On This Day

On This Day in Sport for February 6

Events in Sport

  • 1926 NFL rules college students ineligible until college classes graduates
  • 1926 St Louis Browns acquire catcher Wally Schang from NY Yankees
  • 1932 1st Olympic dog sled race at Lake Placid, New York (demonstration sport)
  • 1936 IV Winter Olympic Games open in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
  • 1947 Compton & Arthur Morris both complete dual tons in same Test Cricket

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1948 Bradman retires hurt, 57 in his last Test Cricket innings in Australia

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1948 World & European champion Barbara Ann Scott becomes the first Canadian to win a women's figure skating Olympic gold medal at the St. Moritz Winter Games
  • 1948 Nils Karlsson wins the 50k cross country gold medal at the St. Moritz Winter Olympics; Swedish skiers win all 3 cross-country events at the Games
  • 1953 Ian Craig makes Test Cricket debut at 17 yrs 239 days, youngest Aussie

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1958 Future Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder Ted Williams becomes highest paid player in MLB when he re-signs with Boston Red Sox for $135,000

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • 1958 21 dead in air crash at Munich-Riem Airport; 8 players and 3 staff are from the Manchester United football team

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1967 Muhammad Ali pummels Ernie Terrell for 15 rounds to retain his world heavyweight boxing crown at Houston Astrodome; regains Terrell’s WBA belt as well

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • 1968 X Winter Olympic Games opens in Grenoble, France
  • 1970 NBA expands to 18 teams with Buffalo, Cleveland, Houston & Portland
  • 1971 1st time a golf ball is hit on Moon (by Alan Shepard)

OlympicsOlympic Gold

1972 Dutch speed skater Ard Schenk follows his win in the 5,000m with victory in the 1,500m, on his way to 3 gold medals at the Sapporo Winter Olympics; also wins 10,000m

Speed Skater Ard Schenk
Speed Skater
Ard Schenk

  • 1973 Bernice Fekete skips her curling rink to 2nd straight 8-ender, Edm
  • 1974 3rd time Rangers shut-out Islanders 6-0
  • 1977 4th time Rangers shut-out Islanders 4-0
  • 1983 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: NFC beats AFC, 20-19; MVPs: Dan Fouts, San Diego Chargers, QB; John Jefferson, Green Bay Packers, WR
  • 1986 NJ Devil Peter McNab becomes 42nd NHLer to score 350 goals

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1990 Brett Hull becomes 1st son of NHL 50 goal scorer (Bobby) to score 50

NHL Legend Brett Hull
NHL Legend
Brett Hull
  • 1990 Groundbreaking begins on Baltimore Orioles' new $102 million stadium

Sport awardNHL All-Star Game

1993 44th NHL All-Star Game, Montreal Forum, Montreal, QC: Wales beats Campbell, 16-6; MVP: Mike Gartner, NY Rangers, RW

NHL Star Mike Gartner
NHL Star
Mike Gartner

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1993 Riddick Bowe TKOs Michael Dokes in 1 for heavyweight boxing title

  • 1994 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: NFC beats AFC, 17-3; MVP: Andre Rison, Atlanta Falcons, WR

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1995 Darryl Strawberry suspended from baseball for 60 days

Baseball Player Darryl Strawberry
Baseball Player
Darryl Strawberry
  • 1995 Greg Blewett scores his 2nd century in his 2nd Test Cricket
  • 1998 Twins trade Chuck Knoblauch to NY Yankees for $3M & 4 minor leaguers
  • 2000 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: NFC beats AFC, 51-31; MVP: Randy Moss, Minnesota Vikings, WR, HI

Sport awardNHL All-Star Game

2000 50th NHL All-Star Game, Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON: World beats North America, 9-4; MVP: Pavel Bure, Florida Panthers, RW

Ice Hockey Great Pavel Bure
Ice Hockey Great
Pavel Bure
  • 2005 Super Bowl XXXIX, Alltel Stadium, Jacksonville, FL: New England Patriots beat Philadelphia Eagles, 24-21; MVP: Deion Branch, New England, WR

Sport awardSuper Bowl

2011 Super Bowl XLV, Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, TX: Green Bay Packers beat Pittsburgh Steelers, 31-25; MVP: Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay, QB

NFL Quarterback Aaron Rodgers
NFL Quarterback
Aaron Rodgers

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2012 Laureus World Sports Awards, Central Hall Westminster, London, England: Sportsman: Novak Đoković; Sportswoman: Vivian Cheruiyot; Team: FC Barcelona

Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković
  • 2018 Brazilian jockey Jorge Ricardo equals world record number of victories for a jockey - 12,844 in Rio de Janeiro

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1870 James Braid, Scottish golfer, course designer (British Open 1901, 05-06, 08, 10), born in Earlsferry, Fife (d. 1950)
  • 1886 E J "Tiger" Smith, England cricket wicket-keeper and umpire (11 Tests), born in Birmingham, Warwickshire (d. 1979)
  • 1895 Babe Ruth, American Baseball Hall of Fame slugger (MLB All-Star 1933, 34; 7 x World Series champion; 12 × AL home run leader 1918–21, 23-24, 1926–31), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1948)
  • 1903 John Dunning, New Zealand cricketer (NZ medium-fast bowler of 30's), born in Omaha, New Zealand (d. 1971)
  • 1910 George H Poyser, English football player & manager (Brentford), born in Stanton Hill, England (d. 1995)
  • 1911 Dooley Briscoe, South African cricketer & soldier (batted in 2 Tests for South Africa 30's), born in Johannesburg (d. 1941)
  • 1914 Forrest Towns, American athlete (Olympic gold 110m hurdles 1936), born in Fitzgerald, Georgia (d. 1991)
  • 1919 Lindsay Tuckett, South African cricketer (son of Len, 9 Tests for South Africa 1947-49), born in Durban, South Africa (d. 2016)
  • 1921 Bob Scott [Robert], Rugby player (All Black, 1946-54), born in Wellington, New Zealand (d. 2012)
  • 1924 Billy Wright, English football player, born in Ironbridge, United Kingdom (d. 1994)
  • 1927 Smokey Burgess, American baseball player (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Caroleen, North Carolina (d. 1991)
  • 1929 Sixten Jernberg, Swedish skier (Olympic gold 1956/60/64), born in Lima, Sweden (d. 2012)
  • 1931 Fred Trueman, England cricket fast bowler (England 67 Tests, 307 wickets), born in Stainton, England (d. 2006)
  • 1943 Pelle Svensson, Swedish Greco-Roman wrestler (World C'ship gold 100kg 1970, 71; Olympic silver 97kg 1964), born in Sollefteå, Sweden (d. 2020)
  • 1947 Charles Hickcox, American 200m/400m medley swimmer (Olympic-3 gold-1968), born in Phoenix, Arizona (d. 2010)
  • 1948 José Luis Capón, Spanish soccer defender (13 caps; Atlético Madrid, 200 games), born in Madrid, Spain (d. 2020)
  • 1949 Manuel Orantes, Spanish tennis player (US Open-1975), born in Granada, Spain
  • 1949 Richie Zisk, American retired baseball player & pro scout (Chicago Cubs), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1950 Rich Glover, American NFL player, born in Bayonne, New Jersey
  • 1951 Marco Antônio, Brazilian footballer, born in Santos, Brazil
  • 1952 Richard Charsworth, Australian women field hockey head coach (Olympics 1996), born in Subiaco, Australia
  • 1952 Ric Charlesworth, Australian cricketer (WA opener, Aust hockey capt) and politician (Labour), born in Subiaco, Australia
  • 1953 Susie Hutchison, American equestrian show jumper (Olymp-96), born in Flintridge, California
  • 1955 Eric Money, American NBA player, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1958 Bill Dawley, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1983), born in Norwich, Connecticut
  • 1961 Bill Lester, American racing driver, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1963 David Capel, English cricket all-rounder (15 Tests; 21 wickets; 23 ODIs), born in Northampton, England (d. 2020)
  • 1963 Mike Hough, Canadian NHL left wing (Florida Panthers), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1966 Tom Tupa, American football punter & quarterback (Cleveland Browns, NE Patriots), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1968 Adolfo Valencia, Colombian footballer, born in Buenaventura, Colombia
  • 1969 Bob Wickman, American baseball pitcher (Chicago White Sox, NY Yankees), born in Green Bay, Wisconsin
  • 1969 James Jones, American NFL defensive tackle (Denver Broncos, Baltimore Ravens), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1969 Kurt Abbott, American baseball player (Florida Marlins), born in Zanesville, Ohio
  • 1969 Rajindra Dhanraj, Trinidad cricket leg-spinner (WI 1994-95), born in Barrackpore, Trinidad and Tobago
  • 1969 Tim Sherwood, English footballer & manager, born in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire
  • 1970 Jeff Rouse, American 50m/100m backstroke swimmer (Olymp-gold/silver-92, 96), born in Fredericksburg, Virginia
  • 1970 Mark Hutton, Australian baseball pitcher (NY Yankees), born in Adelaide, Australia
  • 1970 Per Frandsen, Danish footballer, born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 1971 Brad Hogg, Australian cricketer (WA chinaman all-rounder, Australia v India 1996), born in Narrogin, Australia
  • 1971 Carlos Rogers, American NBA forward/center (Toronto Raptors), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1971 Lance Bade, American target shooter (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Vancouver, Washington
  • 1971 Mana Endo, Japanese tennis player (1996 3rd round Aust Open), born in Hiroshima, Japan
  • 1971 Peter Tchernyshev, Russian dance skater (with Naomi Lang), born in St Petersburg, Russia
  • 1972 David Binn, American NFL safety (San Diego Chargers), born in San Mateo, California
  • 1972 Mark Labbrook, Australian 200m/400m runner (Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1972 Shawn Respert, American NBA guard (Milwaukee Bucks, Toronto Raptors), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1973 Fred Miller, American football offensive tackle (St Louis Rams), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1973 Lulama Masikazana, South African cricket wicket-keeper (Kwazulu for E Province), born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa (d. 2011)
  • 1974 Olaf Lindenbergh, Dutch football player (Ajax, De Graafschap), born in Purmerend, Netherlands
  • 1975 Chad Allen, American baseball outfielder (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1976 Kim Zmeskal, American gymnast (Olympic-92), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1976 Tanja Frieden, Swiss snowboarder, born in Bern, Switzerland
  • 1977 Jason Euell, English footballer, born in Lambeth, London
  • 1981 Ty Warren, American football defensive lineman, born in Bryan, Texas
  • 1983 Brodie Croyle, American football player, born in Rainbow City, Alabama
  • 1983 S. Sreesanth, Indian cricketer, born in Kothamangalam, India
  • 1983 Jamie Whincup, Australian racing driver, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1984 Darren Bent, English footballer, born in Tooting, England
  • 1985 Yang Yu, Chinese swimmer, born in Hangzhou, China
  • 1985 Joji Kato, Japanese speed skater, born in Yamagata, Japan
  • 1985 Kris Humphries, American basketball player, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1986 Brendan Taylor, Zimbabwean cricketer, born in Harare, Zimbabwe
  • 1989 Craig Cathcart, Irish soccer defender (45 caps; Watford), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1997 Collin Morikawa, American golfer (PGA C'ship 2020), born in Los Angeles, California

Deaths in Sport

  • 1927 Sam Maguire, Irish Republican and Gaelic footballer (b. 1879)
  • 1955 Rosey Rowswell, American MLB broadcaster (Pittsburgh Prates 1936-54), dies from uremic poisoning at 71
  • 1958 David Pegg, English soccer outside left (1 cap; Manchester United 127 games), dies in Munich air disaster at 22
  • 1958 Tommy Taylor, English soccer striker (19 caps; Manchester United 166 games), dies in Munich air disaster at 26
  • 1958 Geoff Bent, English soccer fullback (Manchester United 12 games), dies in Munich air disaster at 25
  • 1958 Roger Byrne, English soccer fullback (33 caps; Manchester United 245 games), dies in Munich air disaster at 28
  • 1958 Mark Jones, English soccer defender (Manchester United 103 games), dies in Munich air disaster at 24
  • 1958 Frank Swift, English soccer goalkeeper and journalist (19 caps; Manchester City 376 games), dies in Munich air disaster at 44
  • 1958 Walter Crickmer, English soccer executive and manager (Manchester United), dies in Munich air disaster at 58
  • 1958 Eddie Colman, English soccer winger (Manchester United 85 games), dies in Munich air disaster at 21
  • 1958 Billy Whelan, Irish soccer forward (4 caps, Republic of Ireland; Manchester United 79 games), dies Munich air disaster at 22
  • 1964 W L Cornford, England cricket wicket-keeper (4 Tests v NZ 1930), dies

Person of interestArthur Ashe

1993 Arthur Ashe, American tennis player (3 Grand Slam singles titles), dies of AIDS related pneumonia at 49

Tennis Player Arthur Ashe
Tennis Player
Arthur Ashe
  • 2007 Lew Burdette, American baseball player (b. 1926)
  • 2007 Willye White, American athlete (Olympic silver long jump 1956, 4x100m relay 1964; Sports Illustrated 100 greatest women athletes of 20th century), dies of pancreatic cancer at 67
  • 2008 Tony Rolt, English racing driver (b. 1918)
  • 2014 Ralph Kiner, American Baseball Hall of Fame left fielder (NL home run leader 1946–52; 6×MLB All-Star; Pittsburgh Pirates) and sportscaster (NY Mets), dies at 91
  • 2015 Norm Drucker, American basketball referee, dies at 94
  • 2017 Joost can der Westhuizen, South African rugby player, dies of motor neurone disease at 45
  • 2017 Roger Walkowiak, French road cyclist (Tour de France 1956), dies at 89
  • 2020 Jan Liberda, Polish soccer forward (35 caps; Polonia Bytom), dies at 83
  • 2021 Ezra Moseley, Barbadian cricket fast bowler (2 Tests; 9 ODIs, West Indies; Barbados; Glamorgan), dies in a road accident at 63
  • 2021 Bruce Taylor, New Zealand cricket all-rounder (30 Tests, 111 wickets; 2 x 100s), dies at 77
  • 2021 Ken McCaffery, Australian rugby league centre (12 Tests; North Sydney; Queensland), broadcaster (9 Network) and administrator (North Sydney DRLFC), dies at 91