On This Day

On This Day in Sport for February 13

Events in Sport

  • 1912 England cricket team regains the Ashes
  • 1920 National Negro Baseball League organizes
  • 1923 1st Black pro Basketball team, "Renaissance", organizes
  • 1928 Clas Thunberg of Finland wins his 3rd Olympic gold medal when he dead-heats with Norway’s Bernt Evensen in the 500m speed skating at the St. Moritz Winter Games
  • 1928 Legendary Norwegian speed skater Ivar Ballangrud wins the first of 2 straight 5,000m Olympic gold medals when he beats Julius Skutnabb of Finland by 9 seconds in St. Moritz
  • 1932 Australian Championships Women's Tennis: Coral McInnes Buttsworth retains title; beats Kathrine Le Mesurier 9-7, 6-4
  • 1932 Australian Championships Men's Tennis: Jack Crawford retains title and repeats previous year's win over Harry Hopman 4-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-1
  • 1932 A 2-2 final round tie with the US is good enough for Canada to clinch its 4th consecutive Olympic ice hockey gold medal at Lake Placid; Canadian center Walter Monson is tournament top scorer with 11 points
  • 1932 Finland goes 1-2 in the 50k cross country event at the Lake Placid Winter Olympics; Veli Saarinen wins gold ahead of team mate Väinö Liikkanen
  • 1936 Ivar Ballangrud of Norway narrowly misses winning all 4 speed skating events at the Garmisch-Partenkirchen Winter Olympics; finishes 2nd in 1,500m just 1.0s behind team mate Charles Mathiesen
  • 1937 Boston Redskins receive approval from NFL to move to Washington, D.C; to share baseball's Griffith Stadium with first Washington Senators of the American League

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1940 Bradman scores 209* in 161 minutes for South Aust at the WACA

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1948 West Indian batsman Andy Ganteaume scores 112 for W Indies in his only Test Cricket innings

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1952 Future world champion Rocky Marciano knocks out Italian heavyweight boxer Gino Buonvino in the 2nd round at Rhode Island Auditorium, Providence for his 40th straight win

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Rocky Marciano
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Rocky Marciano
  • 1968 Swedish 10k cross country champion Toini Gustafsson wins her 2nd gold medal at the Grenoble Winter Olympics in the 5k event ahead of Soviet pair Galina Kulakova and Alvetina Kolchina
  • 1968 After winning giant slalom in Innsbruck (1964) French skier Marielle Goitschel takes out the slalom gold medal at the Grenoble Winter Olympics

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1971 US Vice President Spiro Agnew hits 2 tee shots into crowd while golfing, injuring 2

Vice President of the United States Spiro Agnew
Vice President of the United States
Spiro Agnew
  • 1972 XI Winter Olympic Games close at Sapporo, Japan

Hall of fameHall of Fame

1974 James 'Cool Papa' Bell is named to baseball's Hall of Fame

Baseball player Cool Papa Bell
Baseball player
Cool Papa Bell
  • 1976 American Dorothy Hamill wins the free skate to clinch the women's figure-skating gold medal at the Innsbruck Winter Olympics
  • 1977 Eric Heiden is 1st American to win world speed skating championship

Sport awardNBA All-Star Game

1977 27th NBA All-Star Game, MECCA Arena, Milwaukee, Wi: West beats East, 125-124; MVP: Julius Erving, Philadelphia 76ers, F

NBA Legend Julius Erving
NBA Legend
Julius Erving
  • 1980 NZ beats West Indies by one wicket in cricket at Dunedin
  • 1980 XIII Winter Olympic Games open in Lake Placid, New York

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1982 Islander's Bryan Trottier scores 5 goals against Flyers

NHL Star Bryan Trottier
NHL Star
Bryan Trottier
  • 1983 Opener Steve Smith with 117 and Geoff Lawson 3-11 guide Australia to 149 run win over New Zealand in cricket's World Series Cup 2nd Final in Melbourne; win series, 2-0
  • 1983 33rd NBA All-Star Game, The Forum, Inglewood, CA: East beats West, 132-123; MVP: Julius Erving, Philadelphia 76ers, F
  • 1984 Swedish cross country skier Gunde Svan wins 15k event, the first of 2 gold medals at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics; also wins 4 x 10k relay gold
  • 1984 Karin Enke of East Germany wins her 2nd gold medal of the Sarajevo Winter Games, winning the women's 1,000m in Olympic record 1:21.61; also wins 1,500m gold
  • 1988 XV Winter Olympic Games open in Calgary, Canada
  • 1988 Heike Dreschler long jumps world record indoor (7.37m)
  • 1989 Oklahoma football player Charles Thompson is charged with selling cocaine; he is later sentenced to 2 years in prison

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1990 Larry Bird (Celtics) ends NBA free throw streak of 71 games

NBA Legend Larry Bird
NBA Legend
Larry Bird
  • 1992 West beats East 14 to 9 in Major Soccer League all star game
  • 1993 Sergei Bubka pole vaults indoor record (6.14 m)
  • 1994 44th NBA All-Star Game, Target Centre, Minneapolis, MN: East beats West, 127-118; MVP: Scottie Pippen, Chicago Bulls, F

Sport awardNBA All-Star Game

2000 49th NBA All-Star Game, Oakland Arena, Oakland, CA: West beats East, 137-127; MVPs: Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs, F; Shaquille O'Neal, LA Lakers, C

NBA Power Forward Tim Duncan
NBA Power Forward
Tim Duncan
Basketball Player Shaquille O'Neal
Basketball Player
Shaquille O'Neal

Sport awardNFL Pro Bowl

2005 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: AFC beats NFC, 38-27; MVP: Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts, QB, HI

NFL Quarterback Peyton Manning
NFL Quarterback
Peyton Manning
  • 2014 Polish cross country skier Justyna Kowalczyk follows her Vancouver (2010) Olympic women's 30k classical title with a gold medal in the 10k classical in Sochi
  • 2014 Slopestyle freestyle skiing event makes Olympic debut at Sochi Winter Games; American Joss Christensen is inaugural men's gold medallist
  • 2014 French biathlete Martin Fourcade wins his 2nd gold medal of the Sochi Winter Olympics in the individual competition; also claims the pursuit title
  • 2014 Women's luge singles champion Natalie Geisenberger and men's doubles winners Tobias Wendl & Tobias Arlt earn their 2nd Olympic gold medals in Sochi in team relay event; Germany sweeps 4 events
  • 2014 Japanese figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu is first to break 100 points barrier in the short program (101.45 points) at the Sochi Winter Olympics, on way to the men's singles gold medal
  • 2018 After winning Olympic gold in the women's curling in Sochi (2014), Canadian Kaitlyn Lawes wins the mixed doubles with dual gold medallist John Morris in Pyeongchang
  • 2018 Dutch speed skater Kjeld Nuis wins the men's 1,500m gold medal at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics; also takes 1,000m gold
  • 2018 Austrian alpine skier Marcel Hirscher wins the men's combined gold medal at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics; goes on to also win giant slalom gold

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1867 Harold Mahony, Scottish tennis player (Wimbledon 1896), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1905)
  • 1876 Fritz Buelow, German-born American baseball player (d. 1933)
  • 1883 Harold "Hal" Chase, baseball player and manager
  • 1908 Sulo Nurmela, Finland, 4 X 100K relay skier (Olympic gold 1936)
  • 1912 Jose de Capriles, American fencer (Olympic-1936, 48, 52)
  • 1918 Patty Berg, American golfer (15 major titles, US Open 1946), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d.2006)
  • 1919 Eddie Robinson, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (Grambling 408 wins), born in Jackson, Louisiana (d. 2007)
  • 1935 Tommy Jacobs, American golfer (4 PGA Tour titles), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1935 Dr. Don Panoz, American entrepreneur and motorsports impresario (ALMS)
  • 1936 John Harris, British(?) cricket player
  • 1936 Leamon King, Tulare California, 4X100m relayer (Olympic gold 1956)
  • 1944 Sal Bando, American baseball player (Oakland A's), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1945 Ken Sitzberger, American diver and broadcaster (Olympic gold 3m springboard 1964), born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa (d. 1984)
  • 1947 Mike Krzyzewski, US basketball coach, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1950 Leonard Pascoe, Australian cricketer (dynamic Aussie quick 1977-82), born in Bridgetown, Australia
  • 1952 Freddy Maertens, Belgian cyclist, born in Nieuwpoort, Belgium
  • 1953 Suleiman Nyambui, Tanzanian runner (world record 5k indoor), born in Tanzania
  • 1956 Liam Brady, Irish footballer, born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1956 Yiannis Kouros, Greek-Australian runner, born in Tripoli, Greece
  • 1957 Thelston Payne, West Indian cricketer (WI 1986), born in Foul Bay, Barbados
  • 1959 Gaston Gingras, Canadian ice hockey defenceman
  • 1959 Gord Hampson, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1960 Kelly McCormick, US diver (Olympic silver 1984), born in Anaheim, California
  • 1960 Gary Patterson, American football coach and player, born in Rozel, Kansas
  • 1960 Artur Yusupov, Russian chess player, born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1962 Jackie Silva, Brazilian volleyballer (Pan Am-Bronze), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1964 Evi Strasser, German equestrian (Olympics 1996), born in Inzell, Germany
  • 1965 Kenny Harrison, US triple jumper, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1967 Eddie Pye, American baseball infielder (LA Dodgers), born in Columbia, Tennessee
  • 1967 Bas Roorda, Dutch soccer player (FC Groningen, NEC), born in Assen, Netherlands
  • 1967 Stanimir Stoilov, Bulgarian footballer and coach, born in Haskovo, Bulgaria
  • 1968 Matt Mieske, American baseball outfielder (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Midland, Michigan
  • 1970 Kevin Stocker, American baseball infielder (Philadelphia Phillies), born in Spokane, Washington
  • 1970 Ruben Brown, NFL guard (Buffalo Bills), born in Englewood, New Jersey
  • 1971 Jim Reid, NFL tackle (Houston Oilers), born in Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • 1971 Mats Sundin, Swedish NHL center (Olympics gold 2006; Toronto Maple Leafs), born in Bromma, Sweden
  • 1971 Shelly Hammonds, NFL safety (Minnesota Vikings), born in Barnwell, South Carolina
  • 1971 Todd Williams, American baseball pitcher (LA Dodgers), born in Syracuse, New York
  • 1972 Charlie Garner, NFL running back (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Falls Church, Virginia
  • 1972 Juha Ylonen, NHL forward (Olympic bronze 1998, Phoenix), born in Helsinki, Finland
  • 1973 Willie Smith, NFL linebacker (Detroit Lions), born in Smithfield, North Carolina
  • 1975 Mark Gerald Keddell, New Zealand 200m runner (Olympics 1996), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 1975 Ben Collins, English racing car driver & former Top Gear Stig (ASCAR-2003), born in Bristol, United Kingdom
  • 1977 Randy Moss, American Pro Football Hall of Fame WR (6-time Pro Bowl), born in Rand, West Virginia
  • 1979 Rafael Márquez, Mexican footballer, born in Zamora, Mexico
  • 1980 Kristy Powell, US gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Stuart, Florida
  • 1980 Sebastian Kehl, German footballer, born in Fulda, Germany
  • 1981 Luisão [Ânderson Luís da Silva], Brazilian footballer, born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • 1981 Liam Miller, Irish soccer midfielder (21 caps; Sunderland, Hibernian), born in Cork, Republic of Ireland (d. 2018)
  • 1981 Luke Ridnour, US basketball player, born in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
  • 1982 Michael Turner, Running Back for the San Diego Chargers, born in Waukegan, Illinois
  • 1985 Alexandros Tziolis, Greek footballer, born in Katerini, Greece
  • 1985 David Padgett, US basketball player, born in Reno, Nevada
  • 1986 Luke Moore, English footballer, born in Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • 1986 Jamie Murray, Scottish tennis player, born in Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • 1988 Keegan Hirst, British footballer (Wakefield Trinity) and England's 1st openly gay professional player, born in Batley, West Yorkshire
  • 1989 Rhys Palmer, Australian footballer, born in Western Australia, Australia
  • 1989 Rodrigo Possebon, Brazilian footballer, born in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

Divorces in Sport


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1974 Professional boxer George Foreman (25) divorces Adrienne Calhoun after almost 3 years of marriage

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman

Deaths in Sport

  • 1945 George Studd, English cricket batsman (4 Tests; Middlesex), dies at 85
  • 1964 Ken Hubbs, 2nd baseman (Chicago Cubs), dies in plane crash at 22
  • 1970 Herbert Strudwick, cricketer (28 Tests for England, ct 60 stp 12), dies
  • 1987 M L "Curly" Page, cricketer (NZ Test capt 1933), dies
  • 1991 Ronald "Ron" Pickering, British athletics coach and BBC sports commentator, dies after a heart bypass operation at 60
  • 2003 Kid Gavilan, Cuban boxer (b. 1926)
  • 2005 Nelson Briles, baseball player (b. 1943)
  • 2005 Maurice Trintignant, French race car driver (b. 1917)
  • 2012 Freddie Solomon, American football wide receiver, dies from colon and liver cancer at 59
  • 2018 Tito Francona, American baseball utility (MLB All Star 1961), dies at 84
  • 2020 Jimmy Thunder, New Zealand boxer (IBO heavyweight title 1994-95), dies following brain surgery at 54