On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on February 28

  • 1879 James "Soup" Perkins, American jockey (Kentucky Derby 1985; winningest jockey in America 1895), born in Lexington, Kentucky (d. 1911)

Joe Malone

1890 Joe Malone, Canadian Hockey HOF center (only player in NHL history to score 7 goals in a single game 1920; Stanley Cup 1912, 13 Quebec Bulldogs; 1924 Montreal Canadiens), born in Quebec City, Québec (d. 1969)

  • 1898 Zeki Rıza Sporel, Turkish soccer striker (16 caps; Fenerbahçe), born in Istanbul, Turkey (d. 1969)
  • 1917 Hans Deutgen, Swedish archer (World C'ship gold individual 1947, 48, 49, 50; team 1948), born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1989)
  • 1929 Hayden Fry, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (SMU 1962-72, North Texas State University 1973-78, University of Iowa 1979-98), born in Eastland, Texas (d. 2019)
  • 1930 Frank Malzone, MLB player (Boston Red Sox), born in the Bronx, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1931 Peter Alliss, English golfer (Ryder Cup 1957 GB winners) and author, course designer and television presenter, commentator (BBC, ESPN, ABC Sports), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2020)
  • 1933 Robert Grondelaers, Belgian cyclist (d. 1989)
  • 1933 Charles Vinci, American weightlifter (Olympic bantamweight gold 1956, 60), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2018)
  • 1935 Clive Halse, cricketer (South African fast bowler on 1963-64 Aust/NZ tour)
  • 1938 Foge Fazio, American college football coach (University of Pittsburgh), born in Dawmont, West Virginia (d. 2009)
  • 1939 Charles Brown, featherweight boxer (Olympic bronze 1964), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1939 Kamel Lemoui, Algerian soccer defender (7 caps; AS Béziers Hérault) and manager (Algeria 1988-89), born in Batna, Algeria (d. 2022)

Mario Andretti

1940 Mario Andretti, Italian American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1969; F1 World Champion 1978), born in Montona, Italy

  • 1942 Dino Zoff, Italian footballer goalkeeper, 1961-83, and manager, 1988-2005, born in Mariano del Friuli, Italy
  • 1944 Sepp Maier, German footballer
  • 1945 Bubba Smith, American College Football Hall of Fame defensive end (Michigan State; Pro Bowl 1970, 71; First Team All Pro 1971; Super Bowl 1971; Baltimore Colts) and actor (Police Academy), born in Orange, Texas (d. 2011)
  • 1946 Graham Vivian, New Zealand cricketer (son of Giff, 5 Tests for NZ 1965-72), born in Auckland New Zealand
  • 1951 Gustavo Thoeni, Italian giant slalom (Olympic gold 1972)
  • 1951 Karsan Ghavri, cricketer (Indian lefty medium pacer early 80s)
  • 1952 Melissa Babish, SC, swimmer (Olympic)
  • 1953 Ingo Hoffmann, Brazilian race car driver, born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • 1954 Brian Billick, American football coach
  • 1955 Adrian Dantley, NBA forward (Olympic gold 1976, Utah Jazz), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1956 Jimmy Nicholl, Canadian-born Northern Irish footballer
  • 1957 Ian Smith, New Zealand cricket wicket-keeper (1980-92), born in Nelson, New Zealand
  • 1958 Christine Lathan-Brehmer, German DR, 400m runner (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1958 Mark Pavelich, American NHL forward (Olympic gold 1980 'Miracle on Ice'; NY Rangers, Minnesota North Stars, San Jose Sharks), born in Eveleth, Minnesota (d. 2021)
  • 1961 Barry McGuigan, Irish boxer, born in Clones, Ireland
  • 1961 Eric Bachelart, Belgian racing driver
  • 1962 Angela Bailey, Canadian 4X100m relayer (Olympic silver 1984), born in Coventry, England
  • 1962 Chunli Li, table tennis player (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1963 Claudio Chiappucci, Italian cyclist
  • 1964 Djamolidine Abdoujaparov, Uzbekistan road cyclist (Tour de France points winner 1991, 93-4), born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan
  • 1965 Duane Ferrell, NBA forward (SF Warriors, Indiana Pacers)
  • 1965 Mikko Makela, Tampere Finland, NHL right wing (NY Islanders)
  • 1966 Jan Varholik, Kosice CZE, hockey defenseman (Team Slovakia)
  • 1966 Tim Goad, NFL defensive tackle (Cleveland Browns)
  • 1966 Vincent Askew, NBA guard/forward (Seattle Supersonics, Trailblazers)
  • 1966 Paulo Futre, Portuguese footballer
  • 1967 Antone Davis, NFL tackle (Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1967 Jeff[rey] Pfaendtner, rower (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1967 Colin Cooper, English soccer defender (2 caps; Middlesborough, Nottingham Forest), born in Durham, England
  • 1968 J T Snow, American baseball 1st baseman (NY Yankees, California Angels)
  • 1968 Mike Milchin, pitcher (Minnesota Twins), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 1969 Shawn McEachern, Waltham MA, NHL forward (Boston Bruins, Senators)
  • 1969 Butch Leitzinger, American race car driver
  • 1969 Tor Øivind Ødegaard, Norwegian track runner
  • 1970 Mika Stromberg, Helsinki FIN, hockey defenseman (Team Finland)
  • 1970 Noureddine Morceli, Algeria, 1500m runner (Olympic gold 1996)
  • 1972 Melisa Moses, diver (Olympic 4th 1996), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1972 Scott Gragg, NFL tackle (NY Giants)
  • 1973 Denard Walker, cornerback (Tennessee Oilers)

Eric Lindros

1973 Eric Lindros, NHL center (Philadelphia Flyers), born in London, Ontario

  • 1973 Gary Walker, NFL defensive tackle/defensive end (Houston Oilers)
  • 1973 Henry Bailey, NFL wide receiver/kick returner (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1973 Nicolas Minassian, French racing driver
  • 1974 Katie Allen, Australian field hockey full back/half back (Olympics 1996)
  • 1974 Kevin Abrams, cornerback (Detroit Lions)
  • 1974 Lee Carsley, Irish footballer
  • 1975 Azhar Mahmood, Pakistan cricket all-rounder (21 Tests, 900 runs @ 30.00, 3 x 100s, 39 wickets), born in Rawalpindi, Pakistan
  • 1975 Mike Rucker, American football player
  • 1976 Angie Kennedy, Nambour QLD Australia, swimmer (Olympics 1996)
  • 1977 Aki-Petteri Berg, NHL defenseman (Team Finland Olympic bronze 1998, Kings)
  • 1977 Debbie Koegel, dance skater (with partner Oleg Fediukov), born in Norristown, Pennsylvania
  • 1978 Benjamin Raich, Austrian alpine ski racer, born in Innsbruck, Austria
  • 1978 Jamaal Tinsley, American basketball player, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1978 Mariano Zabaleta, Argentine tennis player, born in Tandil, Argentina
  • 1979 Virginia Ledgerwood, American rhythmic gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Chester, Virginia
  • 1979 Sébastien Bourdais, French auto racer, (Champ Car World Series 2004-07, Le Mans 24 Hours 2016), born in Le Mans, France
  • 1979 Primož Peterka, Slovenian ski jumper, born in Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • 1979 Ivo Karlović, Croatian tennis player, born in Zagreb, Croatia
  • 1980 Pascal Bosschaart, Dutch footballer, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • 1980 Piotr Giza, Polish footballer, born in Kraków, Poland
  • 1980 Lucian Bute, Romanian-born Quebec boxer, born in Pechea, Romania
  • 1980 Tayshaun Prince, American basketball player, born in Compton, California
  • 1981 Florent Serra, French tennis player, born in Bordeaux, France
  • 1985 Jelena Janković, Serbian tennis player, born in Belgrade, Serbia
  • 1987 Kerrea Gilbert, English footballer, born in Willesden, London
  • 1996 Karsten Warholm, Norwegian athlete (Olympic gold 400m hurdles WR 45.94 2021; World C'ship gold 2017, 19), born in Ulsteinvik, Møre og Romsdal, Norway
  • 1999 Luka Dončić, Slovenian basketball guard (EuroLeague MVP 2018; NBA Rookie of the Year 2019; Dallas Mavericks), born in Ljubljana, Slovenia