On This Day in Sport for February 21

Events in Sport

  • 1931 Chicago White Sox & NY Giants play 1st exhibition night game
  • 1948 NASCAR is incorporated.
  • 1952 Dick Button performs 1st figure skating triple jump in competition
  • 1953 Longest collegiate basketball game (6 OTs) Niagara beats Siena 88-81
  • 1957 Dodgers (Fort Worth) & Cubs (LA) "trade" minor league franchises
  • 1960 Fay Crocker wins LPGA Lake Worth Golf Open
  • 1968 Baseball announces a minimum annual salary of $10,000

AgreementContract of Interest

1969 Ted Williams signs 5-year contract to manage Washington Senators

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • 1971 Ruth Jessen wins LPGA Sears Women's World Golf Classic
  • 1973 Chicago Black Hawks, record 262nd NHL game without being shut-out
  • 1979 2 Iowa girls HS basketball teams play 4 scoreless quarters game was won 4-2 in 4th overtime period
  • 1980 Eric Heiden skates Olympic record 1500m in 1:55.44

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1982 Beth Daniel wins LPGA Bent Tree Ladies Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Beth Daniel
LPGA Golfer
Beth Daniel
  • 1983 NBA San Diego Clippers begin a 29 game road losing streak
  • 1985 Largest NBA crowd to date 44,970 (Atlanta at Detroit)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1985 Tim Raines is awarded a $12 million salary for 1985 by arbitrator

MLB Outfielder Tim Raines
MLB Outfielder
Tim Raines

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1986 Tennis star Jimmy Connors fined $20,000 & suspended for 10 weeks

Tennis Legend Jimmy Connors
Tennis Legend
Jimmy Connors
  • 1987 Cindy Rarick wins LPGA Tsumura Hawaiian Ladies Golf Open

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

1989 Pete Rose meets with Commissioner Ueberroth to discuss his gambling

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • 1992 Kristi Yamaguchi of US wins Olympic gold medal in women's figure skating
  • 1993 43rd NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 135-132 (OT) at Salt Lake City
  • 1993 Sergei Bubka pole vaults world record indoor (6.15 m)
  • 1995 CFL's Sacramento Gold Miners become San Antonio Texans

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1883 J M M "Mick" Commaille, cricketer (dual South African cricket/soccer rep)
  • 1903 Thomas Yawkey, baseball owner (Boston Red Sox)
  • 1910 Eddie Waring, British sports commentator (d. 1986)
  • 1913 Roger Laurent, Belgian racing driver (d. 1997)
  • 1915 Godfrey Brown, England, 4 X 400m runner (Olympic gold 1936)
  • 1925 Jack Ramsay, NBA coach ( Portland Trail Blazers, 1977 NBA Champions), (d. 2014)
  • 1937 Ron Clarke, Australian runner (set 17 world records) and mayor, born in Melbourne, Victoria (d. 2015)
  • 1940 Peter Gethin, British racing driver
  • 1945 Sudhir Naik, cricketer (Indian Test batsman in 2 Tests 1974)
  • 1946 Desmond Lewis, WI cricket batsman/keeper (avg 86.33 in 3 Tests)
  • 1946 Bob Ryan, Boston sports columnist
  • 1949 Ronnie Hellström, Swedish footballer
  • 1951 John Parker, cricketer (NZ batsman of 70s)
  • 1954 Ivo van Damme, Belgian 800/1500m dash (Olympic silver 1976)
  • 1958 Alan Trammell, Garden Grove CA, infielder (Detroit Tigers)
  • 1961 Yobes Ondieki, Kenya, 10K runner (world record)
  • 1961 Bertha Faye, American wrestler (d. 2001)
  • 1963 Greg Turner, New Zealand golfer, born in Dunedin
  • 1964 Willie Pless, CFL linebacker (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • 1965 Jayson Meyer, Regina Saskatchewan, hockey defenseman (Team Germany)
  • 1965 Keith Arthurton, cricketer (Charlestown, Nevis WI lefty bat)
  • 1966 Chris Donnels, US baseball infielder (Houston Astros)
  • 1966 Edie Boyer, discus thrower, born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1967 Bas Roorda, Dutch soccer player (FC Groningen, NEC) [or Feb 13]
  • 1967 Leroy Russel Burrell, long jumper (Olympics-96), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1967 Patrick Lodewijks, Dutch soccer player (PSV, FC Groningen)
  • 1968 Pellom McDaniels, NFL defensive end (KC Chiefs)
  • 1968 Terry Allen, NFL running back (Minnesota Vikings, Wash Redskins)
  • 1969 Dean Noel, CFL full back (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • 1969 Petra Kronberger, Austrian alpine skiier (Olympic gold 1992)
  • 1970 Javier De La Hoya, Mexican/US baseball pitcher (Florida Marlins)
  • 1970 Marc Woodard, NFL linebacker (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1970 Michael Slater, cricketer (devastating Aust opening bat since 1993)
  • 1970 Patrick Pilloni, hockey forward (Team Austria 1998)
  • 1970 Will Moore, NFL wide receiver (NE Patriots, Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1971 Arco Jochemsen, Dutch soccer player (SVDB, Vitesse)
  • 1971 Jeff Schmidt, US baseball pitcher (California Angels)
  • 1971 Jey Phillips, WLAF safety (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 1971 Terry Mickens, NFL wide receiver (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • 1972 Karl DeWolf, hockey defenseman (Team France 1998)
  • 1973 Brian Rolston, NHL left wing (Olympics-1994, NJ Devils), born in Flint, Michigan
  • 1974 Alexei Lojkin, NHL forward (Belarus, Oly-98)
  • 1974 Rohsaan Griffin, 200m runner, born in Texas City, Texas
  • 1974 Iván Campo, Spanish footballer
  • 1975 Scott Miller, Australian swimmer (Olympics-silver-96), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1976 Robin Confer, soccer forward (Olympics-96)
  • 1976 Ryan Smyth, Banff, NHL left wing (Edmonton Oilers)
  • 1977 Steve Francis, American basketball player
  • 1977 Chad Hutchinson, baseball and football player
  • 1979 Pascal Chimbonda, French footballer
  • 1979 Lonnie Ford, American football player
  • 1980 Parthiva Sureshwaren, Indian racing driver
  • 1980 Brad Fast, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1980 Jim Vandermeer, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1982 Bernhard Auinger, Austrian racing driver
  • 1983 Braylon Edwards, American football player
  • 1983 Franklin Gutiérrez, Venezuelan baseball player
  • 1984 Andrew Ellis, New Zealand rugby union player
  • 1984 David Odonkor, German footballer
  • 1985 Georgios Samaras, Greek footballer
  • 1989 Josh Walker, English footballer

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

1975 Cincinnati Reds catcher Johnny Bench (27) weds Vickie Chesser in Cincinnati, Ohio

MLB Catcher Johnny Bench
MLB Catcher
Johnny Bench

Deaths in Sport

  • 1944 Ferenc Szisz, Hungarian-born race car driver (b. 1873)
  • 1945 Eric Liddell, Scottish runner (Olympic-gold 1924), dies at 43
  • 1958 Duncan Edwards, English footballer (b. 1936)
  • 1969 Jose de Capriles, Mexican-born US Olympic fencer, dies

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1974 Tim Horton, Canadian hockey player and co-founder of Tim Hortons, dies in a car crash at 44

NHL Star and Businessman Tim Horton
NHL Star and Businessman
Tim Horton
  • 1979 Glendon Gibbs, cricketer (Test Cricket WI v Australia 1955), dies
  • 1989 Alex Thépot, French footballer (b. 1906)
  • 1999 Wilmer David Mizell, baseball player (b. 1930)
  • 2000 Antonio Díaz-Miguel, Spanish basketball coach (b. 1933)
  • 2003 Eddie Thomson, Scottish football player and coach (b. 1947)
  • 2004 John Charles, Welsh footballer (b. 1931)