This Week in Sports History

Fun sports facts that occurred this week in history!


February 18th

  • 1936:  NHL record 62 points scored in a game. New York Americans defeated Montreal Maroons 28-24
  • 1978:  First Iron Man Triathlon (swim, bike, marathon) held in Kona, Hawaii

February 19th

  • 1965:  NFL adds sixth field official
  • 1984:  First brother combo to win Gold and Silver in the same Olympic event – Phil and Steve Mahre-Slalom

February 20th

  • 1976:  Muhammad Ali knocks out Jeanne Pierre Coopman in 5 rounds for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1997:  San Francisco Giants’ Barry Bonds signs record $22.9million two-year contract

February 21st

  • 1968:  MLB announces minimum annual player salary of $10,000
  • 1993:  Sergey Bubka pole vaults world indoor record of 6.15 meters

February 22nd

  • 1959:  First Daytona 500 auto race is won by Lee Petty
  • 1962:  Wilt Chamberlain sets NBA record with 34 free throw attempts in a game

February 23rd

  • 1985:  Indiana Hoosiers’ coach Bobby Knight throws chair on court during a game
  • 1991:  North Carolina is the first NCAA men’s basketball team to win 1,500 games

February 24th

  • 1982:  Wayne Gretzky of the Edmonton Oilers scores his 77th goal and breaks NHL season record of 76
  • 1987:  Los Angeles Lakers’ star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scores his 36,000th NBA point