Birthdays in Sport on April 16

  • 1319 John II, King of France (1350-64), born in Le Mans, France (d. 1364)
  • 1861 Isaac Murphy, American jockey (won 628 races), born in Clark County, Kentucky (d. 1896)
  • 1878 Tip Foster, English cricketer (287 on debut England v Aust SCG 1903), born in Malvern, Worcestershire, England (d. 1914)
  • 1906 Bep [Elisa H] Bakhuis, Dutch soccer star/writer
  • 1918 Dick Gibson, British racing driver
  • 1928 Dick "Night Train" Lane, NFL defensive back (Rams, Cards, Lions)
  • 1932 Imre Polyak, Hungarian featherweight (Olympic gold 1964)
  • 1938 Rich Rollins, American baseballer
  • 1940 David Holford, former West Indian cricketer (cousin of G S Sobers WI leg-spin all-rounder), born in Saint Michael, Barbados
  • 1942 Jim Lonborg, American baseball player
  • 1943 Johnny Watkins, cricketer (NSW leg-spinner, bowled 6 overs for Aust)
  • 1944 Bob Montgomery, last Major League Baseball player to bat without a helmet (1979), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1945 Goran Antunac, Yugoslavia, International Chess Master (1975)

Person of interestKareem Abdul-Jabbar

1947 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, [Lew Alcindor], NBA center (Mil Bucks, LA Lakers), born in NYC, New York

  • 1952 Peter Westbrook, US fencer (Olympic bronze 1988, 92, 96), born in St Louis, Missouri

Person of interestBill Belichick

1952 Bill Belichick, American football coach (4 Super Bowls with New England Patriots), born in Nashville, Tennessee

NFL Coach Bill Belichick
NFL Coach
Bill Belichick
  • 1954 John Bowe, Australian racing driver
  • 1955 Bruce Bochy, American baseball player and manager
  • 1956 Marty Dickerson, golfer (1994 ShopRite Classic-22nd), born in Middletown, Ohio
  • 1958 Philip Bainbridge, British cricketeer
  • 1959 Anne Kursinski, equestrian show jumper (Olympic silver 1996)
  • 1960 Rafael Ben√≠tez, Spanish football manager
  • 1960 Pierre Littbarski, German footballer
  • 1962 David Pate, tennis star, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1962 Jeanne Golay, American cyclist (Olympics-16th-92, 96), born in Coral Gables, Florida
  • 1963 Garry Galley, NHL defenseman (Buffalo Sabres), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1963 Hu Na, China, tennis star
  • 1963 Salim Malik, cricketer (memorable Pakistani & Essex batsman)
  • 1965 Caren Kemner, Quincy IL, volleyball outside hitter (Olympic bronze 1992, 96)
  • 1966 Lewis Tillman, NFL running back (Chicago Bears)
  • 1967 Charles Evans, NFL running back (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1968 Grace Kim, Korea, tennis star
  • 1969 Fernando Vina, infielder (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1969 Melinda Rich, Muskegon Mich, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-13th-1993)
  • 1970 Ian Franklin, CFL cornerback (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • 1970 Steve Emtman, NFL defensive tackle (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1970 Walt Williams, NBA forward/guard (Toronto Raptors, Miami Heat)
  • 1971 Natasha Zvereva, Minsk Belarus, tennis ace (finals 1995 Indian Wells)
  • 1971 Trey Maples, Wheat Ridge Colo, Canadian Tour golfer (1993 Canadian)
  • 1972 Conchita Martinez, Monzon Spain, tennis star (1996 final Indian Wells)
  • 1972 Jim Ballard, NFL/WLAF quarterback (Scottish Claymores, Buffalo Bills)
  • 1972 Mario Bradley, WLAF cornerback (London Monarchs)
  • 1975 Nicky Sualua, NFL fullback (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1977 Fredrik Ljungberg, Swedish footballer, born in Vittsj√∂, 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
  • 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