On This Day

February 1983 in Sports History

Events in Sport

Sports History

Feb 4 US male Figure Skating championship won by Scott Hamilton

  • Feb 6 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: NFC beats AFC, 20-19; MVPs: Dan Fouts, San Diego Chargers, QB; John Jefferson, Green Bay Packers, WR

NHL All-Star Game

Feb 8 35th NHL All-Star Game, Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale: Campbell Conference beats Wales Conference, 9-3; MVP: Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers, C

Sports History

Feb 8 Baseball orders Mickey Mantle to sever ties with Claridge Casino

  • Feb 8 Wayne Gretzky sets NHL all star record of 4 goals in 1 period
  • Feb 13 Opener Steve Smith with 117 and Geoff Lawson 3-11 guide Australia to 149 run win over New Zealand in cricket's World Series Cup 2nd Final in Melbourne; win series, 2-0

NBA All-Star Game

Feb 13 33rd NBA All-Star Game, The Forum, Inglewood, CA: East beats West, 132-123; MVP: Julius Erving, Philadelphia 76ers, F

  • Feb 18 Indiana Pacers lose, 121-94 in Milwaukee; begin a 28 NBA game losing streak on the road
  • Feb 18 Right wing Lanny McDonald becomes the first player in NHL franchise Calgary Flames' history to score 50 goals in a season in a 5-1 loss to Buffalo Sabres

Sports History

Feb 19 Fernando Valenzuela wins his salary arbitration of $1 million

  • Feb 19 Vladimir Salnikov (USSR) sets 400 m free style swimming record
  • Feb 20 Roland Liboton becomes world champ cross-country cycling
  • Feb 20 25th Daytona 500: 3rd win in the event for Cale Yarborough; first time an in-car camera goes into victory lane before a national CBS Sports audience
  • Feb 21 NBA San Diego Clippers begin a 29 game road losing streak
  • Feb 22 Vladimir Salnikov (USSR) sets 1500m free style swimming record

Birthdays in Sport

  • Feb 1 Jurgen Van Den Broeck, Belgian road cyclist (Tour de France 3rd 2010; 4th 2012), born in Herentals, Belgium
  • Feb 2 Carolina Klüft, Swedish athlete
  • Feb 2 Jordin Tootoo, Canadian hockey player
  • Feb 3 Richard Bartel, National Football League quarterback
  • Feb 6 Brodie Croyle, American football player, born in Rainbow City, Alabama
  • Feb 6 S. Sreesanth, Indian cricketer, born in Kothamangalam, India
  • Feb 6 Jamie Whincup, Australian racing driver, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Feb 7 Christian Klien, Austrian racing driver
  • Feb 7 Teshome Getu, Ethiopian footballer
  • Feb 7 Georgios Gougoulias, Greek footballer
  • Feb 9 Mikel Arruabarrena, Spanish footballer
  • Feb 11 Rafael Van der Vaart, Dutch footballer, born in Keemskerk, Netherlands
  • Feb 12 Carlton Brewster, NFL player, born in Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Feb 14 Bacary Sagna, French footballer, born in Sens, France
  • Feb 15 Russell Martin, Canadian baseball player, born in East York, Canada
  • Feb 17 Gérald Cid, French footballer, born in Talence, France
  • Feb 18 Jermaine Jenas, English footballer, born in Nottingham, United Kingdom
  • Feb 18 Jason Maxiell, American basketball player, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Feb 18 Roberta Vinci, Italian tennis player (5 Grand Slam doubles titles), born in Taranto, Italy
  • Feb 20 Justin Verlander, American baseball player
  • Feb 21 Braylon Edwards, American football player, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Feb 23 Mirco Bergamasco, Italian rugby player, born in Padua, Italiy
  • Feb 23 Mido, Egyptian footballer, born in Cairo, Egypt
  • Feb 25 Eduardo da Silva, Brazilian-born Croatian footballer
  • Feb 27 Devin Harris, American basketball player, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Deaths in Sport

  • Feb 2 Bryan Valentine, cricketer (7 Tests for England, 454 runs), dies
  • Feb 3 Tullio Campagnolo, Italian racing cyclist and inventor (quick release skewer patent; founder bicycle component company Campagnolo), dies at 81
  • Feb 14 Lina Radke, German 800m runner (Olympic gold 1928), dies at 79
  • Feb 22 Romain Maes, Belgian cyclist (Tour de France 1935), dies at 70