On This Day

Events in Sport on February 28

  • 1844 6th Grand National: John Crickmere wins aboard 5/1 co-favourite Discount
  • 1849 11th Grand National: Tom Cunningham wins aboard 20/1 Peter Simple; 2nd consecutive year there are 3 equine fatalities during the race
  • 1903 Barney Dreyfuss & James Potter buy Philadelphia Phillies for $170,000
  • 1904 Football club Sport Lisboa (Benfica) founded in Lisbon, Portugal
  • 1906 Stanley Cup: Ottawa HC beats Queen's University (Kingston, ON), 12-7 for a 2-0 sweep of challenge series

Sports History

1912 Australian batting great Victor Trumper scores 50 in his final Test innings in 5th Test loss v England at Sydney Cricket Ground

  • 1925 Longest win streak in Toronto Maple Leaf history (9 games)
  • 1929 Chic Black Hawks lose record NHL 15th straight game at home
  • 1931 Canadian Rugby Union adopts the forward pass
  • 1936 Karl Schäfer of Austria follows up his Winter Olympics victory with his 7th consecutive men’s figure skating World Championship title in Paris, France
  • 1936 Olympic champions Ernst Baier and Maxi Herber of Germany win their 4th consecutive pairs figure skating gold medal at the World Championships in Paris, France
  • 1940 1st televised basketball game (U of Pitts beats Fordham U, 50-37)
  • 1957 Jockey Johnny Longden's 5,000th career victory
  • 1958 West Indies 1-504 in reply to Pakistan 328, day 3 of 3rd Test Cricket
  • 1959 Ice Dance Championship at Colorado Springs USA won by Denny & Jones of Great Britain
  • 1959 NFL trade, Chicago Cards trade Ollie Matson to LA Rams for 9 players
  • 1960 VIII Winter Olympic Games close in Squaw Valley, California

Olympic Gold

1960 Home team United States wins its first Olympic ice hockey gold medal at Squaw Valley; with 9-4 win over Czechoslovakia

Sports History

1966 Sandy Koufax & Don Drysdale begin a joint holdout against Dodgers

NBA Record

1967 Wilt Chamberlain sinks NBA record 35th consecutive field goal

  • 1969 Ice Dance Championship at Colorado Springs won by Towler & Ford of Great Britain
  • 1969 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Colorado Springs won by Tim Wood of USA
  • 1970 Bicycles permitted to cross Golden Gate Bridge
  • 1970 Caroline Walker runs world female record marathon (3:02:53)

PGA Championship

1971 PGA Championship Men's Golf, PGA National East: Jack Nicklaus leads wire-to-wire for his 2nd career grand slam; wins by 2 from Billy Casper

  • 1981 Calvin Murphy (Hou), sets NBA record with 78 consecutive free throws
  • 1986 Peter Uberroth suspended 7 baseball players for 1 year, after they admitted in Curtis Strong's trial in September, they used drugs
  • 1988 XV Winter Olympic Games close in Calgary, Canada
  • 1988 Pat Verbeek becomes 1st NJ Devil to score 4 goals in an NHL game

World Record

1988 Yvonne van Gennip skates world record 5 km ladies (7:14.13)

  • 1989 10-time All Star second baseman and manager Red Schoendienst and umpire Al Barlick are elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame

Sports History

1991 Don Mattingly named 10th NY Yankee Captain

  • 1993 Iolanda Chen triple jumps world indoor record hop step (14.46m)

Sports History

1998 Vancouver Canucks Mark Messier is 4th NHLer to get 1,600 points

  • 2010 XXI Winter Olympic Games close in Vancouver, Canada
  • 2012 54th Daytona 500: Rain affected race stopped for 2 hours because of fuel on track; Matt Kenseth leads for final 34 laps to win
  • 2020 Court of Arbitration for Sport bans Chinese triple Olympic gold medallist Sun Yang from swimming for 8 years for breaking anti-doping rules