On This Day

February 1974 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Feb 2 Smallest crowd at Cleveland Arena (Cavs vs Golden State-1,641)
  • Feb 5 Mats Wermelin, Sweden, scores all points in 272-0 basketball win
  • Feb 6 3rd time Rangers shut-out Islanders 6-0
  • Feb 10 Judy Ikenberry wins 1st Us women's marathon (2:55:17)
  • Feb 11 Dick Woodson is 1st of 48 to invoke baseball's new arbitration rule
  • Feb 11 1st baseball arbitration Twins pitcher Dick Woodson seeking $29,000 wins, Twins offered $23,000

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Feb 13 James 'Cool Papa' Bell is named to baseball's Hall of Fame

Baseball player Cool Papa Bell
Baseball player
Cool Papa Bell
  • Feb 17 49 die in stampede for seats at soccer match, Cairo, Egypt
  • Feb 17 16th Daytona 500: Richard Petty first driver to win back-to-back titles at Daytona; his 5th Great American race

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 20 Gordie Howe comes out of retirement for $1M from Houston Aeros, WHA

Ice Hockey Legend Gordie Howe
Ice Hockey Legend
Gordie Howe
  • Feb 24 Atje Keulen-Deelstra becomes world champ all-round skater
  • Feb 25 Veronica & Colin Scargill (England) begin tandem bicycle ride a record 18,020 miles around the world, completed on August 27, 1975

Birthdays in Sport

  • Feb 1 Walter McCarty, American NBA forward (Boston Celtics), born in Evansville, Indiana
  • Feb 1 Roberto Heras, Spanish cyclist, born in Béjar, Spain
  • Feb 1 David Meca, Spanish long distance swimmer, born in Sabadell, Spain
  • Feb 2 David Buck, kayak (alt-Olympics 1996), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Feb 2 J R Conrad, offensive tackle/guard (NY Jets)
  • Feb 2 Jeff Cassar, soccer goalkeeper (Olympic gold 1996)
  • Feb 3 Konrad Gałka, Polish swimmer
  • Feb 4 Brandon Convery, Kingston, NHL center (Toronto Maple Leafs)
  • Feb 4 Chris Ward, defensive end (Baltimore Ravens)
  • Feb 5 Adrienne Johnson, WNBA guard (Cleveland Rockers)
  • Feb 6 Nathan Davis, American football defensive lineman (Atlanta Falcons, Dallas Cowboys), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Feb 6 Olaf Lindenbergh, Dutch football player (Ajax, De Graafschap), born in Purmerend, Netherlands
  • Feb 7 Ryan Phillips, linebacker (NY Giants)

Person of interestSteve Nash

Feb 7 Steve Nash, Canadian NBA guard (Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, LA Lakers), born in Johannesburg, South Africa

Basketball Player Steve Nash
Basketball Player
Steve Nash
  • Feb 8 Ulises de la Cruz, Ecuadorian footballer
  • Feb 9 Brad Maynard, punter (NY Giants)
  • Feb 9 John Wallace, NBA forward (Toronto Raptors)
  • Feb 9 Orlando Bobo, guard (Minnesota Vikings)
  • Feb 10 Andrew English, CFL receiver (BC Lions), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Feb 10 Lea Ghirardi-Rubbi, French tennis star (1994 Futures NC), born in Colombes, France
  • Feb 10 Ty Law, NFL cornerback (NE Patriots), born in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 11 Brian Newman, US football guard (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), born in Houston, Texas
  • Feb 11 Ronnie Ward, NFL linebacker (Miami Dolphins), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Feb 11 Wally Richardson, NFL quarterback (Baltimore Ravens), born in Orangeburg, United States
  • Feb 11 Jaroslav Špaček, NHL defenseman (Team Czech Olympic gold 1998), born in Rokycany, Czechoslovakia
  • Feb 12 Ian Mcintyre, NHL left wing (Vancouver Canucks), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Feb 12 Toranosuke Takagi, Japanese race car driver, born in Shizuoka, Japan
  • Feb 14 Rob Jahrling, Australian rower (Olympics 1996), born in Burruyacú Department, Argentina
  • Feb 14 Philippe Léonard, Belgian footballer, born in Liège, Belgium
  • Feb 15 Erik Schulz, US pairs skater (& Ilana Goldfogel), born in Port Huron, Michigan
  • Feb 15 Tim Hall, US running back (Oakland Raiders), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1998)
  • Feb 15 Ugueth Urbina, Venezuelan pitcher (Montreal Expos), born in Caracas, Venezuela
  • Feb 15 Seattle Slew, American racehorse, born in White Horse Acres Farm, Texas (d. 2002)
  • Feb 15 Alexander Wurz, Austrian racing driver, born in Waidhofen an der Thaya, Austria
  • Feb 16 Jevon Langford, defensive end (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • Feb 16 Kathy McCormack, ice hockey forward (Canada, Olympic silver 1998)
  • Feb 16 Fanis Katergiannakis, Greek footballer
  • Feb 18 Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Russian tennis player (French Open 1996, Australian Open 1999), born in Sochi, Russia
  • Feb 18 Jamey Carroll, American baseball player
  • Feb 20 Katerina Kroupova, Olomouc Czech, tennis star (1994 Futures-Sofia-BUL)
  • Feb 21 Alexei Lojkin, Belarusian NHL forward (Belarus, Olympics 1998), born in Minsk, Belarus
  • Feb 21 Rohsaan Griffin, American 200m runner, born in Texas City, Texas
  • Feb 21 Iván Campo, Spanish footballer, born in San Sebastián, Spain
  • Feb 22 Aaron Gavey, Canadian NHL center (Tampa Bay Lightning), born in Greater Sudbury, Canada
  • Feb 22 Kyoko Nagatsuka, Japanese tennis star (1996 Hobart), born in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
  • Feb 23 Herschelle Gibbs, South African cricketer (South African Test batsman 1996), born in Cape Town, South Africa
  • Feb 23 Kenyon Cotton, American football fullback (Baltimore Ravens), born in Bossier City, Louisiana
  • Feb 24 Jeremy Laster, Fullerton California, water polo driver (Olympics 1996)
  • Feb 24 Simeon Rice, American football defensive end (Arizona Cardinals), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Feb 24 Mike Lowell, Puerto Rican baseball player
  • Feb 25 Detron Smith, NFL running back (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • Feb 25 Tamarick Vanover, NFL wide receiver (KC Chiefs)
  • Feb 26 Sébastien Loeb, French rally driver, born in Haguenau, France
  • Feb 27 Chris Dishman, American football offensive lineman (Arizona Cardinals), born in Cozad, Nebraska
  • Feb 27 Jimmy Maher, Australian cricketer (Queensland lefty batsman victorious 1995 side), born in Innisfail, Australia
  • Feb 28 Katie Allen, Australian field hockey full back/half back (Olympics 1996)
  • Feb 28 Kevin Abrams, cornerback (Detroit Lions)
  • Feb 28 Lee Carsley, Irish footballer

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

Feb 10 NBA player Julius Erving (23) weds model Turquoise Brown at Waldorf

NBA Legend Julius Erving
NBA Legend
Julius Erving

LoveWedding of Interest

Feb 16 MLB player Mike Schmidt (24) weds Donna Wightman

MLB Third Baseman Mike Schmidt
MLB Third Baseman
Mike Schmidt

Divorces in Sport


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Feb 13 Professional boxer George Foreman (25) divorces Adrienne Calhoun after almost 3 years of marriage

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman

Deaths in Sport

  • Feb 14 C S Dempster, cricketer (10 Tests for NZ, 723 runs), dies

Person of interestTim Horton

Feb 21 Tim Horton, Canadian hockey player and co-founder of Tim Hortons, dies in a car crash at 44

NHL Star and Businessman Tim Horton
NHL Star and Businessman
Tim Horton