On This Day

February 1976 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Feb 1 62nd Rose Bowl: #11 UCLA beats #1 Ohio State, 23-10
  • Feb 2 Roger Connor, Fred Lindstrom & umpire Cal Hubbard elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Feb 3 26th NBA All-Star Game, Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pa: East beats West, 123-109; MVP: Dave Bing, Washington Bullets, PG
  • Feb 4 XII Winter Olympic Games open in Innsbruck, Austria
  • Feb 5 Last day of Test Cricket for Lance Gibbs & Ian Redpath

Sports record brokenNHL Record

Feb 7 Toronto center Darryl Sittler sets NHL record with 10 points in a Maple Leafs' 11-4 win over Boston at Maple Leaf Gardens; 6 goals, 4 assists

NHL Legend Darryl Sittler
NHL Legend
Darryl Sittler
  • Feb 9 Oscar Charleston selected to baseball's Hall of Fame
  • Feb 11 John Curry wins Britain's first Olympic gold medal in figure skating at Innsbruck Winter Games; finishes men's singles ahead of Soviet skater Vladimir Kovalyov and Canadian Toller Cranston

OlympicsOlympic Gold

Feb 13 American Dorothy Hamill wins the free skate to clinch the women's figure-skating gold medal at the Innsbruck Winter Olympics

Figure Skater Dorothy Hamill
Figure Skater
Dorothy Hamill
  • Feb 15 XII Winter Olympic Games close in Innsbruck, Austria

CarDaytona 500

Feb 15 18th Daytona 500: David Pearson makes contact with Richard Petty just yards from finish line into a wall and to infield; Petty stalls whilst Pearson restarts to win

Auto Racer Richard Petty
Auto Racer
Richard Petty
  • Feb 17 NZ scores their 1st innings win in Test Cricket, v India

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 17 Richard Hadlee takes 7-23 New Zealand v India, his 1st match-winning spell

Cricketer Richard Hadlee
Richard Hadlee

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Feb 20 Muhammad Ali's bout against Belgian boxer Jean Pierre Coopman in San Juan, Puerto Rico is often regarded as a glorified sparring session; Ali wins by 5th round KO

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • Feb 29 American driver Richard Petty wins the only Winston Cup race run on Leap Day, taking the Carolina 500 at Rockingham by 2 laps over Darrell Waltrip

Birthdays in Sport

  • Feb 1 Mat Rogers, Australian rugby league winger (11 Tests, Cronulla Sharks) and rugby union utility back (45 caps; NSW Waratahs), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Feb 1 Anne Mäkinen, Finnish soccer central midfielder (118 caps; AIK, Stockholm), born in Helsinki, Finland
  • Feb 2 Steven Dewick, Australian swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • Feb 2 James Hickman, British swimmer
  • Feb 3 Dwayne Rudd, linebacker (Minnesota Vikings)
  • Feb 5 Nancy Feber, Belgian tennis star (1995 Puerto Rico), born in Antwerp, Belgium
  • Feb 5 John Aloisi, Australian footballer, born in Adelaide, Australia
  • Feb 5 Brian Moorman, American football player, born in Wichita, Kansas
  • Feb 6 Kim Zmeskal, American gymnast (Olympic-92), born in Houston, Texas
  • Feb 6 Tanja Frieden, Swiss snowboarder, born in Bern, Switzerland
  • Feb 7 Terry Battle, running back (Detroit Lions)
  • Feb 7 Sreto Ristić, German footballer
  • Feb 8 Holly Manthei, soccer midfielder/forward (Olympics 1996), born in Edina, Minnesota
  • Feb 8 Jim Parque, baseball pitcher (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Norwalk, California
  • Feb 8 Khaled Mashud, Bangladeshi cricketer
  • Feb 8 Adam Piatt, American baseball player
  • Feb 9 Georgios Korakakis, Greek footballer
  • Feb 9 Vladimir Guerrero, Dominican baseball player
  • Feb 10 Lance Berkman, American baseball player, born in Waco, Texas
  • Feb 11 Tony Battie, American NBA forward (Denver Nuggets), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Feb 12 Christian Cullen, New Zealand rugby union footballer, born in Paraparaumu, New Zealand
  • Feb 15 Óscar Freire, Spanish cyclist, born in Torrelavega, Spain
  • Feb 16 Eric Byrnes, American baseball outfielder and broadcaster (Oakland A's, Arizona Diamondbacks), born in Redwood City, California
  • Feb 17 Scott Williamson, American baseball player
  • Feb 18 Chanda Rubin, American tennis player (1996 Australian Open doubles), born in Lafayette, Louisiana
  • Feb 18 Jason Podollan, Canadian NHL center (Florida Panthers), born in Vernon, Canada
  • Feb 18 Leilani Munter, American race car driver, born in Rochester, Minnesota
  • Feb 20 Rohan Gavaskar, Indian cricket batsman (11 ODIs; son of Sunil Gavaskar), born in Kanpur, India
  • Feb 21 Robin Confer, American soccer forward (Olympics 1996)
  • Feb 21 Ryan Smyth, Canadian NHL left wing (Edmonton Oilers), born in Banff, Canada
  • Feb 22 Faan Rautenbach, South African rugby player, born in Bethlehem, South Africa
  • Feb 23 Jeff O'Neill, Canadian NHL center (Hartford Whalers), born in Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • Feb 23 Scott Elarton, American baseball player, born in Lamar, Colorado
  • Feb 24 Bradley McGee, Australian cyclist
  • Feb 24 Zach Johnson, American golfer (Masters 2007, British Open 2015), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • Feb 25 Samaki Walker, NBA forward (Dallas Mavericks)
  • Feb 26 Nikolaos Siranidis, Greek diver, born in Athens, Greece
  • Feb 27 Tony Gonzalez, American football tight end (KC Chiefs), born in Torrance, California
  • Feb 28 Angie Kennedy, Nambour QLD Australia, swimmer (Olympics 1996)
  • Feb 29 Katalin Kovács, Hungarian canoeist (Olympic gold K-2 500m 2004, 2008; K-4 500m 2012; 30 x gold ICF Canoe Sprint World C'ships), born in Budapest, Hungary

Deaths in Sport

  • Feb 2 Harry Elliott, England cricket wicket-keeper (3 Tests 1927-34), dies
  • Feb 3 Neville Lindsay, cricketer (South African batsman in Test v Aust 1921), dies