Events in Sport on February 9

  • 1540 The first recorded race meet in England (Roodee Fields, Chester)
  • 1895 William Morgan presents his new sport "Mintonette" to the world at Springfield College, Massachusetts, later renames it "Volleyball" [1]
  • 1900 Dwight Davis establishes a new tennis trophy, the Davis Cup
  • 1912 US Tennis Association amends rule taking bye away from defending champion
  • 1916 NL votes down a proposal by Giants, Braves, & Cubs to increase club player limit from 21 to 22 (The Reds want to decrease to 20)
  • 1920 Joint Rules Com bans foreign substances & alterations to baseballs
  • 1932 USA enters Olympic 2-man bobsled competition for 1st time
  • 1935 US female Figure Skating championship won by Maribel Vinson
  • 1936 German skier Franz Pfnür wins the inaugural Olympic men’s combined gold medal at the Garmisch-Partenkirchen Winter Games ahead of teammate Gustav Lantschner

Boxing Title Fight

1940 Joe Louis beats Arturo Godoy in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

  • 1942 Philadelphia "Phillies" change nickname (temporarily) to "Phils"
  • 1943 National League of Baseball seeks a buyer for the Philadelphia Phillies as owner Gerry Nugent falls in arrears

Sports History

1951 St Louis Browns sign pitcher Satchel Paige, 45

  • 1960 AFL & NFL agree verbally to a no tampering pact
  • 1964 IX Winter Olympic Games close in Innsbruck, Austria
  • 1968 A rare 3-way tie for silver in the women's 500m speed skating at the Grenoble Winter Olympics; Soviet Lyudmila Titova wins from American trio of Jenny Fish, Mary Meyers and Dianne Holum
  • 1968 World champion Jean-Claude Killy of France wins the downhill at the Grenoble Winter Olympics; first of 3-event clean sweep of the alpine skiing events at the Games
  • 1971 Satchel Paige becomes 1st Negro League player elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Sports History

1974 US female Figure Skating championship won by Dorothy Hamill

  • 1976 Oscar Charleston selected to baseball's Hall of Fame
  • 1979 UK Football club Nottingham Forest makes £1m transfer deal

Sports History

1980 Rick Barry, Houston, is 1st in NBA to score 8 3-pointers in a game

NHL All-Star Game

1982 34th NHL All-Star Game, Capital Centre, Landover: Wales Conference beats Campbell Conference, 4-2; MVP: Mike Bossy, NY Islanders, RW

  • 1984 East German ski jumper Jens Weißflog wins first of 3 career Olympic gold medals in the Normal Hill individual event at the Sarajevo Winter Games
  • 1984 East German speed skater Karin Enke wins the 1,500m in world record 2:03.42 at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics; also wins 1,000m gold
  • 1984 Finnish cross-country skier Marja-Liisa Hämäläinen wins the 10k gold medal at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics; first of 3 individual medal sweep, also winning 5k and 20k events

NBA All-Star Game

1986 36th NBA All-Star Game, Reunion Arena, Dallas, TX: East beats West, 139-132; MVP: Isiah Thomas, Detroit Pistons, G

  • 1986 Marvin Johnson stops Leslie Stewart in 7 rounds in Indianapolis to win WBA light heavyweight boxing title; record 3rd time he regains a version of light heavyweight crown
  • 1986 West German team swims world record 4x200 m freestyle (7:05.17)

NHL All-Star Game

1988 39th NHL All-Star Game, St. Louis Arena: Wales Conference beats Campbell Conference, 6-5 (OT); MVP: Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins, C

  • 1988 NH begins a NCAA record 32-game losing streak at home (ends Feb 1991)
  • 1989 Kevin Johnson (Phoenix) ends NBA free throw streak of 57 games
  • 1991 Johann Olav Koss skates world record 5k (6:41:73)

Sports History

1991 Terry Norris knocks down Sugar Ray Leonard twice & beats him

NBA All-Star Game

1992 42nd NBA All-Star Game, Orlando Arena, Orlando, FL: West beats East, 153-113; MVP: Magic Johnson, LA Lakers, F

  • 1992 Heike Henkel high jumps female indoor world record (2.07m)
  • 1992 Jani Sievinen swims world record 400m medley (4:07.10)
  • 1997 47th NBA All-Star Game, Gund Arena, Cleveland, OH: East beats West, 132-120; MVP: Glen Rice, Charlotte Hornets, F

ESPY Awards

1998 6th ESPY Awards: Ken Griffey Jr, Mia Hamm win

  • 2002 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: AFC beats NFC, 38-30; MVP: Rich Gannon, Oakland Raiders, QB
  • 2003 52nd NBA All-Star Game, Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA: West beats East, 155-145 (2 OT); MVP: Kevin Garnett, Minnesota Timberwolves, F

Sports History

2006 Al Michaels joins NBC's "Sunday Night Football" broadcast with John Madden

  • 2014 Olympic teams figure skating event debuts in Sochi with Russia taking the gold medal; pairs champions Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov win first of 2 gold at the Games
  • 2014 Slopestyle snowboarding event makes Olympic debut at Sochi Winter Games; American Jamie Anderson is inaugural women's gold medallist
  • 2014 Slovak biathlete Anastasiya Kuzmina retains her Olympic 7.5k sprint title (Vancouver 2010) at the Sochi Winter Games

Sports History

2018 XXIII Olympic Winter Games open in PyeongChang, South Korea