Birthdays in Sport on February 25

  • 1855 George Bonnor, Australian cricket batsman (17 Tests, 1 x 100, HS 128; NSW CA, Victoria CA), born in Bathurst, Australia (d. 1912)
  • 1871 Oliver Campbell, American tennis player (US Open 1890-92), born in Brooklyn, NY (d. 1953)
  • 1895 DeBenneville "Bert" Bell, PA, NFL owner/commissioner/HOF (Eagles)
  • 1903 King Clancy, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1986)
  • 1914 John Arlott, British cricket commentator & writer (BBC), born in Basingstoke, England (d. 1991)
  • 1916 Ralph Baldwin, Canadian harness driver and trainer (11 major world records; Hambletonian Stakes 1963, 73), born in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan (d. 1982)
  • 1918 Barney Ewell, American athlete (d. 1996)

Bobby RiggsBobby Riggs (1918-1995)

American tennis player ("The Battle of the Sexes", US Open 1939, 41), born in Los Angeles, California

  • 1918 Henry Norwood Ewell, 4x100m runner (Olympic gold 1948), born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • 1919 Monty Irvin, American Baseball HOF outfielder (4 x NgL All-Star, NgL World Series 1946 Newark Eagles; MLB All-Star 1952, World Series 1954 NY Giants), born in Haleburg, Alabama (d. 2016)
  • 1921 Andy Pafko, Boyceville, Wisconsin, MLB player (Chicago Cubs), (d. 2013)
  • 1928 Paul Elvstrøm, Danish yachtsman (4 Olympic gold, Finn class 1948, 52, 56, 60), born in Hellerup, Denmark (d. 2016)
  • 1932 Tony Brooks, English auto racer (F1 World C'ship third 1958, runner-up 1959; 6 x F1 wins), born in Dukinfield, Cheshire, England (d. 2022)
  • 1934 Tony Lema, American golfer (British Open 1964), born in Oakland, California (d. 1966)
  • 1938 Farokh Engineer, Indian cricket wicket-keeper (1961-75)
  • 1938 Herb Elliott, Australian athlete (Olympic gold 1,500m [WR 3:35.6] 1960; WR mile 3:54.5 1958), born in Perth, Australia
  • 1938 Viktor Kosichkin, Russian speed skater (Olympic gold 1960), born in Rybnoye (d. 2012)
  • 1940 Billy Packer, Wellsville NY, basketball sportscaster (CBS)
  • 1940 Ron Santo, American Baseball Hall of Fame third baseman (9-time MLB All Star; 5-time Gold Glove; Chicago Cubs), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2010)
  • 1943 Wilson da Silva Piazza, Brazilian footballer
  • 1947 Eddie Thomson, Australian soccer coach (Socceroos 1990-96), born in Rosewell, Scotland (d. 2003)
  • 1947 Lee Evans, American athlete (Olympic gold men's 400m, 4x400m relay 1968), born in Madera, California (d. 2021)
  • 1951 César Cedeño, Dominican baseball player
  • 1951 Don Quarrie, Jamaican runner
  • 1951 James Brown, American sportscaster (CBS News, The NFL Today), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1952 Elizabeth "Libby" Callahan, American sport shooter and four-time Olympian, born in Columbia, South Carolina
  • 1952 Joey Dunlop, Irish motorcycle racer (d. 2000)
  • 1954 Steve Rixon, Australian cricket wicket-keeper (1977-85)
  • 1956 Davie Cooper, soccer star
  • 1958 Ally Dawson, Scottish soccer defender (5 caps; Glasgow Rangers) and manager (Hamilton Academical), born in Johnstone, Scotland (d. 2021)
  • 1958 Kurt Rambis, NBA forward (Lakers, Hornets)/Clark Kent look-a-like
  • 1960 Glen Bishop, cricketer (S Aussie batsman, 2 ODI's for Australia 1987)
  • 1961 Davey Allison, American auto racer (Daytona 500 1992), born in Hollywood, Florida (d. 1993)
  • 1961 Todd Blackledge, American football player
  • 1962 Birgit Fischer, German DR, 500m kayaker (Olympic gold 1980)

Paul O'NeillPaul O'Neill (59 years old)

1963 MLB right fielder (Cincinnati Reds, NY Yankees), born in Columbus, Ohio

  • 1964 Don Majkowski, NFL quarterback (Detroit Lions)
  • 1966 Don Anurasiri, cricketer (Sri Lankan slow left-armer)
  • 1966 Samson Kitur, Kenyan athlete (d. 2003)
  • 1967 Jenny Byrne, Australian tennis player (Wimbledon mixed doubles 1989 runner-up), born in Perth, Australia
  • 1967 Rich Rowland, American baseball catcher (Detroit Tigers)
  • 1968 David Hulse, American baseball outfielder (Texas Rangers)
  • 1969 Donald Hodge, NBA center (Charlotte Hornets)
  • 1969 Kerry Dienelt, Australian softball catcher/1st baseman (Olympic bronze 1996)
  • 1969 Michelle Gibson, equestrian dressage (Olympic bronze 1996)
  • 1970 Alfred Jordan, CFL cornerback (Calgary Stampeders)
  • 1970 Brian O'Neal, NFL full back (SF 49ers)
  • 1970 Corey Mayfield, NFL defensive tackle (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1970 Dave Brown, NFL quarterback (NY Giants)
  • 1970 Troy Mallette, Sudbury, NHL left wing (Ottawa Senators)
  • 1971 Andrew Hermann, US 50K walker (Olympics 1996)
  • 1971 Byron Dafoe, NHL goalie (Los Angeles Kings), born in Sussex, England
  • 1971 David Fox, American 50m freestyle (Olympic 6th 1996)
  • 1971 Helen Dobson, British golfer (ANA Inspiration 1998 runner-up), born in Skegness, England
  • 1971 Konstantin Matoussevich, Israeli high jumper (Olympic 7th-1996), born in Kyiv, Ukraine
  • 1971 Nova Peris, field hockey left halfback (Olympics 1996), born in Darwin, Australia
  • 1972 Chris Harrison, guard (Detroit Lions)
  • 1972 Erwin van de Looi, soccer player (Vitesse)
  • 1972 Sean Harris, NFL linebacker (Chicago Bears)
  • 1973 Normann Stadler, German triathlete, born in Wertheim am Main, West Germany
  • 1974 Detron Smith, NFL running back (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1974 Tamarick Vanover, NFL wide receiver (KC Chiefs)
  • 1975 Hercules Kyvelos, boxer (Olympics 1996), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1976 Samaki Walker, NBA forward (Dallas Mavericks)
  • 1980 Antonio Burks, American basketball player
  • 1981 Park Ji-Sung, South Korean footballer
  • 1982 Anton Volchenkov, Russian ice hockey player
  • 1982 Chris Baird, Irish footballer
  • 1982 Flavia Pennetta, Italian tennis player (US open 2015), born in Brindisi, Italy
  • 1983 Eduardo da Silva, Brazilian-born Croatian footballer
  • 1985 Benji Marshall, New Zealand rugby player
  • 1985 Joakim Noah, American basketball player
  • 1992 Hideki Matsuyama, Japanese golfer (US Masters 2021; US Open 2017 runner-up), born in Matsuyama, Japan
  • 1992 Libby [Elizabeth] Callahan, sport pistol (Olympics 1996), born in Columbia, South Carolina
  • 1994 Eugenie Bouchard, Canadian tennis player (Wimbledon 2014 runner-up), born in Montreal, Quebec