Birthdays in Sport on February 22

  • 1874 Bill Klem, American baseball umpire (d. 1951)
  • 1884 Abraham "Abe" Attell, boxing hall of famer
  • 1891 Jan Wils, Holland, architect/designer (Amsterdam's Olympic Stadium)
  • 1896 Edvin Wide, Swedish 10K runner (Olympic silver 1924)
  • 1911 Bill Baker, American baseball player (d. 2006)
  • 1915 Gus Lesnevich, light heavyweight boxing champ (1947 fight of year)
  • 1917 Jack Robertson, cricketer (superb England batsman only played 11 Tests)
  • 1918 Charles O Finley, baseball team owner (Oakland A's)
  • 1918 Sid Abel, Melville, Saskatchewan, Canadian NHL hockey player (1948-49 Hart Trophy)
  • 1918 Charlie Finley, American sports entrepreneur (d. 1996)
  • 1922 Jesús Iglesias, Argentine racing driver (d. 2005)
  • 1929 Ryne Duren, near-sighted pitcher (NY Yankees)
  • 1933 Bobby Smith, English footballer

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1934 Sparky Anderson [George Lee Anderson], American MLB manager (Cincinnati Reds, Detroit Tigers), born in Bridgewater, South Dakota (d. 2010)

MLB Player and Manager Sparky Anderson
MLB Player and Manager
Sparky Anderson
  • 1937 Noel Murphy, British(?) rugby player
  • 1937 Tommy Aaron, PGA golfer (1973 Masters), born in Gainesville, Georgia
  • 1939 Steve Barber, pitcher (Balt Orioles, NY Yankees)
  • 1940 Chet Walker, NBA all-star forward (Chicago Bulls)
  • 1943 Dick Van Arsdale, NBA all-star (NY Knicks, Phoenix Suns)
  • 1943 Tom Van Arsdale, NBA all-star (Detroit, Cincinnati, KC-Omaha, Phil)
  • 1944 Ranjit Fernando, Sri Lankan cricket wicketkeeper (1975 World Cup)
  • 1944 Tom Okker, tennis star
  • 1948 Dennis Awtrey, NBA center (Chicago Bulls, Suns)
  • 1949 Nikki Lauda, Austrian formula 1 auto racer (world champ 1975, 77, 84)
  • 1949 Olga Morozova, Russian tennis player

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1950 Julius Erving, American basketball forward (Virg Squirers, NY Nets, Philadelphia 76ers), born in Nassau County, New York

NBA Legend Julius Erving
NBA Legend
Julius Erving
  • 1951 Elaine Tanner, Canadian swimmer (1966 Commonwealth Games, 1968 Olympics), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1952 Wayne John Levi, PGA golfer (1983 Buick Open), born in Little Falls, New York
  • 1955 Tim Young, Scarborough, Ontario, Canadian ice hockey player (Minnesota North Stars)
  • 1956 Amy Alcott, LPGA golfer (1983 Nabisco Dinah Shore), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1961 Marla O'Hara, Gardena Ca, WPVA volleyballer (Santa Cruz-3rd-1991)
  • 1961 Mike Morris, NFL center (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1962 Lisa Jacquin, equestrian show jumper (Olympics-96)
  • 1963 Dave Besteman, speed skater (Olympics-1994), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1963 Devon Malcolm, cricketer (in Jamaica England fast bowler 1989-95)
  • 1963 Vijay Singh, Lautoka Fiji, PGA golfer (1993 Buick Classic)
  • 1964 Gigi Fernandez, [Beatriz], San Juan PR, US tennis star (Olymp-gold-96)
  • 1965 Chris Dudley, NBA center (NY Knicks, Portland Trail Blazers)
  • 1965 Joe Reekie, Victoria, NHL defenseman (Washington Capitals)

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1965 Pat LaFontaine, NHL center (NY Islanders, Buffalo Sabres, NY Rangers), born in St. Louis, Missouri

NHL Star Pat LaFontaine
NHL Star
Pat LaFontaine
  • 1966 Brent Severyn, Vegreville, NHL defenseman (NY Islanders)
  • 1967 Marianne Ihalainen, ice hockey right wing (Finland, Oly-98)
  • 1967 Steve Broussard, NFL running back (Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1968 Abeyratne Samarasekera, UAE cricket all-rounder (1996 World Cup)
  • 1968 Jayson Williams, NBA center (NJ Nets)
  • 1968 Johanne Samarasekera, UAE cricket opening bowler (96 World Cup)
  • 1968 Reggie Rivers, NFL running back (Denver Broncos)
  • 1969 Kahryn Tough, volleyball (Olympics-96), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1969 Leslie Spalding, Billings MT, golfer (Montana Women's Amat-90, 91)
  • 1969 Mark Chmura, NFL tight end (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • 1969 Shawn Jefferson, NFL wide receiver (San Diego Chargers, NE Patriots)

  • 1969 Brian Laudrup, Danish footballer
  • 1970 Adam Keefe, NBA forward (Utah Jazz)
  • 1970 Dominic Roussel, Hull, NHL goalie (Winnipeg Jets)
  • 1970 Leo Stefan, hockey forward (Team Germany 1998)
  • 1971 Barry Smith, 100m/200m runner
  • 1971 Gilbert Brown, NFL defensive tackle (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • 1971 Jason Marshall, Cranbrook, NHL defenseman (Anaheim Mighty Ducks)
  • 1971 Lisa Fernandez, Lakewood California, softball pitcher (Olympics-gold-96)
  • 1971 Max Lane, NFL tackle (NE Patriots)
  • 1971 Mohammed Sylla, soccer player (Willem II, FC Martigues)
  • 1971 Rico Mack, WLAF linebacker (Amsterdam Admirals)

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1972 Michael Chang, American tennis star (1989 French Open), born in Hoboken, New Jersey

Tennis Player and French Open Champion Michael Chang
Tennis Player and French Open Champion
Michael Chang
  • 1973 James Christensen, NFL guard (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1973 Kate Sage, Australian field hockey forward (Olympics-96)
  • 1973 Ntala Skinner, Sun Valley Idaho, biathelete (Olympics-1994)
  • 1973 Juninho Paulista, Brazilian footballer
  • 1973 Claus Lundekvam, Norwegian footballer
  • 1973 Einar Kristian Tveitå, Norwegian athlete
  • 1974 Aaron Gavey, Sudbury, NHL center (Tampa Bay Lightning)
  • 1974 Kyoko Nagatsuka, Shizuoka Prefecture Japan, tennis star (1996 Hobart)
  • 1975 Charles O'Bannon, NBA guard (Detroit Pistons)
  • 1975 Gregory Maddalone, dance skater (& Demkowski), born in Schenectady, New York
  • 1976 Faan Rautenbach, South African rugby player
  • 1977 Melanie Schnell, Radstadt Austria, tennis star (1994 semi Surabaya)
  • 1977 Hakan Yakin, Swiss footballer
  • 1979 Brett Emerton, Australian footballer
  • 1981 Fredson Camara, Brazilian footballer
  • 1985 Hameur Bouazza, Algerian footballer
  • 1986 Rajon Rondo, American basketball player
  • 1988 Kevin Borlée, Belgian athlete
  • 1988 Przemysław Kazimierczak, Polish footballer