On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on February 10

  • 1847 A N Hornby, cricketer (pioneering England Test batsman)
  • 1862 W H "Gobo" Ashley, cricketer (7 wkts in 1 Test for South Africa 1889)
  • 1884 Herbert Hordern, cricketer (pioneering leggie for Aust & Philadelphia)
  • 1893 Bill Tilden, American tennis player (US Open 1920-25, 29; Wimbledon 1920-21, 30; French 1927, 30), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1953)
  • 1903 Matthias Sindelar, Austrian footballer (d. 1939)
  • 1905 Walter Brown, Massachusetts US, original owner of the Boston Celtics and important figure in the development of ice hockey in the United States
  • 1906 John "Cat" Thompson, basketball hall of famer (elected 1962)
  • 1910 Paul Whitelaw, cricketer (NZ opening batsman v England 1933)
  • 1923 Cesare Siepi, Italian operatic basso (NY Metropolitan Opera, 1950-74), born in Milan, Italy (d. 2010)
  • 1923 Allie Sherman, American NFL coach (Winnipeg Blue Bombers 1953-56 CFL; New York Giants 1961–68), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1924 Bud Poile, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Fort William, Ontario (d. 2005)
  • 1926 Danny Blanchflower, British(?) soccer player
  • 1926 Randy Jackson, American baseball third baseman (MLB All Star 1954, 55; Chicago Cubs), born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 2019)
  • 1929 Hallgeir Brenden, Norwegian cross country skier (Olympic gold 1952, 56), born in Trysil, Norway (d. 2007)
  • 1937 Yuriy Poyarkov, USSR, volleyball player (Olympic 2 gold/1 silver-1964-72)
  • 1940 Mary Rand, English field athlete (Olympic long jump gold 6.76m WR 1964), born in Wells, Somerset

  • 1941 John Hampshire, cricketer (of Yorkshire Century on debut for Eng 1969)
  • 1942 Howard Mudd, American football OL (Pro Bowl 1966–68; All-Pro 1967-68; SF 49ers, Chicago Bears) and coach (Super Bowl 2006; OL Indianapolis Colts), born in Midland, Michigan (d. 2020)
  • 1949 Joe Lavender, NFL cornerback, born in Rayville, Louisiana

Person of interestMark Spitz

1950 Mark Spitz, American swimmer (won then record 7 Olympic golds in 1972), born in Modesto, California

Swimmer Mark Spitz
Swimmer
Mark Spitz
  • 1952 Mike Varty, American NFL player, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1954 Larry McWilliams, American major baseball pitcher, 1978-90, born in Wichita, Kansas

Person of interestGreg Norman

1955 Greg Norman, Australian golfer (British Open 1986, 93), born in Mount Isa, Queensland

Golfer Greg Norman
Golfer
Greg Norman
  • 1955 Lusia Mae Harris, Minter City Miss, basketball player (Olympic silver 1976)
  • 1957 Pranab Roy, cricketer (son of Pankaj, Indian batsman 1982)
  • 1961 David Ward, British cricketer (prolific Surrey batsman), born in Croydon, United Kingdom
  • 1961 Eva Pfaff, German tennis player (Australian Open doubles 1982 runner-up), born in Königstein im Taunus, Germany
  • 1962 Bobby Czyz, American boxer, born in Orange, New Jersey
  • 1963 Bennie Thompson, American football safety (Saints, Chiefs, Cleveland Browns/Ravens), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1963 Harris Huizingh, Dutch football player (FC Groningen)
  • 1963 Joakim Nystrom, Swedish tennis star, born in Skellefteå, Sweden
  • 1963 Lenny Dykstra, American MLB centerfielder (NY Met, Philadelphia Phillies), born in Santa Ana, California
  • 1964 Roger Reijners, Dutch football coach and player (MVV), born in Roemond, Netherlands
  • 1964 Sam Graddy, US 4x100m runner (Olympic gold 1984), born in Gaffney, South Carolina
  • 1965 Lenny Webster, American catcher (Montreal Expos), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1966 Daryl Johnston, American NFL running back (Dallas Cowboys), born in Youngstown, New York

  • 1967 Dwayne "Road Grader" White, NFLer (NY Jets, St Louis), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1967 Jacky Durand, French cyclist, born in Laval, France
  • 1968 Peter Popovic, Swedish NHL defenseman (Montreal Canadiens), born in Köping, Sweden
  • 1968 Ryan Bowen, American baseball pitcher (Florida Marlins), born in Fort Madison, Iowa
  • 1969 Jayhawk Owens, American MLB catcher (Colorado Rockies), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1969 Tim Clark, American baseball outfielder (Florida Marlins), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1970 Alberto Castillo, Dominican-American baseball catcher (NY Mets), born in San Juan de la Maguana, Dominican Republic
  • 1970 Bobby Jones, American pitcher (NY Mets), born in Fresno, California
  • 1970 Brendan Eppert, US speed skater (Olympics 1994), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1970 Nobushige Kumakubo, Japanese racing driver, born in Fukushima, Japan
  • 1970 Noureddine Naybet, Moroccan footballer, born in Casablanca, Morocco
  • 1971 Kevin Sefcik, American infielder (Philadelphia Phillies), born in Oaklawn, Illinois
  • 1971 Marty Nothstein, US sprint cyclist (Olympic silver 1996), born in Allentown, Pennsylvania
  • 1971 Wayne Gandy, American football offensive tackle (St Louis Rams), born in Haines City, Florida
  • 1971 Louie Spicolli [Louis Mucciolo Jr.], American wrestler, born in San Pedro, California (d. 1998)
  • 1972 Michael Kasprowicz, Australian cricketer (Australian Test fast bowler v WI 1996), born in Brisbane, Australia
  • 1972 Nancy Christian, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-17th-1995), born in Scottsdale, Arizona
  • 1972 Sara Simmons, US rower (Olympics 1996), born in Belmont, Massachusetts
  • 1974 Andrew English, CFL receiver (BC Lions), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1974 Lea Ghirardi-Rubbi, French tennis star (1994 Futures NC), born in Colombes, France
  • 1974 Ty Law, NFL cornerback (NE Patriots), born in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania
  • 1975 Tina Thompson, WNBA forward (Houston Comets), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1975 Hiroki Kuroda, Japanese baseball player, born in Osaka, Japan
  • 1976 Lance Berkman, American baseball player, born in Waco, Texas
  • 1977 Salif Diao, Senegalese footballer, born in Kédougou, Senegal
  • 1979 Ross Powers, American snowboarder, born in Bennington, Vermont
  • 1980 César Izturis, Venezuelan baseball player, born in Barquisimeto, Venezuela
  • 1980 Mike Ribeiro, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1980 Steve Tully, English footballer, born in Paignton, United Kingdom
  • 1981 Andrew Johnson, English footballer, born in Bedford, United Kingdom
  • 1982 Iafeta Paleaaesina, New Zealand rugby league footballer, born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1982 Justin Gatlin, American sprinter (Olympic gold 100m 2004), born in Brooklyn, New York City
  • 1984 Alex Gordon, American baseball player, born in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • 1985 Anette Sagen, Norwegian ski jumper, born in Mosjøen, Norway
  • 1986 Viktor Troicki, Serbian tennis player, born in Belgrade, Serbia
  • 1986 Radamel Falcao García Zárate, Colombian football player (AS Monaco, Colombia national team), born in Santa Marta, Colombia
  • 1995 Lexi Thompson, American golfer (ANA Inspiration 2014), born in Coral Springs, Florida