On This Day

On This Day in Sport for February 28

Events in Sport

  • 1844 6th Grand National: John Crickmere wins aboard 5/1 co-favourite Discount
  • 1849 11th Grand National: Tom Cunningham wins aboard 20/1 Peter Simple; 2nd consecutive year there are 3 equine fatalities during the race
  • 1903 Barney Dreyfuss & James Potter buy Philadelphia Phillies for $170,000
  • 1904 Football club Sport Lisboa (Benfica) founded in Lisbon, Portugal
  • 1906 Stanley Cup: Ottawa HC beats Queen's University (Kingston, ON), 12-7 for a 2-0 sweep of challenge series
  • 1912 Victor Trumper's last Test Cricket innings c Woolley b Barnes 50
  • 1925 Longest win streak in Toronto Maple Leaf history (9 games)
  • 1929 Chic Black Hawks lose record NHL 15th straight game at home
  • 1931 Canadian Rugby Union adopts the forward pass
  • 1936 Karl Schäfer of Austria follows up his Winter Olympics victory with his 7th consecutive men’s figure skating World Championship title in Paris, France
  • 1936 Olympic champions Ernst Baier and Maxi Herber of Germany win their 4th consecutive pairs figure skating gold medal at the World Championships in Paris, France
  • 1940 1st televised basketball game (U of Pitts beats Fordham U, 50-37)
  • 1957 Jockey Johnny Longden's 5,000th career victory
  • 1958 West Indies 1-504 in reply to Pakistan 328, day 3 of 3rd Test Cricket
  • 1959 Ice Dance Championship at Colorado Springs USA won by Denny & Jones of Great Britain
  • 1959 NFL trade, Chicago Cards trade Ollie Matson to LA Rams for 9 players

  • 1960 VIII Winter Olympic Games close in Squaw Valley, California

OlympicsOlympic Gold

1960 Home team United States wins its first Olympic ice hockey gold medal at Squaw Valley; with 9-4 win over Czechoslovakia

Ice Hockey Player Bob Cleary
Ice Hockey Player
Bob Cleary

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1966 Sandy Koufax & Don Drysdale begin a joint holdout against Dodgers

Baseball Pitcher Sandy Koufax
Baseball Pitcher
Sandy Koufax

Sports record brokenNBA Record

1967 Wilt Chamberlain sinks NBA record 35th consecutive field goal

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • 1969 Ice Dance Championship at Colorado Springs won by Towler & Ford of Great Britain
  • 1970 Bicycles permitted to cross Golden Gate Bridge
  • 1970 Caroline Walker runs world female record marathon (3:02:53)

Sport awardPGA Championship

1971 PGA Championship Men's Golf, PGA National East: Jack Nicklaus leads wire-to-wire for his 2nd career grand slam; wins by 2 from Billy Casper

  • 1981 Calvin Murphy (Hou), sets NBA record with 78 consecutive free throws
  • 1986 Peter Uberroth suspended 7 baseball players for 1 year, after they admitted in Curtis Strong's trial in September, they used drugs
  • 1988 XV Winter Olympic Games close in Calgary, Canada
  • 1988 Pat Verbeek becomes 1st NJ Devil to score 4 goals in an NHL game
  • 1988 Yvonne van Gennip skates world record 5 km ladies (7:14.13)
  • 1989 10-time All Star second baseman and manager Red Schoendienst and umpire Al Barlick are elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1991 Don Mattingly named 10th NY Yankee Captain

MLB 1st Baseman Don Mattingly
MLB 1st Baseman
Don Mattingly
  • 1993 Iolanda Chen triple jumps world indoor record hop step (14.46m)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1998 Vancouver Canucks Mark Messier is 4th NHLer to get 1,600 points

NHL Legend Mark Messier
NHL Legend
Mark Messier
  • 2010 XXI Winter Olympic Games close in Vancouver, Canada
  • 2012 54th Daytona 500: Rain affected race stopped for 2 hours because of fuel on track; Matt Kenseth leads for final 34 laps to win
  • 2020 Court of Arbitration for Sport bans Chinese triple Olympic gold medallist Sun Yang from swimming for 8 years for breaking anti-doping rules

Birthdays in Sport

Person of interestJoe Malone

1890 Joe Malone, Canadian ice hockey center (Quebec Bulldogs), born in Quebec City, Québec (d. 1969)

Ice Hockey Player Joe Malone
Ice Hockey Player
Joe Malone
  • 1898 Zeki Rıza Sporel, Turkish soccer striker (16 caps; Fenerbahçe), born in Istanbul, Turkey (d. 1969)
  • 1917 Hans Deutgen, Swedish world champion archer
  • 1929 Hayden Fry, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (SMU 1962-72, North Texas State University 1973-78, University of Iowa 1979-98), born in Eastland, Texas (d. 2019)
  • 1930 Frank Malzone, MLB player (Boston Red Sox), born in the Bronx, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1931 Peter Alliss, English golfer (Ryder Cup 1957 GB winners) and author, course designer and television presenter, commentator (BBC, ESPN, ABC Sports), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2020)
  • 1933 Robert Grondelaers, Belgian cyclist (d. 1989)
  • 1933 Charles Vinci, American weightlifter (Olympic bantamweight gold 1956, 60), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2018)
  • 1935 Clive Halse, cricketer (South African fast bowler on 1963-64 Aust/NZ tour)
  • 1938 Foge Fazio, American college football coach (University of Pittsburgh), born in Dawmont, West Virginia (d. 2009)
  • 1939 Charles Brown, featherweight boxer (Olympic bronze 1964), born in Cincinnati, Ohio

Person of interestMario Andretti

1940 Mario Andretti, Italian American race-car driver (1969 Indianapolis 500, 1978 Formula One World Champion), born in Montona, Italy

Racing Car Driver Mario Andretti
Racing Car Driver
Mario Andretti
  • 1942 Dino Zoff, Italian footballer
  • 1944 Sepp Maier, German footballer
  • 1945 Bubba Smith, American College Football Hall of Fame defensive end (Michigan State; Pro Bowl 1970, 71; First Team All Pro 1971; Super Bowl 1971; Baltimore Colts) and actor (Police Academy), born in Orange, Texas (d. 2011)
  • 1946 Graham Vivian, New Zealand cricketer (son of Giff, 5 Tests for NZ 1965-72), born in Auckland New Zealand
  • 1951 Gustavo Thoeni, Italian giant slalom (Olympic gold 1972)
  • 1951 Karsan Ghavri, cricketer (Indian lefty medium pacer early 80s)
  • 1952 Melissa Babish, SC, swimmer (Olympic)
  • 1953 Ingo Hoffmann, Brazilian racing driver
  • 1954 Brian Billick, American football coach
  • 1955 Adrian Dantley, NBA forward (Olympic gold 1976, Utah Jazz), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1956 Jimmy Nicholl, Canadian-born Northern Irish footballer
  • 1957 Ian Smith, New Zealand cricket wicket-keeper (1980-92), born in Nelson, New Zealand
  • 1958 Christine Lathan-Brehmer, German DR, 400m runner (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1958 Mark Pavelich, American NHL forward (Olympic gold 1980 'Miracle on Ice'; NY Rangers, Minnesota North Stars, San Jose Sharks), born in Eveleth, Minnesota (d. 2021)
  • 1961 Barry McGuigan, Irish boxer, born in Clones, Ireland
  • 1961 Eric Bachelart, Belgian racing driver
  • 1962 Angela Bailey, Canadian 4X100m relayer (Olympic silver 1984), born in Coventry, England
  • 1962 Chunli Li, table tennis player (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1963 Claudio Chiappucci, Italian cyclist
  • 1964 Djamolidine Abdoujaparov, Uzbekistan road cyclist (Tour de France points winner 1991, 93-4), born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan
  • 1965 Duane Ferrell, NBA forward (SF Warriors, Indiana Pacers)
  • 1965 Mikko Makela, Tampere Finland, NHL right wing (NY Islanders)
  • 1966 Jan Varholik, Kosice CZE, hockey defenseman (Team Slovakia)
  • 1966 Tim Goad, NFL defensive tackle (Cleveland Browns)
  • 1966 Vincent Askew, NBA guard/forward (Seattle Supersonics, Trailblazers)
  • 1966 Paulo Futre, Portuguese footballer
  • 1967 Antone Davis, NFL tackle (Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1967 Jeff[rey] Pfaendtner, rower (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1967 Colin Cooper, English soccer defender (2 caps; Middlesborough, Nottingham Forest), born in Durham, England
  • 1968 J T Snow, American baseball 1st baseman (NY Yankees, California Angels)
  • 1968 Mike Milchin, pitcher (Minnesota Twins), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 1969 Shawn McEachern, Waltham MA, NHL forward (Boston Bruins, Senators)
  • 1969 Butch Leitzinger, American race car driver
  • 1969 Tor Øivind Ødegaard, Norwegian track runner
  • 1970 Mika Stromberg, Helsinki FIN, hockey defenseman (Team Finland)
  • 1970 Noureddine Morceli, Algeria, 1500m runner (Olympic gold 1996)
  • 1972 Melisa Moses, diver (Olympic 4th 1996), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1972 Scott Gragg, NFL tackle (NY Giants)
  • 1973 Denard Walker, cornerback (Tennessee Oilers)

Person of interestEric Lindros

1973 Eric Lindros, NHL center (Philadelphia Flyers), born in London, Ontario

NHL Star Eric Lindros
NHL Star
Eric Lindros
  • 1973 Gary Walker, NFL defensive tackle/defensive end (Houston Oilers)
  • 1973 Henry Bailey, NFL wide receiver/kick returner (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1973 Nicolas Minassian, French racing driver
  • 1974 Katie Allen, Australian field hockey full back/half back (Olympics 1996)
  • 1974 Kevin Abrams, cornerback (Detroit Lions)
  • 1974 Lee Carsley, Irish footballer
  • 1975 Azhar Mahmood, Pakistan cricket all-rounder (21 Tests, 900 runs @ 30.00, 3 x 100s, 39 wickets), born in Rawalpindi, Pakistan
  • 1975 Mike Rucker, American football player
  • 1976 Angie Kennedy, Nambour QLD Australia, swimmer (Olympics 1996)
  • 1977 Aki-Petteri Berg, NHL defenseman (Team Finland Olympic bronze 1998, Kings)
  • 1977 Debbie Koegel, dance skater (with partner Oleg Fediukov), born in Norristown, Pennsylvania
  • 1978 Benjamin Raich, Austrian alpine ski racer, born in Innsbruck, Austria
  • 1978 Jamaal Tinsley, American basketball player, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1978 Mariano Zabaleta, Argentine tennis player, born in Tandil, Argentina
  • 1979 Virginia Ledgerwood, American rhythmic gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Chester, Virginia
  • 1979 Sébastien Bourdais, French auto racer, (Champ Car World Series 2004-07, Le Mans 24 Hours 2016), born in Le Mans, France
  • 1979 Primož Peterka, Slovenian ski jumper, born in Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • 1979 Ivo Karlović, Croatian tennis player, born in Zagreb, Croatia
  • 1980 Pascal Bosschaart, Dutch footballer, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • 1980 Piotr Giza, Polish footballer, born in Kraków, Poland
  • 1980 Lucian Bute, Romanian-born Quebec boxer, born in Pechea, Romania
  • 1980 Tayshaun Prince, American basketball player, born in Compton, California
  • 1981 Florent Serra, French tennis player, born in Bordeaux, France
  • 1985 Jelena Janković, Serbian tennis player, born in Belgrade, Serbia
  • 1987 Kerrea Gilbert, English footballer, born in Willesden, London
  • 1999 Luka Dončić, Slovenian basketball guard (EuroLeague MVP 2018; NBA Rookie of the Year 2019; Dallas Mavericks), born in Ljubljana, Slovenia

Deaths in Sport

  • 1912 Bill Storer, English cricket wicket-keeper (6 Tests 1897-99), dies
  • 1972 Victor Barna, table tennis champ, dies
  • 1980 Ian Alexander Ross Peebles, cricketer (45 wkts for England), dies
  • 1984 Leslie Walcott, cricketer (Test for WI v England 1930), dies
  • 1988 Harvey Kuenn, American baseball utility (AL batting champion 1959; 10 × All-Star 1953–1960²; Detroit Tigers), dies from heart disease and diabetes at 57
  • 1990 Colin Milburn, cricketer (9 Tests for England, 654 runs), dies
  • 1990 Tuppy Owen-Smith, South African cricketer (batsman v England 1929), dies
  • 1995 Keith Rigg, cricketer (8 Tests for Australia 1931-37), dies
  • 1999 William Talbert, American tennis doubles champ (US 1942, 45, 46, 48), dies at 80
  • 2003 Chris Brasher, English athlete (b. 1928)
  • 2015 Alex [Alexander] Johnson, American professional baseball player, dies at 72
  • 2015 Anthony Mason, American NBA forward (NY Knicks, Charlotte Hornets), dies at 48 of a heart attack
  • 2020 Johnny Antonelli, American baseball pitcher (6 × MLB All-Star 1954, 56–59²; World Series, NL ERA leader 1954; SF Giants), dies from colon cancer at 89
  • 2020 Stig-Göran Myntti, Finnish soccer midfielder (61 caps; Vasa IFK), dies at 94
  • 2021 Irv Cross, American football cornerback (Pro Bowl 1964, 65; Philadelphia Eagles) and broadcaster (CBS), dies from ischemic cardiomyopathy at 81
  • 2021 Glenn Roeder, English soccer defender (QPR, Newcastle United), and manager (Watford, West Ham, Newcastle, Norwich), dies from a brain tumour at 65