Blasts from the past
Today in sports history —February 12:
1976 — Representatives from Formula One team Lotus begin talks with South African-based Lexington to obtain the services of Ian Scheckter, the older brother of Jody who was already racing abroad for Elf Tyrrell. Ian didn’t have a written contract with the Lexington outfit, but still felt loyal. “They have been good to me for four years in South Africa, and I owe them a lot. I have given them my word.” They agreed he would race for both, first finishing the South African season before going overseas.
1977 — High-jumper Reinhard Schiel floats to a 2.23m South African record in Pretoria, a height that would have earned him silver at the Montreal Olympic Games the previous year. Schiel, a 21-year-old engineering student at Tuks, failed at 2.25m, the height at which the gold medal was won.
1977 — William Mogoregi, 34, wins the 800m at the Free State open championships in what was regarded a 1min 49.8sec age-group world record.
1983 — Rupert “Spook” Hanley takes a hat-trick on his international debut to help the South African cricket team beat the rebel West Indians by 57 runs in the fifth and final ODI at the Wanderers. Hanley, brought in as a replacement for Garth le Roux, first got rid of dangerman, skipper Lawrence Rowe (71), taking a good catch off his own bowling, Then he trapped Derek Parry leg before and took another caught and bowled to get rid of Sylvester Clarke. Hanley, 31, finished with 2/25 from from 10 overs. South Africa won the series 4-1.
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