On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on April 29

  • 1872 Harry Payne Whitney, American businessman and thoroughbred horse breeder, born in NYC, New York (d. 1930)
  • 1918 Merv Harvey, Australian cricketer (brother of Neil, Test for Australia), born in Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia (d. 1995)
  • 1922 George Allen, American NFL football coach (LA Rams, Washington Redskins), born in Nelson County, Virginia (d. 1990)
  • 1922 Helmut Krackowizer, Austrian motorcyclist (d. 2001)
  • 1924 Al Balding, Canadian golfer (first Canadian to win PGA Tour event in US, 4-time winner), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2006)
  • 1927 Dorothy Manley, English 100m sprinter (Olympic silver 1948), born in London, England
  • 1929 Mickey McDermott, American baseball player (d. 2003)
  • 1930 Alf Valentine, Jamaican cricketer (great West Indian lefty spinner)
  • 1933 Edwin "Ed" Charles, American MLB third baseman (Miracle Mets-1969), born in Daytona Beach, Florida (d. 2018)
  • 1934 Luis Aparicio, Venezuelan baseball player (Chicago White Sox, MLB Hall of Fame), born in Maracaibo, Venezuela
  • 1936 Bernie Parrish, American NFL cornerback (Pro Bowl 1960, 63; Cleveland Browns; best-selling book, 'They Call It A Game'), born in Long Beach, California (d. 2019)
  • 1940 Brian Taber, Australian cricket wicket-keeper (Australian between Grout & Marsh), born in Wagga Wagga, Australia
  • 1942 Galina Kulakova, Soviet nordic skier (Olympic-3 golds-1972), born in Logachi, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
  • 1944 Jim Hart, American NFL quarterback (St Louis Cardinals), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1947 Jim Ryun, American 1500m runner/broke 4 minute mile (Olympic silver 1968)
  • 1947 Johnny Miller, American golfer (US Open 1973, British Open 1976), born in San Francisco, California

  • 1949 Eddie Hart, American 100m runner (Olympics, 1972)

Person of interestDale Earnhardt

1951 Dale Earnhardt, American auto racer (7 NASCAR Winston Cup Series championships), born in Kannapolis, North Carolina (d. 2001)

Auto Racer Dale Earnhardt
Auto Racer
Dale Earnhardt
  • 1952 Bob McClure, American baseball player and coach (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Oakland, California
  • 1954 Jake Burton Carpenter, American snowboarder
  • 1958 Gary Cohen, American baseball broadcaster, born in Queens, New York
  • 1960 Bill Glasson, American golfer (7 PGA Tour titles), born in Fresno, California
  • 1962 Bruce Driver, Canadian NHL defenseman (NY Rangers), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1962 Robert Druppers, Dutch runner (world record 1 km indoor), born in Utrecht, Netherlands

Person of interestMike Babcock

1963 Mike Babcock, Canadian NHL Coach (Anaheim, Detroit, Team Canada), born in Manitouwadge, Ontario

NHL Coach Mike Babcock
NHL Coach
Mike Babcock
  • 1966 John Vander Wal, American NLB outfielder (Colorado Rockies), born in Grand Rapids Michigan
  • 1966 Phil Tufnell, English cricketer (England slow lefty & slower fieldsman), born in London, England
  • 1967 Curtis Joseph, Canadian NHL goalie (Team Canada, Edmonton Oilers), born in Keswick, Ontario
  • 1967 Elizabeth "Betsy" McCagg, American rower (Olympic 4th 1992, 96), born in Kirkland, Washington
  • 1967 Mary McCagg, American rower (Olympic 4th 1992, 96), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1968 Browning Nagle, American NFL quarterback (NY Jets, Atlanta Falcons), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1969 Arthur Marshall, American NFL wide receiver (NY Giants), born in Fort Gordon, Georgia

Person of interestAndre Agassi

1970 Andre Agassi, American tennis player (Olympic gold 1996, 8 Grand Slam titles), born in Las Vegas, Nevada

Tennis Legend Andre Agassi
Tennis Legend
Andre Agassi
  • 1970 J R Phillips, American baseball infielder (Philadelphia Phillies), born in West Covina, California, born in East Covina, California
  • 1970 Mark McMillian, American NFL cornerback (Philadelphia Eagles, KC Chiefs), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1970 William Martin III, American finn sailor (Olympics 23rd-1996), born in Charleston, South Carolina

  • 1971 Sterling Hitchcock, American baseball pitcher (NY Yanks, Sea Mariners), born in Fayetteville, North Carolina
  • 1972 Gwendolyn Wentland, American high jumper, born in Flint, Michigan
  • 1974 Alana Blahoski, American ice hockey forward (USA, Olympics 1998), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1974 Pascal Cygan, French footballer (Arsenal), born in Lens, France
  • 1974 Julian Knowle, Austrian tennis player, born in Lauterach, Austria
  • 1975 John Macready, American gymnast (Olympic 5th 1996), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1975 Rafael Betancourt, Venezuelan MLB player, born in Cumaná, Venezuela
  • 1976 God Shammgod, American NBA guard (Wash Wizards), born in New York City
  • 1977 Claus Jensen, Danish footballer and manager, born in Nykøbing Falster, Denmark
  • 1978 Mike Bryan, American professional tennis player, 1998-2020 (18 Grand Slam Men's Double titles), born in Oxnard, California
  • 1978 Tony Armas, Jr., Venezuelan baseball player
  • 1978 Bob Bryan, American professional tennis player, 1998-2020 (16 Grand Slam Men's Double titles), born in Oxnard, California
  • 1979 Ryan Sharp, Scottish racing driver, born in Newtonhill, Scotland
  • 1979 Lee Dong-Gook, Korean footballer, born in Pohang, South Korea
  • 1980 Mathieu Biron, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1980 Kelly Shoppach, American baseball player
  • 1981 Émilie Mondor, Canadian athlete (d. 2006)
  • 1981 George McCartney, Northern Irish footballer
  • 1983 Jay Cutler, American football player
  • 1983 David Lee, American basketball player
  • 1984 Phạm Văn Quyến, Vietnamese footballer
  • 1993 Justin Thomas, American golfer (PGA C'ship 2017; Players C'ship 2021), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 2003 Barbaro, American thoroughbred racehorse (d. 2007)