On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on February 8

  • 1877 Helen Homans, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1906), born in Englewood, New Jersey (d. 1949)
  • 1884 Reginald "Snowy" Baker, Australian boxer (Olympic silver middleweight 1908), rugby union halfback (2 caps) and actor (The Sword of Valor), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1953)
  • 1901 Janina Spychajowa-Kurkowska, Polish women's world champion archer
  • 1914 Bert Haas, American baseball player, born in Naperville, Illinois (d. 1999)
  • 1920 Buddy Blattner, American baseball player and table tennis player, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2009)
  • 1920 Bruce Smith, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1941, U of Minnesota; NFL: Green Bay Packers), born in Faribault, Minnesota (d. 1967)
  • 1921 Walter "Hoot" Evers, American MLB player, 1941, 1946-56, 2X All-Star (Detroit Tigers, and 5 other teams), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1991)
  • 1922 Joeri Averbach, Russian chess grandmaster
  • 1924 Joe Black, American Negro league and MLB player, born in Plainfield, New Jersey (d. 2002)
  • 1925 Raimondo d'Inzeo, Italian equestrian, 1st athlete to compete in 8 Olympic games (Olympic gold/2 silver/3 bronze-1948-76), born in Poggio Mirteto, Italy (d. 2013)
  • 1929 Roger Byrne, English soccer fullback (33 caps; Manchester United 245 games; died Munich air disaster), born in Manchester, Lancashire (d. 1958)
  • 1930 Catherine Hardy Lavender, American 4x100m runner (Olympic gold 1952), born in Carroll County, Georgia (d. 2017)
  • 1932 Horst Eckel, German soccer wing half (32 caps West Germany, 1954 FIFA World Cup; 1. FC Kaiserslautern, SV Röchling Völklingen), born in Vogelbach, Germany (d. 2021)
  • 1934 Galina Bystrova, Soviet pentathlete (1957, 58)
  • 1936 Manohar Hardikar, Indian cricketer (batted in 2 Tests India v WI 1958-59), born in Baroda, Gujarat (d. 1995)
  • 1937 Manfred Krug, German actor (Boxer), born in Duisburg, Germany (d. 2016)
  • 1942 Fritz Peterson, American baseball pitcher (NY Yankees), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1943 Bob Oliver, American MLB player, born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d. 2020)
  • 1945 Taffy Thomas, Welsh thoroughbred jockey (Singapore Gold Cup 1977, Vernons Sprint Cup 1978, King's Stand Stakes 1983), born in Caernarvon, Wales (d. 2022)
  • 1947 Sam Gannon, Australian cricket fast bowler (3 Tests, 11 wickets; Western Australia; Chairman WACA), born in Perth, Western Australia (d. 2021)
  • 1949 Scott Allen, American skater (Olympic bronze 1964)
  • 1959 Heinz Gunthardt, Swiss tennis star
  • 1959 Irina Kalinina, Soviet, springboard diver (Olympic gold 1980)

Dino Ciccarelli

1960 Dino Ciccarelli, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame right wing (most goals for NHL undrafted player, 608), born in Sarnia, Ontario

  • 1960 Linda Fratianne, American figure skater (Olympic silver 1980), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1963 Mohammad Azharuddin, Indian politician and cricketer, born in Hyderabad, India
  • 1964 Dennis Gibson, American NFL inside linebacker (San Diego Chargers), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1965 Lee Knight, CFL full back (Hamilton Tiger Cats), born in Wallesey, England
  • 1965 Rod Bernstine, American NFL running back (Denver Broncos), born in Fairfield, California
  • 1965 Terry McDaniel, American NFL cornerback (Oakland Raiders, LA Raiders), born in Mansfield, Ohio
  • 1966 Alex Antonitsch, Austrian tennis player, born in Villach, Austria
  • 1966 Kirk Muller, Canadian NHL center (Toronto Maple Leafs), born in Kingston
  • 1966 Hristo Stoichkov, Bulgarian footballer
  • 1968 Joy Fawcett, American football (soccer) defender (Olympics 1996), born in Inglewood, California
  • 1968 Ron Goetz, CFL linebacker (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • 1970 Alonzo Mourning, American NBA executive and center (Miami Heat, Charlotte Hornets), born in Chesapeake, Virginia
  • 1970 Cameron Cuffy, West Indian cricketer (St Vincent & WI fast bowler), born in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • 1970 John Filan, Australian footballer
  • 1972 Marcus Pollard, American NFL tight end (Indianapolis Colts), born in Lanett, Alabama
  • 1973 Andreas Gliatis, Dutch soccer player (NEC)
  • 1973 Dave Dopek, American 200m runner, born in Bolingbrook Illinois
  • 1973 Eric Kresser, American quarterback (Cincinnati Bengals), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1973 Michelle Brogan, Australian basketball forward (Olympic bronze 1996)
  • 1973 Tom King, Australian 470 class sailor (Olympics 1996)
  • 1974 Ulises de la Cruz, Ecuadorian footballer
  • 1975 Damon Denson, American guard (New England Patriots), born in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania,
  • 1976 Holly Manthei, American soccer midfielder/forward (Olympics 1996), born in Edina, Minnesota
  • 1976 Jim Parque, American baseball pitcher (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Norwalk, California
  • 1976 Khaled Mashud, Bangladeshi cricketer
  • 1976 Adam Piatt, American baseball player
  • 1978 Christa Williams, American softball pitcher (Olympic gold 1996), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1979 Aaron Cook, American baseball player, born in Fort Campbell, Kentucky
  • 1980 Stephen Wright, English footballer
  • 1982 Eric Alexander, American NFL football linebacker, 2004-10 (New England Patriots, and 2 other teams), born in Tyler, Texas
  • 1984 Panagiotis Vasilopoulos, Greek basketball player
  • 1987 Carolina Kostner, Italian European champion figure skater
  • 1988 Keegan Meth, Zimbabwean cricketer
  • 1989 Bronte Barratt, Australian swimmer (Olympic gold 4x200m freestyle relay 2008 WR; World C'ship gold 4x100m freestyle relay 2015), born in Brisbane, Australia
  • 1989 Julio Jones, American NFL player (Atlanta Falcons), born in Foley, Alabama

Bethany Hamilton

1990 Bethany Hamilton, American pro-surfer (Soul Surfer), born in Lihue, Hawaii

  • 1990 Klay Thompson, American basketball guard (3-time NBA champion GS Warriors 2015, 17, 18, Olympic gold 2016), born in Los Angeles, California