On This Day

On This Day in Sport for February 14

Events in Sport

  • 1887 Cubs sell Mike King Kelly to Boston for record $10,000
  • 1890 1st NSW v South Australia 1st-class cricket game
  • 1896 Stanley Cup, Victoria Skating Rink, Montreal, Quebec: Winnipeg Victorias beat Montreal Victorias, 2-0
  • 1928 Clas Thunberg of Finland wins his 2nd gold medal of the Games and 4th career title when he takes out the 1,500m speed skating at the St. Moritz Winter Olympics
  • 1928 Per-Erik Hedlund leads a Swedish sweep of the medals in the 50k cross-country at the St. Moritz Winter Olympics; Gustaf Jonsson & Volgar Andersson take the minor medals

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1931 Don Bradman scores 152 for Australia v West Indies, 154 minutes, 13 fours 2 fives

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1934 NHL Ace Bailey Benefit Game: Toronto beats All-Stars 7-3 in Toronto
  • 1936 Karl Schäfer of Austria wins his 2nd consecutive men’s figure skating Olympic gold medal at the Garmisch-Partenkirchen Winter Games in Germany
  • 1936 Norwegian speed skater Ivar Ballangrud sets Olympic record 17:24.3 to win the 10,000m at the Garmisch-Partenkirchen Winter Games; his 3rd gold medal from 4 events and 4th career Olympic gold
  • 1944 Carl Wick publishes "Salmon Trolling for Commercial & Sport Fishing"
  • 1950 Moroney scores cricket twin centuries for Australia at Johannesburg

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1951 Sugar Ray Robinson defeats Jake LaMotta & takes middleweight title

Middle/welterweight championship boxer Sugar Ray Robinson
Middle/welterweight championship boxer
Sugar Ray Robinson
  • 1952 VI Winter Olympic Games open at Oslo, Norway
  • 1952 Giant slalom event for women debuts at the Winter Olympics at Oslo Games; American skier Andrea Mead-Lawrence wins gold ahead of Dagmar Rom of Austria and German Annemarie Buchner
  • 1957 Georgia Senate unanimously approves Sen Leon Butts' bill barring blacks from playing baseball with whites
  • 1960 2nd Daytona 500: Junior Johnson survives a 37 car crash on Turn 4 to win driving a John Masoni owned Chevrolet

  • 1965 7th Daytona 500: Fred Lorenzen wins driving for Holman-Moody; race ends on lap 133 due to persistent rain

Sports record brokenNBA Record

1966 Wilt Chamberlain breaks NBA career scoring record at 20,884 points

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • 1968 Soviet Union goes 1-2 in pairs figure skating at the Grenoble Winter Olympics; husband & wife team Oleg Protopopov and Liudmila Belousova edge team mates Tatiana Zhuk and Alexander Gorelik
  • 1968 Norwegian 15k Olympic cross country champion Harald Grønningen wins his second gold medal of the Grenoble Winter Olympics in the 4 x 10k relay
  • 1971 13th Daytona 500: Richard Petty wins his 3rd Great American Race; goes on to win the inaugural Winston Cup title

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1973 Muhammad Ali beats British heavyweight boxing champion Joe Bugner by unanimous points decision in 12 rounds at Las Vegas Convention Centre

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • 1978 In girls' HS basketball, Chicago Latin beats Harvard St George
  • 1980 Soviet cross-country skier Nikolay Zimyatov wins first of 3 gold medals at the Lake Placid Winter Olympics when he takes out 30k event; also wins relay and 50k gold
  • 1982 24th Daytona 500: Bobby Allison wins with margin of victory over Cale Yarborough an impressive 23 seconds, more than half a lap
  • 1984 Britain's Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean famously dominate the ice dancing at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics; perform to Ravel’s Bolero in free dance routine; record 9-of-9 perfect scores for artistic impression
  • 1984 Canadian speed skater Gaétan Boucher takes out the 1,000m gold medal at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics; also wins 1,500m; narrowly beats Soviet skater Sergey Khlebnikov in both events
  • 1987 Detroit Pistons-Philadelphia 76ers game draws crowd of 53,745 at Pontiac Silverdome, Pontiac; third largest crowd in NBA history; Pistons win, 125-107
  • 1988 30th Daytona 500: Bobby Allison beats his son, Davey, to the finish line; remembered for Richard Petty's rollover crash in the tri-oval on lap 106, rolls over 8 times and hit by Brett Bodine; walks away unhurt

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1988 PGA Seniors' Championship Men's Golf, PGA National GC: South African Gary Player wins his second of 3 event titles by 3 strokes from Chi-Chi Rodríguez

Golfer Gary Player
Golfer
Gary Player
  • 1992 Kieren John Perkins swims world record 800m freestyle (7:46.60)

CarDaytona 500

1993 35th Daytona 500: Dale Jarrett, driving for Joe Gibbs Racing, wins from Dale Earnhardt and Geoff Bodine

NFL Head Coach and NASCAR Team Owner Joe Gibbs
NFL Head Coach and NASCAR Team Owner
Joe Gibbs
  • 1994 Alexander Golubev skates Olympic record 500m (36.33)

Sport awardSports Awards

1994 2nd ESPY Awards: Barry Bonds, Julie Krone win

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1995 The Portland Trail Blazers trade Clyde Drexler to the Houston Rockets, who end up winning the 1995 NBA Championship

NBA Swingman Clyde Drexler
NBA Swingman
Clyde Drexler
  • 1999 41st Daytona 500: Jeff Gordon wins; first Daytona 500 pole sitter to win the race since Bill Elliott in 1987

Sport awardSports Awards

2000 8th ESPY Awards: Tiger Woods, Mia Hamm win

Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
Tiger Woods

OlympicsOlympic Gold

2010 Alexandre Bilodeau wins the Gold Medal in the freestyle skiing men's moguls event, becoming the first Canadian to win a Gold Medal during a Canadian-hosted Olympics

Two Time Olympic Gold Medalist Alexandre Bilodeau
Two Time Olympic Gold Medalist
Alexandre Bilodeau
  • 2010 59th NBA All-Star Game, Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, TX: East beats West, 141-139; MVP: Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat, G
  • 2010 52nd Daytona 500: Jamie McMurray, driving for Earnhardt Ganassi Racing wins; Mark Martin, oldest polesitter in Daytona 500 history at 51 years, 27 days
  • 2010 America's Cup: Team USA defeats Alinghi 2-0 to win in Spain
  • 2014 Britain's Lizzy Yarnold wins her first of 2 consecutive Olympic women's skeleton gold medals in Sochi; also wins event in Pyeongchang (2018)
  • 2014 For the first time in men's figure skating, all 3 Olympic singles medalists are of Asian descent; Yuzuru Hanyu (Japan) gold, Patrick Chan (Canada) and Denis Ten (Kazakhstan)
  • 2014 Swiss cross country skier Dario Cologna wins his 2nd gold medal of the Sochi Winter Olympics in the 15k classical; also wins 30k skiathlon
  • 2016 NBA All-Star Game, Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON: West beats East, 196-173; MVP: Russell Westbrook, OKC Thunder, G

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2017 Laureus World Sports Awards, Monte-Carlo Sporting, Monaco: Sportsman: Usain Bolt; Sportswoman: Simone Biles; Team: Chicago Cubs

Olympic Sprinter Usain Bolt
Olympic Sprinter
Usain Bolt
Gymnast Simone Biles
Gymnast
Simone Biles

OlympicsOlympic Gold

2018 American snowboarder Shaun White wins an unprecedented 3rd Olympic halfpipe gold medal (previous 2006, 10) at the Pyeongchang Winter Games

Snowboarder Shaun White
Snowboarder
Shaun White
  • 2018 Dutch speed skater Jorien ter Mors wins her 3rd career Olympic gold medal in the 1,000m at Pyeongchang; 1,500m and team pursuit champion in Sochi (2014)
  • 2019 OKC guard Russell Westbrook makes a triple-double (44 points, 14 rebounds, 11 assists) in an NBA record 11th consecutive game as the Thunder go down, 131-122 in New Orleans
  • 2020 UEFA places 2 year ban on Manchester City from European club competition for committing "serious breaches" of club licensing and financial fair play regulations; EPL champions also fined €30million

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1845 Cecil De Vere, 1st official British chess champion (1866), born in London (d. 1875)
  • 1884 Joe Jagersberger, Austrian-American racing driver, born in Wiener Neustadt, Austria (d. 1952)
  • 1907 Johnny Longden, Canadian Racing Hall of Fame jockey/trainer (1943 Crown on Count Fleet), born in Wakefield, Yorkshire, England (d. 2003)
  • 1913 Woody Hayes, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (National C'ship 1954, 57, 61, 68, 70; Ohio State), born in Clifton, Ohio (d. 1987)
  • 1913 Mel Allen, American sportscaster (voice of NY Yankees), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1914 Norman Von Nida, Australian golfer, coach, broadcaster (British Open 1948 3rd), born in Sydney, NSW (d. 2007)
  • 1921 Piet Kraak, Dutch soccer player
  • 1923 Jay Hebert, American golfer (PGA Championship 1960), born in St. Martinville, Louisiana (d. 1997)
  • 1926 Alfred Körner, Austrian soccer striker (47 caps; Rapid Wien), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2020)
  • 1931 Bernie "Boom Boom" Geoffrion, NHL right wing (Canadiens, Rangers)
  • 1932 Banjo Matthews, American auto racer, owner, constructer (A. J. Foyt, Cale Yarborough), born in Akron, Ohio (d. 1996)
  • 1934 Marlene Matthews, Australia, sprinter (Olympic 2 bronze-1956)
  • 1935 Mickey Wright, American golfer (13 major titles; 82 LPGA Tour wins), born in San Diego, California (d. 2020)
  • 1942 Ricardo Rodríguez, Mexican auto racer (youngest F1 driver ever to race for Ferrari), born in Mexico City, Mexico (d. 1962)
  • 1943 Bob Murphy Jr, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1970 runner-up; 11 Senior PGA Tour titles), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1944 Ronnie Peterson, Swedish racing driver (d. 1978)
  • 1945 Ladislao Mazurkiewicz, Uruguayan soccer goalkeeper (36 caps; Atlético Mineiro), born in Piriápolis, Uruguay (d. 2008)
  • 1947 Heidemarie Rosendahl, German FR, long jumper (Olympic gold 1972)
  • 1947 Salah-ud-Din, cricketer (played 5 Tests for Pakistan 1965-69)
  • 1951 Kevin Keegan, English soccer forward, manager (England 63 caps, Liverpool, Newcastle United), born in Armthorpe, Doncaster
  • 1951 JoJo Starbuck, American ice skater, born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1955 Ronald Desruelles, Belgian athlete
  • 1956 Dave Dravecky, American pitcher & amputee (SF Giants), born in Youngstown, Ohio
  • 1956 Howard Edward Davis Jr., American boxer (Olympic silver 1976), born in Glen Cove, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1960 Jim Kelly, American NFL quarterback (Buffalo Bills), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1963 Jeff Dellenbach, American NFL center (NE Patriots, GB Packers-Super Bowl 31), born in Wausau, Wisconsin
  • 1963 John Marzano, American baseball catcher (Seattle Mariners), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1964 Darrick Brilz, American NFL offensive lineman (Cin Bengals), born in Richmond, California
  • 1964 Gianni Bugno, Italian cyclist, born in Brugg, Switzerland
  • 1965 Jessie Tuggle, American NFL linebacker (Atlanta Falcons), born in Griffin, Georgia
  • 1966 Petr Svoboda, Czech NHL defenseman (Philadelphia Flyers, Olympic gold 1998), born in Most, Czechia
  • 1967 Calle Johansson, Swedish NHL defenseman (Washington Capitals), born in Gothenburg, Sweden
  • 1967 Laura Martin, American WPVA volleyballer (Nationals-13th-1994), born in La Jolla, California
  • 1967 Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere, Bulgarian tennis player (Hopman Cup 1992, Switzerland; 19 x WTA titles; World #11 1993), born in Sofia, Bulgaria
  • 1968 Chris Lewis, English cricket all-rounder (32 Tests, 93 wickets; 53 ODIs), born in Georgetown, Guyana
  • 1969 Harry Colon, American NFL safety (Jacksonville Jaguars, Detroit Lions), born in Kansas City, Kansas
  • 1969 Jeff Graham, American NFL wide receiver (Chicago Bears, NY Jets), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1969 Roy Barker, American NFL defensive end (Minnesota Vikings, SF 49ers), born in NYC, New York
  • 1970 Elaine Youngs, American volleyball outside hitter (Olympics 1996), born in El Toro, California
  • 1970 Guillaume Raoux, French tennis player, born in Bagnols-sur-Cèze, France
  • 1970 Kelly Stinnett, American baseball catcher (NY Mets), born in Lawton, Oklahoma
  • 1970 Richard Smehlik, Czech NHL defenseman (Team Czech Rep, Buffalo), born in Ostrava, Czechia
  • 1970 Sean Hill, American NHL defenseman (Ottawa Senators), born in Duluth, Minnesota
  • 1970 Giuseppe Guerini, Italian cyclist, born in Gazzaniga, Italy
  • 1971 Derrick Witherspoon, American NFL running back (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Sumter, South Carolina
  • 1971 Gheorghe Muresan, American NBA center (Washington Bullets/Wizards), born in Tritenii de Jos, Romania
  • 1971 Kenny Shedd, American football receiver (New York Jets, Oakland Raiders), born in Davenport, Iowa
  • 1971 Lonnie Johnson, American NFL tight end (Buffalo Bills), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • 1972 Bruno Heppell, Canadian CFL full back (Montreal Alouettes), born in La Prairie, Canada
  • 1972 Drew Bledsoe, American NFL quarterback (NE Patriots), born in Ellensburg, Washington
  • 1973 George Hegamin, American football offensive lineman (Dallas Cowboys, Frankfurt Galaxy), born in Camden, New Jersey
  • 1973 Michael "Mike" Theodore Lambert IV, US rower (Olympics 1996), born in Thomaston, Georgia
  • 1973 Steve McNair, American football quarterback (Houston Oilers, Titans), born Mount Olive, Mississippi (d. 2009)
  • 1973 Tyus Edney, American basketball player (Boston Celtics, Sacramento Kings), born in Gardena, California
  • 1974 Rob Jahrling, Australian rower (Olympics 1996), born in Burruyacú Department, Argentina
  • 1974 Philippe Léonard, Belgian footballer, born in Liège, Belgium
  • 1977 Cadel Evans, Australian cyclist, born in Katherine, Australia
  • 1977 Darren Purse, English footballer, born in Stepney, London
  • 1977 Elmer Symons, South African motorcycle racer, born in Ladysmith, South Africa (d. 2007)
  • 1978 Laurie Schwoy, American soccer forward (Olympics 1996)
  • 1978 Richard Hamilton, American basketball player, born in Coatesville, Pennsylvania
  • 1978 Darius Songaila, Lithuanian basketball player, born in Marijampolė, Lithuania
  • 1979 Pablo Pallante, Uruguayan footballer, born in Montevideo, Uruguay
  • 1980 Fátima Leyva, Mexican footballer, born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • 1982 Marián Gáborík, Slovak hockey player, born in Trenčín, Slovakia
  • 1983 Bacary Sagna, French footballer, born in Sens, France
  • 1984 Hamed Namouchi, French-Tunisian footballer, born in Cannes, France
  • 1985 Philippe Senderos, Swiss footballer, born in Geneva, Switzerland
  • 1985 Tyler Clippard, American baseball player, born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • 1986 Aschwin Wildeboer, Spanish swimmer, born in Sabadell, Spain
  • 1986 Michael Ammermüller, German racing driver, born in Pocking, Germany
  • 1987 David Wheater, English footballer, born in Redcar, United Kingdom
  • 1987 Edinson Cavani, Uruguayan football striker (Uruguay, PSG), born in Salto, Uruguay
  • 1988 Ángel Di María, Argentine footballer, born in Rosario, Argentina

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

1956 MLB center fielder Willie Mays (24) weds Margherite Wendell Chapman in NYC, New York

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays

LoveWedding of Interest

2005 Retired baseball player Keith Hernandez (51) weds Kai Thompson in Miami Beach, Florida

MLB First Baseman Keith Hernandez
MLB First Baseman
Keith Hernandez
  • 2009 Victoria's Secret Angel model Adriana Lima (31) weds NBA player Marko Jaric (33) in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

LoveWedding of Interest

2009 Cricketer Martin Crowe (46) weds former Miss Universe Lorraine Downes (44) in an intimate ceremony

Cricketer Martin Crowe
Cricketer
Martin Crowe

Divorces in Sport


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1989 Robin Givens is granted a divorce from Mike Tyson in the Dominican Republic

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson

Deaths in Sport

  • 1929 Tom Burke, American athlete (Olympic gold 100m, 400m 1896), dies at 53
  • 1948 Mordecai Brown, American baseball player (b. 1876)
  • 1952 Maurice De Waele, Belgian cyclist (b. 1896)
  • 1974 C S Dempster, cricketer (10 Tests for NZ, 723 runs), dies
  • 1978 Paul Governali, American professional football player (b. 1921)
  • 1983 Lina Radke, German 800m runner (Olympic gold 1928), dies at 79
  • 1990 Graeme Hole, cricketer (18 Tests for Australia, 789 runs), dies
  • 1992 Roepie Kruize, hockey player (Olympic bronze 1948/silver-52), dies at 67
  • 1996 Bob Paisley, football manager, dies at 77
  • 2002 Nándor Hidegkuti, Hungarian footballer (b. 1922)
  • 2003 Johnny Longden, Canadian Racing Hall of Fame jockey/trainer (1943 Triple Crown on Count Fleet), dies of a stroke at 96
  • 2004 Marco Pantani, Italian cyclist (Tour de France 1998), dies of acute cocaine poisoning at 34
  • 2005 Najai Turpin, American boxer
  • 2010 Dick Francis, British jockey and detective writer (Whip Hand, High Stakes), dies at 89
  • 2020 Jimmy Conway, Irish soccer midfielder (20 caps Republic of Ireland; Fulham), dies at 73
  • 2020 Garrett Fitzgerald, Irish rugby union coach and administrator (CEO Munster Rugby 1999-2019), dies at 65