On This Day

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.
  • 1953 Longest collegiate basketball game (6 OTs) Niagara beats Siena 88-81
  • 1957 Dodgers (Fort Worth) & Cubs (LA) "trade" minor league franchises
  • 1960 Biathlon debuts at the Squaw Valley Winter Olympics; Klas Lestander from Sweden becomes the first Olympic champion ahead of Finland's Antti Tyrväinen and Soviet Aleksandr Privalov
  • 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
  • 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 American speed skater Eric Heiden wins 1,500m in Olympic record 1:55.44; 4th of record 5 gold medal sweep of events at Lake Placid
  • 1980 Liechtenstein becomes the smallest country to produce an Olympic champion as Hanni Wenzel wins the women's giant slalom at the Lake Placid Winter Games
  • 1980 East German cross country skier Barbara Petzold wins her second gold medal of the Lake Placid Winter Olympics as part of the women's 4 x 5k relay team; also wins 10k gold
  • 1980 British figure skater Robin Cousins wins men's singles gold medal at the Lake Placid Winter Olympics; goes on to pro career, TV analysis and stage performance & production
  • 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 National League baseball player Tim Raines is awarded a $1.2 million salary for 1985 by arbitrator

MLB Outfielder Tim Raines
MLB Outfielder
Tim Raines

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

Sport awardNBA All-Star Game

1993 43rd NBA All-Star Game, Delta Center, Salt Lake City, UT: West beats East, 135-132 (OT); MVPs: Karl Malone, Utah Jazz F; John Stockton, Utah Jazz, PG

NBA Point Guard John Stockton
NBA Point Guard
John Stockton
  • 1993 Sergei Bubka pole vaults world record indoor (6.15 m)
  • 1995 CFL's Sacramento Gold Miners become San Antonio Texans
  • 2002 Canadian world champion women's ice hockey team wins first of 4 consecutive Winter Olympic gold medals with a 3-2 win over the United States at Salt Lake City
  • 2014 Canada take the curling double at the Sochi Winter Olympics beating Great Britain, 9-3 in the final; also win women's gold medal
  • 2014 Park Seung-hi wins Olympic women's 1,000m short track speed skating gold medal in Sochi for her 2nd gold medal of the Games; 3,000m relay winner
  • 2014 Viktor An of Russia wins 6th career Olympic short track speed skating gold medal as part of the 5,000m relay team in Sochi; 2nd gold of the day (500m) and 3rd of Games (1,000m)
  • 2016 58th Daytona 500: Denny Hamlin wins closest finish in race history - by just 0.01s from Martin Truex Jr
  • 2018 Winter Olympics: Jessie Diggins and Kikkan Randall become the first Americans in history to win a cross country gold medal (team sprint)
  • 2018 Norwegian cross country skiers Martin Johnsrud Sundby, Johannes Høsflot & Klæbo win their 2nd Olympic gold medals in Pyeongchang in the men's team sprint freestyle; trio also wins gold in 4 x 10k relay

Sport awardAustralian Men's Tennis Open

2021 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Novak Đoković of Serbia wins a record extending 9th Australian title; dominates Russian Daniil Medvedev 7-5, 6-2, 6-2

Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1883 Mick Commaille, South African cricketer and soccer rep, born in Cape Town, South Africa (d. 1956)
  • 1887 Savielly Tartakower, Austrian/Polish/French chess player, born in Rostov-on-Don, Russia,n Empire (d. 1956)
  • 1903 Thomas Yawkey, baseball owner (Boston Red Sox)
  • 1908 Neville Quinn, South African cricket fast bowler (12 Tests, 35 wickets), born in Tweefontein, South Africa (d. 1934)
  • 1910 Eddie Waring, British sports commentator (d. 1986)
  • 1913 Roger Laurent, Belgian racing driver (d. 1997)
  • 1914 Arnold S Denker, NY, US chess champion (1944-46)
  • 1915 Godfrey Brown, British athlete, 4 X 400m runner (Olympic gold 1936), born in Bankura, India (d. 1995)
  • 1925 Jack Ramsay, American Hall of Fame basketball coach (Portland Trail Blazers, 1977 NBA Champions), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2014)
  • 1934 Gordon Forbes, South African tennis player and author (French Open mixed doubles [Darlene Hard] 1955), born in Burgersdorp, South Africa (d. 2020)
  • 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, Indian cricketer (Indian Test batsman in 2 Tests 1974), born in Bombay, India
  • 1946 Desmond Lewis, West Indian cricket batsman/keeper (avg 86.33 in 3 Tests)
  • 1946 Bob Ryan, Boston sports columnist
  • 1949 Ronnie Hellström, Swedish footballer
  • 1951 John Parker, New Zealand cricketer (NZ batsman of 70s), born in Dannevirke, New Zealand
  • 1954 Ivo van Damme, Belgian 800/1500m dash (Olympic silver 1976)
  • 1958 Alan Trammell, infielder (Detroit Tigers), born in Garden Grove, California
  • 1961 Yobes Ondieki, Kenya, 10K runner (world record)
  • 1961 Bertha Faye, American wrestler (d. 2001)
  • 1963 Greg Turner, New Zealand golfer (4 European Tour titles), born in Dunedin, NZ
  • 1963 Michael Gostigian, American pentathlete (Olympic 16th-88, 92, 96), born in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania
  • 1964 Willie Pless, American CFL linebacker (Edmonton Eskimos), born in Anniston, Alabama
  • 1965 Jayson Meyer, Canadian hockey defenseman (Team Germany), born in Regina, Canada
  • 1965 Keith Arthurton, West Indian cricketer (Charlestown, Nevis WI lefty batsman), born in Nevis, Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • 1966 Chris Donnels, American baseball infielder (Houston Astros), born in Angeles, California
  • 1966 Edie Boyer, American discus thrower, born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1967 Leroy Russel Burrell, American long jumper (Olympics 1996), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1967 Patrick Lodewijks, Dutch soccer player (PSV, FC Groningen), born in Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • 1968 Pellom McDaniels, American professor & NFL defensive lineman (KC Chiefs), born in San Jose, California
  • 1968 Terry Allen, American NFL running back (Minnesota Vikings, Wash Redskins), born in Commerce, Georgia
  • 1969 Petra Kronberger, Austrian alpine skier (Olympic gold 1992), born in Pfarrwerfen, Austria
  • 1969 J. D. Gibbs, American auto racer, team owner (Joe Gibbs Rcaing), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2019)
  • 1970 Javier De La Hoya, Mexican-American baseball pitcher (Florida Marlins), born in Durango, Mexico
  • 1970 Marc Woodard, American NFL linebacker (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Kosciusko, Mississippi
  • 1970 Michael Slater, Australian cricketer (devastating Aust opening bat since 1993), born in Wagga Wagga, Australia
  • 1970 Will Moore, American NFL wide receiver (NE Patriots, Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1971 Arco Jochemsen, Dutch soccer player (SVDB, Vitesse), born in Barneveld, the Netherlands
  • 1973 Brian Rolston, American NHL left wing (Olympics 1994, NJ Devils), born in Flint, Michigan
  • 1974 Alexei Lojkin, Belarusian NHL forward (Belarus, Olympics 1998), born in Minsk, Belarus
  • 1974 Rohsaan Griffin, American 200m runner, born in Texas City, Texas
  • 1974 Iván Campo, Spanish footballer, born in San Sebastián, Spain
  • 1975 Scott Miller, Australian swimmer (Olympic silver 1996), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1976 Robin Confer, American soccer forward (Olympics 1996)
  • 1976 Ryan Smyth, Canadian NHL left wing (Edmonton Oilers), born in Banff, Canada
  • 1977 Steve Francis, American basketball player, born in Takoma Park, Maryland
  • 1977 Chad Hutchinson, American baseball & football player, born in San Diego, California
  • 1979 Pascal Chimbonda, French footballer, born in Les Abymes, Guadeloupe
  • 1979 Lonnie Ford, American football player
  • 1980 Parthiva Sureshwaren, Indian racing driver, born in Chennai, India
  • 1980 Brad Fast, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Fort St. John, Canada
  • 1980 Jim Vandermeer, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Caroline, Canada
  • 1982 Bernhard Auinger, Austrian racing driver, born in Salzburg, Austria
  • 1983 Braylon Edwards, American football player, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1983 Franklin Gutiérrez, Venezuelan baseball player, born in Caracas, Venezuela
  • 1984 Andrew Ellis, New Zealand rugby union player, born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 1984 David Odonkor, German footballer, born in Bünde, Germany
  • 1985 Georgios Samaras, Greek footballer, born in Heraklion, Greece
  • 1989 Josh Walker, English footballer, born in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Weddings in Sport

LoveWedding 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 race car driver (winner of the 1st Grand Prix motor racing), dies at 70
  • 1945 Eric Liddell, Scottish 400m runner (Olympic gold 1924) and Christian missionary in China, dies of an inoperable brain tumor at 43 while interned at the Weihsien Internment Camp in Weifang, Shandong, China
  • 1958 Duncan Edwards, English soccer midfielder (18 caps; Manchester United), dies from injuries sustained in Munich air disaster at 21
  • 1969 Jose de Capriles, Mexican-born US Olympic fencer, dies

Person of interestTim Horton

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, Australian soccer coach (Socceroos 1990-96), dies of cancer at 55
  • 2004 John Charles, Welsh footballer (b. 1931)
  • 2004 Irina Press, Soviet 80m hurdles runner and pentathlete (Olympic gold 1960, 64), dies at 64
  • 2006 Angelica Rozeanu, Romanian table tennis player (World Champ 1950-55), dies at 84
  • 2020 Phil Maloney, Canadian ice hockey center (NHL: Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs, Chicago Black Hawks) and coach (Vancouver Canucks), dies at 92
  • 2021 Doug Wilkerson, American football guard (Pro Bowl 1980–82; First-team All-Pro 1982; SD Chargers), dies at 73
  • 2021 Zlatko Saračević, Croatian handball player (145 caps Yugoslavia, 75 Croatia; Olympic gold 1996 Croatia), dies at 59