On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on February 17

  • 1893 Wally Pipp, American baseball player (d. 1965)
  • 1898 Tom Lowry, cricketer New Zealand cricketer (NZ batsman in seven Tests & their 1st Test captain), born in Fernhill, New Zealand (d. 1976)
  • 1905 Andy Oberlander, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback and coach (National C'ship 1954), born in Chelsea, Massachusetts (d. 1968)
  • 1908 Walter L "Red" Barber, Miss, sports announcer (Bkln Dodgers, NY Yanks)
  • 1909 Joseph "Poeske" Scherens, Belgian cyclist (champ sprinter 1932-37)[NS]
  • 1916 Don Tallon, Australian cricketer (perhaps Australia's greatest wicket-keeper), born in Bundaberg, Australia (d. 1984)
  • 1916 Alexander Obolensky, Russian prince and famed Rugby Union footballer who played for England.(d. 1940)
  • 1916 Vivian McGrath, Australian tennis player (Australian C'ship 1937), born in Merrendee, NSW (d. 1978)
  • 1919 Joe Hunt, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1943), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1945)
  • 1922 Marshall Teague, American race car driver (d. 1959)
  • 1929 Paul Meger, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1931 Buddy Ryan, NFL coach (Philadelphia Eagles, Phoenix 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)

Person of interestJim Brown

1936 Jim Brown, American NFL Running Back (Cleveland Browns), born in St. Simons, Georgia

NFL Legend Jim Brown
NFL Legend
Jim Brown
  • 1936 Peter Walker, English cricket batsman (3 Tests; Glamorgan CCC), born in Bristol, England (d. 2020)
  • 1940 Dennis Gamsy, South African cricketer (South African bat in 2 Tests v Australia 1970), 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 Biebi, German downhill skier (Olympic gold 1960), born in Oberstaufen, West Germany
  • 1946 Valdemar Bandolowski, Danish sailor (Olympic gold 1976, 80)
  • 1948 Rick Majerus, American college basketball coach (5× WAC Coach of the Year; Uni of Utah), born in Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin (d. 2012)
  • 1952 Insook Bhushan, US table tennis player (Olympic-92), born in Seoul, South Korea
  • 1952 Karin Janz, East German gymnast (medals at 1968 Olympics, born in Lübben, East Germany
  • 1958 Karen Lende O'Connor, equestrian 3-day (Olympic silver 1996), born in Concord, Massachusetts
  • 1959 Ambrose "Rowdy" Gaines, American 100m swimmer (3 Olympic golds 1984) and television commentator, born in Winter Haven, Florida
  • 1961 Guy McIntyre, NFL guard (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1962 Hennie Meijer, Dutch soccer player (Cambuur L, FC Heerenveen)
  • 1962 Tony Blain, New Zealand cricketer (NZ Test wicket-keeper)

Person of interestMichael 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

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan
  • 1964 Mike Campbell, American pitcher (Chicago Cubs), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1964 Buster Olney, American sports columnist
  • 1965 Jim Bowie, Japanese-American baseball infielder (Oakland Athletics)
  • 1966 Luc Robitaille, NHL left wing (NY Rangers, Pitts Penguins), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1966 Ioannis Kalitzakis, Greek footballer, born in Eleusis, Greece
  • 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 (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 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
  • 1969 David Douillet, French politician & judoka, born in Rouen, France
  • 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, rower (Olympics 1996), born in Arlington, Virginia
  • 1972 Tony Lawson, NSA Australia, diver (Olympics 1996)
  • 1972 Vladimir Vujtek, Czech NHL forward (Team Czech Olympic gold 1998, Tampa Bay), born in Ostrava, Czechoslovakia)
  • 1972 William Floyd, American NFL full back (San Francisco 49ers), 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 baseball player
  • 1980 Shanyn MacEachern, Brampton Ontario, gymnast (Olympics 1996)
  • 1980 Klemi Saban, Israeli soccer defender (25 caps; Maccabi Netanya), born in Netanya, Israel
  • 1980 Al Harrington, American basketball player
  • 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 cricketer, 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