On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on February 5

  • 1833 John Watkinson, founder of British Chess Magazine (oldest chess mag)
  • 1889 Elias Henry "Patsy" Hendren, cricketer (prolific England bat of 20's)
  • 1889 Ernest Tyldesley, English cricketer (1st Lancastrian to score a hundred 100's), born in Worsley, Lancashire, England (d. 1962)
  • 1889 E H (Patsy) Hendren, English cricket batsman (51 Tests; 57,611 1st-class runs, 3rd-best ever), born in Turnham Green, Middlesex (d. 1962)

Person of interestElizabeth Ryan

1891 Elizabeth Ryan, American tennis player (26 Grand Slam doubles titles), born in Anaheim, California (d. 1979)

Tennis Player Elizabeth Ryan
Tennis Player
Elizabeth Ryan
  • 1903 Joan Whitney Payson, American heiress, businesswoman and philanthropist (co-founder & majority owner of MLB's New York Mets), born in NYC, NY (d. 1975)
  • 1910 Francisco Varallo, Argentine footballer
  • 1922 Alain de Changy, Belgian racing driver (d. 1994)
  • 1929 Al Worthington, baseball player
  • 1932 Cesare Maldini - Italian footballer and manager
  • 1934 Henry 'Hank' Aaron, baseball player (record 755 HRs, 1957 NL MVP), born in Mobile, Alabama

Person of interestDon Cherry

1934 Don Cherry, Canadian hockey commentator (Hockey Night in Canada), born in Kingston, Ontario

Ice Hockey Coach and Commentator Don Cherry
Ice Hockey Coach and Commentator
Don Cherry
  • 1939 Brian Luckhurst, cricketer (England opener of 60's & early 70's)
  • 1942 Roger Staubach, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1963, Navy; Super Bowl 1971 [MVP], 77; Dallas Cowboys), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1943 Craig Morton, College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Cal; NFL: Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos), born in Flint, Michigan
  • 1947 Darrell Waltrip, American motorsport analyst and race car driver, born in Owensboro, Kentucky

  • 1948 Sven-Göran Eriksson, Swedish football manager & player, born in Sunne, Sweden
  • 1949 David Sullivan, Welsh businessman & pornographer (Sunday Sport), born in Cardiff, United Kingdom
  • 1953 John Beilein, American basketball head coach (Cleveland Cavaliers 2019; University of Michigan 2007-19), born in Burt, New York
  • 1955 Mike Heath, American baseball player, born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1956 Hector Rebaque, Mexican racing driver, born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • 1957 Craig Wilson, American water polo goalkeeper (Olympic silver 1984, 88), born in Beeville, Texas
  • 1959 Glenn Dubis, American sport shooter (Olympics 1984, 88, 96), born in Lincoln, Nebraska

Person of interestJane Geddes

1960 Jane Geddes, American golfer (US Open 1986, LPGA 1987), born in Huntington, New York

LPGA Golfer Jane Geddes
LPGA Golfer
Jane Geddes
  • 1961 Savvas Kofidis, Greek footballer & manager, born in Almaty, Kazakhstan
  • 1964 Jim Pugh, American tennis star, born in Burbank, California
  • 1965 Ben Lee, American badminton player (Olympic-92), born in Rangoon, Burma
  • 1965 Tarik Benhabiles, Algerian tennis player, born in Algiers, Algeria
  • 1965 Gheorghe Hagi, Romanian footballer, born in Săcele, Romania
  • 1966 José María Olazábal, Spanish golfer (US Masters 1994, 99), born in Hondarribia, Spain
  • 1966 Apostolos Nanos, Greek archer, born in Greece
  • 1968 Regina Rajchitova, Czech tennis star, born in Czechoslovak Socialist Republic
  • 1968 Roberto Alomar, Puerto Rican infielder (Baltimore Orioles), born in Salinas, Puerto Rico
  • 1968 Will Furrer, American football quarterback (Houston Oilers, St Louis Rams), born in Danville, Pennsylvania
  • 1970 Darren Lehmann, Australian cricket batsman (27 Tests @ 44.95, 5 x 100s; 117 ODIs) and coach (Australia 2013-18), born in Gawler, Australia
  • 1970 Forey Duckett, American football cornerback (Saints, Scot Claymores), born in Oakland, California

  • 1971 Dianne Norman, Canadian basketball forward (Olympics 1996), born in Sault Ste. Marie, Canada
  • 1972 Chris Bailey, American ice hockey defenseman (USA, Olympics 1998), born in Marietta, New York
  • 1973 Israel Raybon, American football defensive end (Carolina Panthers), born in Huntsville, Alabama
  • 1973 Laura Espinoza-Watson, American baseball infielder (Silver Bullets), born in Torrance, California
  • 1973 Richard Matvichuk, Canadian NHL defenseman (Dallas Stars), born in Edmonton, Canada
  • 1974 Adrienne Johnson, American basketball guard, administrator, broadcaster (WNBA Cleveland Rockers; Uni of Louisville), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1975 Giovanni van Bronckhorst, Dutch soccer player (Feyenoord), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • 1975 Jan l'Ami, Dutch soccer player (Willem II), born in Breda, Netherlands
  • 1976 Nancy Feber, Belgian tennis star (1995 Puerto Rico), born in Antwerp, Belgium
  • 1976 John Aloisi, Australian footballer, born in Adelaide, Australia
  • 1976 Brian Moorman, American football player, born in Wichita, Kansas
  • 1977 Adam Everett, American baseball player, born in Austell, Georgia
  • 1977 Ahmad Merritt, American football player, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1978 Brian Russell, American football player, born in Scotland, United Kingdom
  • 1981 Loukas Vyntra, Greek football player, born in Město Albrechtice, Czechia
  • 1982 Aidin Nikkhah Bahrami, Iranian basketball player, born in Tehran, Iran (d. 2007)
  • 1982 Rodrigo Palacio, Argentine footballer, born in Bahía Blanca, Argentina
  • 1982 Tomas Kopecky, Slovak ice hockey player, born in Ilava, Slovakia
  • 1982 Kevin Everett, American football player, born in Port Arthur, Texas
  • 1982 Mikuru Suzuki, Japanese darts player (BDO Women's World C'ship 2019), born in Kagawa Prefecture, Japan
  • 1984 Carlos Tévez, Argentine footballer (Boca Juniors, Argentina), born in Fuerte Apache, Argentina
  • 1984 Nate Salley, American football player, born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • 1985 Laurence Maroney, American football player, born in St. Louis, Missouri

Person of interestCristiano Ronaldo

1985 Cristiano Ronaldo, Portuguese soccer striker (4th to score in 4 World Cups, Real Madrid), born in Funchal, Portugal

Football Star Cristiano Ronaldo
Football Star
Cristiano Ronaldo
  • 1986 Reed Sorenson, American stock car racing driver, born in Peachtree City, Georgia
  • 1986 Billy Sharp, English footballer, born in Sheffield, United Kingdom
  • 1986 Manuel Fernandes, Portuguese footballer, born in Lisbon, Portugal

Person of interestNeymar

1992 Neymar Jr., Brazilian soccer forward (world record transfer fee $263m FC Barcelona to PSG), born in Mogi das Cruzes, São Paulo

Footballer Neymar
Footballer
Neymar