On This Day in Sport for February 17

Events in Sport

  • 1818 Baron Karl von Drais de Sauerbrun patents "draisine" (early bicycle)
  • 1882 1st Test Cricket match played at Sydney Cricket Ground

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1923 Ottawa Senator Cy Denneny becomes NHL's all time scorer (143 goals)

NHL Star Cy Denneny
NHL Star
Cy Denneny
  • 1931 1st telecast of a sporting event in Japan (baseball)
  • 1939 Katwijk soccer team forms

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1941 Joe Louis KOs Gus Dorazio in 2 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • 1943 NY Yankee Joe DiMaggio enlists into the US army
  • 1953 DSB soccer team forms in Eindhoven
  • 1955 Ice Dance Championship at Vienna Austria won by J Westwood/Demmy GRB
  • 1955 Mike Souchak sets PGA 72-hole record of 257
  • 1956 Ice Dance Championship at Garmisch won by Pamela Weight/P Thomas GRB
  • 1957 Mary Lena Faulk wins LPGA St Petersburg Golf Open

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1962 Wilt Chamberlain of NBA Philadelphia Warriors scores 67 points vs St Louis Hawks

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • 1963 Toru Terasawa runs world record marathon (2:15:15.8
  • 1964 101st member elected to baseball's hall of fame (Luke Appling)
  • 1965 US-Japan baseball relations suspended over Masanori Murakami dispute
  • 1968 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Springfield, Massachusetts opens
  • 1971 England regains cricket Ashes with a 2-0 series win
  • 1973 Rodney Redmond scores 107 on debut v Pakistan, his only Test Cricket
  • 1974 49 die in stampede for seats at soccer match, Cairo, Egypt
  • 1974 Carol Mann wins LPGA Naples Lely Golf Classic
  • 1974 16th Daytona 500: Richard Petty wins (140.894 MPH)
  • 1976 NZ scores their 1st innings win in Test Cricket, v India

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1976 Richard Hadlee takes 7-23 v India, his 1st match-winning spell

Cricketer Richard Hadlee
Cricketer
Richard Hadlee
  • 1980 Dot Germain wins LPGA S&H Golf Classic
  • 1980 22nd Daytona 500: Buddy Baker wins (177.602 MPH)
  • 1982 Commencement of Sri Lanka's 1st Test Cricket match, v England
  • 1985 Dutch speed skater Hein Vergeer becomes World Allround champion
  • 1985 27th Daytona 500: Bill Elliott wins (172.265 MPH)

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1989 Former baseball player/manager Leo Durocher injured in a car crash

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher
  • 1989 Orel Hershiser, Dodger pitcher signs record $7.9M-3 year contract
  • 1991 33rd Daytona 500: Ernie Irvan wins (148.148 MPH)
  • 1993 Mark Foster swims world record 50m free style (21.60 sec)

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1995 Tiger Manager Sparky Anderson takes unpaid leave due to baseball strike

MLB Player and Manager Sparky Anderson
MLB Player and Manager
Sparky Anderson
  • 1996 1st full ODI for the Netherlands, v NZ, cricket World Cup Nolan Clarke makes ODI debut for Netherlands at age 47
  • 1998 USA Women's Ice Hockey Team beats Canada and wins the first Olympic Gold medal
  • 2002 44th Daytona 500: Ward Burton wins (130.81 MPH)
  • 2008 57th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 134-128 at New Orleans
  • 2008 50th Daytona 500: Ryan Newman wins (152.672 MPH)
  • 2012 Approximately 70 ancient Olympic artifacts are stolen from the Archaeological Museum of Greece
  • 2013 Australia defeat the West Indies to win the women's 2013 Cricket World Cup
  • 2013 62nd NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 143-138 at Houston
  • 2013 Cricket Women's World Cup: Australia defeats West Indies by 114 runs

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2016 Nike ends endorsement deal with Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao after he made TV comments gay people are "worse than animals."


Birthdays in Sport

  • 1885 Steve Evans, American baseball player (d. 1943)
  • 1893 Wally Pipp, American baseball player (d. 1965)
  • 1898 Tom Lowry, cricketer (NZ batsman in seven Tests & their 1st Test capt)
  • 1908 Walter L "Red" Barber, Miss, sports announcer (Bkln Dodgers, NY Yanks)
  • 1909 Joseph "Poeske" Scherens, Belgian cyclist (champ sprinter 1932-37)[NS]
  • 1916 Don Tallon, cricketer (perhaps Australia's greatest wicket-keeper)
  • 1916 Alexander Obolensky, Russian prince and famed Rugby Union footballer who played for England.(d. 1940)
  • 1919 Joseph R Hunt, tennis champ (US Open-1943)
  • 1922 Marshall Teague, American race car driver (d. 1959)
  • 1929 Paul Meger, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1931 Buddy Ryan, NFL coach (Philadelphia Eagles, Phoenix Cardinals), born in Frederick, Oklahoma (d. 2016)
  • 1936 Barry Jarman, cricketer (Australian wicket-keeper in 60's)

Person of interestJim Brown

1936 Jim Brown, American NFL Running Back (Cleveland Browns), born in St. Simons, Georgia

NFL Legend Jim Brown
NFL Legend
Jim Brown
  • 1936 Peter Walker, cricket all-rounder (Glamorgan did little for Eng 1960)
  • 1940 Dennis Gamsy, South African cricketer (South African bat in 2 Tests v Australia 1970), born in Glenwood, South Africa
  • 1941 Heidi Biebi, German Fed Rep, downhill skier (Olympic gold 1960)
  • 1946 Valdemar Bandolowski, Danish sailor (Olympic gold 1976, 80)
  • 1952 Insook Bhushan, Seoul Korea, US table tennis player (Olympic-92)
  • 1952 Karin Janz, East German gymnast
  • 1958 Karen Lende O'Connor, equestrian 3-day (Olympic silver 1996), born in Concord, Massachusetts
  • 1959 Ambrose "Rowdy" Gaines, American 100m swimmer (3 Olympic golds 1984) and television commentator, born in Winter Haven, Florida
  • 1959 Daniel Ray "Danny" Ainge, basketball & football star
  • 1961 Deb[ra] Richardson, beach volleyballer (Olympics 1996), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1961 Guy McIntyre, NFL guard (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1962 Hennie Meijer, soccer player (Cambuur L, FC Heerenveen)
  • 1962 Tony Blain, cricketer (NZ Test wicket-keeper)

Person of interestMichael Jordan

1963 Michael Jordan, American NBA guard/forward (Chicago Bulls) and sports superstar, born in Chicago, Illinois

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan
  • 1964 Mike Campbell, American pitcher (Chicago Cubs), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1964 Buster Olney, American sports columnist
  • 1965 Jim Bowie, Japanese-American baseball infielder (Oakland Athletics)
  • 1966 Luc Robitaille, NHL left wing (NY Rangers, Pitts Penguins), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1966 Ioannis Kalitzakis, Greek footballer
  • 1967 Gary Shuchuk, Canadian former NHL centre and coach (LA Kings), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • 1968 Bryan Cox, American NFL linebacker and coach (Miami Dolphins, Chicago Bears), born in East St. Louis, Illinois
  • 1968 Celita Schutz, Riverdale NJ, half-middleweight judoka (Olympics 1996)
  • 1969 David Klingler, NFL quarterback (Oakland Raiders, Cin Bengals)
  • 1969 Joel Steed, NFL nose tackle (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1969 Levon Kirkland, NFL linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1970 Tommy Moe, nordic skiier (Olympic-gold/silver-1994), born in Anchorage, Alaska
  • 1972 Lloy Ball, American volleyball setter (Olympics 1996), born in Ft Wayne Indiana
  • 1972 Richard MacQuire, Australian canoeist (Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1972 Stephen Robinson, rower (Olympics 1996), born in Arlington, Virginia
  • 1972 Tony Lawson, NSA Australia, diver (Olympics 1996)
  • 1972 Vladimir Vujtek, NHL forward (Team Czech Olympic gold 1998, Tampa Bay)
  • 1972 William Floyd, full back (San Francisco 49ers)
  • 1973 Chris Robinson, NBA guard (Vancouver Grizzlies)
  • 1973 Drew Barry, NBA guard (Atlanta Hawks)
  • 1973 Frank Sanders, NFL wide receiver (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1973 Raymond Jackson, NFL defensive back (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1975 Sung-Hee Park, Pusan Korea, tennis star (1993 Futures-Seoul)
  • 1975 Todd Harvey, Hamilton, NHL center (Dallas Stars)
  • 1975 Vaclav Prospal, NHL forward (Team Czech Olympic gold 1998, Philadelphia)
  • 1976 Scott Williamson, American baseball player
  • 1979 Josh Willingham, American baseball player
  • 1980 Shanyn MacEachern, Brampton Ontario, gymnast (Olympics 1996)
  • 1980 Klemi Saban, Israeli footballer
  • 1980 Al Harrington, American basketball player
  • 1981 Donielle Thompson, Wheatridge CO, gymnast (World-bronze-95, Olympics 1996)
  • 1981 Lisa Skinner, Queensland Australia, gymnast (Olympics 1996)
  • 1982 Adriano, Brazilian footballer
  • 1982 Brian Bruney, American baseball player
  • 1983 GĂ©rald Cid, French footballer
  • 1983 Marios Kaperonis, Greek boxer
  • 1984 AB de Villiers, South African cricketer
  • 1986 Joey O'Brien, Irish footballer

Weddings in Sport

  • 2007 Australian TV presenter Natalie Gruzlewski (30) weds pro surfer Luke Egan at St. Augustine's Catholic Church

Deaths in Sport

  • 1929 John Read, cricketer (batted in 17 Tests for Eng for 463 runs), dies
  • 1959 Tim Mara, co-founder of NFL's NY Giants, dies
  • 1982 Nestor Chylak, American baseball umpire (b. 1922)
  • 1989 Lefty Gomez, pitching great (NY Yankees), dies at 80
  • 1990 Hap Day, Canadian ice hockey player and manager (b. 1901)
  • 1993 Leslie Townsend, cricket all-rounder (England in 4 Tests 1930-34), dies
  • 2001 Bob Geary, Canadian football player and manager (b. 1933)
  • 2005 Omar Sivori, Argentine footballer (b. 1935)
  • 2008 Brian Harris, English footballer (b. 1935)
  • 2016 Andy Ganteaume, Trinidadian cricketer (West Indian batsman who scored 112 in his only Test innings 1948), dies at 95
  • 2016 Tony Phillips, American MLB player (Oakland Athletics), dies at 56
  • 2017 Peter Richardson, British cricketer (England batsman mid-50's), dies at 85