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 West Indian spin bowler Lance Gibbs & Australian opening batsman Ian Redpath, 6th Test in Melbourne

NHL 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

  • 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

Olympic Gold

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

  • Feb 15 XII Winter Olympic Games close in Innsbruck, Austria

Daytona 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

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

Sports History

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

Boxing 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

  • 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 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 (Olympics, 1992), 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, American soccer midfielder/forward (Olympics 1996), born in Edina, Minnesota
  • Feb 8 Jim Parque, American 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 HOF right fielder/DH (9 × MLB All-Star; AL MVP 2004; 8 × Silver Slugger Award; Montreal Expos; Anaheim/LA Angels), born in Nizao, Dominican Republic
  • 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 (4 Tests, 11 dismissals; Derbyshire CCC), dies at 84
  • Feb 3 Neville Lindsay, cricketer (South African batsman in Test v Aust 1921), dies