What happened in history on this day: February 2?|
On February 2 in ...
- 1876 - Baseball's National League officially forms in the USA with teams in Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Hartford, Louisville, New York, Philadelphia, and Saint Louis.
- 1892 - Johnny Briggs takes a hat-trick, England versus Australia Sydney Cricket Ground.
- 1892 - Longest boxing match under modern rules; 77 rounds in Nameoki, Illinois between Harry Sharpe and Frank Crosby.
- 1925 - National League holds Golden Jubilee Year meeting at same hotel where National League began.
- 1932 - Clarrie Grimmett takes 14 wickets versus South Africa (7-116 and 7-83).
- 1943 - Chicago Cubs return to original uniform after experimenting with a vest.
- 1944 - Major League Baseball officials meet in New York City, New York to discuss postwar action.
- 1949 - Golfing champion Ben Hogan seriously injured in an auto accident.
- 1954 - Bevo Francis, Rio Grande College, scores 113 points in basketball game.
- 1958 - Fay Crocker win LPGA Havana Biltmore Golf Open.
- 1959 - Vince Lombardi signs a five-year contract to coach the Green Bay Packers.
- 1962 - First pole vault over 16 feet (4.88 metre) (John Uelses - 16.25 feet, Milrose Games).
- 1964 - Red Faber, Burleigh Grimes, Tim Keefe, Heinie Manush, John Montgomery Ward, and Miller Huggins are selected to Hall of Fame.
- 1964 - Sjoukje Dijkstra (Netherlands) wins Olympic gold for figure skating.
- 1967 - Formation of the American Basketball Association is announced.
- 1969 - Stan Coveleski and Waite Hoyt are voted into baseball Hall of Fame.
- 1970 - Pete Maravich becomes first to score 3,000 college basketball points.
- 1972 - Lefty Gomez, Ross Youngs and William Harridge selected for Baseball Hall of Fame.
- 1973 - Test Cricket debut of Richard John Hadlee, New Zealand versus Pakistan, Wellington.
- 1974 - Smallest crowd at Cleveland Arena, Ohio (1641 - Cleveland Cavaliers versus Golden State Warriors).
- 1975 - Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA Burdine's Golf Invitational.
- 1975 - US female Figure Skating championship won by Dorothy Hamill.
- 1975 - US male Figure Skating championship won by Gordon McKellen Junior.
- 1976 - Roger Connor, Fred Lindstrom and umpire Cal Hubbard elected to Baseball Hall of Fame. Umpire Cal Hubbard is the first person to be elected to both the baseball and football Halls of Fame.
- 1977 - Toronto Maple Leafs' Ian Turnbull scores five goals in one game; NHL record for a defenseman.
- 1985 - US male Figure Skating championship won by Brian Boitano.
- 1986 - Ayako Okamoto win LPGA Elizabeth Arden Golf Classic.
- 1986 - NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 28-24.
- 1987 - Kansas City Royals' pitcher Dennis Leonard (3X 20 game winner), retires.
- 1988 - David Boon's 6th Test Cricket century, 184 versus England at Sydney.
- 1991 - Aravinda De Silva scores 267 versus New Zealand at Wellington.
- 1991 - New Hampshire snaps its 32-game losing streak at home beating Holy Cross, 72-56.
- 1992 - Colleen Walker wins Oldsmobile LPGA Golf Classic.
- 1992 - Danny Everett runs world record 400 metre indoor (45.02 seconds).
- 1992 - David Boon's 13 Test Cricket century, 107 versus India at Perth.
- 1992 - Kieren Perkins swims world record 1500 metre freestyle (14 minutes 32.40 seconds).
- 1992 - NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 21-15.
- 1993 - Irina Privalova runs world record 50 metre indoor (6.05 seconds).
- 1995 - Henry Olonga no-balled for throwing in Zimbabwe-Pakistan Test Cricket.
- 1997 - Mark O'Meara wins Pebble Beach National Golf Pro-am.
- 1997 - NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 26-23 (overtime).
Births of sports figures on February 2
- 1881 - Birth of Karl Frederick; pistol champion (Olympics-gold-1920).
- 1891 - Birth of Frank Foyston; NHL Hall of Famer (Seattle).
- 1895 - Birth of George S Halas AKA Papa Bear; end/coach (Chicago Bears), co-founder NFL.
- 1900 - Birth of Asa Smith Bushnell Junior in Springfield, Ohio, USA; Secretary of US Olympics (1945-65).
- 1919 - Birth of Allie Reynolds; New York Yankees pitcher (1952 American League ERA leader (2.07)).
- 1923 - Birth of Al "Red" Schoendienst; baseball manager/second baseman (Saint Louis Cardinals).
- 1947 - Birth of Aleksandr Medved in the USSR; wrestler (Olympics-gold-1964, 1968, 1972).
- 1954 - Birth of Jayantha Amerasinghe; cricket player (two Tests for Sri Lanka vs New Zealand 1983).
- 1958 - Birth of Dexter Manley; NFL player (Washington Redskins).
- 1960 - Birth of Lee Chill in Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Canadian Tour golfer (1977 Ohio Junior).
- 1961 - Birth of Joey Benjamin; cricket pace bowler (in Saint Kitts England in 1994).
- 1965 - Birth of Harry Swayne; NFL tackle (San Diego Chargers, Denver Broncos-Superbowl 32).
- 1966 - Birth of Bob Alan Estes in Graham, Texas, USA; PGA golfer (1994 Texas Open).
- 1966 - Birth of Tony Plourde in Chibougamau, Québec, Canada; sabre (Olympics-1996).
- 1966 - Birth of Victor Muhammad; WLAF running back (London Monarchs).
- 1968 - Birth of Paul McKenzie; Australian Finn class yachter (Olympics-1996).
- 1968 - Birth of Sari Krooks; ice hockey right wing (Finland, Olympics-1998).
- 1968 - Birth of Scott Erickson in Long Beach, California, USA; pitcher (Minnesota Twins, Baltimore Orioles).
- 1968 - Birth of Sean Elliott; NBA forward (San Antonio Spurs).
- 1968 - Birth of Steve Henson; NBA guard (Detroit Pistons).
- 1968 - Birth of Ventson Donelson; Canadian Football League cornerback (Saskatchewan Roughriders).
- 1969 - Birth of Ijaz Ahmed Junior; cricket player (one Test Pakistan versus Sri Lanka 1995).
- 1969 - Birth of Jeff Christy; corner (Minnesota Vikings).
- 1969 - Birth of Jody Hull in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada; NHL right wing (Florida Panthers).
- 1970 - Birth of Chris Luneburg; WLAF tackle (London Monarchs).
- 1970 - Birth of Diego Martos; WLAF linebacker (Barcelona Dragons).
- 1970 - Birth of Erik ten Hag; soccer player (FC Twente, RKC, FC Utrecht).
- 1970 - Birth of Ivan Vukov; soccer player (FC Volendam).
- 1971 - Birth of Ken Dilger; NFL tight end (Indianapolis Colts).
- 1971 - Birth of Tony Miller in Mount Pleasant, Texas, USA; 400 metre runner.
- 1972 - Birth of Charlie Williams; NFL safety (Dallas Cowboys).
- 1972 - Birth of Ivan Droppa Liptovsky in Mikulas, Czechoslovakia; NHL defenseman (Chicago).
- 1972 - Birth of Lance Brown; NFL defensive back (Arizona Cardinals).
- 1973 - Birth of Dan Brandenburg; linebacker (Buffalo Bills).
- 1973 - Birth of Jose White; WLAF/NFL defensive tackle (Minnesota Vikings, Frankfurt Galaxy).
- 1973 - Birth of Patrick Jeffers; NFL wide receiver (Denver Broncos-Superbowl 32).
- 1973 - Birth of Radka Bobkova in Prague, Czechoslovakian Republic; tennis star (quarter Bournemouth).
- 1973 - Birth of Tim Denton; NFL cornerback (Atlanta Falcons).
- 1974 - Birth of David Buck in Honolulu, Hawaii; kayak (alternate-Olympics-1996).
- 1974 - Birth of J R Conrad; offensive tackle/guard (New York Jets).
- 1974 - Birth of Jeff Cassar; soccer goalkeeper (Olympics-gold-1996).
- 1975 - Birth of Macey Brooks; wide receiver (Dallas Cowboys).
- 1975 - Birth of Todd Bertuzzi in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada; NHL right wing (New York Islanders).
- 1976 - Birth of Steven Dewick in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia; swimmer (Olympics-1996).
- 1978 - Birth of Annabel Ellwood in Canberra, Australia; tennis star (1995 Futures NC).
- 1979 - Birth of Lindsay Langston in Modesto, California; archer (Olympics-1996).
- 1979 - Birth of Petra Cada in Prague, Czechoslovakia; Canadian table tennis player (Olympics-1996).
- 1982 - Birth of Kelly Mazzante; American basketball player.
- 1983 - Birth of Carolina Klüft; Swedish athlete competing in heptathlon, long jump and pentathlon.
- 1985 - Birth of Fontel Mines; National Football League tight end.
Deaths of sports figures on February 2
- 1918 - Heavyweight boxing champion John L Sullivan of Massachusetts, USA, dies at age 59.
- 1959 - Frank DeCaires, cricket player (West Indies bat versus England 1930, three Tests 232 runs), dies.
- 1976 - Harry Elliott, England cricket wicketkeeper (3 Tests 1927-34), dies.
- 1979 - Jim Burke, cricket player (Australian opener), commits suicide.
- 1983 - Bryan Valentine, cricket player (7 Tests for England, 454 runs), dies.
- 1990 - Death of Joe Erskine, former British heavyweight boxing champion (born 1934).
- 1995 - Fred Perry, English tennis star (Wimbledon 1934-36), dies at age 85 (born 1909).
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