On This Day

February 1987 in Sports History

Events in Sport


Sport awardNFL Pro Bowl

Feb 1 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: AFC beats NFC, 10-6; MVP: Reggie White, Philadelphia Eagles, DE

NFL Legend Reggie White
NFL Legend
Reggie White
  • Feb 2 KC Royal pitcher Dennis Leonard (3X 20 game winner), retires
  • Feb 3 SD Yacht Club celebrates return of America's Cup
  • Feb 4 Stars & Stripes beats Australia's Kookaburra 3, sweeps America's Cup
  • Feb 4 Sacramento Kings score only 4 points 1st quarter against Lakers; fewest in a period since introduction of 24 second shot-clock in 1954
  • Feb 7 Dennis Conner & Stars & Stripes bring the America's Cup back to US
  • Feb 8 37th NBA All-Star Game, Kingdome, Seattle, WA: West beats East, 154-149 (OT); MVP: Tom Chambers, Seattle SuperSonics, C
  • Feb 11 England beat Australia 2-0 to win cricket's World Series Cup
  • Feb 14 Detroit Pistons-Philadelphia 76ers game draws crowd of 53,745 at Pontiac Silverdome, Pontiac; third largest crowd in NBA history; Pistons win, 125-107
  • Feb 15 Nikolai Guljajev becomes world champion skater
  • Feb 15 29th Daytona 500: Bill Elliott leads for 104 of 200 laps including the last 3; had won pole with record speed of 210.364 mph
  • Feb 15 PGA Seniors' Championship Men's Golf, PGA National GC: Chi-Chi Rodríguez wins his second and final Champions Tour major title by 1 stroke from Dale Douglass
  • Feb 19 Less than a month after re-signing, A's pitcher Vida Blue retires
  • Feb 23 Dick Howser retires from managing KC Royals, due to brain tumor

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 24 LA Laker Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scores his 36,000th NBA point

  • Feb 25 LaMarr Hoyt is banned from baseball for 1987, due to drug abuse

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 26 NBA's Michael Jordan's 58 points in one game is a Chicago Bulls record

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan
  • Feb 26 Wash blocks 20 Indiana shots tying NBA regulation game record
  • Feb 27 Mike Conley triple jumps world indoor record (17.76m)
  • Feb 27 NCAA cancels SMU's entire 1987 football schedule for gross violations of NCAA rules regarding athletic corruption

Birthdays in Sport

  • Feb 1 Giuseppe Rossi, Italian-American soccer forward (30 caps Italy; Villarreal), born in Teaneck, New Jersey
  • Feb 1 Ronda Rousey, American pro wrestler, actress, author, mixed martial artist and judoka (UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion 6 defences; Olympic bronze 70kg judo 2008; WWE), born in Riverside, California
  • Feb 1 Sebastian Boenisch, Polish soccer left back (14 caps; Werder Bremen, Bayer Leverkusen), born in Gliwice, Poland
  • Feb 2 Gerard Piqué, Spanish football player
  • Feb 4 Lucie Šafářová, Czech tennis player, born in Brno, Czechia
  • Feb 8 Carolina Kostner, Italian European champion figure skater
  • Feb 9 Magdalena Neuner, German biathlete
  • Feb 9 Joe O'Cearuill, Irish footballer
  • Feb 14 David Wheater, English footballer, born in Redcar, United Kingdom
  • Feb 14 Edinson Cavani, Uruguayan football striker (Uruguay, PSG), born in Salto, Uruguay
  • Feb 16 Theresa Goh, Singaporean Paralympic swimmer
  • Feb 28 Kerrea Gilbert, English footballer, born in Willesden, London

Deaths in Sport

  • Feb 2 Castilho, Brazilian footballer (b. 1927)
  • Feb 5 E. Michael Burke, sports executive (President New York Yankees, New York Knicks, Madison Square Garden), dies at 70
  • Feb 9 Larry French, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1940), dies at 79
  • Feb 13 M L "Curly" Page, cricketer (NZ Test capt 1933), dies