On This Day

On This Day in Sport for February 25

Events in Sport

  • 1904 Stanley Cup: Ottawa Silver 7 sweep Toronto Marlboroughs in 2 games
  • 1924 Marie Boyd scores 156 points in Maryland HS basketball game (163-3)
  • 1930 Brilliant West Indian cricket batsman George Headley completes twin tons (114 & 112) in 3rd Test win against England at Georgetown, British Guiana
  • 1933 Major NFL rule changes (hash mark 10 yds in, posts on goal line)
  • 1933 Thomas Yawkey purchases Boston Red Sox
  • 1941 Boston Bruins set NHL record of 23-game unbeaten streak (15-0-8)
  • 1952 VI Winter Olympic Games close at Oslo, Norway
  • 1957 US Supreme Court decides 6-3, baseball is only antitrust exempt pro sport
  • 1961 Niagara ends St Bonaventura's 99-game home basketball win streak
  • 1962 Mike O'Hara completes record 97th marathon

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1962 Wilt Chamberlain of NBA Philadelphia Warriors scores 67 points vs NY Knicks for the second year in a row

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1964 Muhammad Ali [Cassius Clay] wins his first world heavyweight boxing title when Sonny Liston fails to come out for round 7 at the Convention Center, Miami Beach

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Sonny Liston
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Sonny Liston
  • 1968 10th Daytona 500: Cale Yarborough driving for Wood Brothers Racing wins by less than a second from LeeRoy Yarbrough; grid set exclusively by qualifying times
  • 1969 Pension plan for baseball is agreed to

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1972 Lopsided trade, Cards trade Steve Carlton to Phillies for Rick Wise

Baseball Pitcher Steve Carlton
Baseball Pitcher
Steve Carlton
  • 1974 Veronica & Colin Scargill (England) begin tandem bicycle ride a record 18,020 miles around the world, completed on August 27, 1975

Sports record brokenNBA Record

1977 New Orleans' Pete Maravich sets NBA record for a guard with 68 pts

NBA Guard Pete Maravich
NBA Guard
Pete Maravich

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1978 England cricket all-rounder Ian Botham scores first Test century, 103 v New Zealand in Christchurch

Cricketer Ian Botham
Ian Botham
  • 1981 NHL most penalized game; Bruins vs Northstars, 84 penalties (392 mins)
  • 1981 NY Islanders give up their most goals (11) vs Calgary Flames
  • 1981 Exec Board of Baseball Players' Association votes unanimously to strike on May 29 if the issue of free-agent compensation remains unresolved
  • 1987 LaMarr Hoyt is banned from baseball for 1987, due to drug abuse
  • 1989 Javed Miandad scores 271 v NZ at Eden Park

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1989 Mike Tyson TKOs Frank Bruno in 5 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
Boxer Frank Bruno
Frank Bruno
  • 1990 Australia beat Pakistan 2-0 to win cricket's World Series Cup
  • 1991 Andrew Jones scores twin Test Cricket tons v Sri Lanka (122 & 100*)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1991 Bruce McNall, Wayne Gretzky and John Candy buy CFL's Toronto Argonauts

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
Actor and Comedian John Candy
Actor and Comedian
John Candy
  • 1993 Florida Marlins introduce their mascot "Billy"
  • 1994 New York Yankees shortstop Phil Rizzuto is elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1995 British super middleweight Nigel Benn puts opponent Gerard McClellan in hospital
  • 2018 Russian national team, competing under the name of Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR), wins Olympic ice hockey gold medal in Pyeongchang; beat Germany, 4-3 in overtime in the final
  • 2018 Norwegian cross-country skier Marit Bjørgen wins gold in women's 30k at Pyeongchang Winter Olympics; brings her total Games medal haul to 15, most won by any athlete in Winter Games history
  • 2018 2-man bobsleigh champions Francesco Friedrich and Thorsten Margis of Germany win their 2nd gold medals of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics as part of the German 4-man team
  • 2018 XXIII Winter Olympic Games close in Pyeongchang, Korea; Norway wins a record 39 medals, 14 gold
  • 2018 Winter Olympics: Marit Bjoergen (Norway) becomes the most successful winter athlete of all time (15 medals) with gold in the 30k cross country
  • 2019 James Harden's scoring streak of games with at least 30 points ends at 32 as he scores 28 in the Rockets' 119-111 win over Atlanta in Houston; 2nd longest mark in NBA history

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1855 George Bonnor, cricketer (big-hitting Aussie batter 1880-1888)
  • 1871 Oliver Campbell, American tennis player (US Open 1890-92), born in Brooklyn, NY (d. 1953)
  • 1895 DeBenneville "Bert" Bell, PA, NFL owner/commissioner/HOF (Eagles)
  • 1903 King Clancy, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1986)
  • 1914 John Arlott, British cricket commentator & writer (BBC), born in Basingstoke, England (d.1991)
  • 1916 Ralph Baldwin, Canadian harness driver and trainer (11 major world records; Hambletonian Stakes 1963, 73), born in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan (d. 1982)
  • 1918 Henry Norwood Ewell, 4x100m runner (Olympic gold 1948), born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • 1918 Barney Ewell, American athlete (d. 1996)

Person of interestBobby Riggs

1918 Bobby Riggs, American tennis player ("The Battle of the Sexes", US Open 1939, 41), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1995)

Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion Bobby Riggs
Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion
Bobby Riggs
  • 1919 Monty Irvin, baseball hall of famer (NY Giants)
  • 1921 Andy Pafko, Boyceville, Wisconsin, MLB player (Chicago Cubs), (d. 2013)
  • 1928 Paul Elvstrøm, Danish yachtsman (4 Olympic gold, Finn class 1948, 52, 56, 60), born in Hellerup, Denmark (d. 2016)
  • 1932 Tony Brooks, English auto racer (F1 World C'ship third 1958, runner-up 1959; 6 x F1 wins), born in Dukinfield, Cheshire, England
  • 1934 Tony Lema, American golfer (British Open 1964), born in Oakland, California (d. 1966)
  • 1938 Farokh Engineer, Indian cricket wicket-keeper (1961-75)
  • 1938 Herb Elliott, Australia, 1500m runner (Olympic gold 1960)
  • 1938 Viktor Kosichkin, Russian speed skater (Olympic gold 1960), born in Rybnoye (d. 2012)
  • 1940 Billy Packer, Wellsville NY, basketball sportscaster (CBS)
  • 1940 Ron Santo, American Baseball Hall of Fame third baseman (9-time MLB All Star; 5-time Gold Glove; Chicago Cubs), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2010)
  • 1943 Wilson da Silva Piazza, Brazilian footballer
  • 1947 Eddie Thomson, Australian soccer coach (Socceroos 1990-96), born in Rosewell, Scotland (d. 2003)
  • 1947 Lee Evans, American athlete (Olympic gold men's 400m, 4x400m relay 1968), born in Madera, California
  • 1951 Don Quarrie, Jamaican runner
  • 1951 James Brown, American sportscaster (CBS News, The NFL Today), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1951 César Cedeño, Dominican baseball player
  • 1952 Joey Dunlop, Irish motorcycle racer (d. 2000)
  • 1952 Elizabeth "Libby" Callahan, American sport shooter and four-time Olympian, born in Columbia, South Carolina
  • 1954 Steve Rixon, Australian cricket wicket-keeper (1977-85)
  • 1956 Davie Cooper, soccer star
  • 1958 Kurt Rambis, NBA forward (Lakers, Hornets)/Clark Kent look-a-like
  • 1960 Glen Bishop, cricketer (S Aussie batsman, 2 ODI's for Australia 1987)
  • 1961 Davey Allison, American auto racer (Daytona 500 1992), born in Hollywood, Florida (d. 1993)
  • 1961 Todd Blackledge, American football player
  • 1962 Birgit Fischer, German DR, 500m kayaker (Olympic gold 1980)
  • 1962 Cammy Ciarelli, WPVA volleyballer (Best of Beach-2nd-1995), born in Iowa City, Iowa

Person of interestPaul O'Neill

1963 Paul O'Neill, MLB right fielder (Cincinnati Reds, NY Yankees), born in Columbus, Ohio

MLB Right Fielder Paul O'Neill
MLB Right Fielder
Paul O'Neill
  • 1963 Tom McHale, NFL tackle (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1964 Don Majkowski, NFL quarterback (Detroit Lions)
  • 1966 Don Anurasiri, cricketer (Sri Lankan slow left-armer)
  • 1966 Samson Kitur, Kenyan athlete (d. 2003)
  • 1967 Jenny Byrne, tennis star (1984 Futures-Wyong-AUS), born in Perth, Australia
  • 1967 Rich Rowland, American baseball catcher (Detroit Tigers)
  • 1968 David Hulse, American baseball outfielder (Texas Rangers)
  • 1969 Donald Hodge, NBA center (Charlotte Hornets)
  • 1969 Kerry Dienelt, Australian softball catcher/1st baseman (Olympic bronze 1996)
  • 1969 Michelle Gibson, equestrian dressage (Olympic bronze 1996)
  • 1970 Alfred Jordan, CFL cornerback (Calgary Stampeders)
  • 1970 Brian O'Neal, NFL full back (SF 49ers)
  • 1970 Corey Mayfield, NFL defensive tackle (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1970 Dave Brown, NFL quarterback (NY Giants)
  • 1970 Troy Mallette, Sudbury, NHL left wing (Ottawa Senators)
  • 1971 Konstantin Matoussevich, Israeli high jumper (Olympic 7th-1996), born in Kiev, Ukraine
  • 1971 Andrew Hermann, US 50K walker (Olympics 1996)
  • 1971 Byron Dafoe, NHL goalie (Los Angeles Kings), born in Sussex, England
  • 1971 David Fox, American 50m freestyle (Olympic 6th 1996)
  • 1971 Helen Dobson, British golfer (ANA Inspiration 1998 runner-up), born in Skegness, England
  • 1971 Nova Peris, field hockey left halfback (Olympics 1996), born in Darwin, Australia
  • 1972 Chris Harrison, guard (Detroit Lions)
  • 1972 Erwin van de Looi, soccer player (Vitesse)
  • 1972 Sean Harris, NFL linebacker (Chicago Bears)
  • 1973 Daryl Gardener, defensive end (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1973 Kirrily Sharpe, Bankstown Aust, tennis star (1995 Futures-Saga-JPN)
  • 1973 Normann Stadler, German triathlete
  • 1974 Detron Smith, NFL running back (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1974 Tamarick Vanover, NFL wide receiver (KC Chiefs)
  • 1975 Hercules Kyvelos, boxer (Olympics 1996), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1976 Samaki Walker, NBA forward (Dallas Mavericks)
  • 1980 Antonio Burks, American basketball player
  • 1981 Park Ji-Sung, South Korean footballer
  • 1982 Chris Baird, Irish footballer
  • 1982 Anton Volchenkov, Russian ice hockey player
  • 1982 Flavia Pennetta, Italian tennis player (US open 2015), born in Brindisi, Italy
  • 1983 Eduardo da Silva, Brazilian-born Croatian footballer
  • 1985 Benji Marshall, New Zealand rugby player
  • 1985 Joakim Noah, American basketball player
  • 1992 Libby [Elizabeth] Callahan, sport pistol (Olympics 1996), born in Columbia, South Carolina
  • 1994 Eugenie Bouchard, Canadian tennis player (Wimbledon 2014 runner-up), born in Montreal, Quebec

Deaths in Sport

  • 1919 Josef Christiaens, Belgian racing driver (b. 1879)
  • 1934 John McGraw, American Baseball Hall of Fame infielder/manager (manager NY Giants World Series champions 1905, 21-22), dies of uremic poisoning at 60
  • 1966 James D. Norris, American sports businessman (Chicago Black Hawks), dies at 59
  • 1977 Billy Coutu, Canadian ice hockey defenceman (Stanley Cup 1924; Montreal Canadiens; only player banned from NHL for life, attacked referee 1927), dies at 84
  • 1982 J K Irani, cricket wicket-keeper (2 Tests for India 1947-48), dies
  • 1994 Hugh Tayfield, cricketer (170 wickets for South Africa in 37 Tests), dies

Person of interestJersey Joe

1994 Jersey Joe Walcott, boxer, dies at 80

World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jersey Joe
World Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jersey Joe

Person of interestDonald Bradman

2001 Sir Donald Bradman AC, Australian Cricket Batsman and captain (52 Tests; 6,996 runs @ WR 99.94 average; HS 334; 29 x 100s), dies of pneumonia at 92

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 2006 Charlie Wayman, English footballer (b. 1922)
  • 2008 Ashley Cooper, Australian race car driver (b. 1980)
  • 2016 Tony Burton, American actor (Rocky films) and boxer, dies at 78