On This Day

Events in Sport on February 7

Boxing Title Fight

1882 Last bare knuckle champion John L. Sullivan KOs Paddy Ryan in Miss

  • 1884 Canadian Rugby Football Union forms
  • 1893 Vanderbilt University claims it participated in the first organised intercollegiate basketball game at the Nashville YMCA Gymnasium; Vanderbilt beats YMCA, 9-3
  • 1903 VVV '03 soccer club is established in the Dutch southeastern city of Venlo

Sports History

1908 Philadelphia A's manager/owner Connie Mack sells future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Rube Waddell to St Louis Browns for $5,000

Sports History

1914 Charlie Chaplin debuts silent film character The Tramp in "Kid Auto Races at Venice"

  • 1942 1st indoor 15' pole vault (Cornelius Warmerdam 15' 3/8")
  • 1948 After winning Lake Placid (1932) and Garmisch-Partenkirchen (1936) Olympic ski jumping gold medals, Birger Ruud comes out of retirement to win silver in St. Moritz in a Norwegian medal sweep

Sports History

1949 Joe DiMaggio becomes 1st $100,000 a year baseball player for the New York Yankees

  • 1958 Dodgers officially become the Los Angeles Dodgers, Inc
  • 1969 Diane Crump becomes 1st woman jockey at a major US racetrack (Hialeah)

Olympic Gold

1972 Dutch Olympic 1,500m and 5,000m speed skating champion Ard Schenk wins his 3rd gold medal at the Sapporo Winter Games when he takes out the 10,000m

  • 1973 1st time Rangers shut-out Islanders 6-0

NHL Record

1976 Toronto center Darryl Sittler sets NHL record with 10 points in a Maple Leafs' 11-4 win over Boston at Maple Leaf Gardens; 6 goals, 4 assists

  • 1985 NY Devil Don Lever becomes 57th NHLer to score 300 goals
  • 1987 Dennis Conner & Stars & Stripes bring the America's Cup back to US

Sports History

1987 US male Figure Skating championship won by Brian Boitano

NBA All-Star Game

1988 38th NBA All-Star Game, Chicago Stadium: East beats West, 138-133; MVP: Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls, F

  • 1988 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: AFC beats NFC, 15-6; MVP: Bruce Smith, Buffalo Bills, DE

NHL All-Star Game

1989 40th NHL All-Star Game, Northlands Coliseum, Edmonton: Campbell Conference beats Wales Conference, 9-5; MVP: Wayne Gretzky, LA Kings, C

Sports History

1989 Tennis superstar Björn Borg apparently attempts suicide in Milan

Hall of Fame

1991 Bob Knight, Larry O'Brien, Tiny Archibald, Dave Cowens, Harry Gallatin & Larry Fleisher elected to NBA Hall of Fame

Sports History

1992 Mike Tyson testifies in his rape trial

  • 1993 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: AFC beats NFC, 23-20; MVP: Steve Tasker, Buffalo Bills, WR

Sports History

1995 Last day of Test Cricket cricket for Graham Gooch & Mike Gatting

  • 1998 XVIII Winter Olympic Games open in Nagano, Japan
  • 1998 NHL's Dallas Stars retire Neal Broten's #7
  • 1999 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: AFC beats NFC, 23-10; Keyshawn Johnson, NY Jets, QB; Ty Law, New England Patriots, CB
  • 2005 Britain's Ellen MacArthur becomes the fastest person to sail solo around the world taking 71 days, 14 hours, 18 minutes 33 seconds

Super Bowl

2010 Super Bowl XLIV, Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Miami, FL; New Orleans Saints beat Indianapolis Colts, 31-17; MVP: Drew Brees, New Orleans, QB

Laureus Awards

2011 Laureus World Sports Awards, Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, UAE: Sportsman: Rafael Nadal; Sportswoman: Lindsey Vonn; Team: Spanish Men's National Football team

  • 2014 XXII Winter Olympic Games open in Sochi, Russia
  • 2016 Super Bowl L, Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, CA: Denver Broncos beat Carolina Panthers, 24–10; MVP: Von Miller, Denver, LB

Super Bowl

2021 Super Bowl LV, Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL: Tampa Bay Buccaneers dominate defending champion Kansas City Chiefs, 31-9; MVP: Tom Brady, TB Bucs, QB; Brady's record 7th SB win

  • 2021 Sarah Thomas becomes the first woman to referee a Super Bowl in Tampa Bay, Florida