On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on April 15

  • 1845 Dave Gregory, Australian cricketer (Australia's 1st Test captain), born in Fairy Meadow, New South Wales (d. 1919)

Person of interestJames J. Jeffries

1875 James J. Jeffries, American heavyweight boxer, born in Carroll, Ohio (d. 1953)

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion James J. Jeffries
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
James J. Jeffries
  • 1895 Clark McConachy, New Zealand billiards player (d. 1980)
  • 1898 Harry F. V. Edward, British 100m/200m runner (Olympic bronze 1920), born in Berlin (d. 1973)
  • 1901 Joe Davis, English snooker player (World Champion 1927-40, 1946), born in Whitwell, Derbyshire (d. 1978)
  • 1906 Sandy Bell, South African cricket fast bowler (16 Tests 1929-35), born in East London, South Africa (d. 1985)
  • 1907 Gerald Abrahams, English author (Teach Yourself Chess), born in Liverpool, England (d. 1980)
  • 1936 Jack Noreiga, West Indian cricketer (9-95 WI v India 1971), born in Saint Joseph, Trinidad and Tobago (d. 2003)
  • 1936 Raymond Poulidor, French professional cyclist, born in Masbaraud-Mérignat, France
  • 1940 Edy Hubacher, Swiss 4-man bobsled (Olympic gold 1972), born in Bern, Switzerland
  • 1942 Walt Hazzard, American basketball player (Olympic gold 1964), born in Wilmington, Delaware (d. 2011)
  • 1952 Bengt Gingsjö, Swedish swimmer, born in Gothenburg, Västra Götaland
  • 1955 Enith Salle Brigitha, Dutch 100m/200m swimmer (Olympic bronze 1976), born in Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles
  • 1956 Michael Cooper, American NBA star (LA Lakers), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1957 Evelyn Ashford, American athlete (4 x Olympic sprint gold 1984, 88, 92), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1958 John Bracewell, New Zealand cricketer (premiere spinner of 80's), born in Auckland, New Zealand

  • 1959 Kevin Lowe, Canadian NHL defenseman (NY Rangers), born in Lachute, Quebec, Canada
  • 1960 Pedro Delgado, Spanish cyclist, born in Segovia, Castile and León, Spain
  • 1961 Tiina Lillak, Finnish javelin thrower (Olympic silver 1984), born in Helsinki, Finland
  • 1962 Nawal El Moutawakel, Moroccan athlete (Olympic gold 400m hurdles 1984), born in Casablanca, Morocco
  • 1963 Manoj Prabhakar, Indian cricketer (Indian opening batsman & opening bowler), born in Ghaziabad, India
  • 1964 Nadeem Abbasi, Pakistani cricketer (three Tests for Pakistan v India 1989), born in Rawalpindi, Punjab, Pakistan
  • 1965 Anthony Miller, American NFL wide receiver (Denver Broncos, Dallas Cowboys), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1965 Kevin Stevens, American NHL left wing (Pittsburgh Penguins, Stanley Cup 1991, 92), born in Brockton, Massachusetts
  • 1965 Mark Dennis, American NFL tackle (Carolina Panthers, Green Bay Packers), born in Junction City, Kansas
  • 1965 Michele Redman, American golfer (2 LPGA Tour titles), born in Zanesville, Ohio
  • 1966 Andrei Olhovskiy, Russian tennis player, born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1967 Dara Torres, American Olympic swimmer (Olympic gold 1984), born in Beverly Hills, California
  • 1967 Lance Zeno, American former NFL/WLAF corner (Rams, Scottish Claymores), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1968 Billy Brewer, American baseball pitcher (NY Yankees), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1969 Jeromy Burnitz, American baseball outfielder (Cleveland Indians), born in Westminster, California
  • 1969 Michael Jones, American NFL linebacker (Oakland Raiders, St Louis Rams), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1969 Phillippi Sparks, American NFL cornerback (NY Giants), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1970 Darrin Smith, American NFL linebacker (Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1971 Craig Whelihan, NFL quarterback (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1971 Derek Brown, NFL running back (New Orleans Saints)
  • 1971 Guivi Sissaouri, Canada freestyle wrestler (Olympic silver 1996), born in Tbilisi, Georgia
  • 1971 Jason Sehorn, NFL cornerback/safety (NY Giants)
  • 1971 Rich McKenzie, NFL linebacker (Cleveland Browns)
  • 1971 Tim Tindale, NFL running back (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1972 Melvin Johnson, NFL safety (Tampa Bay Bucs)

  • 1972 Ricky Otero, Vega Baja Puerto Rico, outfielder (Philadelphia Phillies)
  • 1972 Ronald Cherry, NFL tackle (Detroit Lions)
  • 1972 Vickie Johnson, WNBA guard/forward (NY Liberty)
  • 1974 Mike Quinn, quarterback (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1974 Sergei Krivokrasov, Angarsk Russia, NHL right wing (Blackhawks, Olympic silver 1998)
  • 1975 Paul Dana, American race car driver (d. 2006)
  • 1976 Jason Bonsignore, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1978 Austin Aries, American wrestler
  • 1978 Milton Bradley, American baseball player
  • 1978 Tim Corcoran, American baseball player
  • 1980 Victor Núñez, Costa Rican footballer
  • 1980 James Foster, English cricketer
  • 1980 Raúl López, Spanish basketball player
  • 1980 Willie Mason, Australian Rugby League Player
  • 1980 Fränk Schleck, Luxembourgish cyclist
  • 1981 Andrés D'Alessandro, Argentine football player
  • 1982 Albert Riera, Spanish footballer
  • 1982 Michael Aubrey, American baseball player
  • 1983 Ilya Kovalchuk, Russian ice hockey player
  • 1983 Dudu Cearense, Brazilian footballer
  • 1984 Rodney Carney, NBA athlete
  • 1984 Cam Janssen, American ice hockey player
  • 1985 John Danks, American baseball player
  • 1985 Aaron Laffey, American baseball player
  • 1986 Quincy Owusu-Abeyie, Dutch footballer