On This Day

Events in Sport on February 2

  • 1876 Baseball's National League forms at the Grand Central Hotel, NYC with teams in Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Hartford, Louisville, New York, Philadelphia and St Louis
  • 1892 Longest boxing match under modern rules; 77 rounds in Nameoki, Illinois between Harry Sharpe & Frank Crosby

1st Winter Olympics

1924 Norway’s Thorleif Haug takes the cross-country double at the Chamonix Winter Olympics when he wins the 18k event; Haug also 50k gold medalist

  • 1926 Australasian Championships Women's Tennis, Adelaide: Daphne Akhurst Cozens retains title; beats Esna Boyd Robertson 6-1, 6-3
  • 1926 Australasian Championships Men's Tennis, Adelaide: In all-Australian final John Hawkes beats James Willard 6-1, 6-3, 6-1
  • 1943 Cubs return to original uniform after experimenting with a vest
  • 1944 Baseball meets in NYC to discuss postwar action

Sports History

1949 Golfing champ Ben Hogan seriously injured in an auto accident

  • 1954 Bevo Francis, Rio Grande College, scores 113 pts in basketball game
  • 1956 Despite a severe ankle injury Tenley Albright leads an American 1-2 in the women's figure skating at the Cortina d'Ampezzo Winter Olympics; Carol Heiss takes the silver medal

Contract of Interest

1959 Vince Lombardi signs a 5 year contract to coach NFL Green Bay Packers

  • 1962 1st pole vault over 16' (4.88m) (John Uelses-16', Melrose Games)
  • 1964 Sjoukje Dijkstra (Neth) wins Olympic gold for figure skating

Hall of Fame

1964 Elected to Baseball Hall of Fame - Red Faber, Burleigh Grimes, Tim Keefe, Heinie Manush, John Montgomery Ward, & Miller Huggins

  • 1967 Formation of American Basketball Association is announced
  • 1969 Stan Coveleski & Waite Hoyt are voted into Baseball Hall of Fame

Sports History

1970 Pete Maravich becomes 1st to score 3,000 college basketball points

  • 1972 Lefty Gomez, Ross Youngs & William Harridge selected for Baseball Hall of Fame

Sports History

1973 Test debut of champion New Zealand cricket all-rounder Sir Richard Hadlee; drawn 1st Test v Pakistan, Wellington

  • 1974 Smallest crowd at Cleveland Arena (Cavs vs Golden State-1,641)

Sports History

1975 US female Figure Skating championship won by Dorothy Hamill

  • 1976 Roger Connor, Fred Lindstrom & umpire Cal Hubbard elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1977 Toronto's Ian Turnbull scores 5 goals, NHL REcord for a defenseman
  • 1980 Mexican boxer Salvador Sánchez dethrones Danny “Little Red” Lopez as WBC world featherweight champion with a 13th-round TKO in Phoenix, AZ; Lopez champion since November 1976, 8th defence

Sports History

1985 US male Figure Skating championship won by Brian Boitano

  • 1986 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: NFC beats AFC, 28-24; MVP: Phil Simms, NY Giants, QB
  • 1987 KC Royal pitcher Dennis Leonard (3X 20 game winner), retires

Sports History

1988 David Boon's 6th Test Cricket century, 184* v England at Sydney

  • 1992 David Boon's 13 Test Cricket century, 107 v India at Perth
  • 1992 Australian Kieren Perkins swims 1,500m freestyle short course world record, 14:32.40 at AIS, Canberra, Australia
  • 1992 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: NFC beats AFC, 21-15; MVP: Michael Irvin, Dallas Cowboys, WR
  • 1995 Henry Olonga no-balled for throwing in Zimbabwe-Pakistan Test Cricket
  • 1997 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: AFC beats NFC, 26-23 (OT); MVP: Mark Brunell, Jacksonville Jaguars, QB

Sports History

1997 Scotty Bowman becomes first coach in NHL history to win 1,000 games

  • 2002 52nd NHL All-Star Game, Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA: World beats North America, 8-5; MVP: Éric Dazé, Chicago Blackhawks, RW
  • 2003 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: AFC beats NFC, 45-23; MVP: Ricky Williams, Miami Dolphins, RB
  • 2003 53rd NHL All-Star Game, Office Depot Centre, Sunrise, FL: West beats East, 6-5; MVP: Danny Heatley, Atlanta Thrashers, LW
  • 2012 NHL player Sam Gagner becomes the first player to scores eight points in one game for the Edmonton Oilers against the Chicago Blackhawks since 1989

Super Bowl

2014 Super Bowl XLVIII, MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ: Seattle Seahawks beat Denver Broncos, 42-8; MVP: Malcolm Smith, Seattle, LB

Australian Men's Tennis Open

2020 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Novak Đoković of Serbia rallies to beat Austrian Dominic Thiem 6-4, 4-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 for a record-extending eighth title at Melbourne Park

Super Bowl

2020 Super Bowl LIV, Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL: Kansas City Chiefs beat San Francisco 49ers, 31-20; MVP: Patrick Mahomes, KC Chiefs, QB; Chiefs' 1st victory in 50 years