February 1997 in Sports History

Events in Sport

Sports History

Feb 1 Future Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman Ray Bourque scores a goal and an assist to become the Boston Bruins' all-time scoring leader, with 1,341 points in an 18-year NHL career

  • Feb 2 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: AFC beats NFC, 26-23 (OT); MVP: Mark Brunell, Jacksonville Jaguars, QB

Sports History

Feb 2 Scotty Bowman becomes first coach in NHL history to win 1,000 games

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Feb 4 Mario Lemieux is 7th NHL player to score 600 goals

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Feb 4 O.J. Simpson found liable in the deaths of Ron Goldman and Nicole Simpson in a civil court action

  • Feb 9 47th NBA All-Star Game, Gund Arena, Cleveland, OH: East beats West, 132-120; MVP: Glen Rice, Charlotte Hornets, F
  • Feb 10 O.J. Simpson jury reaches decision on $25M in punitive damages

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Feb 11 Bill Parcells becomes head coach of NY Jets

  • Feb 12 Fred Goldman says he will settle for a signed murder confession from O.J. Simpson in lieu of his $20.5 million judgement
  • Feb 16 39th Daytona 500: Hendrick Motorsports posts a 1-2-3 finish with Jeff Gordon winning the race, ahead of Terry Labonte and Ricky Craven

Baseball Record

Feb 20 San Francisco Giants Barry Bonds signs record $22.9M 2 year contract

Birthdays in Sport

  • Feb 6 Collin Morikawa, American golfer (PGA C'ship 2020; British Open 2021), born in Los Angeles, California

Weddings in Sport

Johnny Bench

Feb 1 Retired MLB player Johnny Bench (49) weds stockbroker Elizabeth Benton

Deaths in Sport

  • Feb 1 Ed Danowski, American football quarterback & halfback (NFL Championship 1934, 38; New York Giants; Pro Bowl 1938), dies at 85
  • Feb 2 Erich Eliskases, Austrian chess player (grandmaster 1952), dies at 83
  • Feb 19 Stan Pearson, English soccer inside forward (8 caps; Manchester United, Bury, Chester), dies at 76
  • Feb 20 Zachary Breaux, American jazz guitarist, dies of a heart attack while trying to save a distressed swimmer in Miami Beach at 36