On This Day

On This Day in Sport for February 22

Events in Sport

  • 1860 Organized baseball played in San Francisco for 1st time between the Eagles and the Red Rovers
  • 1888 “Father of American Golf” John Reid first demonstrates golf on a Yonkers cow pasture to friends
  • 1892 Manitoba Rugby Football Union forms
  • 1893 1st Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 32-22 in Birmingham
  • 1927 ARC soccer team forms in Alphen on the Rhine
  • 1933 Malcolm Campbell sets world land speed record speed of 272.46 mph driving his famous Blue Bird car at Daytona Beach, Florida
  • 1936 Sonja Henie of Norway follows up her Winter Olympics victory with an incredible 10th consecutive women’s World Championship figure skating gold medal in Paris, France
  • 1952 Germany takes the Olympic bobsleigh double with gold in the 4-man event at the Oslo Winter Games; Adreas Ostler and Lorenz Niebert score their 2nd gold medals after winning the 2-man a week earlier
  • 1952 German husband and wife team Ria and Paul Falk win the mixed pairs gold medal at the Oslo Winter Olympics; defeat American siblings, Karol and Peter Kennedy
  • 1956 1st English soccer match at Kunstlicht: Portsmouth vs Newcastle United
  • 1957 Jockey Ted Atkinson, 3,500th win
  • 1957 Walter O'Malley says Dodgers may play 10 exhibitions in California in 1958
  • 1958 Australian swimmer Jon Konrads sets 6 world records in 2 days
  • 1959 Inaugural Daytona 500: Lee Petty and Johnny Beauchamp cross finish line side by side; Beauchamp declared unofficial winner; ruling overturned after 3 days by NASCAR founder Bill France Sr
  • 1960 German skier Georg Thoma becomes the first non-Nordic athlete to win the Nordic combined event at the Squaw Valley Winter Olympics

Sports record brokenNBA Record

1962 Wilt Chamberlain sets NBA record with 34 free throw attempts

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain

  • 1967 Sling-shot goal post & 6' wide border around field are standard in NFL
  • 1969 Barbara Jo Rubin becomes 1st female jockey to win at an American parimutuel race at a major US track aboard Cohesian at Charles Town, West Virginia
  • 1970 12th Daytona 500: Pete Hamilton wins by just 3 car lengths over David Pearson, after passing him with 9 laps to go

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1979 Billy Martin named manager of Oakland A's

Baseball Player and Manager Billy Martin
Baseball Player and Manager
Billy Martin

OlympicsOlympic Gold

1980 "Miracle on Ice": US ice hockey team beats heavily favoured Soviet Union, 4-3 at Lake Placid in one of the biggest upsets in Olympic history; Americans go on to win gold medal

Ice Hockey Player Mike Eruzione
Ice Hockey Player
Mike Eruzione
Ice Hockey Player & Coach Herb Brooks
Ice Hockey Player & Coach
Herb Brooks
  • 1980 Swedish World Cup and World champion Ingemar Stenmark wins his 2nd gold medal of the Lake Placid Winter Olympics, taking out the slalom; follows-on from giant slalom success
  • 1980 Aleksandr Tikhonov of the Soviet Union earns his 4th straight gold medal as part of the 4 x 7.5k biathlon relay team at the Lake Placid Winter Olympics
  • 1980 Soviet biathlete Anatoly Alyabyev wins his 2nd gold medal of the Lake Placid Winter Olympics as part of the 4 x 7.5k relay team; also wins individual gold
  • 1983 Vladimir Salnikov (USSR) sets 1500m free style swimming record
  • 1984 Brothers Anton & Peter Stastny score 8 pts each for NHL Quebec

Sports record brokenWorld Record

1988 Bonnie Blair skates world record 500m (39.10 sec)

Speed Skater Bonnie Blair
Speed Skater
Bonnie Blair
  • 1990 1st day India v NZ cricket at Auckland NZ 5-78 at lunch, 9-387 stumps

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1991 Test Cricket debut of Sanath Jayasuriya, vs NZ at Hamilton

  • 1998 XVIII Winter Olympic Games close in Nagano Japan
  • 1998 Petr Svoboda scores the winner as the Czech Republic claims its first ever Olympic ice hockey gold medal with a 1-0 victory over Russia in Nagano, Japan
  • 2003 Pakistani pace bowler Shoaib Akhtar bowls the fastest ball recorded in cricket history at 100.2 mph (161.3 km/h)
  • 2014 Norway sweeps the medals in the women's 30k cross country skiing at the Sochi Winter Olympics; Marit Bjørgen wins her 6th career gold ahead of teammates Therese Johaug and Kristin Størmer Steira
  • 2014 Snowboard Olympic parallel special slalom event debuts and is run for the only time at the Sochi Winter Games; Russian Vic Wild and Julia Dujmovits of Canada win unique gold medals
  • 2014 Dutch speed skaters Jorien ter Mors (1,500m champion) and Ireen Wüst (3,000m winner) each claim their 2nd gold medal of the Sochi Winter Olympics as part of the women's pursuit team
  • 2014 At age 34, Mario Matt of Austria becomes the oldest champion in Olympic alpine skiing history with the slalom gold medal at Sochi
  • 2014 After winning the men's parallel giant slalom at the Sochi Winter Olympics, Russian snowboarder Vic Wild wins his 2nd gold in the parallel slalom
  • 2015 57th Daytona 500: Joey Logano wins event for 2nd time after taking lead with 10 laps to go; is ahead of Kevin Harvick before caution flag on last lap ends race in his favour
  • 2018 US wins Olympic women's ice hockey gold medal for the first time in 20 years with a 4-3 shootout victory over Canada in Pyeongchang; scores tied 3-3 after overtime
  • 2018 Chinese short track speed skater Wu Dajing beats men's 500m world record twice en route to winning the gold medal at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics; 2nd man in history under 40 seconds (39.584s)
  • 2018 German individual Nordic combined 10k large hill champion Johannes Rydzek and normal hill winner Eric Frenzel win their 2nd gold medals of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in the 4 x 5k team event
  • 2018 Women's big air snowboarding event makes Olympic debut at Pyeongchang; Austria's Anna Gasser is inaugural gold medallist

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2019 Robert Kraft, owner of NFL team the New England Patriots, charged with soliciting prostitution, as part of human-trafficking sting operation in Jupiter, Florida

Business Magnate and NFL Owner Robert Kraft
Business Magnate and NFL Owner
Robert Kraft

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2020 Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo marks his 1,000th senior appearance by scoring in Juventus' 2-1 Serie A win over SPAL; 725 career goals in 836 club games and 164 internationals

Football Star Cristiano Ronaldo
Football Star
Cristiano Ronaldo

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1874 Bill Klem, American baseball umpire (d. 1951)
  • 1884 Abraham "Abe" Attell, boxing hall of famer
  • 1896 Edvin Wide, Swedish 10K runner (Olympic silver 1924)
  • 1911 Bill Baker, American baseball player (d. 2006)
  • 1915 Gus Lesnevich, light heavyweight boxing champ (1947 fight of year)
  • 1917 Jack Robertson, cricketer (superb England batsman only played 11 Tests)
  • 1918 Sid Abel, Melville, Saskatchewan, Canadian NHL hockey player (1948-49 Hart Trophy)
  • 1918 Charles "Charlie O" Finley, American sports entrepreneur (MLB's Kansas City/Oakland A's: NHL's California Golden Seals), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 1996)
  • 1922 Jesús Iglesias, Argentine racing driver, born in Pergamino, Argentina (d. 2005)
  • 1929 Ryne Duren, American near-sighted pitcher (NY Yankees), born in Cazenovia, Wisconsin (d. 2011)
  • 1933 Bobby Smith, English soccer centre forward (15 caps; Tottenham Hotspur 271 games, 176 goals), born in Lingdale, England

Person of interestSparky Anderson

1934 Sparky Anderson, American MLB manager (Cincinnati Reds; World Series 1984 Detroit Tigers), born in Bridgewater, South Dakota (d. 2010)

MLB Player and Manager Sparky Anderson
MLB Player and Manager
Sparky Anderson
  • 1937 Noel Murphy, Irish rugby union player, born in County Cork, Ireland
  • 1937 Tommy Aaron, American golfer (US Masters 1973), born in Gainesville, Georgia
  • 1939 Steve Barber, American MLB pitcher (Baltimore Orioles, NY Yankees), born in Takoma Park, Maryland (d. 2007)
  • 1940 Chet Walker, American basketball forward (NBA All-Star 1964, 66, 67, 70, 71, 73, 74; NBA C'ship 1967, Philadelphia 76ers; Chicago Bulls), born in Bethlehem, Mississippi
  • 1940 Larry Eisenhauer, American football defensive end (AFL All-Star 1962, 63, 64, 66; Boston Patriots), born in Hicksville, New York (d. 2020)
  • 1943 Dick Van Arsdale, American NBA all-star (NY Knicks, Phoenix Suns), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1943 Tom Van Arsdale, American NBA all-star (Detroit, Cincinnati, KC-Omaha, Phil), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1944 Ranjit Fernando, Sri Lankan cricket wicket-keeper (1975 World Cup), born in Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 1944 Tom Okker, Dutch tennis player, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 1948 Dennis Awtrey, American NBA center (Chicago Bulls, Suns), born in Hollywood, California

Person of interestNiki Lauda

1949 Niki Lauda, Austrian auto racer (F1 world champ 1975, 77, 84), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2019)

Auto Racer Niki Lauda
Auto Racer
Niki Lauda
  • 1949 Olga Morozova, Russian tennis player, born in Moscow, Soviet Union

Person of interestJulius Erving

1950 Julius Erving "Dr. J," American Basketball Hall of Fame forward (11-time NBA All Star), born in East Meadow, New York

NBA Legend Julius Erving
NBA Legend
Julius Erving
  • 1951 Elaine Tanner, Canadian swimmer (1966 Commonwealth Games, 1968 Olympics), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1952 Wayne Levi, American golfer (12 PGA Tour titles), born in Little Falls, New York
  • 1955 Tim Young, Canadian ice hockey player (Minnesota North Stars), born in Scarborough, Ontario
  • 1956 Amy Alcott, American golfer (5-time major title winner; US Open 1980), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1961 Marla O'Hara, American WPVA volleyballer (Santa Cruz-3rd-1991), born in Gardena, California
  • 1961 Mike Morris, American NFL center (Minnesota Vikings), born in Centerville, Iowa
  • 1962 Lisa Jacquin, American equestrian show jumper (Olympics 1996), born in Tucson, Arizona
  • 1962 Les Wallace, Scottish darts player (BDO World Champion 1997), born in Forres, Scotland
  • 1963 Dave Besteman, American speed skater (Olympics 1994), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1963 Devon Malcolm, Jamaican cricketer (in Jamaica England fast bowler 1989-95), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1963 Vijay Singh, Fijian golfer (Masters 2000, PGA C'ship 1998, 2004), born in Lautoka, Fiji
  • 1964 Gigi Fernandez [Beatriz], American tennis star (Olymp-gold-96), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 1965 Chris Dudley, American NBA center (NY Knicks, Portland Trail Blazers), born in Stamford, Connecticut
  • 1965 Joe Reekie, American NHL defenseman (Washington Capitals), born in Victoria, Canada

Person of interestPat LaFontaine

1965 Pat LaFontaine, American NHL center (NY Islanders, Buffalo Sabres, NY Rangers), born in St. Louis, Missouri

NHL Star Pat LaFontaine
NHL Star
Pat LaFontaine
  • 1966 Brent Severyn, Canadian NHL defenseman (NY Islanders), born in Vegreville, Canada
  • 1966 Brad Edwards, American NFL safety (Atlanta Falcons), born in Lumberton, North Carolina
  • 1967 Marianne Ihalainen, Finnish ice hockey right wing (Finland, Olympics 1998), born in Tampere, Finland
  • 1967 Steve Broussard, American NFL running back (Seattle Seahawks), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1968 Jayson Williams, American NBA center (NJ Nets), born in Ritter, South Carolina
  • 1968 Reggie Rivers, American NFL running back (Denver Broncos), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1968 James Allison, British Formula 1 Technical Director of Mercedes-AMG, born in Louth, Lincolnshire
  • 1969 Kahryn Tough, Canadian volleyballer (Olympics 1996), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1969 Mark Chmura, American NFL tight end (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31), born in Deerfield, Massachusetts
  • 1969 Shawn Jefferson, American NFL wide receiver (San Diego Chargers, NE Patriots), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1969 Brian Laudrup, Danish footballer, born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1970 Adam Keefe, American NBA forward (Utah Jazz), born in Irvine, California
  • 1970 Dominic Roussel, Canadian NHL goalie (Winnipeg Jets), born in Hull, Canada
  • 1971 Jason Marshall, Canadian NHL defenseman (Anaheim Mighty Ducks), born in Cranbrook, Canada
  • 1971 Lisa Fernandez, American softball pitcher (Olympic gold 1996), born in Lakewood, California
  • 1971 Max Lane, American NFL tackle (NE Patriots), born in Norborne, Missouri
  • 1971 Mohammed Sylla, Guinean football player (Willem II, FC Martigues), born in Conakry, Guinea (d. 2010)
  • 1971 Rico Mack, American WLAF linebacker (Amsterdam Admirals), born in Statham, Georgia

Person of interestMichael Chang

1972 Michael Chang, American tennis player, coach (French Open 1989), born in Hoboken, New Jersey

Tennis Player and French Open Champion Michael Chang
Tennis Player and French Open Champion
Michael Chang
  • 1973 Ntala Skinner, American biathlete (Olympics 1994), born in Sun Valley, Idaho
  • 1973 Juninho Paulista, Brazilian footballer, born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • 1973 Claus Lundekvam, Norwegian footballer, born in Austevoll, Norway
  • 1973 Einar Kristian Tveitå, Norwegian athlete
  • 1974 Aaron Gavey, Canadian NHL center (Tampa Bay Lightning), born in Greater Sudbury, Canada
  • 1974 Kyoko Nagatsuka, Japanese tennis star (1996 Hobart), born in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
  • 1975 Charles O'Bannon, American NBA guard (Detroit Pistons), born in Bellflower, California
  • 1975 Gregory Maddalone, American dance skater (with partner Demkowski), born in Schenectady, New York
  • 1976 Faan Rautenbach, South African rugby player, born in Bethlehem, South Africa
  • 1977 Hakan Yakin, Swiss footballer, born in Basel, Switzerland
  • 1979 Brett Emerton, Australian footballer, born in Bankstown, Australia
  • 1981 Fredson Camara, Brazilian footballer, born in Monção, Brazil
  • 1985 Hameur Bouazza, Algerian footballer, born in Essonne, France
  • 1986 Rajon Rondo, American basketball player, born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1988 Kevin Borlée, Belgian athlete, born in Woluwe-Saint-Lambert, Belgium
  • 1988 Przemysław Kazimierczak, Polish footballer, born in Łęczyca, Poland

Divorces in Sport

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1996 Actress Halle Berry files for divorce from David Justice

Actress Halle Berry
Halle Berry
MLB Outfielder David Justice
MLB Outfielder
David Justice

Deaths in Sport

  • 1968 Omer CFL Tulippe, Belgian geographer, dies at 71
  • 1977 Jack O'Connor, cricketer (batted in 4 Tests for England 1929-30), dies
  • 1983 Romain Maes, Belgian cyclist (Tour de France 1935), dies at 70
  • 1996 Helmut Schoen, soccer coach, dies at 80
  • 1999 Menno Oosting, Dutch tennis player (b. 1964)
  • 2004 Andy Seminick, American baseball player (b. 1920)
  • 2004 Roque Máspoli, Uruguayan footballer (b. 1917)
  • 2007 Dennis Johnson, American basketball player (b. 1954)
  • 2010 Nelly Adamson Landry, French tennis player (French C'ships 1948), dies at 93
  • 2013 Atje Keulen-Deelstra, Dutch speed skater, dies at 74
  • 2017 Ed Garvey, American labor leader (NFL Players Association), dies at 76
  • 2017 John McCormack, Canadian ice hockey player, dies at 91