Birthdays in Sport on February 17

  • 1885 Steve Evans, American baseball player (d. 1943)
  • 1893 Wally Pipp, American baseball player (d. 1965)
  • 1898 Tom Lowry, cricketer (NZ batsman in seven Tests & their 1st Test capt)
  • 1908 Walter L "Red" Barber, Miss, sports announcer (Bkln Dodgers, NY Yanks)
  • 1909 Joseph "Poeske" Scherens, Belgian cyclist (champ sprinter 1932-37)[NS]
  • 1916 Don Tallon, cricketer (perhaps Australia's greatest wicket-keeper)
  • 1916 Alexander Obolensky, Russian prince and famed Rugby Union footballer who played for England.(d. 1940)
  • 1919 Joseph R Hunt, tennis champ (US Open-1943)
  • 1922 Marshall Teague, American race car driver (d. 1959)
  • 1929 Paul Meger, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1931 Buddy Ryan, NFL coach (Philadelphia Eagles, Phoenix Cardinals), born in Frederick, Oklahoma (d. 2016)
  • 1936 Barry Jarman, cricketer (Australian wicket-keeper in 60's)

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1936 Jim Brown, American NFL running back (Cleveland Browns), born in St. Simons, Georgia

NFL Legend Jim Brown
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  • 1936 Peter Walker, cricket all-rounder (Glamorgan did little for Eng 1960)
  • 1940 Dennis Gamsy, cricketer (South African bat in 2 Tests v Australia 1970)
  • 1941 Heidi Biebi, German Fed Rep, downhill skier (Olympic gold 1960)
  • 1946 Valdemar Bandolowski, Danish sailor (Olympic gold 1976, 80)
  • 1952 Insook Bhushan, Seoul Korea, US table tennis player (Olympic-92)
  • 1952 Karin Janz, East German gymnast
  • 1958 Karen Lende O'Connor, equestrian 3-day (Oly-silver-96), born in Concord, Massachusetts
  • 1959 Ambrose "Rowdy" Gaines, American 100m swimmer (Olympic gold 1984)
  • 1959 Daniel Ray "Danny" Ainge, basketball & football star
  • 1959 Rowdy Gaines, US swimmer (Olympics-3 gold-1984)
  • 1961 Deb[ra] Richardson, beach volleyballer (Olympics-96), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1961 Guy McIntyre, NFL guard (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1962 Hennie Meijer, soccer player (Cambuur L, FC Heerenveen)
  • 1962 Tony Blain, cricketer (NZ Test wicket-keeper)

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1963 Michael Jordan, American NBA guard/forward (Chicago Bulls) and sports superstar, born in Chicago, Illinois

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
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Michael Jordan
  • 1964 Mike Campbell, pitcher (Chicago Cubs), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1964 Buster Olney, American sports columnist
  • 1965 Jim Bowie, Japanese/US baseball infielder (Oakland Athletics)
  • 1966 Luc Robitaille, NHL left wing (NY Rangers, Pitts Penguins), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1966 Ioannis Kalitzakis, Greek footballer
  • 1967 Gary Shuchuk, Edmonton, NHL center (LA Kings)
  • 1968 Bryan Cox, NFL linebacker (Miami Dolphins, Chicago Bears)
  • 1968 Celita Schutz, Riverdale NJ, half-middleweight judoka (Olympics-96)
  • 1969 David Klingler, NFL quarterback (Oakland Raiders, Cin Bengals)
  • 1969 Joel Steed, NFL nose tackle (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1969 Levon Kirkland, NFL linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1970 Tommy Moe, nordic skiier (Olympic-gold/silver-1994), born in Anchorage, Alaska
  • 1972 Lloy Ball, American volleyball setter (Olympics-96), born in Ft Wayne Indiana
  • 1972 Richard MacQuire, Australian canoeist (Olympics-96), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1972 Stephen Robinson, rower (Olympics-1996), born in Arlington, Virginia
  • 1972 Tony Lawson, NSA Australia, diver (Olympics-96)
  • 1972 Vladimir Vujtek, NHL forward (Team Czech Oly-Gold-1998, Tampa Bay)
  • 1972 William Floyd, full back (San Francisco 49ers)
  • 1973 Chris Robinson, NBA guard (Vancouver Grizzlies)
  • 1973 Drew Barry, NBA guard (Atlanta Hawks)
  • 1973 Frank Sanders, NFL wide receiver (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1973 Raymond Jackson, NFL defensive back (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1975 Sung-Hee Park, Pusan Korea, tennis star (1993 Futures-Seoul)
  • 1975 Todd Harvey, Hamilton, NHL center (Dallas Stars)
  • 1975 Vaclav Prospal, NHL forward (Team Czech Oly-Gold-1998, Philadelphia)
  • 1976 Scott Williamson, American baseball player
  • 1979 Josh Willingham, American baseball player
  • 1980 Shanyn MacEachern, Brampton Ontario, gymnist (Olympics-96)
  • 1980 Klemi Saban, Israeli footballer
  • 1980 Al Harrington, American basketball player
  • 1981 Donielle Thompson, Wheatridge CO, gymnast (World-bronze-95, Oly-96)
  • 1981 Lisa Skinner, Queensland Australia, gymnast (Olympics-96)
  • 1982 Adriano, Brazilian footballer
  • 1982 Brian Bruney, American baseball player
  • 1983 GĂ©rald Cid, French footballer
  • 1983 Marios Kaperonis, Greek boxer
  • 1984 AB de Villiers, South African cricketer
  • 1986 Joey O'Brien, Irish footballer