On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on February 22

  • 1839 Octavius Catto, American educator (Institute for Colored Youth, 1859-71), civil rights activist, and baseball player (Philadelphia Pythians, 1865-71), born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 1871)
  • 1859 Joey Palmer, Australian cricket medium pace/spin bowler (17 Tests, 78 wickets, BB 7/65; Victoria CA), born in Corowa, Australia (d. 1910)
  • 1874 Bill Klem, American Baseball HOF umpire (record 18 x World Series), born in Rochester, New York (d. 1951)
  • 1884 Abraham "Abe" Attell, boxing hall of famer
  • 1896 Edvin Wide, Swedish 10K runner (Olympic silver 1924)
  • 1911 Bill Baker, American baseball player (d. 2006)
  • 1915 Gus Lesnevich, light heavyweight boxing champ (1947 fight of year)
  • 1917 Jack Robertson, cricketer (superb England batsman only played 11 Tests)
  • 1918 Sid Abel, Melville, Saskatchewan, Canadian NHL hockey player (1948-49 Hart Trophy)
  • 1918 Charles "Charlie O" Finley, American sports entrepreneur (MLB's Kansas City/Oakland A's: NHL's California Golden Seals), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 1996)
  • 1921 Marshall Teague, American auto racer (Daytona Road Course Strictly Stock Car winner 1951, 52; AAA National Stock Car champion 1952, 54), born in Daytona Beach, Florida (d. 1959)
  • 1922 Jesús Iglesias, Argentine racing driver, born in Pergamino, Argentina (d. 2005)
  • 1929 Ryne Duren, American near-sighted pitcher (NY Yankees), born in Cazenovia, Wisconsin (d. 2011)
  • 1933 Bobby Smith, English soccer centre forward (15 caps; Tottenham Hotspur 271 games, 176 goals), born in Lingdale, England

Sparky Anderson

1934 Sparky Anderson, American MLB manager (Cincinnati Reds; World Series 1984 Detroit Tigers), born in Bridgewater, South Dakota (d. 2010)

  • 1937 Noel Murphy, Irish rugby union player, born in County Cork, Ireland
  • 1937 Tommy Aaron, American golfer (US Masters 1973), born in Gainesville, Georgia
  • 1939 Steve Barber, American MLB pitcher (Baltimore Orioles, NY Yankees), born in Takoma Park, Maryland (d. 2007)
  • 1940 Chet Walker, American basketball forward (NBA All-Star 1964, 66, 67, 70, 71, 73, 74; NBA C'ship 1967, Philadelphia 76ers; Chicago Bulls), born in Bethlehem, Mississippi
  • 1940 Larry Eisenhauer, American football defensive end (AFL All-Star 1962, 63, 64, 66; Boston Patriots), born in Hicksville, New York (d. 2020)
  • 1943 Dick Van Arsdale, American NBA all-star (NY Knicks, Phoenix Suns), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1943 Tom Van Arsdale, American NBA all-star (Detroit, Cincinnati, KC-Omaha, Phil), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1944 Ranjit Fernando, Sri Lankan cricket wicket-keeper (1975 World Cup), born in Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 1944 Tom Okker, Dutch tennis player, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 1945 Michael Zagaris, American sports photographer (Oakland Athletics, San Francisco 49ers), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1948 Dennis Awtrey, American NBA center (Chicago Bulls, Suns), born in Hollywood, California

Niki Lauda

1949 Niki Lauda, Austrian auto racer (F1 world champ 1975, 77, 84), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2019)

  • 1949 Olga Morozova, Russian tennis player, born in Moscow, Soviet Union

Julius Erving

1950 Julius Erving "Dr. J," American Basketball Hall of Fame forward (11-time NBA All Star), born in East Meadow, New York

  • 1951 Elaine Tanner, Canadian swimmer (1966 Commonwealth Games, 1968 Olympics), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1952 Wayne Levi, American golfer (12 PGA Tour titles), born in Little Falls, New York
  • 1955 Tim Young, Canadian ice hockey player (Minnesota North Stars), born in Scarborough, Ontario
  • 1956 Amy Alcott, American golfer (5-time major title winner; US Open 1980), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1961 Mike Morris, American NFL center (Minnesota Vikings), born in Centerville, Iowa
  • 1962 Lisa Jacquin, American equestrian show jumper (Olympics 1996), born in Tucson, Arizona
  • 1962 Les Wallace, Scottish darts player (BDO World Champion 1997), born in Forres, Scotland
  • 1963 Dave Besteman, American speed skater (Olympics 1994), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1963 Devon Malcolm, Jamaican cricketer (in Jamaica England fast bowler 1989-95), born in Kingston, Jamaica

Vijay Singh

1963 Vijay Singh, Fijian golfer (Masters 2000, PGA C'ship 1998, 2004), born in Lautoka, Fiji

  • 1964 Gigi Fernandez [Beatriz], American tennis star (Olymp-gold-96), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 1965 Chris Dudley, American NBA center, 1987-2003 (NY Knicks, Portland Trail Blazers, and 3 other teams), born in Stamford, Connecticut
  • 1965 Joe Reekie, Canadian NHL defenseman, 1985-2002 (Buffalo Sabres, Washington Capitals, and 3 other teams), born in Victoria, British Columbia

Pat LaFontaine

1965 Pat LaFontaine, American NHL center, 1983-98 (NY Islanders, Buffalo Sabres, NY Rangers), born in St. Louis, Missouri

  • 1966 Brent Severyn, Canadian NHL defenseman (NY Islanders), born in Vegreville, Canada
  • 1966 Brad Edwards, American NFL safety (Atlanta Falcons), born in Lumberton, North Carolina
  • 1967 Marianne Ihalainen, Finnish ice hockey right wing (Finland, Olympics 1998), born in Tampere, Finland
  • 1967 Steve Broussard, American NFL running back (Seattle Seahawks), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1968 Jayson Williams, American NBA center (NJ Nets), born in Ritter, South Carolina
  • 1968 James Allison, British Formula 1 Technical Director of Mercedes-AMG, born in Louth, Lincolnshire
  • 1969 Mark Chmura, American NFL tight end (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31), born in Deerfield, Massachusetts
  • 1969 Shawn Jefferson, American NFL wide receiver (San Diego Chargers, NE Patriots), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1969 Brian Laudrup, Danish footballer, born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1970 Adam Keefe, American NBA forward (Utah Jazz), born in Irvine, California
  • 1970 Dominic Roussel, Canadian NHL goalie (Winnipeg Jets), born in Hull, Canada
  • 1971 Jason Marshall, Canadian NHL defenseman (Anaheim Mighty Ducks), born in Cranbrook, Canada
  • 1971 Lisa Fernandez, American softball pitcher (Olympic gold 1996), born in Lakewood, California
  • 1971 Max Lane, American NFL tackle (NE Patriots), born in Norborne, Missouri
  • 1971 Mohammed Sylla, Guinean football player (Willem II, FC Martigues), born in Conakry, Guinea (d. 2010)
  • 1971 Rico Mack, American WLAF linebacker (Amsterdam Admirals), born in Statham, Georgia

Michael Chang

1972 Michael Chang, American tennis player, coach (French Open 1989), born in Hoboken, New Jersey

  • 1973 Ntala Skinner, American biathlete (Olympics 1994), born in Sun Valley, Idaho
  • 1973 Juninho Paulista, Brazilian footballer, born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • 1973 Claus Lundekvam, Norwegian footballer, born in Austevoll, Norway
  • 1973 Einar Kristian Tveitå, Norwegian athlete
  • 1974 Aaron Gavey, Canadian NHL center (Tampa Bay Lightning), born in Greater Sudbury, Canada
  • 1974 Kyoko Nagatsuka, Japanese tennis star (1996 Hobart), born in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
  • 1975 Charles O'Bannon, American NBA guard (Detroit Pistons), born in Bellflower, California
  • 1975 Gregory Maddalone, American dance skater (with partner Demkowski), born in Schenectady, New York
  • 1976 Faan Rautenbach, South African rugby player, born in Bethlehem, South Africa
  • 1977 Hakan Yakin, Swiss footballer, born in Basel, Switzerland
  • 1979 Brett Emerton, Australian footballer, born in Bankstown, Australia
  • 1981 Fredson Camara, Brazilian footballer, born in Monção, Brazil
  • 1985 Hameur Bouazza, Algerian footballer, born in Essonne, France
  • 1986 Rajon Rondo, American basketball player, born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1988 Kevin Borlée, Belgian athlete, born in Woluwe-Saint-Lambert, Belgium
  • 1988 Przemysław Kazimierczak, Polish footballer, born in Łęczyca, Poland
  • 1992 Natasha Cloud, American basketball player (Washington Mystics) and activist, born in Broomall, Pennsylvania