It's Super Bowl Sunday, one of the few days of the year when even I can accept that baseball isn't in the center ring of the circus that is sports. I still insisted on finding a baseball angle for the day though, so I looked to find every player in MLB history who was born on a Super Bowl Sunday.
I did the same research for NFL players too. There have been more of them born on a Super Bowl Sunday, including three who also played in a Super Bowl (with a fourth likely to join them today). You can find those players here.
Before you read any further, take a guess at how many there have been.
There have been ~4,500 MLB players born since 1967 (when the first Super Bowl was played). If you divide 4,500 by 365, you get 12.3, which means mathematically speaking, you should expect 12 players to have been born on a Super Bowl Sunday. In this case, the math works out, because that's the number. There have been an even dozen players born on a Super Bowl Sunday through the years. As you'll see though, most of them were relative nobodies:
January 15, 1967
Super Bowl I - Packers defeat Chiefs, 35-10
Bill Wertz was born in Cleveland, Ohio. He was a relief pitcher for the Indians in 1993 and 1994. He tossed 64.0 innings with a 4.08 ERA (108 ERA+). 0.6 WAR
January 17, 1971
Super Bowl V - Colts defeat Cowboys, 16-13
Tyler Houston was born in Las Vegas Nevada. He was a third baseman, catcher, and first baseman for the Braves, Cubs, Indians, Brewers, Dodgers, and Phillies between 1996 and 2003. He had 479 career hits in 700 games, with 63 home runs and a .265 batting average. He also hit a home run n Game 1 of the 1998 NLDS. 1.5 WAR
January 14, 1973
Super Bowl VII - Dolphins defeat Redskins, 14-7
Troy Brohawn was born in Cambridge, Maryland. He was a relief pitcher for the Diamondbacks, Giants, and Dodgers between 2001 and 2003. He pitched 66.2 innings with a 4.86 ERA (94 ERA+). He also pitched 1 shutout inning in Game 6 of the 2001 World Series. 0.1 WAR
Rod Myers was born in Conroe, Texas. He was an outfielder for the Royals in 1996 and 1997. He appeared in 53 games and collected 44 hits, including 3 home runs.
January 12, 1975
Super Bowl IX - Steelers defeat Vikings, 16-6
Jorge Velandia was born in Caracas, Venezuela. He was a utility infielder for the Padres, Athletics, Mets, Rays, Blue Jays, and Indians between 1997 and 2008. He appeared in 174 games, collecting 46 hits, including 2 home runs. 0.0 WAR
January 20, 1980
Super Bowl XIV - Steelers defeat Rams, 31-19
Franklyn German was born in San Cristobal, Dominican Republic. He was a relief pitcher for the Tigers, Marlins, and Rangers between 2002 and 2008. He appeared in 155 games, throwing 158.2 innings with a 4.25 ERA (1023 ERA+). 1.0 WAR
Luis Martinez was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He started 4 games for the Brewers in 2003, throwing 16.1 innings with a 9.92 ERA (44 ERA+). -0.6 WAR
January 25, 1981
Super Bowl XV - Raiders defeat Eagles, 27-10
Anderson Machado was born in Caracas, Venezuela. The shortstop appeared in 24 games, spread between the Phillies, Reds, and Rockies from 2003 to 2005. He had 15 hits, including 5 doubles, and also stole 4 bases. -0.3 WAR
January 22, 1984
Super Bowl XVIII - Raiders defeat Redskins, 38-9
Ubaldo Jimenez was born in Nagua, Dominican Republic. He has pitched in 212 games since 2006, first with the Rockies, then with the Indians. In 1275.2 innings he has a 3.92 ERA (112 ERA+), along with 1172 strikeouts. He's also started 5 postseason games. He was an All-Star in 2010, and finished 3rd in the NL Cy Young voting for that season. He is easily the best MLB player ever born on a Super Bowl Sunday. 20.4 WAR.
January 20, 1985
Super Bowl XIX - 49ers defeat Dolphins, 38-16
Fabio Castro was born in Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic. The relief pitcher appeared in 30 games beween 2006 and 2007, playing for the Rangers and Phillies. In 43.2 innings he had a 3.30 ERA (144 ERA+). 0.8 WAR
Luis Perez was born in Guayubin, Dominican Republic. The relief pitcher has appeared in 78 games for the Blue Jays since 2011, with a 4.50 ERA (95 ERA+) in 112.0 innings. 0.5 WAR
January 27, 1991
Super Bowl XXV - Giants defeat Bills, 20-19
Julio Teheran was born in Cartagena, Colombia. The young starting pitcher has appeared in 37 games with the Braves since 2011. In 211.2 innings he has posted a 3.44 ERA (112 ERA+), with 185 strikeouts. He also started Game 3 of the 2013 NLDS, and finished 5th in the 2013 NL Rookie of the Year voting. He is already the second best MLB player born on a Super Bowl Sunday.
There you have it!
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