Birthdays in Sport on February 8

  • 1884 Reginald Baker, Australian athlete and actor (d. 1953)
  • 1901 Janina Spychajowa-Kurkowska, Polish women's world champion archer
  • 1914 Bert Haas, baseball player
  • 1920 Buddy Blattner, baseball player
  • 1921 Hoot Evers, baseball player
  • 1924 Joe Black, baseball player
  • 1925 Raimondo d'Inzeo, It, equestrian (Oly-gold/2 silver/3 bronze-1948-76)
  • 1930 Catherine Hardy, Carollton Ga, 4x100m runner (Olympic gold 1952)
  • 1936 Cletis Boyer, 3rd baseman (NY Yankees)
  • 1936 Manohar Hardikar, cricketer (batted in 2 Tests India v WI 1958-59)
  • 1937 Manfred Krug, Duisburg Germany, actor (Boxer)
  • 1942 Fritz Peterson, baseball pitcher (NY Yankees)
  • 1943 Bob Oliver, baseball player
  • 1944 Bunky Henry, American PGA golfer, born in Valdosta, Georgia
  • 1947 Sam Gannon, cricketer (Austr lefty quick, 3 Tests v India 1977-78)
  • 1949 Scott Allen, USA, skater (Olympic bronze 1964)
  • 1951 Camille LaPierre, NHLer
  • 1955 Jim "the Anvil" Neidhart, wrestler (WWF/WCW/NJPW/CWFI/Calgary)
  • 1959 Heinz Gunthardt, Swiss tennis star
  • 1959 Irina Kalinina, USSR, springboard diver (Olympic gold 1980)
  • 1960 Alex Scott, British horse trainer

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1960 Dino Ciccarelli, Canadian NHL right wing (Minnesota North Stars, Washington Capitals), born in Sarnia, Ontario

NHL Star Dino Ciccarelli
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Dino Ciccarelli
  • 1960 Linda Fratianne, figure skater (Olympic silver 1980), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1963 Mohammad Azharuddin, cricketer (elegant Indian batsman 1984-)
  • 1963 Raleigh MCkenzie, NFL center/guard (Philadelphia Eagles, San Diego Chargers)
  • 1964 Dennis Gibson, NFL inside linebacker (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1965 Carmen Savy, Brisbane QLD, golfer (1990 Brisbane & District)
  • 1965 Jim Thornton, NFL tight end (Houston Oilers)
  • 1965 Lee Knight, CFL full back (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • 1965 Rod Bernstine, NFL running back (Denver Broncos)
  • 1965 Terry McDaniel, NFL cornerback (Oakland Raiders, LA Raiders)
  • 1966 Kirk Muller, Kingston, NHL center (Toronto Maple Leafs)
  • 1966 Hristo Stoichkov, Bulgarian footballer
  • 1967 Yvon Corriveau, Ontario, NHL left wing (Wash Caps)
  • 1968 Joy Fawcett, soccer defender (Olympics-96), born in Inglewood, California
  • 1968 Ron Goetz, CFL linebacker (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • 1969 Herb Hohenberger, hockey defenseman (Team Austria 1998)
  • 1970 Alonzo Mourning, NBA center (Miami Heat, Charlotte Hornets)
  • 1970 Cameron Cuffy, cricketer (St Vincent & WI fast bowler 1994-)
  • 1970 John Filan, Australian footballer
  • 1972 Adrian Rollins, cricketer (Derbyshire batsman, bro of Robert of Essex)
  • 1972 Marcus Pollard, NFL tight end (Indianapolis Colts)
  • 1973 Andreas Gliatis, soccer player (NEC)
  • 1973 Dave Dopek, Bolingbrook Illinois, 200m runner
  • 1973 Eric Kresser, quarterback (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • 1973 Michelle Brogan, Australian basketball forward (Olympics-bronze-96)
  • 1973 Tom King, Australian 470 class sailor (Olympics-96)
  • 1974 Ulises de la Cruz, Ecuadorian footballer
  • 1975 Damon Denson, guard (New England Patriots)
  • 1976 Holly Manthei, Edina Minn, soccer midfielder/forward (Olympics-96)
  • 1976 Jim Parque, baseball pitcher (Olympics-bronze-96), born in Norwalk, California
  • 1976 Khaled Mashud, Bangladeshi cricketer
  • 1976 Adam Piatt, American baseball player
  • 1978 Christa Williams, softball pitcher (Olympics-gold-96), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1979 Aaron Cook, American baseball player
  • 1980 Stephen Wright, English footballer
  • 1982 Eric Alexander, American football player
  • 1984 Panagiotis Vasilopoulos, Greek basketball player
  • 1987 Carolina Kostner, Italian European champion figure skater
  • 1988 Keegan Meth, Zimbabwean cricketer

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1990 Bethany Hamilton, Pro-surfer (Soul Surfer), born in Lihue Hawaii

Professional Surfer Bethany Hamilton
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Bethany Hamilton