On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on February 9

  • 1876 Martin Stixrud, Norwegian figure skater (Olympic bronze 1920)
  • 1882 Thomas Campbell, South African cricket wicket-keeper (5 Tests 1909-12)
  • 1887 Henry Zimmerman, baseball player (1912-batted .372 with 14 HRs)
  • 1907 Aubrey "Dit" Clapper, NHL hall of famer (Boston Bruins)
  • 1908 Jackie Fields, American featherweight boxer (Olympic gold 1924)
  • 1913 Leo van der Kar, masseur/businessman/founder (Sports funds)

Person of interestBill Veeck

1914 Bill Veeck, American MLB owner and promoter (Milwaukee Brewers, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, St. Louis Browns), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1986)

MLB Team Owner and Promoter Bill Veeck
MLB Team Owner and Promoter
Bill Veeck
  • 1916 Tex Hughson, American baseball player (d. 1993)
  • 1922 Jim Laker, English cricket spin bowler (46 Tests; world best 19-90 4th Test v Australia 1956), born in Bradford, Yorkshire (d. 1986)
  • 1925 Vic Wertz, baseball player
  • 1929 Lennox Butler, cricketer (1 Test WI v Aust 1955, 16 & 2-151)
  • 1931 Josef Masopust, Czech footballer
  • 1932 Tatsuro Hirooka, Japanese baseball player
  • 1933 Jo Ann Prentice, American golfer (6 LPGA titles, US Open runner-up 1962), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1934 John A Ziegler Jr, 4th NHL president (1977-92), born in Grosse Pointe, Michigan
  • 1937 Clete Boyer, American baseball player (d. 2007)

  • 1942 Peder Lunde Jr, Norwegian yachtsman (Olympic gold 1960), born in Oslo, Norway
  • 1943 James King, American basketball player (Olympic gold 1968), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1943 Jonny Nilsson, Swedish 10K speed skater (Olympic gold 1964)
  • 1945 Bill Bergey, American NFL player, born in South Dayton, New York
  • 1946 Vince Papale, American football player
  • 1949 Bernard Gallacher, British golfer (10 European Tour titles), born in Bathgate, Scotland
  • 1950 Lloyd Weldon Keasor, American wrestler (Olympic silver 1976), born in Pumphrey, Maryland
  • 1952 Danny White, quarterback (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1952 Mookie Wilson, American baseball player
  • 1953 André Sevard, Canadian NHL player, born in Témiscaming, Quebec
  • 1956 Philip Jackson Ford Jr, NC, basketball player (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1957 Gordon Strachan, soccer player
  • 1958 Sandy Lyle, Scottish golfer (British Open 1985, US Masters 1988), born in Shrewsbury, England
  • 1958 Cyrille Regis, English former footballer, born in Maripasoula, French Guiana (d. 2018)
  • 1961 John Kruk, American baseball utility (MLB All-Star 1991–1993; Philadelphia Phillies), born in Charleston, West Virginia
  • 1962 Diego Perez, Spanish tennis star
  • 1963 Bonnie Levin, WPVA volleyballer, born in Miami, Florida
  • 1963 Madusa Miceli [Debra Ann], wrestler (WCW), born in Milan, Italy
  • 1963 Mike Rindel, cricketer (N Transvaal opening bat ODI ton v Pak 1995)
  • 1965 David Brandon, American NFL linebacker (San Diego Chargers, Atlanta Falcons), born in Memphis, Tennessee

  • 1966 Ellen van Langen, Dutch athlete
  • 1967 Stevon Moore, NFL safety (Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens)
  • 1967 Todd Pratt, American baseball catcher (Philadelphia Phillies)
  • 1968 Derek Strong, NBA forward (LA Lakers, Orlando Magic)
  • 1969 Jeff Pahukoa, NFL guard/tackle (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1969 Jimmy Smith, NFL wide receiver (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1969 Peta Edebone, Australian softball outfielder (Olympic bronze 1996)
  • 1969 Todd Lyght, US football quarterback (St Louis Rams)

Person of interestGlenn McGrath

1970 Glenn McGrath, Australian cricket fast bowler (124 Tests, 563 wickets @ 21.64)), born in Dubbo, New South Wales

Cricketer Glenn McGrath
Cricketer
Glenn McGrath
  • 1971 Gonzalo Floyd, CFL defensive end (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • 1971 Jason Mathews, NFL tackle (Indianapolis Colts)
  • 1971 Jim Miller, NFL quarterback (Pittsburgh Steelers, Atl Falcons, Jaguars)
  • 1971 Ken Felder, American baseball outfielder (Milwaukee Brewers)
  • 1971 Pat O'Neill, NFL punter/place kicker (NE Patriots)
  • 1971 Johan Mjällby, Swedish footballer
  • 1972 Norbert Rosza, Hungarian swimmer (100m freestyle record)
  • 1972 Darren Ferguson, Scottish footballer
  • 1973 Svetlana Boginskaya, Soviet gymnast
  • 1974 Brad Maynard, punter (NY Giants)
  • 1974 John Wallace, NBA forward (Toronto Raptors)
  • 1974 Orlando Bobo, guard (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1975 Viktor Chistiakov, Russian-born Australian athlete
  • 1976 Georgios Korakakis, Greek footballer
  • 1976 Vladimir Guerrero, Dominican baseball player
  • 1978 Airton Daré, Brazilian racing driver
  • 1979 "Casper" David Gray, English snooker player (2003 Scottish Open Winner), born in Lower Morden, Greater London
  • 1979 Akinori Iwamura, Japanese baseball pitcher
  • 1980 Angelos Charisteas, Greek footballer
  • 1980 Shelly Martinez, American wrestler
  • 1981 Joël Camathias, Swiss racing driver
  • 1983 Mikel Arruabarrena, Spanish footballer
  • 1984 Dioner Navarro, Venezuelan baseball player
  • 1987 Magdalena Neuner, German biathlete
  • 1987 Joe O'Cearuill, Irish footballer