On This Day

Events in Sport on February 25

  • 1904 Stanley Cup: Ottawa Silver 7 sweep Toronto Marlboroughs in 2 games
  • 1924 Marie Boyd scores 156 points in Maryland HS basketball game (163-3)
  • 1930 Brilliant West Indian cricket batsman George Headley completes twin tons (114 & 112) in 3rd Test win against England at Georgetown, British Guiana
  • 1933 Major NFL rule changes (hash mark 10 yds in, posts on goal line)
  • 1933 Thomas Yawkey purchases Boston Red Sox
  • 1941 Boston Bruins set NHL record of 23-game unbeaten streak (15-0-8)
  • 1952 VI Winter Olympic Games close at Oslo, Norway
  • 1957 US Supreme Court decides 6-3, baseball is only antitrust exempt pro sport
  • 1961 Niagara ends St Bonaventura's 99-game home basketball win streak
  • 1962 Mike O'Hara completes record 97th marathon

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1962 Wilt Chamberlain of NBA Philadelphia Warriors scores 67 points vs NY Knicks for the second year in a row

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1964 Muhammad Ali [Cassius Clay] TKOs Sonny Liston in 7 for his first world heavyweight championship title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Sonny Liston
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Sonny Liston
  • 1968 10th Daytona 500: Cale Yarborough driving for Wood Brothers Racing wins by less than a second from LeeRoy Yarbrough; grid set exclusively by qualifying times
  • 1969 Pension plan for baseball is agreed to
  • 1972 Lopsided trade, Cards trade Steve Carlton to Phillies for Rick Wise
  • 1974 Veronica & Colin Scargill (England) begin tandem bicycle ride a record 18,020 miles around the world, completed on August 27, 1975

Sports record brokenNBA Record

1977 New Orleans' Pete Maravich sets NBA record for a guard with 68 pts

NBA Guard Pete Maravich
NBA Guard
Pete Maravich

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1978 England cricket all-rounder Ian Botham scores first Test century, 103 v New Zealand in Christchurch

Cricketer Ian Botham
Cricketer
Ian Botham
  • 1981 NHL most penalized game; Bruins vs Northstars, 84 penalties (392 mins)
  • 1981 NY Islanders give up their most goals (11) vs Calgary Flames
  • 1981 Exec Board of Baseball Players' Association votes unanimously to strike on May 29 if the issue of free-agent compensation remains unresolved
  • 1987 LaMarr Hoyt is banned from baseball for 1987, due to drug abuse

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1989 Mike Tyson TKOs Frank Bruno in 5 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
Boxer Frank Bruno
Boxer
Frank Bruno
  • 1990 Australia beat Pakistan 2-0 to win cricket's World Series Cup
  • 1991 Andrew Jones scores twin Test Cricket tons v Sri Lanka (122 & 100*)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1991 Bruce McNall, Wayne Gretzky and John Candy buy CFL's Toronto Argonauts

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
Actor and Comedian John Candy
Actor and Comedian
John Candy
  • 1993 Florida Marlins introduce their mascot "Billy"
  • 1994 Phil Rizzuto elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1995 British super middleweight Nigel Benn puts opponent Gerard McClellan in hospital
  • 2018 Russian national team, competing under the name of Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR), wins Olympic ice hockey gold medal in Pyeongchang; beat Germany, 4-3 in overtime in the final
  • 2018 Norwegian cross-country skier Marit Bjørgen wins gold in women's 30k at Pyeongchang Winter Olympics; brings her total Games medal haul to 15, most won by any athlete in Winter Games history
  • 2018 2-man bobsleigh champions Francesco Friedrich and Thorsten Margis of Germany win their 2nd gold medals of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics as part of the German 4-man team
  • 2018 XXIII Winter Olympic Games close in Pyeongchang, Korea; Norway wins a record 39 medals, 14 gold
  • 2018 Winter Olympics: Marit Bjoergen (Norway) becomes the most successful winter athlete of all time (15 medals) with gold in the 30k cross country
  • 2019 James Harden's scoring streak of games with at least 30 points ends at 32 as he scores 28 in the Rockets' 119-111 win over Atlanta in Houston; 2nd longest mark in NBA history
  • 2020 Memorial service for NBA star Kobe Byrant held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles