On This Day

February 1998 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Feb 1 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: AFC beats NFC, 29-24; MVP: Warren Moon, Seattle Seahawks, QB, HI
  • Feb 1 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Petr Korda of Czechoslovakia wins his first and only Grand Slam event; beats Marcelo Rios of Chile 6-2, 6-2, 6-2

NHL Record

Feb 3 Florida Panther Dino Ciccarelli is 9th NHLer to score 600 career goals

  • Feb 3 NY Yankees replace general manager Bob Watson with Brian Cashman
  • Feb 5 Author Tom Clancy confirms he signed agreement to purchase Minnesota Vikings for slightly more than $200 million, an NFL franchise record
  • Feb 6 Twins trade Chuck Knoblauch to NY Yankees for $3M & 4 minor leaguers
  • Feb 7 XVIII Winter Olympic Games open in Nagano, Japan
  • Feb 7 NHL's Dallas Stars retire Neal Broten's #7
  • Feb 8 Finland beats Sweden, 6-0 at the Aqua Wing Arena in Nagano, Japan in the first female ice hockey game played in Olympic history

NBA All-Star Game

Feb 8 48th NBA All-Star Game, Madison Square Garden, NYC: East beats West, 135-114; MVP: Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls, F

  • Feb 8 NHL stops season stops to accommodate the Nagano Winter Olympics; returns February 24

Sports Awards

Feb 9 6th ESPY Awards: Ken Griffey Jr, Mia Hamm win

  • Feb 10 Olympic figure skater Peggy Fleming undergoes breast cancer surgery
  • Feb 12 Dallas Cowboys sign Chan Gailey as their 4th head coach

Daytona 500

Feb 15 40th Daytona 500: Dale Earnhardt's only Daytona win in his 20th start; snaps a 59-race winless streak

  • Feb 17 USA Women's Ice Hockey Team beats Canada and wins the first Olympic Gold medal
  • Feb 18 NY Rangers fire head coach Colin Campbell
  • Feb 19 US hockey team destroys their rooms at Olympic village in Japan
  • Feb 20 Tara Lipinski wins Olympic figure skating gold medal

Olympic Games

Feb 20 Vancouver Canucks' right wing Pavel Bure scores 5 goals for Russia in a 7-4 semi-final win over Finland at the Nagano Winter Olympics

  • Feb 22 XVIII Winter Olympic Games close in Nagano Japan
  • Feb 22 Petr Svoboda scores the winner as the Czech Republic claims its first ever Olympic ice hockey gold medal with a 1-0 victory over Russia in Nagano, Japan
  • Feb 26 Steven M Gluckstern completes sale of NY Islanders

Sports History

Feb 28 Vancouver Canucks Mark Messier is 4th NHLer to get 1,600 points


Deaths in Sport

  • Feb 9 Ken Weekes, West Indian cricket batsman (2 Tests, top score 137; first Test cricketer born in US), dies at 86
  • Feb 18 Harry Caray, American Baseball Hall of Fame broadcaster (Chicago Cubs), dies of heart attack complications at 83
  • Feb 18 Robbie James, Welsh footballer (b. 1957)