Events in Sport on February 12

  • 1876 Al Spalding opens his sporting good shop
  • 1878 Frederick Thayer patents catcher's mask (pat # 200,358)
  • 1899 1st 2-man team 6-day bicycle race in US begins, Madison Square Garden, NYC
  • 1908 NY to Paris auto race (via Alaska & Siberia) begins in NYC George Schuster wins after 88 days behind the wheel
  • 1909 Robert Fowler runs world record marathon (2:46:52.6)
  • 1926 Barendrecht soccer team forms
  • 1937 Cleveland (now Los Angeles) Rams granted an NFL franchise
  • 1956 Fay Crocker wins LPGA Miami Beach Golf Open

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1958 Celtic Bill Russell grabs 41 rebounds to beat Syracuse 119-101

Basketball Player Bill Russell
Basketball Player
Bill Russell

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1961 Mickey Wright wins LPGA St Petersburg Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
  • 1961 Mushtaq Mohammad scores 1st Test Cricket century at 17 yrs 82 days

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1964 End of Richie Benaud's 63-Test Cricket career

Cricketer and Commentator Richie Benaud
Cricketer and Commentator
Richie Benaud
  • 1967 Kees Verkerk becomes world champ all round skater
  • 1971 Only Test Cricket for Ken Eastwood, who scored 5 & 0 Aust v England
  • 1977 Toronto Maple Leafs shutout Washington Capitals 10-0
  • 1978 Debbie Austin wins LPGA American Cancer Society Golf Classic
  • 1980 NY Islanders 2nd scoreless tie, vs Winnipeg Jets

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1980 Richard Hadlee becomes NZ's top wicket-taker with 117

Cricketer Richard Hadlee
Cricketer
Richard Hadlee
  • 1981 Arbitrator Goetz declares Red Sox catcher Carlton Fisk a free agent

Sports record brokenNHL Record

1982 Wayne Gretzky scores 153rd point of season, breaking NHL record

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • 1984 Alice Miller wins LPGA Sarasota Golf Classic
  • 1984 Jayne Torvill & Christopher Dean skate "Bolero" at the Olympics
  • 1984 West Indies beat Australia 2-1 to win cricket's World Series Cup after going undefeated in the qualifying rounds
  • 1985 37th NHL All-Star Game: Wales beat Campbell 6-4 at Calgary
  • 1985 West Indies beat Australia 2-1 to win cricket's World Series Cup (Australian Tri-Series)
  • 1986 1st-class cricket debut of Curtly Ambrose, Leeward Is v Guyana
  • 1989 39th NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 143-134 at Houston
  • 1989 50th PGA Seniors Golf Championship: Larry Mowry
  • 1989 Thursday's Child sets sailing record, NY-Cape Horn-SF, 80 d 20 h
  • 1991 North & South Korea form a joint team for table tennis competition
  • 1994 17th Winter Olympic games opens in Lillehammer, Norway
  • 1995 45th NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 139-112 at Phoenix
  • 1995 Jeff Rouse swims world record 50m backstroke (24.37 sec)
  • 1995 Sun Cayun pole vaults indoor female world record (4.13m)

Sport awardSports Awards

1996 4th ESPY Awards: Cal Ripken, Rebecca Lobo win

MLB Legend Cal Ripken Jr
MLB Legend
Cal Ripken Jr

MurderMurder of Interest

1997 Fred Goldman says he will settle for a signed murder confession from O.J. Simpson in lieu of his $20.5 million judgement

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson
  • 1998 Dallas Cowboys sign Chan Gailey as their 4th head coach

Sport awardSports Awards

2001 9th ESPY Awards: Tiger Woods, Marion Jones win

Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
Tiger Woods
Track and Field Athlete/Drug Cheat Marion Jones
Track and Field Athlete/Drug Cheat
Marion Jones
  • 2006 NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 23-17

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2007 Marty Schottenheimer is abruptly fired as head coach of the San Diego Chargers due to lack of playoff success and a strained relationship with ownership

  • 2010 21st Winter Olympic Games open at Vancouver, Canada

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2013 At a ceremony in Philadelphia, the NFL pays tribute to the life of the late Steve Sabol and his many contributions to the league

American Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films Steve Sabol
American Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films
Steve Sabol
  • 2014 Tatyana Volosozhar and Maksim Trankov win the Olympic gold in pairs figure skating