On This Day

February 1985 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Feb 1 Patient innings from Dilip Vengsarkar (137) and Mohammad Azharuddin (122) set India up for 5th cricket Test draw vs England in Kanpur; Azharuddin, 3 centuries in 1st 3 Tests
  • Feb 7 NY Devil Don Lever becomes 57th NHLer to score 300 goals
  • Feb 8 1st-class cricket debut of Jimmy Adams (age 17), Jamaica v Barbados
  • Feb 8 Bruce Morris, Marshall Univ, makes a 92' 5½" basketball shot
  • Feb 8 Michael Gross swims world record 800m freestyle (7:38.75)
  • Feb 10 35th NBA All-Star Game, Hoosier Dome, Indianapolis: West beats East, 140-129; MVP: Ralph Sampson, Houston Rockets, C
  • Feb 11 Kent Hrbek signs 5-year $6 million contract with Minnesota Twins
  • Feb 11 Wasim Akram takes 10 wickets in his 2nd Test Cricket, NZ still wins

Sport awardNHL All-Star Game

Feb 12 37th NHL All-Star Game, Olympic Saddledome, Calgary: Wales Conference beats Campbell Conference, 6-4; MVP: Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins, C

NHL Legend and Owner Mario Lemieux
NHL Legend and Owner
Mario Lemieux
  • Feb 12 West Indies beat Australia 2-1 to win cricket's World Series Cup (Australian Tri-Series)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 15 World chess championship match abandoned-Karpov 25, Kasparov 23

Chess Grandmaster and Political Activist Garry Kasparov
Chess Grandmaster and Political Activist
Garry Kasparov
  • Feb 16 Largest NBA crowd to date, 43,816, sees Philadelphia at Detroit
  • Feb 16 Livingston Bramble defeats Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini to win WBA champ
  • Feb 16 NJ Devils score their fastest hat trick in 42 seconds
  • Feb 17 Dutch speed skater Hein Vergeer becomes World Allround champion
  • Feb 17 27th Daytona 500: After taking pole at then-record speed of 205.114 mph Bill Elliott dominates race leading 136 of 200 laps
  • Feb 20 After defending his WBC flyweight championship, Sot Chitalada's check for $104,000 is stolen by a ringside pickpocket
  • Feb 21 Largest NBA crowd to date 44,970 (Atlanta at Detroit)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 21 Tim Raines is awarded a $12 million salary for 1985 by arbitrator

MLB Outfielder Tim Raines
MLB Outfielder
Tim Raines
  • Feb 23 Indiana basketball coach Bobby Knight throws a chair during a game

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 23 Goaltender Patrick Roy makes his NHL debut for the Montreal Canadiens

NHL Goalie and Coach Patrick Roy
NHL Goalie and Coach
Patrick Roy

Birthdays in Sport

  • Feb 1 Dean Shiels, Northern Irish footballer, born in Magherafelt, United Kingdom
  • Feb 5 Laurence Maroney, American football player, born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Feb 5 Cristiano Ronaldo, Portuguese soccer striker (4th to score in 4 World Cups, Real Madrid), born in Funchal, Portugal
  • Feb 6 Yang Yu, Chinese swimmer, born in Hangzhou, China
  • Feb 6 Joji Kato, Japanese speed skater, born in Yamagata, Japan
  • Feb 6 Kris Humphries, American basketball player, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Feb 10 Anette Sagen, Norwegian ski jumper, born in Mosjøen, Norway
  • Feb 11 Mike Richards, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Kenora, Canada
  • Feb 13 Alexandros Tziolis, Greek footballer, born in Katerini, Greece
  • Feb 13 David Padgett, US basketball player, born in Reno, Nevada
  • Feb 14 Philippe Senderos, Swiss footballer, born in Geneva, Switzerland
  • Feb 14 Tyler Clippard, American baseball player, born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • Feb 16 Zoi Dimoschaki, Greek swimmer
  • Feb 16 Stacy Lewis, American golfer (ANA Inspiration 2011, Women's British Open 2013), born in Toledo, Ohio
  • Feb 18 Anton Ferdinand, English footballer
  • Feb 20 Ryan Sweeney, American baseball player
  • Feb 21 Georgios Samaras, Greek footballer, born in Heraklion, Greece
  • Feb 22 Hameur Bouazza, Algerian footballer, born in Essonne, France
  • Feb 25 Benji Marshall, New Zealand rugby player
  • Feb 25 Joakim Noah, American basketball player
  • Feb 27 Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, Russian footballer, born in Moscow, Russia
  • Feb 28 Jelena Janković, Serbian tennis player, born in Belgrade, Serbia

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

Feb 2 NFL Footballer and felon O.J. Simpson marries 2nd wife Nicole Brown (murdered 1994)

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson

LoveWedding of Interest

Feb 24 NFL quarterback Joe Montana (28) weds actress and model Jennifer Wallace

NFL Quarterback Joe Montana
NFL Quarterback
Joe Montana

Divorces in Sport


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Feb 4 Professional boxer George Foreman (35) divorces Andrea Skeete after almost 3 years of marriage

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman

Deaths in Sport

  • Feb 7 Uday Merchant, cricket (bro of Vijay, prolific scorer), dies
  • Feb 10 Johnny Mokan, baseball player (b. 1895)
  • Feb 12 Van Lingle Mungo, American baseball pitcher (Dodgers, Giants), dies at 73