On This Day

February 1973 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Feb 1 Outfielder Monte Irvin is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Special Committee on the Negro Leagues; fourth inductee through the committee

Sports History

Feb 2 Test debut of champion New Zealand cricket all-rounder Sir Richard Hadlee; drawn 1st Test v Pakistan, Wellington

  • Feb 4 Islanders & Sabres had a penalty free game
  • Feb 6 Bernice Fekete skips her curling rink to 2nd straight 8-ender, Edm
  • Feb 7 1st time Rangers shut-out Islanders 6-0
  • Feb 10 2nd time Rangers shut-out Islanders 6-0
  • Feb 10 Pakistani cricketer Mushtaq Mohammad scores 201 runs in a match against New Zealand
  • Feb 11 1st sub 17-min 1,500m female free style swim (Shane Gould 16m56.9s)
  • Feb 11 Philadelphia 76ers lose their 20th NBA game in a row

Boxing Title Fight

Feb 14 Muhammad Ali beats British heavyweight boxing champion Joe Bugner by unanimous points decision in 12 rounds at Las Vegas Convention Centre

  • Feb 15 Friendsville Academy (Tenn) ends 138-game basketball losing streak
  • Feb 17 Rodney Redmond scores 107 on debut v Pakistan, his only Test Cricket

Daytona 500

Feb 18 15th Daytona 500: Richard Petty wins his 4th Great American Race by more than 2 laps from Bobby Isaac

  • Feb 20 10th time Islanders shut-out-4-0 vs Penguins
  • Feb 21 Chicago Black Hawks, record 262nd NHL game without being shut-out
  • Feb 27 White Sox slugger Dick Allen signs 3 year $750,000 contract

Birthdays in Sport

  • Feb 1 Tiia Reima, Finnish ice hockey center (bronze Olympics 1998; World C'ships 1990, 92, 94, 97, 99; 4 x Euro C'ship gold), born in Tampere, Finland
  • Feb 2 Dan Brandenburg, linebacker (Buffalo Bills)
  • Feb 2 Patrick Jeffers, NFL wide receiver (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • Feb 2 Radka Bobkova, tennis star (quarter Bournemouth), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • Feb 2 Tim Denton, NFL cornerback (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Feb 3 Jim Campbell, American hockey forward (Olympics 1994), born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • Feb 4 Oscar De La Hoya, American boxer (Olympic gold 1992, 6-weight world champion), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 5 Israel Raybon, American football defensive end (Carolina Panthers), born in Huntsville, Alabama
  • Feb 5 Laura Espinoza-Watson, American baseball infielder (Silver Bullets), born in Torrance, California
  • Feb 5 Richard Matvichuk, Canadian NHL defenseman (Dallas Stars), born in Edmonton, Canada
  • Feb 6 Fred Miller, American football offensive tackle (St Louis Rams), born in Houston, Texas
  • Feb 6 Lulama Masikazana, South African cricket wicket-keeper (Kwazulu for E Province), born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa (d. 2011)
  • Feb 7 Billy Baumhoff, soccer midfielder/forward (Olympic gold 1996), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Feb 7 Juwan Howard, NBA forward/center (Washington Bullets/Wizards)
  • Feb 7 Kristin Godridge, Traralgon Aust, tennis star (1993 Futures-Singapore)
  • Feb 7 Sonia Paquette, St-Janvier Quebec, hurdler (Olympics 1996)
  • Feb 7 Tim Bowens, American football defensive tackle (Pro Bowl 1998, 2002; NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year 1994; Miami Dolphins), born in Okolona, Mississippi
  • Feb 8 Andreas Gliatis, Dutch soccer player (NEC)
  • Feb 8 Dave Dopek, American 200m runner, born in Bolingbrook Illinois
  • Feb 8 Eric Kresser, American quarterback (Cincinnati Bengals), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Feb 8 Michelle Brogan, Australian basketball forward (Olympic bronze 1996)
  • Feb 8 Tom King, Australian 470 class sailor (Olympics 1996)
  • Feb 9 Svetlana Boginskaya, Soviet gymnast
  • Feb 11 Tom Tumulty, American linebacker (Cincinnati Bengals), born in Penn Hills, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 12 Brendon Mark Cameron, New Zealand 4k pursuit cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Otorohanga, New Zealand
  • Feb 13 Willie Smith, NFL linebacker (Detroit Lions), born in Smithfield, North Carolina
  • Feb 14 George Hegamin, American football offensive lineman (Dallas Cowboys, Frankfurt Galaxy), born in Camden, New Jersey
  • Feb 14 Michael "Mike" Theodore Lambert IV, US rower (Olympics 1996), born in Thomaston, Georgia
  • Feb 14 Steve McNair, American football quarterback (Houston Oilers, Titans), born in Mount Olive, Mississippi (d. 2009)
  • Feb 14 Tyus Edney, American basketball player (Boston Celtics, Sacramento Kings), born in Gardena, California
  • Feb 15 Amy Van Dyken, US 50m/100m freestyle/100m butterfly swimmer (Olympic 2 g-96), born in Denver, Colorado
  • Feb 16 Cathy Freeman, Australian athlete (Olympic gold 400m 2000; silver 1996; World C'ship gold 400m 1997, 99), born in Mackay, Australia
  • Feb 16 James Young, Australian water polo player (Olympics 1996)
  • Feb 16 Nikos Kostakis, Greek footballer
  • Feb 16 Christian Bassedas, Argentine former footballer
  • Feb 17 Chris Robinson, NBA guard (Vancouver Grizzlies)
  • Feb 17 Drew Barry, NBA guard (Atlanta Hawks)
  • Feb 17 Frank Sanders, NFL wide receiver (Arizona Cardinals)
  • Feb 17 Raymond Jackson, NFL defensive back (Buffalo Bills)
  • Feb 18 Claude Makélélé, French footballer, born in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Feb 19 Terrence Rencher, American NBA guard (Phoenix Suns), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Feb 19 Tommy Bennett, American NFL player (Arizona Cardinals), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Feb 21 Brian Rolston, American NHL left wing (Olympics 1994, NJ Devils), born in Flint, Michigan
  • Feb 22 Ntala Skinner, American biathlete (Olympics 1994), born in Sun Valley, Idaho
  • Feb 22 Juninho Paulista, Brazilian footballer, born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • Feb 22 Claus Lundekvam, Norwegian footballer, born in Austevoll, Norway
  • Feb 22 Einar Kristian Tveitå, Norwegian athlete
  • Feb 23 Robert Pipkins, American luge racer (Olympics 1994), born in Buffalo, New York
  • Feb 24 Alexei Kovalev, NHL right wing (NY Rangers), born in Moscow, Russia
  • Feb 24 Harold Morrow, full back (Minnesota Vikings)
  • Feb 24 Kavis Reed, CFL defensive back (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • Feb 24 Jordan Jovtchev, Bulgarian gymnast
  • Feb 25 Normann Stadler, German triathlete, born in Wertheim am Main, West Germany
  • Feb 26 Jenny Thompson, American 400m freestyle swimmer (Olympic gold 1992, 96), born in Danvers, Massachusetts
  • Feb 26 Marshall Faulk, American NFL running back (Indianapolis Colts), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Feb 26 Ole Gunnar Solskjær, Norwegian football player & manager, born in Kristiansund, Norway
  • Feb 27 Mark Taylor, Welsh rugby union footballer, born in Blaenavon, United Kingdom
  • Feb 28 Denard Walker, cornerback (Tennessee Oilers)

Eric Lindros

Feb 28 Eric Lindros, NHL center (Philadelphia Flyers), born in London, Ontario

  • Feb 28 Gary Walker, NFL defensive tackle/defensive end (Houston Oilers)
  • Feb 28 Henry Bailey, NFL wide receiver/kick returner (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Feb 28 Nicolas Minassian, French racing driver

Deaths in Sport

  • Feb 8 Herbie Taylor, South African cricket batsman and captain (42 Tests; 2,936 runs @ 40.77; 7 x 100s), dies at 83
  • Feb 16 Pieter Van der Bijl, cricketer (outstanding S Af bat in 1938-39), dies
  • Feb 26 Doc Hayes, American basketball coach (Southern Methodist University 1947-67), dies in an auto accident at 67