On This Day in Sport for February 12

Events in Sport

  • 1876 Al Spalding opens his sporting good shop
  • 1878 Frederick Thayer patents catcher's mask (pat # 200,358)
  • 1899 1st 2-man team 6-day bicycle race in US begins, Madison Square Garden, NYC
  • 1908 NY to Paris auto race (via Alaska & Siberia) begins in NYC George Schuster wins after 88 days behind the wheel
  • 1909 Robert Fowler runs world record marathon (2:46:52.6)
  • 1926 Barendrecht soccer team forms
  • 1937 Cleveland (now Los Angeles) Rams granted an NFL franchise
  • 1956 Fay Crocker wins LPGA Miami Beach Golf Open

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1958 Celtic Bill Russell grabs 41 rebounds to beat Syracuse 119-101

Basketball Player Bill Russell
Basketball Player
Bill Russell

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1961 Mickey Wright wins LPGA St Petersburg Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
  • 1961 Mushtaq Mohammad scores 1st Test Cricket century at 17 yrs 82 days

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1964 End of Richie Benaud's 63-Test Cricket career

Cricketer and Commentator Richie Benaud
Cricketer and Commentator
Richie Benaud
  • 1967 Kees Verkerk becomes world champ all round skater
  • 1971 Only Test Cricket for Ken Eastwood, who scored 5 & 0 Aust v England
  • 1977 Toronto Maple Leafs shutout Washington Capitals 10-0
  • 1978 Debbie Austin wins LPGA American Cancer Society Golf Classic
  • 1980 NY Islanders 2nd scoreless tie, vs Winnipeg Jets

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1980 Richard Hadlee becomes NZ's top wicket-taker with 117

Cricketer Richard Hadlee
Richard Hadlee
  • 1981 Arbitrator Goetz declares Red Sox catcher Carlton Fisk a free agent

Sports record brokenNHL Record

1982 Wayne Gretzky scores 153rd point of season, breaking NHL record

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • 1984 Alice Miller wins LPGA Sarasota Golf Classic
  • 1984 Jayne Torvill & Christopher Dean skate "Bolero" at the Olympics
  • 1984 West Indies beat Australia 2-1 to win cricket's World Series Cup after going undefeated in the qualifying rounds
  • 1985 37th NHL All-Star Game: Wales beat Campbell 6-4 at Calgary
  • 1985 West Indies beat Australia 2-1 to win cricket's World Series Cup (Australian Tri-Series)
  • 1986 1st-class cricket debut of Curtly Ambrose, Leeward Is v Guyana
  • 1989 39th NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 143-134 at Houston
  • 1989 50th PGA Seniors Golf Championship: Larry Mowry
  • 1989 Thursday's Child sets sailing record, NY-Cape Horn-SF, 80 d 20 h
  • 1991 North & South Korea form a joint team for table tennis competition
  • 1994 17th Winter Olympic games opens in Lillehammer, Norway
  • 1995 45th NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 139-112 at Phoenix
  • 1995 Jeff Rouse swims world record 50m backstroke (24.37 sec)
  • 1995 Sun Cayun pole vaults indoor female world record (4.13m)

Sport awardSports Awards

1996 4th ESPY Awards: Cal Ripken, Rebecca Lobo win

MLB Legend Cal Ripken Jr
MLB Legend
Cal Ripken Jr

MurderMurder of Interest

1997 Fred Goldman says he will settle for a signed murder confession from O.J. Simpson in lieu of his $20.5 million judgement

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson
  • 1998 Dallas Cowboys sign Chan Gailey as their 4th head coach

Sport awardSports Awards

2001 9th ESPY Awards: Tiger Woods, Marion Jones win

Golfer Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods
Track and Field Athlete/Drug Cheat Marion Jones
Track and Field Athlete/Drug Cheat
Marion Jones
  • 2006 NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 23-17

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2007 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

  • 2010 21st Winter Olympic Games open at Vancouver, Canada

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2013 At a ceremony in Philadelphia, the NFL pays tribute to the life of the late Steve Sabol and his many contributions to the league

American Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films Steve Sabol
American Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films
Steve Sabol
  • 2014 Tatyana Volosozhar and Maksim Trankov win the Olympic gold in pairs figure skating

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1831 John Morrissey, boxer/developer of Saratoga Springs horse race track
  • 1843 John Graham Chambers, English athlete who wrote the Queensberry rules for boxing (d. 1883)
  • 1857 Bobby Peel, cricketer (great English lefty 1884-96)
  • 1891 Cecil Dixon, South African cricket off-spinner (1 Test for South Africa, 3-118, pair), born in Potchefstroom, Transvaal (d. 1969)
  • 1903 Chick Hafey, baseball player (d. 1973)
  • 1908 August Neo, Estonian wrestler (d. 1982)
  • 1911 Charles Mathiesen, Norwegian 1500m speed skater (Olympic gold 1936)
  • 1912 Eddie J Bush, golf professional
  • 1918 Dominic DiMaggio, baseball outfielder (Boston Red Sox)
  • 1926 Joe Garagiola, NFL catcher and sportscaster/host (Today Show), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 2016)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1934 Bill Russell, American basketball star (Boston Celtics, Olympic-gold 1956), born in West Monroe, Louisiana

Basketball Player Bill Russell
Basketball Player
Bill Russell
  • 1935 Ken Still, American professional golfer, born in Tacoma, Washington
  • 1937 Charles Everett Dumas, high jumper (Olympic gold 1956), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1941 Ross Morgan, cricketer (NZ batsman in 20 Tests 1965-72)
  • 1942 Pat Dobson, American baseball player (d. 2006)
  • 1944 Charles Pasarell, tennis pro
  • 1948 Cindy Hill, LPGA golfer
  • 1949 Gundappa Viswanath, cricketer (prolific Indian batsman of 70s)
  • 1949 Len Randle, baseball player (NY Mets)
  • 1955 Daniele Masala, Italian pentathelete (Olympics 1976)
  • 1955 Chet Lemon [Chester Earl Lemon], American baseball player, born in Jackson, Mississippi
  • 1958 Ingrid Klich, rower (Olympics 1996), born in Whittier, California
  • 1961 Chris Heyne, Offenbach Germ, WLAF General Manager (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • 1962 Jimmy Kirkwood, Irish-born field hockey player
  • 1963 Brent Jones, NFL tight end (SF 49ers)
  • 1964 Maurice Douglass, NFL safety (NY Giants)
  • 1964 Michel Petit, St Malo, NHL defenseman (Tampa Bay Lightning)
  • 1964 Milton Small, cricket pace bowler (WI v Australia 1984)
  • 1965 Ruben Amaro, American baseball outfielder (Cleveland Indians)
  • 1967 Andrew Dunkley, golfer (1991-93 Co-Captain U of W Fla), born in Kent, England
  • 1968 Todd Fanning, Saskatoon Sask, golfer (Manitoba Amat-1984, 90, 91, 92)
  • 1969 Colin Keely, water polo driver (Olympics 1996), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1969 Hong Myung-Bo, Korean footballer
  • 1970 Bryan Roy, Surinam/Dutch soccer star (Ajax)
  • 1970 Dell Demps, NBA guard (San Antonio Spurs)
  • 1970 Lamar Thomas, American NFL wide receiver (Tampa Bay Bucs, Miami Dolphins), born in Ocala, Florida
  • 1971 Lincoln Kennedy, tackle (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1971 Romeo Bandison, NFL defensive tackle (Cleveland Browns)
  • 1971 Shane Tonkin, Australian baseball pitcher (Olympics 1996)
  • 1971 Shante Carver, NFL defensive end (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1972 Dulip Samaraweera, cricketer (Sri Lankan Test opening batsman 1993-)
  • 1973 Brendon Mark Cameron, Pirongia NZ, 4k pursuit cyclist (Olympics 1996)
  • 1974 Ian Mcintyre, NHL left wing (Vancouver Canucks), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1974 Toranosuke Takagi, Japanese race car driver
  • 1975 Chris Szarka, CFL full back (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • 1975 Matt Finkes, linebacker (NY Jets)
  • 1975 Scot Pollard, NBA center (Detroit Pistons)
  • 1975 Seth Payne, defensive tackle (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1976 Christian Cullen, New Zealand rugby union footballer
  • 1977 Jimmy Conrad, American soccer player
  • 1978 Brett Hodgson, Australian rugby league footballer
  • 1979 Matt Mauck, American football player
  • 1980 Juan Carlos Ferrero, Spanish tennis player
  • 1982 Onil Joseph, Dominican baseball player
  • 1982 Louis Tsatoumas, Greek long jumper
  • 1984 Peter Vanderkaay, American mid-distance swimmer
  • 1984 Brad Keselowski, NASCAR Nationwide Series Driver

Deaths in Sport

  • 1889 Andrew Greenwood, cricketer (batted in Eng's 1st 2 Tests 1877), dies
  • 1896 Isaac Murphy, jockey, 628 wins on 1,412 mounts (44.5%), dies at 35
  • 1921 Charles Leslie, cricketer (4 Tests England v Australia 1882-83), dies
  • 1982 Hal Hooker, cricket (307 partners with Kippax for last wicket), dies
  • 1992 Bep [Lambertus] van Klaveren, boxing champ (Olympic gold 1928), dies

Person of interestPerson of Interest

2000 Tom Landry, American football coach (Dallas Cowboys), dies at 75

NFL Head Coach Tom Landry
NFL Head Coach
Tom Landry
  • 2005 Rafael Vidal, Venezuelan athlete (b. 1964)
  • 2010 Nodar Kumaritashvili, Georgian luger (b. 1988)
  • 2016 Johnny Lattner, American football player, dies at 83