Birthdays in Sport on February 4

  • 1873 Étienne Desmarteau, Canadian athlete (d. 1905)
  • 1884 Rolland Beaumont, South African cricket batsman (5 Tests; Transvaal), born in Newcastle, Natal, South Africa (d. 1958)
  • 1891 Yuri Losmann, Estonia, marathon runner (Olympic-silver 1920)

Byron NelsonByron Nelson (1912-2006)

American golfer (winner 5 major titles; record 19 tournaments 1945), born in Fort Worth, Texas

  • 1930 Jim Loscutoff, American basketball forward (NBA champion (1957, 59–64; Boston Celtics), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2015)
  • 1935 Wallis Mathias, Pakistan cricket batsman (21 Tests; first non-Muslim to play for Pakistan), born in Karachi, Pakistan (d. 1994)
  • 1937 Harry Jacobs, American football linebacker (AFL All Star 1965, 69; AFL C'ship 1964, 65 Buffalo Bills; Boston Patriots, NO Saints), born in Canton, Illinois (d. 2021)
  • 1937 John Devitt, Australian swimmer (2 Olympic gold 1956, 1960), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1937 Magnar Solberg, Norwegian 20K biathlete (Olympic gold 1968, 72)
  • 1946 Mary Meyer, American 500m speed skater (Olympic silver 1968)
  • 1948 Rakesh Shukla, cricket leg-spinner (1 Test India v Sri Lanka 1982)
  • 1948 Tamás Wichmann, Hungarian sprint canoeist (World C'ship gold x 9; Olympic silver C-1 1000m 1972, C-2 1000m 1968; bronze C-1 1000m 1976), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 2020)
  • 1951 Stan Papi, American baseball player
  • 1952 Lisa Eichhorn, actress (Cutter's Way, Yanks), born in Reading, Pennsylvania

Lawrence TaylorLawrence Taylor (63 years old)

1959 American NFL player considered the greatest linebacker in history (NY Giants), born in Williamsburg, Virginia

  • 1961 Denis Savard, Canadian NHL centre (Chicago Blackhawks) named one of the 100 Greatest NHL Players' in history, born in Pointe Gatineau, Canada
  • 1962 Dan Plesac, pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Gary, Indiana
  • 1962 Vern Fleming, American NBA basketball player (Olympic gold 1984), born in NYC, New York
  • 1963 Pirmin Zurbriggen, Swiss alpine skier (Olympic gold 1988)
  • 1963 Tracie Ruiz-Conforto, Hawaii, sync swimmer (Olympic 2 gold/silver-84, 88)
  • 1965 John van Loen, Dutch soccer player (Feyenoord, San Frecce)
  • 1966 Barry Klein, rower (Olympics 1996), born in Grand Rapids Michigan
  • 1966 Viatcheslav Ekimov, Russian cyclist
  • 1967 Sergei Grinkov, Russian figure skater (with Ekaterina Gordeeva - Pairs World Championship, 1986-87, 1989-90; Olympic gold, 1988 & 94), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1995)
  • 1969 Brad Cornett, American baseball pitcher, appeared in 14 games (Toronto Blue Jays, 1994-95), Brad Cornett
  • 1969 Dallas Drake, Canadian NHL center (Winnipeg Jets), born in Trail, British Columbia
  • 1969 Joe Sacco, American NHL right wing (Anaheim Mighty Ducks), born in Medford, Massachusetts
  • 1970 John Frascatore, American baseball pitcher (St Louis Cardinals)
  • 1970 Todd Peterson, NFL kicker (Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1971 Maarten Atmodikoro, soccer player (Dordrecht '90, NAC)
  • 1971 Pete Pierson, NFL tackle (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • 1971 Sterling Palmer, NFL defensive end (Washington Redskins)
  • 1972 Giovanni Silva De Oliveira, Brazilian footballer
  • 1972 Kelvin Anderson, CFL running back (Calgary Stampeders)
  • 1973 Oscar De La Hoya, American boxer (Olympic gold 1992, 6-weight world champion), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1974 Brandon Convery, Kingston, NHL center (Toronto Maple Leafs)
  • 1974 Chris Ward, American NFL defensive end (Baltimore Ravens)
  • 1975 Konstantinos Nebegleras, Greek footballer
  • 1979 Giorgio Pantano, Italian racing car driver
  • 1981 Ben Hendrickson, American baseball player, born in St. Cloud, Minnesota
  • 1981 Jason Kapono, America professional basketball player, born in Long Beach, California
  • 1981 Johan Van Summeren, Belgian cyclist, born in Lommel, Belgium
  • 1981 Tom Mastny, Indonesian baseball player, born in Bontang, Indonesia
  • 1982 Tomas Vaitkus, Lithuanian professional road racing cyclist, born in Klaipėda, Lithuania
  • 1984 Mauricio Pinilla, Chilean footballer, born in San Bernardo, Chile
  • 1986 Mohammad Mahmudullah Riyad, Bangladeshi cricketer (2007-), born in Mymensingh, Bangladesh
  • 1987 Lucie Šafářová, Czech tennis player, born in Brno, Czechia
  • 1988 Alexandros Pagalis, Greek footballer, born in Stuttgart, Germany
  • 1988 Carly Patterson, American gymnast (2004 Olympic Champion), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • 1988 Eoin McDowell, Irish rugby player, born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1988 Jeff Horn, Australian professional boxer (WBO welterweight title 2017), born in Brisbane, Australia
  • 1994 Alexia Putellas, Spanish soccer midfielder (FIFA Ballon d'Or Féminin 2021, 22; FC Barcelona Femení), born in Mollet del Vallès, Spain