Birthdays in Sport on April 10

  • 1897 Ross Youngs, American Baseball HOF right fielder (World Series 1921, 22; NY Giants), born in Shiner, Texas (d. 1927)
  • 1907 Pete Desjardins, American platform and springboard diver (Olympic gold 1928), born in St-Pierre-Jolys, Manitoba (d. 1985)
  • 1912 Clarke Hinkle, American NFL fullback (Green Bay Packers), born in Toronto, Ohio (d. 1988)
  • 1914 Foffie Williams, West Indian cricket all-rounder (4 Tests; 9 wickets, 1 x 50; Barbados), born in Bank Hall, St Michael, Barbados (d. 1997)
  • 1914 Jack Badcock, Australian cricketer (Tasmania Australian batsman of 30's), born in Exton, Tasmania (d. 1982)
  • 1921 Chuck Connors, American author, actor (The Rifleman, Branded, Cowboy in Africa), professional basketball and baseball player, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1992)
  • 1923 John Watkins, South African cricket all-rounder (15 Tests, 29 wickets, 3 x 50s; Natal), born in Durban, South Africa (d. 2021)
  • 1925 Bernard Moitessier, French sailor, vagabond and author who famously led the 1st non-stop, singlehanded, round the world yacht race before sailing a 2nd lap of the world back to Tahiti, born in Saigon, French Vietnam (d. 1994)
  • 1929 Duje Bonačić, Croatian rower (Olympic gold coxless four 1952), born in Split, Croatia (d. 2020)
  • 1929 Mike Hawthorn, English auto racer (F1 world champion 1958), born in Mexborough, England (d. 1959)
  • 1930 Shujauddin Butt, Pakistani cricketer (batted in 19 Tests for Pakistan 1954-62), born in Lahore, Punjab (d. 2006)
  • 1932 Mae Faggs Starr, American athlete, 4x100m runner (Olympic gold 1952), born in Mays Landing, New Jersey (d. 2000)
  • 1933 Ron Murphy, Canadian NHL player (New York Rangers), born in Ontario, Canada (d. 2014)

John MaddenJohn Madden (1936-2021)

American Pro Football HOF coach (Oakland Raiders 1969-78; Super Bowl 1976) and sportscaster (16 x Emmy Award winner; CBS, FOX, ABC, NBC; Madden NFL video games), born in Austin, Minnesota [1]

  • 1937 Stan Mellor MBE, British National Hunt jockey and trainer (first jumps jockey to ride 1,000 winners; Champion Jockey 1960-62), born in Manchester, England (d. 2020)
  • 1938 Don Meredith, NFL quarterback (Cowboys)/Mon Night Football, born in Mount Vernon, Texas
  • 1941 Mike Stratton, American football linebacker (AFL C'ship 1964, 65; AFL All-Star 1963–68; Buffalo Bills; NFL: SD Chargers), born in Vonore, Tennessee (d. 2020)
  • 1942 Ian Callaghan, English footballer, born in Toxteth, Liverpool, England
  • 1945 Vera Misevich, Ukrainian equestrian dressage (Olympic gold 1980), born in Ukraine (d. 1995)
  • 1946 Bob Watson, American baseball utility (MLB All Star 1973, 75; Houston Astros) and sports executive (GM NY Yankees, World Series 1996), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2020)
  • 1950 Ken Griffey Sr., American baseball outfielder (3 x MLB All Star; Cincinnati Reds, NY Yankees), born in Donora, Pennsylvania
  • 1953 David Moorcroft, British athlete (5,000m world record holder 1982-85), born in Coventry, England
  • 1958 Bob Bell, British engineer and Chief Technical Officer of the Renault Formula One team, born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1962 Cathy Turner, American short track skater (Olympic gold 1994), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1962 Jukka Tammi, Finnish hockey goaltender (Team Finland Olympic bronze 1998), born in Tampere, Finland
  • 1962 Steve Tasker, American NFL wide receiver, broadcaster (Buffalo Bills, 7-time Pro Bowl), born in Smith Center, Kansas
  • 1963 Claire Smith, equestrian 3 day event (Olympics 1996), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1963 Kirk Lowdermilk, American football NFL center (Indianapolis Colts), born in Canton, Ohio
  • 1963 Mike Devereaux, American baseball outfielder (Baltimore Orioles), born in Casper, Wyoming
  • 1964 Manon Bollegraf, Dutch tennis star (semi 1996 Aust doubles), born in 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands
  • 1966 Neil Smith, American football defensive end (KC Chiefs, Den Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1967 Donald Dufresne, Canadian ice hockey defenseman (Edmonton Oilers), born in Quebec City, Quebec
  • 1967 Kay Whitmore Jr., Canadian ice hockey goaltender (NY Rangers), born in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
  • 1969 Dennis Vial, Canadian NHL defenseman (Ottawa Senators), born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada
  • 1969 Ekaterini Koffa, Greek sprinter, born in Karditsa, Greece
  • 1970 Enrico Ciccone, Canadian NHL defenseman (Chicago Blackhawks), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1970 J. J. McCleskey, American NFL safety (New Orleans Saints, Arizona Cardinals), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 1970 Sean Gilbert, American NFL defensive tackle (Washington Redskins), born in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania
  • 1970 Wesley "Wes" Barnett, American Olympic weightlifter (Pan Am-silver-1987), born in St Joseph, Missouri
  • 1971 Karl Williams, American football wide receiver (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), born in Albion, Michigan
  • 1971 Mihai Bagiu, American gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Timisoara Romania
  • 1972 Richard Wearne, Australian rower (Olympics 1996) and photographer, born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1972 Sue Merz, American ice hockey defenseman (Olympics 1998), born in Greenwich, Connecticut
  • 1973 Roberto Carlos, Brazilian soccer left back (Brazil 125 caps, Real Madrid), born in Garça, São Paulo, Brazil
  • 1974 Petros Passalis, Greek footballer (Olympiakos), born in Giannitsa, Greece
  • 1975 Steve Washburn, Canadian NHL center (Florida Panthers), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1976 Sara Renner, Canadian cross-country skier, born in Golden, British Columbia, Canada
  • 1979 Peter Kopteff, Finnish footballer, born in Helsinki, Finland
  • 1980 Kasey Kahne, American race-car driver, born in Enumclaw, Washington
  • 1980 Sean Avery, Canadian ice hockey player, born in North York, Ontario, Canada
  • 1982 Andre Ethier, American baseball player, born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1982 Damián Lanza, Ecuadorian footballer, born in Cuenca, Ecuador
  • 1985 Dion Phaneuf, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • 1985 Eddie Castro, Panamanian jockey (record 9 wins in one race meeting 2005), born in Los Santos Province, Panama
  • 1986 Olivia Borlée, Belgian 200m sprinter, born in Woluwe-Saint-Lambert, Belgium
  • 1986 Vincent Kompany, Belgian footballer (Manchester City, Belgium National Team), born in Uccle, Brussels, Belgium
  • 1990 Lulinha [Luiz Marcelo Morais dos Reis], Brazilian footballer, born in Mauá, São Paulo, Brazil
  • 1996 Thanasi Kokkinakis, Australian tennis player (Australian Open doubles [Nick Kyrgios] 2022), born in Adelaide, Australia