On This Day

Events in Sport on February 7

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

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

Heavyweight Boxing Champion John L. Sullivan
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
John L. Sullivan
  • 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

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

Baseball Legend Connie Mack
Baseball Legend
Connie Mack

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

Comedian, Actor and Filmmaker Charlie Chaplin
Comedian, Actor and Filmmaker
Charlie Chaplin
  • 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

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

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio
  • 1958 Dodgers officially become the Los Angeles Dodgers, Inc

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1959 Dorothy Rigney sells White Sox to Bill Veeck for a reported $27M

MLB Team Owner and Promoter Bill Veeck
MLB Team Owner and Promoter
Bill Veeck
  • 1969 Diane Crump becomes 1st woman jockey at a major US racetrack (Hialeah)

OlympicsOlympic 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

Speed Skater Ard Schenk
Speed Skater
Ard Schenk
  • 1973 1st time Rangers shut-out Islanders 6-0

Sports record brokenNHL 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

NHL Legend Darryl Sittler
NHL Legend
Darryl Sittler
  • 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
  • 1987 US male Figure Skating championship won by Brian Boitano

Sport awardNBA All-Star Game

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

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

Sport awardNHL 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

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky

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1989 Tennis superstar Björn Borg apparently attempts suicide in Milan

Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg

Hall of fameHall of Fame

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

NBA Center and Head Coach Dave Cowens
NBA Center and Head Coach
Dave Cowens

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1992 Mike Tyson testifies in his rape trial

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

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

Cricketer Graham Gooch
Cricketer
Graham Gooch
  • 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

Sport awardSuper 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

NFL Quarterback Drew Brees
NFL Quarterback
Drew Brees

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

Tennis Champion Rafael Nadal
Tennis Champion
Rafael Nadal
  • 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

Sport awardSuper 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

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