Events in Sport on February 20

  • 1912 Argentina beat the MCC in their inaugural cricket 1st-class fixture
  • 1923 Christy Mathewson becomes President of Boston Braves
  • 1927 Golfers in SC arrested for violating Sabbath
  • 1929 Red Sox announce they will play Sunday games at Braves Field
  • 1930 Capelle soccer team forms
  • 1952 1st black umpire in organized baseball certified (Emmett Ashford)
  • 1953 US Court of Appeals rules that Organized Baseball is a sport & not a business, affirming the 25-year-old Supreme Court ruling
  • 1958 American jockey Eddie Arcaro rides his 4,000th winner
  • 1958 LA Coliseum Comm approves 2-yr pact allows Dodgers to use facility
  • 1963 End of the Test Cricket careers of Neil Harvey & Alan Davidson

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1963 Willie Mays (SF Giants) signs a record $100,000 per year contract

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays

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1971 Bruin Phil Esposito is NHL's quickest to score 50 goals in a season

NHL Star Phil Esposito
NHL Star
Phil Esposito
  • 1972 1st time Cleveland Cavaliers beat NY Knicks (111-109)
  • 1972 Ard Schenk wins world championship for speed skating
  • 1972 14th Daytona 500: A.J. Foyt wins (161.55 MPH)
  • 1973 10th time Islanders shut-out-4-0 vs Penguins

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1974 Gordie Howe comes out of retirement for $1M from Houston Aeros, WHA

Ice Hockey Legend Gordie Howe
Ice Hockey Legend
Gordie Howe
  • 1975 Leonard Baichan scores 105* on Test Cricket debut, v Pakistan Lahore

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1976 Muhammad Ali KOs Jan Pierre Coopman in 5 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • 1977 19th Daytona 500: Cale Yarborough wins (153.218 MPH)
  • 1982 NY Islanders wins then NHL record 15th straight game
  • 1983 Roland Liboton becomes world champ cross-country cycling
  • 1983 25th Daytona 500: Cale Yarborough wins (155.979 MPH)
  • 1985 After defending his WBC flyweight championship, Sot Chitalada's check for $104,000 is stolen by a ringside pickpocket

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1986 Mike Tyson sexually harasses a woman in Albany, New York

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • 1988 Brian Boitano wins Olympic gold medal in figure skating
  • 1988 Cornelia Oschkenat hurdles indoor world record 50m (6.58 sec)
  • 1988 Stefka Kostadinova of Bulgaria sets high jumps indoor world record (2.06 m)
  • 1993 Florida Marlins open their 1st spring training camp
  • 1993 Lisa Walters wins LPGA Itoki Hawaiian Ladies' Golf Open
  • 1993 NY Islanders retire Billy Smith's number 31
  • 1994 36th Daytona 500: Sterling Marlin wins (156.931 MPH)

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1997 San Francisco Giants Barry Bonds signs record $22.9M 2 year contract

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds
  • 1998 Tara Lipinski wins Olympic figure skating gold medal
  • 2000 42nd Daytona 500: Dale Jarrett wins (155.669 MPH)
  • 2005 54th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 125-115 at Denver
  • 2005 47th Daytona 500: Jeff Gordon wins (135.173 MPH)
  • 2011 60th NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 148-143 at Los Angeles
  • 2011 53rd Daytona 500: Trevor Bayne wins (130.326 MPH)