Events in Sport on February 8

  • 1908 Wilhelmina '08 soccer team forms in Weert, Netherlands
  • 1936 1936 NFL Draft (first ever): Jay Berwanger from University of Chicago first pick by Philadelphia Eagles
  • 1936 1st ski jumping tournament, Red Wing, Minnesota
  • 1936 1st successful Toronto Maple Leaf penalty shot, Conacher vs Rangers

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1945 Paul Brown agrees to coach the new American football expansion team in Cleveland, which would later be named the Cleveland Browns after their coach

American Football Coach Paul Brown
American Football Coach
Paul Brown
  • 1948 5th Winter Olympic games close at St Moritz, Switzerland
  • 1953 Betty Jameson wins LPGA Serbin Golf Open

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1960 Boston Celtic Bill Russell becomes 1st NBAer with 50 rebounds (51)

Basketball Player Bill Russell
Basketball Player
Bill Russell
  • 1963 AFL's Dallas Texans become KC Chiefs
  • 1967 Longest losing streak in Toronto Maple Leaf history (10 games)
  • 1975 Caps only got one shot in a period against Islanders
  • 1976 Jan Stephens wins LPGA Sarah Coventry Naples Golf Classic
  • 1981 Sally Little wins LPGA Elizabeth Arden Golf Classic
  • 1982 Dodgers trade Davey Lopes to A's breaking up the longest-playing infield (Cey-Russell-Lopes-Garvey)
  • 1983 35th NHL All-Star Game: Campbell beat Wales 9-3 at NY Islander

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1983 Baseball orders Mickey Mantle to sever ties with Claridge Casino

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle

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1983 Wayne Gretzky sets NHL all star record of 4 goals in 1 period

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • 1984 14th Winter Olympic games opens in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia
  • 1984 A's take Yankees pitcher Tim Belcher as Type A free agent compensation
  • 1985 1st-class cricket debut of Jimmy Adams (age 17), Jamaica v Barbados
  • 1985 Bruce Morris, Marshall Univ, makes a 92' 5½" basketball shot
  • 1985 Michael Gross swims world record 800m freestyle (7:38.75)
  • 1986 5' 7" Spud Webb of Atlanta Hawks wins NBA Slam Dunk Competition
  • 1987 37th NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 154-149 (OT) at Seattle

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1987 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Sarasota Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez
LPGA Golfer
Nancy Lopez
  • 1989 Jockey Chris Antley begins record of 64 consecutive winning days

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1991 Roger Clemens signs record $5,380,250 per year Red Sox contract

MLB Pitching Legend Roger Clemens
MLB Pitching Legend
Roger Clemens
  • 1992 16th Winter Olympic games opens in Albertville, France

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1994 Jack Nicholson uses a golf club to attack a car

Sports record brokenWorld Record

1994 Kapil Dev sets world record for Test Cricket wickets with 432

Cricketer Kapil Dev
Cricketer
Kapil Dev
  • 1996 NFL & Cleveland allows Art Modell to move his NFL franchise to Balt but he had to leave the Browns' name behind
  • 1998 1st female ice hockey game in Olympic history Finland beats Sweden 6-0
  • 1998 48th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 135-114 at NYC
  • 1998 NHL stops season until Feb 24th to accommodate the Olympics
  • 2002 19th Winter Olympic games open at Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
  • 2004 NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 55-52
  • 2004 54th NHL All-Star Game: East beats West 6-4 at St. Paul, Minnesota
  • 2009 NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 30-21
  • 2014 Ole Einar Bjørndalen equals the Winter Olympics medal record with 12