On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on February 23

  • 1865 Barney Dreyfuss, baseball owner (Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • 1891 Harold Horder, Australian Rugby League player (d. 1978)
  • 1909 Frank Ward, cricketer (Australian leggie late 30s)
  • 1913 Charles Leonard, American pentathlete (Olympic-1936)
  • 1914 Theofiel Middelkamp, Dutch cyclist (d. 2005)
  • 1914 Mike Tresh, American baseball catcher (MLB All Star 1945; Chicago WS), born in Hazleton, Pennsylvania (d. 1966)
  • 1916 George Abel, Canadian ice hockey player (Olympic gold 1972)
  • 1919 Johnny Carey, Irish professional footballer, born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1995)
  • 1923 Dante Lavelli, AAFC/NFL end wide receiver (Cleveland Browns)
  • 1925 Ian Smith, South African cricket leg-spinner (1947-58) who averaged 64.08, born in Durban, South Africa (d. 2015)
  • 1929 Elston Howard, American baseball catcher (12 × MLB All-Star; 6 × World Series; AL MVP 1963; first African-American NY Yankee), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1980)
  • 1930 Harry Boldt, German Fed Rep, equestrian dressage (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1930 Bobby Dillon, American NFL defensive back (second to record 50 interceptions), born in Temple, Texas (d. 2019)
  • 1933 Lee Calhoun, Laurel, Mississippi, American 110m hurdler (Olympic gold 1956, 60)
  • 1937 Tom Osborne, college football coach
  • 1939 Josef Feistmantl, Austrian lugeist (Olympic gold 1964)

  • 1941 Robin Bynoe, cricketer (WI opening batsman in 4 Tests 1959-67)
  • 1941 Ron Hunt, baseball player
  • 1943 Bobby Mitchell, American golfer (US Masters runner-up 1972), born in Chatham, Virginia (d. 2018)
  • 1943 Fred Biletnikoff, NFL wide receiver
  • 1947 Geoff Cope, cricketer (England off-spinner 1977-78)
  • 1948 Trevor Cherry, English soccer defender (27 caps; Leeds United, Huddersfield Town, Bradford City) and manager (Bradford City), born in Huddersfield, England (d. 2020)
  • 1949 Anna-Maria Muller, German DR, Luge (Olympic gold 1972)
  • 1951 Ed "Too Tall" Jones, American NFL defensive end (Pro Bowl, All Pro 1981-83; Super Bowl 1977; Dallas Cowboys), born in Jackson, Tennessee
  • 1953 Satoru Nakajima, Japanese racing driver
  • 1963 Bobby Bonilla, American outfielder (NY Mets, Baltimore Orioles, Marlins), born in NYC, New York
  • 1965 Helena Suková, Czech tennis player (14 Grand Slam doubles & mixed doubles titles), born in Prague, Czech Republic
  • 1966 John Druce, NHL right wing (Philadelphia Flyers, LA Kings), born in Peterborough, Canada
  • 1967 Gord Murphy, NHL defenseman (Florida Panthers), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1967 Steve Stricker, American golfer (12 PGA Tour titles; US Senior Open, The Tradition 2019), born in Edgerton, Wisconsin
  • 1969 Ed McDaniel, NFL linebacker (Minnesota Vikings), born in Batesburg-Leesville, South Carolina
  • 1969 Michael Campbell, New Zealand golfer (US Open 2005), born in Hawera, New Zealand
  • 1969 Marc Wauters, Belgian cyclist, born in Hasselt, Belgium
  • 1971 Carin Koch, Swedish golfer (2 LPGA Tour titles), born in Kungälv, Sweden
  • 1971 Torsten Kienass, German hockey defenseman (Team Germany), born in Berlin, East Germany
  • 1971 Don Maxwell, Canadian cricketer, born in Bridgetown, Barbados

  • 1972 Greg Hill, NFL running back (KC Chiefs), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1972 Jamie Watson, NBA forward (Utah Jazz), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1972 Ryan Grigson, NFL guard/tackle (Detroit Lions), born in Highland, Indiana
  • 1973 Robert Pipkins, American luge racer (Olympics 1994), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1974 Herschelle Gibbs, South African cricketer (South African Test batsman 1996), born in Cape Town, South Africa
  • 1974 Kenyon Cotton, American football fullback (Baltimore Ravens), born in Bossier City, Louisiana
  • 1975 Bohdan Ulihrach, Czech tennis player, born in Kolín, Czech Republic
  • 1975 Chris Garner, NBA guard (Toronto Raptors), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1975 Pat Barnes, American football quarterback (KC Chiefs), born in Arlington Heights, Illinois
  • 1976 Jeff O'Neill, Canadian NHL center (Hartford Whalers), born in Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • 1976 Scott Elarton, American baseball player, born in Lamar, Colorado
  • 1977 Angie Trostel, American diver (Olympics 1996), born in Oxford, Ohio
  • 1977 Kristina Šmigun, Estonian cross-country skier, born in Tartu, Estonia
  • 1978 Karolina Rantamaki, Finnish ice hockey left wing (Finland, Olympics 1998), born in Espoo, Finland
  • 1980 Yvonne Tousek, Canadian gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Kitchener, Ontario
  • 1981 Gareth Barry, English footballer (West Bromwich Albion F.C.), born in Hastings, United Kingdom
  • 1981 Charles Tillman, American football cornerback, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1983 Mirco Bergamasco, Italian rugby player, born in Padua, Italiy
  • 1983 Mido, Egyptian footballer, born in Cairo, Egypt
  • 1984 Andre Ward, American professional boxer, unified light heavyweight champion and world’s top pound-for-pound boxer, born in San Francisco, California
  • 1986 Jerod Mayo, American football linebacker, born in Hampton, Virginia
  • 1989 Evan Bates, American ice dancer (2015 US Champion), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • 1995 Andrew Wiggins, Canadian basketball small forward (2014 NBA Draft: #1 pick Cleveland Cavaliers), born in Toronto, Ontario