cox, American NFL linebacker (Chicago Bears), born in Fresno, California
  • Feb 29 Bryce Paup, NFL linebacker (Green Bay Packers, Buffalo Bills)
  • Feb 29 Cary Conklin, NFL quarterback (SF 49ers)
  • Feb 29 Chucky Brown, NBA forward (Houston Rockets, Atlanta Hawks)

Deaths in Sport

  • Feb 1 Lawson Little, American golfer (US Open 1940), dies at 57
  • Feb 22 Omer CFL Tulippe, Belgian geographer, dies at 71