On This Day

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, American MLB baseball player and manager, born in Ellisville, Mississippi (d. 1995)
  • 1919 Gil Langley, Australian cricketer (Australian wicket-keeper 1951-56), born in Adelaide, Australia (d. 2001)
  • 1929 Edward Crook Jr., American middleweight boxer (Olympic gold 1960), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2005)
  • 1931 Alex Webster, American football coach (NY Giants), born in Kearney, New Jersey (d. 2012)
  • 1932 Andrea Mead-Lawrence, American alpine skier (2 Olympic gold 1952), born in Rutland, Vermont (d. 2009)
  • 1933 Harold "Dickie" Bird, English cricket umpire (66 Tests, 69 ODI), born in Barnsley, England
  • 1939 Michael Macaulay, South African cricketer (Tvl, W Prov, OFS, NE Tvl, E Prov & S Afr), born in Durban, Natal
  • 1948 Rick Miller, American baseball player, born in Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • 1950 Jeff Hammond, Australian cricketer (Australian fast bowler on 1973 WI tour), born in North Adelaide, South Australia
  • 1950 Marc Demeyer, Belgian road racing cyclist (Paris-Brussel 1974), born in Avelgem, Belgium (d. 1982)
  • 1953 Sara Simeoni, Italian high jumper (Olympic gold 1980), born in Rivoli Veronese, Italy
  • 1954 Trevor Francis, British football player and manager, born in Plymouth, England
  • 1956 Sue Barker, British tennis player (French Open 1976), born in Paignton, England
  • 1960 Frank Viola, American baseball pitcher (Twins, Mets/Cy Young-1988), born in Hempstead, New York
  • 1960 Roger Merrett, Australian rules footballer

  • 1961 Richard Phelps, British pentathelete (Olympic bronze 1988), born in Gloucester, England

Person of interestAl Unser Jr.

1962 Al Unser Jr., American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1992, 94), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Indy Car Driver Al Unser Jr.
Indy Car Driver
Al Unser Jr.
  • 1964 Harris Barton, American NFL tackle (SF 49ers), born in Sandy Springs, Georgia
  • 1964 Scott Kamienicki, American baseball pitcher (NY Yankees), born in Mount Clemens, Michigan
  • 1966 Paul Reiffel, Australian cricketer (Victorian & Australian pace bowler), born in Box Hill, Victoria, Australia
  • 1966 Randolph Keys, American NBA forward (Milwaukee Bucks), born in Collins, Mississippi
  • 1968 Brent Mayne, American baseball catcher (NY Mets), born in Loma Linda, California
  • 1968 Keith McCants, American NFL defensive end (Arizona Cardinals), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • 1968 Roger Reinson, CFL linebacker (Calgary Stampeders), born in Melville, Saskatchewan
  • 1970 Michael Barrow, American NFL linebacker (Houston Oilers, Carolina Panthers), born in Homestead, Florida
  • 1970 Kelly Holmes, British athlete (Olympics gold 800/1,500m 2004), born in Hildenborough, England
  • 1972 Eric Jack, American NFL cornerback (Atlanta Falcons), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1972 Jeff Wilkins, American NFL kicker (SF 49ers, St Louis Rams), born in Youngstown, Ohio
  • 1972 Rivaldo, Brazilian footballer (Brazil national team 1993-2003), born in Recife, Brazil
  • 1974 Ante Moric, Australian soccer midfielder (Olyroos, Olympics 1996), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1975 Jason Gillespie, Australian cricketer (fast bowler, Australia 1996), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1975 Temoc Suarez, American soccer forward (Olympic gold 1996), born in Greenwood, South Carolina
  • 1975 Jussi Jääskeläinen, Finnish footballer (Finland national team) and coach, born in Mikkeli, Finland
  • 1977 Lucien Mettomo, Cameroonian footballer (2002 World Cup), born in Douala, Cameroon
  • 1977 Joe Beimel, American baseball player (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in St. Marys, Pennsylvania
  • 1977 Dennys Reyes, Mexican baseball player, born in Higuera de Zaragoza, Sinaloa, Mexico
  • 1978 Gabriel Heinze, Argentinian footballer and manager (Vélez Sarsfield), born in Crespo, Argentina
  • 1981 Martin Havlát, Czech ice hockey player, born in Mladá Boleslav, Czechoslovakia
  • 1981 Troy Polamalu, American football player (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Garden Grove, California
  • 1983 Alberto Callaspo, Venezuelan baseball player (Kansas City Royals), born in Maracay, Venezuela
  • 1983 Zach Duke, American baseball player (Cincinnati Reds), born in Clifton, Texas
  • 1983 Joe Mauer, American baseball player (Minnesota Twins), born in St. Paul, Minnesota
  • 1983 Curtis Thigpen, American baseball player, born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1985 Valon Behrami, Swiss footballer (Switzerland national team), born in Mitrovica, Yugoslavia
  • 1986 Candace Parker, American basketball player (Los Angeles Sparks), born in St. Louis, Missouri

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 football goalkeeper (England national team), born in Shrewsbury, England