Birthdays in Sport on February 3

  • 1851 Lord Harris, cricketer (4 Tests for England MCC big-wig)
  • 1872 Lou Criger, American baseball player (d. 1934)
  • 1879 Charles Follis, 1st African American NFLer (Shelby, Ohio)
  • 1883 Camille Bombois, French circus wrestler/painter
  • 1895 Izak Buys, cricketer (one Test for South Africa 1922, 0 & 4*, 0-52)
  • 1899 Forrest "Red" DeBernardi, basketball hall of famer (elected 1961)
  • 1908 Oddbjorn Hagen, Norwegian cross country jumper (Olympic gold 1936)
  • 1913 Richard Seaman, British racing driver (d. 1939)
  • 1918 Helen Stephens, American athlete (Olympic gold 100m & 4x100m relay 1936), born in Fulton, Missouri (d. 1994)
  • 1920 Stan Ockers, Belgian cyclist (Tour de France 1955, 56)
  • 1920 Tony Gaze, Australian racing driver
  • 1926 Arthur Arfons, auto racer/designer (Green Monster 1964-536.71 MPH)
  • 1928 C V Gadkari, cricketer (Indian batsman in 6 Tests 1953-55)
  • 1929 Ken Shipp, American football coach
  • 1932 J P "Pom-Pom" Felloes-Smith, cricketer (South African batsman v England 1960)
  • 1932 Maria Itkina, USSR, sprinter (9 world records)
  • 1936 Bob Simpson, Australian cricketer (1965 Wisden Cricketer of the Year)
  • 1938 Emile Griffith, American boxer, (world welterweight, middleweight & junior middleweight champion), born in Saint Thomas, US Virgin Islands (d. 2013)

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1940 Fran Tarkenton, NFL quarterback (NY Giants, Minnesota Vikings), born in Richmond, Virginia

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  • 1941 Carol Mann, American golfer (1964 Western Open, 1965 US Open), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2018)
  • 1941 Gary Bartlett, cricket pace bowler (NZ in 10 Tests in the 1960's)
  • 1945 Bob Griese, NFL quarterback (Miami Dolphins, 1971 Player of Year)
  • 1947 Joe Coleman, baseball pitcher (Washington, Detroit)
  • 1949 Hennie Kuiper, Dutch cyclist
  • 1951 Felipe Munoz, Mexican 200m backstroke swimmer (Olympic gold 1968)
  • 1951 Eugenijus Riabovas, Lithuanian football manager
  • 1952 Fred Lynn, baseball outfielder (Boston, California, Baltimore), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1954 Tiger Williams, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1956 John Jefferson, American football player
  • 1959 Molly Killingbeck, Jamaica, 4X400m relayer (Olympic silver 1984)
  • 1960 Kerry Von Erich, American wrestler (d. 1993)
  • 1960 Marty Jannetty, American Wrestler
  • 1961 Jay Adams, American skateboarder
  • 1962 Joe Handle, American baseball pitcher (Florida Marlins)
  • 1965 Dorcas Wonsavage, cross country skier (Olympics 1994), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1966 Danny Morrison, cricket pace bowler (NZ since 1987)
  • 1966 Sean Patrick Wade, NZ marathoner (Olympics 1996), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1967 Aurelio Vidmar, soccer player (Standard Luik, Feyenoord)
  • 1967 Jason Morris, Scotia NY, half-middleweight judoka (Olympic silver 1992, 96)
  • 1967 Natalie Hunter, Australian canoeist (Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1967 Bob Taylor, English footballer
  • 1968 Frantisek Kucera, NHL defenseman (Vanc Canucks, Olympic gold 1998), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • 1968 Leroy Thompson, NFL running back (KC Chiefs)
  • 1968 Mark Koevermans, Netherlands, tennis star
  • 1968 Vlade Divac, Yugoslavia, NBA center (Charlotte Hornets, LA Lakers)
  • 1969 Casey Weldon, NFL quarterback (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • 1969 Jeff Christy, NFL center (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1969 Robert Pack, NBA guard (Washington Bullets, Dallas Mavericks)
  • 1969 Terry Bradshaw, American baseball outfielder (St Louis Cardinals)
  • 1969 Retief Goosen, professional golfer
  • 1970 Alonza Barnett, WLAF safety (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 1970 Eric Curry, NFL defensive end (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • 1970 Jason Muzzatti, NHL goalie (Hartford Whalers), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1970 Keith Carney, NHL defenseman (Chicago Blackhawks, Team US), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • 1970 Oscar Cordoba, Colombian footballer
  • 1971 Eric Owens, Danville VA, outfielder (Cincinnati Reds)
  • 1971 Marcus Buckley, NFL linebacker (NY Giants)
  • 1971 Roman Cechmanek, NHL goaltender (Team Czech Olympic gold 1998)
  • 1971 Sean Dawkins, NFL wide receiver (Indianapolis Colts)
  • 1972 Jermaine Smith, NFL defensive tackle (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • 1972 Keith Elias, NFL running back (NY Giants)
  • 1972 Tyrone Poole, NFL cornerback (Carolina Panthers)
  • 1972 Mart Poom, Estonian football player
  • 1973 Kyle Richardson, WLAF punter (Rhein Fire)
  • 1973 Jim Campbell, American hockey forward (Olympics 1994), born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • 1974 Konrad Gałka, Polish swimmer
  • 1976 Dwayne Rudd, linebacker (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1981 Maurice Ross, Scottish footballer
  • 1982 Alan Gurr, Australian V8 Supercar driver
  • 1983 Richard Bartel, National Football League quarterback
  • 1989 Slobodan Rajković, Serbian footballer