On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on February 19

  • 1855 John Morrill, American baseball first baseman and manager (National League pennant: 1877, 78, 83; Boston Red Caps/Beaneaters), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1932)
  • 1891 J C White, English cricket spin bowler (15 Tests, 49 wickets; 10-76 Somerset v Worcestershire 1921), born in Holford, England (d. 1961)
  • 1894 Herb Pennock, hall of fame pitcher (Yankees, 243 career wins)

Person of interestEddie Arcaro

1916 Eddie Arcaro, American Racing Hall of Fame jockey (Triple Crown 1941 Whirlaway, 1948 Citation), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1997)

Racing Hall of Fame Jockey Eddie Arcaro
Racing Hall of Fame Jockey
Eddie Arcaro
  • 1924 Bruce Norris, American Hockey Hall of Fame executive (owner Detroit Red Wings 1952-82), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1986)
  • 1924 David Bronstein, Ukrainian chess player (d. 2006)
  • 1925 Leslie Laing, Jamaican athlete (Olympic gold men's 4x400m relay 1952 WR 3:03.9), born in Linstead, Saint Catherine, Jamaica (d. 2021)
  • 1928 Garland F. Pinholster, American college basketball coach (USA: gold Pan American Games 1963; Oglethorpe University 1956-66), born in Clyattville, Georgia (d. 2020)
  • 1937 Norman O'Neill, cricketer (great Aussie bat of 60's Brilliant field)
  • 1945 Jon Whiteley, actor (Moonfleet)
  • 1954 Sócrates [Socrates Brasileiro Sampaio de Sousa Vieira de Oliveira], Brazilian soccer midfielder (60 caps, 22 goals Brazil; Corinthians), born in Belém, Brazil (d. 2011)
  • 1956 Steve Randell, Tasmanian cricket Test umpire (international panel)
  • 1957 Dave "Smoke" Stewart, American pitcher (Oakland Athletic), born in Oakland, California

Person of interestRoger Goodell

1959 Roger Goodell, American NFL Commissioner, born in Jamestown, New York

Commissioner of the National Football League (NFL) Roger Goodell
Commissioner of the National Football League (NFL)
Roger Goodell
  • 1960 John Paul Jr., American auto racer (IMSA GT C'ship 1982; 24 Hours of Daytona 1982, 92; 12 Hours of Sebring 1982), born in Muncie, Indiana (d. 2020)
  • 1961 Justin Fashanu, English soccer forward (first openly gay pro footballer; first black footballer to command £1 million transfer fee), born in London, England (d. 1998)

  • 1961 Andy Wallace, English race car driver
  • 1962 Alvaro Espinoza, Venezuela, baseball shortstop (NY Yanks, NY Mets)

Person of interestHana Mandlikova

1962 Hana Mandlíková, Czech tennis player (4 Grand Slam titles), born in Prague, Czech Republic

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Hana Mandlikova
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Hana Mandlikova
  • 1965 Andrew Jameson, British(?) swimmer
  • 1965 John Commins, cricketer (South African Test batsman v NZ 1994-95)
  • 1966 Matthew Ryan, team handball circle (Olympics 1996), born in Port Jefferson, New York
  • 1966 Paul Haarhuis, Eindhoven Neth, tennis star (1994 US/Austral doubles)
  • 1966 Peter Douris, NHL right wing (Anaheim Mighty Ducks), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1966 William White, NFL safety (KC Chiefs, Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1966 Enzo Scifo, Belgian footballer
  • 1967 Roel Liefden, soccer player (Dordrecht '90, FC Groningen)
  • 1968 Rob Dimaio, NHL right wing (Philadelphia Flyers), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1970 Garland Hawkins, NFL defensive end (Chicago Bears)
  • 1970 Ruwan Kalpage, cricket off-spinner (Sri Lankan)
  • 1971 Becky Dyroen-Lancer, American synchronized swimmer (Olympic gold 1996), born in San Jose, California
  • 1971 Glyn Milburn, NFL running back/kick returner (Den Broncos, Det Lions)
  • 1971 Wally Williams, NFL center/guard (Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens)
  • 1971 William Henderson, American NFL running back (Super Bowl 1996; Pro Bowl, All Pro 2004; Green Bay Packers), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1973 Terrence Rencher, NBA guard (Phoenix Suns)
  • 1973 Tommy Bennett, safety (Arizona Cardinals)

  • 1975 Raymond Graanoogst, Suriname/Dutch soccer player (FC Utrecht)
  • 1975 Mikko Kavén, Finnish footballer
  • 1975 Daewon Song, Korean professional skateboarder
  • 1977 Gianluca Zambrotta, Italian footballer
  • 1978 Michalis Konstantinou, Greek-Cypriot footballer
  • 1979 Clinton Morrison, Irish footballer
  • 1979 Steve Cherundolo, American soccer player
  • 1980 Mike Miller, American basketball player
  • 1981 Gil Reyes, American boxer
  • 1981 Nicky Shorey, English footballer
  • 1986 Kyle Chipchura, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1986 Henri Karjalainen, Finnish racing driver
  • 1986 Marta, Brazilian footballer
  • 1995 Nikola Jokić, Serbian basketball center (Serbian Player of the Year 2018; NBA All Star 2019; fastest NBA triple-double 14:33s 2018), born in Sombor, Serbia