On This Day in Sport for February 15

Events in Sport

  • 1905 1st race meet at Oaklawn Park (Hot Springs, Ark)
  • 1916 NY Yankees buy Frank "Home Run" Baker from the Athletics for $37,500
  • 1921 Arthur Mailey completes 9-121 v England, Australian Test Cricket rec
  • 1930 Weona beats Toluca in Illinois Basketball Tournament in 10 overtimes
  • 1931 Spring training site of NY Yankees in St Petersburg is renamed Miller Huggins Field in honor of the team's late manager
  • 1932 3rd Winter Olympic games close at Lake Placid, New York
  • 1932 Australia beat South Africa in cricket by an innings in 5 hrs 53 min playing time

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1932 US bobsled team member Eddie Eagan becomes only athlete to win gold in both Summer & Winter Olympics (1920 boxing gold)

Boxer and Bobsledder Eddie Eagan
Boxer and Bobsledder
Eddie Eagan
  • 1936 Sonja Henie of Norway wins 3rd consecutive Olympic figure skating gold
  • 1946 Cornelius Johnson, American high jumper (Olympic gold 1936), dies from bronchopneumonia at 32
  • 1958 Ice Dance Championship at Paris won by June Markham/Courtney Jones GRB
  • 1961 Australia beat West Indies 2-1 in one of best Test Cricket series ever

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1964 Bill Bradley scores 51 points for Princeton

Basketball Player/US Senator Bill Bradley
Basketball Player/US Senator
Bill Bradley
  • 1966 Kees Verkerk becomes world champion all-round skater
  • 1970 Ard Schenk becomes world champion all-round skater
  • 1973 Friendsville Academy (Tenn) ends 138-game basketball losing streak

  • 1976 12th Winter Olympic games close at Innsbruck, Austria
  • 1976 18th Daytona 500: David Pearson wins (152.181 MPH)
  • 1978 England all out 64 for 1st loss to NZ in cricket (Geoffrey Boycott captain)

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1978 Leon Spinks beats Muhammad Ali in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Leon Spinks
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Leon Spinks
Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • 1980 Eric Heiden skates Olympic record 500m in 38.03 sec
  • 1980 Wayne Gretzy assists on NHL-record-tieing 7 goals
  • 1981 23rd Daytona 500: Richard Petty wins (169.651 MPH)
  • 1982 Dan Issel (NBA-Nuggets), begins streak of 63 consecutive free throw

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1985 World chess championship match abandoned-Karpov 25, Kasparov 23

Chess Grandmaster and Political Activist Garry Kasparov
Chess Grandmaster and Political Activist
Garry Kasparov
  • 1986 44,180 largest NBA crowd to date-Philadelphia at Detroit
  • 1987 Nikolai Guljajev becomes world champion skater
  • 1987 29th Daytona 500: Bill Elliott wins (176.263 MPH)
  • 1990 Baseball owners lock out players
  • 1991 Troy State sets NCAA Div II record with 103 points in 2nd half routing DeVry Institute 187-117

Sports record brokenNFL Record

1996 Bill Belichick is fired by the Cleveland Browns, finishing his Cleveland coaching career with a record of 36-44

NFL Coach Bill Belichick
NFL Coach
Bill Belichick

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1996 American boxer Tommy Morrison announces he has contracted HIV

Heavyweight Boxer Tommy Morrison
Heavyweight Boxer
Tommy Morrison
  • 1998 Dale Eggeling wins Los Angeles Women's Golf Championship
  • 1998 40th Daytona 500: Dale Earnhardt wins (172.712 MPH)

Sport awardSports Awards

1999 7th ESPY Awards: Mark McGwire, Chamique Holdsclaw win

MLB First Baseman Mark McGwire
MLB First Baseman
Mark McGwire
  • 2004 53rd NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 136-132 at Los Angeles
  • 2004 46th Daytona 500: Dale Earnhardt, Jr. wins (156.341 MPH)
  • 2009 58th NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 146-119 at Phoenix
  • 2009 51st Daytona 500: Matt Kenseth wins (132.816 MPH)
  • 2015 64th NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 163-158 at New York City

Birthdays in Sport

Person of interestAlfred Carlton Gilbert

1884 Alfred Carlton Gilbert, American athlete, inventor, and businessman (invented the Erector Set), born in Salem, Oregon (d. 1961)

  • 1895 Earl Thomson, Canadian athlete (d. 1971)
  • 1897 Earl H Blaik, Det, college football hall of fame coach (elected 1965)
  • 1898 Allen Woodring, American runner (d. 1982)
  • 1904 Antonin Magne, French cyclist (Tour de France 1931, 34)
  • 1913 Erich Eliskases, Austrian chess player (d. 1997)
  • 1914 Arthur Sydney Martin, spy catcher
  • 1929 Graham Hill, auto racer (1962, 68 international racing champ), born in London, England
  • 1940 John Hadl, American football player
  • 1948 Ron "Penguin" Cey, American MLB 3rd baseman (LA Dodgers), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • 1949 Ken Anderson, NFL quarterback (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • 1954 Pamela Theresa Jiles, American 4X400m relayer (Olympic silver 1976), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1954 Armand Parmentier, Belgian athlete
  • 1956 Desmond Haynes, cricket (WI opener-greatest batsman in 1-day history)
  • 1956 Hitoshi Ogawa, Japanese racing driver (d. 1992)
  • 1957 Jimmy Spencer, American race car driver
  • 1957 Steve Farhood, American boxing historian and analyst
  • 1959 Guy De Alwis, cricket wicket-keeper (Sri Lankan mid 80s)
  • 1959 Joe Hesketh, MLB player (Boston Red Sox), born in Lackawanna, New York
  • 1959 Hugo Savinovich, Ecuadorian sports commentator and wrestler, born in Guayaquil, Ecuador
  • 1960 Darrell Green, NFL cornerback (Washington Redskins), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1960 Jeanne Goldsmith, WPVA volleyballer (National-5th-1987), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1960 Jock Hobbs [Michael James Bowie Hobbs], chairman of the New Zealand Rugby Union and 21 test All Black, born in Christchurch, New Zealand (d. 2012)
  • 1964 Mark Price, NBA guard (Washington Bullets, Orlando Magic), born in Bartlesville, Oklahoma
  • 1965 Craig Matthews, South African cricket pace bowler (South African Test), born in Cape Town, South Africa
  • 1966 Melido Perez, Dominican-American baseball pitcher (NY Yankees), born in San Cristóbal, Dominican Republic
  • 1966 Petra Huber, Austrian professional tennis player
  • 1968 Mieke Suys, Belgian triathlete, born in Ghent, Belgium
  • 1969 Brian Williams, MLB pitcher (Detroit Tigers, Astros), born in Lancaster, South Carolina
  • 1969 Edgar Bennett, NFL running back (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1970 Nathaniel Mills, US speed skater (Olympics 1994), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1970 Tyrone Legette, NFL cornerback (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), born in Columbia, South Carolina
  • 1971 Barbara Failey-Herbert, South African golfer (1989 winner SA Champ)
  • 1971 Jim Butler, US table tennis player (Olympics 1992, 96), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • 1971 Ray Sefo, New Zealand kick boxer, born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1972 Jaromir Jagr, NHL right wing (Penguins, Czech Olympic gold 1998), born in Kladno, Czech Republic
  • 1972 Lance Scott, NFL offensive linesman (Arizona Cardinals), born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 1973 Amy Van Dyken, US 50m/100m freestyle/100m butterfly swimmer (Olympic 2 g-96), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1974 Erik Schulz, US pairs skater (& Ilana Goldfogel), born in Port Huron, Michigan
  • 1974 Tim Hall, US running back (Oakland Raiders), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1998)
  • 1974 Ugueth Urbina, Venezuelan pitcher (Montreal Expos), born in Caracas, Venezuela
  • 1974 Seattle Slew, American racehorse, born in White Horse Acres Farm, Texas (d. 2002)
  • 1974 Alexander Wurz, Austrian racing driver, born in Waidhofen an der Thaya, Austria
  • 1975 Robert Fuchs, Dutch footballer (PSV, DESK Kaatsheuvel), born in Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • 1976 Óscar Freire, Spanish cyclist, born in Torrelavega, Spain
  • 1979 Gordon Shedden, Scottish auto racing driver, born in Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • 1979 Alenka Kejžar, Slovenian swimmer, born in Kranj, Slovenia
  • 1979 Josh Low, English footballer, born in Bristol, United Kingdom
  • 1981 Diego Martínez, Mexican footballer, born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • 1983 Russell Martin, Canadian baseball player, born in East York, Canada
  • 1986 Gabriel Paletta, Argentine-born Italian footballer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1990 Erwin Sak, Polish football goalkeeper (Stomil Olstyn), born in Lublin, Poland

Weddings in Sport

HeartWedding of Interest

1958 Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully (30) weds model Joan (not the actress) Crawford in California

Sportscaster Vin Scully
Vin Scully

HeartWedding of Interest

1991 Baseball superstar George Brett (37) weds Leslie Davenport in Manhattan Beach, California

MLB Third Baseman George Brett
MLB Third Baseman
George Brett

Deaths in Sport

  • 1961 Maribel Vinson, American figure skater (9 time US National Champion), dies at 49
  • 1971 Dimitrios Loundras, Greek gymnast, dies at 85
  • 1981 Jack Crapp, English cricketer (7 Tests for England 1948-49, 319 runs), dies at 68
  • 1991 Gary Gears, Chicago disk jockey, dies at 46 of a heart attack