February 1971 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Feb 4 Baseball announces a special hall of fame wing for blacks
  • Feb 6 1st time a golf ball is hit on Moon (by Alan Shepard)
  • Feb 9 Satchel Paige becomes 1st negro-league player elected to baseball hall of fame
  • Feb 10 Bill White becomes 1st African American baseball announcer (NY Yankees)
  • Feb 11 Montreal Canadien John Believau scores his 500th NHL goal
  • Feb 12 Only Test Cricket for Ken Eastwood, who scored 5 & 0 Aust v England

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Feb 13 US Vice President Spiro Agnew hits 2 tee shots into crowd while golfing, injuring 2

Vice President of the United States Spiro Agnew
Vice President of the United States
Spiro Agnew
  • Feb 14 13th Daytona 500: Richard Petty wins (144.462 MPH)
  • Feb 17 England regains cricket Ashes with a 2-0 series win

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Feb 20 Bruin Phil Esposito is NHL's quickest to score 50 goals in a season

NHL Star Phil Esposito
NHL Star
Phil Esposito
  • Feb 21 Ruth Jessen wins LPGA Sears Women's World Golf Classic
  • Feb 23 Boston Bruins begin 13 NHL game win streak

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Feb 28 53rd PGA Championship: Jack Nicklaus shoots a 281 at PGA National FL Jack Nicklaus wins his 2nd golf grand slam


Birthdays in Sport

  • Feb 1 Ajay Jadeja, cricketer (Indian opening batsman)
  • Feb 1 Derek Byrd, NFL cornerback (New Orleans Saints)
  • Feb 1 Robert O'Neal, WLAF safety (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • Feb 1 Tommy Salo, Surahammar SWE, NHL goalie (Team Sweden, NY Islanders)
  • Feb 1 Zlatko Zahovič, Slovenian footballer
  • Feb 2 Ken Dilger, NFL tight end (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Feb 2 Tony Miller, Mount Pleasant Texas, 400m runner
  • Feb 3 Eric Owens, Danville VA, outfielder (Cincinnati Reds)
  • Feb 3 Marcus Buckley, NFL linebacker (NY Giants)
  • Feb 3 Roman Cechmanek, NHL goaltender (Team Czech Olympic gold 1998)
  • Feb 3 Sean Dawkins, NFL wide receiver (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Feb 4 Kevin Farkas, WLAF tackle (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • Feb 4 Maarten Atmodikoro, soccer player (Dordrecht '90, NAC)
  • Feb 4 Pete Pierson, NFL tackle (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • Feb 4 Sterling Palmer, NFL defensive end (Washington Redskins)
  • Feb 5 Dianne Norman, Sault Ste Marie Ontario, basketball forward (Olympics 1996)
  • Feb 5 Peter "Chip" Cipollone, Ardmore Pa, rower (Olympics 1996)
  • Feb 6 Brad Hogg, cricketer (WA chinaman all-rounder, Australia v India 1996)
  • Feb 6 Carlos Rogers, NBA forward/center (Toronto Raptors)
  • Feb 6 Lance Bade, US double trap (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Feb 6 Mana Endo, tennis star (1996 3rd round Aust Open), born in Hiroshima, Japan
  • Feb 6 Peter Tchernyshev, dance skater (& Naomi Lang), born in St Petersburg, Russia
  • Feb 7 Andrew Currey, Australian javelin thrower (Olympics 1996)
  • Feb 7 Marvin Graves, CFL quarterback (Montreal Alouettes)
  • Feb 9 Gonzalo Floyd, CFL defensive end (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • Feb 9 Jason Mathews, NFL tackle (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Feb 9 Jim Miller, NFL quarterback (Pittsburgh Steelers, Atl Falcons, Jaguars)
  • Feb 9 Ken Felder, American baseball outfielder (Milwaukee Brewers)
  • Feb 9 Pat O'Neill, NFL punter/place kicker (NE Patriots)
  • Feb 9 Johan Mjällby, Swedish footballer
  • Feb 10 Kevin Sefcik, American infielder (Philadelphia Phillies), born in Oaklawn, Illinois
  • Feb 10 Marty Nothstein, US sprint cyclist (Olympic silver 1996), born in Allentown, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 10 Wayne Gandy, American football offensive tackle (St Louis Rams), born in Haines City, Florida
  • Feb 10 Louie Spicolli [Louis Mucciolo Jr.], American wrestler, born in San Pedro, California (d. 1998)
  • Feb 11 John Bock, NFL center (NY Jets, Miami Dolphins), born in Crystal Lake, Illinois
  • Feb 11 Linda Wild, US tennis star (1993 Melbourne Open), born in Arlington Heights, Illinois
  • Feb 12 Lincoln Kennedy, NFL tackle (Oakland Raiders), born in York, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 12 Romeo Bandison, NFL defensive tackle (Cleveland Browns), born in the Hague, Netherlands
  • Feb 12 Shane Tonkin, Australian baseball pitcher (Olympics 1996), born in Perth, Australia
  • Feb 12 Shante Carver, NFL defensive end (Dallas Cowboys), born in Stockton, California
  • Feb 13 Jim Reid, NFL tackle (Houston Oilers), born in Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • Feb 13 Mats Sundin, NHL center (Team Sweden, Toronto Maple Leafs), born in Bromma, Sweden
  • Feb 13 Shelly Hammonds, NFL safety (Minnesota Vikings), born in Barnwell, South Carolina
  • Feb 13 Todd Williams, US baseball pitcher (LA Dodgers), born in Syracuse, New York
  • Feb 14 Derrick Witherspoon, NFL running back (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Feb 14 Gheorghe Muresan, NBA center (Washington Bullets/Wizards)
  • Feb 14 Kenny Shedd, WLAF receiver (Barcelona Dragons, Oakland Raiders)
  • Feb 14 Lonnie Johnson, NFL tight end (Buffalo Bills)
  • Feb 15 Barbara Failey-Herbert, South African golfer (1989 winner SA Champ)
  • Feb 15 Jim Butler, US table tennis player (Olympics 1992, 96), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • Feb 15 Ray Sefo, New Zealand kick boxer, born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Feb 16 Anthony Abrams, NFL defensive tackle (KC Chiefs)
  • Feb 16 Chi Kredell, water polo driver (Olympics 1996), born in Long Beach, California
  • Feb 16 Larry Jones, NFL running back (Washington Redskins)
  • Feb 16 Marco Sas, Dutch soccer player (NAC)
  • Feb 16 Mike Hubbard, MBA catcher (Chicago Cubs), born in Lynchburg, Virginia
  • Feb 16 Van Tuinei, defensive end (San Diego Chargers)
  • Feb 18 George Teague, NFL safety (Miami Dolphins, Green Bay Packers)
  • Feb 18 Reggie Holt, WLAF safety (London Monarchs)
  • Feb 18 Constantin Popa, Romanian-Israeli basketball player
  • Feb 19 Becky Dyroen-Lancer, synchronized swimmer (Olympic gold 1996), born in San Jose, California
  • Feb 19 Glyn Milburn, NFL running back/kick returner (Den Broncos, Det Lions)
  • Feb 19 Richard Green, Australian golfer
  • Feb 19 Wally Williams, NFL center/guard (Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens)
  • Feb 19 William Henderson, NFL running back (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • Feb 20 Jari Litmanen, soccer player (Ajax)
  • Feb 20 Joost can der Westhuizen, South African rugby player, born in Pretoria (d. 2017)
  • Feb 21 Arco Jochemsen, Dutch soccer player (SVDB, Vitesse)
  • Feb 21 Jeff Schmidt, American baseball pitcher (California Angels)
  • Feb 21 Jey Phillips, WLAF safety (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • Feb 21 Terry Mickens, NFL wide receiver (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • Feb 22 Barry Smith, 100m/200m runner
  • Feb 22 Gilbert Brown, NFL defensive tackle (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • Feb 22 Jason Marshall, Cranbrook, NHL defenseman (Anaheim Mighty Ducks)
  • Feb 22 Lisa Fernandez, Lakewood California, softball pitcher (Olympic gold 1996)
  • Feb 22 Max Lane, NFL tackle (NE Patriots)
  • Feb 22 Mohammed Sylla, soccer player (Willem II, FC Martigues)
  • Feb 22 Rico Mack, WLAF linebacker (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • Feb 23 Carin Hjalmarsson Koch, Swedish golfer (1995 Pinewild-7th), born in Kungälv, Sweden
  • Feb 23 Torsten Kienass, German hockey defenseman (Team Germany), born in Berlin, East Germany
  • Feb 23 Don Maxwell, Canadian cricketer, born in Bridgetown, Barbados
  • Feb 24 Aki Rahunen, Finland, tennis star
  • Feb 24 Brian Savage, Sudbury, NHL left wing (Montreal Canadiens)
  • Feb 24 Pedro de la Rosa, Spanish Formula One driver
  • Feb 25 Andrew Hermann, US 50K walker (Olympics 1996)
  • Feb 25 Byron Dafoe, NHL goalie (LA Kings), born in Sussex, England
  • Feb 25 David Fox, American 50m freestyle (Olympic 6th 1996)
  • Feb 25 Helen Dobson, Skegness England, golfer (1993 State Farm Rail Classic)
  • Feb 25 Nova Peris, Darwin Australia, field hockey left halfback (Olympics 1996)
  • Feb 26 Rick Lyle, defensive end/defensive tackle (NY Jets)
  • Feb 27 Ivan Robinson, US boxer (Olympic-92), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 27 Jaroslav Modry, Ceske-budejovice C, NHL defenseman (Ottawa Senators)
  • Feb 27 Rich Tylski, guard/center (Jacksonville Jaguars)

Deaths in Sport

  • Feb 1 Jim A J Christy, cricket (10 Tests for S Af, 638 runs at 34 33), dies
  • Feb 15 Dimitrios Loundras, Greek gymnast (b. 1885)
  • Feb 26 Edward van der Merwe, South African cricket wicket keeper (2 Tests in 30's), dies at 67