February 1969 in Sports History

Events in Sport

Sports History

Feb 1 In his first start in a Ford, legendary driver Richard Petty wins the Motor Trend 500 at Riverside, California; previous 92 NASCAR victories were in Plymouths

  • Feb 1 Tim Wood wins second of 3 straight US Men's Figure Skating titles whilst Janet Lynn takes first of her 5 consecutive Women's National Championships in Seattle
  • Feb 2 Stan Coveleski & Waite Hoyt are voted into Baseball Hall of Fame

Appointment of Interest

Feb 4 John Madden is named head coach of NFL's Oakland Raiders

  • Feb 5 Vince Lombardi, becomes part owner, vice-president, general manager, and head coach of NFL Washington Redskins
  • Feb 7 Diane Crump becomes 1st woman jockey at a major US racetrack (Hialeah)

Sports History

Feb 10 LSU Pete Maravich scores 66, despite losing to Tulane 101-94

  • Feb 11 Diana Crump becomes 1st US woman jockey to ride against men, Hialelah
  • Feb 16 Detroit Red Wings' captain Alex Delvecchio picks up an assist in a 6-2 defeat at Minnesota to become the 3rd player in NHL history to score 1,000 career points
  • Feb 18 Doug Walters scores 2nd innings century after 242 in 1st

Contract of Interest

Feb 21 Ted Williams signs 5-year contract to manage Washington Senators

  • Feb 22 Barbara Jo Rubin becomes 1st female jockey to win at an American parimutuel race at a major US track aboard Cohesian at Charles Town, West Virginia
  • Feb 23 11th Daytona 500: LeeRoy Yarbrough driving for Junior Johnson, catches Charlie Glotzbach on final lap to win; first Daytona 500 won on a last lap pass
  • Feb 25 Pension plan for baseball is agreed to
  • Feb 28 Ice Dance Championship at Colorado Springs won by Towler & Ford of Great Britain
  • Feb 28 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Colorado Springs won by Tim Wood of USA

Birthdays in Sport

  • Feb 1 Gabriel Batistuta, Argentine soccer striker (77 caps, 54 goals; Fiorentina), born in Avellaneda, Santa Fe, Argentina
  • Feb 2 Ijaz Ahmed Jr, cricketer (one Test Pakistan v Sri Lanka 1995)
  • Feb 2 Jody Hull, Cambridge, NHL right wing (Florida Panthers)
  • Feb 2 Valeri Karpin, Russian footballer
  • Feb 3 Casey Weldon, American NFL quarterback, 1992-2001 (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and 4 other teams), born in Americus, Georgia
  • Feb 3 Jeff Christy, American NFL center, 1993-2002, 3X Pro Bowl, Superbowl champion (Minnesota Vikings, Tamps Bay Buccaneers), born in Natrona Heights, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 3 Retief Goosen, South African golfer (US Open 2001, 04), born in Pietersburg, Limpopo Province
  • Feb 3 Robert Pack, American NBA basketball guard, 1991-2004 (Portland Trail Blazers, Denver Nuggets, and 7 other teams), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Feb 3 Terry Bradshaw, American baseball outfielder, 1995-96 (St Louis Cardinals), and hitting coach (Kansas City Royals 2018-present), born in Franklin, Virginia
  • Feb 4 Brad Cornett, American baseball pitcher, appeared in 14 games (Toronto Blue Jays, 1994-95), Brad Cornett
  • Feb 4 Dallas Drake, Canadian NHL center (Winnipeg Jets), born in Trail, British Columbia
  • Feb 4 Joe Sacco, American NHL right wing (Anaheim Mighty Ducks), born in Medford, Massachusetts
  • Feb 6 Bob Wickman, American baseball pitcher (Chicago White Sox, NY Yankees), born in Green Bay, Wisconsin
  • Feb 6 James Jones, American NFL defensive tackle (Denver Broncos, Baltimore Ravens), born in Miami, Florida
  • Feb 6 Kurt Abbott, American baseball player (Florida Marlins), born in Zanesville, Ohio
  • Feb 6 Rajindra Dhanraj, Trinidad cricket leg-spinner (WI 1994-95), born in Barrackpore, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Feb 6 Tim Sherwood, English footballer & manager, born in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire
  • Feb 7 Bucky Richardson, US football quarterback (Houston Oilers)
  • Feb 7 Fiona Robinson-Hannan, Australian basketball player (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Perth, Western Australia
  • Feb 9 Jeff Pahukoa, NFL guard/tackle (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Feb 9 Jimmy Smith, NFL wide receiver (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Feb 9 Peta Edebone, Australian softball outfielder (Olympic bronze 1996)
  • Feb 9 Todd Lyght, US football quarterback (St Louis Rams)
  • Feb 10 Jayhawk Owens, American MLB catcher (Colorado Rockies), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Feb 10 Tim Clark, American baseball outfielder (Florida Marlins), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 11 Bryan Eversgerd, American baseball pitcher (St Louis Cardinals), born in Centralia, Illinois
  • Feb 11 Joe Valerio, American NFL outside corner/tackle (KC Chiefs), born in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 11 Mark Atkinson, Australian cricket wicket-keeper (Tasmanian batsman), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Feb 12 Colin Keely, US water polo driver (Olympics 1996), born in Buffalo, New York
  • Feb 12 Hong Myung-Bo, Korean footballer, born in Seoul, South Korea
  • Feb 14 Harry Colon, American NFL safety (Jacksonville Jaguars, Detroit Lions), born in Kansas City, Kansas
  • Feb 14 Jeff Graham, American NFL wide receiver (Chicago Bears, NY Jets), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • Feb 14 Roy Barker, American NFL defensive end (Minnesota Vikings, SF 49ers), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 15 Edgar Bennett, NFL running back (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Feb 16 Claude Lambert, boxer (Olympics 1996), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Feb 16 Fermín Cacho, Spanish middle distance athlete (Olympic gold 1,500m 92, silver 96), born in Barcelona, Spain
  • Feb 16 Tim Costo, American baseball infielder (Cincinnati Reds)
  • Feb 17 David Douillet, French politician & judoka, born in Rouen, France
  • Feb 17 David Klingler, American NFL quarterback (Oakland Raiders, Cin Bengals), born in Houston, Texas
  • Feb 17 Joel Steed, American NFL nose tackle (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Frankfurt, Germany
  • Feb 17 Levon Kirkland, American NFL linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Lamar, South Carolina
  • Feb 18 Alexander Mogilny, Russian ice hockey player & 1st soviet to defect to NHL (Sabres), born in Khabarovsk, Russia
  • Feb 21 J. D. Gibbs, American auto racer, team owner (Joe Gibbs Rcaing), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2019)
  • Feb 21 Petra Kronberger, Austrian alpine skier (Olympic gold 1992), born in Pfarrwerfen, Austria
  • Feb 22 Brian Laudrup, Danish footballer, born in Vienna, Austria
  • Feb 22 Mark Chmura, American NFL tight end (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31), born in Deerfield, Massachusetts
  • Feb 22 Shawn Jefferson, American NFL wide receiver (San Diego Chargers, NE Patriots), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Feb 23 Ed McDaniel, NFL linebacker (Minnesota Vikings), born in Batesburg-Leesville, South Carolina
  • Feb 23 Marc Wauters, Belgian cyclist, born in Hasselt, Belgium
  • Feb 23 Michael Campbell, New Zealand golfer (US Open 2005), born in Hawera, New Zealand
  • Feb 25 Donald Hodge, NBA center (Charlotte Hornets)
  • Feb 25 Kerry Dienelt, Australian softball catcher/1st baseman (Olympic bronze 1996)
  • Feb 25 Michelle Gibson, equestrian dressage (Olympic bronze 1996)
  • Feb 26 Brandon Wilson, American baseball infielder (Chicago White Sox), born in Gaborone, Botswana
  • Feb 27 Greg Stevenson, Canadian rower (Olympics-11-92, 96), born in Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • Feb 27 Willie Banks, American baseball pitcher (Chicago Cubs), born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • Feb 28 Butch Leitzinger, American race car driver
  • Feb 28 Shawn McEachern, Waltham MA, NHL forward (Boston Bruins, Senators)
  • Feb 28 Tor Øivind Ødegaard, Norwegian track runner

Deaths in Sport

  • Feb 2 Giovanni Martinelli, Italian operatic spinto tenor singer (New York Metropolitan Opera, 1913-45), dies at 83
  • Feb 9 Manuel Plaza Reyes, Chilean marathoner (Olympic gold 1928), dies at 68
  • Feb 21 Jose de Capriles, Mexican-born US Olympic fencer, dies