On This Day

February 1972 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Feb 1 1972 NFL Draft: Walt Patulski from University of Notre Dame first pick by Buffalo Bills
  • Feb 3 XI Winter Olympic Games opens in Sapporo, Japan (1st in Asia)

Olympic Gold

Feb 4 Dutch speed skater Ard Schenk wins the 5,000m at the Sapporo Winter Olympics; also wins the 1,500m and 10,000m gold medals

  • Feb 5 Bob Douglas is 1st African American elected to Basketball Hall of Fame
  • Feb 5 German speed skater Erhard Keller wins his 2nd consecutive Olympic 500m gold medal at the Sapporo Winter Games after taking out the event in Grenoble (1968)
  • Feb 6 Dutch speed skater Ard Schenk follows his win in the 5,000m with victory in the 1,500m, on his way to 3 gold medals at the Sapporo Winter Olympics; also wins 10,000m
  • Feb 7 Dutch Olympic 1,500m and 5,000m speed skating champion Ard Schenk wins his 3rd gold medal at the Sapporo Winter Games when he takes out the 10,000m
  • Feb 13 XI Winter Olympic Games close at Sapporo, Japan
  • Feb 15 Newly-formed NHL franchise New York Islanders hire Bill Torrey as their first General Manager
  • Feb 16 Test Cricket debut of Lawrence Rowe WI v NZ Kingston, 214 & 100

NBA Record

Feb 16 Wilt Chamberlain of the Los Angeles Lakers becomes first player in NBA history to reach the career 30,000 point mark during a 110-109 loss to the Phoenix Suns

  • Feb 20 1st time Cleveland Cavaliers beat NY Knicks (111-109)
  • Feb 20 Ard Schenk wins world championship for speed skating
  • Feb 20 14th Daytona 500: A.J. Foyt dominates the race, winning by almost 2 laps over his closest competitor Charlie Glotzbach

Sports History

Feb 25 Lopsided MLB trade - St. Louis Cardinals trade pitcher Steve Carlton to Philadelphia Phillies for pitcher Rick Wise; both players were involved in salary disputes with their teams

  • Feb 26 Ireland-Wales Five Nations Rugby match scheduled for Lansdowne Road, Dublin is cancelled because of escalating political situation; Championship not completed for first time since World War II

Baseball Record

Feb 29 Future Baseball Hall of Fame right fielder Hank Aaron becomes first player to earn $200,000 average annual salary; signs 3-year deal with Atlanta Braves after one of his best seasons – .327 average, 47 HRs and 118 RBIs


Birthdays in Sport

  • Feb 1 Geoff Sanderson, Canadian ice hockey left wing (NHL All Star 1994, 97; World C'ships gold 1994, 97; Hartford Whalers, Columbus Blue jackets), born in Hay River, Canada
  • Feb 1 Franklyn Rose, West Indian cricket all-rounder (19 Tests, 53 wickets; 27 ODIs; Jamaica, Northamptonshire CCC, Gauteng, Surrey CCC), born in Chalky Hill, Saint Ann, Jamaica
  • Feb 1 Christian Ziege, German soccer left wing-back (72 caps; Bayern Munich) and manager (Germany U18, U19, FC Pinzgau), born in Berlin, Germany
  • Feb 2 Charlie Williams, NFL safety (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Feb 2 Ivan Droppa, Liptovsky Mikulas CZE, NHL defenseman (Chicago)
  • Feb 2 Lance Brown, NFL defensive back (Arizona Cardinals)
  • Feb 3 Jermaine Smith, NFL defensive tackle (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • Feb 3 Keith Elias, NFL running back (NY Giants)
  • Feb 3 Tyrone Poole, NFL cornerback (Carolina Panthers)
  • Feb 3 Mart Poom, Estonian football player
  • Feb 4 Kelvin Anderson, CFL running back (Calgary Stampeders)
  • Feb 4 Giovanni Silva De Oliveira, Brazilian footballer
  • Feb 5 Chris Bailey, American ice hockey defenseman (USA, Olympics 1998), born in Marietta, New York
  • Feb 6 David Binn, American NFL safety (San Diego Chargers), born in San Mateo, California
  • Feb 6 Mark Labbrook, Australian 200m/400m runner (Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Feb 6 Shawn Respert, American NBA guard (Milwaukee Bucks, Toronto Raptors), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Feb 7 Aftab Habib, cricketer (Leicestershire right handed batsman 1996)
  • Feb 7 John Slaney, St John's, NHL defenseman (LA Kings)
  • Feb 7 Alex Bassi, American race car driver
  • Feb 8 Marcus Pollard, American NFL tight end (Indianapolis Colts), born in Lanett, Alabama
  • Feb 9 Norbert Rosza, Hungarian swimmer (100m freestyle record)
  • Feb 9 Darren Ferguson, Scottish footballer
  • Feb 10 Michael Kasprowicz, Australian cricketer (Australian Test fast bowler v WI 1996), born in Brisbane, Australia
  • Feb 10 Sara Simmons, US rower (Olympics 1996), born in Belmont, Massachusetts
  • Feb 11 Dennis Iliohan, Dutch soccer player (FC Lisse, ADO Den Haag), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Feb 11 Steve McManaman, English footballer, born in Kirkdale, Liverpool
  • Feb 11 Kelly Slater, American surfer, born in Cocoa Beach, Florida
  • Feb 12 Dulip Samaraweera, Sri Lankan cricketer (Sri Lankan Test opening batsman 1993-), born in Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Feb 13 Charlie Garner, NFL running back (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Falls Church, Virginia
  • Feb 13 Juha Ylonen, NHL forward (Olympic bronze 1998, Phoenix), born in Helsinki, Finland
  • Feb 14 Bruno Heppell, Canadian CFL full back (Montreal Alouettes), born in La Prairie, Canada
  • Feb 14 Drew Bledsoe, American NFL quarterback (NE Patriots), born in Ellensburg, Washington
  • Feb 15 Jaromír Jágr, Czech NHL right wing (Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup 1991-92, Czech Olympic gold 1998), born in Kladno, Czech Republic
  • Feb 15 Lance Scott, NFL offensive linesman (Arizona Cardinals), born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Feb 16 Jerome Bettis, American NFL running back (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Feb 17 Lloy Ball, American volleyball setter (Olympics 1996), born in Ft Wayne, Indiana
  • Feb 17 Richard MacQuire, Australian canoeist (Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • Feb 17 Stephen Robinson, American rower (Olympics 1996), born in Arlington, Virginia
  • Feb 17 Tony Lawson, Australian diver (Olympics 1996), born in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
  • Feb 17 Vladimir Vujtek, Czech NHL forward (Team Czech Olympic gold 1998, Tampa Bay), born in Ostrava, Czechoslovakia)
  • Feb 17 William Floyd, American NFL full back, 1994-2000, Superbowl champ (San Francisco 49ers; Carolina Panthers), and broadcaster, born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Feb 18 Lubomir Rybovic, Slovakian hockey forward (Team Slovakia), born in Spišská Nová Ves, Slovakia

Michael Chang

Feb 22 Michael Chang, American tennis player, coach (French Open 1989), born in Hoboken, New Jersey

  • Feb 23 Greg Hill, NFL running back (KC Chiefs), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Feb 23 Jamie Watson, NBA forward (Utah Jazz), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Feb 23 Ryan Grigson, NFL guard/tackle (Detroit Lions), born in Highland, Indiana
  • Feb 24 Larry Amar, Camarillo California, field hockey midfielder/captain (Olympics 1996)
  • Feb 24 Manon Rheaume, Lac Beauport Quebec, 1st female NHLer (Tampa Bay)
  • Feb 24 Ron Davis, NFL cornerback (Atlanta Falcons, GB Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • Feb 25 Chris Harrison, guard (Detroit Lions)
  • Feb 25 Erwin van de Looi, soccer player (Vitesse)
  • Feb 25 Sean Harris, NFL linebacker (Chicago Bears)
  • Feb 26 Clint McDaniel, American NBA guard (Sacramento Kings), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Feb 26 Scott Turner, American politician & NFL cornerback (Washington Redskins), born in Richardson, Texas
  • Feb 28 Melisa Moses, diver (Olympic 4th 1996), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Feb 28 Scott Gragg, NFL tackle (NY Giants)

Deaths in Sport

  • Feb 28 Victor Barna, table tennis champ, dies