Birthdays in Sport on April 19

  • 1873 Sydney Barnes, English cricketer (27 Tests for England, 189 wickets) and probably England's greatest bowler, born in Smethwick, England (d. 1967)
  • 1915 Harry Craft, baseball manager
  • 1919 Gil Langley, cricketer (Australian wicket-keeper 1951-56)
  • 1929 Edward Crook, American middleweight boxer (Olympic gold 1960), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1931 Alex Webster, Kearney, New Jersey, football coach (NY Giants), (d. 2012)
  • 1932 Andrea Mead Lawrence, alpine slalom skier (Olympic 2 gold-52), born in Rutland, Vermont
  • 1933 Harold "Dickie" Bird, English cricket umpire (66 Tests, 69 ODI), born in Barnsley, England
  • 1939 Michael Macaulay, cricketer (Tvl, W Prov, OFS, NE Tvl, E Prov & S Afr)
  • 1945 Nuria Ortiz, Mexican skeet shooter (Olympic-13th-1968)
  • 1948 Rick Miller, American baseball player
  • 1950 Jeff Hammond, cricketer (Australian fast bowler on 1973 WI tour)
  • 1950 Marc Demeyer, Belgian cyclist (Paris-Brussel '74)
  • 1953 Sara Simeoni, Italian high jumper (Olympic gold 1980)
  • 1954 Trevor Francis, British soccer manager
  • 1956 Lori West, LPGA golfer (1994 State Farm-5th), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1956 Sue Barker, English tennis star
  • 1960 Frank Viola, pitcher (Twins, Mets/Cy Young-1988), born in Hempstead, New York
  • 1960 Roger Merrett, Australian footballer

Person of interestAl Unser Jr.

1962 Al Unser Jr, Indy-car racer (over 10 wins), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Indy Car Driver Al Unser Jr.
Indy Car Driver
Al Unser Jr.
  • 1962 Christa Teno, Tecumseh Ontario, LPGA golfer (1989 Mitsubishi-44th)
  • 1964 Harris Barton, NFL tackle (SF 49ers)
  • 1964 Scott Kamienicki, pitcher (NY Yankees)
  • 1966 Paul Reiffel, cricketer (Victorian & Australian pace bowler)
  • 1966 Randolph Keys, NBA forward (Milwaukee Bucks)
  • 1968 Brent Mayne, Loma Linda CA, catcher (NY Mets)
  • 1968 Keith McCants, NFL defensive end (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1968 Roger Reinson, CFL linebacker (Calgary Stampeders)
  • 1969 James Westphal, Oak Park Illinois, 10k runner
  • 1970 Michael Barrow, NFL linebacker (Houston Oilers, Carolina Panthers)
  • 1970 Rick Hamilton, WLAF linebacker (Barcelona Dragons)
  • 1970 Kelly Holmes, English athlete
  • 1971 Otis Scott, 400m/800m runner, born in Gainesville, Florida
  • 1972 Eric Jack, NFL cornerback (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1972 Jeff Wilkins, NFL kicker (SF 49ers, St Louis Rams), born in Youngstown, Ohio
  • 1972 Rivaldo, Brazilian footballer
  • 1974 Ante Moric, Australian soccer midfielder (Olyroos, Olympics 1996)
  • 1975 Jason Gillespie, Australian cricketer (fast bowler, Australia 1996)
  • 1975 Temoc Suarez, soccer forward (Olympic gold 1996), born in Greenwood, South Carolina
  • 1975 Jussi Jääskeläinen, Finnish footballer
  • 1977 Lucien Mettomo, Cameroonian footballer
  • 1977 Joe Beimel, American baseball player
  • 1977 Dennys Reyes, Mexican baseball player
  • 1978 Whitney Metzler, 400m medley swimmer (Olympic 8th 1996)
  • 1978 Gabriel Heinze, Argentinian footballer
  • 1979 Challen Sievers, Downers Grove Ill, rhythmic gymnast (Olympics 1996)
  • 1981 Martin Havlat, Czech hockey player
  • 1981 Troy Polamalu, American football player
  • 1983 Alberto Callaspo, Venezuelan baseball player
  • 1983 Zack Duke, American baseball player
  • 1983 Joe Mauer, American baseball player
  • 1983 Curtis Thigpen, American baseball player
  • 1985 Valon Behrami, Swiss Footballer
  • 1986 Candace Parker, American basketball player

Person of interestMaria Sharapova

1987 Maria Sharapova, Russian tennis player (5 Grand Slam singles titles), born in Nyagan, Russia

Tennis Player Maria Sharapova
Tennis Player
Maria Sharapova
  • 1987 Joe Hart, English Under-21 Footballer