Events in Sport on February 27

  • 1850 12th Grand National: Chris Green wins aboard Irish outsider Abd-El-Kader; goes on to become first dual winner and first to win in consecutive years
  • 1856 18th Grand National: George Stevens wins aboard 25/1 Freetrader; first of Stevens' record 5 GN victories
  • 1874 Baseball 1st played in England at Lord's Cricket Ground

Sports History

1921 US Female Figure Skating championship won by Theresa Weld Blanchard; US male Figure Skating championship won by Sherwin Badger

  • 1925 Test Cricket debut of Clarrie Grimmett, who took 5-45 & 6-37 v England
  • 1936 Dutch swimmer Willy den Ouden sets new women's world 100m freestyle record (1:04.6) in Amsterdam; lasts 22 years until broken in 1956 by Dawn Fraser of Australia

Sports History

1937 Bradman scores 169 in 5th Test Cricket v England in 223 minutes

NBA Record

1959 Boston Celtic Bob Cousy sets NBA record with 28 assists Boston Celtics score 173 points against Minneapolis Lakers

  • 1959 Chicago Cards trade running back Ollie Matson to LA Rams for 9 players
  • 1960 Five Nations Rugby Championship is won jointly by England and France with the pivotal game a 3-3 draw between the teams at Stade Colombes, Paris

Sports History

1960 US Olympic ice hockey Team beats USSR 3-2 en route to gold medal

  • 1960 Veikko Hakulinen of Finland wins his 3rd career Olympic cross country gold medal as part of Finland's 4 x 10k relay team at Squaw Valley, CA; winner: 50k (Oslo, 1952) and 30k (Cortina d’Ampezzo, 1956)

Contract of Interest

1963 Mickey Mantle of NY Yankees sign a baseball contract worth $100,000

Daytona 500

1966 8th Daytona 500: Polesitter Richard Petty comes from 2 laps down to win the event after 198 laps were completed because of rain

  • 1966 Ice Dance Championship at Davos won by Diane Towler and Bernard Ford of great Britain
  • 1966 Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Davos won by Peggy Fleming of US
  • 1973 White Sox slugger Dick Allen signs 3 year $750,000 contract
  • 1982 Dan Issel (NBA-Nuggets), hits on 63rd consecutive free throw

World Record

1984 Carl Lewis jumps world record indoor (8,675 m)

  • 1987 American Mike Conley sets world indoor triple jump record (17.76m) in New York
  • 1987 NCAA cancels SMU's entire 1987 football schedule for gross violations of NCAA rules regarding athletic corruption

Sports History

1988 Bonnie Blair (US) wins Olympic 500m speed skating in record 39.1

  • 1988 Katarina Witt (GDR) wins 2nd consecutive Olympic figure skating
  • 1992 Larry Smith named 9th Commissioner of the CFL
  • 1994 XVII Winter Olympic Games close in Lillehammer, Norway
  • 1999 Aston Villa are the last Premier League team to play a match with an all-English starting XI in a 4-1 defeat by Coventry

Sports History

2007 Mark Messier's #11 jersey is retired by the Edmonton Oilers

Laureus Awards

2018 Laureus World Sports Awards, Monte-Carlo Sporting, Monaco: Sportsman: Roger Federer; Sportswoman: Serena Williams; Team: Mercedes F1 team