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, baseball player
  • 1920 Buddy Blattner, baseball player
  • 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 Hoot Evers, American MLB player, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1991)
  • 1922 Joeri Averbach, Russian chess grandmaster
  • 1924 Joe Black, baseball player
  • 1925 Raimondo d'Inzeo, It, equestrian (Olympic gold/2 silver/3 bronze-1948-76)
  • 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, Carollton Ga, 4x100m runner (Olympic gold 1952)
  • 1934 Galina Bystrova, USSR, pentathlete (1957, 58)
  • 1936 Cletis Boyer, 3rd baseman (NY Yankees)
  • 1936 Manohar Hardikar, cricketer (batted in 2 Tests India v WI 1958-59)
  • 1937 Manfred Krug, German actor (Boxer), born in Duisburg, Germany (d. 2016)

  • 1942 Fritz Peterson, baseball pitcher (NY Yankees)
  • 1943 Bob Oliver, baseball player
  • 1947 Sam Gannon OAM, Australian cricket fast bowler (3 Tests, 11 wickets; Western Australia; Chairman WACA), born in Perth, Western Australia (d. 2021)
  • 1949 Scott Allen, USA, skater (Olympic bronze 1964)
  • 1951 Camille LaPierre, NHLer
  • 1959 Heinz Gunthardt, Swiss tennis star
  • 1959 Irina Kalinina, USSR, springboard diver (Olympic gold 1980)

Person of interestDino Ciccarelli

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

NHL Star Dino Ciccarelli
NHL Star
Dino Ciccarelli
  • 1960 Linda Fratianne, American figure skater (Olympic silver 1980), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1963 Mohammad Azharuddin, cricketer (elegant Indian batsman 1984-)
  • 1963 Raleigh MCkenzie, NFL center/guard (Philadelphia Eagles, San Diego Chargers)
  • 1964 Dennis Gibson, NFL inside linebacker (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1965 Lee Knight, CFL full back (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • 1965 Rod Bernstine, NFL running back (Denver Broncos)
  • 1965 Terry McDaniel, NFL cornerback (Oakland Raiders, LA Raiders)
  • 1966 Alex Antonitsch, Austrian tennis player, born in Villach, Austria
  • 1966 Kirk Muller, Kingston, NHL center (Toronto Maple Leafs)
  • 1966 Hristo Stoichkov, Bulgarian footballer
  • 1968 Joy Fawcett, soccer defender (Olympics 1996), born in Inglewood, California
  • 1968 Ron Goetz, CFL linebacker (Saskatchewan Roughriders)

  • 1970 Alonzo Mourning, NBA center (Miami Heat, Charlotte Hornets)
  • 1970 Cameron Cuffy, cricketer (St Vincent & WI fast bowler 1994-)
  • 1970 John Filan, Australian footballer
  • 1972 Adrian Rollins, cricketer (Derbyshire batsman, bro of Robert of Essex)
  • 1972 Marcus Pollard, NFL tight end (Indianapolis Colts)
  • 1973 Andreas Gliatis, soccer player (NEC)
  • 1973 Dave Dopek, Bolingbrook Illinois, 200m runner
  • 1973 Eric Kresser, quarterback (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • 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, guard (New England Patriots)
  • 1976 Holly Manthei, soccer midfielder/forward (Olympics 1996), born in Edina, Minnesota
  • 1976 Jim Parque, baseball pitcher (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Norwalk, California
  • 1976 Khaled Mashud, Bangladeshi cricketer
  • 1976 Adam Piatt, American baseball player
  • 1978 Christa Williams, 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 football player
  • 1984 Panagiotis Vasilopoulos, Greek basketball player
  • 1987 Carolina Kostner, Italian European champion figure skater
  • 1988 Keegan Meth, Zimbabwean cricketer

Person of interestBethany Hamilton

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

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