Birthdays in Sport on April 15

  • 1845 Dave Gregory, Australian cricket batsman (Australia's 1st Test captain; 3 Tests; NSW CA), born in Fairy Meadow, Australia (d. 1919)
  • 1873 Juliette Atkinson, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1895, 97-98), born in Rahway, New Jersey (d. 1944)

James J. JeffriesJames J. Jeffries (1875-1953)

American heavyweight boxer, born in Carroll, Ohio

  • 1887 Mike Brady, American golfer (US Open 1911, 19 runner-up; 9 PGA Tour titles), born in Brighton, Massachusetts (d. 1972)
  • 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

Willie DavisWillie Davis (1940-2010)

American MLB center fielder (LA Dodgers), born in Mineral Springs, Arkansas

  • 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 defenceman, coach and executive (Edmonton Oilers; Stanley Cup x 6), born in Lachute, Quebec
  • 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 swimmer, winner of 12 Olympic medals (1984, 1988, 1992, 2000 and 2008), born in Beverly Hills, California
  • 1967 Lance Zeno, American NFL/WLAF football cornerback (Rams, Scottish Claymores), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1968 Billy Brewer, American baseball pitcher, 1993-99 (NY Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, and 2 other teams), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1969 Jeromy Burnitz, American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 1999; Milwaukee Brewers), 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; Super Bowl 1993, 95), 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 Tim Tindale, NFL running back (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1972 Ricky Otero, Vega Baja Puerto Rico, outfielder (Philadelphia Phillies)
  • 1972 Ronald Cherry, NFL tackle (Detroit Lions)
  • 1972 Vickie Johnson, American basketball guard and coach (WNBA All-Star 1999, 2001; NY Liberty; coach San Antonio Stars), born in Coushatta, Louisiana
  • 1974 Sergei Krivokrasov, Russian NHL right wing, 1992-2002 (Chicago Blackhawks, and 4 other teams; Olympic silver, 1998), born in Angarsk, Soviet Union
  • 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 Fränk Schleck, Luxembourgish cyclist
  • 1980 James Foster, English cricketer, born in London, England
  • 1980 Raúl López, Spanish basketball player
  • 1980 Victor Núñez, Costa Rican footballer
  • 1980 Willie Mason, Australian Rugby League Player
  • 1981 Andrés D'Alessandro, Argentine football player
  • 1982 Michael Aubrey, American baseball player (Cleveland Indians, Baltimore Orioles), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1983 Dudu Cearense, Brazilian footballer
  • 1983 Ilya Kovalchuk, Russian ice hockey player
  • 1984 Cam Janssen, American ice hockey player
  • 1984 Rodney Carney, NBA athlete
  • 1985 Aaron Laffey, American baseball player
  • 1985 John Danks, American baseball player
  • 1986 Quincy Owusu-Abeyie, Dutch footballer