On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on February 15

  • 1835 Demetrius Vikelas, Greek businessman and writer (first President International Olympic Committee 1894-1896), born in Ermoupoli, Greece (d. 1908)

Alfred 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 (grandmaster 1952), born in Innsbruck, Austria (d. 1997)
  • 1914 Arthur Sydney Martin, spy catcher

Graham Hill

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

  • 1929 Fred Martinelli, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (Ashland University 1959-93), born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 2021)
  • 1930 Frank Navarro, American college football coach (Williams College, Columbia University, Princeton University), born in White Plains, New York (d. 2021)
  • 1937 Coen Moulijn, Dutch soccer winger (38 caps; Feyenoord 487 games, European Cup 1970), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 2011)
  • 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 Jock Hobbs, New Zealand rugby union flanker and captain (21 Tests; Canterbury RU; Chairman NZRFU 2002-10), 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 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

Jaromír Jágr

1972 Jaromír Jágr, Czech NHL, CZE. CLE right wing, 1990-present, 2X Stanley Cup, 5X NHL Scoring Champion, 13X All-Star (Pittsburgh Penguins, and 8 other teams; Czech Olympic gold, 1998), and team owner (HC Kladno of the Czech Extraliga (ELH)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