Birthdays in Sport on February 3

  • 1851 George Harris, (4th Baron Harris), English cricket batsman and captain (4 Tests, 1 x 50; Kent CCC), born in St Ann's, Trinidad (d. 1932)
  • 1872 Lou Criger, American baseball player (d. 1934)
  • 1879 Charles Follis, 1st African American NFLer (Shelby, Ohio)
  • 1883 Camille Bombois, French circus wrestler/painter
  • 1890 Larry MacPhail, American Baseball Hall of Fame executive (Cincinnati Reds, Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Yankees), born in Cass City, Michigan (d. 1975)
  • 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)
  • 1911 Tom Creavy, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1931), born in Tuckahoe, New York (d. 1979)
  • 1913 Richard Seaman, British racing driver (d. 1939)

George NissenGeorge Nissen (1914-2010)

American inventor (created the trampoline), born in Blairstown, Iowa

  • 1918 Helen Stephens, American athlete (Olympic gold 100m & 4x100m relay 1936), born in Fulton, Missouri (d. 1994)
  • 1920 Stan Ockers, Belgian road cyclist (World road champion 1955; Tour de France runner-up 1950, 52), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1956)
  • 1920 Tony Gaze, Australian racing driver
  • 1926 Arthur Arfons, auto racer/designer (Green Monster 1964-536.71 MPH)
  • 1927 Ilias Rosidis, Greek soccer defender (29 caps; Olympiacos FC), born in Neo Faliro, Piraeus, Greece (d. 2019)
  • 1928 C V Gadkari, cricketer (Indian batsman in 6 Tests 1953-55)
  • 1929 Ken Shipp, American football coach
  • 1929 Pedro Nájera, Mexican soccer midfielder (FIFA World Cup 1954, 62; Club América), born in Mexico City, Mexico (d. 2020)
  • 1931 Charanjit Singh, Indian field hockey captain (Olympic gold 1964, silver 1960), born in Una, Himachal Pradesh, India (d. 2022)
  • 1932 Jonathan Fellows-Smith, South African cricket all-rounder (4 Tests), born in Durban, Natal (d. 2013)
  • 1936 Bob Simpson, Australian cricket batsman, captain and coach (62 Tests @ 46.81, 10 x 100s; Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1965; NSW CA), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1938 Emile Griffith, American boxer, (world welterweight, middleweight & junior middleweight champion), born in Saint Thomas, US Virgin Islands (d. 2013)

Fran TarkentonFran Tarkenton (82 years old)

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

  • 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 (Arnold} "Bake" McBride, American MLB baseball outfielder, 1973-83, Rookie of the Year; All-Star (St. Louis Cardinals; Philadelphia Phillies, and 1 other team), born in Fulton, Missouri
  • 1949 Hennie Kuiper, Dutch cyclist
  • 1951 Eugenijus Riabovas, Lithuanian football manager
  • 1951 Felipe Munoz, Mexican 200m backstroke swimmer (Olympic gold 1968)
  • 1952 Fred Lynn, American 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, New Zealand cricket fast bowler (48 Tests, 160 wickets; 96 ODIs, 126 wickets) and broadcaster (TVNZ, Sky Sports, Radio Sport), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1966 Jimmy Thunder, New Zealand boxer (IBO heavyweight title 1994-95), born in Apia, Samoa (d. 2020)
  • 1966 Sean Patrick Wade, NZ marathoner (Olympics 1996), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1967 Aurelio Vidmar, soccer player (Standard Luik, Feyenoord)
  • 1967 Bob Taylor, English footballer
  • 1967 Jason Morris, Scotia NY, half-middleweight judoka (Olympic silver 1992, 96)
  • 1968 Frantisek Kucera, NHL defenseman (Vanc Canucks, Olympic gold 1998), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • 1968 Leroy Thompson, NFL running back (KC Chiefs)
  • 1968 Vlade Divac, Yugoslavia, NBA center (Charlotte Hornets, LA Lakers)
  • 1969 Casey Weldon, American NFL quarterback, 1992-2001 (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and 4 other teams), born in Americus, Georgia
  • 1969 Jeff Christy, American NFL center, 1993-2002, 3X Pro Bowl, Superbowl champion (Minnesota Vikings, Tamps Bay Buccaneers), born in Natrona Heights, Pennsylvania
  • 1969 Retief Goosen, South African golfer (US Open 2001, 04), born in Pietersburg, Limpopo Province
  • 1969 Robert Pack, American NBA basketball guard, 1991-2004 (Portland Trail Blazers, Denver Nuggets, and 7 other teams), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1969 Terry Bradshaw, American baseball outfielder, 1995-96 (St Louis Cardinals), and hitting coach (Kansas City Royals 2018-present), born in Franklin, Virginia
  • 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)
  • 1972 Jermaine Smith, NFL defensive tackle (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • 1972 Keith Elias, NFL running back (NY Giants)
  • 1972 Mart Poom, Estonian football player
  • 1972 Tyrone Poole, NFL cornerback (Carolina Panthers)
  • 1973 Jim Campbell, American hockey forward (Olympics 1994), born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • 1974 Konrad Gałka, Polish swimmer, born in Kraków, Poland
  • 1981 Maurice Ross, Scottish footballer
  • 1982 Alan Gurr, Australian V8 Supercar driver
  • 1983 Richard Bartel, National Football League quarterback
  • 1986 David Edwards, Welsh soccer midfielder (43 caps; Wolverhampton Wanderers 284 games), born in Pontesbury, England
  • 1989 Slobodan Rajković, Serbian footballer