On This Day

On This Day in Sport for February 4

Events in Sport

  • 1902 Stanley Cup, Winnipeg Auditorium, Winnipeg, Manitoba: Montreal HC beats Winnipeg Victorias, 2-1 for a 2-1 challenge series victory
  • 1903 Stanley Cup: Montreal HC beats Winnipeg Victorias, 4-1 for a 2-1 challenge series win

Olympic Games1st Winter Olympics

1924 Norway sweeps the medals in the Nordic combined event at the inaugural Chamonix Winter Olympics; Thorleif Haug wins his 3rd gold of the Games ahead of teammates Thoralf Strømstad & Johan Grøttumsbråten

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Einar Landvik, Nordic skier from Norway, competes in the first-ever Winter Olympics in Chamonix, France, 1924
Einar Landvik, Nordic skier from Norway, competes in the first-ever Winter Olympics in Chamonix, France, 1924
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  • 1924 Jacob Tullin Thams of Norway wins ski jumping gold at the Chamonix Winter Olympics; in 1936 he earns a silver medal in sailing at Berlin Summer Games
  • 1929 Archie Jackson scores 164 in Test Cricket debut v England at Adelaide
  • 1931 National League adopts a deader baseball
  • 1932 III Winter Olympic Games open in Lake Placid, New York
  • 1948 After winning the men’s downhill, French alpine skier Henri Oreiller takes the combined gold medal at the St. Moritz Winter Olympics; becomes most successful athlete at these Games with a slalom bronze

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1952 1st African American executive of a major TV station (Jackie Robinson-WNBC NY)

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson
  • 1956 Soviet Union beats Canada, 2-0 at Cortina d'Ampezzo to clinch their first ever Olympic ice hockey gold medal; US takes silver, Canada bronze
  • 1958 MLB Hall of Fame fails to elect anyone for 1st time since 1950
  • 1962 Russian newspaper Izvestia reports baseball is an old Russian game
  • 1968 Bowie Kuhn replaces William Eckert as 5th commissioner of baseball

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

1969 John Madden is named head coach of NFL's Oakland Raiders

NFL Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
NFL Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden
  • 1971 Baseball announces a special hall of fame wing for blacks

OlympicsOlympic Gold

1972 Dutch speed skater Ard Schenk wins the 5,000m at the Sapporo Winter Olympics; also wins the 1,500m and 10,000m gold medals

Speed Skater Ard Schenk
Speed Skater
Ard Schenk

  • 1973 Islanders & Sabres had a penalty free game
  • 1976 XII Winter Olympic Games open in Innsbruck, Austria
  • 1979 29th NBA All-Star Game, Pontiac Silverdome, Pontiac, Mi: West beats East, 134-129; MVP: David Thompson, Denver Nuggets, SG

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1983 US male Figure Skating championship won by Scott Hamilton

Figure Skater Scott Hamilton
Figure Skater
Scott Hamilton

Sport awardNHL All-Star Game

1986 38th NHL All-Star Game, Hartford Civic Centre: Wales Conference beats Campbell Conference, 4-3 (OT); MVP: Grant Fuhr, Edmonton Oilers, G

NHL Goalie Grant Fuhr
NHL Goalie
Grant Fuhr
  • 1987 Stars & Stripes beats Australia's Kookaburra 3, sweeps America's Cup
  • 1987 Sacramento Kings score only 4 points 1st quarter against Lakers; fewest in a period since introduction of 24 second shot-clock in 1954
  • 1989 Australian cricketer Dean Jones scores 216 v WI at the Adelaide Oval
  • 1990 Anders Holmertz swims world record 400 m freestyle (3:40.81)
  • 1990 Lyudmila Narozhi-Lenko runs world record 60m hurdles indoor (7.69)
  • 1990 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: NFC beats AFC, 27-21; MVP: Jerry Gray, LA Rams, DB

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1990 Richard Hadlee takes his 400th Test Cricket wicket (Sanjay Manjrekar)

Cricketer Richard Hadlee
Richard Hadlee
  • 1990 St Petersburg Pelicans beat West Palm Beach Tropics 12-4 to win 1st Senior Professional Baseball Association Championship

Hall of fameHall of Fame

1991 Baseball's Hall of Fame board of directors vote 12-0 to bar Pete Rose, due to his betting on games while a player and manager

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose

Sports record brokenWorld Record

1991 NZ cricketers Martin Crowe and Andrew Jones make a world record 467 run stand, against Sri Lanka at the Basin Reserve in Wellington

Cricketer Martin Crowe
Martin Crowe
  • 1995 Australian cricketer Dean Jones completes 324* for Victoria v South Australia
  • 1995 Zimbabwe's 1st Test Cricket victory, over Pakistan by an inning

Sport awardNFL Pro Bowl

1996 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: NFC beats AFC, 20-13; MVP: Jerry Rice, SF 49ers, WR, HI

NFL Legend Jerry Rice
NFL Legend
Jerry Rice

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1997 Mario Lemieux is 7th NHL player to score 600 goals

NHL Legend and Owner Mario Lemieux
NHL Legend and Owner
Mario Lemieux
  • 2001 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: AFC beats NFC, 38-17; MVP: Rich Gannon, Oakland Raiders, QB
  • 2001 51st NHL All-Star Game, Pepsi Centre, Denver, CO: North America beats World, 14-12; MVP: Bill Guerin, Boston Bruins, RW

Sport awardSuper Bowl

2007 Super Bowl XLI, Dolphin Stadium, Miami Gardens, Miami, FL: Indianapolis Colts beat Chicago Bears, 29-17; MVP: Peyton Manning, Indianapolis, QB

NFL Quarterback Peyton Manning
NFL Quarterback
Peyton Manning
  • 2013 Europol announces it will investigate over 680 football matches alleged to involve match fixing
  • 2018 Super Bowl LII, US Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN: Philadelphia Eagles defeat New England Patriots, 41-33; MVP: Nick Foles, Philadelphia, QB

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1873 Étienne Desmarteau, Canadian athlete (d. 1905)
  • 1884 Rolland Beaumont, cricketer (South African batsman in 5 tests 1912-14)
  • 1891 Yuri Losmann, Estonia, marathon runner (Olympic-silver 1920)

Person of interestByron Nelson

1912 Byron Nelson, American golfer (winner 5 major titles; record 19 tournaments 1945), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2006)

Golfer Byron Nelson
Byron Nelson
  • 1930 Jim Loscutoff, American basketball forward (NBA champion (1957, 59–64; Boston Celtics), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2015)
  • 1935 Wallis Mathias, cricketer (1st non-Muslim to play for Pakistan)
  • 1937 John Devitt, Australian swimmer (2 Olympic gold 1956, 1960), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1937 Magnar Solberg, Norwegian 20K biathlete (Olympic gold 1968, 72)
  • 1946 Mary Meyer, American 500m speed skater (Olympic silver 1968)
  • 1948 Rakesh Shukla, cricket leg-spinner (1 Test India v Sri Lanka 1982)
  • 1948 Tamás Wichmann, Hungarian sprint canoeist (World C'ship gold x 9; Olympic silver C-1 1000m 1972, C-2 1000m 1968; bronze C-1 1000m 1976), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 2020)
  • 1951 Stan Papi, American baseball player
  • 1952 Lisa Eichhorn, actress (Cutter's Way, Yanks), born in Reading, Pennsylvania

Person of interestLawrence Taylor

1959 Lawrence Taylor, American NFL player who is considered the greatest linebacker in history (NY Giants), born in Williamsburg, Virginia

Hall of Fame American Football Player Lawrence Taylor
Hall of Fame American Football Player
Lawrence Taylor
  • 1961 Denis Savard, Canadian NHL centre (Chicago Blackhawks) named one of the 100 Greatest NHL Players' in history, born in Pointe Gatineau, Canada
  • 1962 Vern Fleming, American NBA basketball player (Olympic gold 1984), born in NYC, New York
  • 1962 Dan Plesac, pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Gary, Indiana
  • 1963 Pirmin Zurbriggen, Swiss alpine skier (Olympic gold 1988)
  • 1963 Tracie Ruiz-Conforto, Hawaii, sync swimmer (Olympic 2 gold/silver-84, 88)
  • 1965 John van Loen, Dutch soccer player (Feyenoord, San Frecce)
  • 1966 Barry Klein, rower (Olympics 1996), born in Grand Rapids Michigan
  • 1966 Viatcheslav Ekimov, Russian cyclist
  • 1967 Sergei Grinkov, figure skater (Olympic gold pairs 1988, 94; World C'ship gold pairs 1986-87, 89-90), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1995)
  • 1969 Brad Cornett, American baseball pitcher, appeared in 14 games (Toronto Blue Jays, 1994-95), Brad Cornett
  • 1969 Dallas Drake, Canadian NHL center (Winnipeg Jets), born in Trail, British Columbia
  • 1969 Joe Sacco, American NHL right wing (Anaheim Mighty Ducks), born in Medford, Massachusetts
  • 1970 John Frascatore, American baseball pitcher (St Louis Cardinals)
  • 1970 Todd Peterson, NFL kicker (Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1971 Maarten Atmodikoro, soccer player (Dordrecht '90, NAC)
  • 1971 Pete Pierson, NFL tackle (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • 1971 Sterling Palmer, NFL defensive end (Washington Redskins)
  • 1972 Kelvin Anderson, CFL running back (Calgary Stampeders)
  • 1972 Giovanni Silva De Oliveira, Brazilian footballer
  • 1973 Oscar De La Hoya, American boxer (Olympic gold 1992, 6-weight world champion), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1974 Brandon Convery, Kingston, NHL center (Toronto Maple Leafs)
  • 1974 Chris Ward, American NFL defensive end (Baltimore Ravens)
  • 1975 Konstantinos Nebegleras, Greek footballer
  • 1979 Giorgio Pantano, Italian racing car driver
  • 1981 Tom Mastny, Indonesian baseball player, born in Bontang, Indonesia
  • 1981 Johan Van Summeren, Belgian cyclist, born in Lommel, Belgium
  • 1981 Ben Hendrickson, American baseball player, born in St. Cloud, Minnesota
  • 1981 Jason Kapono, America professional basketball player, born in Long Beach, California
  • 1982 Tomas Vaitkus, Lithuanian professional road racing cyclist, born in Klaipėda, Lithuania
  • 1984 Mauricio Pinilla, Chilean footballer, born in San Bernardo, Chile
  • 1986 Mohammad Mahmudullah Riyad, Bangladeshi cricketer (2007-), born in Mymensingh, Bangladesh
  • 1987 Lucie Šafářová, Czech tennis player, born in Brno, Czechia
  • 1988 Eoin McDowell, Irish rugby player, born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1988 Alexandros Pagalis, Greek footballer, born in Stuttgart, Germany
  • 1988 Carly Patterson, American gymnast (2004 Olympic Champion), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • 1988 Jeff Horn, Australian professional boxer (WBO welterweight title 2017), born in Brisbane, Australia

Weddings in Sport

  • 2006 2004 Summer Olympics badminton player gold medalist Taufik Hidayat (24) weds Armi Dianti Gumelar at Hotel Mulia Senayan in Jakarta

Divorces in Sport

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1985 Professional boxer George Foreman (35) divorces Andrea Skeete after almost 3 years of marriage

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman

Deaths in Sport

  • 1909 John Clarkson, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (Triple Crown 1889), dies of mental illness & pneumonia at 47
  • 1943 Frank Calder, 1st NHL president, dies
  • 1975 Howard Hill, American archer (b. 1899)
  • 1995 Roel Wiersma, Dutch soccer star (PSV), dies at 62
  • 1995 Godfrey Brown, British athlete, 4 X 400m runner (Olympic gold 1936), dies at 79
  • 2003 André Noyelle, Belgian cyclist (b. 1931)
  • 2005 Peter Heine, South African cricketer (solid South African fast bowler in 1950's), dies at 76
  • 2007 Steve Barber, American baseball pitcher (b. 1938)
  • 2007 José Carlos Bauer, Brazilian World Cup footballer (b. 1925)
  • 2011 Woodie Fryman, American baseball player, dies at 70
  • 2016 Dave Mirra, American BMX rider, commits suicide at 41
  • 2020 Giancarlo Bergamini, Italian fencer (Olympic gold foil, team 1956; silver foil team 1952, individual 1956), dies at 93
  • 2020 Benito Sarti, Italian soccer defender (6 caps; Juventus, Sampdoria), dies at 83
  • 2020 Alexander Skvortsov, Russian ice hockey left wing (Olympic gold 1984; World C'ship gold 1979, 81, 83), dies at 65