On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on February 20

  • 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 Willie Cunningham, Northern Irish footballer
  • 1934 Bobby Unser, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1968, 75, 81), born in Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • 1937 Roger Penske, 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, British broadcaster/soccer player
  • 1941 Clyde Wright, American MLB pitcher (no-hitter v Oakland 1970), born in Jefferson City, Tennessee

Person of interestPhil Esposito

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

NHL Star Phil Esposito
NHL Star
Phil Esposito
  • 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)
  • 1949 Eddie Hemmings, cricket off-spinner (immense England)
  • 1951 Phil Neal, English soccer player
  • 1957 Glen Hanlon, Canadian ice hockey coach
  • 1959 Bill Gullickson, American baseball pitcher (Detroit Tigers)
  • 1959 Scott Evans Brayton, racing car driver
  • 1961 Steve Lundquist, US swimmer (Olympics 2 gold-1984)
  • 1962 Adam Schreiber, NFL center/guard (Atlanta Falcons, NY Giants)

Person of interestCharles Barkley

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

NBA Power Forward Charles Barkley
NBA Power Forward
Charles Barkley
  • 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 (Denver Broncos, St Louis Rams)
  • 1966 Cindy Crawford, Dekalb Ill, supermodel (Sports Illustrated Swimsuit)
  • 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 Chris Singleton, NFL linebacker (Miami Dolphins)
  • 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
  • 1969 Tommy Vardell, El Cajon, California, American NFL fullback (Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions)
  • 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 can der Westhuizen, South African rugby player, born in Pretoria (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 Sarah Ryan, Adelaide SA Australia, swimmer (Olympics 1996)
  • 1977 Stephon Marbury, NBA guard (Minn Timberwolves)
  • 1977 Bartosz Kizierowski, Polish swimmer
  • 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 Jose Morales, Puerto Rican baseball player
  • 1983 Justin Verlander, American baseball player
  • 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 (200m butterfly WR 1:50.73), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • 2003 Atthaya Thitikul, Thai golfer (youngest female winner in pro event), born in Ratchaburi, Thailand