On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on April 20

  • 1851 Young Tom Morris, Scottish golfer (British Open 1868-70, 72), born in St Andrews, Fife, Scotland (d. 1875)
  • 1907 Miran Bakhsh, Pakistani cricket spin bowler (2 Tests, 2 wickets; Punjab), born in Rawalpindi, Pakistan (d. 1991)
  • 1912 David Townsend, English cricket batsman (3 Tests, HS 36; Durham CCC), born in Norton-on-Tees, England (d. 1997)
  • 1925 Ernie Stautner, American Pro Football HOF defensive end (Super Bowl 1971, 77; 4 × All-Pro First Team; 9 × Pro Bowl; Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Cham, Bavaria, Germany (d. 2006)
  • 1927 Phil Hill, American auto racer (F1 world champion 1961; 24 Hours of Le Mans 1958, 61, 62), born in Miami, Florida (d. 2008)
  • 1928 Johnny Gavin, Irish soccer winger (7 caps Rep. Ireland; Norwich City 312 games), born in Limerick, Ireland (d. 2007)
  • 1930 Alan Oakman, English cricket all-rounder (2 Tests; Sussex CCC), born in Hastings, England (d. 2018)
  • 1935 Jon Arnett, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (USC; 5 × Pro Bowl; LA Rams, Chicago Bears), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2021)
  • 1938 Bernard Malivoire, French rower (Olympic gold coxed pair 1952), born in Bergerac, France (d. 1982)
  • 1938 Betty Cuthbert, Australian athlete (Olympic gold 100m, 200m, 4x100m 1956; 400m 1964), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2017)
  • 1940 George Andrie, American football defensive end (Super Bowl 1971; First Team All Pro 1969; 5 x Pro Bowl; Dallas Cowboys), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan (d. 2018)
  • 1945 Steve Spurrier, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1966, Florida; NFL: SF 49ers) and coach (Florida, South Carolina; NFL: Washington Redskins), born in Miami Beach, Florida
  • 1949 Toller Cranston, Canadian men's figure skater (Olympic bronze, 1976; Canadian champ, 1971-76), and painter, born in Hamilton, Ontario (d. 2015)
  • 1952 Božidar Maljković, Serbian basketball coach (EuroLeague C'ship 1989, 90 Jugoplastika; 1993 Limoges CSP; 1996 Panathinaikos BC; FIBA Intercontinental Cup 1996; President OC of Serbia), born in Otočac, Croatia
  • 1954 Peter Toohey, Australian cricket batsman (15 Tests, 1 x 100, 7 x 50, HS 122; NSW CA), born in Blayney, Australia
  • 1954 Gilles Lupien, French Canadian ice hockey player, born in Lachute, Canada
  • 1957 Graeme Fowler, English cricket batsman (21 Tests, 3 x 100, 8 x 50, HS 201; 26 ODIs; Lancashire CCC, Durham CCC), born in Accrington, England
  • 1958 Viacheslav Fetisov, Russian Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman (Olympic gold 1984, 88; Stanley Cup 1997-98, Detroit Red Wings), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1960 Rodney Holman, American football tight end (Pro Bowl, All-Pro 1988–1990, Cincinnati Bengals), born in Ypsilanti, Michigan
  • 1960 Debbie Flintoff-King, Australian athlete (Olympic gold 400m hurdles 1988), born in Melbourne, Australia

Don Mattingly

1961 Don Mattingly, American baseball 1st baseman (6 x MLB All-Star; AL MVP 1985; 9 x Gold Glove; 3 x Silver Slugger; AL batting champion 1984; NY Yankees) and manager (LA Dodgers, Miami Marlins), born in Evansville, Indiana

  • 1963 Mauricio Gugelmin, Brazilian racing driver, born in Joinville, Brazil
  • 1964 John Carney, American football placekicker (San Diego Chargers), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1967 Raymond van Barneveld, Dutch darts player (PDC World C'ship 2007; BDO World C'ship 1998, 99, 2003, 05; Premier League 2014), born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • 1967 Alan McLoughlin, Irish soccer midfielder (42 caps Rep of Ireland; Swindon Town, Portsmouth), born in Manchester, England (d. 2021)
  • 1969 Jan van Halst, Dutch soccer player (FC Twente), born in Utrecht, Netherlands
  • 1971 Allan Houston, American basketball player (NY Knicks, Detroit Pistons), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1971 Chris Penn, NFL wide receiver (KC Chiefs, Chicago Bears), born in Lenapah, Oklahoma
  • 1971 Grant Smith, Australian field hockey forward (Olympics 1996), born in Canberra, Australia
  • 1971 John Senden, Australian golfer (2 PGA Tour titles), born in Brisbane, Queensland
  • 1971 Terry Smith, NFL wide receiver (Indianapolis Colts), born in Clemson, South Carolina
  • 1971 Yonel Jourdain, American NFL running back and kick returner (Buffalo Bills), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1972 Lê Huỳnh Đức, Vietnamese footballer, born in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • 1973 Itula Mili, NFL tight end (Seattle Seahawks), born in Kahuku, Hawaii
  • 1973 Lamond Murray, American basketball forward (LA Clippers), born in Pasadena, California
  • 1973 Todd Hollandsworth, American baseball outfielder (LA Dodgers), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1974 Ben Holbrook, American rower (Olympics 1996), born in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
  • 1974 Kevin Sullivan, Canadian athlete, 1.5k runner (Olympics 1996), born in Brantford, Ontario
  • 1974 Paul Bradford, American football cornerback (San Diego Chargers), born in East Palo Alto, California
  • 1976 Lenka Němečková, Czech tennis star (1993 Futures-Maribor-SLO), born in Brno, Czechoslovakia
  • 1976 Shay Given, Irish footballer, born in Lifford, County Donegal, Ireland
  • 1977 Lisa Ervin, American figure skater (US Nationals-4th-1992), born in Charleston, West Virginia
  • 1997 Alexander Zverev, German tennis player (ATP Finals 2018; US Open 2020 runner-up), born in Hamburg, Germany