On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on February 11

  • 1891 J W Hearne, cricket leg-spinner (all-rounder for England in 24 Tests), (d. 1965)
  • 1907 E W Swanton, author & sports commentator
  • 1909 Max Baer, American heavyweight boxing champion (1934-35), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1959)
  • 1911 Helen Hicks, American golfer (Western Open 1937, Titleholders Championship 1940), born in Cedarhurst, NY (d. 1974)
  • 1919 Gretchen Fraser, slalom skier (Olympic gold 1948), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • 1924 Budge Patty, American tennis player (French C'ship, Wimbledon 1950), born in Fort Smith, Arkansas
  • 1928 Gerry Alexander, West Indian cricket wicket-keeper (25 Tests, top score 108, 90 dismissals), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 2011)
  • 1930 Alevtina Koltschina, USSR, cross coutry relay skier (Olympic gold 1960)
  • 1931 Larry Merchant, author/boxing commentator (Showtime)
  • 1933 Mildred Sampson, New Zealand distance runner (world marathon record 3:19:33 1964), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1934 John Surtees CBE, British auto racer (World F1 C'ship 1964) and motorcycle racer (World C'ships: 350 cc – 1958, 59, 60; 500 cc – 1956, 58, 59, 60), born in Tatsfield, England (d. 2017)
  • 1937 Bill Lawry, cricketer (dour Australian lefty opener, Can talk a bit)
  • 1937 Peter Lashley, cricketer (4 Tests for West Indies 1960-66)
  • 1938 Bevan Congdon OBE, New Zealand cricket all-rounder and captain (61 Tests; 3448 runs @ 32.22, 7 x 100; 59 wickets), born in Motueka, New Zealand (d. 2018)
  • 1938 Boris Majorov, USSR, ice hockey (Olympic gold 1964)
  • 1938 Yevgeniy Majorov, USSR, ice hockey (Olympic gold 1964)

  • 1940 Calvin Fowler, Pitts, basketball player (Olympic gold 1968)
  • 1944 Bert Greene, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1969 3rd), born in Gray, Georgia
  • 1946 Ian Porterfield, English footballer, born in Dunfermline, United Kingdom (d. 2007)
  • 1950 Clarence Ellis, American football safety, born in Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • 1961 Mary Docter, American 3000m speed skater (Olympics 1980, 84, 88, 92), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1962 Eric Vanderaerden, Belgian cyclist, born in Herk-de-Stad, Belgium
  • 1963 Todd Benzinger, American baseball player (SF Giants), born in Dayton, Kentucky
  • 1963 José Mari Bakero, Spanish footballer, born in Goizueta, Spain
  • 1965 Vicki Wilson, Australian netballer, born in Brisbane, Australia
  • 1966 Alexander Semak, Russian NHL center (NY Islanders), born in Ufa, Russia
  • 1966 Anthony Parker, American NFL cornerback (Minnesota Vikings, St Louis Rams, TB Bucs), born in Sylacauga, Alabama
  • 1966 Patrick Kuhnen, German tennis player, born in Püttlingen, Germany
  • 1967 Barbara Byrne, American rower (Olympics 1996), born in Princeton, New Jersey
  • 1967 Chris Reohr, American fencer (Olympics 1996), born in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania
  • 1967 Derek King, Canadian NHL left wing (NY Islanders), born in Hamilton, Canada
  • 1967 John Patterson, American baseball infielder (SF Giants), born in Orange, Texas
  • 1967 Uwe Daßler, German swimmer, born in Ebersbach, Görlitz
  • 1969 Bryan Eversgerd, American baseball pitcher (St Louis Cardinals), born in Centralia, Illinois
  • 1969 Joe Valerio, American NFL outside corner/tackle (KC Chiefs), born in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
  • 1969 Kevin King, American baseball pitcher (Seattle Mariners), born in Atwater, California

  • 1969 Mark Atkinson, Australian cricket wicket-keeper (Tasmanian batsman), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1970 Alistair Brown, English cricketer (Surrey & England ODI opening batsman 1996), born in Beckenham, United Kingdom
  • 1970 Jason Allyn Scott, American rower (Olympics 1996), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • 1971 John Bock, Americn NFL center (NY Jets, Miami Dolphins), born in Crystal Lake, Illinois
  • 1971 Linda Wild, American tennis star (1993 Melbourne Open), born in Arlington Heights, Illinois
  • 1972 Dennis Iliohan, Dutch soccer player (FC Lisse, ADO Den Haag), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 1972 Steve McManaman, English footballer, born in Kirkdale, Liverpool
  • 1972 Kelly Slater, American surfer, born in Cocoa Beach, Florida
  • 1973 Tom Tumulty, American linebacker (Cincinnati Bengals), born in Penn Hills, Pennsylvania
  • 1974 Brian Newman, American football guard (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1974 Ronnie Ward, American NFL linebacker (Miami Dolphins), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1974 Wally Richardson, American NFL quarterback (Baltimore Ravens), born in Orangeburg, United States
  • 1974 Jaroslav Špaček, Czech NHL defenseman (Team Czech Olympic gold 1998), born in Rokycany, Czechoslovakia
  • 1975 Jacque Vaughn, American basketball guard (Utah Jazz) and coach (Orlando Magic), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1975 Andrew "Andy" Lally, American sports car & stock car racing driver, born in Northport, New York
  • 1976 Tony Battie, American NBA forward (Denver Nuggets), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1977 Stephanie Richardson, Canadian 200m/800m swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1980 Titi Buengo, Angolan footballer, born in Luanda, Angola
  • 1980 Marco Bresciano, Australian soccer player, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1981 Scot Thompson, American soccer player, born in NYC, New York
  • 1982 Neil Robertson, Australian snooker player (2010 world champion), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1983 Rafael Van der Vaart, Dutch footballer, born in Keemskerk, Netherlands
  • 1985 Mike Richards, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Kenora, Canada
  • 1996 Daniil Medvedev, Russian tennis player (US Open runner-up 2019), born in Moscow, Russia