On This Day

On This Day in Sport for February 27

Events in Sport

  • 1850 12th Grand National: Chris Green wins aboard Irish outsider Abd-El-Kader; goes on to become first dual winner and first to win in consecutive years
  • 1856 18th Grand National: George Stevens wins aboard 25/1 Freetrader; first of Stevens' record 5 GN victories
  • 1874 Baseball 1st played in England at Lord's Cricket Ground
  • 1921 US Female Figure Skating championship won by Theresa Weld Blanchard; US male Figure Skating championship won by Sherwin Badger
  • 1925 Test Cricket debut of Clarrie Grimmett, who took 5-45 & 6-37 v England
  • 1936 Dutch swimmer Willy den Ouden sets new women's world 100m freestyle record (1:04.6) in Amsterdam; lasts 22 years until broken in 1956 by Dawn Fraser of Australia

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1937 Bradman scores 169 in 5th Test Cricket v England in 223 minutes

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1959 Chicago Cards trade running back Ollie Matson to LA Rams for 9 players

Sports record brokenNBA Record

1959 Boston Celtic Bob Cousy sets NBA record with 28 assists Boston Celtics score 173 points against Minneapolis Lakers

NBA Point Guard Bob Cousy
NBA Point Guard
Bob Cousy

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1960 US Olympic ice hockey Team beats USSR 3-2 en route to gold medal

Ice Hockey Player Bob Cleary
Ice Hockey Player
Bob Cleary
  • 1960 Veikko Hakulinen of Finland wins his 3rd career Olympic cross country gold medal as part of Finland's 4 x 10k relay team at Squaw Valley, CA; winner: 50k (Oslo, 1952) and 30k (Cortina d’Ampezzo, 1956)
  • 1960 Five Nations Rugby Championship is won jointly by England and France with the pivotal game a 3-3 draw between the teams at Stade Colombes, Paris

AgreementContract of Interest

1963 Mickey Mantle of NY Yankees sign a baseball contract worth $100,000

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • 1966 Ice Dance Championship at Davos won by Diane Towler and Bernard Ford of great Britain
  • 1966 Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Davos won by Peggy Fleming of US

CarDaytona 500

1966 8th Daytona 500: Polesitter Richard Petty comes from 2 laps down to win the event after 198 laps were completed because of rain

Auto Racer Richard Petty
Auto Racer
Richard Petty
  • 1973 White Sox slugger Dick Allen signs 3 year $750,000 contract
  • 1982 Dan Issel (NBA-Nuggets), hits on 63rd consecutive free throw

Sports record brokenWorld Record

1984 Carl Lewis jumps world record indoor (8,675 m)

Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper Carl Lewis
Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper
Carl Lewis
  • 1987 Mike Conley triple jumps world indoor record (17.76m)
  • 1987 NCAA cancels SMU's entire 1987 football schedule for gross violations of NCAA rules regarding athletic corruption

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1988 Bonnie Blair (US) wins Olympic 500m speed skating in record 39.1

Speed Skater Bonnie Blair
Speed Skater
Bonnie Blair
  • 1988 Katarina Witt (GDR) wins 2nd consecutive Olympic figure skating
  • 1992 Larry Smith named 9th Commissioner of the CFL
  • 1994 XVII Winter Olympic Games close in Lillehammer, Norway
  • 1999 Aston Villa are the last Premier League team to play a match with an all-English starting XI in a 4-1 defeat by Coventry

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2007 Mark Messier's #11 jersey is retired by the Edmonton Oilers

NHL Legend Mark Messier
NHL Legend
Mark Messier

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018 Laureus World Sports Awards, Monte-Carlo Sporting, Monaco: Sportsman: Roger Federer; Sportswoman: Serena Williams; Team: Mercedes F1 team

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1862 Anastasios Metaxas, Greek architect and shooter (d. 1937)
  • 1877 Walter O Briggs, American entrepreneur and sports team owner (Detroit Tigers 1935-52), born in Ypsilanti, Michigan (d. 1952)
  • 1898 Allison Danzig, sports writer (Tennis Pictorial History)
  • 1901 Horatio Luro, American horse trainer (Decidedly, Northern Dancer), born in Argentina (d. 1991)
  • 1902 Ethelda Bleibtrey, American swimmer (Olympic gold 100m, 300m, 4x100m freestyle relay 1920; first US female champion), born in Waterford, New York (d. 1978)
  • 1902 Gene Sarazen, American golfer (7 major titles including major slam), born in Harrison, New York (d. 1999)
  • 1904 André Leducq, French cyclist (Tour de France 1930, 32; Olympic gold road race 1924), born in Saint-Ouen, France (d. 1980)
  • 1904 Chick Fullis, American baseball player (d. 1946)
  • 1906 Mal Matheson, New Zealand cricket fast bowler (2 Tests) and rugby union Test referee (Australia v NZ 1946), born in Omaha, New Zealand (d. 1985)
  • 1910 Ted Horn, American race car driver (d. 1948)
  • 1920 Reg Simpson, English cricket batsman (27 Tests; best 156no v Australia 1951), born in Sherwood, Nottinghamshire (d. 2013)
  • 1924 Norman Marshall, cricketer (brother of Roy, one Test for WI 1955)
  • 1929 Djalma Santos, Brazilian footballer, (d. 2013)
  • 1929 Jack Gibson, Australian rugby league footballer and coach (d. 2008)
  • 1933 Raymond Berry, American NFL hall of famer (Baltimore Colts), born in Corpus Christi, Texas
  • 1937 L. Jay Silvester, American discus thrower (Olympic silver 1972), born in Tremonton, Utah
  • 1939 Lester King, West Indian cricketer (WI fast bowler, 2 Tests 1962-68, 9 wkts), born in St Catherine, Jamaica
  • 1939 Peter Revson, American race car driver (1971 Indianapolis pole winner), born in New York City
  • 1943 Klaus Köste, German gymnast (Olympic gold 1972- vault), born in Frankfurt, Germany (d. 2012)
  • 1944 Graeme Pollock, South African cricketer (South African batting prodigy), born in Durban, South Africa
  • 1947 Ashley Woodcock, Australian cricketer (one Test Aust v NZ 1974, only knock 27), born in Adelaide, Australia
  • 1957 Viktor Markin, Russian athlete, born in Ust-Tarksky District, Russia
  • 1958 Naas Botha, South African rugby union footballer, born in Mpumalanga, South Africa
  • 1960 Andres Gomez, Ecuadorian tennis player (Madrid Grand Prix-1990), born in Guayaquil, Ecuador

Person of interestJames Worthy

1961 James Worthy, American NBA forward (LA Lakers, 1988 Playoff MVP), born in Gastonia, North Carolina

NBA Small Forward James Worthy
NBA Small Forward
James Worthy
  • 1962 Kory Tarpenning, American pole vaulter, born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1962 Veronica Ribot-Canales, Argentinian-American diver (Olympics 1996), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1963 Francesco Cancellotti, Italian tennis star, born in Perugia, Italy
  • 1964 April Heinrichs, US women's soccer coach (Olympic-96), born in Littleton, Colorado
  • 1966 Chris Howard, American baseball catcher (Seattle Mariners), born in Kenner, Louisiana
  • 1966 Pete Smith, American baseball player (Atlanta Braves, NY Mets), born in Abington, Massachusetts
  • 1967 Dallas Eakins, American-Canadian NHL defenseman (Winnipeg Jets), born in Dade City, Florida
  • 1967 Robert Kron, Czech NHL right wing (Hartford Whalers), born in Brno, Czechia
  • 1968 Loy Vaught, American NBA forward (LA Clippers), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • 1968 Mike Sullivan, American NHL center (Calgary Flames), born in Marshfield, Massachusetts
  • 1969 Greg Stevenson, Canadian rower (Olympics-11-92, 96), born in Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • 1969 Willie Banks, American baseball pitcher (Chicago Cubs), born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • 1970 David White, American NFL linebacker (Buffalo Bills), born in Oak Ridge, Tennessee
  • 1970 Kent Desormeaux, American jockey, born in Maurice, Louisiana
  • 1971 Ivan Robinson, American boxer (Olympic-92), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1971 Jaroslav Modry, Czech NHL defenseman (Ottawa Senators), born in České Budějovice, Czechia
  • 1971 Rich Tylski, American football player (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in San Diego, California
  • 1973 Mark Taylor, Welsh rugby union footballer, born in Blaenavon, United Kingdom
  • 1974 Chris Dishman, American football offensive lineman (Arizona Cardinals), born in Cozad, Nebraska
  • 1974 Jimmy Maher, Australian cricketer (Queensland lefty batsman victorious 1995 side), born in Innisfail, Australia
  • 1975 Duce Staley, American football running back (Philadelphia Eagles), born in West Columbia, South Carolina
  • 1975 Marcus Robinson, American football wide receiver (Chicago Bears), born in Fort Valley, Georgia
  • 1975 Prodromos Korkizoglou, Greek decathlete, born in Larissa, Greece
  • 1976 Tony Gonzalez, American football tight end (KC Chiefs), born in Torrance, California
  • 1978 James Beattie, English footballer, born in Lancaster, England
  • 1981 Elodie Ouédraogo, Belgian athlete, born in Saint-Josse-ten-Noode, Belgium
  • 1983 Devin Harris, American basketball player, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1984 Lotta Schelin, Swedish female footballer, born in Trångsund, Sweden
  • 1984 David Noel, American basketball player, born in Durham, North Carolina
  • 1985 Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, Russian footballer, born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1993 Jessica Korda, American golfer (5 LPGA Tour titles), born in Bradenton, Florida
  • 1994 Hou Yifan, Chinese chess player, born in Xinghua, China

Weddings in Sport

  • 2004 Singer-actress Solange Knowles (18) weds Texas Southern University football player Daniel Smith at Old Bahama Bay Resort in Grand Bahama Island

Deaths in Sport

  • 1921 Schofield Haigh, cricketer (Eng all-rounder 11 Tests 1898-1912), dies
  • 1946 James Cecil Parke, Irish tennis, rugby player (Australasian C'ship 1912, Ireland rugby 20 caps), dies at 64
  • 1947 Francis MacKinnon, English cricketer (Tests Eng v Aust 1879) and later the 35th Mackinnon of Mackinnon, dies at 98
  • 1961 Platt Adams, American high jumper (Olympic gold 1912), dies at 75
  • 1963 William Auchterlonie, Scottish golfer (British Open 1893), dies at 90
  • 1975 Neville Cardus, English writer and cricketer, dies at 86

Person of interestJacques Plante

1986 Jacques "Jake the Snake" Plante, Canadian Ice Hockey goalie who was the first to wear a goaltender mask, dies of stomach cancer at 57

NHL Goalie Jacques Plante
NHL Goalie
Jacques Plante
  • 1990 Les Ames, English cricket wicket-keeper/batsman (47 Tests, 97 dismissals, 2,434 runs @ 40.56), dies at 84
  • 1996 Pat Smythe, English equestrian rider (Olympic bronze team jumps 1956; author children's books), dies from heart disease at 67
  • 1996 Sarah Palfrey Cooke, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1941, 45), dies of lung cancer at 83
  • 1996 Vic Janowicz, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1950, Ohio State; NFL: Washington Redskins), dies of cancer at 66
  • 2008 Myron Cope, American sports broadcaster (b. 1929)
  • 2011 Duke Snider, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (8 x MLB All Star; World Series 1955, 59; Brooklyn / LA Dodgers), dies at 84
  • 2019 Bill Playle, New Zealand cricket batsman (8 Tests), dies at 80