On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on February 15

Person of interestAlfred Carlton Gilbert

1884 Alfred Carlton Gilbert, American athlete, inventor, and businessman (invented the Erector Set), born in Salem, Oregon (d. 1961)

  • 1895 Earl Thomson, Canadian athlete (d. 1971)
  • 1897 Earl H Blaik, Det, college football hall of fame coach (elected 1965)
  • 1898 Allen Woodring, American runner (d. 1982)
  • 1900 George Earnshaw, American baseball pitcher (World Series 1929-30; Philadelphia Athletics), born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 1976)
  • 1904 Antonin Magne, French cyclist (Tour de France 1931, 34)
  • 1913 Erich Eliskases, Austrian chess player (d. 1997)
  • 1914 Arthur Sydney Martin, spy catcher

Person of interestGraham Hill

1929 Graham Hill, British auto racer (Formula One World Champion, 1962 & 1968) born in Hampstead, London (d. 1975)

Auto Racer Graham Hill
Auto Racer
Graham Hill
  • 1940 John Hadl, American football player
  • 1941 Austin Savage, Welsh hockey player, born in St Asaph, Wales
  • 1948 Ron "Penguin" Cey, American MLB 3rd baseman (LA Dodgers), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • 1949 Ken Anderson, NFL quarterback (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • 1954 Pamela Theresa Jiles, American 4X400m relayer (Olympic silver 1976), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1956 Desmond Haynes, West Indian cricket batsman and administrator (116 Tests; 7,487 runs @ 42.29; 238 ODIs; Director WI Cricket Board), born in Saint James, Barbados
  • 1956 Hitoshi Ogawa, Japanese racing driver (d. 1992)

  • 1957 Jimmy Spencer, American race car driver
  • 1957 Steve Farhood, American boxing historian and analyst
  • 1958 Tony Tubbs, American boxer (WBA heavyweight title 1985-86), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1959 Guy De Alwis, cricket wicket-keeper (Sri Lankan mid 80s)
  • 1959 Joe Hesketh, MLB player (Boston Red Sox), born in Lackawanna, New York
  • 1959 Hugo Savinovich, Ecuadorian sports commentator and wrestler, born in Guayaquil, Ecuador
  • 1960 Darrell Green, NFL cornerback (Washington Redskins), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1960 Jeanne Goldsmith, WPVA volleyballer (National-5th-1987), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1960 Jock Hobbs [Michael James Bowie Hobbs], chairman of the New Zealand Rugby Union and 21 test All Black, born in Christchurch, New Zealand (d. 2012)
  • 1964 Mark Price, NBA guard (Washington Bullets, Orlando Magic), born in Bartlesville, Oklahoma
  • 1965 Craig Matthews, South African cricket pace bowler (South African Test), born in Cape Town, South Africa
  • 1966 Melido Perez, Dominican-American baseball pitcher (NY Yankees), born in San Cristóbal, Dominican Republic
  • 1966 Petra Huber, Austrian professional tennis player
  • 1968 Mieke Suys, Belgian triathlete, born in Ghent, Belgium
  • 1969 Brian Williams, MLB pitcher (Detroit Tigers, Astros), born in Lancaster, South Carolina
  • 1969 Edgar Bennett, NFL running back (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1970 Nathaniel Mills, US speed skater (Olympics 1994), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1970 Tyrone Legette, NFL cornerback (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), born in Columbia, South Carolina
  • 1971 Jim Butler, US table tennis player (Olympics 1992, 96), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • 1971 Ray Sefo, New Zealand kick boxer, born in Auckland, New Zealand

  • 1972 Jaromír Jágr, Czech NHL right wing (Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup 1991-92, Czech Olympic gold 1998), born in Kladno, Czech Republic
  • 1972 Lance Scott, NFL offensive linesman (Arizona Cardinals), born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 1973 Amy Van Dyken, US 50m/100m freestyle/100m butterfly swimmer (Olympic 2 g-96), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1974 Erik Schulz, US pairs skater (with partner Ilana Goldfogel), born in Port Huron, Michigan
  • 1974 Tim Hall, US running back (Oakland Raiders), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1998)
  • 1974 Ugueth Urbina, Venezuelan pitcher (Montreal Expos), born in Caracas, Venezuela
  • 1974 Seattle Slew, American racehorse, born in White Horse Acres Farm, Texas (d. 2002)
  • 1974 Alexander Wurz, Austrian racing driver, born in Waidhofen an der Thaya, Austria
  • 1975 Robert Fuchs, Dutch footballer (PSV, DESK Kaatsheuvel), born in Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • 1976 Óscar Freire, Spanish cyclist, born in Torrelavega, Spain
  • 1979 Gordon Shedden, Scottish auto racing driver, born in Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • 1979 Alenka Kejžar, Slovenian swimmer, born in Kranj, Slovenia
  • 1979 Josh Low, English footballer, born in Bristol, United Kingdom
  • 1981 Diego Martínez, Mexican footballer, born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • 1983 Russell Martin, Canadian baseball player, born in East York, Canada
  • 1986 Gabriel Paletta, Argentine-born Italian footballer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1990 Erwin Sak, Polish football goalkeeper (Stomil Olstyn), born in Lublin, Poland