On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on February 16

  • 1852 Mary Ewing Outerbridge, American citizen credited with importing tennis to the US from Bermuda (1874), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1886)
  • 1866 William "Sliding Billy" Hamilton, NJ, hall of fame baseball player
  • 1886 Andrew Ducat, cricketer (Test for Eng 1921 (3 & 2) Soccer intl)
  • 1904 Ellis Achong, cricketer (West Indian SLA, 8 wickets in 6 Tests)
  • 1906 Vera Menchik, Russian born British chess master, 1st official women's world chess champion (1927-39), born in Moscow, Russian Empire (d. 1944)
  • 1921 Jean Behra, auto racer
  • 1929 Gerhard Hanappi, Austrian footballer (d. 1980)
  • 1931 Gamini Goonesena, cricket leg-spinner (all-rounder for Ceylon, Notts)
  • 1931 Bobby Collins, Scottish soccer midfielder (31 caps; Celtic, Everton, Leeds), born in Govanhill, Scotland (d. 2014)
  • 1933 Elbert Dubenion, American football wide receiver and running back (AFL All Star 1964; Buffalo Bills), born in Griffin, Georgia (d. 2019)
  • 1934 Marlene Bauer Hagge, American golfer, co-founder LPGA (Woman's PGA C'ship 1956), born in Eureka, South Dakota
  • 1941 Vitali Kuznetsov, USSR, judo (Olympic silver 1972)
  • 1942 Bob Hammond AM, Australian rules key defender (AFL Hall of Fame; North Adelaide; SA) and coach (Sydney Swans 1984), born in Perth, Australia (d. 2020)
  • 1944 Richard Ford, American author (Sportswriter)
  • 1946 Aleksandr Shaparenko, USSR, 1K kayaker (Olympic gold 1972)
  • 1951 Larry Finch, American college basketball coach (University of Memphis 1986-97), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 2011)

  • 1952 Barry Foote, Major League Baseball player
  • 1953 Andre St Lauren, NHLer
  • 1953 George Martin, NFL defensive back (NY Giants), born in Greenville, South Carolina
  • 1954 Michael Holding, cricket fast bowler (Whispering Death-Awesome for WI)
  • 1958 Herb Williams, NBA center (Toronto Raptors, NY Knicks)
  • 1958 John Morse, American golfer (US Open 1996 4th), born in Marshall, Michigan

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1959 John McEnroe, American tennis player (US Open 1979-81, 84 / Wimbledon 1981, 83, 84), born in Wiesbaden, Germany

Tennis Player John McEnroe
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  • 1959 Kelly Tripuka, Glenn Ridge NJ, NBA forward (Det Pistons, Utah Jazz)
  • 1960 Chris Schultz, Canadian football offensive tackle (NFL Dallas Cowboys; CFL All Star 1987, 88; Toronto Argonauts) and sportscaster (The Sports Network), born in Burlington, Ontario (d. 2021)
  • 1961 Brett Brown, American basketball head coach (Philadelphia 76ers 2013-19; Australian men's national team), born in South Portland, Maine
  • 1963 Dano Halsall, Swiss swimmer
  • 1964 Mark Price, American NBA guard (Cleveland Caveliers) and coach, born in Bartlesville, Oklahoma
  • 1964 Bebeto [José Roberto Gama de Oliveira], Brazilian footballer, born in Salvador, Brazil
  • 1966 Eric Uptagrafft, prone rifle (Olympics 1996), born in Spokane, Washington
  • 1967 John Valentin, infielder (Boston Red Sox), born in Mineola, New York
  • 1967 Keith Gretzky, former hockey player; brother of Wayne Gretzky
  • 1968 Cecil Gray, NFL tackle (Arizona Cardinals), born in Harlem, New York
  • 1968 Erik Regtop, Dutch soccer player (SC Heerenveen), born in Schoonebeek, Netherlands
  • 1969 Claude Lambert, boxer (Olympics 1996), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1969 Fermín Cacho, Spanish middle distance athlete (Olympic gold 1,500m 92, silver 96), born in Barcelona, Spain

  • 1969 Tim Costo, American baseball infielder (Cincinnati Reds)
  • 1970 Angelo Peruzzi, Italian footballer
  • 1971 Anthony Abrams, NFL defensive tackle (KC Chiefs)
  • 1971 Chi Kredell, water polo driver (Olympics 1996), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1971 Larry Jones, NFL running back (Washington Redskins)
  • 1971 Marco Sas, Dutch soccer player (NAC)
  • 1971 Mike Hubbard, MBA catcher (Chicago Cubs), born in Lynchburg, Virginia
  • 1972 Jerome Bettis, American NFL running back (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1973 Cathy Freeman OAM, Australian athlete (Olympic gold 400m 2000; silver 1996; World C'ship gold 400m 1997, 99), born in Mackay, Australia
  • 1973 James Young, Australian water polo player (Olympics 1996)
  • 1973 Nikos Kostakis, Greek footballer
  • 1973 Christian Bassedas, Argentine former footballer
  • 1974 Jevon Langford, defensive end (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • 1974 Kathy McCormack, ice hockey forward (Canada, Olympic silver 1998)
  • 1974 Fanis Katergiannakis, Greek footballer
  • 1975 Casey Barrett, 200m Butterfly (Olympics 1996), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1975 Marty Murray, Deloraine, NHL center (Calgary Flames)
  • 1975 Vanina Ickx, Belgian racing driver
  • 1976 Eric Byrnes, American baseball outfielder and broadcaster (Oakland A's, Arizona Diamondbacks), born in Redwood City, California
  • 1977 Alexei Morozov, NHL forward (Team Russia Olympic silver 1998, Pittsburgh)
  • 1977 Trina Jackson, 4X200m freestyle swimmer (Olympic gold 1996)
  • 1977 Ahman Green, American football player
  • 1978 Tia Hellebaut, Belgian athlete
  • 1978 Wasim Jaffer, Indian Cricketer
  • 1979 Valentino Rossi, Italian motorcycle road racer (MotoGP World C'ship 2001, 02, 03, 04, 05, 08, 09; 250cc World C'ship 1999; 125cc World C'ship 1997), born in Urbino, Italy
  • 1980 Ashley Lelie, American football player
  • 1981 Jay Howard, British racing driver
  • 1981 Jerry Owens, American baseball player
  • 1981 Qyntel Woods, American basketball player
  • 1985 Zoi Dimoschaki, Greek swimmer
  • 1985 Stacy Lewis, American golfer (ANA Inspiration 2011, Women's British Open 2013), born in Toledo, Ohio
  • 1987 Theresa Goh, Singaporean Paralympic swimmer
  • 1988 Denílson Pereira Neves, Brazilian footballer