Events in Sport on February 26

  • 1839 1st Grand National steeplechase race held at Aintree Racecourse, Jem Mason aboard Lottery wins in Liverpool, England (disputed)
  • 1851 13th Grand National: T. Abbott aboard Abd-El-Kader IRE wins
  • 1859 Paul Morphy's chess match vs Augustus Mongredien begins; Morphy wins
  • 1887 George Lohmann took 1st 8-wkt haul in test cricket, 8-35 at SCG
  • 1918 Stands at Hong Kong Jockey Club collapse & burn, killing 604
  • 1930 West Indies make 1st Test Cricket win, by 289 runs over England

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1935 NY Yankees release Babe Ruth, he signs with Boston Braves

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 1938 Rie Van Veen swims world record 200m free style (2:24.6)
  • 1960 USA's David Jenkins wins Olympic Gold for men's figure skating
  • 1961 3rd Daytona 500: Marvin Panch wins (149.601 MPH)

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1967 9th Daytona 500: Mario Andretti wins (146.926 MPH)

Racing Car Driver Mario Andretti
Racing Car Driver
Mario Andretti

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1980 Richard Hadlee scores Test Cricket century v Roberts, Garner, Holding, Croft

Cricketer Richard Hadlee
Richard Hadlee
  • 1981 84 penalties (406 mins) assessed for a brawl between NHL Minn & Bost

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1982 Test Cricket debut of batsman Martin Crowe, playing for New Zealand v Australia in Wellington, run out for 9

Cricketer Martin Crowe
Martin Crowe

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1987 NBA's Michael Jordan's 58 points in one game is a Chicago Bulls record

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan
  • 1987 Wash blocks 20 Indiana shots tying NBA regulation game record

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1989 Dallas Cowboys fire coach Tom Landry after a 29-year career

NFL Head Coach Tom Landry
NFL Head Coach
Tom Landry
  • 1989 NY Yankees announce that Tom Seaver is their new TV sportscaster
  • 1989 California court throws out most of Margo Adams's $12 million breach-of- contract suit against Red Sox third baseman Wade Boggs
  • 1991 Asanka Gurusinha scores twin Test Cricket tons v NZ (119 & 102)
  • 1991 Bill Veeck & Tony Lazzeri elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1991 NY-NJ Knights (WLAF) players 1st come together
  • 1993 Allan Border beats Gavaskar's record for most Test Cricket runs 10,123
  • 1994 St Louis Blues beat Ottawa Senators 11-1
  • 1998 Steven M Gluckstern completes sale of NY Islanders
  • 2006 XX Winter Olympic Games close in Turin, Italy
  • 2012 61st NBA All-Star Game, Amway Centre, Orlando, FL: West beats East, 152-149; MVP: Kevin Durant, OKC Thunder, F
  • 2017 59th Daytona 500: Kurt Busch in a Ford leads for just a single lap to win from Ryan Blaney