On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on April 22

  • 1876 Georg Lurich, Estonian wrestler and strongman of the early 20th century, born in Väike-Maarja, Governorate of Estonia, Russian Empire (d. 1920)
  • 1903 Daphne Akhurst Cozens, Australian tennis player (Australasian C'ship singles 1925, 26, 28, 29, 30), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1933)
  • 1918 Mickey Vernon, American baseball first baseman (7 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1960; AL batting champion 1946, 53), born in Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania (d. 2008)
  • 1937 Ken Palmer, English cricket umpire (22 Tests, 23 ODIs 1977-2001) and fast bowler (1 Test), born in Winchester, Hampshire, England
  • 1938 Alan Bond, Australian businessman and yachting syndicate owner (America's Cup 1983), born in London, England (d. 2015)
  • 1938 Deane Beman, American golfer, administrator, writer, course designer (US Open 1969 runner-up; PGA Tour Commissioner 1974-94), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1943 Steve Dunne, New Zealand cricket umpire (39 Tests; 100 ODIs), born in Dunedin. Otago
  • 1949 Spencer Haywood, American Basketball Hall of Fame forward (Olympic gold 1968; NBA C'ship 1980 LA Lakers; NBA All-Star 1972–75; ABA All-Star Game MVP 1970), born in Silver City, Mississippi
  • 1958 Ashraf Ali, Pakistani cricket wicket-keeper (8 Tests, 22 dismissals; 16 ODIs), born in Lahore, Pakistan
  • 1959 Ranjan Madugalle, Sri Lankan cricket batsman and captain (21 Tests, 1 x 100, 7 x 50; 63 ODIs) and ICC match referee (77 Tests, 169 ODIs), born in Kandy, Sri Lanka
  • 1960 Lloyd Honeyghan, British boxer (undisputed world welterweight champion 1986-87; W 43, L 5), born in Saint Elizabeth, Jamaica
  • 1961 Jeff Hostetler, NFL quarterback (NY Giants, Raiders, Redskins/1990 Superbowl)
  • 1961 Jimmy Key, Huntsville Alabama, pitcher (Blue Jays, NY Yanks, Orioles)
  • 1965 Peter Zezel, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1966 Glenn Parker, NFL offensive tackle (Buffalo Bills, KC Chiefs)
  • 1967 Harvey Williams, NFL running back (Oakland Raiders)

  • 1967 Mike Buck, NFL quarterback (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1968 Bimbo Coles, NBA guard (Golden State Warriors)
  • 1968 Carlos Costa, Spanish tennis star
  • 1968 Jo Angel, cricketer (big WA right-arm fast bowler, Australia 1993-)
  • 1968 Vernell Coles, basketball player (Olympic bronze 1988)
  • 1968 Zarley Zalapski, Canadian NHL defenseman, 1987-2000 (Pittsburgh Penguins; Calgary Flames, and 3 other teams), born in Edmonton, Alberta (d. 2017)
  • 1969 Bobby Olive, NFL wide receiver (Indianapolis Colts)
  • 1969 George Williams, American MLB catcher (Oakland A's), born in Lacrosse, Wisconsin
  • 1969 Roger Jones, NFL center (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • 1969 Dion Dublin, English footballer
  • 1970 Coleman Bell, NFL tight end (Washington Redskins)
  • 1971 Milos Holan, Bilovec Cze, NHL defenseman (Anaheim Mighty Ducks)
  • 1971 Nicklas Kulti, Swedish tennis star
  • 1972 Sabine Appelmans, Aalst Belg, tennis star (Strasbourg doubles final)
  • 1972 Owen Finegan, Australian rugby union flanker (56 caps; ACT Brumbies, Leinster), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1973 Christopher Sanders, tight end (Washington Redskins)
  • 1973 Scott Fields, NFL linebacker (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1973 Ofer Talker, Israeli footballer
  • 1973 Adem Poric, Australian former footballer
  • 1974 Adam Parfitt, rower (Olympics 1996), born in Victoria, British Columbia

  • 1975 Stijn Haeldermans, Belgian soccer player (MVV)
  • 1975 Greg Moore, Canadian race car driver (d. 1999)
  • 1975 Carlos Sastre, Spanish cyclist
  • 1976 Michał Żewłakow, Polish footballer
  • 1977 Mark van Bommel, Dutch footballer
  • 1978 Esteban Tuero, Argentinian race car driver
  • 1979 Zoltan Gera, Hungarian footballer
  • 1980 Nicolas Douchez, French footballer
  • 1980 Carlos Hernández, Venezuelan baseball player
  • 1981 Ken Dorsey, American football player
  • 1982 Kaká [Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite], Brazilian footballer (Orlando City, Brazil national team), born in Gama, Brazil
  • 1983 Matt Jones, American football player
  • 1986 Dusan Sakota, Serbian-Greek basketball player
  • 1986 Marshawn Lynch, American Football player
  • 1987 David Luiz Moreira Marinho, Brazilian football player (Chelsea, Brazil national team), born in Diadema, Brazil