February 1981 in Sports History

Events in Sport

NBA All-Star Game

Feb 1 31st NBA All-Star Game, Coliseum at Richfield, OH: East beats West, 123-120; MVP: Nate Archibald, Boston Celtics, PG

  • Feb 1 Australian cricket captain Greg Chappell sensationally instructs younger brother Trevor to bowl underarm to Brian McKechnie with NZ needing 6 from last ball to tie 3rd World Series ODI in Melbourne; Australia wins by 6
  • Feb 1 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: NFC beats AFC, 21-7; MVP: Eddie Murray, Detroit Lions, PK
  • Feb 3 Australia beats NZ 3-1 to win cricket's World Series Cup

Sports History

Feb 8 US male Figure Skating championship won by Scott Hamilton

  • Feb 10 33rd NHL All-Star Game, The Forum, Inglewood: Campbell Conference beats Wales Conference, 4-1; MVP: Mike Liut, St. Louis Blues, G
  • Feb 10 Dennis Lillee becomes Australian Cricket's top wicket-taker with 249
  • Feb 12 Arbitrator Goetz declares Red Sox catcher Carlton Fisk a free agent

Daytona 500

Feb 15 23rd Daytona 500: Richard Petty wins record 7th title at Daytona, beating Bobby Allison to the line by 3.5 seconds

Sports History

Feb 18 20-year-old Edmonton center Wayne Gretzky becomes first player in NHL history to score 5 career hat-tricks before age 21; scores 5 goals and 2 assists in 9-2 Oilers' home win against St. Louis

  • Feb 20 Quebec's Czech rookie brothers Peter and Anton Šťastný each score first career NHL hat-tricks in Nordiques' 9-3 win at Vancouver; Peter adds 3 assists and Anton 2

Sports History

Feb 22 Slovak brothers Anton & Peter Šťastný score NHL rookie record 8 points each in Quebec Nordiques, 11-7 win over Washington Capitals at Capital Centre

  • Feb 25 Exec Board of Baseball Players' Association votes unanimously to strike on May 29 if the issue of free-agent compensation remains unresolved
  • Feb 25 NHL most penalized game; Bruins vs Northstars, 84 penalties (392 mins)
  • Feb 25 NY Islanders give up their most goals (11) vs Calgary Flames
  • Feb 26 84 penalties (406 mins) assessed for a brawl between NHL Minn & Bost
  • Feb 28 Calvin Murphy (Hou), sets NBA record with 78 consecutive free throws

Birthdays in Sport

  • Feb 1 Graeme Smith, South African cricket batsman, captain and broadcaster (117 Tests, 9,265 runs @ 48.25, 27 x 100s; 197 ODIs), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Feb 1 Luis Lamá, Angolan soccer goalkeeper (56 caps; Petro Luanda), born in Luanda, Angola
  • Feb 1 Rob Austin, British auto racer (British GT Championship - GT4 runner-up 2008), born in Evesham, England
  • Feb 2 Jason Kapono, American basketball player
  • Feb 3 Maurice Ross, Scottish footballer
  • Feb 4 Ben Hendrickson, American baseball player, born in St. Cloud, Minnesota
  • Feb 4 Jason Kapono, America professional basketball player, born in Long Beach, California
  • Feb 4 Johan Van Summeren, Belgian cyclist, born in Lommel, Belgium
  • Feb 4 Tom Mastny, Indonesian baseball player, born in Bontang, Indonesia
  • Feb 5 Loukas Vyntra, Greek football player, born in Město Albrechtice, Czechia
  • Feb 6 Ty Warren, American football defensive lineman, born in Bryan, Texas
  • Feb 9 Joël Camathias, Swiss racing driver
  • Feb 10 Andrew Johnson, English footballer, born in Bedford, United Kingdom
  • Feb 11 Scot Thompson, American soccer player, born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 13 Liam Miller, Irish soccer midfielder (21 caps; Sunderland, Hibernian), born in Cork, Republic of Ireland (d. 2018)
  • Feb 13 Luisão [Ânderson Luís da Silva], Brazilian footballer, born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • Feb 13 Luke Ridnour, US basketball player, born in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
  • Feb 15 Diego Martínez, Mexican soccer left back (12 caps; Club Necaxa, CD Guadalajara), born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • Feb 16 Jay Howard, British racing driver
  • Feb 16 Jerry Owens, American baseball player
  • Feb 17 Donielle Thompson, American gymnast (World-bronze-95, Olympics 1996), born in Wheat Ridge, Colorado
  • Feb 17 Lisa Skinner, Australian gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Queensland, Australia
  • Feb 18 Alex Rios, American baseball player, born in Coffee County, Alabama
  • Feb 18 Andrei Kirilenko, Russian basketball player, born in Izhevsk, Russia
  • Feb 18 Ivan Sproule, Irish footballer, born in Castlederg, United Kingdom
  • Feb 19 Gil Reyes, American boxer, born in Lawrence, Massachusetts
  • Feb 19 Nicky Shorey, English footballer, born in Romford, England
  • Feb 20 Tony Hibbert, English footballer
  • Feb 22 Fredson Camara, Brazilian footballer, born in Monção, Brazil
  • Feb 23 Charles Tillman, American football cornerback, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Feb 23 Gareth Barry, English footballer (West Bromwich Albion F.C.), born in Hastings, United Kingdom
  • Feb 24 Lleyton Hewitt, Australian tennis player (US Open 2001, Wimbledon 2002), born in Adelaide, Australia
  • Feb 24 Mohammad Sami, Pakistani cricketer
  • Feb 25 Park Ji-Sung, South Korean footballer
  • Feb 26 Kertus Davis, American auto racer (competition director NASCAR team JD Motorsports), born in Gaffney, South Carolina
  • Feb 27 Elodie Ouédraogo, Belgian athlete, born in Saint-Josse-ten-Noode, Belgium
  • Feb 28 Florent Serra, French tennis player, born in Bordeaux, France

Deaths in Sport

  • Feb 5 Barend Barendse, Dutch sports reporter and actor (Zeskamp, Oebele), dies at 73
  • Feb 13 Jack Crapp, English cricketer (7 Tests for England 1948-49, 319 runs), dies at 68