On This Day in Sport for February 20

Events in Sport

  • 1912 Argentina beat the MCC in their inaugural cricket 1st-class fixture
  • 1923 Christy Mathewson becomes President of Boston Braves
  • 1927 Golfers in SC arrested for violating Sabbath
  • 1929 Red Sox announce they will play Sunday games at Braves Field
  • 1930 Capelle soccer team forms
  • 1952 1st black umpire in organized baseball certified (Emmett Ashford)
  • 1953 US Court of Appeals rules that Organized Baseball is a sport & not a business, affirming the 25-year-old Supreme Court ruling
  • 1954 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Serbin Golf Open
  • 1955 Fay Crocker wins LPGA Serbin Golf Open
  • 1958 Jockey Eddie Arcaro rides his 4,000th winner
  • 1958 LA Coliseum Comm approves 2-yr pact allows Dodgers to use facility
  • 1963 End of the Test Cricket careers of Neil Harvey & Alan Davidson

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1963 Willie Mays (SF Giants) signs a record $100,000 per year contract

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1971 Bruin Phil Esposito is NHL's quickest to score 50 goals in a season

NHL Star Phil Esposito
NHL Star
Phil Esposito
  • 1972 1st time Cleveland Cavaliers beat NY Knicks (111-109)
  • 1972 Ard Schenk wins world championship for speed skating
  • 1973 10th time Islanders shut-out-4-0 vs Penguins

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1974 Gordie Howe comes out of retirement for $1M from Houston Aeros, WHA

Ice Hockey Legend Gordie Howe
Ice Hockey Legend
Gordie Howe
  • 1975 Leonard Baichan scores 105* on Test Cricket debut, v Pakistan Lahore

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1976 Muhammad Ali KOs Jan Pierre Coopman in 5 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • 1977 Judy Rankin wins LPGA Orange Blossom Golf Classic
  • 1978 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Orange Blossom Golf Classic
  • 1982 NY Islanders wins then NHL record 15th straight game
  • 1983 Roland Liboton becomes world champ cross-country cycling
  • 1985 After defending his WBC flyweight championship, Sot Chitalada's check for $104,000 is stolen by a ringside pickpocket

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1986 Mike Tyson sexually harasses a woman in Albany, New York

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • 1988 Brian Boitano wins Olympic gold medal in figure skating
  • 1988 Cornelia Oschkenat hurdles indoor world record 50m (6.58 sec)
  • 1988 Stefka Kostadinova high jumps indoor world record (2.06 m)
  • 1993 Florida Marlins open their 1st spring training camp
  • 1993 Lisa Walters wins LPGA Itoki Hawaiian Ladies' Golf Open
  • 1993 NY Islanders retire Billy Smith's number 31

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1997 San Francisco Giants Barry Bonds signs record $22.9M 2 year contract

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds
  • 1998 Tara Lipinski wins Olympic figure skating gold medal
  • 2005 54th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 125-115 at Denver
  • 2011 60th NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 148-143 at Los Angeles

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1903 Pierre Charles, Belgian heavyweight boxer
  • 1926 Edgar Meuli, cricketer (opened NZ batting in Test v South Africa 1953)
  • 1926 Robert Eugene Richards, Ill, pole vaulter (Olympic gold 48, 52, 56)
  • 1928 Elroy Face, baseball pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • 1930 Willie Cunningham, Northern Irish footballer
  • 1934 Bobby Unser, auto racer (1968, 75, 81 Indianapolis 500)
  • 1937 Roger Penske, auto racer
  • 1938 Jack Bicknell, WLAF head coach (Barcelona Dragons)
  • 1939 Frank Arundel, English footballer
  • 1940 Jimmy Greaves, British broadcaster/soccer player

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1942 Phil Esposito, Canadian NHL center, GM (Bruins, Rangers), born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

NHL Star Phil Esposito
NHL Star
Phil Esposito
  • 1943 Antonio Inoki, [Kanji Rikidozan], wrestler (NJPW/JWA)
  • 1944 Willem van Hanegem, Dutch soccer champ/coach (Feyenoord)
  • 1947 Peter Osgood, English footballer (d. 2006)
  • 1948 Gerda Boykin, LPGA golfer
  • 1949 Eddie Hemmings, cricket off-spinner (immense England)
  • 1951 Bonnie Lauer, LPGA golfer
  • 1951 Phil Neal, English soccer player
  • 1957 Glen Hanlon, Canadian ice hockey coach
  • 1959 Bill Gullickson, US baseball pitcher (Detroit Tigers)
  • 1959 Scott Evans Brayton, racing car driver
  • 1961 Steve Lundquist, US swimmer (Olympics-2 gold-1984)
  • 1962 Adam Schreiber, NFL center/guard (Atlanta Falcons, NY Giants)

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1963 Charles Barkley, American NBA forward (Phoenix, Rockets, Olympic gold 1996), born in Leeds, Alabama

NBA Power Forward Charles Barkley
NBA Power Forward
Charles Barkley
  • 1964 Christian Ruuttu, Lappeenranta FIN, hockey forward (Team Finland)
  • 1964 Jeffrey Allan Maggert, Columbia MO, PGA golfer (1993 Walt Disney)
  • 1966 Britt Hager, NFL linebacker (Denver Broncos, St Louis Rams)
  • 1966 Cindy Crawford, Dekalb Ill, supermodel (Sports Illustrated Swimsuit)
  • 1966 Dennis Allen Mitchell, Cherry Point NC, 100m/200m (Olympics-silver-96)
  • 1966 Derek Lilliquist, US baseball pitcher (Cleveland Indians, Atl Braves)
  • 1967 Broderick Thomas, NFL linebacker (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Minn, Cowboys)
  • 1967 Chris Singleton, NFL linebacker (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1967 Kurt Knudsen, US baseball pitcher (Detroit Tigers)
  • 1967 Theresa Luke, Canadian rower (Olympics-96), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1967 Tom Waddle, NFL player (Chicago Bears/Cincinnati Bengals)
  • 1968 Bennie Goods, CFL defensive tackle (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • 1969 Tommy Vardell, El Cajon, California, American NFL fullback (Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions)
  • 1970 Bryan Robinson, defensive end (St Louis Rams)
  • 1970 Jeff Robinson, NFL defensive end (Denver Broncos, St Louis Rams)
  • 1970 Leo Stefan, hockey forward (Team Germany), born in Chelyabinsk, Russia
  • 1971 Jari Litmanen, soccer player (Ajax)
  • 1971 Joost can der Westhuizen, South African rugby player, born in Pretoria (d. 2017)
  • 1973 Vladimir Iiic, WLAF defensive end (Barcelona Dragons, Rhein Fire)
  • 1974 Katerina Kroupova, Olomouc Czech, tennis star (1994 Futures-Sofia-BUL)
  • 1975 Brendan Witt, Humboldt, NHL defenseman (Washington Capitals)
  • 1975 Ismael Kirui, Marakwet Kenya, 5k runner
  • 1975 Liván Hernández, Cuban baseball player
  • 1977 Sarah Ryan, Adelaide SA Australia, swimmer (Olympics-96)
  • 1977 Stephon Marbury, NBA guard (Minn Timberwolves)
  • 1977 Bartosz Kizierowski, Polish swimmer
  • 1977 T.J. Slaughter, American football player
  • 1978 Andrea Moody, Abbotsford BC, 4X100 swimmer (Olympics-96)
  • 1980 Artur Boruc, Polish footballer
  • 1980 Imanol Harinordoquy, French rugby union footballer
  • 1981 Tony Hibbert, English footballer
  • 1982 Jason Hirsh, American baseball player
  • 1983 Jose Morales, Puerto Rican baseball player
  • 1983 Justin Verlander, American baseball player
  • 1985 Ryan Sweeney, American baseball player

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

1977 World No. 1 tennis player Arthur Ashe (33) weds photographer Jeanne Moutoussamy in New York City

Tennis Player Arthur Ashe
Tennis Player
Arthur Ashe

Deaths in Sport

  • 1937 "Barlow" Carkeek, Aust cricket wicketkeeper (1912 series), dies
  • 1964 R T Stanyforth, English cricket wicketkeeper (South Africa 1927-28), dies
  • 1994 Manuel F "Garincha" dos Santos, soccer player (Brazil), dies at 49
  • 2003 Harry Jacunski, American football player
  • 2006 Curt Gowdy, American sportscaster (ABC), dies at 86
  • 2009 Larry H. Miller, American businessman and owner of the Utah Jazz (b. 1944)
  • 2013 Antonio Roma, Argentinian footballer, dies at 80