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

Sports record brokenNHL Record

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

NHL Star Dino Ciccarelli
NHL Star
Dino Ciccarelli
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 5 Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding talk on FOX (Taped Dec 22nd)

Figure Skater Tonya Harding
Figure Skater
Tonya Harding
Figure Skater Nancy Kerrigan
Figure Skater
Nancy Kerrigan
  • 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

Sport awardNBA 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

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

Sport awardSports Awards

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

Baseball Hall of Fame Outfielder Ken Griffey Jr.
Baseball Hall of Fame Outfielder
Ken Griffey Jr.
  • Feb 10 Olympic figure skater Peggy Fleming undergoes breast cancer surgery
  • Feb 12 Dallas Cowboys sign Chan Gailey as their 4th head coach

CarDaytona 500

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

Auto Racer Dale Earnhardt
Auto Racer
Dale Earnhardt
  • 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

OlympicsOlympic 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

Ice Hockey Great Pavel Bure
Ice Hockey Great
Pavel Bure
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

NHL Legend Mark Messier
NHL Legend
Mark Messier

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)