On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on February 2

  • 1878 Alfréd Hajós, Hungarian swimmer (d. 1955)
  • 1881 Karl Frederick, pistol champ (Olympic gold 1920)
  • 1888 Frederick Lane, Australian swimmer (d. 1969)
  • 1891 Frank Foyston, NHL Hall of Famer (Seattle)

George Halas

1895 George Halas [Papa Bear], American NFL coach and pioneering owner of the Chicago Bears, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1983)

  • 1900 Asa Smith Bushnell III, American sports executive (Secretary US Olympic Committee 1945-65), born in Springfield, Ohio (d. 1975)
  • 1900 Willie Kamm, MLB third baseman (d. 1988)
  • 1908 Wes Ferrell, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1933, 37; no-hitter 1931; record 37 career HRs hit by a pitcher), born in Greensboro, North Carolina (d. 1976)
  • 1915 Stan Leonard, Canadian golfer (3 PGA Tour titles), born in Vancouver, BC (d. 2005)
  • 1923 Red Schoendienst, American Baseball Hall of Fame second baseman/manager (10-time All Star), born in Germantown, Illinois (d. 2018)
  • 1935 Pete Brown, American golfer (first African-American to win on PGA Tour, Waco 1964), born in Port Gibson, Mississippi (d. 2015)
  • 1937 Martina Arroyo, American opera soprano (NY Metropolitan Opera, 1965-78), born in New York City
  • 1937 Don Buford, All-Star MLB outfielder
  • 1940 Wayne Fontes, American football coach
  • 1942 Ron Franklin, American sportscaster (ESPN 1987-2011; ESPN College Football Primetime), born in Jackson, Mississippi (d. 2022)
  • 1944 Sandy Carmichael, Scottish rugby union prop (50 caps; British and Irish Lions 1971, 74; West of Scotland, Glasgow District), born Glasgow, Scotland (d. 2021)
  • 1946 Gerrie Mühren, Dutch soccer midfielder (10 caps; Ajax, Volendam), born in Volendam, Netherlands (d. 2013)
  • 1947 Aleksandr Medved, USSR, wrestler (Olympic gold 1964, 68, 72)
  • 1949 Francisco Maturana, Colombian football manager
  • 1953 Penny Pulz, Australian golfer (Dinah Shore runner-up 1978), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1954 Jayantha Amerasinghe, cricketer (2 Tests for Sri Lanka v NZ 1983)
  • 1958 Dexter Manley, NFLer (Wash Redskins)
  • 1961 Joey Benjamin, cricket pace bowler (in St Kitts England in 1994)
  • 1962 Ben Testerman, tennis star, born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 1962 Andy Fordham, English darts player (BDO World Champion 2004), born in Bristol, England (d. 2021)
  • 1962 Paul Kilgus, baseball player
  • 1963 Philip Laats, Belgian judoka
  • 1965 Harry Swayne, NFL tackle (San Diego Chargers, Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1965 Carl Airey, English footballer
  • 1966 Andrei Chesnokov, Russian tennis star
  • 1966 Bob Estes, American golfer (4 PGA Tour titles), born in Graham, Texas
  • 1966 Tony Plourde, Chibougamau Quebec, sabre (Olympics 1996)
  • 1967 Arturs Irbe, Latvian hockey player
  • 1968 Sari Krooks, ice hockey right wing (Finland, Olympics 1998)
  • 1968 Scott Erickson, pitcher (Minnesota Twins, Baltimore Orioles), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1968 Sean Elliott, NBA forward (San Antonio Spurs)
  • 1968 Ventson Donelson, CFL cornerback (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • 1969 Ijaz Ahmed Jr, cricketer (one Test Pakistan v Sri Lanka 1995)
  • 1969 Jody Hull, Cambridge, NHL right wing (Florida Panthers)
  • 1969 Valeri Karpin, Russian footballer
  • 1970 Erik ten Hag, soccer player (FC Twente, RKC, FC Utrecht)
  • 1970 Nikolaos Michopoulos, Greek footballer
  • 1970 Roar Strand, Norwegian footballer
  • 1971 Ken Dilger, NFL tight end (Indianapolis Colts)
  • 1971 Tony Miller, Mount Pleasant Texas, 400m runner
  • 1972 Charlie Williams, NFL safety (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1972 Ivan Droppa, Liptovsky Mikulas CZE, NHL defenseman (Chicago)
  • 1972 Lance Brown, NFL defensive back (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1973 Dan Brandenburg, linebacker (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1973 Patrick Jeffers, NFL wide receiver (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1973 Radka Bobkova, tennis star (quarter Bournemouth), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • 1973 Tim Denton, NFL cornerback (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1974 J R Conrad, offensive tackle/guard (NY Jets)
  • 1974 Jeff Cassar, soccer goalkeeper (Olympic gold 1996)
  • 1975 Todd Bertuzzi, Sudbury, NHL right wing (NY Islanders)
  • 1975 Ieroklis Stoltidis, Greek footballer
  • 1975 Vaggelis Koutsoures, Greek footballer
  • 1976 Steven Dewick, Australian swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1976 James Hickman, British swimmer
  • 1977 Libor Sionko, Czech football player
  • 1978 Annabel Ellwood, Canberra Australia, tennis star (1995 Futures NC)
  • 1978 Barry Ferguson, Scottish football player
  • 1979 Petra Cada, Canadian table tennis player (Olympics 1996), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • 1979 Fani Halkia, Greek hurdler
  • 1979 Irini Terzoglou, Greek shot putter
  • 1980 Oleguer Presas, Spanish football player
  • 1981 Jason Kapono, American basketball player
  • 1982 Sergio Castaño, Spanish footballer
  • 1982 Kelly Mazzante, American basketball player
  • 1983 Carolina Klüft, Swedish track and field athlete, noted for excellence in heptathlon (Olympic gold, 2004; World Champion, 2003, 2005, 2007), born in Sandhult, Sweden
  • 1983 Jordin Tootoo, Canadian-Inuk NHL hockey player, 2003-17 (Nashville Predators and 3 other teams), born in Churchill, Manitoba
  • 1987 Gerard Piqué, Spanish football player