On This Day

Events in Sport on February 3

  • 1876 Albert Spalding with $800 starts sporting goods co, manufacturing 1st official baseball, tennis ball, basketball, golf ball, & football
  • 1894 1st US steel sailing vessel, Dirigo, launched at Bath, Maine

Olympic Games1st Winter Olympics

1924 Canada beats United States, 6-1 to retain the Olympic ice hockey gold medal (won at 1920 Summer Games) at the Chamonix Games; Canadian LW Harry Watson top scores with 46 points
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Einar Landvik, Nordic skiier from Norway, competes in the first-ever Winter Olympics in Chamonix, France, 1924
Einar Landvik, Nordic skiier from Norway, competes in the first-ever Winter Olympics in Chamonix, France, 1924
  • 1924 Switzerland claims the inaugural Olympic bobsleigh gold medal at the Chamonix Games, ahead of Great Britain and Belgium

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1937 Don Bradman scores 212 (in 441 minutes!) in 5th cricket test v England

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1942 Baseball owners agree to permit each club up to 14 night games in 1942
  • 1947 Bradman bowled by Alec Bedser for a duck in 4th Test Cricket
  • 1951 Largest purse to date in horse racing, $144,323, won by Great Circle
  • 1956 Toni Sailer of Austria wins the downhill at the Cortina d'Ampezzo Winter Olympics; becomes first athlete to sweep all 3 alpine skiing events in a single Olympics
  • 1962 John Uelses pole vaults record 489 cm
  • 1964 French sisters Marielle Goitschel (gold) and Christine Goitschel (silver) repeat (in reverse order) their top-2 finish in the slalom 2 days earlier, in the giant slalom at the Innsbruck Winter Olympics
  • 1965 Braves offer Milwaukee $500,000 to terminate their lease a year earlier, the proposal is turned down
  • 1972 XI Winter Olympic Games opens in Sapporo, Japan (1st in Asia)
  • 1976 26th NBA All-Star Game, Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pa: East beats West, 123-109; MVP: Dave Bing, Washington Bullets, PG
  • 1979 Minnesota Twins trade Rod Carew to California for 4 players

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1980 Larry Holmes TKOs Lorenzo Holmes in 6 for heavyweight boxing title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes

Sport awardNBA All-Star Game

1980 30th NBA All-Star Game, Capital Centre, Landover, Md: East beats West, 144-136 (OT); MVP: George Gervin, San Antonio Spurs, SF

NBA Guard George Gervin
NBA Guard
George Gervin
  • 1981 Australia beats NZ 3-1 to win cricket's World Series Cup
  • 1987 SD Yacht Club celebrates return of America's Cup
  • 1989 Baseball's National League announces Yanks' broadcaster Bill White will its 1st African American President
  • 1989 Start 1st Test Cricket, NZ v Pak, washed out

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1990 Darryl Strawberry voluntarily enters Smither Center for Alcohol rehabilitation

Baseball Player Darryl Strawberry
Baseball Player
Darryl Strawberry
  • 1990 Jockey Bill Shoemaker (58), retires after 40,350 horse race
  • 1991 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: AFC beats NFC, 23-21; MVP: Jim Kelly, Buffalo Bills, QB
  • 1993 Cincinnati Reds owner Marge Schott suspended for 1 year due to racist comments

Sports record brokenNHL Record

1998 Florida Panther Dino Ciccarelli is 9th NHLer to score 600 career goals

NHL Star Dino Ciccarelli
NHL Star
Dino Ciccarelli
  • 1998 NY Yankees replace general manager Bob Watson with Brian Cashman

Sport awardSuper Bowl

2002 Super Bowl XXXVI, Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, LA: New England Patriots beat St. Louis Rams, 20-17; MVP: Tom Brady, New England, QB

NFL Quarterback Tom Brady
NFL Quarterback
Tom Brady

Sport awardSuper Bowl

2008 Super Bowl XLII, University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ: New York Giants beat New England Patriots, 17-14; MVP: Eli Manning, New York, QB

NFL Quarterback Eli Manning
NFL Quarterback
Eli Manning
  • 2013 Super Bowl XLVII, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, New Orleans, LA: Baltimore Ravens beat San Francisco 49ers, 34-31; MVP: Joe Flacco, Baltimore, QB
  • 2019 Super Bowl LIII, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GA: New England Patriots beat Los Angeles Rams, 13-3; MVP: Julian Edelman, NE Patriots, WR; Patriots' 6th SB victory