On This Day

Events in Sport on February 9

  • 1540 The first recorded race meet in England (Roodee Fields, Chester)
  • 1895 Volleyball invented by W G Morgan in Massachusetts
  • 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
  • 1936 German skier Franz Pfnür wins the inaugural Olympic men’s combined gold medal at the Garmisch-Partenkirchen Winter Games ahead of team mate Gustav Lantschner

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

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

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • 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
  • 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 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
  • 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

  • 1971 Satchel Paige becomes 1st negro-league player elected to baseball hall of fame
  • 1976 Oscar Charleston selected to baseball's Hall of Fame
  • 1979 UK Football club Nottingham Forest makes £1m transfer deal

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

NBA Small Forward Rick Barry
NBA Small Forward
Rick Barry

Sport awardNHL 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

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy
  • 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
  • 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

Sport awardNBA All-Star Game

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

NBA Point Guard and Coach Isiah Thomas
NBA Point Guard and Coach
Isiah Thomas
  • 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)

Sport awardNHL 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

NHL Legend and Owner Mario Lemieux
NHL Legend and Owner
Mario Lemieux
  • 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

Sport awardNBA All-Star Game

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

NBA Legend Magic Johnson
NBA Legend
Magic Johnson
  • 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
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Television Sportscaster Al Michaels
Television Sportscaster
Al Michaels
NFL Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
NFL Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden
  • 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
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018 XXIII Olympic Winter Games open in PyeongChang, South Korea

Snowboarder Chloe Kim
Snowboarder
Chloe Kim