On This Day in Sport for February 10

Events in Sport

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1908 Tommy Burns KOs Jack Palmer in 4 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Tommy Burns
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Tommy Burns
  • 1912 Hobbs & Rhodes make 323 cricket opening stand v Aust at MCG
  • 1920 Baseball outlaws all pitches involving tampering with ball
  • 1924 Bucky Harris at 27, becomes youngest baseball manager (Washington Senators)
  • 1925 AL decides to alternate leagues for game 1 of World Series each year
  • 1926 Building of Olympic Stadium Amsterdam, begins
  • 1937 Ragnhild Hveger swims world free style record 400m (5:14.2)
  • 1953 Ice Dance Championship at Davos won by Westwood & Demmy GRB
  • 1954 Ice Dance Championship at Oslo won by Jean Westwood/Lawrence Demmy GRB
  • 1961 AFL's LA Chargers move to San Diego
  • 1968 Peggy Fleming wins Olympic figure skating gold medal, Grenoble, France

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1969 LSU Pete Maravich scores 66, despite losing to Tulane 101-94

NBA Guard Pete Maravich
NBA Guard
Pete Maravich
  • 1971 Bill White becomes 1st African American baseball announcer (NY Yankees)
  • 1973 2nd time Rangers shut-out Islanders 6-0
  • 1974 Judy Ikenberry wins 1st Us women's marathon (2:55:17)
  • 1975 William "Judy" Johnson selected to baseball Hall of Fame

  • 1979 Allan Border is named 12th man for Australia, only Test Cricket he misses
  • 1981 33rd NHL All-Star Game: Campbell beat Wales 4-1 at LA
  • 1981 Dennis Lillee becomes Australian Cricket's top wicket-taker with 249
  • 1985 35th NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 140-129 at Indiana

Hall of fameHall of Fame

1989 Celtic KC Jones & Cavalier Lenny Wilkens elected to NBA Hall of Fame

NBA Point Guard and Coach Lenny Wilkens
NBA Point Guard and Coach
Lenny Wilkens
  • 1989 Minor League Football System opens organizational meeting, St Louis
  • 1989 Test Cricket debut of Aaqib Javed, Pak v NZ age 16 years 189 days
  • 1989 To gain deregulation WWF admits pro wrestling is an exhibition & not a sport, in a NJ court
  • 1991 41st NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 116-114 at Charlotte

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1992 Bonnie Blair wins 1992 Olympics 1st gold medal for USA

Speed Skater Bonnie Blair
Speed Skater
Bonnie Blair

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1992 Mike Tyson convicted of raping Desiree Washington in Indiana

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • 1993 Jani Sievinen swims world record 200m backstroke (1:55.59)
  • 1995 Sun Cayun pole vaults female indoor world record (4.12m)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1996 IBM computer Deep Blue becomes the first computer to win a game of chess against a reigning (human) chess champion, Gary Kasparov

Chess Grandmaster and Political Activist Garry Kasparov
Chess Grandmaster and Political Activist
Garry Kasparov

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1997 O.J. Simpson jury reaches decision on $25M in punitive damages

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson
  • 1998 Olympic figure skater Peggy Fleming undergoes breast cancer surgery
  • 2002 51st NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 135-120 at Philadelphia

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2006 20th Winter Olympic Games open in Turin, Italy, Luciano Pavarotti sings "Nessun dorma" in his last ever performance

Operatic Tenor Luciano Pavarotti
Operatic Tenor
Luciano Pavarotti
  • 2007 NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 31-28
  • 2008 NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 42-30

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1847 A N Hornby, cricketer (pioneering England Test batsman)
  • 1862 W H "Gobo" Ashley, cricketer (7 wkts in 1 Test for South Africa 1889)
  • 1884 Herbert Hordern, cricketer (pioneering leggie for Aust & Philadelphia)
  • 1893 Bill Tilden, American tennis player (US Open 1920-25, 29), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1953)
  • 1903 Matthias Sindelar, Austrian footballer (d. 1939)
  • 1905 Walter Brown, Massachusetts US, original owner of the Boston Celtics and important figure in the development of ice hockey in the United States
  • 1906 John "Cat" Thompson, basketball hall of famer (elected 1962)
  • 1910 Paul Whitelaw, cricketer (NZ opening batsman v England 1933)
  • 1923 Cesare Siepi, basso (NY Metropolitan Opera), born in Milan, Italy
  • 1924 Bud (Norman) Poile, NHLer
  • 1926 Danny Blanchflower, British(?) soccer player
  • 1929 Hallgeir Brenden, Norwegian 15K/18K cross country (Olympic gold 1952, 56)
  • 1937 Yuriy Poyarkov, USSR, volleyball player (Olympic 2 gold/1 silver-1964-72)
  • 1940 Mary Rand-Bignal-Toomey, English long jumper (Olympic gold 1964), born in Wells, United Kingdom
  • 1941 John Hampshire, cricketer (of Yorkshire Century on debut for Eng 1969)
  • 1949 Joe Lavender, NFL cornerback, born in Rayville, Louisiana
  • 1950 Mark Spitz, Modesto California, swimmer (Olympic 9 gold/silver/bronze-68, 72)
  • 1952 Mike Varty, American NFL player, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1954 Larry McWilliams, baseball player

Person of interestGreg Norman

1955 Greg Norman, Australian PGA golfer (1984 Kemper), born in Mount Isa, Queensland

Golfer Greg Norman
Greg Norman
  • 1955 Lusia Mae Harris, Minter City Miss, basketball player (Olympic silver 1976)
  • 1957 Debbie Brinkley, Tasmania, golfer (1990 T25 Victorian Open)
  • 1957 Pranab Roy, cricketer (son of Pankaj, Indian batsman 1982)
  • 1961 David Ward, British cricketer (prolific Surrey batsman), born in Croydon, United Kingdom
  • 1961 Eva Pfaff, German tennis player, born in Königstein im Taunus, Germany
  • 1962 Bobby Czyz, American boxer, born in Orange, New Jersey
  • 1963 Bennie Thompson, American football safety (Saints, Chiefs, Cleveland Browns/Ravens), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1963 Harris Huizingh, Dutch football player (FC Groningen)
  • 1963 Joakim Nystrom, Swedish tennis star, born in Skellefteå, Sweden
  • 1963 Lenny Dykstra, American MLB centerfielder (NY Met, Philadelphia Phillies), born in Santa Ana, California
  • 1964 Roger Reijners, Dutch football coach and player (MVV), born in Roemond, Netherlands
  • 1964 Sam Graddy, US 4x100m runner (Olympic gold 1984), born in Gaffney, South Carolina
  • 1965 Lenny Webster, American catcher (Montreal Expos), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1966 Daryl Johnston, American NFL running back (Dallas Cowboys), born in Youngstown, New York
  • 1967 Bradley Hughes, Australian golfer, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1967 Dwayne "Road Grader" White, NFLer (NY Jets, St Louis), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1967 Jacky Durand, French cyclist, born in Laval, France
  • 1968 Peter Popovic, Swedish NHL defenseman (Montreal Canadiens), born in Köping, Sweden
  • 1968 Ryan Bowen, American baseball pitcher (Florida Marlins), born in Fort Madison, Iowa
  • 1969 Jayhawk Owens, American MLB catcher (Colorado Rockies), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1969 Tim Clark, American baseball outfielder (Florida Marlins), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1970 Alberto Castillo, Dominican-American baseball catcher (NY Mets), born in San Juan de la Maguana, Dominican Republic
  • 1970 Bobby Jones, American pitcher (NY Mets), born in Fresno, California
  • 1970 Brendan Eppert, US speed skater (Olympics 1994), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1970 Nobushige Kumakubo, Japanese racing driver, born in Fukushima, Japan
  • 1970 Noureddine Naybet, Moroccan footballer, born in Casablanca, Morocco
  • 1971 Kevin Sefcik, American infielder (Philadelphia Phillies), born in Oaklawn, Illinois
  • 1971 Marty Nothstein, US sprint cyclist (Olympic silver 1996), born in Allentown, Pennsylvania
  • 1971 Wayne Gandy, American football offensive tackle (St Louis Rams), born in Haines City, Florida
  • 1971 Louie Spicolli [Louis Mucciolo Jr.], American wrestler, born in San Pedro, California (d. 1998)
  • 1972 Michael Kasprowicz, Australian cricketer (Australian Test fast bowler v WI 1996), born in Brisbane, Australia
  • 1972 Nancy Christian, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-17th-1995), born in Scottsdale, Arizona
  • 1972 Sara Simmons, US rower (Olympics 1996), born in Belmont, Massachusetts
  • 1972 Torey Hunter, NFL cornerback (Houston Oilers), born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas
  • 1974 Andrew English, CFL receiver (BC Lions), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1974 Lea Ghirardi-Rubbi, French tennis star (1994 Futures NC), born in Colombes, France
  • 1974 Ty Law, NFL cornerback (NE Patriots), born in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania
  • 1975 Tina Thompson, WNBA forward (Houston Comets), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1975 Hiroki Kuroda, Japanese baseball player, born in Osaka, Japan
  • 1976 Lance Berkman, American baseball player, born in Waco, Texas
  • 1977 Salif Diao, Senegalese footballer, born in Kédougou, Senegal
  • 1979 Ross Powers, American snowboarder, born in Bennington, Vermont
  • 1980 César Izturis, Venezuelan baseball player, born in Barquisimeto, Venezuela
  • 1980 Mike Ribeiro, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Montreal, Canada
  • 1980 Steve Tully, English footballer, born in Paignton, United Kingdom
  • 1981 Andrew Johnson, English footballer, born in Bedford, United Kingdom
  • 1982 Keith Dunne, Irish footballer, born in Dublin, Republic of Ireland
  • 1982 Iafeta Paleaaesina, New Zealand rugby league footballer, born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1982 Justin Gatlin, American sprinter (Olympic gold 100m 2004), born in Brooklyn, New York City
  • 1984 Alex Gordon, American baseball player, born in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • 1985 Anette Sagen, Norwegian ski jumper, born in Mosjøen, Norway
  • 1986 Viktor Troicki, Serbian tennis player, born in Belgrade, Serbia
  • 1986 Radamel Falcao García Zárate, Colombian football player (AS Monaco, Colombia national team), born in Santa Marta, Colombia

Weddings in Sport

HeartWedding of Interest

1946 1st black pro-baseball player Jackie Robinson marries Rachel Isum

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson

HeartWedding of Interest

1974 NBA player Julius Erving (23) weds model Turquoise Brown at Waldorf

NBA Legend Julius Erving
NBA Legend
Julius Erving

Deaths in Sport

  • 1948 Ewart Astill, cricket all-rounder (9 Tests for England 1927-30), dies
  • 1982 K R Meher-Homji, cricket wk (Test as Indian, catch no stumped), dies
  • 1985 Johnny Mokan, baseball player (b. 1895)
  • 1989 Dan Kelly, NHL sportscaster, dies at 52, "He shoots, he scores!"
  • 2006 Dick Harmon, American golf instructor (b. 1947)
  • 2009 Jeremy Lusk, American freestyle motocross racer (b. 1984)
  • 2010 Fred Schaus, American basketball coach and executive (b. 1925)
  • 2010 Carl Braun, American basketball player (NY Knicks), dies at 82
  • 2012 Geoffrey Cornish, Canadian golf course architect, dies at 97

Person of interestMike Ilitch

2017 Mike Ilitch, American businessman (founded Little Caesars Pizza, owner Detroit Red Wings, Tigers), dies at 87

Entrepreneur and Founder of Little Caesar's Pizza Mike Ilitch
Entrepreneur and Founder of Little Caesar's Pizza
Mike Ilitch