On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on February 14

  • 1845 Cecil De Vere, 1st official British chess champion (1866), born in London (d. 1875)
  • 1870 Bob Quinn, American MLB executive (owner Boston Red Sox 1923–33; part owner Boston Braves 1936–45; President National Baseball Hall of Fame 1948–51), born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 1954)
  • 1884 Joe Jagersberger, Austrian-American racing driver, born in Wiener Neustadt, Austria (d. 1952)
  • 1907 Johnny Longden, Canadian Racing Hall of Fame jockey/trainer (1943 Crown on Count Fleet), born in Wakefield, Yorkshire, England (d. 2003)
  • 1913 Woody Hayes, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (National C'ship 1954, 57, 61, 68, 70; Ohio State), born in Clifton, Ohio (d. 1987)
  • 1913 Mel Allen, American sportscaster (voice of NY Yankees), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1914 Norman Von Nida, Australian golfer, coach, broadcaster (British Open 1948 3rd), born in Sydney, NSW (d. 2007)
  • 1921 Piet Kraak, Dutch soccer player
  • 1923 Jay Hebert, American golfer (PGA Championship 1960), born in St. Martinville, Louisiana (d. 1997)
  • 1926 Alfred Körner, Austrian soccer striker (47 caps; Rapid Wien), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2020)
  • 1931 Bernie "Boom Boom" Geoffrion, NHL right wing (Canadiens, Rangers)
  • 1932 Banjo Matthews, American auto racer, owner and constructor (A. J. Foyt, Cale Yarborough), born in Akron, Ohio (d. 1996)
  • 1934 Marlene Matthews, Australia, sprinter (Olympic 2 bronze-1956)
  • 1934 Bruce Headley, American thoroughbred horse trainer and owner (Breeders' Cup Sprint 2000 Kona Gold), born in Baldwin Park, California (d. 2021)

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1935 Mickey Wright, American golfer (13 major titles; 82 LPGA Tour wins), born in San Diego, California (d. 2020)

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  • 1937 Carlos Campos, Chilean soccer striker (39 caps; Universidad de Chile 259 games), born in Santiago, Chile (d. 2020)

  • 1940 Willie Hunter, Scottish soccer forward (3 caps; Motherwell) and manager (Queen of the South, Inverness Caledonian), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 2020)
  • 1942 Ricardo Rodríguez, Mexican auto racer (youngest F1 driver ever to race for Ferrari), born in Mexico City, Mexico (d. 1962)
  • 1943 Bob Murphy Jr, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1970 runner-up; 11 Senior PGA Tour titles), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1944 Ronnie Peterson, Swedish racing driver (d. 1978)
  • 1945 Ladislao Mazurkiewicz, Uruguayan soccer goalkeeper (36 caps; Atlético Mineiro), born in Piriápolis, Uruguay (d. 2013)
  • 1947 Heidemarie Rosendahl, German FR, long jumper (Olympic gold 1972)
  • 1947 Salah-ud-Din, cricketer (played 5 Tests for Pakistan 1965-69)
  • 1951 Kevin Keegan, English soccer forward, manager (England 63 caps, Liverpool, Newcastle United), born in Armthorpe, Doncaster
  • 1951 JoJo Starbuck, American ice skater, born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1955 Ronald Desruelles, Belgian athlete
  • 1956 Dave Dravecky, American pitcher & amputee (SF Giants), born in Youngstown, Ohio
  • 1956 Howard Edward Davis Jr., American boxer (Olympic silver 1976), born in Glen Cove, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1960 Jim Kelly, American NFL quarterback (Buffalo Bills), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1963 Jeff Dellenbach, American NFL center (NE Patriots, GB Packers-Super Bowl 31), born in Wausau, Wisconsin
  • 1963 John Marzano, American baseball catcher (Seattle Mariners), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1964 Darrick Brilz, American NFL offensive lineman (Cin Bengals), born in Richmond, California
  • 1964 Gianni Bugno, Italian cyclist, born in Brugg, Switzerland
  • 1965 Jessie Tuggle, American NFL linebacker (Atlanta Falcons), born in Griffin, Georgia
  • 1966 Petr Svoboda, Czech NHL defenseman (Philadelphia Flyers, Olympic gold 1998), born in Most, Czechia
  • 1966 Gary Halpin, Irish rugby union prop (11 caps; Wanderers F.C, Leinster, London Irish, Harlequins), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 2021)

  • 1967 Calle Johansson, Swedish NHL defenseman (Washington Capitals), born in Gothenburg, Sweden
  • 1967 Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere, Bulgarian tennis player (Hopman Cup 1992, Switzerland; 19 x WTA titles; World #11 1993), born in Sofia, Bulgaria
  • 1968 Chris Lewis, English cricket all-rounder (32 Tests, 93 wickets; 53 ODIs), born in Georgetown, Guyana
  • 1969 Harry Colon, American NFL safety (Jacksonville Jaguars, Detroit Lions), born in Kansas City, Kansas
  • 1969 Jeff Graham, American NFL wide receiver (Chicago Bears, NY Jets), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1969 Roy Barker, American NFL defensive end (Minnesota Vikings, SF 49ers), born in NYC, New York
  • 1970 Elaine Youngs, American volleyball outside hitter (Olympics 1996), born in El Toro, California
  • 1970 Guillaume Raoux, French tennis player, born in Bagnols-sur-Cèze, France
  • 1970 Kelly Stinnett, American baseball catcher (NY Mets), born in Lawton, Oklahoma
  • 1970 Richard Smehlik, Czech NHL defenseman (Team Czech Rep, Buffalo), born in Ostrava, Czechia
  • 1970 Sean Hill, American NHL defenseman (Ottawa Senators), born in Duluth, Minnesota
  • 1970 Giuseppe Guerini, Italian cyclist, born in Gazzaniga, Italy
  • 1971 Derrick Witherspoon, American NFL running back (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Sumter, South Carolina
  • 1971 Gheorghe Muresan, American NBA center (Washington Bullets/Wizards), born in Tritenii de Jos, Romania
  • 1971 Kenny Shedd, American football receiver (New York Jets, Oakland Raiders), born in Davenport, Iowa
  • 1971 Lonnie Johnson, American NFL tight end (Buffalo Bills), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • 1972 Bruno Heppell, Canadian CFL full back (Montreal Alouettes), born in La Prairie, Canada
  • 1972 Drew Bledsoe, American NFL quarterback (NE Patriots), born in Ellensburg, Washington
  • 1973 George Hegamin, American football offensive lineman (Dallas Cowboys, Frankfurt Galaxy), born in Camden, New Jersey
  • 1973 Michael "Mike" Theodore Lambert IV, US rower (Olympics 1996), born in Thomaston, Georgia

  • 1973 Steve McNair, American football quarterback (Houston Oilers, Titans), born in Mount Olive, Mississippi (d. 2009)
  • 1973 Tyus Edney, American basketball player (Boston Celtics, Sacramento Kings), born in Gardena, California
  • 1974 Rob Jahrling, Australian rower (Olympics 1996), born in Burruyacú Department, Argentina
  • 1974 Philippe Léonard, Belgian footballer, born in Liège, Belgium
  • 1977 Cadel Evans, Australian road cyclist (Tour de France 2011; UCI World Road Race C'ships 2009), born in Katherine, Australia
  • 1977 Darren Purse, English footballer, born in Stepney, London
  • 1977 Elmer Symons, South African motorcycle racer, born in Ladysmith, South Africa (d. 2007)
  • 1978 Laurie Schwoy, American soccer forward (Olympics 1996)
  • 1978 Richard Hamilton, American basketball player, born in Coatesville, Pennsylvania
  • 1978 Darius Songaila, Lithuanian basketball player, born in Marijampolė, Lithuania
  • 1979 Pablo Pallante, Uruguayan footballer, born in Montevideo, Uruguay
  • 1980 Fátima Leyva, Mexican footballer, born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • 1982 Marián Gáborík, Slovak hockey player, born in Trenčín, Slovakia
  • 1983 Bacary Sagna, French footballer, born in Sens, France
  • 1984 Hamed Namouchi, French-Tunisian footballer, born in Cannes, France
  • 1985 Philippe Senderos, Swiss footballer, born in Geneva, Switzerland
  • 1985 Tyler Clippard, American baseball player, born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • 1986 Aschwin Wildeboer, Spanish swimmer, born in Sabadell, Spain
  • 1986 Michael Ammermüller, German racing driver, born in Pocking, Germany
  • 1987 David Wheater, English footballer, born in Redcar, United Kingdom
  • 1987 Edinson Cavani, Uruguayan football striker (Uruguay, PSG), born in Salto, Uruguay
  • 1988 Ángel Di María, Argentine footballer, born in Rosario, Argentina