Birthdays in Sport on February 21

  • 1883 Mick Commaille, South African cricketer and soccer rep, born in Cape Town, South Africa (d. 1956)
  • 1887 Savielly Tartakower, Austrian-Polish-French chess player, born in Rostov-on-Don, Russian Empire (d. 1956)
  • 1903 Tom Yawkey, American Baseball HOF executive (owner Boston Red Sox 1933-76), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1976)
  • 1908 Neville Quinn, South African cricket fast bowler (12 Tests, 35 wickets), born in Tweefontein, South Africa (d. 1934)
  • 1910 Eddie Waring, British sports commentator (d. 1986)
  • 1913 Roger Laurent, Belgian racing driver (d. 1997)
  • 1914 Arnold Denker, American chess champion (1944-46), born in New York City (d. 2005)
  • 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)
  • 1932 Leon Black, American college basketball coach (Texas Longhorns men's team 1967-76), born in Martins Mill, Texas (d. 2021)
  • 1934 Gordon Forbes, South African tennis player and author (French Open mixed doubles [Darlene Hard] 1955), born in Burgersdorp, South Africa (d. 2020)
  • 1937 Ron Clarke AO, MBE, Australian athlete (17 x WRs, 5,000m, 10,000m, 20,000m; 2, 3, 6, 10 miles) and politician (mayor Gold Coast), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 2015)
  • 1940 Bruno Bolchi, Italian soccer midfielder (4 caps; Inter, Verona, Atalanta, Torino) and manager (AC Cesena, Bari, Messina, Genoa), born in Milan, Italy (d. 2022)
  • 1940 Peter Gethin, British racing driver
  • 1945 Sudhir Naik, Indian cricketer (Indian Test batsman in 2 Tests 1974), born in Bombay, India
  • 1946 Bob Ryan, American sportswriter (The Boston Globe), born in Trenton, New Jersey
  • 1946 Desmond Lewis, West Indian cricket batsman/keeper (avg 86.33 in 3 Tests), born in Jamaica (d. 2018)
  • 1949 Ronnie Hellström, Swedish soccer goalkeeper (77 caps; Hammarby IF, 1. FC Kaiserslautern; Sweden Player of the Year 1971, 78), born in Malmö, Sweden (d. 2022)
  • 1951 John Parker, New Zealand cricket batsman (36 Tests, 3 x 100s; 24 ODIs; Worcestershire CCC, Northern Districts CA), born in Dannevirke, New Zealand
  • 1954 Ivo van Damme, Belgian 800/1500m dash (Olympic silver 1976)
  • 1958 Alan Trammell, American Baseball HOF shortstop (6 × MLB All-Star; World Series MVP 1984; Detroit Tigers) and manager (Detroit Tigers, Arizona Diamondbacks), born in Garden Grove, California
  • 1961 Bertha Faye, American wrestler (d. 2001)
  • 1961 Yobes Ondieki, Kenyan 10K runner (world record)
  • 1963 Greg Turner, New Zealand golfer (4 European Tour titles), born in Dunedin, New Zealand
  • 1963 Michael Gostigian, American pentathlete (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 J. D. Gibbs, American auto racer, team owner (Joe Gibbs Rcaing), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2019)
  • 1969 Petra Kronberger, Austrian alpine skier (Olympic gold 1992), born in Pfarrwerfen, Austria
  • 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 cricket batsman (74 Tests, 14 x 100, HS 219; NSW CA, Derbyshire CCC) and broadcaster (9 Network 7 Network), born in Wagga Wagga, Australia
  • 1971 Arco Jochemsen, Dutch soccer player (SVDB, Vitesse), born in Barneveld, the Netherlands
  • 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 Iván Campo, Spanish footballer, born in San Sebastián, Spain
  • 1974 Rohsaan Griffin, American 200m runner, born in Texas City, Texas
  • 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 Chad Hutchinson, American baseball & football player, born in San Diego, California
  • 1977 Steve Francis, American basketball player, born in Takoma Park, Maryland
  • 1979 Pascal Chimbonda, French footballer, born in Les Abymes, Guadeloupe
  • 1980 Brad Fast, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Fort St. John, Canada
  • 1980 Jim Vandermeer, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Caroline, Canada
  • 1980 Parthiva Sureshwaren, Indian racing driver, born in Chennai, India
  • 1982 Bernhard Auinger, Austrian racing driver, born in Salzburg, Austria
  • 1983 Braylon Edwards, American football player, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 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
  • 1992 Phil Jones, English footballer (Manchester United), born in Preston, England