On This Day

On This Day in Sport for February 5

Events in Sport

  • 1921 Yankees purchase 20 acres in Bronx for Yankee Stadium

Olympic Games1st Winter Olympics

1924 1st Winter Olympic Games close at Chamonix, France

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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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  • 1931 Malcolm Campbell sets world land speed record speed of 246.08 mph driving his famous Blue Bird car at Daytona Beach, Florida
  • 1932 American speed skater Jack Shea wins the 1,500m at the Lake Placid Winter Olympics; clinches sprint double after also taking out the 500m
  • 1942 Braves get Tommy Holmes from Yanks for Buddy Hassett and Gene Moore

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1943 Jake LaMotta defeats future multi-weight world boxing champion Sugar Ray Robinson by unanimous points decision in Detroit in the 2nd of their 6 meetings; his only win of their rivalry; Robinson’s first loss in his first 40 pro bouts

World Middleweight Boxing Champion Jake LaMotta
World Middleweight Boxing Champion
Jake LaMotta
Middle/welterweight championship boxer Sugar Ray Robinson
Middle/welterweight championship boxer
Sugar Ray Robinson
  • 1945 Big Racket becomes fastest race horse at 69t.6 kph (440 yd/20.8 s)
  • 1948 18 year old Dick Button becomes first American men's figure skating Olympic gold medallist at the St. Moritz Winter Games; first to complete a double axel in competition; retains title in 1952
  • 1948 Gretchen Fraser becomes 1st US woman Olympic slalom champion
  • 1949 Huaso sets official world equestrian high-jump record, 2.47 m, Chic
  • 1956 VII Winter Olympic Games close in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy
  • 1956 NY Mayor Robert Wagner & Bkln Boro President Frank Cashmore sponsor a bill to create a $30M Brooklyn Sports Center Authority to build
  • 1956 Finland goes 1-2 in the ski jumping at the Cortina d'Ampezzo Winter Olympics; Antti Hyvärinen takes gold ahead of teammate Aulis Kallakorpi
  • 1958 Test Cricket debut of Lance Gibbs, WI v Pakistan, Port-of-Spain
  • 1959 Australia regain the Ashes with a 10 wicket victory at Adelaide
  • 1968 Skater Kees Verkerk wins olympic gold in the 1500m

  • 1969 Vince Lombardi, becomes part owner, VP, GM and head coach of Redskins
  • 1970 1st Test Cricket ton of Barry Richards, 126, 164 balls, 20 fours 1 six
  • 1970 Test Cricket debut of John Traicos, South Africa v Australia, Durban
  • 1972 Bob Douglas is 1st African American elected to Basketball Hall of Fame
  • 1972 German speed skater Erhard Keller wins his 2nd consecutive Olympic 500m gold medal at the Sapporo Winter Games after taking out the event in Grenoble (1968)
  • 1974 Mats Wermelin, Sweden, scores all points in 272-0 basketball win
  • 1976 Last day of Test Cricket for Lance Gibbs & Ian Redpath

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1977 Future 5-division world boxing champion Sugar Ray Leonard makes his professional debut with a 6-round unanimous decision over Luis Vega at Baltimore’s Civic Center

  • 1978 Fred Newman makes 88 consecutive basketball free throws blindfolded
  • 1978 28th NBA All-Star Game, Omni Coliseum, Atlanta, Ga: East beats West, 133-125; MVP: Randy Smith, SD Clippers, G
  • 1980 32nd NHL All-Star Game, Joe Louis Arena, Detroit: Wales Conference beats Campbell Conference, 6-3; MVP: Reggie Leach, Philadelphia Flyers, RW
  • 1989 Kareem Abdul-Jabar becomes 1st NBA player to score 38,000 points
  • 1991 LA King Dave Taylor becomes 29th NHler to score 1000 points

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1991 Howard Stern kisses NY Giant Leonard Marshall's ass over bet, Stern lost claiming the Giants would lose the Super Bowl

Radio shock jock Howard Stern
Radio shock jock
Howard Stern
  • 1992 Last day of Test Cricket cricket for Dilip Vengsarkar
  • 1992 Mike Whitney career-best 7-27 at WACA in Test Cricket win v India
  • 1995 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: AFC beats NFC, 41-13; MVP: Marshall Faulk, Indianapolis Colts, RB, HI

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1997 O.J. Simpson found liable in the deaths of Ron Goldman and Nicole Simpson in a civil court action

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson
  • 1998 Author Tom Clancy confirms he signed agreement to purchase Minnesota Vikings for slightly more than $200 million, an NFL franchise record

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1998 Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding talk on FOX (Taped Dec 22nd)

Figure Skater Tonya Harding
Figure Skater
Tonya Harding
Figure Skater Nancy Kerrigan
Figure Skater
Nancy Kerrigan
  • 2006 Super Bowl XL, Ford Field, Detroit, MI: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Seattle Seahawks, 21-10; MVP: Hines Ward, Pittsburgh, WR

Hall of fameHall of Fame

2011 Ed Sabol, co-founder of NFL Films, elected for enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame

Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films Ed Sabol
Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films
Ed Sabol

Sport awardSuper Bowl

2012 Super Bowl XLVI, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN: New York Giants beat New England Patriots, 21-17; MVP: Eli Manning, New York, QB

NFL Quarterback Eli Manning
NFL Quarterback
Eli Manning

Sport awardSuper Bowl

2012 Flavor Flav and Elton John appear in a Pepsi Co. ad during Super Bowl XLVI

Rapper & TV star Flavor Flav
Rapper & TV star
Flavor Flav
Singer Elton John
Elton John

Sport awardSuper Bowl

2017 Super Bowl LI, NRG Stadium, Houston, TX: New England Patriots defeat Atlanta Falcons, 34-28; MVP: Tom Brady, New England, QB

NFL Quarterback Tom Brady
NFL Quarterback
Tom Brady

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1833 John Watkinson, founder of British Chess Magazine (oldest chess mag)
  • 1889 Elias Henry "Patsy" Hendren, cricketer (prolific England bat of 20's)
  • 1889 Ernest Tyldesley, English cricketer (1st Lancastrian to score a hundred 100's), born in Worsley, Lancashire, England (d. 1962)
  • 1889 E H (Patsy) Hendren, English cricket batsman (51 Tests; 57,611 1st-class runs, 3rd-best ever), born in Turnham Green, Middlesex (d. 1962)

Person of interestElizabeth Ryan

1891 Elizabeth Ryan, American tennis player (26 Grand Slam doubles titles), born in Anaheim, California (d. 1979)

Tennis Player Elizabeth Ryan
Tennis Player
Elizabeth Ryan
  • 1903 Joan Whitney Payson, American heiress, businesswoman and philanthropist (co-founder & majority owner of MLB's New York Mets), born in NYC, NY (d. 1975)
  • 1910 Francisco Varallo, Argentine footballer
  • 1922 Alain de Changy, Belgian racing driver (d. 1994)
  • 1929 Al Worthington, baseball player
  • 1932 Cesare Maldini, Italian footballer and manager

Person of interestHank Aaron

1934 Hank Aaron, American Baseball Hall of Fame right fielder (MLB record 755 HRs; NL MVP 1957; 25 × MLB All-Star; Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves, Milwaukee Brewers), born in Mobile, Alabama (d. 2021) [1]

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron

Person of interestDon Cherry

1934 Don Cherry, Canadian hockey commentator (Hockey Night in Canada), born in Kingston, Ontario

Ice Hockey Coach and Commentator Don Cherry
Ice Hockey Coach and Commentator
Don Cherry
  • 1937 Gaston Roelants, Belgian world cross-country champion
  • 1939 Brian Luckhurst, cricketer (England opener of 60's & early 70's)
  • 1942 Roger Staubach, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1963, Navy; Super Bowl 1971 [MVP], 77; Dallas Cowboys), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1943 Craig Morton, College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Cal; NFL: Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos), born in Flint, Michigan
  • 1947 Darrell Waltrip, American motorsport analyst and race car driver, born in Owensboro, Kentucky
  • 1948 Sven-Göran Eriksson, Swedish football manager & player, born in Sunne, Sweden
  • 1949 David Sullivan, Welsh businessman & pornographer (Sunday Sport), born in Cardiff, United Kingdom
  • 1953 John Beilein, American basketball head coach (Cleveland Cavaliers 2019; University of Michigan 2007-19), born in Burt, New York
  • 1955 Mike Heath, American baseball player, born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1956 Hector Rebaque, Mexican racing driver, born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • 1957 Craig Wilson, American water polo goalkeeper (Olympic silver 1984, 88), born in Beeville, Texas
  • 1959 Glenn Dubis, American sport shooter (Olympics 1984, 88, 96), born in Lincoln, Nebraska

Person of interestJane Geddes

1960 Jane Geddes, American golfer (US Open 1986, LPGA 1987), born in Huntington, New York

LPGA Golfer Jane Geddes
LPGA Golfer
Jane Geddes
  • 1961 Savvas Kofidis, Greek footballer & manager, born in Almaty, Kazakhstan
  • 1964 Jim Pugh, American tennis star, born in Burbank, California
  • 1965 Ben Lee, American badminton player (Olympic-92), born in Rangoon, Burma
  • 1965 Tarik Benhabiles, Algerian tennis player, born in Algiers, Algeria
  • 1965 Gheorghe Hagi, Romanian footballer, born in Săcele, Romania
  • 1966 José María Olazábal, Spanish golfer (US Masters 1994, 99), born in Hondarribia, Spain
  • 1966 Apostolos Nanos, Greek archer, born in Greece
  • 1968 Regina Rajchitova, Czech tennis star, born in Czechoslovak Socialist Republic
  • 1968 Roberto Alomar, Puerto Rican infielder (Baltimore Orioles), born in Salinas, Puerto Rico
  • 1968 Will Furrer, American football quarterback (Chicago Bears, Houston Oilers), born in Danville, Pennsylvania
  • 1970 Darren Lehmann, Australian cricket batsman (27 Tests @ 44.95, 5 x 100s; 117 ODIs) and coach (Australia 2013-18), born in Gawler, Australia
  • 1970 Forey Duckett, American football cornerback (Saints, Scot Claymores), born in Oakland, California
  • 1971 Dianne Norman, Canadian basketball forward (Olympics 1996), born in Sault Ste. Marie, Canada
  • 1972 Chris Bailey, American ice hockey defenseman (USA, Olympics 1998), born in Marietta, New York
  • 1973 Israel Raybon, American football defensive end (Carolina Panthers), born in Huntsville, Alabama
  • 1973 Laura Espinoza-Watson, American baseball infielder (Silver Bullets), born in Torrance, California
  • 1973 Richard Matvichuk, Canadian NHL defenseman (Dallas Stars), born in Edmonton, Canada
  • 1974 Adrienne Johnson, American basketball guard, administrator, broadcaster (WNBA Cleveland Rockers; Uni of Louisville), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1975 Giovanni van Bronckhorst, Dutch soccer player (Feyenoord), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • 1975 Jan l'Ami, Dutch soccer player (Willem II), born in Breda, Netherlands
  • 1976 Nancy Feber, Belgian tennis star (1995 Puerto Rico), born in Antwerp, Belgium
  • 1976 John Aloisi, Australian footballer, born in Adelaide, Australia
  • 1976 Brian Moorman, American football player, born in Wichita, Kansas
  • 1977 Adam Everett, American baseball player, born in Austell, Georgia
  • 1977 Ahmad Merritt, American football player, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1978 Brian Russell, American football player, born in Scotland, United Kingdom
  • 1981 Loukas Vyntra, Greek football player, born in Město Albrechtice, Czechia
  • 1982 Aidin Nikkhah Bahrami, Iranian basketball player, born in Tehran, Iran (d. 2007)
  • 1982 Rodrigo Palacio, Argentine footballer, born in Bahía Blanca, Argentina
  • 1982 Tomas Kopecky, Slovak ice hockey player, born in Ilava, Slovakia
  • 1982 Kevin Everett, American football player, born in Port Arthur, Texas
  • 1982 Mikuru Suzuki, Japanese darts player (BDO Women's World C'ship 2019), born in Kagawa Prefecture, Japan
  • 1984 Carlos Tévez, Argentine footballer (Boca Juniors, Argentina), born in Fuerte Apache, Argentina
  • 1984 Nate Salley, American football player, born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • 1985 Laurence Maroney, American football player, born in St. Louis, Missouri

Person of interestCristiano Ronaldo

1985 Cristiano Ronaldo, Portuguese soccer striker (5 x Ballon d'Or; Sporting Lisbon; Manchester United, Real Madrid, Juventus), born in Funchal, Portugal

Football Star Cristiano Ronaldo
Football Star
Cristiano Ronaldo
  • 1986 Reed Sorenson, American stock car racing driver, born in Peachtree City, Georgia
  • 1986 Billy Sharp, English footballer, born in Sheffield, United Kingdom
  • 1986 Manuel Fernandes, Portuguese footballer, born in Lisbon, Portugal

Person of interestNeymar

1992 Neymar Jr., Brazilian soccer forward (world record transfer fee $263m FC Barcelona to PSG), born in Mogi das Cruzes, São Paulo

Footballer Neymar

Deaths in Sport

  • 1897 Charles "Old Hoss" Radbourn, American pitcher won 60 games in 1884, dies at 42
  • 1915 Ross Barnes, American baseball player, dies at 64
  • 1952 Reginald Allen, cricketer (uncle of Gubby, Test Aust v Eng 1887), dies
  • 1955 Ernest Blood, American Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame coach (Passaic HS, NJ, 200-1 record, 1915-24), dies at 82
  • 1956 Savielly Tartakower, Austrian/Polish/French chess player, dies at 74
  • 1960 Louis Stricker, cricketer (South African open bat in 13 Tests 1909-12), dies
  • 1970 Rudy York, American baseball player (b. 1913)
  • 1977 Izaak Boleslavski, Russian chess player, dies at 67
  • 1979 Eddie Paynter, English cricketer (20 Tests for England, avg 59.23), dies at 77
  • 1981 Barend Barendse, Dutch sports reporter and actor (Zeskamp, Oebele), dies at 73
  • 1987 E. Michael Burke, sports executive (President New York Yankees, New York Knicks, Madison Square Garden), dies at 70
  • 1993 Jack Young, English cricketer (8 Tests for England 1947-49, 17 wickets), dies at 80
  • 1994 Fred de Bruyne, Flemish cyclist/gang leader (Paris-Nice), dies at 63
  • 2018 Jeremy Nunley, American NFL defensive tackle and defensive end (Houston Oilers), dies at 46
  • 2021 Joseph Benz, Swiss bobsledder (Olympic gold 2-man 1980; World C'ship gold 4-man 1975; 2-man 1978, 79), dies from COVID-19 at 76
  • 2021 Julio Canani, Peruvian thoroughbred horse racing trainer (Breeders' Cup Mile 1999, 2001; Juvenile Fillies 2004), dies at 82
  • 2021 Sam Gannon OAM, Australian cricket fast bowler (3 Tests, 11 wickets; Western Australia; Chairman WACA), dies at 73
  • 2021 Charlie Krueger, American College Football Hall of Fame defensive tackle (Texas A&M; Pro Bowl 1960, 64; San Francisco 49ers), dies from heart and kidney failure at 84
  • 2021 John Pullin, English rugby union hooker (42 caps; British Lions 7 caps; Bristol RFC), dies at 79
  • 2021 Leon Spinks, American boxer (WBC, WBA heavyweight champion 1978; Olympic gold light heavyweight 1976), dies from prostate cancer at 67