On This Day in Sport for February 13

Events in Sport

  • 1912 England regains the Ashes
  • 1920 National Negro Baseball League organizes
  • 1923 1st Black pro Basketball team, "Renaissance", organizes
  • 1932 25th Women's Australian Championships: Coral McInnes Buttsworth beats Kathrine Le Mesurier (9-7, 6-4)
  • 1932 25th Men's Australian Championships: Jack Crawford beats Harry Hopman (4-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-1)
  • 1937 NFL Boston Redskins move to Washington, D.C.

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 Rocky Marciano defeated Lee Savold for his 39th straight win

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Rocky Marciano
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Rocky Marciano
  • 1955 Patty Berg wins LPGA St Petersburg Golf Open

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 11th 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 Olympic figure-skating gold in Innsbruck, Austria
  • 1977 Eric Heiden is 1st American to win world speed skating championship
  • 1977 Pam Higgins wins LPGA American Cancer Society Golf Classic
  • 1977 27th NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 125-124 at Milwaukee
  • 1980 NZ beats West Indies by one wicket in cricket at Dunedin

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1982 Islander's Bryan Trottier scores 5 goals against Flyers

NHL Star Bryan Trottier
NHL Star
Bryan Trottier
  • 1983 Australia beats NZ 2-0 to win cricket's World Series Cup
  • 1983 Donna White wins LPGA Sarasota Golf Classic
  • 1983 World Boxing Council becomes 1st to cut boxing from 15 to 12 rounds
  • 1983 33rd NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 132-123 at Inglewood, California
  • 1988 15th Winter Olympic games opens at 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: East beats West 127-118 at Minneapolis
  • 2000 49th NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 137-127 at Oakland
  • 2005 NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 38-27

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1876 Fritz Buelow, German-born American baseball player (d. 1933)
  • 1883 Harold "Hal" Chase, baseball player/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, LPGA golfer (1938 US Amateur), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1919 Eddie Robinson, winningest college football coach (Grambling)
  • 1935 Tommy Jacobs, American PGA golfer, 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, baseball player (Oakland A's)
  • 1947 Mike Krzyzewski, basketball coach
  • 1950 Leonard Pascoe, cricketer (dynamic Aussie quick 1977-82)
  • 1952 Freddy Maertens, Belgian cyclist
  • 1953 Suleiman Nyambui, Tanzanian runner (world record 5k indoor)
  • 1956 Liam Brady, Irish soccer player, born in Dublin
  • 1956 Yiannis Kouros, Greek-Australian runner
  • 1957 Thelston Payne, cricket wicket-keeper (WI 1986)
  • 1959 Gord Hampson, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1960 Kelly McCormick, US diver (Olympic silver 1984), born in Anaheim, California
  • 1960 Gary Patterson, American football coach and player, born in Rozel, Kansas
  • 1961 Kyi Hla Han, Burmese golfer, born in Yangon, Burma
  • 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 Bas Roorda, Dutch football player (FC Groningen) [or Feb 21], born in Assen, Netherlands
  • 1967 Eddie Pye, US baseball infielder (LA Dodgers), born in Columbia, Tennessee
  • 1967 Stanimir Stoilov, Bulgarian footballer and coach, born in Haskovo, Bulgaria
  • 1968 Matt Mieske, US baseball outfielder (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Midland, Michigan
  • 1970 Kevin Stocker, US baseball infielder (Philadelphia Phillies), born in Spokane, Washington
  • 1970 Ruben Brown, NFL guard (Buffalo Bills), born in Englewood, New Jersey
  • 1970 Vernon Patao, 141 lbs (64 kg) US weightlifter (alt-Olympics 1996), born in Wailuku, Hawaii
  • 1971 Jim Reid, NFL tackle (Houston Oilers), born in Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • 1971 Mats Sundin, NHL center (Team Sweden, Toronto Maple Leafs), born in Bromma, Sweden
  • 1971 Shelly Hammonds, NFL safety (Minnesota Vikings), born in Barnwell, South Carolina
  • 1971 Todd Williams, US 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
  • 1974 Anthony Mortas, French hockey forward (Team France 1998), born in Reims, France
  • 1975 Mark Gerald Keddell, New Zealand 200m runner (Olympics 1996), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 1975 Ben Collins, English racing car driver and former Top Gear Stig (ASCAR-2003), born in Bristol, United Kingdom
  • 1977 Randy Moss, NFL player, 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 footballer, born in Cork, Republic of Ireland
  • 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, cricketer (4 Tests with brother v Aus 1882-83), dies
  • 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