On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on April 12

  • 1883 Dally Messenger, Australian rugby league centre (9 Tests; NSW; Eastern Suburbs; ARL 'Immortal'; Dally M Medal) and rugby union utility (2 caps), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1959)
  • 1884 Tenby Davies, Welsh half-mile world champion runner, born in Tenby, Pembrokeshire, Wales (d. 1932)
  • 1888 Dan Ahearn, Irish-American athlete (men's triple jump WR 15.52m 1911-24), born in Athea, Ireland (d. 1942)
  • 1894 Fred Barratt, English cricket fast bowler (5 Tests, 5 wickets; Nottinghamshire), born in Annesley, England (d. 1947)
  • 1911 Geoff Chubb, South African cricket fast bowler (5 Tests, 21 wickets; Border), born in East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa (d. 1982)
  • 1917 M Marie Wadlow, American softball pitcher (Hall of Fame 1957), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 1979)
  • 1917 Vinoo Mankad, Indian cricketer (India's greatest all-rounder to his time), born in Jamnagar, Bombay Presidency, British India (d. 1978)
  • 1924 Curtis Turner, American auto racer (184 NASCAR races over 17 years, 17 wins), born in Floyd, Virginia (d. 1970)
  • 1930 Johnny Antonelli, American baseball pitcher (6 × MLB All-Star 1954, 56–59²; World Series, NL ERA leader 1954; SF Giants), born in Rochester, New York (d. 2020)
  • 1930 John Landy, Australian athlete (2nd man to run sub-4 min mile; WR mile (3:58.0) and 1500m (3:41.8+) 1954; Olympic bronze 1956), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 2022)
  • 1934 Heinz Schneiter, Swiss football player and manager, born in Thun, Switzerland (d. 2017)
  • 1937 Raymond Ceulemans, Belgian world champ billiards player, born in Lier, Belgium
  • 1939 Johnny Raper, Australian rugby league lock (33 Tests, 6 World Cup games; Newtown RLFC, St. George RLFC; Inaugural RL "Immortal") and coach (St. George, RLFC, Cronulla RLFC), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2022)
  • 1940 Woodie Fryman, American baseball player, born in Ewing, Kentucky (d. 2011)
  • 1941 Bobby Moore, English football defender (108 caps; captain World Cup 1966; West Ham United), born in Barking, Essex (d. 1993)
  • 1942 Carlos Reutemann, Argentine auto racer (World F1 Drivers C'ship 1981 runner-up; 3 x third) and politician (governor of Santa Fe 2003-21), born in Santa Fe, Argentina (d. 2021)
  • 1944 Mike Garrett, American College Football Hall of Fame running back (Heisman Trophy 1965, USC; AFL All-Star 1966-67, KC Chiefs) and executive (athletic director USC 1993-2010), born in Los Angeles, CA
  • 1948 Raphick Jumadeen, West Indian cricketer (WI slow left-armer of the 70's), born in Gasparillo, Trinidad and Tobago
  • 1950 Tom Werner, American producer (Roseanne, Cosby Show), born in NYC, New York
  • 1952 Alexis Argüello, Nicaraguan boxer (3-weight world champion), born in Managua, Nicaragua (d. 2009)
  • 1952 Ralph Wiley, American sports journalist and writer (Sports Illustrated and ESPN's Page 2), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 2004)
  • 1952 Reuben Gant, American professional football player (Buffalo Bills), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1954 Marvin Johnson, American boxer (WBC Light heavyweight title 1978; WBA Light heavyweight title 1979-80, 86-87), born in Indianapolis, Indiana

Ron MacLean

1960 Ron MacLean, Canadian sportscaster (Hockey Night in Canada), born in Zweibrücken, Germany

  • 1961 Julius Kariuki, Kenyan 3K steeplechaser (Olympic gold 1988), born in Nyahururu, Kenya
  • 1962 Takada Nobuhiko, Japanese wrestler, born in Isogo-ku, Yokohama
  • 1964 Mike Macfarlane, American baseball catcher (KC Royals), born in Stockton, California
  • 1965 Elaine Zayak, American figure skater (Olympic 6th 1984), born in Paramus, New Jersey
  • 1966 Lorenzo White, American football running back (Cleveland Browns), born in Hollywood, Florida
  • 1967 Bobby Abrams, American football outside linebacker (NE Patriots), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1967 Donna Andrews, American golfer (Nabisco Dinah Shore 1994), born in Lynchburg, Virginia
  • 1967 Kirk Everist, American water polo driver (Olympics 1996), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1968 Adam Graves, Canadian left wing hockey player (NY Rangers), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1968 Neal Fort, American football tackle (Montreal Alouettes), born in Warner Robins, Georgia
  • 1969 Michael Jackson, American NFL wide receiver (NFL receiving TD leader 1996; Baltimore Ravens), born in Tangipahoa, Louisiana (d. 2017)
  • 1971 Fernando Meligeni, Argentine tennis star, born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • 1971 Kent Manderville, Canadian ice hockey player (Edmonton Oilers), born in Edmonton, Canada
  • 1971 Tyrone Chatman, CFL linebacker (BC Lions)
  • 1972 Paul Lo Duca, American baseball player, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1973 Antonio Osuna, Mexican baseball pitcher (LA Dodgers), born in Sinaloa, Mexico
  • 1974 Kabir Khan, Pakistani cricketer, born in Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
  • 1974 Roman Hamrlik, Czech ice hockey defenseman (Lightning, Olympic gold 1998), born in Gottwaldov, Czechoslovakia
  • 1974 Sylvinho, Brazilian footballer, born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • 1975 Marcie Alberts, American basketball player (Cleveland Rockers), born in Wooster, Ohio
  • 1976 Brad Miller, American basketball player, born in Kendallville, Indiana
  • 1977 Giovanny Espinoza, Ecuadorian footballer, born in Charguayaco, Ecuador
  • 1977 Glenn Rogers, Australian-born Scottish cricketer, born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1979 Mateja Kežman, Serbian footballer, born in Belgrade, Serbia
  • 1979 Elena Grosheva, Russian gymnast (Olympic 1996), born in Yaroslavl, Russia
  • 1979 Jordan De Jong, American baseball player, born in Orange City, Iowa
  • 1981 Nicolás Burdisso, Argentine footballer, born in Altos de Chipión, Córdoba, Argentina
  • 1981 Brian Vandborg, Danish cyclist, born in Snejbjerg, Denmark
  • 1985 Ted Ginn Jr., American football player, born in Ohio
  • 1986 Blerim Džemaili, Swiss footballer (Switzerland national team), born in Tetovo, Macedonia
  • 1995 Jennifer Brady, American tennis player (Australian Open 2021 runner-up), born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • 1996 Georgia Hall, British golfer (British Open 2018), born in Bournemouth, England
  • 1996 Matteo Berrettini, Italian tennis player (Wimbledon 2021 runner-up), born in Rome, Italy