This Day in Sports History: February 26

Joe Bittner, ‘Doah Staff Writer
February 26, 2014

2/26/1918- Stands Collapse at Hong Kong Jockey Club

On this day, a group of temporary mat-shed stands collapsed and caught fire. At least 670 people died during the accident. It was later proven that precautions were never made before the mat-sheds were put in.

2/26/1935– Babe Ruth Signs with the Braves

This was the day that the New York Yankees released Babe Ruth. He went on to sign with the Boston Braves. This would be his last season in the MLB. 


2/26/1981 – NHL Brawl for the Ages

In an NHL game between Minnesota and Boston, 84 penalties, a total of 406 minutes, were given out. This caused the first period to take around 90 minutes to complete as 12 players were ejected.

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