Birthdays in Sport on February 12

  • 1831 John Morrissey, boxer/developer of Saratoga Springs horse race track
  • 1843 John Graham Chambers, English athlete who wrote the Queensberry rules for boxing (d. 1883)
  • 1857 Bobby Peel, cricketer (great English lefty 1884-96)
  • 1891 Cecil Dixon, South African cricket off-spinner (1 Test for South Africa, 3-118, pair), born in Potchefstroom, Transvaal (d. 1969)
  • 1903 Chick Hafey, baseball player (d. 1973)
  • 1908 August Neo, Estonian wrestler (d. 1982)
  • 1911 Charles Mathiesen, Norwegian 1500m speed skater (Olympic gold 1936)
  • 1912 Eddie J Bush, golf professional
  • 1918 Dominic DiMaggio, baseball outfielder (Boston Red Sox)
  • 1926 Joe Garagiola, NFL catcher and sportscaster/host (Today Show), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 2016)

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1934 Bill Russell, American basketball star (Boston Celtics, Olympic-gold 1956), born in West Monroe, Louisiana

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  • 1935 Ken Still, American professional golfer, born in Tacoma, Washington
  • 1937 Charles Everett Dumas, high jumper (Olympic gold 1956), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1941 Ross Morgan, cricketer (NZ batsman in 20 Tests 1965-72)
  • 1942 Pat Dobson, American baseball player (d. 2006)
  • 1944 Charles Pasarell, tennis pro
  • 1948 Cindy Hill, LPGA golfer
  • 1949 Gundappa Viswanath, cricketer (prolific Indian batsman of 70s)
  • 1949 Len Randle, baseball player (NY Mets)
  • 1955 Daniele Masala, Italian pentathelete (Olympics-1976)
  • 1955 Chet Lemon [Chester Earl Lemon], American baseball player, born in Jackson, Mississippi
  • 1958 Ingrid Klich, rower (Olympics-96), born in Whittier, California
  • 1961 Chris Heyne, Offenbach Germ, WLAF General Manager (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • 1962 Jimmy Kirkwood, Irish-born field hockey player
  • 1963 Brent Jones, NFL tight end (SF 49ers)
  • 1964 Maurice Douglass, NFL safety (NY Giants)
  • 1964 Michel Petit, St Malo, NHL defenseman (Tampa Bay Lightning)
  • 1964 Milton Small, cricket pace bowler (WI v Australia 1984)
  • 1965 Ruben Amaro, US baseball outfielder (Cleveland Indians)
  • 1967 Andrew Dunkley, golfer (1991-93 Co-Captain U of W Fla), born in Kent, England
  • 1968 Todd Fanning, Saskatoon Sask, golfer (Manitoba Amat-1984, 90, 91, 92)
  • 1969 Colin Keely, water polo driver (Olympics-96), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1969 Hong Myung-Bo, Korean footballer
  • 1970 Bryan Roy, Surinam/Dutch soccer star (Ajax)
  • 1970 Dell Demps, NBA guard (San Antonio Spurs)
  • 1970 Lamar Thomas, American NFL wide receiver (Tampa Bay Bucs, Miami Dolphins), born in Ocala, Florida
  • 1971 Lincoln Kennedy, tackle (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1971 Romeo Bandison, NFL defensive tackle (Cleveland Browns)
  • 1971 Shane Tonkin, Australian baseball pitcher (Olympics-1996)
  • 1971 Shante Carver, NFL defensive end (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1972 Dulip Samaraweera, cricketer (Sri Lankan Test opening batsman 1993-)
  • 1973 Brendon Mark Cameron, Pirongia NZ, 4k pursuit cyclist (Olympics-96)
  • 1974 Ian Mcintyre, NHL left wing (Vancouver Canucks), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1974 Toranosuke Takagi, Japanese race car driver
  • 1975 Chris Szarka, CFL full back (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • 1975 Matt Finkes, linebacker (NY Jets)
  • 1975 Scot Pollard, NBA center (Detroit Pistons)
  • 1975 Seth Payne, defensive tackle (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1976 Christian Cullen, New Zealand rugby union footballer
  • 1977 Jimmy Conrad, American soccer player
  • 1978 Brett Hodgson, Australian rugby league footballer
  • 1979 Matt Mauck, American football player
  • 1980 Juan Carlos Ferrero, Spanish tennis player
  • 1982 Onil Joseph, Dominican baseball player
  • 1982 Louis Tsatoumas, Greek long jumper
  • 1984 Peter Vanderkaay, American mid-distance swimmer
  • 1984 Brad Keselowski, NASCAR Nationwide Series Driver