On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on February 9

  • 1876 Martin Stixrud, Norwegian figure skater (Olympic bronze 1920)
  • 1882 Tom Campbell, South African cricket wicket-keeper (5 Tests, 8 dismissals), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1924)
  • 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)

Bill 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)

  • 1916 Tex Hughson, American baseball player (d. 1993)
  • 1922 Jim Laker, English cricket spin bowler (46 Tests; 193 wickets; world best 19-90 4th Test v Australia 1956), born in Bradford, Yorkshire (d. 1986)
  • 1925 Vic Wertz, American MLB player, born in York, Pennsylvania (d. 1983)
  • 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 MLB baseball infielder, 1955-71 (New York Yankees, and 2 other teams), born in Cassville, Missouri (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 speed skater (Olympic gold 10k 1964; World C'ships gold allround 1963), born in Gothenburg, Sweden (d. 2022)
  • 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 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)

Glenn McGrath

1970 Glenn McGrath, Australian cricket fast bowler (124 Tests, 563 wickets @ 21.64, BB 8/24; NSW CA, Worcestershire CCC, Middlesex CCC), born in Dubbo, Australia

  • 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 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 Akinora Iwamura, Japanese professional baseball infielder (NPB,1998-2006. 2011-14; MLB 2007-10), born in Uwajima, Ehime, Japan
  • 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