On This Day

On This Day in Sport for February 2

Events in Sport

  • 1876 Baseball's National League forms at the Grand Central Hotel, NYC with teams in Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Hartford, Louisville, New York, Philadelphia and St Louis
  • 1892 Longest boxing match under modern rules; 77 rounds in Nameoki, Illinois between Harry Sharpe & Frank Crosby

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1913 NY football Giants sign Jim Thorpe

Versatile Athlete Jim Thorpe
Versatile Athlete
Jim Thorpe

Olympic Games1st Winter Olympics

1924 Norway’s Thorleif Haug takes the cross-country double at the Chamonix Winter Olympics when he wins the 18k event; Haug also 50k gold medalist

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Einar Landvik, Nordic skier from Norway, competes in the first-ever Winter Olympics in Chamonix, France, 1924
Einar Landvik, Nordic skier from Norway, competes in the first-ever Winter Olympics in Chamonix, France, 1924
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  • 1926 Australasian Championships Women's Tennis, Adelaide: Daphne Akhurst Cozens retains title; beats Esna Boyd Robertson 6-1, 6-3
  • 1926 Australasian Championships Men's Tennis, Adelaide: In all-Australian final John Hawkes beats James Willard 6-1, 6-3, 6-1
  • 1943 Cubs return to original uniform after experimenting with a vest
  • 1944 Baseball meets in NYC to discuss postwar action

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1949 Golfing champ Ben Hogan seriously injured in an auto accident

Golfer Ben Hogan
Ben Hogan
  • 1954 Bevo Francis, Rio Grande College, scores 113 pts in basketball game
  • 1956 Despite a severe ankle injury Tenley Albright leads an American 1-2 in the women's figure skating at the Cortina d'Ampezzo Winter Olympics; Carol Heiss takes the silver medal

AgreementContract of Interest

1959 Vince Lombardi signs a 5 year contract to coach Green Bay Packers

NFL Coach Vince Lombardi
NFL Coach
Vince Lombardi
  • 1962 1st pole vault over 16' (4.88m) (John Uelses-16', Melrose Games)
  • 1964 Sjoukje Dijkstra (Neth) wins Olympic gold for figure skating

Hall of fameHall of Fame

1964 Elected to Baseball Hall of Fame - Red Faber, Burleigh Grimes, Tim Keefe, Heinie Manush, John Montgomery Ward, & Miller Huggins

Major League Baseball Pitcher Tim Keefe
Major League Baseball Pitcher
Tim Keefe
  • 1967 Formation of American Basketball Association is announced

  • 1969 Stan Coveleski & Waite Hoyt are voted into baseball Hall of Fame

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1970 Pete Maravich becomes 1st to score 3,000 college basketball points

NBA Guard Pete Maravich
NBA Guard
Pete Maravich

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1973 Test debut of champion New Zealand cricket all-rounder Sir Richard Hadlee; drawn 1st Test v Pakistan, Wellington

Cricketer Richard Hadlee
Richard Hadlee
  • 1974 Smallest crowd at Cleveland Arena (Cavs vs Golden State-1,641)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1975 US female Figure Skating championship won by Dorothy Hamill

Figure Skater Dorothy Hamill
Figure Skater
Dorothy Hamill
  • 1976 Roger Connor, Fred Lindstrom & umpire Cal Hubbard elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1977 Toronto's Ian Turnbull scores 5 goals, NHL REcord for a defenseman
  • 1980 Mexican boxer Salvador Sánchez dethrones Danny “Little Red” Lopez as WBC world featherweight champion with a 13th-round TKO in Phoenix, AZ; Lopez champion since November 1976, 8th defence
  • 1985 US male Figure Skating championship won by Brian Boitano
  • 1986 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: NFC beats AFC, 28-24; MVP: Phil Simms, NY Giants, QB
  • 1987 KC Royal pitcher Dennis Leonard (3X 20 game winner), retires
  • 1988 David Boon's 6th Test Cricket century, 184* v England at Sydney
  • 1992 David Boon's 13 Test Cricket century, 107 v India at Perth
  • 1992 Australian Kieren Perkins swims 1,500m freestyle short course world record, 14:32.40 at AIS, Canberra, Australia
  • 1992 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: NFC beats AFC, 21-15; MVP: Michael Irvin, Dallas Cowboys, WR
  • 1995 Henry Olonga no-balled for throwing in Zimbabwe-Pakistan Test Cricket
  • 1997 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: AFC beats NFC, 26-23 (OT); MVP: Mark Brunell, Jacksonville Jaguars, QB

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1997 Scotty Bowman becomes first coach in NHL history to win 1,000 games

NHL Coach Scotty Bowman
NHL Coach
Scotty Bowman
  • 2002 52nd NHL All-Star Game, Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA: World beats North America, 8-5; MVP: Éric Dazé, Chicago Blackhawks, RW
  • 2003 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: AFC beats NFC, 45-23; MVP: Ricky Williams, Miami Dolphins, RB
  • 2003 53rd NHL All-Star Game, Office Depot Centre, Sunrise, FL: West beats East, 6-5; MVP: Danny Heatley, Atlanta Thrashers, LW
  • 2012 NHL player Sam Gagner becomes the first player to scores eight points in one game for the Edmonton Oilers against the Chicago Blackhawks since 1989
  • 2014 Super Bowl XLVIII, MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ: Seattle Seahawks beat Denver Broncos, 42-8; MVP: Malcolm Smith, Seattle, LB

Sport awardAustralian Men's Tennis Open

2020 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Novak Đoković of Serbia rallies to beat Austrian Dominic Thiem 6-4, 4-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 for a record-extending eighth title at Melbourne Park

Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković

Sport awardSuper Bowl

2020 Super Bowl LIV, Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL: Kansas City Chiefs beat San Francisco 49ers, 31-20; MVP: Patrick Mahomes, KC Chiefs, QB; Chiefs' 1st victory in 50 years

NFL Quarterback Patrick Mahomes
NFL Quarterback
Patrick Mahomes

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1878 Alfréd Hajós, Hungarian swimmer (d. 1955)
  • 1881 Karl Frederick, pistol champ (Olympic gold 1920)
  • 1888 Frederick Lane, Australian swimmer (d. 1969)
  • 1891 Frank Foyston, NHL Hall of Famer (Seattle)

Person of interestGeorge Halas

1895 George Halas [Papa Bear], American NFL coach and pioneering owner of the Chicago Bears, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1983)

American Football Coach and Team Owner George Halas
American Football Coach and Team Owner
George Halas
  • 1900 Asa Smith Bushnell III, American sports executive (Secretary US Olympic Committee 1945-65), born in Springfield, Ohio (d. 1975)
  • 1900 Willie Kamm, MLB third baseman (d. 1988)
  • 1908 Wes Ferrell, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1933, 37; no-hitter 1931; record 37 career HRs hit by a pitcher), born in Greensboro, North Carolina (d. 1976)
  • 1915 Stan Leonard, Canadian golfer (3 PGA Tour titles), born in Vancouver, BC (d. 2005)
  • 1919 Allie Reynolds, NY Yankee pitcher (1952 AL ERA leader (2.07))
  • 1923 Red Schoendienst, American Baseball Hall of Fame second baseman/manager (10-time All Star), born in Germantown, Illinois (d. 2018)
  • 1935 Pete Brown, American golfer (first African-American to win on PGA Tour, Waco 1964), born in Port Gibson, Mississippi (d. 2015)
  • 1937 Martina Arroyo, American opera soprano (NY Metropolitan Opera, 1965-78), born in New York City
  • 1937 Don Buford, All-Star MLB outfielder
  • 1940 Wayne Fontes, American football coach
  • 1946 Gerrie Mühren, Dutch soccer midfielder (10 caps; Ajax, Volendam), born in Volendam, Netherlands (d. 2013)
  • 1947 Aleksandr Medved, USSR, wrestler (Olympic gold 1964, 68, 72)
  • 1949 Francisco Maturana, Colombian football manager
  • 1953 Penny Pulz, Australian golfer (Dinah Shore runner-up 1978), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1954 Jayantha Amerasinghe, cricketer (2 Tests for Sri Lanka v NZ 1983)
  • 1958 Dexter Manley, NFLer (Wash Redskins)
  • 1961 Joey Benjamin, cricket pace bowler (in St Kitts England in 1994)
  • 1962 Ben Testerman, tennis star, born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 1962 Andy Fordham, English darts player (BDO World Champion 2004), born in Bristol, England
  • 1962 Paul Kilgus, baseball player
  • 1965 Harry Swayne, NFL tackle (San Diego Chargers, Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1965 Carl Airey, English footballer
  • 1966 Andrei Chesnokov, Russian tennis star
  • 1966 Bob Estes, American golfer (4 PGA Tour titles), born in Graham, Texas
  • 1966 Tony Plourde, Chibougamau Quebec, sabre (Olympics 1996)
  • 1967 Arturs Irbe, Latvian hockey player
  • 1968 Paul McKenzie, Australian Finn class sailor (Olympics 1996)
  • 1968 Sari Krooks, ice hockey right wing (Finland, Olympics 1998)
  • 1968 Scott Erickson, pitcher (Minnesota Twins, Baltimore Orioles), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1968 Sean Elliott, NBA forward (San Antonio Spurs)
  • 1968 Ventson Donelson, CFL cornerback (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • 1969 Ijaz Ahmed Jr, cricketer (one Test Pakistan v Sri Lanka 1995)
  • 1969 Jeff Christy, corner (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1969 Jody Hull, Cambridge, NHL right wing (Florida Panthers)
  • 1969 Valeri Karpin, Russian footballer
  • 1970 Erik ten Hag, soccer player (FC Twente, RKC, FC Utrecht)
  • 1970 Nikolaos Michopoulos, Greek footballer
  • 1970 Roar Strand, Norwegian footballer
  • 1971 Ken Dilger, NFL tight end (Indianapolis Colts)
  • 1971 Tony Miller, Mount Pleasant Texas, 400m runner
  • 1972 Charlie Williams, NFL safety (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1972 Ivan Droppa, Liptovsky Mikulas CZE, NHL defenseman (Chicago)
  • 1972 Lance Brown, NFL defensive back (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1973 Dan Brandenburg, linebacker (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1973 Patrick Jeffers, NFL wide receiver (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1973 Radka Bobkova, tennis star (quarter Bournemouth), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • 1973 Tim Denton, NFL cornerback (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1974 J R Conrad, offensive tackle/guard (NY Jets)
  • 1974 Jeff Cassar, soccer goalkeeper (Olympic gold 1996)
  • 1975 Todd Bertuzzi, Sudbury, NHL right wing (NY Islanders)
  • 1975 Ieroklis Stoltidis, Greek footballer
  • 1975 Vaggelis Koutsoures, Greek footballer
  • 1976 Steven Dewick, Australian swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1976 James Hickman, British swimmer
  • 1977 Libor Sionko, Czech football player
  • 1978 Annabel Ellwood, Canberra Australia, tennis star (1995 Futures NC)
  • 1978 Barry Ferguson, Scottish football player
  • 1979 Lindsay Langston, Modesto California, archer (Olympics 1996)
  • 1979 Petra Cada, Canadian table tennis player (Olympics 1996), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • 1979 Fani Halkia, Greek hurdler
  • 1979 Irini Terzoglou, Greek shot putter
  • 1980 Oleguer Presas, Spanish football player
  • 1981 Jason Kapono, American basketball player
  • 1982 Sergio Castaño, Spanish footballer
  • 1982 Kelly Mazzante, American basketball player
  • 1983 Carolina Klüft, Swedish athlete
  • 1983 Jordin Tootoo, Canadian hockey player
  • 1987 Gerard Piqué, Spanish football player

Weddings in Sport

LoveWedding of Interest

1985 NFL running back, broadcaster, actor and felon O.J. Simpson marries second wife Nicole Brown (murdered 1994)

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson

Deaths in Sport

Person of interestJohn L. Sullivan

1918 John L. Sullivan, Irish-American heavyweight boxing champ (1882-92), dies at 59

Heavyweight Boxing Champion John L. Sullivan
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
John L. Sullivan

Person of interestJaap Eden

1925 Jaap Eden, Dutch world champion cyclist and speed skater, dies at 51

Cyclist and Speed Skater Jaap Eden
Cyclist and Speed Skater
Jaap Eden
  • 1943 Jack Burke Sr., American golfer (US open 1920 runner-up; Senior PGA C'ship 1941), dies at 54
  • 1945 Joe Hunt, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1943), dies in fighter plane crash during training at 25
  • 1948 Bevil Rudd, South African athlete (Olympic gold 1920), dies at 53
  • 1959 Frank DeCaires, cricketer (WI bat v Eng 1930, 3 Tests 232 runs), dies
  • 1969 Giovanni Martinelli, opera singer (NY Met), dies at 83
  • 1976 Harry Elliott, England cricket wicket-keeper (3 Tests 1927-34), dies
  • 1979 Jim Burke, Australian cricket batsman (24 Tests; record for most innings in a complete career without scoring a duck [44]) and broadcaster (ABC), dies of self inflicted gunshot wounds at 48
  • 1983 Bryan Valentine, cricketer (7 Tests for England, 454 runs), dies
  • 1987 Castilho, Brazilian footballer (b. 1927)
  • 1989 Ondrej Nepela, Slovak figure skater (b. 1951)
  • 1990 Joe Erskine, Welsh heavyweight boxer (British heavyweight champion 1956-58), dies at 56
  • 1995 Fred Perry, English tennis player/broadcaster (8-time Grand Slam singles winner), dies of broken ribs at 85
  • 1997 Erich Eliskases, Austrian chess player (b. 1913)
  • 2004 Róbert Zimonyi, Hungarian-American rowing coxswain (Olympic gold 1964), dies at 85
  • 2005 Max Schmeling, German boxer (world heavyweight champion 1930-32), dies at 99
  • 2007 Masao Takemoto, Japanese gymnast (b. 1919)
  • 2013 Walter Francis Sweeney, American NFL guard (San Diego Chargers), dies from pancreatic cancer at 71
  • 2013 Pepper Paire, American National Women's Baseball Hall of Fame catcher (1948 AAGPBL All-Star Team), dies at 88
  • 2021 Grant Jackson, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1969; World Series 1979; Philadelphia Phillies; Baltimore Orioles; Pittsburgh Pirates), dies from complications of COVID-19 at 78