On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on April 16

  • 1861 Isaac Murphy, American jockey (won 628 races), born in Clark County, Kentucky (d. 1896)
  • 1878 R. E. Foster, English cricketer (287 on debut England v Aust SCG 1903), footballer and the only man to have captained England in both sports, born in Malvern, Worcestershire, England (d. 1914)
  • 1890 Fred Root, English cricket fast bowler (3 Tests, 8 wickets; Derbyshire CCC, Worcestershire CCC), born in Somercotes, England (d. 1954)
  • 1903 Paul Waner, American Baseball HOF right fielder (NL MVP 1927; NL batting champion 1927, 34, 36; MLB All-Star 1933–35, 37; Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Harrah, Oklahoma (d. 1965)
  • 1909 Bep Bakhuys, Dutch soccer striker (23 caps, 28 goals; Metz), born in Pekalongan, Indonesia (d. 1982)
  • 1918 Dick Gibson, British racing driver, born in Bourne, Lincolnshire (d. 2010)
  • 1928 Dick 'Night Train' Lane, American Pro Football HOF cornerback (7 x Pro Bowl; 7 x First-team All-Pro; LA Rams, Chicago Cardinals, Detroit Lions), born in Austin, Texas (d. 2002)
  • 1932 Imre Polyák, Hungarian featherweight (Olympic gold 1964), born in Kecskemét, Hungary (d. 2010)
  • 1938 Rich Rollins, American MLB third baseman, born in Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania
  • 1940 David Holford, West Indian cricket all-rounder (24 Tests, 1 x 100, HS 105no, 51 wickets, BB 5/23; Barbados), born in Upper Collymore Rock, Saint Michael, Barbados
  • 1940 Dick Versace, American basketball coach (Bradley University, Indiana Pacers), broadcaster (TNT) and executive (GM Memphis Grizzlies), born in Fort Bragg, North Carolina (d. 2022)
  • 1942 Jim Lonborg, American MLB pitcher (AL Cy Young 1967), born in Santa Maria, California
  • 1942 Frank Williams, British businessman, racing team owner (Principal Williams Formula 1 team 1977-2020; 9 x F1 Constructors' C'ships, 7 x Drivers' C'ships), born in South Shields, England (d. 2021)
  • 1943 Johnny Watkins, Australian cricketer (NSW leg-spinner, bowled 6 overs for Aust), born in Newcastle, New South Wales
  • 1944 Bob Montgomery, last Major League Baseball player to bat without a helmet (1979), born in Nashville, Tennessee

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

1947 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar [Lew Alcindor], American Basketball Hall of Fame center (6 x NBA champion; NBA Finals MVP 1971, 85; 6 × NBA MVP; 19 × NBA All-Star), born in NYC, New York

  • 1947 Johnny Grier, American football official (1981-2004; first African-American referee in NFL history 1988), born in Charlotte, North Carolina (d. 2022)
  • 1952 Peter Westbrook, American fencer (Olympic bronze 1988, 92, 96), born in St Louis, Missouri

Bill Belichick

1952 Bill Belichick, American football coach (Super Bowl 2002, 04, 05, 14, 17, 18; most SB wins; NFL Coach of the Year 2003, 07, 10; New England Patriots), born in Nashville, Tennessee

  • 1954 John Bowe, Australian racing driver, born in Devonport, Tasmania
  • 1955 Bruce Bochy, American baseball player and manager (San Francisco Giants), born in Landes de Boussac, Bussac-Forêt, France
  • 1957 Heiko Salzwedel, German cycling coach (est. Australian Institute of Sport Road Cycling/MTB program; German, Danish, British Cycling), born in Schmalkalden, Germany (d. 2021)
  • 1958 Philip Bainbridge, British cricketer, born in Sneyd Green, Stoke-on-Trent
  • 1959 Anne Kursinski, American equestrian show jumper (Olympic silver 1996), born in Pasadena, California
  • 1960 Rafael Benítez, Spanish football manager, born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1960 Pierre Littbarski, German footballer and manager, born in West Berlin, West Germany
  • 1962 David Pate, American tennis star, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1962 Jeanne Golay, American cyclist (Olympics-16th-92, 96), born in Coral Gables, Florida
  • 1963 Garry Galley, Canadian NHL defenseman (Buffalo Sabres), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1963 Hu Na, Chinese tennis star, born in Chengdu, Sichuan, China
  • 1963 Saleem Malik, Pakistani cricketer (memorable Pakistani & Essex batsman), born in Kayerpora, Lahore, Pakistan
  • 1965 Caren Kemner, American volleyball outside hitter (Olympic bronze 1992, 96), born in Quincy, Illinois
  • 1968 Grace Kim, South Korean-American tennis star, born in South Korea
  • 1969 Fernando Viña, Cuban-American infielder (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1970 Steve Emtman, American College Football HOF defensive tackle (University of Washington; 1992 NFL Draft Pick #1 Indianapolis Colts), born in Spokane, Washington
  • 1970 Walt Williams, American NBA forward and guard (Toronto Raptors, Miami Heat), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1971 Natasha Zvereva, Belarusian tennis ace (18 Grand Slam double titles), born in Minsk, Belarus

Conchita Martínez

1972 Conchita Martínez, Spanish tennis player (Wimbledon 1994; Federation Cup 1991, 93, 94, 95, 98) and coach (Garbiñe Muguruza, Karolína Plíšková), born in Monzón, Huesca, Spain

  • 1972 Jim Ballard, American NFL & WLAF quarterback (Scottish Claymores, Buffalo Bills), born in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
  • 1975 Nicky Sualua, American NFL fullback (Dallas Cowboys), born in Santa Ana, California
  • 1977 Fredrik Ljungberg, Swedish footballer, born in Vittsjö, Sweden
  • 1979 Christijan Albers, Dutch Formula One driver, born in Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • 1979 Sixto Peralta, Argentine footballer, born in Comodoro Rivadavia, Argentina
  • 1982 Boris Diaw, French basketball player, born in Cormeilles-en-Parisis, France
  • 1982 Jonathan Vilma, American football player, born in Coral Gables, Florida
  • 1982 Gina Carano, American Mixed Martial Arts fighter, born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1983 Cat Osterman, American softball pitcher, born in Houston, Texas
  • 1983 George Patis, Greek badminton player, born in Greece
  • 1985 Luol Deng, Sudanese-born British basketball player, born in Wau, South Sudan
  • 1986 Paul di Resta, British racing driver, born in Uphall, United Kingdom
  • 1987 Aaron Lennon, English footballer, born in Leeds, United Kingdom
  • 1988 Joe McKnight, NFL and CFL player killed in road rage incident, born in Kenner, Louisiana (d. 2016)
  • 1993 Mirai Nagasu, American figure skater, born in Montebello, California