On This Day

February 1977 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Feb 2 Toronto's Ian Turnbull scores 5 goals, NHL REcord for a defenseman

Sports History

Feb 5 Future 5-division world boxing champion Sugar Ray Leonard makes his professional debut with a 6-round unanimous decision over Luis Vega at Baltimore’s Civic Center

  • Feb 6 4th time Rangers shut-out Islanders 4-0
  • Feb 12 Toronto Maple Leafs shutout Washington Capitals 10-0

Sports History

Feb 13 Eric Heiden is 1st American to win world speed skating championship

NBA All-Star Game

Feb 13 27th NBA All-Star Game, MECCA Arena, Milwaukee, Wi: West beats East, 125-124; MVP: Julius Erving, Philadelphia 76ers, F

  • Feb 18 West Indies cricket fast bowlers Joel Garner (4/130) and (Colin Croft 3/85) debut in drawn 1st Test v Pakistan at Bridgetown, Barbados
  • Feb 19 A's sell pitcher Paul Lindblad to the Rangers for $400,000
  • Feb 19 Doug Walters scores 250 v NZ, 217 stand for 7th wicket with Gilmour
  • Feb 19 Right wing Rod Gilbert scores a goal and adds an assist in a 5-2 defeat at the NY Islanders to become first player in NY Rangers history (11th in NHL) to score 1,000 career points
  • Feb 20 19th Daytona 500: Cale Yarborough wins his 2nd Great American Race; Janet Guthrie first female NASCAR Cup Series driver; finishes 12th

NBA Record

Feb 25 New Orleans' Pete Maravich sets NBA record for a guard with 68 pts

Birthdays in Sport

  • Feb 1 Kevin Kilbane, Irish soccer left back, winger (110 caps Republic of Ireland; WBA, Sunderland, Everton), born in Preston, England
  • Feb 2 Libor Sionko, Czech football player

Ben Ainslie

Feb 5 Ben Ainslie, British sailor, 4-time Olympic champion and CEO and skipper of America's Cup team INEOS Britannia, born in Macclesfield, England

  • Feb 5 Adam Everett, American baseball player, born in Austell, Georgia
  • Feb 5 Ahmad Merritt, American football player, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Feb 6 Jason Euell, English footballer, born in Lambeth, London
  • Feb 7 Christine Scheels, New Berlin Wis, speed skater (Olympics 1994)
  • Feb 7 Hillary Wolf, extra lightweight judoka (Olympics 1996), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Feb 10 Salif Diao, Senegalese footballer, born in Kédougou, Senegal
  • Feb 11 Stephanie Richardson, Canadian 200m/800m swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Feb 12 Jimmy Conrad, US soccer player, born in Arcadia, California
  • Feb 13 Randy Moss, American Pro Football Hall of Fame WR (6-time Pro Bowl), born in Rand, West Virginia
  • Feb 14 Cadel Evans, Australian road cyclist (Tour de France 2011; UCI World Road Race C'ships 2009), born in Katherine, Australia
  • Feb 14 Darren Purse, English footballer, born in Stepney, London
  • Feb 14 Elmer Symons, South African motorcycle racer, born in Ladysmith, South Africa (d. 2007)
  • Feb 16 Alexei Morozov, NHL forward (Team Russia Olympic silver 1998, Pittsburgh)
  • Feb 16 Trina Jackson, 4X200m freestyle swimmer (Olympic gold 1996)
  • Feb 16 Ahman Green, American football player
  • Feb 17 Matthew Kaminski, jazz, and baseball organist (Atlanta Braves), polka accordionist, and educator, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Feb 18 Kátia, Brazilian footballer, born in Goiânia, Brazil
  • Feb 18 Chrissie Wellington, British triathlete, born in Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
  • Feb 19 Gianluca Zambrotta, Italian footballer
  • Feb 20 Sarah Ryan, Adelaide SA Australia, swimmer (Olympics 1996)
  • Feb 20 Stephon Marbury, NBA guard (Minn Timberwolves)
  • Feb 20 Bartosz Kizierowski, Polish swimmer
  • Feb 20 T.J. Slaughter, American football player
  • Feb 21 Steve Francis, American basketball player, born in Takoma Park, Maryland
  • Feb 21 Chad Hutchinson, American baseball & football player, born in San Diego, California
  • Feb 22 Hakan Yakin, Swiss footballer, born in Basel, Switzerland
  • Feb 23 Angie Trostel, American diver (Olympics 1996), born in Oxford, Ohio
  • Feb 23 Kristina Šmigun, Estonian cross-country skier, born in Tartu, Estonia

Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

Feb 24 Floyd Mayweather Jr., American boxer (5 x weight division world champion; record 26 consecutive wins in world title fights (10 by KO; undefeated record 50-0), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan

  • Feb 24 Bronson Arroyo, American baseball player
  • Feb 26 Tim Thomas, American NBA forward (Philadelphia 76ers), born in Paterson, New Jersey
  • Feb 26 Josh Towers, American baseball pitcher, born in Port Hueneme, California
  • Feb 26 Shane Williams MBE, Welsh rugby scrum half (87 caps Wales, 4 British & Irish Lions; Neath, Ospreys), born in Morriston, Swansea, Wales
  • Feb 28 Aki-Petteri Berg, NHL defenseman (Team Finland Olympic bronze 1998, Kings)
  • Feb 28 Debbie Koegel, dance skater (with partner Oleg Fediukov), born in Norristown, Pennsylvania

Weddings in Sport

Arthur Ashe

Feb 20 World No. 1 tennis player Arthur Ashe (33) weds photographer Jeanne Moutoussamy in New York City

Deaths in Sport

  • Feb 5 Izaak Boleslavski, Russian chess player, dies at 67
  • Feb 19 Mike González, Cuban baseball player, dies at 86
  • Feb 21 Henry Jordan, American Pro Football HOF defensive tackle (Super Bowl 1967, 68; 7 × All-Pro; 4 × Pro Bowl; Cleveland Browns, GB Packers), dies from a heart attack at 42
  • Feb 22 Jack O'Connor, English cricket all-rounder (4 Tests, 1 x 50; Derbyshire CCC), dies at 79
  • Feb 25 Billy Coutu, Canadian ice hockey defenceman (Stanley Cup 1924; Montreal Canadiens; only player banned from NHL for life, attacked referee 1927), dies at 84