On This Day

On This Day in Sport for February 24

Events in Sport

  • 1917 Red Sox sell Smokey Joe Wood, his arm dead at 26, to Cleve for $15,000
  • 1932 Malcolm Campbell sets world land speed record speed of 253.96 mph driving his famous Blue Bird car at Daytona Beach, Florida
  • 1952 Canada wins 6th Olympic ice hockey title courtesy of a final round 3-3 tie with the US at the Oslo Winter Games; Canadian center Billy Gibson top scores with 19 points
  • 1952 Norway goes 1-2 in the men’s ski jumping event at the Oslo Winter Olympics with Arnfinn Bergmann winning gold ahead of teammate Torbjørn Falkanger
  • 1960 Austria goes 1-2 in the men's slalom at the Squaw Valley Winter Olympics; Ernst Hintersteer wins gold ahead of teammate Hias Leitner
  • 1963 5th Daytona 500: Tiny Lund driving for Wood Bros Racing, wins on 4 pit stops as first 10 laps run under caution flag because of rain
  • 1968 Gary Unger begins NHL consecutive game record of 914 games
  • 1974 Atje Keulen-Deelstra becomes world champ all-round skater
  • 1978 Kevin Porter, NJ, sets NBA record with 29 assists in a game
  • 1980 Rangers score 5 power-play goals against Islanders
  • 1980 XIII Winter Olympic Games close in Lake Placid, New York

OlympicsOlympic Gold

1980 US ice hockey team clinches gold medal with 4-2 win over Finland at the Lake Placid Winter Olympics; comes after 4-3 "Miracle on Ice" victory against hot favorite Soviet Union

Ice Hockey Player & Coach Herb Brooks
Ice Hockey Player & Coach
Herb Brooks
  • 1982 Boston Celtics begin an 18 NBA game winning streak

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1982 Wayne Gretzky scores NHL-record 78th goal of season en route to 92

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1987 LA Laker Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scores his 36,000th NBA point

  • 1988 Finnish ski jumper Matti Nykanen wins his 3rd gold medal of the Calgary Winter Olympics as part of the winning large hill team; normal and large hill individual champion

  • 1989 Harold E Ballard sells CFL Hamilton Tiger-Cats to David Braley

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1989 Panamanian boxing legend Roberto Durán wins 4th world title in different weight divisions when he beats Iran Barkley in a 12 round split decision in Atlantic City; 37 year old Durán wins WBC middleweight title

  • 1991 End of World League of American Football's (WLAF) 1st draft
  • 1994 Scoreboard is unveiled at new Cleveland Indians' park (Jacobs Field)

OlympicsOlympic Gold

2002 Joe Sakic and Jerome Iginla each score twice as Canada defeats the United States, 5-2 to win the men's ice hockey Olympic gold medal at Salt Lake City

NHL Legend Joe Sakic
NHL Legend
Joe Sakic
  • 2002 IXX Winter Olympic Games close in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

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2010 Sachin Tendulkar scores the first double century in One Day International cricket

Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar
  • 2013 55th Daytona 500: Jimmie Johnson wins 2nd Great American Race; Danica Patrick first female to start from pole position; also best-ever finish by a woman at Daytona (8th)
  • 2018 Men's big air snowboarding event makes Olympic debut at Pyeongchang; Canada's Sébastien Toutant is inaugural gold medallist
  • 2018 Ester Ledecká of the Czech Republic becomes first female to win Olympic gold medals in 2 different sports at a single Winter Games (Pyeongchang); skiing super-G and snowboarding parallel giant slalom
  • 2018 Japanese speed skater Nana Takagi wins her 2nd gold medal of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in the women's mass start event; also member Japan's successful pursuit team
  • 2018 2016 world mass start speed skating champion Lee Seung-hoon of South Korea wins the event at Pyeongchang Winter Olympics; also Olympic 10,000m champion Vancouver (2010)
  • 2018 Swiss alpine skiers Luca Aerni, Denise Feierabend, Wendy Holdener, Daniel Yule & Ramon Zenhäusern win the inaugural Olympic team event at Pyeongchang
  • 2018 After taking gold in the Olympic team sprint in Sochi (2014), Finnish cross country skier Iivo Niskanen wins the 50k classical event in Pyeongchang
  • 2020 Memorial service for NBA star Kobe Byrant held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1866 Hubert Van Innis, Belgian archer (d. 1961)
  • 1872 John Jarvis, England, swimmer (won 108 titles)

Person of interestHonus Wagner

1874 Honus Wagner, American Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop (8-time NL batting champion), born in Chartiers Borough, Pennsylvania (d. 1955)

MLB Shortshop Honus Wagner
MLB Shortshop
Honus Wagner
  • 1910 Arthur Hazlerigg, British peer and cricketer (d. 2002)
  • 1915 Jim Ferrier, Australian golfer (PGA C'ship 1947), born in Sydney, NSW (d. 1986)
  • 1921 Gaston Reiff, Belgian athlete (Olympic gold 1948), born in Braine-l'Alleud, Belgium (d. 1992)
  • 1922 Kanwar Rai Singh, cricketer (batted at MCG in Test for India 1948)
  • 1931 Brian Close, cricketer (played for England between 1949 & 1976), born in Rawden, West Riding (d. 2015)
  • 1934 Flemming Nielsen, Danish soccer player (Olympic silver 1960)
  • 1934 Frank Chapot, American equestrian (Olympic silver 1960, 1972), born in Camden, New Jersey (d. 2016)
  • 1938 Phil Knight, American sportswear manufacturer
  • 1940 Jimmy Ellis, WBA heavyweight boxing champ (1968-70), born in Louisville, Kentucky, (d. 2014)
  • 1940 Denis Law, Scottish footballer (Manchester United, Manchester City), born in Aberdeen, Scotland
  • 1940 Nicolae Martinescu, Romanian Greco-Roman wrestler (Olympic gold 100kg 1972), born in Vişani, Romania (d. 2013)
  • 1940 John Lyall, English soccer manager (West Ham United 1974-89; FA Cup 1980), born in Ilford, England (d. 2006)
  • 1942 Colin Bond, Australian racing driver
  • 1948 Walter Smith, Scottish football manager
  • 1949 John Lever, cricketer (England lefty quick in 21 Tests 1976-81)
  • 1951 Derek Randall, cricketer (England batsman & animated cover fieldsman)
  • 1952 Simon Weinstock, businessman/racehorse owner
  • 1952 Tom Burleson, USA, basketball (Olympic silver 1972) tallest Olympian-7'4"
  • 1952 Fred Dean, American Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end (Pro Bowl 1979–81, 83; First-team All-Pro 1980, 81; Super Bowl 1981, 84; SD Chargers, SF 49ers), born in Arcadia, Louisiana (d. 2020)

Person of interestAlain Prost

1955 Alain Prost, French Formula One racing driver (Championships: 85, 86, 89, 93), born in Lorette, France

Formula 1 Racing Driver Alain Prost
Formula 1 Racing Driver
Alain Prost

Person of interestEddie Murray

1956 Eddie Murray, American MLB Hall of Fame 1st baseman, 8x All-star, 3x Golden Glove (Baltimore Orioles, 1977-88 & 96; L.A. Dodgers, 1989-91 & 97, and three other teams), born in Los Angeles, California

MLB 1st Baseman Eddie Murray
MLB 1st Baseman
Eddie Murray
  • 1957 Phil McConkey, NFL wide receiver (NY Giants)
  • 1959 Michael Roy Whitney, cricket (great NSW & Aussie lefty quick 1981-92)
  • 1961 Ruud Really, soccer player (Feyenoord)
  • 1963 Fuad Reveiz, NFL kicker (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1963 Matias Carrillo, Mexican-American baseball outfielder (Florida Marlins)
  • 1964 Russell Ingall, Australian racing driver
  • 1965 Paul Gruber, NFL tackle (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • 1965 Lloyd McGrath, former English footballer
  • 1966 Rene Arocha, Cubans-American baseball pitcher (St Louis Cardinals)
  • 1968 John Velddman, soccer player (Sparta)
  • 1970 Jeff Garcia, CFL quarterback (Calgary Stampeders)
  • 1970 Wilson Alvarez, Maracaibo Venezuela, pitcher (Chicago White Sox)
  • 1971 Aki Rahunen, Finland, tennis star
  • 1971 Brian Savage, Sudbury, NHL left wing (Montreal Canadiens)
  • 1971 Pedro de la Rosa, Spanish Formula One driver
  • 1972 Larry Amar, Camarillo California, field hockey midfielder/captain (Olympics 1996)
  • 1972 Manon Rheaume, Lac Beauport Quebec, 1st female NHLer (Tampa Bay)
  • 1972 Ron Davis, NFL cornerback (Atlanta Falcons, GB Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • 1973 Alexei Kovalev, NHL right wing (NY Rangers), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1973 Harold Morrow, full back (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1973 Kavis Reed, CFL defensive back (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • 1973 Jordan Jovtchev, Bulgarian gymnast
  • 1974 Jeremy Laster, Fullerton California, water polo driver (Olympics 1996)
  • 1974 Simeon Rice, American NFL defensive end (Super Bowl 2002, Tampa Bay Buccaneers; 3-time Pro Bowl), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1974 Mike Lowell, Puerto Rican baseball player
  • 1976 Bradley McGee, Australian cyclist
  • 1976 Zach Johnson, American golfer (Masters 2007, British Open 2015), born in Iowa City, Iowa

Person of interestFloyd Mayweather, Jr.

1977 Floyd Mayweather Jr., American boxer (5 x weight division world champion; record 26 consecutive wins in world title fights (10 by KO; undefeated record 50-0), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan

  • 1977 Bronson Arroyo, American baseball player
  • 1979 Jesse Billauer, American quadriplegic surfer
  • 1980 Roman Sloudnov, Russian swimmer
  • 1981 Lleyton Hewitt, Australian tennis player (US Open 2001, Wimbledon 2002), born in Adelaide, Australia
  • 1981 Mohammad Sami, Pakistani cricketer
  • 1982 Emanuel Villa, Argentine footballer
  • 1982 Klára Zakopalová, Czech tennis player
  • 1982 Nick Blackburn, American baseball player
  • 1984 Clivio Piccione, Monegasque racing driver
  • 1986 Wojtek Wolski, Polish Ice hockey player
  • 1989 Kosta Koufos, American-Greek basketball player

Weddings in Sport

LoveWedding of Interest

1979 NBA player Bill Walton (26) weds Susan Guth

NBA Center and Television Sportscaster Bill Walton
NBA Center and Television Sportscaster
Bill Walton

LoveWedding of Interest

1985 NFL quarterback Joe Montana (28) weds actress and model Jennifer Wallace

NFL Quarterback Joe Montana
NFL Quarterback
Joe Montana

LoveWedding of Interest

2007 Former world champion track and field athlete Marion Jones (31) weds Olympic bronze medalist Obadele Thompson (30) at the Union Hill African Methodist Episcopal Church in Wilson's Mills, North Carolina

Track and Field Athlete/Drug Cheat Marion Jones
Track and Field Athlete/Drug Cheat
Marion Jones

Deaths in Sport

  • 1926 Eddie Plank, pitcher (won 327 games in 17 years), dies at 51
  • 1990 Tony Conigliaro, baseball player (Red Sox), dies of pneumonia at 45
  • 1991 Héctor Rial, Spanish soccer striker (Real Madrid, 5 straight Euro Cup C'ships 1956-60), dies at 62
  • 1993 Bobby Moore, English football defender (108 caps; captain World Cup 1966; West Ham United), dies of bowel & liver cancer at 51
  • 1993 Danny Gallivan, Canadian radio and television sportscaster, dies at 75

Person of interestDinah Shore

1994 Dinah Shore, American singer (See the USA in a Chevrolet), actress and TV personality (Dinah Shore Show, Nabisco DS Championship), dies of ovarian cancer at 76

Singer, Actress and TV Personality Dinah Shore
Singer, Actress and TV Personality
Dinah Shore
  • 2007 Lamar Lundy, American football player (b. 1935)
  • 2007 Damien Nash, American football player (b. 1982)
  • 2018 Durward Knowles, Bahamas yachtsman (Olympic gold, Star class 1968), dies at 100
  • 2020 Don Furner, Australian rugby league forward (1 Test) and coach (Australia 15 Tests; Eastern Suburbs, Canberra Raiders), dies at 87
  • 2020 Jan Kowalczyk, Polish equestrian rider (Olympics gold show jumping individual; silver team 1980), dies at 78
  • 2021 Gary Halpin, Irish rugby union prop (11 caps; Wanderers F.C, Leinster, London Irish, Harlequins), dies at 55
  • 2021 Atsushi Miyagi, Japanese tennis player (US Open doubles 1955 [with Kosei Kamo] first Japanese players to win a Grand Slam event), dies at 89