Birthdays in Sport on February 16

  • 1866 William "Sliding Billy" Hamilton, NJ, hall of fame baseball player
  • 1880 Frank Burke, American baseball player (d. 1946)
  • 1886 Andrew Ducat, cricketer (Test for Eng 1921 (3 & 2) Soccer intl)
  • 1904 Ellis Achong, cricketer (West Indian SLA, 8 wickets in 6 Tests)
  • 1921 Jean Behra, auto racer
  • 1929 Gerhard Hanappi, Austrian footballer (d. 1980)
  • 1931 Gamini Goonesena, cricket leg-spinner (all-rounder for Ceylon, Notts)
  • 1931 Bobby Collins, Govanhill, Scotland, footballer (Celtic, 31 caps), (d. 2014)
  • 1934 Marlene Bauer Hagge, Eureka SD, LPGA golfer (1950 Woman Athlete)
  • 1941 Vitali Kuznetsov, USSR, judo (Olympic silver 1972)
  • 1944 Richard Ford, US author (Sportswriter)
  • 1946 Aleksandr Shaparenko, USSR, 1K kayaker (Olympic gold 1972)
  • 1952 Barry Foote, Major League Baseball player
  • 1953 Andre St Lauren, NHLer
  • 1953 George Martin, NFLer (NY Giants)
  • 1953 Mike Ford, Canadian tour golfer (1976 Port Jefferson Open), born in NYC, New York
  • 1954 Michael Holding, cricket fast bowler (Whispering Death-Awesome for WI)
  • 1955 George Martin, NFL defensive back (NY Giants)
  • 1958 Herb Williams, NBA center (Toronto Raptors, NY Knicks)
  • 1958 John Paul Morse, Marshall MI, PGA golfer (1995 United Airlines)

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1959 John McEnroe, American tennis great (US Open 1979-81, 84 Wimbeldon 1981, 83, 84), born in Wiesbaden, West Germany

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  • 1959 Kelly Tripuka, Glenn Ridge NJ, NBA forward (Det Pistons, Utah Jazz)
  • 1963 Dano Halsall, Swiss swimmer
  • 1964 Mark Price, NBA guard (Cleveland Caveliers)
  • 1964 Bebeto, Brazilian footballer
  • 1966 Eric Uptagrafft, prone rifle (Olympics-1996), born in Spokane, Washington
  • 1967 Robert Massey, NFL cornerback (Arizona Cardinals, Detroit Lions)
  • 1967 John Valentin, infielder (Boston Red Sox), born in Mineola, New York
  • 1967 Keith Gretzky, former hockey player; brother of Wayne Gretzky
  • 1968 Cecil Gray, NFL tackle (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1968 Erik Regtop, Dutch soccer player (SC Heerenveen)
  • 1969 Claude Lambert, boxer (Olympics-96), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1969 Fermin Cacho, 1500m (Olympics-2 gold-92, 96), born in Barcelona, Spain
  • 1969 Tim Costo, US baseball infielder (Cincinnati Reds)
  • 1970 Angelo Peruzzi, Italian footballer
  • 1971 Anthony Abrams, NFL defensive tackle (KC Chiefs)
  • 1971 Chi Kredell, water polo driver (Olympics-96), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1971 Larry Jones, NFL running back (Washington Redskins)
  • 1971 Marco Sas, Dutch soccer player (NAC)
  • 1971 Mike Hubbard, MBA catcher (Chicago Cubs), born in Lynchburg, Virginia
  • 1971 Van Tuinei, defensive end (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1972 Jerome Bettis, running back (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1973 Cathy Freeman, Mackay Aust, 100m/200m/400m (Olympics-silver-92, 96)
  • 1973 James Young, Australian water polo player (Olympics-96)
  • 1973 Nikos Kostakis, Greek footballer
  • 1973 Christian Bassedas, Argentine former footballer
  • 1974 Jevon Langford, defensive end (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • 1974 Kathy McCormack, ice hockey forward (Canada, Oly-Silver-98)
  • 1974 Fanis Katergiannakis, Greek footballer
  • 1975 Casey Barrett, 200m Butterfly (Olympics-96), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1975 Marty Murray, Deloraine, NHL center (Calgary Flames)
  • 1975 Vanina Ickx, Belgian racing driver
  • 1976 Eric Byrnes, American baseball player
  • 1977 Alexei Morozov, NHL forward (Team Russia Oly-Silver-1998, Pittsburgh)
  • 1977 Trina Jackson, 4X200m freestyle swimmer (Olympics-gold-96)
  • 1977 Ahman Green, American football player
  • 1978 Caroline Hunt, rhythmic gymnast (US team-96), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1978 Tia Hellebaut, Belgian athlete
  • 1978 Wasim Jaffer, Indian Cricketer
  • 1979 Valentino Rossi, Italian motorcycle racer
  • 1980 Ashley Lelie, American football player
  • 1981 Jay Howard, British racing driver
  • 1981 Jerry Owens, American baseball player
  • 1981 Qyntel Woods, American basketball player
  • 1985 Zoi Dimoschaki, Greek swimmer
  • 1987 Theresa Goh, Singaporean Paralympic swimmer
  • 1988 Denílson Pereira Neves, Brazilian footballer