On This Day

February 1978 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Feb 5 Fred Newman makes 88 consecutive basketball free throws blindfolded
  • Feb 5 28th NBA All-Star Game, Omni Coliseum, Atlanta, Ga: East beats West, 133-125; MVP: Randy Smith, SD Clippers, G

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Feb 11 25th hat trick in NY Islander history, Denis Potvin's 2nd

NHL Star Denis Potvin
NHL Star
Denis Potvin
  • Feb 14 In girls' HS basketball, Chicago Latin beats Harvard St George
  • Feb 15 England all out 64 for 1st loss to NZ in cricket (Geoffrey Boycott captain)

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Feb 15 Leon Spinks beats Muhammad Ali in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Leon Spinks
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Leon Spinks
Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • Feb 18 1st Iron Man Triathlon (swim, bike ride, marathon) held, Kona, Hawaii
  • Feb 19 20th Daytona 500: Bobby Allison takes lead with 11 laps remaining; lowest starting position (33rd) for winner until 2007
  • Feb 24 Kevin Porter, NJ, sets NBA record with 29 assists in a game

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Feb 25 England cricket all-rounder Ian Botham scores first Test century, 103 v New Zealand in Christchurch

Cricketer Ian Botham
Cricketer
Ian Botham

Birthdays in Sport

  • Feb 2 Annabel Ellwood, Canberra Australia, tennis star (1995 Futures NC)
  • Feb 2 Barry Ferguson, Scottish football player
  • Feb 5 Brian Russell, American football player, born in Scotland, United Kingdom
  • Feb 7 Daniel Van Buyten, Belgian footballer
  • Feb 7 Endy Chávez, baseball player
  • Feb 8 Christa Williams, softball pitcher (Olympic gold 1996), born in Houston, Texas
  • Feb 9 Airton Daré, Brazilian racing driver
  • Feb 12 Brett Hodgson, Australian rugby league footballer, born in Liverpool, Australia
  • Feb 14 Laurie Schwoy, American soccer forward (Olympics 1996)
  • Feb 14 Richard Hamilton, American basketball player, born in Coatesville, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 14 Darius Songaila, Lithuanian basketball player, born in Marijampolė, Lithuania
  • Feb 16 Tia Hellebaut, Belgian athlete
  • Feb 16 Wasim Jaffer, Indian Cricketer
  • Feb 18 Josip Šimunić, Croatian footballer, born in Canberra, Australia
  • Feb 19 Michalis Konstantinou, Greek-Cypriot footballer
  • Feb 20 Andrea Moody, Abbotsford BC, 4X100 swimmer (Olympics 1996)
  • Feb 23 Karolina Rantamaki, Finnish ice hockey left wing (Finland, Olympics 1998), born in Espoo, Finland
  • Feb 26 Abdoulaye Diagne-Faye, Senegalese footballer, born in Dakar, Senegal
  • Feb 26 Marc Hynes, British racing driver, born in Guildford, United Kingdom
  • Feb 27 James Beattie, English footballer, born in Lancaster, England
  • Feb 28 Benjamin Raich, Austrian alpine ski racer, born in Innsbruck, Austria
  • Feb 28 Jamaal Tinsley, American basketball player, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Feb 28 Mariano Zabaleta, Argentine tennis player, born in Tandil, Argentina

Deaths in Sport

  • Feb 9 Costante Girardengo, Italian cyclist (b. 1893)
  • Feb 14 Paul Governali, American professional football player (b. 1921)