On This Day in Sport for February 7

Events in Sport

  • 1884 Canadian Rugby Football Union forms
  • 1893 Vanderbilt University claims it participated in the first organised intercollegiate basketball game at the Nashville YMCA Gymnasium; Vanderbilt beats YMCA, 9-3
  • 1903 VVV '03 soccer club is established in the Dutch southeastern city of Venlo

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1908 Connie Mack sells hurler Rube Waddell to St Louis Browns for $5,000

Baseball Legend Connie Mack
Baseball Legend
Connie Mack

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1914 Charlie Chaplin debuts silent film "The Tramp" in "Kid Auto Races at Venice"

Comedian, Actor and Filmmaker Charlie Chaplin
Comedian, Actor and Filmmaker
Charlie Chaplin
  • 1942 1st indoor 15' pole vault (Cornelius Warmerdam 15' 3/8")

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1949 Joe DiMaggio becomes 1st $100,000 a year baseball player for the New York Yankees

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio
  • 1958 Dodgers officially become the Los Angeles Dodgers, Inc
  • 1959 Dorothy Rigney sells White Sox to Bill Veeck for a reported $27M
  • 1969 Diane Crump becomes 1st woman jockey at a major US racetrack (Hialeah)
  • 1973 1st time Rangers shut-out Islanders 6-0
  • 1975 NBA New Orleans Jazz end a 28 game road losing streak

Sports record brokenNHL Record

1976 Darryl Sittler, Toronto, sets NHL record with 10 points in a game

NHL Legend Darryl Sittler
NHL Legend
Darryl Sittler
  • 1985 NY Devil Don Lever becomes 57th NHLer to score 300 goals
  • 1987 Dennis Conner & Stars & Stripes bring the America's Cup back to US
  • 1988 38th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 138-133 at Chicago
  • 1988 NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 15-6
  • 1989 40th NHL All-Star Game: Campbell beat Wales 9-5 at Edmonton

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1989 Tennis superstar Björn Borg apparently attempts suicide in Milan

Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg

Hall of fameHall of Fame

1991 Bob Knight, Larry O'Brien, Tiny Archibald, Dave Cowens, Harry Gallatin & Larry Fleisher elected to NBA Hall of Fame

NBA Center and Head Coach Dave Cowens
NBA Center and Head Coach
Dave Cowens

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1992 Mike Tyson testifies in his rape trial

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • 1993 NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 23-20
  • 1993 Tammie Green wins LPGA Healthsouth Palm Beach Golf Classic

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1995 Last day of Test Cricket cricket for Graham Gooch & Mike Gatting

Cricketer Graham Gooch
Cricketer
Graham Gooch
  • 1998 18th Winter Olympic games open at Nagano, Japan
  • 1998 NHL's Dallas Stars retire Neal Broten's #7
  • 2005 Britain's Ellen MacArthur becomes the fastest person to sail solo around the world taking 71 days, 14 hours, 18 minutes 33 seconds
  • 2010 Super Bowl XLIV; New Orleans Saints defeated the Indianapolis Colts 31-17 to win their first super bowl.
  • 2014 22nd Winter Olympic Games open at Sochi, Russia

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1902 Ethelda Blebtrey, 100m swimmer (Olympic gold 1920), born in Waterford, New York
  • 1908 Clarence "Buster" Crabbe, American swimmer (Olympic gold 1932) and actor (Tarzan the Fearless, Flash Gordon), born in Oakland, California (d. 1983)
  • 1909 Joseph "Poeske" Scherens, Flem cyclist (champ sprinter 1932-37) [OS]
  • 1919 Ilse Pausin, Austrian figure skating pairs (Olympic silver 1936)
  • 1921 Athol Rowan, cricketer (brother of Eric, South African off-spinner)
  • 1927 Vladimir Kuts, Russian runner (d. 1975)
  • 1928 Alphonse "Al" Smith [Fuzzy Smith], American MLB outfielder and third baseman (Cleveland Indians), born in Kirkwood, Missouri (d. 2002)
  • 1933 John Anderton, English footballer
  • 1938 Juan Pizarro, baseball player
  • 1945 Gerald Davies, British rugby player
  • 1945 Pete Postlethwaite, actor (The Boxer)
  • 1949 Sunil Wettimuny, cricket (Sri Lanka open batsman 1975-79 World Cups)
  • 1949 Paulo César Carpegiani, Brazilian footballer and coach
  • 1950 Burt Hooton, baseball player
  • 1950 Marilyn Cochran, skier (Olympics 1972), born in Burlington, Vermont
  • 1951 Benny Ayala, baseball player
  • 1951 Manfred Schumann, German FR, bobsled (Olympic-silver/bronze-1976)
  • 1953 Robert Brazile "Dr. Doom", NFL player (Houston Oilers), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • 1953 Dan Quisenberry, American MLB player (5-time AL saves leader), born in Santa Monica, California, (d. 1998)
  • 1955 Charlie Puleo, baseball player
  • 1957 Carney Lansford, baseball player
  • 1957 Damaso Garcia, baseball player
  • 1959 Sammy Lee, British soccer player
  • 1962 Alan Sippy, cricketer (dashing Bombay lefty batsman of 1980's)
  • 1963 Roland Lefebvre, cricket pace bowler (Glamorgan & Holland)
  • 1964 Cynthia "Sippy" Woodhead, swimmer (Olympic silver 1984), born in Riverside, California
  • 1964 Gretchen Magers, Pittsburgh PA/San Antonio TX, tennis star
  • 1965 Kristal Parker-Gregory, LPGA golfer (1995 Hawaiian-20th), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1965 Reginald Thal, soccer player (MVV)
  • 1966 Kristin Otto, German swimmer (6 Olympic gold 1988), born in Leipzig, Germany
  • 1967 Joseph Tilford Leigh Greene, long jumper (Olympic bronze 1992, 96), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1967 Richie Burnett, Welsh darts player (winner World Darts Championship 1995), born in Cwmparc, Rhondda
  • 1968 Martin Sinner, Koblenz Germany, tennis star (1990 Pretoria)
  • 1968 Peter Bondra, Lutsk Ukr, NHL right wing (Washington Capitals)
  • 1969 Bucky Richardson, US football quarterback (Houston Oilers)
  • 1969 Fiona Robinson-Hannan, Australian basketball player (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Perth, Western Australia
  • 1970 Chris Gardocki, NFL punter (Indianapolis Colts)
  • 1970 Denis Chasse, NHL right wing (Winnipeg Jets), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1970 Stanley Roberts, NBA center (LA Clippers, Minn Timberwolves)
  • 1971 Andrew Currey, Australian javelin thrower (Olympics 1996)
  • 1971 Marvin Graves, CFL quarterback (Montreal Alouettes)
  • 1972 Aftab Habib, cricketer (Leicestershire righty batsman 1996)
  • 1972 John Slaney, St John's, NHL defenseman (LA Kings)
  • 1972 Alex Bassi, American race car driver
  • 1973 Billy Baumhoff, soccer midfielder/forward (Olympic gold 1996), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1973 Juwan Howard, NBA forward/center (Washington Bullets/Wizards)
  • 1973 Kristin Godridge, Traralgon Aust, tennis star (1993 Futures-Singapore)
  • 1973 Leanne Schuster, WPVA volleyballer (National-9th-1995), born in Mesa, Arizona
  • 1973 Sonia Paquette, St-Janvier Quebec, hurdler (Olympics 1996)
  • 1973 Tim Bowens, NFL defensive tackle (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1974 Ryan Phillips, linebacker (NY Giants)

Person of interestSteve Nash

1974 Steve Nash, Canadian NBA guard (Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, LA Lakers), born in Johannesburg, South Africa

Basketball Player Steve Nash
Basketball Player
Steve Nash
  • 1975 Alexandre Daigle, NHL center (Ottawa Senators), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1975 Marika Lehtimaki, ice hockey center (Finland, Olympics 1998)
  • 1976 Terry Battle, running back (Detroit Lions)
  • 1976 Sreto Ristić, German footballer
  • 1977 Christine Scheels, New Berlin Wis, speed skater (Olympics 1994)
  • 1977 Hillary Wolf, extra lightweight judoka (Olympics 1996), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1978 Daniel Van Buyten, Belgian footballer
  • 1978 Endy Chávez, baseball player
  • 1979 Jon Leicester, American baseball player
  • 1983 Christian Klien, Austrian racing driver
  • 1983 Teshome Getu, Ethiopian footballer
  • 1983 Georgios Gougoulias, Greek footballer
  • 1988 Matthew Stafford, American college football player
  • 1990 Steven Stamkos, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1992 Miguel Andres Matienzo Guerra, Mexican athlete

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

1925 Heavyweight boxing champ Jack Dempsey (29) weds actress Estelle Taylor (30)

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Dempsey
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jack Dempsey

HeartWedding of Interest

1988 Heavyweight boxing champ Mike Tyson marries actress Robin Givens

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • 2009 Actress and skating champ Kristy Swanson (39) weds 1993 World Pair Skater Champion Lloyd Eisler (45) at The Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo, California

Deaths in Sport

  • 1911 Harry Graham, Australian cricketer (6 Test for Australia 1893-96, 301 runs), dies at 40
  • 1940 Francis Ford, cricketer (5 Tests for England v Australia 1894-95), dies
  • 1942 Dorando di Desiderio Pietri, marathoner (Olympic gold 1908), dies at 56
  • 1952 Pete Henry, American NFL tackle (Canton, NY Giants, Pottsville), dies at 54
  • 1959 Napoleon Lajorie, baseball player, dies at 83
  • 1962 Arthur Carr, cricketer (11 Tests for Eng 22-29), dies shovelling snow
  • 1963 Learco Guerra, Italian road racing cyclist, dies at 60
  • 1964 Lillian Copeland, US discus thrower (Olympic gold 1932), dies at 59
  • 1985 Uday Merchant, cricket (bro of Vijay, prolific scorer), dies
  • 1992 Buzz Sawyer, wrestler (b. 1959)
  • 2002 Jack Fairman, British racing driver (b. 1913)
  • 2005 Bob Turner, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1934)
  • 2006 Shujauddin Butt, Pakistani cricketer (batted in 19 Tests for Pakistan 1954-62), dies at 75
  • 2015 Billy Casper, American golfer and three time PGA Player of the Year (1966, 1968 and 1970), dies of a heart attack at 83