Birthdays in Sport on February 17

  • 1893 Wally Pipp, American baseball first baseman (World Series 1923; AL HR leader 1916, 17; NY Yankees), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1965)
  • 1898 Tom Lowry, New Zealand cricket batsman (7 Tests, 2 x 50s; first NZ Test captain), President NZ Thoroughbred Breeders Association 1951-65, born in Fernhill, New Zealand (d. 1976)
  • 1905 Andy Oberlander, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Dartmouth College; National C'ship 1954), born in Chelsea, Massachusetts (d. 1968)
  • 1908 Red Barber, American baseball broadcaster (Cincinnati Reds 1934–38, Brooklyn Dodgers 1939–53, NY Yankees 1954–66), born in Columbus, Mississippi (d. 1992)
  • 1909 Jef Scherens, Belgian track cyclist (World C'ships gold sprint 1932-37, 47), born in Werchter, Belgium (d. 1986)
  • 1916 Alexander Obolensky, Russian prince and English rugby union winger (4 caps; Leicester Tigers RUFC, Oxford Uni RFC), born in Saint Petersburg, Russia (d. 1940)
  • 1916 Don Tallon, Australian cricket wicket-keeper (21 Tests, 58 dismissals, 2 x 50s; Queensland CA), born in Bundaberg, Australia (d. 1984)
  • 1916 Vivian McGrath, Australian tennis player (Australian C'ship 1937), born in Merrendee, Australia (d. 1978)
  • 1919 Joe Hunt, American tennis player (US National C'ship 1943), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1945)
  • 1931 Buddy Ryan, American football coach (Philadelphia Eagles, Arizona Cardinals), born in Frederick, Oklahoma (d. 2016)
  • 1936 Barry Jarman, Australian cricket wicket-keeper (19 Tests; 54 dismissals), born in Adelaide, South Australia (d. 2020)

Jim Brown

1936 Jim Brown, American College/Pro Football HOF running back (Syracuse Uni; NFL MVP 1957, 58, 65; NFL Rookie of the Year 1957; 8 × First-team All-Pro; 9 × Pro Bowl; Cleveland Browns), born in St. Simons, Georgia

  • 1936 Peter Walker, English cricket batsman (3 Tests; Glamorgan CCC), born in Bristol, England (d. 2020)
  • 1938 Alan Rees, Welsh rugby union fly-half (3 Tests; Maesteg RFC), rugby league five eighth (Leeds RLFC) and cricket all-rounder (Glamorgan CCC), born in Talbot, Wales (d. 2022)
  • 1940 Dennis Gamsy, South African cricket wicketkeeper (2 Tests, 5 dismissals; Natal), born in Glenwood, South Africa
  • 1940 Willi Holdorf, German athlete (Olympic gold, United Team of Germany, decathlon 1964), born in Blomesche Wildnis, Germany (d. 2020)
  • 1941 Heidi Biebl, German alpine skier (Olympic gold women's downhill 1960), born in Oberstaufen, Germany (d. 2022)
  • 1946 Valdemar Bandolowski, Danish sailor (Olympic gold Soling class 1976, 80), born in Esbønderup, Denmark
  • 1948 Rick Majerus, American college basketball coach (5 × WAC Coach of the Year; Uni of Utah), born in Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin (d. 2012)
  • 1952 Karin Büttner-Janz, German artistic gymnast (Olympic gold GDR vault, uneven bars 1968; World C'ships gold uneven bars 1970), born in Lübben, Germany
  • 1959 Rowdy Gaines, American swimmer (Olympic gold 100m, 4x100m relay, 4x100m medley 1984; 5 x World C'ship gold 1978, 82) and broadcaster (NBC), born in Winter Haven, Florida
  • 1961 Guy McIntyre, American football guard (Super Bowl 1984, 88, 89 SF 49ers; 5 × Pro Bowl; All-Pro 1992; Philadelphia Eagles), born in Thomasville, Georgia
  • 1962 Tony Blain, New Zealand cricket wicket-keeper (11 Tests, 21 dismissals, 2 x 50s; Central Districts CA, Canterbury CA), born in Nelson, New Zealand

Michael Jordan

1963 Michael Jordan, American Basketball Hall of Fame forward, owner (5-time NBA MVP, 6-time NBA champion Chicago Bulls), born in Brooklyn, New York

  • 1964 Buster Olney, American sports columnist
  • 1964 Mike Campbell, American pitcher (Chicago Cubs), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1965 Jim Bowie, Japanese-American baseball infielder (Oakland Athletics)
  • 1966 Ioannis Kalitzakis, Greek footballer, born in Eleusis, Greece
  • 1966 Luc Robitaille, NHL left wing (NY Rangers, Pitts Penguins), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1967 Gary Shuchuk, Canadian former NHL centre and coach (LA Kings), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • 1967 Robert Massey, American NFL cornerback (Arizona Cardinals, Detroit Lions) and coach, born in Rock Hill, South Carolina
  • 1968 Bryan Cox, American NFL linebacker and coach (Pro Bowl 1992, 94, 95; Super Bowl 2001 NE Patriots; Miami Dolphins, Chicago Bears), born in East St. Louis, Illinois
  • 1968 Celita Schutz, American half-middleweight judoka (Olympics 1996), born in Riverdale, New Jersey
  • 1969 David Douillet, French politician & judoka, born in Rouen, France
  • 1969 David Klingler, American NFL quarterback (Oakland Raiders, Cin Bengals), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1969 Joel Steed, American NFL nose tackle (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Frankfurt, Germany
  • 1969 Levon Kirkland, American NFL linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Lamar, South Carolina
  • 1970 Tommy Moe, American nordic skier (Olympic-gold/silver-1994), born in Anchorage, Alaska
  • 1972 Lloy Ball, American volleyball setter (Olympics 1996), born in Ft Wayne, Indiana
  • 1972 Richard MacQuire, Australian canoeist (Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1972 Stephen Robinson, American rower (Olympics 1996), born in Arlington, Virginia
  • 1972 Tony Lawson, Australian diver (Olympics 1996), born in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
  • 1972 Vladimir Vujtek, Czech NHL forward (Team Czech Olympic gold 1998, Tampa Bay), born in Ostrava, Czechoslovakia)
  • 1972 William Floyd, American NFL full back, 1994-2000, Superbowl champ (San Francisco 49ers; Carolina Panthers), and broadcaster, born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1973 Chris Robinson, NBA guard (Vancouver Grizzlies)
  • 1973 Drew Barry, NBA guard (Atlanta Hawks)
  • 1973 Frank Sanders, NFL wide receiver (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1973 Raymond Jackson, NFL defensive back (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1975 Sung-Hee Park, Korean tennis star (1993 Futures-Seoul), born in Pusan, Korea
  • 1975 Todd Harvey, Canadian NHL center (Dallas Stars), born in Hamilton, Ontario
  • 1975 Vaclav Prospal, NHL forward (Team Czech Olympic gold 1998, Philadelphia)
  • 1976 Scott Williamson, American baseball player
  • 1977 Matthew Kaminski, jazz, and baseball organist (Atlanta Braves), polka accordionist, and educator, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1979 Josh Willingham, American MLB baseball outfielder, 2004-14 (Florida MArlins, and 4 other teams), born in Florence, Alabama
  • 1980 Al Harrington, American basketball player
  • 1980 Klemi Saban, Israeli soccer defender (25 caps; Maccabi Netanya), born in Netanya, Israel
  • 1980 Shanyn MacEachern, Brampton Ontario, gymnast (Olympics 1996)
  • 1981 Donielle Thompson, American gymnast (World-bronze-95, Olympics 1996), born in Wheat Ridge, Colorado
  • 1981 Lisa Skinner, Australian gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Queensland, Australia
  • 1982 Adriano, Brazilian footballer, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1982 Brian Bruney, American baseball player, born in Astoria, Oregon
  • 1983 Gérald Cid, French footballer, born in Talence, France
  • 1984 AB de Villiers, South African cricket batsman (114 Tests, 8,765 runs @ 50.66, 22 x 100, HS 278no; 228 ODI, 25 x 100), born in Warmbad, South Africa
  • 1986 Joey O'Brien, Irish footballer, born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1995 Madison Keys, American tennis player (US Open runner-up 2017), born in Rock Island, Illinois