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

Person of interestEddie Murray

1956 Eddie Murray, 1st baseman (Orioles, Dodgers, Cleveland Indians), 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, Fullerton California, water polo driver (Olympics 1996)
  • 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
  • 1976 Marco Campos, Brazilian racing driver (d. 1995)

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