On This Day

February 1979 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Feb 1 English international forward Trevor Francis becomes Britain’s first £1 million soccer player when he transfers from Birmingham City to Nottingham Forest

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Feb 3 Minnesota Twins trade Rod Carew to California for 4 players

Baseball Hall of Fame Infielder Rod Carew
Baseball Hall of Fame Infielder
Rod Carew
  • Feb 4 29th NBA All-Star Game, Pontiac Silverdome, Pontiac, Mi: West beats East, 134-129; MVP: David Thompson, Denver Nuggets, SG
  • Feb 9 UK Football club Nottingham Forest makes £1m transfer deal

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Feb 10 Allan Border is named 12th man for Australia, only Test Cricket he misses

Cricketer Allan Border
Allan Border

Sports record brokenWorld Record

Feb 17 Eric Heiden equals skating world record 1000m (1:14.99)

Speed Skater Eric Heiden
Speed Skater
Eric Heiden
  • Feb 18 21st Daytona 500: Richard Petty wins after race leaders Cale Yarborough and Donnie Allison collide with each other on final lap; first 500 mile race broadcast from start to finish
  • Feb 21 2 Iowa girls HS basketball teams play 4 scoreless quarters game was won 4-2 in 4th overtime period

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Feb 22 Billy Martin named manager of Oakland A's

Baseball Player and Manager Billy Martin
Baseball Player and Manager
Billy Martin

Birthdays in Sport

  • Feb 1 Juan Silveira dos Santos, Brazilian soccer defender (79 caps; Flamengo, Bayer Leverkusen, Roma, Internacional), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Feb 2 Lindsay Langston, Modesto California, archer (Olympics 1996)
  • Feb 2 Petra Cada, Canadian table tennis player (Olympics 1996), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • Feb 2 Fani Halkia, Greek hurdler
  • Feb 2 Irini Terzoglou, Greek shot putter
  • Feb 4 Giorgio Pantano, Italian racing car driver
  • Feb 7 Jon Leicester, American baseball player
  • Feb 8 Aaron Cook, American baseball player, born in Fort Campbell, Kentucky
  • Feb 9 "Casper" David Gray, English snooker player (2003 Scottish Open Winner), born in Lower Morden, Greater London
  • Feb 9 Akinori Iwamura, Japanese baseball pitcher
  • Feb 10 Ross Powers, American snowboarder, born in Bennington, Vermont
  • Feb 12 Antonio Chatman, NFL wide receiver and punt returner, born in Jackson, Alabama
  • Feb 12 Matt Mauck, NFL player, born in Jasper, Indiana
  • Feb 13 Rafael Márquez, Mexican footballer, born in Zamora, Mexico
  • Feb 14 Pablo Pallante, Uruguayan footballer, born in Montevideo, Uruguay
  • Feb 15 Gordon Shedden, Scottish auto racing driver, born in Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Feb 15 Alenka Kejžar, Slovenian swimmer, born in Kranj, Slovenia
  • Feb 15 Josh Low, English footballer, born in Bristol, United Kingdom
  • Feb 16 Valentino Rossi, Italian motorcycle road racer (MotoGP World C'ship 2001, 02, 03, 04, 05, 08, 09; 250cc World C'ship 1999; 125cc World C'ship 1997), born in Urbino, Italy
  • Feb 17 Josh Willingham, American baseball player
  • Feb 18 Julia Greville, Australian swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Perth, Australia
  • Feb 19 Clinton Morrison, Irish footballer
  • Feb 19 Steve Cherundolo, American soccer player
  • Feb 21 Pascal Chimbonda, French footballer, born in Les Abymes, Guadeloupe
  • Feb 21 Lonnie Ford, American football player
  • Feb 22 Brett Emerton, Australian footballer, born in Bankstown, Australia
  • Feb 24 Jesse Billauer, American quadriplegic surfer
  • Feb 26 Mariano Bainotti, Argentine racing driver, born in San Basilio, Argentina
  • Feb 26 Pedro Mendes, Portuguese footballer, born in Guimarães, Portugal
  • Feb 28 Virginia Ledgerwood, American rhythmic gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Chester, Virginia
  • Feb 28 Sébastien Bourdais, French auto racer, (Champ Car World Series 2004-07, Le Mans 24 Hours 2016), born in Le Mans, France
  • Feb 28 Primož Peterka, Slovenian ski jumper, born in Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Feb 28 Ivo Karlović, Croatian tennis player, born in Zagreb, Croatia

Weddings in Sport

LoveWedding of Interest

Feb 24 NBA player Bill Walton (26) weds Susan Guth

NBA Center and Television Sportscaster Bill Walton
NBA Center and Television Sportscaster
Bill Walton

Deaths in Sport

  • Feb 2 Jim Burke, Australian cricket batsman (24 Tests; record for most innings in a complete career without scoring a duck [44]) and broadcaster (ABC), dies of self inflicted gunshot wounds at 48
  • Feb 5 Eddie Paynter, English cricketer (20 Tests for England, avg 59.23), dies at 77
  • Feb 7 Warren Giles, American baseball National League president, dies at 82
  • Feb 8 Jim Smith, English cricket all-rounder (5 Tests), dies at 72
  • Feb 9 C I J Smith, cricket all-rounder (5 Tests for England 1935-37), dies
  • Feb 21 Glendon Gibbs, cricketer (Test Cricket WI v Australia 1955), dies