On This Day

Events in Sport on February 16

  • 1899 Pelham Warner scores 132 on Test Cricket debut (Eng v SA Johannesburg)
  • 1899 Knattspyrnufélag Reykjavíkur Iceland's first football club is founded
  • 1900 Stanley Cup, Montreal Arena, Westmount, Quebec: Montreal Shamrocks beat Winnipeg Victorias, 5-4 to take challenge series, 3-1
  • 1912 VSV soccer team forms in Ijmuiden
  • 1926 Suzanne Lenglen defeats US champion Helen Wills in influential tennis match in Cannes, France
  • 1936 IV Winter Olympic Games close in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
  • 1950 Writers fail to elect anyone to Baseball's Hall of Fame
  • 1952 Ian Craig makes NSW cricket debut aged 16 years 249 days (NSW record)
  • 1952 United States goes 1-2 in the 500m speed skating at the Olso Winter Olympics with Ken Henry taking gold ahead of team mate Don McDermott; Norwegian Hjalmar Anderson dominates remaining 3 speed skating events

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1953 Ted Williams safely crash-lands his damaged Panther jet, later awarded the Air medal

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams

Sports record brokenNBA Record

1963 North Carolina forward Billy Cunningham grabs a record 27 rebounds in a game vs Clemson

NBA Forward and Coach Billy Cunningham
NBA Forward and Coach
Billy Cunningham
  • 1966 End of Wally Grout's Test Cricket career, 187 dismissals as Australian wicketkeeper
  • 1968 Italy completes the bobsleigh double at the Grenoble Winter Olympics with victory in the 4-man; Eugenio Monti and Luciano de Paolis double up for gold winning 2-man earlier
  • 1969 Detroit Red Wings' captain Alex Delvecchio picks up an assist in a 6-2 defeat at Minnesota to become the 3rd player in NHL history to score 1,000 career points

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1970 Joe Frazier TKOs Jimmy Ellis in 5 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Joe Frazier
  • 1972 Test Cricket debut of Lawrence Rowe WI v NZ Kingston, 214 & 100

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1972 Wilt Chamberlain of the Los Angeles Lakers becomes first player in NBA history to reach the career 30,000 point mark during a 110-109 loss to the Phoenix Suns

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • 1975 Washington Capitals 1st NHL shutout, beating KC Scouts 3-0
  • 1975 17th Daytona 500: Benny Parsons wins after Cale Yarborough sends race leader David Pearson spinning on the backstretch; Parsons avoids the accident and takes the victory
  • 1980 American speed skater Eric Heiden wins 5,000m in Olympic record 7:02.29; second of record 5 gold medal sweep of events at Lake Placid
  • 1984 Bill Johnson becomes 1st American to win Olympic downhill skiing gold
  • 1984 NJ Devils 1st OT goal, Jan Ludvig beats Hartford Whalers 6-5
  • 1984 Swedish cross country skier Gunde Svan takes his 2nd gold medal of the Sarajevo Winter Olympics in the 4 x 10k relay; also wins 15k gold
  • 1984 Swedish cross country skier Thomas Wassberg wins 2nd career gold medal in 4 x 10k relay at Sarajevo Winter Olympics; 2nd of 4 career gold; 15k Lake Placid (1980), 50k Sarajevo, relay Calgary (1988)
  • 1984 Canadian speed skater Gaétan Boucher takes out the 1,500m at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics, his second gold medal of the Games; also wins the 1,000m
  • 1984 3-time men's figure skating world champion Scott Hamilton of the US wins the gold medal at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics from Brian Orser of Canada and Jozef Sabovčík of Czechoslovakia
  • 1985 Largest NBA crowd to date, 43,816, sees Philadelphia at Detroit
  • 1985 Livingston Bramble defeats Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini to win WBA champ
  • 1985 NJ Devils score their fastest hat trick in 42 seconds
  • 1986 Dutch speed skater Hein Vergeer becomes World Allround champion for the second time
  • 1986 28th Daytona 500: Geoff Bodine wins on fuel mileage after Dale Earnhardt forced to pit for gas with 3 laps to go, then blows engine leaving the pits

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1986 Senior PGA Championship Men's Golf, PGA National GC: Gary Player of South Africa wins his first of 9 Champions Tour major titles by 2 strokes from Lee Elder

Golfer Gary Player
Golfer
Gary Player
  • 1989 Dodgers pitcher Orel Hershiser signs $7.9M-3 year contract

AgreementContract of Interest

1989 Red Sox pitcher Roger Clemens signs $7.5M-3 year contract

MLB Pitching Legend Roger Clemens
MLB Pitching Legend
Roger Clemens

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1992 LA Lakers retire Magic Johnson's #32 uniform

NBA Legend Magic Johnson
NBA Legend
Magic Johnson

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1992 34th Daytona 500: Davey Allison joins father Bobby as a race winner; Richard Petty and A.J. Foyt's final drives in the event

Racing Car Driver A. J. Foyt
Racing Car Driver
A. J. Foyt
  • 1993 Sandra Völker swims world record 50m backstroke (28.33 sec)
  • 1997 39th Daytona 500: Hendrick Motorsports posts a 1-2-3 finish with Jeff Gordon winning the race, ahead of Terry Labonte and Ricky Craven

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1999 O.J. Simpson's 1968 Heisman Trophy is sold for $230,000 to help settle a $33.5 million civil judgement against Simpson for the deaths of his ex-wife and her friend

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson
  • 2001 Mathieu Schneider of the Los Angeles Kings becomes the first defenseman in history to score a goal against all 30 NHL teams as LA beats Minnesota, 4-0
  • 2003 45th Daytona 500: Michael Waltrip wins for the second time in 3 years; race ends after 109 laps when rain pours on the track
  • 2004 The Pittsburgh Penguins lose their 12th consecutive home game, a NHL record
  • 2005 2004-05 NHL season is cancelled by Commissioner Gary Bettman; first time a North American professional sports league has called off a season due to labor dispute

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2013 Lionel Messi scores his 14th consecutive goal in La Liga and his 300th goal in 365 appearances for Barcelona

Football Star Lionel Messi
Football Star
Lionel Messi

Sport awardNBA All-Star Game

2014 63rd NBA All-Star Game, Smoothie King Centre, New Orleans, LA: East beats West, 163-155; MVP: Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers, G

NBA Player Kyrie Irving
NBA Player
Kyrie Irving
  • 2014 Netherlands sweeps the medals in the women's 1,500m speed skating at the Sochi Winter Olympics; Jorien ter Mors wins gold ahead of team mates Ireen Wüst and Lotte van Beek
  • 2014 At age 36, American Bode Miller becomes the oldest medalist in Olympic alpine skiing history when he ties for bronze in the super-G in Sochi
  • 2018 Sochi (2014) Olympic downhill champion Matthias Mayer of Austria wins the super-G gold medal at the Pyeongchang Winter Games
  • 2018 Swiss cross country skier Dario Cologna wins 4th career Olympic gold medal in the 15k freestyle in Pyeongchang; wins event in Vancouver (2010), and 15k classical & 30k skiathlon in Sochi (2014)
  • 2019 Needing 78 for an unlikely victory, Sri Lanka's Kusal Perera 153no and Vishwa Fernando 6no put on a record 10th wicket stand for a 1 wicket win vs South Africa in the 1st cricket Test in Durban