Events in Sport on February 16

  • 1899 Future England cricket captain Pelham Warner scores an unbeaten 132 on his Test debut in a 32 run win over South Africa in the 1st Test in 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
  • 1923 US Ladies' Figure Skating championship won by Theresa Weld Blanchard

Sports History

1923 US Men's Figure Skating championship won by Sherwin Badger

  • 1926 Suzanne Lenglen defeats US champion Helen Wills in influential tennis match in Cannes, France
  • 1933 England cricket team regains the Ashes against Australia, thanks to "bodyline" tactics
  • 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 teammate Don McDermott; Norwegian Hjalmar Anderson dominates remaining 3 speed skating events

Sports History

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

NBA Record

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

  • 1966 Australian cricket batsman Bob Cowper makes a patient 307 (727 mins, 20 x 4s) in drawn 5th Test v England in Melbourne
  • 1966 End of Wally Grout's Test Cricket career, 187 dismissals as Australian wicketkeeper
  • 1967 NY Yankees pitcher Red Ruffing elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 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

Boxing Title Fight

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

  • 1972 Test Cricket debut of Lawrence Rowe WI v NZ Kingston, 214 & 100

NBA Record

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

Daytona 500

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

  • 1975 Washington Capitals 1st NHL shutout, beating KC Scouts 3-0

Olympic Gold

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

Olympic Gold

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

  • 1984 Bill Johnson becomes first American to win an Olympic downhill skiing gold at the Sarajevo Games; beats Swiss Peter Müller by 0.27s
  • 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 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)
  • 1985 Largest NBA crowd to date, 43,816, sees Philadelphia at Detroit
  • 1985 Livingston Bramble defeats Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini to win WBA Lightweight championship, in Buffalo, New York
  • 1985 NJ Devils score their fastest hat trick in 42 seconds

Daytona 500

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

  • 1986 Dutch speed skater Hein Vergeer becomes World Allround champion for the second time

Sports History

1986 PGA Seniors' Championship Men's Golf, PGA National GC: South African Gary Player wins first of 6 Senior Tour major titles with a 2 stroke victory over runner-up Lee Elder

Contract of Interest

1989 Dodgers pitcher Orel Hershiser signs $7.9M-3 year contract

Contract of Interest

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

Sports History

1991 US female Figure Skating championship won by Tonya Harding

Daytona 500

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

Sports History

1992 LA Lakers retire Magic Johnson's #32 uniform

  • 1993 Sandra Völker swims world record 50m backstroke (28.33 sec)
  • 1994 Johann Olav Koss skates world record 1500m (1:51.29)
  • 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

Sports History

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

  • 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

Sports History

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

NBA 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

  • 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
  • 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 teammates Ireen Wüst and Lotte van Beek
  • 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
  • 2020 NBA All Star Game, United Center, Chicago, IL: Team LeBron beats Team Giannis, 157-155; MVP: Kawhi Leonard, LA Clippers, F
  • 2022 Johannes Høsflot Klæbo teams with Erik Valnes to win the men's team sprint for Norway and clinch the cross country freestyle sprint double at the Beijing Winter Olympics