On This Day in Sport for February 26

Events in Sport

  • 1839 1st Grand National: Jem Mason aboard Lottery wins
  • 1851 13th Grand National: T. Abbott aboard Abd-El-Kader IRE wins
  • 1887 George Lohmann took 1st 8-wkt haul in test cricket, 8-35 at SCG
  • 1918 Stands at Hong Kong Jockey Club collapse & burn, killing 604
  • 1930 West Indies make 1st Test Cricket win, by 289 runs over England

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1935 NY Yankees release Babe Ruth, he signs with Boston Braves

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 1938 Rie Van Veen swims world record 200m free style (2:24.6)

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1956 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Sarasota Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls
  • 1960 USA's David Jenkins wins Olympic Gold for men's figure skating
  • 1961 3rd Daytona 500: Marvin Panch wins (149.601 MPH)

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1967 9th Daytona 500: Mario Andretti wins (146.926 MPH)

Racing Car Driver Mario Andretti
Racing Car Driver
Mario Andretti

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1978 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Bent Tree Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez
LPGA Golfer
Nancy Lopez

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1980 Richard Hadlee scores Test Cricket century v Roberts, Garner, Holding, Croft

Cricketer Richard Hadlee
Richard Hadlee
  • 1981 84 penalties (406 mins) assessed for a brawl between NHL Minn & Bost

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1982 Test Cricket debut of batsman Martin Crowe, playing for New Zealand v Australia in Wellington, run out for 9

Cricketer Martin Crowe
Martin Crowe

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1987 NBA's Michael Jordan's 58 points in one game is a Chicago Bulls record

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan
  • 1987 Wash blocks 20 Indiana shots tying NBA regulation game record

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1989 Dallas Cowboys fire coach Tom Landry after a 29-year career

NFL Head Coach Tom Landry
NFL Head Coach
Tom Landry

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1989 Betsy King wins LPGA Women's Kemper Golf Open/Helene Curtis Pro-Am

LPGA Golfer Betsy King
LPGA Golfer
Betsy King
  • 1989 NY Yankees announce that Tom Seaver is their new TV sportscaster
  • 1989 California court throws out most of Margo Adams's $12 million breach-of- contract suit against Red Sox third baseman Wade Boggs
  • 1991 Asanka Gurusinha scores twin Test Cricket tons v NZ (119 & 102)
  • 1991 Bill Veeck & Tony Lazzeri elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1991 NY-NJ Knights (WLAF) players 1st come together
  • 1993 Allan Border beats Gavaskar's record for most Test Cricket runs 10,123
  • 1994 St Louis Blues beat Ottawa Senators 11-1
  • 1998 Steven M Gluckstern completes sale of NY Islanders
  • 2006 20th Winter Olympic Games close at Turin, Italy
  • 2012 61st NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 152-149 at Orlando
  • 2017 59th Daytona 500: Kurt Busch in a Ford leads for just a single lap to win from Ryan Blaney

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1887 Grover Cleveland Alexander, HOF baseball pitcher (Phillies, Cubs)
  • 1908 Jean-Pierre Wimille, French race car driver (d. 1949)
  • 1916 Ross Gregory, cricketer (Australian batsman 1936-37, died in WW II)
  • 1918 Edwin Charles "Preacher" Roe, baseball pitcher (Bkln Dodgers)
  • 1920 A W [Rie] Kuiper-Mastenbroek, Neth, swimmer (Olympics 3 gold-1936)
  • 1920 Danny Gardella, American baseball player (d. 2005)
  • 1922 Bill Johnston, cricket pace bowler (mighty Australian lefty post-war)
  • 1925 Everton Weekes, West Indian cricket player
  • 1928 Everton Weekes, cricketer (one of the 3 W's)
  • 1931 Ally MacLeod, Scottish footballer and manager (d. 2004)
  • 1934 Ron Gaunt, cricketer (Australian fast bowler late 50s early 60s)
  • 1941 Keith Thomson, cricketer (batted in 2 Tests NZ v India 1968)
  • 1945 Peter Brock, Australian motorsports champion (d. 2006)
  • 1945 Giannis Ioannidis, Greek basketball coach and politician
  • 1946 Bobby "Bingo" Smith, NBA star (Cleveland Cavaliers)
  • 1955 Rupert Keegan, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, England, Formula One racing car driver
  • 1957 Connie Carpenter-Phinney, 79k cyclist (Olympic gold 1984), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1957 Keena Rothhammer, American 800m freestyle swimmer (Olympic gold 1972)
  • 1959 Rolando Blackman, American basketball player
  • 1962 Sheila Cornell, Encino Fla, softball infielder (Olympic gold 1996)
  • 1965 Donald Narcisse, CFL receiver (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • 1965 Matt Jackson, Canadian Tour golfer (1994 Payless), born in Birmingham, Michigan
  • 1966 Wesley Walls, NFL tight end (Carolina Panthers, SF 49ers, New Orleans Saints)
  • 1967 David Howard, infielder (KC Royals), born in Sarasota, Florida
  • 1967 Roman Fortin, NFL center (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1967 Scott Service, American baseball pitcher (Cincinnati Reds)
  • 1968 Brendan Rogers, CFL linebacker (Toronto Argonauts)
  • 1968 Chris Green, NFL safety (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1968 J T Snow, infielder (NY Yankees, California Angels), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1968 Leif Rohlin, Vasteras Swe, NHL defenseman (Vancouver Canucks)
  • 1968 René Groen, soccer player (SC Heerenveen)
  • 1969 Brandon Wilson, American baseball infielder (Chicago White Sox)
  • 1970 Ben Maruquin, Ventura California, field hockey sweeper (Olympics 1996)
  • 1970 Radka Zrubakova, Czech, tennis star
  • 1970 Sasha Danilovic, NBA guard (Miami Heat)
  • 1971 Rick Lyle, defensive end/defensive tackle (NY Jets)
  • 1972 Clint McDaniel, NBA guard (Sacramento Kings)
  • 1972 Scott Turner, NFL cornerback/safety (Washington Redskins)
  • 1973 Jenny Thompson, Danvers Mass, 400m freestyle (Olympic gold 1992, 96)
  • 1973 Marshall Faulk, NFL running back (Indianapolis Colts)
  • 1973 Ole Gunnar Solskjær, Norwegian retired footballer
  • 1974 Ron Fox, soccer player (Willem II)
  • 1974 Sébastien Loeb, French rally driver
  • 1975 Cindy Werley, field hockey forward/midfielder (Olympics 1996), born in Allentown, Pennsylvania
  • 1975 Mike Wilson, Brampton, NHL defenseman (Buffalo Sabres)
  • 1976 Nikolaos Siranidis, Greek diver
  • 1977 Tim Thomas, NBA forward (Philadelphia 76ers)
  • 1977 Josh Towers, Major League Baseball player
  • 1977 Shane Williams, Welsh Rugby Player
  • 1978 Abdoulaye Diagne-Faye, Senegalese footballer
  • 1978 Marc Hynes, British racing driver
  • 1979 Mariano Bainotti, Argentine racing driver
  • 1979 Pedro Mendes, Portuguese footballer
  • 1980 Gary Majewski, Major League Baseball player
  • 1981 Kertus Davis, American NASCAR driver
  • 1984 Emmanuel Adebayor, Togolese footballer
  • 1986 Makelele, Brazilian footballer

Weddings in Sport

HeartWedding of Interest

2009 Supermodel Gisele Bundchen (32) weds NFL New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (35) at St. Monica Catholic Church in Santa Monica

NFL Quarterback Tom Brady
NFL Quarterback
Tom Brady

Deaths in Sport

  • 1971 Edward van der Merwe, South African cricket wicket keeper (2 Tests in 30's), dies at 67
  • 1990 Leslie Ames, cricketer (47 Tests, 2434 runs 8 centuries), dies
  • 1992 Gerrit Schulte, Dutch 6-day cyclist known as the "Crazy Cyclist", dies at 76
  • 1992 Jean R Yawkey, owner (Boston Red Sox), dies of a stroke at 83
  • 2003 Christian Goethals, Belgian racing driver, dies at 74
  • 2009 Norm Van Lier, Basketball player and broadcaster (b. 1947)
  • 2009 Johnny Kerr, Basketball player and Chicago Bulls broadcaster (b. 1932)

Person of interestEarl Lloyd

2015 Earl Lloyd, 1st African American basketball player in the NBA, dies at 86

Basketball Player Earl Lloyd
Basketball Player
Earl Lloyd
  • 2016 Andy Bathgate, professional ice hockey player (New York Rangers, 1958 NHL MVP), dies at 83