On This Day

February 1970 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Feb 1 Former MLB Commissioner Ford Frick as well as ex-players Earle Combs and Jesse Haines are elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame

Sports record brokenNHL Record

Feb 1 Rangers' goalie Terry Sawchuk records his 447th (and final) victory, and 103rd career shutout when New York beats the Pittsburgh Penguins, 6-0; both are NHL records at the time

NHL Legend Terry Sawchuk
NHL Legend
Terry Sawchuk

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Feb 2 Pete Maravich becomes 1st to score 3,000 college basketball points

NBA Guard Pete Maravich
NBA Guard
Pete Maravich
  • Feb 5 1st Test Cricket ton of Barry Richards, 126, 164 balls, 20 fours 1 six
  • Feb 5 Test Cricket debut of John Traicos, South Africa v Australia, Durban
  • Feb 6 NBA expands to 18 teams with Buffalo, Cleveland, Houston & Portland

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Feb 11 John Lennon pays £1,344 fines for 96 protesting South African rugby team playing in Scotland

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon

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Feb 15 Ard Schenk becomes world champion all-round skater

Speed Skater Ard Schenk
Speed Skater
Ard Schenk

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Feb 16 Joe Frazier TKOs Jimmy Ellis in 5 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Joe Frazier

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Feb 19 AL Cy Young Award winner Denny McLain suspended for bookmaking

Baseball Pitcher Denny McLain
Baseball Pitcher
Denny McLain
  • Feb 22 12th Daytona 500: Pete Hamilton wins by just 3 car lengths over David Pearson, after passing him with 9 laps to go
  • Feb 28 Bicycles permitted to cross Golden Gate Bridge
  • Feb 28 Caroline Walker runs world female record marathon (3:02:53)

Birthdays in Sport

  • Feb 1 Yasuyuki Kazama, Japanese auto racer (D1 GP 2005), born in Nagano, Japan
  • Feb 2 Erik ten Hag, soccer player (FC Twente, RKC, FC Utrecht)
  • Feb 2 Nikolaos Michopoulos, Greek footballer
  • Feb 2 Roar Strand, Norwegian footballer
  • Feb 3 Jason Muzzatti, NHL goalie (Hartford Whalers), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Feb 3 Keith Carney, NHL defenseman (Chicago Blackhawks, Team US), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • Feb 3 Oscar Cordoba, Colombian footballer
  • Feb 4 John Frascatore, American baseball pitcher (St Louis Cardinals)
  • Feb 4 Todd Peterson, NFL kicker (Seattle Seahawks)
  • Feb 5 Darren Lehmann, Australian cricket batsman (27 Tests @ 44.95, 5 x 100s; 117 ODIs) and coach (Australia 2013-18), born in Gawler, Australia
  • Feb 5 Forey Duckett, American football cornerback (Saints, Scot Claymores), born in Oakland, California
  • Feb 6 Jeff Rouse, American 50m/100m backstroke swimmer (Olymp-gold/silver-92, 96), born in Fredericksburg, Virginia
  • Feb 6 Mark Hutton, Australian baseball pitcher (NY Yankees), born in Adelaide, Australia
  • Feb 6 Per Frandsen, Danish footballer, born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Feb 7 Chris Gardocki, NFL punter (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Feb 7 Denis Chasse, NHL right wing (Winnipeg Jets), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Feb 7 Stanley Roberts, NBA center (LA Clippers, Minn Timberwolves)
  • Feb 8 Alonzo Mourning, NBA center (Miami Heat, Charlotte Hornets)
  • Feb 8 Cameron Cuffy, cricketer (St Vincent & WI fast bowler 1994-)
  • Feb 8 John Filan, Australian footballer

Person of interestGlenn McGrath

Feb 9 Glenn McGrath, Australian cricket fast bowler (124 Tests, 563 wickets @ 21.64)), born in Dubbo, New South Wales

Cricketer Glenn McGrath
Cricketer
Glenn McGrath
  • Feb 10 Alberto Castillo, Dominican-American baseball catcher (NY Mets), born in San Juan de la Maguana, Dominican Republic
  • Feb 10 Bobby Jones, American pitcher (NY Mets), born in Fresno, California
  • Feb 10 Brendan Eppert, US speed skater (Olympics 1994), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Feb 10 Nobushige Kumakubo, Japanese racing driver, born in Fukushima, Japan
  • Feb 10 Noureddine Naybet, Moroccan footballer, born in Casablanca, Morocco
  • Feb 11 Alistair Brown, English cricketer (Surrey & England ODI opening batsman 1996), born in Beckenham, United Kingdom
  • Feb 11 Jason Allyn Scott, American rower (Olympics 1996), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • Feb 12 Bryan Roy, Dutch football manager and player (Ajax), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Feb 12 Dell Demps, NBA guard (San Antonio Spurs), born in Long Beach, Canada
  • Feb 12 Lamar Thomas, NFL wide receiver (Tampa Bay Bucs, Miami Dolphins), born in Ocala, Florida
  • Feb 13 Kevin Stocker, American baseball infielder (Philadelphia Phillies), born in Spokane, Washington
  • Feb 13 Ruben Brown, NFL guard (Buffalo Bills), born in Englewood, New Jersey
  • Feb 14 Elaine Youngs, American volleyball outside hitter (Olympics 1996), born in El Toro, California
  • Feb 14 Guillaume Raoux, French tennis player, born in Bagnols-sur-Cèze, France
  • Feb 14 Kelly Stinnett, American baseball catcher (NY Mets), born in Lawton, Oklahoma
  • Feb 14 Richard Smehlik, Czech NHL defenseman (Team Czech Rep, Buffalo), born in Ostrava, Czechia
  • Feb 14 Sean Hill, American NHL defenseman (Ottawa Senators), born in Duluth, Minnesota
  • Feb 14 Giuseppe Guerini, Italian cyclist, born in Gazzaniga, Italy
  • Feb 15 Nathaniel Mills, US speed skater (Olympics 1994), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • Feb 15 Tyrone Legette, NFL cornerback (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), born in Columbia, South Carolina
  • Feb 16 Angelo Peruzzi, Italian footballer
  • Feb 17 Tommy Moe, American nordic skier (Olympic-gold/silver-1994), born in Anchorage, Alaska
  • Feb 18 Tyler Green, American baseball pitcher (Philadelphia Phillies), born in Springfield, Ohio
  • Feb 19 Garland Hawkins, NFL defensive end (Chicago Bears)
  • Feb 19 Ruwan Kalpage, cricket off-spinner (Sri Lankan)
  • Feb 20 Bryan Robinson, defensive end (St Louis Rams)
  • Feb 20 Jeff Robinson, NFL defensive end (Denver Broncos, St Louis Rams)
  • Feb 20 Leo Stefan, hockey forward (Team Germany), born in Chelyabinsk, Russia
  • Feb 21 Javier De La Hoya, Mexican-American baseball pitcher (Florida Marlins), born in Durango, Mexico
  • Feb 21 Marc Woodard, American NFL linebacker (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Kosciusko, Mississippi
  • Feb 21 Michael Slater, Australian cricketer (devastating Aust opening bat since 1993), born in Wagga Wagga, Australia
  • Feb 21 Will Moore, American NFL wide receiver (NE Patriots, Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Feb 22 Adam Keefe, American NBA forward (Utah Jazz), born in Irvine, California
  • Feb 22 Dominic Roussel, Canadian NHL goalie (Winnipeg Jets), born in Hull, Canada
  • Feb 24 Jeff Garcia, CFL quarterback (Calgary Stampeders)
  • Feb 24 Wilson Alvarez, Maracaibo Venezuela, pitcher (Chicago White Sox)
  • Feb 25 Alfred Jordan, CFL cornerback (Calgary Stampeders)
  • Feb 25 Brian O'Neal, NFL full back (SF 49ers)
  • Feb 25 Corey Mayfield, NFL defensive tackle (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Feb 25 Dave Brown, NFL quarterback (NY Giants)
  • Feb 25 Troy Mallette, Sudbury, NHL left wing (Ottawa Senators)
  • Feb 26 Ben Maruquin, American field hockey sweeper (Olympics 1996), born in Ventura, California
  • Feb 26 Sasha Danilovic, Serbian NBA guard (Miami Heat), born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Feb 27 David White, American NFL linebacker (Buffalo Bills), born in Oak Ridge, Tennessee
  • Feb 27 Kent Desormeaux, American thoroughbred jockey (Kentucky Derby 1998, 2000, 08; Preakness Stakes 1998, 2008, 16; Belmont Stakes 2009; US Champion Jockey by wins 1987, 88, 89), born in Maurice, Louisiana
  • Feb 28 Mika Stromberg, Helsinki FIN, hockey defenseman (Team Finland)
  • Feb 28 Noureddine Morceli, Algeria, 1500m runner (Olympic gold 1996)

Deaths in Sport

  • Feb 5 Rudy York, American baseball player (b. 1913)
  • Feb 13 Herbert Strudwick, cricketer (28 Tests for England, ct 60 stp 12), dies
  • Feb 23 Hirsch Jacobs, American thoroughbred horse trainer and owner (b. 1904)