Birthdays in Sport on February 4

  • 1873 Étienne Desmarteau, Canadian athlete (d. 1905)
  • 1884 Rolland Beaumont, cricketer (South African batsman in 5 tests 1912-14)
  • 1891 Yuri Losmann, Estonia, marathon runner (Olympic-silver 1920)
  • 1906 Primo Carnera, Italian boxer (champ-1933)

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1912 Byron Nelson, PGA golfer (won 19 tournaments in 1945), born in Fort Worth, Texas

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  • 1935 Wallis Mathias, cricketer (1st non-Muslim to play for Pakistan)
  • 1937 John Devitt, Australia, 100m freestyle swimmer (Olympic gold 1960)
  • 1937 Magnar Solberg, Norwegian 20K biathalete (Olympic gold 1968, 72)
  • 1946 Mary Meyer, American 500m speed skater (Olympic silver 1968)
  • 1948 Rakesh Shukla, cricket leg-spinner (1 Test India v Sri Lanka 1982)
  • 1951 Stan Papi, American baseball player

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1959 Lawrence Taylor, American NFL player who is considered the greatest linebacker in history (NY Giants), born in Williamsburg, Virginia

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Hall of Fame American Football Player
Lawrence Taylor
  • 1961 Denis Savard, Pointe Gatineau Ca, NHL center (Chicago Blackhawks)
  • 1962 Vern Fleming, American NBA basketball player (Olympic gold 1984), born in New York City
  • 1962 Dan Plesac, pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Gary, Indiana
  • 1963 Jane Leary, Australian golfer (1992 Australian Amateur Champ), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1963 Pirmin Zurbriggen, Swiss alpine skier (Olympic gold 1988)
  • 1963 Tracie Ruiz-Conforto, Hawaii, sync swimmer (Oly-2 gold/silver-84, 88)
  • 1965 John van Loen, Dutch soccer player (Feyenoord, San Frecce)
  • 1966 Barry Klein, rower (Olympics-1996), born in Grand Rapids Michigan
  • 1966 Viatcheslav Ekimov, Russian cyclist
  • 1967 Sergei Grinkov, Russian ice skater
  • 1969 Brad Cornett, US baseball pitcher (Toronto Blue Jays)
  • 1969 Chris Crooms, WLAF safety (Barcelona Dragons)
  • 1969 Dallas Drake, Trail, NHL center (Winnipeg Jets)
  • 1969 Joe Sacco, Medford, NHL right wing (Anaheim Mighty Ducks)
  • 1970 John Frascatore, US baseball pitcher (St Louis Cardinals)
  • 1970 Todd Peterson, NFL kicker (Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1971 Kevin Farkas, NFL tackle (Carolina Panthers)
  • 1971 Maarten Atmodikoro, soccer player (Dordrecht '90, NAC)
  • 1971 Pete Pierson, NFL tackle (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • 1971 Sterling Palmer, NFL defensive end (Washington Redskins)
  • 1972 Kelvin Anderson, CFL running back (Calgary Stampeders)
  • 1972 Giovanni Silva De Oliveira, Brazilian footballer
  • 1973 Oscar De La Hoya, US boxer (Olympic Gold 92), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1974 Brandon Convery, Kingston, NHL center (Toronto Maple Leafs)
  • 1974 Chris Ward, defensive end (Baltimore Ravens)
  • 1975 Konstantinos Nebegleras, Greek footballer
  • 1979 Giorgio Pantano, Italian racing car driver
  • 1981 Tom Mastny, Indonesian baseball player
  • 1981 Johan Van Summeren, Belgian cyclist
  • 1981 Ben Hendrickson, American baseball player
  • 1981 Jason Kapono, America professional basketball player
  • 1982 Tomas Vaitkus, Lithuanian professional road racing cyclist
  • 1984 Mauricio Pinilla, Chilean footballer
  • 1986 Mohammad Mahmudullah, Bangladeshi cricketer
  • 1987 Lucie Šafářová, Czech tennis player
  • 1988 Eoin McDowell, Irish rugby player
  • 1988 Alexandros Pagalis, Greek footballer
  • 1988 Carly Patterson, American gymnast
  • 1988 Jeff Horn, Australian professional boxer (WBO welterweight title 2017), born in Brisbane, Australia