Birthdays in Sport on February 5

  • 1833 John Watkinson, founder of British Chess Magazine (oldest chess mag)
  • 1889 E H (Patsy) Hendren, English cricket batsman (51 Tests, 7 x 100s, HS 205no; 57,611 1st-class runs, 3rd-best ever; Middlesex CCC), born in Turnham Green, England (d. 1962)
  • 1889 Ernest Tyldesley, English cricket batsman (14 Tests, 3 x 100, 6 x 50, HS 138; Lancashire CCC), born in Worsley, England (d. 1962)

Elizabeth RyanElizabeth Ryan (1891-1979)

American tennis player (26 Grand Slam doubles titles), born in Anaheim, California

  • 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

Don CherryDon Cherry (88 years old)

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

Hank AaronHank Aaron (1934-2021)

American Baseball Hall of Fame right fielder (MLB record 755 HRs; NL MVP 1957; 25 × MLB All-Star; Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves, Milwaukee Brewers), born in Mobile, Alabama [1]

  • 1936 Lee Thomas, American baseball utility (MLB All Star 1962, 62²; LA Angels, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs) and executive (GM Philadelphia Phillies 1988-93), born in Peoria, Illinois (d. 2022)
  • 1937 Gaston Roelants, Belgian world cross-country champion
  • 1937 Larry Hillman, Canadian NHL defenceman (Stanley Cup 1955 Detroit RWs, 1962, 63, 64, 1967 Toronto MLs, 1969 Montreal Canadiens) and coach (Winnipeg Jets 1977-79), born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario (d. 2022)
  • 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

Darrell WaltripDarrell Waltrip (75 years old)

1947 American Auto Racer (NASCAR Cup Series 1981, 82, 85; Daytona 500 1989; winner 84 x NASCAR Cup Series races) and broadcaster (Fox Sports), 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

Jane GeddesJane Geddes (62 years old)

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

  • 1961 Savvas Kofidis, Greek footballer & manager, born in Almaty, Kazakhstan
  • 1964 Jim Pugh, American tennis player (8 x Grand Slam doubles titles; world #1 doubles 1989), born in Manhattan Beach, California
  • 1965 Ben Lee, American badminton player (Olympic-92), born in Rangoon, Burma
  • 1965 Gheorghe Hagi, Romanian footballer, born in Săcele, Romania
  • 1965 Tarik Benhabiles, Algerian tennis player, born in Algiers, Algeria
  • 1966 José María Olazábal, Spanish golfer (US Masters 1994, 99), born in Hondarribia, Spain
  • 1968 Marcus Grönholm, Finnish rally driver, born in Kauniainen, Finland
  • 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 (Chicago Bears, Houston Oilers), 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 Christina Bailey, American ice hockey defenseman (Olympics gold 1998, silver 2002; World C'ship silver 1994, 97, 99, 2000, 01), 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 Brian Moorman, American football player, born in Wichita, Kansas
  • 1976 John Aloisi, Australian footballer, born in Adelaide, Australia
  • 1976 Nancy Feber, Belgian tennis star (1995 Puerto Rico), born in Antwerp, Belgium
  • 1977 Adam Everett, American baseball player, born in Austell, Georgia
  • 1977 Ahmad Merritt, American football player, born in Chicago, Illinois

Ben AinslieBen Ainslie (45 years old)

1977 British sailor, 4-time Olympic champion and CEO and skipper of America's Cup team INEOS Britannia, born in Macclesfield, England

  • 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 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
  • 1982 Rodrigo Palacio, Argentine footballer, born in Bahía Blanca, Argentina
  • 1982 Tomas Kopecky, Slovak ice hockey player, born in Ilava, Slovakia
  • 1984 Carlos Tévez, Argentine footballer (Boca Juniors, Argentina), born in Fuerte Apache, Argentina
  • 1984 Nate Salley, American football player, born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Cristiano RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo (37 years old)

1985 Portuguese soccer striker (5 x Ballon d'Or; Sporting Lisbon; Manchester United, Real Madrid, Juventus), born in Funchal, Portugal

  • 1985 Laurence Maroney, American football player, born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1986 Billy Sharp, English footballer, born in Sheffield, United Kingdom
  • 1986 Manuel Fernandes, Portuguese footballer, born in Lisbon, Portugal
  • 1986 Reed Sorenson, American stock car racing driver, born in Peachtree City, Georgia

NeymarNeymar (30 years old)

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