On This Day in Sport for February 19

Events in Sport

  • 1928 2nd Winter Olympic games close at St Moritz, Switzerland
  • 1942 NY Yankees annouce 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
  • 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
  • 1977 A's sell pitcher Paul Lindblad to the Rangers for $400,000
  • 1978 20th Daytona 500: Bobby Allison wins (159.73 MPH)
  • 1980 Botham a century & 13 wickets in Jubilee Test Cricket at Bombay
  • 1980 Eric Heiden skates Olympic record 1000m in 1:15.18
  • 1983 Vladimir Salnikov (USSR) sets 400 m free style swimming record
  • 1984 14th winter Olympic games close at 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 (150.994 MPH)
  • 1987 Less than a month after re-signing, A's pitcher Vida Blue retires
  • 1989 31st Daytona 500: Darrell Waltrip wins (148.466 MPH)
  • 1994 Marta Figueras-Dotti wins Cup o' Noodles Hawaiian Ladies Golf Open
  • 1995 37th Daytona 500: Sterling Marlin wins (141.71 MPH)
  • 1998 US hockey team destroys their rooms at Olympic village in Japan
  • 2006 55th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 122-120 at Houston
  • 2006 48th Daytona 500: Jimmie Johnson wins (142.667 MPH)

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1891 J C "Farmer" White, cricketer (Somerset slow lefty 1909-37)
  • 1894 Herb Pennock, hall of fame pitcher (Yankees, 243 career wins)
  • 1909 Charlie Walker, South Aust cricket wicket-keeper (toured but no Tests)
  • 1916 Eddie Arcaro, American Racing Hall of Fame jockey (Triple Crown 1941 Whirlaway, 1948 Citation), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1997)
  • 1924 Bruce Norris, NHL owner (Detroit Red Wings)
  • 1924 David Bronstein, Ukrainian chess player (d. 2006)
  • 1925 Leslie Laing, Linstead Jamaica, 4X400m relayer (Olympic gold 1952)
  • 1937 Norman O'Neill, cricketer (great Aussie bat of 60's Brilliant field)
  • 1938 Penny Zavichas, LPGA golfer
  • 1945 Jon Whiteley, actor (Moonfleet)
  • 1954 Socrates [Socrates Brasileiro Sampaio de Sousa Vieira de Oliveira], Brazilian footballer, born in Belém, Brazil (d. 2011)
  • 1956 Steve Randell, Tasmanian cricket Test umpire (international panel)
  • 1957 Dave "Smoke" Stewart, 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
  • 1961 Justin Fashanu, English footballer (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, synchronized swimmer (Olympic gold 1996), born in San Jose, California
  • 1971 Glyn Milburn, NFL running back/kick returner (Den Broncos, Det Lions)
  • 1971 Richard Green, Australian golfer
  • 1971 Wally Williams, NFL center/guard (Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens)
  • 1971 William Henderson, NFL running back (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • 1973 Masafumi Kawaguchi, WLAF linebacker (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 1973 Terrence Rencher, NBA guard (Phoenix Suns)
  • 1973 Tommy Bennett, safety (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1975 Paul Frey, dance skater (& Ponte-1995 Eastern Jr champ), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 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

Deaths in Sport

  • 1892 Monty Bowden, cricket captain (England v South Africa 1889), dies at 26
  • 1941 Alexander Josiah Webbe, English cricket keeper (v Aus 1879), dies
  • 1957 Maurice Garin, French cyclist (b. 1871)
  • 1977 Mike González, Cuban baseball player, dies at 86
  • 1994 Renske Vellinga, Dutch speed-skater, dies in auto-accident at 19
  • 1996 Charles O Finley, baseball owner (Oakland A's), dies at 76
  • 1997 Stanley Pearson, footballer, dies at 76
  • 2011 Ollie Matson, Pro/College Football Halls of Fame halfback (NFL 1950s All Decade Team), dies of dementia at 80
  • 2018 Yury Tyukalov, Soviet rower (Olympic 1952,56 Gold), dies at 87