On This Day

On This Day in Sport for February 19

Events in Sport

  • 1928 II Winter Olympic Games close at St Moritz, Switzerland
  • 1928 Gillis Grafström of Sweden wins his 3rd consecutive Olympic men’s figure skating gold medal at St. Moritz; one of only 2 athletes to win gold at both Winter & Summer Games (won figure skating Antwerp 1920)
  • 1928 Canada retains the Olympic ice hockey title when they rout Switzerland, 13-0 in the final round in St. Moritz; Canadian left-wing Dave Trottier top scores with 15 points
  • 1928 World champion French team Andrée Joly and Pierre Brunet win the Olympic pairs figure skating gold medal at the St. Moritz Winter Games; the couple marry in 1929 and take 2nd straight gold in 1932
  • 1942 NY Yankees announce 5,000 uniformed soldiers admitted free at each of their upcoming home games
  • 1946 Giants outfielder Danny Gardella is 1st major leaguer to announce he is jumping to the "outlaw" Mexican League
  • 1952 American defending champion Dick Button becomes first figure-skater to land a triple jump in competition; performs a triple loop in the Olympic free skate in Oslo; wins gold medal ahead of Austria’s Helmut Seibt
  • 1960 Swedish cross country skier Sixten Jernberg follows his 50k gold medal in Cortina d'Ampezzo (1956) with victory in 30k event at the Squaw Valley Winter Olympics
  • 1960 Three time Canadian world champions Barbara Wagner and Robert Paul win the pairs figure skating Olympic gold medal at Squaw Valley, CA
  • 1961 Henk van der Grift (Neth) becomes world champ all-round skater
  • 1965 NFL adds 6th official - the line judge
  • 1967 Stien Kaiser becomes world champion lady's skater

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1970 AL Cy Young Award winner Denny McLain suspended for bookmaking

MLB Pitcher Denny McLain
MLB Pitcher
Denny McLain
  • 1977 A's sell pitcher Paul Lindblad to the Rangers for $400,000
  • 1977 Doug Walters scores 250 v NZ, 217 stand for 7th wicket with Gilmour
  • 1977 Right wing Rod Gilbert scores a goal and adds an assist in a 5-2 defeat at the NY Islanders to become first player in NY Rangers history (11th in NHL) to score 1,000 career points

  • 1978 20th Daytona 500: Bobby Allison takes lead with 11 laps remaining; lowest starting position (33rd) for winner until 2007
  • 1980 Botham a century & 13 wickets in Jubilee Test Cricket at Bombay
  • 1980 American speed skater Eric Heiden wins 1,000m in Olympic record 1:15.18; third of record 5 gold medal sweep of events at Lake Placid
  • 1980 Washington beats Montreal, 3-1 to end the Canadiens' 34 game unbeaten streak against Capitals; Caps 0-32-2 against Montreal since entering NHL in 1974
  • 1980 Swedish alpine skier Ingemar Stenmark wins the giant slalom from Andreas Wenzel of Liechtenstein at the Lake Placid Winter Olympics; also takes slalom gold
  • 1980 Ulrich Wehling of East Germany wins his third consecutive Olympic gold medal in the Nordic combined event at Lake Placid; winner Sapporo (1972), Innsbruck (1976)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1983 Fernando Valenzuela wins his salary arbitration of $1 million

Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher Fernando Valenzuela
Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher
Fernando Valenzuela
  • 1983 Vladimir Salnikov (USSR) sets 400 m free style swimming record
  • 1984 XIV Winter Olympic Games close in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia
  • 1984 1st brother combo to win Gold & Silver in same event at Olympics (Phil & Steve Mahre-Slalom)
  • 1984 26th Daytona 500: Cale Yarborough wins for 2nd consecutive year and 4th time in career; last-lap pass to beat Darrell Waltrip
  • 1984 Swedish cross country skier Thomas Wassberg wins 50k event at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics; his second gold of the Games (4 x 10k relay) and 3rd of his career (15k Lake Placid 1980)
  • 1984 Soviet Union wins its 6th Olympic ice hockey gold medal with a 2-0 win over silver medallists Czechoslovakia at the Sarajevo Winter Games
  • 1987 Less than a month after re-signing, A's pitcher Vida Blue retires
  • 1989 31st Daytona 500: Darrell Waltrip wins when Hendrick Racing team decides to use fuel strategy, being the only car not to pit in the closing laps
  • 1992 In a blockbuster NHL trade, Pittsburgh Penguins send Mark Recchi, Brian Benning & LA's 1st round 1992 pick (Jason Bowen) to the Philadelphia Flyers for Kjell Samuelsson, Rick Tocchet & Ken Wregget
  • 1995 37th Daytona 500: Sterling Marlin wins for 2nd straight year; 3rd driver to achieve back-to-back titles (Richard Petty, Cale Yarborough)
  • 1998 US hockey team destroys their rooms at Olympic village in Japan

Sport awardNBA All-Star Game

2006 55th NBA All-Star Game, Toyota Centre, Houston, TX: East beats West, 122-120; MVP: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, F

Basketball Player LeBron James
Basketball Player
LeBron James
  • 2006 48th Daytona 500: Jimmie Johnson driving from Hendrick Motorsports wins 203 lap race; goes on to win his first championship
  • 2014 Norwegian biathletes Ole Einar Bjørndalen (sprint gold) and Emil Hegle Svendsen (mass start gold), each win their 2nd gold medal of the Sochi Winter Olympics in the mixed relay
  • 2014 Canadian team Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyes win their second consecutive Olympic 2-woman bobsleigh gold medal at the Sochi Winter Games
  • 2014 Czech speed skater Martina Sáblíková retains her Olympic 5,000m title (Vancouver 2010) in Sochi; also Vancouver 3,000m gold
  • 2014 After winning the combined gold in Turin (2006), American alpine skier Ted Ligety has to wait 8 years for his next Olympic success, gold in the giant slalom in Sochi
  • 2017 NBA All Star Game, Smoothie King Centre, New Orleans, LA: West beats East, 192-182; MVP: Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans, F
  • 2018 Canadian team of Justin Kripps & Alexander Kopacz dead-heat in 3:16.86 with Germans Francesco Friedrich & Thorsten Margis for the 2-man bobsleigh gold medal at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics
  • 2019 Four-time MLB All-Star at 3B Manny Machado agrees to the biggest free-agent contract in American sports history, a 10 year deal worth $300 million with the San Diego Padres

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1855 John Morrill, American baseball first baseman and manager (National League pennant: 1877, 78, 83; Boston Red Caps/Beaneaters), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1932)
  • 1891 J C White, English cricket spin bowler (15 Tests, 49 wickets; 10-76 Somerset v Worcestershire 1921), born in Holford, England (d. 1961)
  • 1894 Herb Pennock, hall of fame pitcher (Yankees, 243 career wins)

Person of interestEddie Arcaro

1916 Eddie Arcaro, American Racing Hall of Fame jockey (Triple Crown 1941 Whirlaway, 1948 Citation), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1997)

Racing Hall of Fame Jockey Eddie Arcaro
Racing Hall of Fame Jockey
Eddie Arcaro
  • 1924 Bruce Norris, American Hockey Hall of Fame executive (owner Detroit Red Wings 1952-82), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1986)
  • 1924 David Bronstein, Ukrainian chess player (d. 2006)
  • 1925 Leslie Laing, Jamaican athlete (Olympic gold men's 4x400m relay 1952 WR 3:03.9), born in Linstead, Saint Catherine, Jamaica (d. 2021)
  • 1928 Garland F. Pinholster, American college basketball coach (USA: gold Pan American Games 1963; Oglethorpe University 1956-66), born in Clyattville, Georgia (d. 2020)
  • 1937 Norman O'Neill, cricketer (great Aussie bat of 60's Brilliant field)
  • 1945 Jon Whiteley, actor (Moonfleet)
  • 1954 Sócrates [Socrates Brasileiro Sampaio de Sousa Vieira de Oliveira], Brazilian soccer midfielder (60 caps, 22 goals Brazil; Corinthians), born in Belém, Brazil (d. 2011)
  • 1956 Steve Randell, Tasmanian cricket Test umpire (international panel)
  • 1957 Dave "Smoke" Stewart, American pitcher (Oakland Athletic), born in Oakland, California

Person of interestRoger Goodell

1959 Roger Goodell, American NFL Commissioner, born in Jamestown, New York

Commissioner of the National Football League (NFL) Roger Goodell
Commissioner of the National Football League (NFL)
Roger Goodell
  • 1960 John Paul Jr., American auto racer (IMSA GT C'ship 1982; 24 Hours of Daytona 1982, 92; 12 Hours of Sebring 1982), born in Muncie, Indiana (d. 2020)
  • 1961 Justin Fashanu, English soccer forward (first openly gay pro footballer; first black footballer to command £1 million transfer fee), born in London, England (d. 1998)
  • 1961 Andy Wallace, English race car driver
  • 1962 Alvaro Espinoza, Venezuela, baseball shortstop (NY Yanks, NY Mets)

Person of interestHana Mandlikova

1962 Hana Mandlíková, Czech tennis player (4 Grand Slam titles), born in Prague, Czech Republic

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Hana Mandlikova
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Hana Mandlikova
  • 1965 Andrew Jameson, British(?) swimmer
  • 1965 John Commins, cricketer (South African Test batsman v NZ 1994-95)
  • 1966 Matthew Ryan, team handball circle (Olympics 1996), born in Port Jefferson, New York
  • 1966 Paul Haarhuis, Eindhoven Neth, tennis star (1994 US/Austral doubles)
  • 1966 Peter Douris, NHL right wing (Anaheim Mighty Ducks), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1966 William White, NFL safety (KC Chiefs, Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1966 Enzo Scifo, Belgian footballer
  • 1967 Roel Liefden, soccer player (Dordrecht '90, FC Groningen)
  • 1968 Rob Dimaio, NHL right wing (Philadelphia Flyers), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1970 Garland Hawkins, NFL defensive end (Chicago Bears)
  • 1970 Ruwan Kalpage, cricket off-spinner (Sri Lankan)
  • 1971 Becky Dyroen-Lancer, American synchronized swimmer (Olympic gold 1996), born in San Jose, California
  • 1971 Glyn Milburn, NFL running back/kick returner (Den Broncos, Det Lions)
  • 1971 Wally Williams, NFL center/guard (Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens)
  • 1971 William Henderson, American NFL running back (Super Bowl 1996; Pro Bowl, All Pro 2004; Green Bay Packers), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1973 Terrence Rencher, NBA guard (Phoenix Suns)
  • 1973 Tommy Bennett, safety (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1975 Raymond Graanoogst, Suriname/Dutch soccer player (FC Utrecht)
  • 1975 Mikko Kavén, Finnish footballer
  • 1975 Daewon Song, Korean professional skateboarder
  • 1977 Gianluca Zambrotta, Italian footballer
  • 1978 Michalis Konstantinou, Greek-Cypriot footballer
  • 1979 Clinton Morrison, Irish footballer
  • 1979 Steve Cherundolo, American soccer player
  • 1980 Mike Miller, American basketball player
  • 1981 Gil Reyes, American boxer
  • 1981 Nicky Shorey, English footballer
  • 1986 Kyle Chipchura, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1986 Henri Karjalainen, Finnish racing driver
  • 1986 Marta, Brazilian footballer
  • 1995 Nikola Jokić, Serbian basketball center (Serbian Player of the Year 2018; NBA All Star 2019; fastest NBA triple-double 14:33s 2018), born in Sombor, Serbia

Deaths in Sport

  • 1892 Monty Bowden, English cricket wicketkeeper and captain (2 Tests; youngest England captain at 23 years, 144 days), dies of epilepsy at 26
  • 1941 Alexander Josiah Webbe, English cricket wicket-keeper (v Aus 1879), dies
  • 1957 Maurice Garin, Italian-born French road bicycle racer (winner of Tour de France in 1903), dies at 85
  • 1977 Mike González, Cuban baseball player, dies at 86
  • 1994 Renske Vellinga, Dutch speed-skater, dies in auto-accident at 19
  • 1996 Charles "Charlie O" Finley, American sports entrepreneur (MLB's Kansas City/Oakland A's: NHL's California Golden Seals), dies at 77
  • 1996 Antonio Creus, Spanish racecar driver, dies at 71
  • 1997 Stanley Pearson, footballer, dies at 76
  • 2011 Ollie Matson, Pro/College Football Hall of Fame halfback (First-team All-Pro 1952, 54–59; Pro Bowl 1952, 54–58; NFL 1950s All Decade Team), dies of dementia at 80
  • 2018 Yury Tyukalov, Soviet rower (Olympic 1952,56 Gold), dies at 87
  • 2019 Don Newcombe, American baseball pitcher (4-time MLB All Star), dies at 92