On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on February 7

  • 1902 Ethelda Blebtrey, 100m swimmer (Olympic gold 1920), born in Waterford, New York
  • 1908 Clarence "Buster" Crabbe, American swimmer (Olympic gold 1932) and actor (Tarzan the Fearless, Flash Gordon), born in Oakland, California (d. 1983)
  • 1919 Ilse Pausin, Austrian figure skating pairs (Olympic silver 1936)
  • 1921 Athol Rowan, cricketer (brother of Eric, South African off-spinner)
  • 1927 Vladimir Kuts, Russian runner (d. 1975)
  • 1928 Alphonse "Al" Smith [Fuzzy Smith], American MLB outfielder and third baseman (Cleveland Indians), born in Kirkwood, Missouri (d. 2002)
  • 1933 John Anderton, English footballer
  • 1938 Juan Pizarro, Puerto Rican MLB baseball pitcher, 1957-74, 2x All-Star (Milwaukee Braves, Chicago White Sox, and 7 other teams), born in Santurce, Puerto Rico (d. 2021)
  • 1945 Gerald Davies, British rugby player
  • 1945 Pete Postlethwaite, English actor (In the Name of the Father, Inception), born in Warrington, England (d. 2011)
  • 1949 Sunil Wettimuny, cricket (Sri Lanka open batsman 1975-79 World Cups)
  • 1949 Paulo César Carpegiani, Brazilian footballer and coach
  • 1950 Burt Hooton, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (MLB All-Star, World Series, NLCS MVP 1981; no-hitter 1972; Chicago Cubs, LA Dodgers), born in Greenville, Texas
  • 1950 Marilyn Cochran, skier (Olympics 1972), born in Burlington, Vermont
  • 1950 Mauro Bellugi, Italian soccer defender (32 caps; Inter Milan, Bologna, Napoli), born in Buonconvento, Italy (d. 2021)
  • 1951 Benny Ayala, baseball player
  • 1951 Manfred Schumann, German FR, bobsled (Olympic-silver/bronze-1976)
  • 1953 Robert Brazile "Dr. Doom", NFL player (Houston Oilers), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • 1953 Dan Quisenberry, American MLB player (5-time AL saves leader), born in Santa Monica, California, (d. 1998)
  • 1955 Charlie Puleo, baseball player
  • 1955 Kathy Flores, American rugby union coach (United States women's team 2002-11; Brown University), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2021)
  • 1957 Carney Lansford, baseball player
  • 1957 Dámaso García, Dominican baseball second baseman (MLB All-Star 1984, 85; Silver Slugger Award 1982; Toronto Blue Jays), born in Moca, Dominican Republic (d. 2020)
  • 1959 Sammy Lee, British soccer player
  • 1962 Alan Sippy, cricketer (dashing Bombay lefty batsman of 1980's)
  • 1963 Roland Lefebvre, Dutch cricket all-rounder (11 ODIs, captain), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • 1964 Cynthia "Sippy" Woodhead, swimmer (Olympic silver 1984), born in Riverside, California
  • 1964 Gretchen Magers, Pittsburgh PA/San Antonio TX, tennis star
  • 1965 Reginald Thal, soccer player (MVV)
  • 1966 Kristin Otto, German swimmer (6 Olympic gold 1988), born in Leipzig, Germany
  • 1967 Richie Burnett, Welsh darts player (BDO World Darts Champion 1995), born in Cwmparc, Rhondda, Wales
  • 1968 Martin Sinner, Koblenz Germany, tennis star (1990 Pretoria)
  • 1968 Peter Bondra, Lutsk Ukr, NHL right wing (Washington Capitals)
  • 1969 Bucky Richardson, US football quarterback (Houston Oilers)
  • 1969 Fiona Robinson-Hannan, Australian basketball player (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Perth, Western Australia
  • 1970 Chris Gardocki, NFL punter (Indianapolis Colts)
  • 1970 Denis Chasse, NHL right wing (Winnipeg Jets), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1970 Stanley Roberts, NBA center (LA Clippers, Minn Timberwolves)
  • 1971 Andrew Currey, Australian javelin thrower (Olympics 1996)
  • 1971 Marvin Graves, CFL quarterback (Montreal Alouettes)
  • 1972 Aftab Habib, cricketer (Leicestershire right handed batsman 1996)
  • 1972 John Slaney, St John's, NHL defenseman (LA Kings)
  • 1972 Alex Bassi, American race car driver
  • 1973 Billy Baumhoff, soccer midfielder/forward (Olympic gold 1996), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1973 Juwan Howard, NBA forward/center (Washington Bullets/Wizards)
  • 1973 Kristin Godridge, Traralgon Aust, tennis star (1993 Futures-Singapore)
  • 1973 Sonia Paquette, St-Janvier Quebec, hurdler (Olympics 1996)
  • 1973 Tim Bowens, American football defensive tackle (Pro Bowl 1998, 2002; NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year 1994; Miami Dolphins), born in Okolona, Mississippi
  • 1974 Ryan Phillips, linebacker (NY Giants)

Steve Nash

1974 Steve Nash, Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame guard (NBA MVP 2005, 06; 8 × NBA All-Star; Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, LA Lakers) and coach (Brooklyn Nets), born in Johannesburg, South Africa

  • 1975 Alexandre Daigle, NHL center (Ottawa Senators), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1975 Marika Lehtimaki, ice hockey center (Finland, Olympics 1998)
  • 1976 Terry Battle, running back (Detroit Lions)
  • 1976 Sreto Ristić, German footballer
  • 1977 Christine Scheels, New Berlin Wis, speed skater (Olympics 1994)
  • 1977 Hillary Wolf, extra lightweight judoka (Olympics 1996), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1978 Daniel Van Buyten, Belgian footballer
  • 1978 Endy Chávez, baseball player
  • 1979 Jon Leicester, American baseball player
  • 1979 Daniel Bierofka, German football player and coach, born in Munich, West Germany
  • 1983 Christian Klien, Austrian racing driver
  • 1983 Teshome Getu, Ethiopian footballer
  • 1983 Georgios Gougoulias, Greek footballer
  • 1988 Matthew Stafford, American football quarterback (Super Bowl 2022 LA Rams; Pro Bowl 2014 Detroit Lions), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1990 Steven Stamkos, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1992 Miguel Andres Matienzo Guerra, Mexican athlete