Birthdays in Sport on February 21

  • 1881 Savilly Tartakower, Austrian/Polish/French chess player
  • 1883 Mick Commaille, South African cricketer and soccer rep, born in Cape Town, South Africa (d. 1956)
  • 1887 Savielly [Xavier] G Tartakower, Austrian/Polish/French chess player
  • 1903 Thomas Yawkey, baseball owner (Boston Red Sox)
  • 1910 Eddie Waring, British sports commentator (d. 1986)
  • 1913 Roger Laurent, Belgian racing driver (d. 1997)
  • 1914 Arnold S Denker, NY, US chess champion (1944-46)
  • 1915 Godfrey Brown, British athlete, 4 X 400m runner (Olympic gold 1936), born in Bankura, India (d. 1995)
  • 1925 Jack Ramsay, American Hall of Fame basketball coach (Portland Trail Blazers, 1977 NBA Champions), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2014)
  • 1937 Ron Clarke, Australian runner (set 17 world records) and mayor, born in Melbourne, Victoria (d. 2015)
  • 1940 Peter Gethin, British racing driver
  • 1945 Sudhir Naik, Indian cricketer (Indian Test batsman in 2 Tests 1974), born in Bombay, India
  • 1946 Desmond Lewis, West Indian cricket batsman/keeper (avg 86.33 in 3 Tests)
  • 1946 Bob Ryan, Boston sports columnist
  • 1949 Ronnie Hellström, Swedish footballer
  • 1951 John Parker, New Zealand cricketer (NZ batsman of 70s), born in Dannevirke, New Zealand

  • 1954 Ivo van Damme, Belgian 800/1500m dash (Olympic silver 1976)
  • 1958 Alan Trammell, infielder (Detroit Tigers), born in Garden Grove, California
  • 1961 Yobes Ondieki, Kenya, 10K runner (world record)
  • 1961 Bertha Faye, American wrestler (d. 2001)
  • 1963 Greg Turner, New Zealand golfer (4 European Tour titles), born in Dunedin, NZ
  • 1963 Michael Gostigian, American pentathelete (Olympic 16th-88, 92, 96), born in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania
  • 1964 Willie Pless, American CFL linebacker (Edmonton Eskimos), born in Anniston, Alabama
  • 1965 Jayson Meyer, Canadian hockey defenseman (Team Germany), born in Regina, Canada
  • 1965 Keith Arthurton, West Indian cricketer (Charlestown, Nevis WI lefty batsman), born in Nevis, Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • 1966 Chris Donnels, American baseball infielder (Houston Astros), born in Angeles, California
  • 1966 Edie Boyer, American discus thrower, born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1967 Leroy Russel Burrell, American long jumper (Olympics 1996), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1967 Patrick Lodewijks, Dutch soccer player (PSV, FC Groningen), born in Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • 1968 Pellom McDaniels, American professor & NFL defensive lineman (KC Chiefs), born in San Jose, California
  • 1968 Terry Allen, American NFL running back (Minnesota Vikings, Wash Redskins), born in Commerce, Georgia
  • 1969 Petra Kronberger, Austrian alpine skiier (Olympic gold 1992), born in Pfarrwerfen, Austria
  • 1969 J. D. Gibbs, American auto racer, team owner (Joe Gibbs Rcaing), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2019)
  • 1970 Javier De La Hoya, Mexican-American baseball pitcher (Florida Marlins), born in Durango, Mexico
  • 1970 Marc Woodard, American NFL linebacker (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Kosciusko, Mississippi
  • 1970 Michael Slater, Australian cricketer (devastating Aust opening bat since 1993), born in Wagga Wagga, Australia
  • 1970 Will Moore, American NFL wide receiver (NE Patriots, Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1971 Arco Jochemsen, Dutch soccer player (SVDB, Vitesse), born in Barneveld, the Netherlands
  • 1971 Jeff Schmidt, American baseball pitcher (California Angels), born in Northfield, Minnesota
  • 1971 Terry Mickens, American NFL wide receiver (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31), born in Tallahassee, Florida
  • 1973 Brian Rolston, American NHL left wing (Olympics 1994, NJ Devils), born in Flint, Michigan

  • 1974 Alexei Lojkin, Belarusian NHL forward (Belarus, Olympics 1998), born in Minsk, Belarus
  • 1974 Rohsaan Griffin, American 200m runner, born in Texas City, Texas
  • 1974 Iván Campo, Spanish footballer, born in San Sebastián, Spain
  • 1975 Scott Miller, Australian swimmer (Olympic silver 1996), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1976 Robin Confer, American soccer forward (Olympics 1996)
  • 1976 Ryan Smyth, Canadian NHL left wing (Edmonton Oilers), born in Banff, Canada
  • 1977 Steve Francis, American basketball player, born in Takoma Park, Maryland
  • 1977 Chad Hutchinson, American baseball & football player, born in San Diego, California
  • 1979 Pascal Chimbonda, French footballer, born in Les Abymes, Guadeloupe
  • 1979 Lonnie Ford, American football player
  • 1980 Parthiva Sureshwaren, Indian racing driver, born in Chennai, India
  • 1980 Brad Fast, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Fort St. John, Canada
  • 1980 Jim Vandermeer, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Caroline, Canada
  • 1982 Bernhard Auinger, Austrian racing driver, born in Salzburg, Austria
  • 1983 Braylon Edwards, American football player, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1983 Franklin Gutiérrez, Venezuelan baseball player, born in Caracas, Venezuela
  • 1984 Andrew Ellis, New Zealand rugby union player, born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 1984 David Odonkor, German footballer, born in Bünde, Germany
  • 1985 Georgios Samaras, Greek footballer, born in Heraklion, Greece
  • 1989 Josh Walker, English footballer, born in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom