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February 2
1876 Baseball's National League was created. The eight charter teams were Chicago, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Hartford, St. Louis, Cincinnati, and Louisville.
1949 Golfing great Ben Hogan was almost killed in a car accident in Texas.
1954 Rio Grande College's Bevo Francis scored 113 points in the school's 134-91 win over Hillsdale.
1962 John Uelses became the first man to vault more than 16 feet at the Millrose Games in NYC.
1967 The American Basketball Association (ABA) officially opened up for business. A league that featured the red, white and blue ball and a three-point shot.
1977 Ian Turnbull of the Toronto Maple Leafs scored five goals in a game, a record for defenseman, in a 9-1 win over Detroit.
1989 Casino Cowboy, driven by Ron Pierce, won the Complex series final in 1:54.4 at The Meadowlands Racetrack in New Jersey.
1991 New Hampshire men's basketball team snapped its 32-game losing streak at home with a 72-56 win over Holy Cross.
1994 Atlanta Hawks coach Lenny Wilkens recorded his 900th career win with a 118-99 victory over the Orlando Magic.
2003 Ricky Williams of the Miami Dolphins rushed for two touchdowns to lead the AFC to a 45-20 victory over the NFC in the Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium.
2003 Bill Guerin, Markus Naslund and Paul Kariya scored during the first- ever NHL All-Star Game shootout, as the Western Conference beat the Eastern Conference, 6-5.
2004 The Detroit Tigers signed catcher Ivan Rodriguez to a four-year, $40-million contract.
2005 Los Angeles Lakers head coach Rudy Tomjanovich announced his resignation.
2008 Darrell Green, Art Monk, Fred Dean, Emmitt Thomas, Andre Tippett and Gary Zimmerman were elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
2008 The New York Mets acquired LHP Johan Santana from the Minnesota Twins for four minor league players. They also signed him to a six-year contract worth $137.5 million.
2008 San Francisco head basketball coach Eddie Sutton became the fifth Division I coach to record 800 victories. They defeated Pepperdine 85-82.
2009 The Ottawa Senators fired head coach Craig Hartsburg.
2009 Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant scored 61 points in the team's 126-117 victory over the New York Knicks.
2010 The Indy Racing League named Randy Bernard their new chief executive officer.
2014 The Seattle Seahawks won Super Bowl XLVIII, with a 43-8 victory over the Denver Broncos. Seahawks LB Malcolm Smith was named the MVP.
Birthdays Red Schoendienst (1923) - MLB Manager; Don Buford (1937) - MLB player; Warren Brusstar (1952) - MLB pitcher; John Tudor (1954) - MLB pitcher; Pat Tabler (1958) - MLB player; Scott Erickson (1968) - MLB pitcher; Melvin Mora (1972) - MLB player;
As of February 1, 2015, at 06:00 PM ET

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