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)
  • 1893 Raoul Riganti, Argentine racing driver (d. 1970)

Person of interestGeorge Halas

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

American Football Coach and Team Owner George Halas
American Football Coach and Team Owner
George Halas
  • 1900 Asa Smith Bushnell Jr, Sec of US Olympics (1945-65), born in Springfield, Ohio
  • 1900 Willie Kamm, MLB third baseman (d. 1988)
  • 1908 Wes Ferrell, All-Star MLB pitcher, born in Greensboro, North Carolina (d. 1976)
  • 1915 Stan Leonard, Canadian professional golfer (d. 2005)
  • 1919 Allie Reynolds, NY Yankee pitcher (1952 AL ERA leader (2.07))
  • 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 Met), born in NYC, New York
  • 1937 Don Buford, All-Star MLB outfielder
  • 1940 Wayne Fontes, American football coach

  • 1946 Gerrie Muhren, Volendam, Netherlands, footballer (Ajax, European Cup Winner, 1971-3), (d. 2013)
  • 1947 Aleksandr Medved, USSR, wrestler (Olympic gold 1964, 68, 72)
  • 1949 Francisco Maturana, Colombian football manager
  • 1953 Penny Pulz, LPGA golfer
  • 1954 Jayantha Amerasinghe, cricketer (2 Tests for Sri Lanka v NZ 1983)
  • 1958 Dexter Manley, NFLer (Wash Redskins)
  • 1960 Lee Chill, Canadian Tour golfer (1977 Ohio Jr), born in Cleveland Ohio
  • 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
  • 1962 Paul Kilgus, baseball player
  • 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 Alan Estes, Graham TX, PGA golfer (1994 Texas Open)
  • 1966 Tony Plourde, Chibougamau Quebec, sabre (Olympics 1996)
  • 1966 Victor Muhammad, WLAF running back (London Monarchs)
  • 1967 Arturs Irbe, Latvian hockey player
  • 1968 Paul McKenzie, Australian Finn class sailor (Olympics 1996)
  • 1968 Sari Krooks, ice hockey right wing (Finland, Olympics 1998)
  • 1968 Scott Erickson, pitcher (Minnesota Twins, Balt Orioles), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1968 Sean Elliott, NBA forward (San Antonio Spurs)
  • 1968 Steve Henson, NBA guard (Detroit Pistons)
  • 1968 Ventson Donelson, CFL cornerback (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • 1969 Ijaz Ahmed Jr, cricketer (one Test Pakistan v Sri Lanka 1995)

  • 1969 Jeff Christy, corner (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1969 Jody Hull, Cambridge, NHL right wing (Florida Panthers)
  • 1969 Valeri Karpin, Russian footballer
  • 1970 Chris Luneburg, WLAF T (London Monarchs)
  • 1970 Diego Martos, WLAF linebacker (Barcelona Dragons)
  • 1970 Erik ten Hag, soccer player (FC Twente, RKC, FC Utrecht)
  • 1970 Ivan Vukov, soccer player (FC Volendam)
  • 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 Jose White, WLAF/NFL defensive tackle (Minnesota Vikings, Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • 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 David Buck, kayak (alt-Olympics 1996), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1974 J R Conrad, offensive tackle/guard (NY Jets)
  • 1974 Jeff Cassar, soccer goalkeeper (Olympic gold 1996)
  • 1975 Macey Brooks, wide receiver (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 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 Lindsay Langston, Modesto California, archer (Olympics 1996)
  • 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 athlete
  • 1983 Jordin Tootoo, Canadian hockey player
  • 1987 Gerard Piqué, Spanish football player