Birthdays in Sport on January 8

  • 1909 Bruce Mitchell, cricketer (South African bat, their top run-scorer (3471))
  • 1913 Horace Smith, cricketer (NZ, only Test wkt off his 1st ball (Paynter))
  • 1915 Walker Cooper, American baseball player (d. 1991)
  • 1923 Johnny Wardle, cricketer (Yorkshire & England left-arm bowler of 50's)
  • 1930 Doreen Wilber, American archer (Olympic gold 1972)
  • 1934 Jacques Anquetil, French Tour de France cyclist (5-time winner)
  • 1934 Gene Freese, American baseball player, (d. 2013)
  • 1946 Elaine Cheris, Dotham Al, fencer-epee (Olympics-96)
  • 1949 Lawrence Rowe, cricketer (prolific WI batsman, 302 v Eng 1974)
  • 1952 Norm Jarvis, Prince Albert Sask, golfer (1984 Chilliwack)
  • 1953 Bruce Sutter, pitcher (Cubs, Cards, Braves)
  • 1955 Spiros Livathinos, Greek footballer
  • 1958 Rey Misterio, Sr., Mexican wrestler
  • 1959 Michael Harwood, Australian golfer, born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1961 Shoaib Mohammad, cricketer (son of Hanif Patient & prolific batsman)
  • 1961 Calvin Smith, American athlete
  • 1963 Hiromi Kobayashi, Fukushima Japan, LPGA golfer (1993 JAL Big Apple)
  • 1964 Virgil Hill, Missouri, middleweight boxer (Olympic silver 1984)
  • 1965 Champaka Ramanayake, cricketer (Sri Lankan opening bowler)
  • 1965 Eric Wohlberg, Sudbury Ontario, cyclist (Olympics-96)
  • 1966 Darryl Hall, CFL linebacker (Calgary Stampeders)
  • 1967 Hollis Conway, high jumper (Olympics-silv/bronze-88, 92), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1967 Kent Jones, Portales NM, golfer (NM State Amateur-1990-91)
  • 1967 Roger Rowland, Nike golfer (1990 Macon Open-2nd), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1967 Willie Anderson, American NBA guard (NY Knicks, Olympic bronze 1988)
  • 1968 Alexander Alexeev, NHL defenseman (Belarus, Oly-98)
  • 1968 Brian Johnson, catcher (San Diego Padres), born in Oakland, California
  • 1968 Mark Duane Croghan, 3k steeplechase (Olympics-5th-96), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1968 Paul Carey, US baseball infielder (Baltimore Orioles)
  • 1968 Keith Mullings, American boxer
  • 1969 Brian Boehringer, pitcher (NY Yankees), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1970 Jon Klemm, NHL defenseman (Colorado Avalanche), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1971 Billy Joe Hobert, NFL quarterback (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1971 Branislav Janos, hockey forward (Team Slovakia 1998)
  • 1971 Darren Langdon, Deere Lake, NHL left wing (NY Rangers)
  • 1971 Roosevelt Potts, NFL running back (Indianapolis Colts)
  • 1971 Stephane Barin, hockey forward (Team France 1998)
  • 1971 Pascal Zuberb├╝hler, Swiss footballer
  • 1972 Brandie Burton, LPGA golfer (1993 du Maurier Ltd), born in San Bernardino, California
  • 1972 Devlin Murphy, American canoeist (alt-Olympics-96), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1974 Arjan Blaauw, Dutch soccer player (FC Groningen)
  • 1974 Brian Roberson, wide receiver (NY Giants)
  • 1975 Vitali Yachmenev, NHL right wing (LA Kings), born in Chelyabinsk, Russia
  • 1976 Brad Snyder, Ontario, shot putter (Olympics-96)
  • 1976 Carl Pavano, American baseball player
  • 1979 Adrian Mutu, Romanian footballer
  • 1979 Stipe Pletikosa, Croatian footballer
  • 1979 Seol Ki-Hyeon, South Korean footballer
  • 1981 Jeff Francis, Canadian baseball player
  • 1981 Xie Xingfang, Chinese badminton player
  • 1982 Emanuele Calai├▓, Italian footballer
  • 1982 John Utaka, Nigerian footballer
  • 1983 Chris Mordetzky, American wrestler
  • 1984 Jeff Francoeur, American baseball player
  • 1986 David Silva, Spanish footballer