On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on February 24

  • 1866 Hubert Van Innis, Belgian archer (d. 1961)
  • 1872 John Jarvis, England, swimmer (won 108 titles)

Person of interestHonus Wagner

1874 Honus Wagner, American Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop (8-time NL batting champion), born in Chartiers Borough, Pennsylvania (d. 1955)

MLB Shortshop Honus Wagner
MLB Shortshop
Honus Wagner
  • 1910 Arthur Hazlerigg, British peer and cricketer (d. 2002)
  • 1915 Jim Ferrier, Australian golfer (PGA C'ship 1947), born in Sydney, NSW (d. 1986)
  • 1921 Gaston Reiff, Belgian athlete (Olympic gold 1948), born in Braine-l'Alleud, Belgium (d. 1992)
  • 1922 Kanwar Rai Singh, cricketer (batted at MCG in Test for India 1948)
  • 1931 Brian Close, cricketer (played for England between 1949 & 1976), born in Rawden, West Riding (d. 2015)
  • 1934 Flemming Nielsen, Danish soccer player (Olympic silver 1960)
  • 1934 Frank Chapot, American equestrian (Olympic silver 1960, 1972), born in Camden, New Jersey (d. 2016)
  • 1938 Phil Knight, American sportswear manufacturer
  • 1940 Jimmy Ellis, WBA heavyweight boxing champ (1968-70), born in Louisville, Kentucky, (d. 2014)
  • 1940 Denis Law, Scottish footballer (Manchester United, Manchester City), born in Aberdeen, Scotland
  • 1940 Nicolae Martinescu, Romanian Greco-Roman wrestler (Olympic gold 100kg 1972), born in Vişani, Romania (d. 2013)
  • 1940 John Lyall, English soccer manager (West Ham United 1974-89; FA Cup 1980), born in Ilford, England (d. 2006)
  • 1942 Colin Bond, Australian racing driver

  • 1948 Walter Smith, Scottish football manager
  • 1949 John Lever, cricketer (England lefty quick in 21 Tests 1976-81)
  • 1951 Derek Randall, cricketer (England batsman & animated cover fieldsman)
  • 1952 Simon Weinstock, businessman/racehorse owner
  • 1952 Tom Burleson, USA, basketball (Olympic silver 1972) tallest Olympian-7'4"
  • 1952 Fred Dean, American Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end (Pro Bowl 1979–81, 83; First-team All-Pro 1980, 81; Super Bowl 1981, 84; SD Chargers, SF 49ers), born in Arcadia, Louisiana (d. 2020)

Person of interestAlain Prost

1955 Alain Prost, French Formula One racing driver (Championships: 85, 86, 89, 93), born in Lorette, France

Formula 1 Racing Driver Alain Prost
Formula 1 Racing Driver
Alain Prost

Person of interestEddie Murray

1956 Eddie Murray, American MLB Hall of Fame 1st baseman, 8x All-star, 3x Golden Glove (Baltimore Orioles, 1977-88 & 96; L.A. Dodgers, 1989-91 & 97, and three other teams), born in Los Angeles, California

MLB 1st Baseman Eddie Murray
MLB 1st Baseman
Eddie Murray
  • 1957 Phil McConkey, NFL wide receiver (NY Giants)
  • 1959 Michael Roy Whitney, cricket (great NSW & Aussie lefty quick 1981-92)
  • 1961 Ruud Really, soccer player (Feyenoord)
  • 1963 Fuad Reveiz, NFL kicker (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1963 Matias Carrillo, Mexican-American baseball outfielder (Florida Marlins)
  • 1964 Russell Ingall, Australian racing driver
  • 1965 Paul Gruber, NFL tackle (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • 1965 Lloyd McGrath, former English footballer
  • 1966 Rene Arocha, Cubans-American baseball pitcher (St Louis Cardinals)
  • 1968 John Velddman, soccer player (Sparta)
  • 1970 Jeff Garcia, CFL quarterback (Calgary Stampeders)
  • 1970 Wilson Alvarez, Maracaibo Venezuela, pitcher (Chicago White Sox)

  • 1971 Aki Rahunen, Finland, tennis star
  • 1971 Brian Savage, Sudbury, NHL left wing (Montreal Canadiens)
  • 1971 Pedro de la Rosa, Spanish Formula One driver
  • 1972 Larry Amar, Camarillo California, field hockey midfielder/captain (Olympics 1996)
  • 1972 Manon Rheaume, Lac Beauport Quebec, 1st female NHLer (Tampa Bay)
  • 1972 Ron Davis, NFL cornerback (Atlanta Falcons, GB Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • 1973 Alexei Kovalev, NHL right wing (NY Rangers), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1973 Harold Morrow, full back (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1973 Kavis Reed, CFL defensive back (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • 1973 Jordan Jovtchev, Bulgarian gymnast
  • 1974 Jeremy Laster, American water polo driver (Olympics 1996),born in Fullerton, California
  • 1974 Simeon Rice, American NFL defensive end (Super Bowl 2002, Tampa Bay Buccaneers; 3-time Pro Bowl), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1974 Mike Lowell, Puerto Rican baseball player
  • 1976 Bradley McGee, Australian cyclist
  • 1976 Zach Johnson, American golfer (Masters 2007, British Open 2015), born in Iowa City, Iowa

Person of interestFloyd Mayweather, Jr.

1977 Floyd Mayweather Jr., American boxer (5 x weight division world champion; record 26 consecutive wins in world title fights (10 by KO; undefeated record 50-0), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan

  • 1977 Bronson Arroyo, American baseball player
  • 1979 Jesse Billauer, American quadriplegic surfer
  • 1980 Roman Sloudnov, Russian swimmer
  • 1981 Lleyton Hewitt, Australian tennis player (US Open 2001, Wimbledon 2002), born in Adelaide, Australia
  • 1981 Mohammad Sami, Pakistani cricketer
  • 1982 Emanuel Villa, Argentine footballer
  • 1982 Klára Zakopalová, Czech tennis player
  • 1982 Nick Blackburn, American baseball player
  • 1984 Clivio Piccione, Monegasque racing driver
  • 1986 Wojtek Wolski, Polish Ice hockey player
  • 1989 Kosta Koufos, American-Greek basketball player