On This Day

February 2007 in Sports History

Events in Sport

Super Bowl

Feb 4 Super Bowl XLI, Dolphin Stadium, Miami Gardens, Miami, FL: Indianapolis Colts beat Chicago Bears, 29-17; MVP: Peyton Manning, Indianapolis, QB

  • Feb 10 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: AFC beats NFC, 31-28; MVP: Carson Palmer, Cincinnati Bengals, QB

Sports History

Feb 12 Marty Schottenheimer is abruptly fired as head coach of the San Diego Chargers due to lack of playoff success and a strained relationship with ownership

NBA All-Star Game

Feb 18 56th NBA All-Star Game, Thomas & Mack Center, Paradise, NV: West beats East, 153-132; MVP: Kobe Bryant, LA Lakers, F

  • Feb 18 49th Daytona 500: Kevin Harvick wins by 0.02s over Mark Martin in the closest finish since the first race at Daytona in 1959

Sports History

Feb 27 Mark Messier's #11 jersey is retired by the Edmonton Oilers


Weddings in Sport

  • Feb 17 Australian TV presenter Natalie Gruzlewski (30) weds pro surfer Luke Egan at St. Augustine's Catholic Church

Marion Jones

Feb 24 Former world champion track and field athlete Marion Jones (31) weds Olympic bronze medalist Obadele Thompson (30) at the Union Hill African Methodist Episcopal Church in Wilson's Mills, North Carolina


Deaths in Sport

  • Feb 2 Masao Takemoto, Japanese gymnast (Olympic gold team 1960; 3 x silver 1952, 56, 60; 3 x bronze 1956), dies from cholangiocarcinoma at 87
  • Feb 4 Steve Barber, American baseball pitcher (b. 1938)
  • Feb 4 José Carlos Bauer, Brazilian World Cup footballer (b. 1925)
  • Feb 6 Lew Burdette, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1957, 59; World Series MVP 1957; no hitter 1960; Milwaukee Braves), dies from lung cancer at 80
  • Feb 6 Willye White, American athlete (Olympic silver long jump 1956, 4x100m relay 1964; Sports Illustrated 100 greatest women athletes of 20th century), dies of pancreatic cancer at 67
  • Feb 9 Hank Bauer, American baseball infielder, manager (8-time World Series champion; NY Yankees, Baltimore Orioles), dies from lung cancer at 84
  • Feb 22 Dennis Johnson, American basketball player (b. 1954)
  • Feb 23 John Ritchie, British footballer (b. 1941)
  • Feb 24 Lamar Lundy, American football player (b. 1935)