Birthdays in Sport on February 20

  • 1890 Sam Rice, American Baseball HOF outfielder (World Series 1924; AL stolen base leader 1920; Washington Senators 1915-33), born in Morocco, Indiana (d. 1974)
  • 1903 Pierre Charles, Belgian heavyweight boxer
  • 1913 Tommy Henrich, American baseball utility (MLB All Star 1942, 1947–50; World Series 1938, 41, 47, 49, 51; NY Yankees), born in Massillon, Ohio (d. 2009)
  • 1915 Chick Harbert, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1954), born in Dayton, Ohio (d. 1992)
  • 1920 Frankie Gustine, American Major baseball infielder (MLB All-Star 1946, 47, 48; Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Hoopeston, Illinois (d. 1991)
  • 1926 Edgar Meuli, cricketer (opened NZ batting in Test v South Africa 1953)
  • 1926 Robert Eugene Richards, Ill, pole vaulter (Olympic gold 1948, 52, 56)
  • 1928 Elroy Face, baseball pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • 1930 Kevin Meates, New Zealand rugby union flanker (2 Tests; Canterbury), born in Greymouth, New Zealand (d. 2022)
  • 1930 Willie Cunningham, Northern Irish footballer
  • 1934 Bobby Unser, American Auto Racer (Indianapolis 500 1968, 1975, 1981; USAC C'ship 1968, 1974), born in Colorado Springs, Colorado (d. 2021)
  • 1936 Tony Brown, Australian rugby league five-eighth (10 Tests; Newtown RLFC, Penrith RLFC), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2022)
  • 1937 Roger Penske, American auto racer
  • 1938 Jack Bicknell, American football coach (Boston College, Barcelona Dragons), born in North Plainfield, New Jersey
  • 1939 Frank Arundel, English footballer
  • 1940 Jimmy Greaves, English soccer striker (57 caps; FIFA World Cup 1966; Chelsea, Tottenham) and journalist/broadcaster (The Sun, World of Sport, On the Ball), born in London, England (d. 2021)
  • 1941 Clyde Wright, American MLB pitcher (no-hitter v Oakland 1970), born in Jefferson City, Tennessee

Phil EspositoPhil Esposito (80 years old)

1942 Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center, coach, GM, broadcaster (Black Hawks, Bruins, Rangers), born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

  • 1944 Willem van Hanegem, Dutch soccer champ/coach (Feyenoord)
  • 1947 Peter Osgood, English soccer striker (4 caps; Chelsea, Southampton), born in Clewer, Berkshire, England (d. 2006)
  • 1947 Vladimir Kuzyutkin, Russian volleyball coach (Russia Women - World Cup gold 2010; Bulgaria Women), born in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Russia (d. 2022)
  • 1949 Eddie Hemmings, English cricket spin bowler (16 Tests, 43 wickets, best 6/58; 33 ODIs; Nottinghamshire CCC), born in Leamington, England
  • 1951 Phil Neal, English soccer defender (50 caps; Liverpool 455 games) and manager (Bolton Wanderers, Coventry City, Cardiff City), born in Irchester, England
  • 1955 Néstor Montelongo, Uruguayan soccer utility (36 caps; Montevideo Wanderers, Peñarol, Nacional, Racing), born in Montevideo, Uruguay (d. 2021)
  • 1957 Glen Hanlon, Canadian ice hockey coach
  • 1959 Bill Gullickson, American MLB baseball pitcher, 1979-94 (Montreal Expos, Detroit Tigers, and 2 other teams), born in Marshall, Minnesota
  • 1959 Scott Brayton, American auto racer (4 x top 10 finishes Indianapolis 500; 2 x pole), born in Coldwater, Michigan (d. 1996)
  • 1961 Steve Lundquist, US swimmer (Olympics 2 gold-1984)
  • 1962 Adam Schreiber, NFL center/guard (Atlanta Falcons, NY Giants)

Charles BarkleyCharles Barkley (59 years old)

1963 American basketball forward (NBA MVP 1993, 11-time All Star, Olympic gold 1996), born in Leeds, Alabama

  • 1964 Christian Ruuttu, Lappeenranta FIN, hockey forward (Team Finland)
  • 1964 Jeff Maggert, American golfer (US Senior Open, Tradition 2015), born in Columbia Missouri
  • 1966 Britt Hager, NFL linebacker (Philadelphia Eagles, Denver Broncos, St Louis Rams), born in Odessa, Texas

Cindy CrawfordCindy Crawford (56 years old)

1966 American supermodel (Sports Illustrated Swimsuit), born in DeKalb, Illinois

  • 1966 Dennis Allen Mitchell, Cherry Point NC, 100m/200m (Olympic silver 1996)
  • 1966 Derek Lilliquist, American baseball pitcher (Cleveland Indians, Atl Braves)
  • 1967 Broderick Thomas, NFL linebacker (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Minn, Cowboys)
  • 1967 Kurt Knudsen, American baseball pitcher (Detroit Tigers)
  • 1967 Theresa Luke, Canadian rower (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1967 Tom Waddle, NFL player (Chicago Bears/Cincinnati Bengals)
  • 1968 Bennie Goods, CFL defensive tackle (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • 1968 Ted Hankey, English darts player (BDO World Champion 2000, 09), born in Stoke-on-Trent, England
  • 1970 Bryan Robinson, defensive end (St Louis Rams)
  • 1970 Jeff Robinson, NFL defensive end (Denver Broncos, St Louis Rams)
  • 1970 Leo Stefan, hockey forward (Team Germany), born in Chelyabinsk, Russia
  • 1971 Jari Litmanen, soccer player (Ajax)
  • 1971 Joost van der Westhuizen, South African rugby union halfback (89 Tests; Bulls), born in Pretoria, South Africa (d. 2017)
  • 1974 Katerina Kroupova, Olomouc Czech, tennis star (1994 Futures-Sofia-BUL)
  • 1975 Brendan Witt, Humboldt, NHL defenseman (Washington Capitals)
  • 1975 Ismael Kirui, Marakwet Kenya, 5k runner
  • 1975 Liván Hernández, Cuban baseball player
  • 1976 Rohan Gavaskar, Indian cricket batsman (11 ODIs; son of Sunil Gavaskar), born in Kanpur, India
  • 1977 Bartosz Kizierowski, Polish swimmer
  • 1977 Sarah Ryan, Adelaide SA Australia, swimmer (Olympics 1996)
  • 1977 Stephon Marbury, NBA guard (Minn Timberwolves)
  • 1977 T.J. Slaughter, American football player
  • 1978 Andrea Moody, Abbotsford BC, 4X100 swimmer (Olympics 1996)
  • 1980 Artur Boruc, Polish footballer
  • 1980 Imanol Harinordoquy, French rugby union footballer
  • 1981 Tony Hibbert, English footballer
  • 1982 Jason Hirsh, American baseball player
  • 1983 Justin Verlander, American baseball player (Houston Astros), born in Manakin-Sabot, Virginia
  • 1985 Ryan Sweeney, American baseball player
  • 1994 Brigid Kosgei, Kenyan athlete (marathon world record 2019; Chicago Marathon 2018-9, London Marathon 2019), born in Kenya
  • 2000 Kristóf Milák, Hungarian swimmer (Olympic gold men's 200m butterfly, silver 100m butterfly 2020; World C'ship gold 200m butterfly 2019 WR 1:50.73), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • 2003 Atthaya Thitikul, Thai golfer (youngest female winner in pro event), born in Ratchaburi, Thailand