Blasts from the past: Spook hat-trick shakes up Windies

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Blasts from the past: Spook hat-trick shakes up Windies

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Today in SA sports history: February 12

1955 — Johnny “Smiler” van Rensburg becomes the second SA boxer to win the British Empire featherweight title when he outpoints Joe Lucy over 15 rounds for the vacant belt at the Wembley stadium in Johannesburg. Laurie Stevens first won the crown in 1936. Van Rensburg lost the belt the next year to another South African, Willie Toweel.

1976 — Representatives from Formula One team Lotus begin talks with SA-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 SA, and I owe them a lot. I have given them my word.” They agreed he would race for both, first finishing the SA season before going overseas...

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