February 1989 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Feb 3 Baseball's National League announces Yanks' broadcaster Bill White will its 1st African American President
  • Feb 4 Australian cricketer Dean Jones scores 216 v WI at the Adelaide Oval
  • Feb 5 Kareem Abdul-Jabar becomes 1st NBA player to score 38,000 points

NHL All-Star Game

Feb 7 40th NHL All-Star Game, Northlands Coliseum, Edmonton: Campbell Conference beats Wales Conference, 9-5; MVP: Wayne Gretzky, LA Kings, C

Sports History

Feb 7 Tennis superstar Björn Borg apparently attempts suicide in Milan

  • Feb 8 American jockey Chris Antley begins record 64-day consecutive winning streak; ends 1 May and includes 147 winners from 486 mounts
  • Feb 9 Kevin Johnson (Phoenix) ends NBA free throw streak of 57 games

Hall of Fame

Feb 10 Celtic KC Jones & Cavalier Lenny Wilkens elected to NBA Hall of Fame

  • Feb 10 Minor League Football System opens organizational meeting, St Louis
  • Feb 10 Test Cricket debut of Aaqib Javed, Pak v NZ age 16 years 189 days
  • Feb 10 To gain deregulation WWF admits pro wrestling is an exhibition & not a sport, in a NJ court

NBA All-Star Game

Feb 12 39th NBA All-Star Game, Astrodome, Houston, Texas West beats East, 143-134; MVP: Karl Malone, Utah Jazz, forward

  • Feb 12 50th PGA Seniors' Championship Men's Golf, PGA National GC: Larry Mowry wins only career major title; beats Miller Barber & Al Geiberger by 1 stroke
  • Feb 12 Thursday's Child sets sailing record, NY-Cape Horn-SF, 80 d 20 h
  • Feb 12 Wayne Gretzky sets 2 records, his 45th hat trick & 10th 40+ goal season
  • Feb 13 Oklahoma football player Charles Thompson is charged with selling cocaine; he is later sentenced to 2 years in prison

Contract of Interest

Feb 16 Dodgers pitcher Orel Hershiser signs $7.9M-3 year contract

Contract of Interest

Feb 16 Red Sox pitcher Roger Clemens signs $7.5M-3 year contract

Sports History

Feb 17 Former baseball player and manager Leo Durocher injured in a car crash

Daytona 500

Feb 19 31st Daytona 500: Darrell Waltrip wins when Hendrick Racing team decides to use fuel strategy, being the only car not to pit in the closing laps

Meeting of Interest

Feb 21 Pete Rose meets with Commissioner Ueberroth to discuss his gambling

  • Feb 24 Harold E Ballard sells CFL Hamilton Tiger-Cats to David Braley

Sports History

Feb 24 Panamanian boxing legend Roberto Durán wins 4th world title in different weight divisions when he beats Iran Barkley in a 12 round split decision in Atlantic City; 37 year old Durán wins WBC middleweight title

Boxing Title Fight

Feb 25 Mike Tyson TKOs Frank Bruno in 5 for heavyweight boxing title

Contract of Interest

Feb 26 California court throws out most of Margo Adams's $12 million breach-of-contract suit against Red Sox third baseman Wade Boggs

Sports History

Feb 26 NFL Dallas Cowboys fire coach Tom Landry after a 29-year career

Sports History

Feb 26 NY Yankees announce that Tom Seaver is their new TV sportscaster

  • Feb 28 10-time All Star second baseman and manager Red Schoendienst and umpire Al Barlick are elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame

Birthdays in Sport

  • Feb 3 Slobodan Rajković, Serbian footballer
  • Feb 6 Craig Cathcart, Irish soccer defender (45 caps; Watford), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Feb 8 Bronte Barratt, Australian swimmer (Olympic gold 4x200m freestyle relay 2008 WR; World C'ship gold 4x100m freestyle relay 2015), born in Brisbane, Australia
  • Feb 8 Julio Jones, American NFL player (Atlanta Falcons), born in Foley, Alabama
  • Feb 13 Rhys Palmer, Australian footballer, born in Western Australia, Australia
  • Feb 13 Rodrigo Possebon, Brazilian footballer, born in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
  • Feb 21 Josh Walker, English footballer, born in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
  • Feb 23 Evan Bates, American ice dancer (2015 US Champion), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Feb 24 Kosta Koufos, American-Greek basketball player

Weddings in Sport

Charles Barkley

Feb 9 NBA power forward Charles Barkley (26) weds legal aide Maureen Blumhardt in Elkton, Maryland

Steve Garvey

Feb 18 Baseball player Steve Garvey weds Candace Thomas while being accused of fathering children by two other women


Divorces in Sport

Divorce of Interest

Feb 14 Robin Givens is granted a divorce from Mike Tyson in the Dominican Republic

Deaths in Sport

  • Feb 2 Ondrej Nepela, Slovak figure skater (Olympic gold men's singles 1972; World C'ships gold 1971, 72, 73), dies from cancer of the lymph nodes at 38
  • Feb 3 Glenna Collett-Vare, American golfer (6-time US Amateur champion), dies at 85
  • Feb 6 Nuno Oliveira, Portuguese equestrian, horse trainer, dressage instructor, and author, dies at 63
  • Feb 10 Dan Kelly, NHL sportscaster, dies at 52, "He shoots, he scores!"
  • Feb 17 Lefty Gomez, American Baseball HOF pitcher (7 × MLB All-Star; 5 × World Series; Triple Crown 1934, 37; NY Yankees), dies of congestive heart failure at 80
  • Feb 21 Alex Thépot, French footballer (b. 1906)