On This Day

On This Day in Sport for February 20

Events in Sport

  • 1912 Argentina beat the MCC in their inaugural cricket 1st-class fixture
  • 1919 Foundation NHL club Toronto Arenas are permitted to cease operations due to financial difficulties; later become Toronto St. Patricks and then Maple Leafs
  • 1923 Christy Mathewson becomes President of Boston Braves
  • 1926 Montreal and Ottawa battle out just the second 0-0 tie in NHL history; dominant goalies are Clint Benedict (Maroons) and Alex Connell (Senators)
  • 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)
  • 1952 Britain's Jeannette Altwegg wins the Olympic women’s figure skating gold medal at the Olso Winter Games ahead of American Tenley Albright, who goes on to win in Cortina d'Ampezzo (1956)
  • 1952 American alpine skier Andrea Mead-Lawrence is only multi-gold medallist at the Oslo Winter Olympics when she wins the slalom, after taking out the inaugural giant slalom
  • 1953 US Court of Appeals rules that Organized Baseball is a sport & not a business, affirming the 25-year-old Supreme Court ruling
  • 1958 American jockey Eddie Arcaro rides his 4,000th winner
  • 1958 LA Coliseum Comm approves 2-yr pact allows Dodgers to use facility
  • 1960 Soviet females sweep the 10k cross country event at Squaw Valley; first medal sweep for the Soviets at a Winter Olympics; Maria Gusakova wins from Lyubov Kozyreva and Radya Yeroshina
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1971 "Mr. Hockey," Gordie Howe scores a goal and adds 3 assists, including his 1,800th career NHL point, in 6-5 Red Wings' win over Buffalo in Detroit; Howe's 1,670th game

Ice Hockey Legend Gordie Howe
Ice Hockey Legend
Gordie Howe
  • 1972 1st time Cleveland Cavaliers beat NY Knicks (111-109)
  • 1972 Ard Schenk wins world championship for speed skating

CarDaytona 500

1972 14th Daytona 500: A.J. Foyt dominates the race, winning by almost 2 laps over his closest competitor Charlie Glotzbach

Racing Car Driver A. J. Foyt
Racing Car Driver
A. J. Foyt
  • 1973 10th time Islanders shut-out-4-0 vs Penguins
  • 1974 Gordie Howe comes out of retirement for $1M from Houston Aeros, WHA
  • 1975 Leonard Baichan scores 105* on Test Cricket debut, v Pakistan Lahore

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1976 Muhammad Ali's bout against Belgian boxer Jean Pierre Coopman in San Juan, Puerto Rico is often regarded as a glorified sparring session; Ali wins by 5th round KO

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • 1977 19th Daytona 500: Cale Yarborough wins his 2nd Great American Race; Janet Guthrie first female NASCAR Cup Series driver; finishes 12th
  • 1980 Soviet cross-country skier Nikolay Zimyatov wins his 2nd gold medal of the Lake Placid Winter Olympics as part of the 4 x 10k relay; also wins 30k and 50k gold
  • 1980 Soviet 2-time world champion team Natalia Linichuk and Gennadi Karponosov win the Olympic ice dance gold medal at Lake Placid by just 0.96 from Krisztina Regőczy & András Sallay of Hungary
  • 1981 Quebec's Czech rookie brothers Peter and Anton Stastny each score first career NHL hat-tricks in Nordiques' 9-3 win at Vancouver; Peter adds 3 assists and Anton 2
  • 1982 NY Islanders wins then NHL record 15th straight game
  • 1983 Roland Liboton becomes world champ cross-country cycling
  • 1983 25th Daytona 500: 3rd win in the event for Cale Yarborough; first time an in-car camera goes into victory lane before a national CBS Sports audience
  • 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 of Bulgaria sets high jumps indoor world record (2.06 m)
  • 1993 Florida Marlins open their 1st spring training camp
  • 1993 NY Islanders retire Billy Smith's number 31
  • 1994 36th Daytona 500: Sterling Marlin wins his first NASCAR race; Neil Bonnett and Rodney Orr killed in separate practice incidents

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

OlympicsOlympic Games

1998 Vancouver Canucks' right wing Pavel Bure scores 5 goals for Russia in a 7-4 semi-final win over Finland at the Nagano Winter Olympics

Ice Hockey Great Pavel Bure
Ice Hockey Great
Pavel Bure
  • 1999 Toronto Maple Leafs play their first NHL home game at Air Canada Centre; Steve Thomas scores overtime winner in a 3-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens
  • 2000 42nd Daytona 500: Polesitter Dale Jarrett wins his 3rd Great American Race ahead of Jeff Gordon and Bill Elliott
  • 2005 54th NBA All-Star Game, Pepsi Center, Denver, CO: East beats West, 125-115; MVP: Allen Iverson, Philadelphia 76ers, G
  • 2005 47th Daytona 500: Jeff Gordon able to hold off Kurt Busch and Dale Earnhardt Jr over 3 extra laps to win his third Daytona 500

Sport awardNBA All-Star Game

2011 60th NBA All-Star Game, Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA: West beats East, 148-143; MVP: Kobe Bryant, LA Lakers, F

NBA Guard Kobe Bryant
NBA Guard
Kobe Bryant
  • 2011 53rd Daytona 500: 20 year old Trevor Bayne, driving for Wood Brothers Racing, wins to become the youngest Daytona 500 winner
  • 2014 France sweeps the medals in the men's ski cross at the Sochi Winter Olympics; Jean-Frédéric Chapuis takes the gold ahead of team mates Arnaud Bovolenta and Jonathan Midol
  • 2014 Marie-Philip Poulin scores in overtime to lead Canada to a 3-2 win over the US and 4th consecutive Olympic women's ice hockey gold medal at the Sochi Winter Games
  • 2014 Canada beats Sweden, 6-3 in final to become first women's curling team to go through the Olympics undefeated as they win Sochi gold medal; first Manitoba based team to win Olympic gold
  • 2014 Adelina Sotnikova convincingly wins the women's singles figure skating gold medal at the Sochi Winter Olympics for Russia's first title in the ladies event
  • 2014 After winning the individual large hill 10k Nordic combined title Jørgen Graabak of Norway wins his 2nd gold medal of the Sochi Winter Olympics in the team large hill / 4 x 5 km relay
  • 2018 Frenchman Martin Fourcade wins his 3rd gold medal of Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in the biathlon mixed relay; also wins 12.5k pursuit & 15k mass start; 5th career gold (2 Sochi 2014)
  • 2018 After winning the Olympic ice dance gold medal in Vancouver (2010), Canadian pair Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir follow their team event gold by taking the ice dance title at the Pyeongchang Winter Games
  • 2018 Dutch skater Jorien ter Mors becomes first female to win Olympic medals in 2 different sports at a single Winter Games (Pyeongchang); 1,000m speed skating gold, 3000m short track relay bronze
  • 2018 Dutch women’s short track speed skating 3000m relay team skates a world record 4:03.471 in the B Final at the Pyeongchang Olympics; South Korea takes the gold medal in an inferior time, 4:07.361; Dutch win bronze by default

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1903 Pierre Charles, Belgian heavyweight boxer
  • 1913 Tommy Henrich, American baseball utility (MLB All Star 1942, 1947–50; World Series 1938, 41, 47, 49, 51; NY Yankees), born in Massillon, Ohio (d. 2009)
  • 1915 Chick Harbert, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1954), born in Dayton, Ohio (d. 1992)
  • 1920 Frankie Gustine, American Major baseball infielder (MLB All-Star 1946, 47, 48; Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Hoopeston, Illinois (d. 1991)
  • 1926 Edgar Meuli, cricketer (opened NZ batting in Test v South Africa 1953)
  • 1926 Robert Eugene Richards, Ill, pole vaulter (Olympic gold 1948, 52, 56)
  • 1928 Elroy Face, baseball pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • 1930 Willie Cunningham, Northern Irish footballer
  • 1934 Bobby Unser, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1968, 75, 81), born in Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • 1937 Roger Penske, auto racer
  • 1938 Jack Bicknell, American football coach (Boston College, Barcelona Dragons), born in North Plainfield, New Jersey
  • 1939 Frank Arundel, English footballer
  • 1940 Jimmy Greaves, British broadcaster/soccer player
  • 1941 Clyde Wright, American MLB pitcher (no-hitter v Oakland 1970), born in Jefferson City, Tennessee

Person of interestPhil Esposito

1942 Phil Esposito, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center, coach, GM, broadcaster (Black Hawks, Bruins, Rangers), born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

NHL Star Phil Esposito
NHL Star
Phil Esposito
  • 1944 Willem van Hanegem, Dutch soccer champ/coach (Feyenoord)
  • 1947 Peter Osgood, English soccer striker (4 caps; Chelsea, Southampton), born in Clewer, Berkshire, England (d. 2006)
  • 1949 Eddie Hemmings, cricket off-spinner (immense England)
  • 1951 Phil Neal, English soccer player
  • 1957 Glen Hanlon, Canadian ice hockey coach
  • 1959 Bill Gullickson, American 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)

Person of interestCharles Barkley

1963 Charles Barkley, American basketball forward (NBA MVP 1993, 11-time All Star, 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 Jeff Maggert, American golfer (US Senior Open, Tradition 2015), born in Columbia Missouri
  • 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 (Olympic silver 1996)
  • 1966 Derek Lilliquist, American 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, American baseball pitcher (Detroit Tigers)
  • 1967 Theresa Luke, Canadian rower (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1967 Tom Waddle, NFL player (Chicago Bears/Cincinnati Bengals)
  • 1968 Bennie Goods, CFL defensive tackle (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • 1968 Ted Hankey, English darts player (BDO World Champion 2000, 09), born in Stoke-on-Trent, England
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 1976 Rohan Gavaskar, Indian cricket batsman (11 ODIs; son of Sunil Gavaskar), born in Kanpur, India
  • 1977 Sarah Ryan, Adelaide SA Australia, swimmer (Olympics 1996)
  • 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 1996)
  • 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
  • 1994 Brigid Kosgei, Kenyan athlete (marathon world record 2019; Chicago Marathon 2018-9, London Marathon 2019), born in Kenya
  • 2000 Kristóf Milák, Hungarian swimmer (200m butterfly WR 1:50.73), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • 2003 Atthaya Thitikul, Thai golfer (youngest female winner in pro event), born in Ratchaburi, Thailand

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding 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 wicket-keeper (1912 series), dies
  • 1964 R T Stanyforth, English cricket wicket-keeper (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)
  • 2011 Betty Hicks, American golfer, author (US Open runner-up 1948, 54), dies of Alzheimer's disease at 90
  • 2013 Antonio Roma, Argentinian footballer, dies at 80