On This Day in Sport for February 15

Events in Sport

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

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1959 Louise Suggs wins LPGA St Petersburg Golf Tournament

Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA
Louise Suggs
  • 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
  • 1970 Carol Mann wins LPGA Burdine's Golf Invitational
  • 1973 Friendsville Academy (Tenn) ends 138-game basketball losing streak
  • 1976 12th Winter Olympic games close at Innsbruck, Austria
  • 1976 Joanne Carner wins LPGA Orange Blossom Golf Classic
  • 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 Joanne Carner wins LPGA S&H Golf Classic
  • 1982 Dan Issel (NBA-Nuggets), begins streak of 63 consecutive free throw
  • 1986 44,180 largest NBA crowd to date-Philadelphia at Detroit
  • 1987 Nikolai Guljajev becomes world champion skater
  • 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

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
  • 2009 58th NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 146-119 at Phoenix
  • 2015 64th NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 163-158 at New York City

Birthdays in Sport

  • 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)
  • 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 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, US baseball player (Boston Red Sox)
  • 1959 Hugo Savinovich, Ecuadorian wrestler
  • 1960 Darrell Green, NFL cornerback (Washington Redskins)
  • 1960 Jeanne Goldsmith, WPVA volleyballer (National-5th-1987), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1960 Jock Hobbs [Michael], chairman of the New Zealand Rugby Union and 21 test All Black, (d. 2012)
  • 1964 Mark Price, NBA guard (Washington Bullets, Orlando Magic)
  • 1965 Craig Matthews, cricket pace bowler (South African Test)
  • 1966 Melido Perez, Dominican/US baseball pitcher (NY Yankees)
  • 1966 Petra Huber, Austrian professional tennis player
  • 1968 Mieke Suys, Belgian triathlete
  • 1969 Brian Williams, Lancaster SC, pitcher (Detroit Tigers, Astros)
  • 1969 Edgar Bennett, NFL running back (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • 1970 Nathaniel Mills, speed skater (Olympics-1994), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1970 Tyrone Legette, NFL cornerback (New Orleans Saints)
  • 1971 Barbara Failey-Herbert, South Africa, golfer (1989 winner SA Champ)
  • 1971 Jim Butler, table tennis player (Olympics-92, 96), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • 1971 Tyrone Legette, cornerback (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • 1971 Ray Sefo, New Zealand kick boxer
  • 1972 Jaromir Jagr, Kladno Cze, NHL right wing (Penguins, Czech Oly-G-1998)
  • 1972 Lance Scott, NFL offensive linesman (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1973 Amy Van Dyken, 50m/100m freestyle/100m butterfly swimmer (Oly-2 g-96)
  • 1974 Erik Schulz, Port Huron Mich, pairs skater (& Ilana Goldfogel)
  • 1974 Tim Hall, running back (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1974 Ugueth Urbina, Venezuelan pitcher (Montreal Expos), born in Caracas
  • 1974 Seattle Slew, American racehorse (d. 2002)
  • 1974 Alexander Wurz, Austrian race car driver
  • 1975 Robert Fuchs, soccer player (PSV)
  • 1976 Óscar Freire, Spanish cyclist
  • 1979 Gordon Shedden, Scottish Race Car Driver
  • 1979 Alenka Kejžar, Slovenian swimmer
  • 1979 Josh Low, English footballer
  • 1981 Diego Martínez, Mexican footballer
  • 1983 Russell Martin, Canadian baseball player
  • 1986 Gabriel Paletta, Argentine footballer
  • 1990 Erwin Sak, Polish footballer

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 Marubel Vinaon Owen, figure skater (Olympic silver 1932), dies
  • 1961 Maribel Vinson, American figure skater (9x US National Champion), dies at 49
  • 1971 Dimitrios Loundras, Greek gymnast (b. 1885)
  • 1981 Jack Crapp, cricketer (7 Tests for England 1948-49, 319 runs), dies
  • 1991 Gary Gears, Chicago disk jockey, dies at 46 of a heart attack