Birthdays in Sport on April 3

  • 1884 Jackie Matthews, Australian cricketer (leg-spinner, two hat-tricks 1912)
  • 1888 Neville Cardus, English writer and cricketer, born in Rusholme, Manchester, England (d. 1975)
  • 1899 David Jack, English footballer (scored 267 goals from 521 appearances), born in Bolton, Lancashire, England (d. 1958)
  • 1911 Stanislawa Walasiewicz [Stella Walsh], Polish-American athlete (Olympic gold 100m 1932), born in Wierzchownia, Poland (d. 1980)
  • 1914 Katherine Stammers Menzies, English doubles tennis player (Wimb 1935), born in St Albans, England (d. 2005)
  • 1926 Alex Grammas, American baseball player, born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1927 Éva Székely, Hungarian swimmer (Olympic gold 200m breaststroke 1952; silver 1956; first WR 400m individual medley 1953), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 2020)

Earl LloydEarl Lloyd (1928-2015)

1st African American basketball player in the NBA, born in Alexandria, Virginia

  • 1930 Wally Moon, American baseball player, born in Bay, Arkansas (d. 2018)
  • 1931 Johnny Nicholls, English football player, born in Wolverhampton, Staffordshire (d. 1995)
  • 1933 Rod Funseth, American golfer (US Masters runner-up 1978), born in Spokane, Washington (d. 1985) [1]
  • 1934 Jim Parker, American football player, NFL guard and tackle (Baltimore Colts), born in Macon, Georgia (d. 2005)
  • 1937 Sandra Spuzich, American golfer (US Open 1966), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 2015)
  • 1938 Phil Rodgers, American golfer (5 PGA Tour titles), born in San Diego, California (d. 2018)
  • 1938 Ray Hunter, Northern Irish cricket all-rounder (28 international matches) and rugby union centre (10 Tests; British & Irish Lions 1962; Portadown RFC), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland (d. 2020)
  • 1939 Vitaliy Davidov, Soviet ice hockey player (Olympic gold 1964, 68, 72), born in Moscow
  • 1941 Carl Boenish, American father of BASE jumping, born in New Castle, Pennsylvania (d. 1984)
  • 1942 Michael Elliott, American skier (Olympics 1968), born in Durango, Colorado
  • 1942 Rick Sylvester, Hollywood stuntman, parachute ski jumper (world record 3,300')
  • 1943 John Hughes, Scottish soccer striker (8 caps; Celtic 255 games), born in Coatbridge, Scotland (d. 2022)
  • 1944 Ramazan Rragami, Albanian soccer midfielder (20 caps; KF Vllaznia) and manager (KF Vllaznia), born in Shkodër, Albania (d. 2022)
  • 1948 Mary Gordon-Watson, British equestrian 3 day event (Olympic gold 1972), born in Blandford, Dorset
  • 1949 Lyle Alzado, American NFL defensive linesman (LA Raiders) and actor (Oceans of Fire, Hangfire), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1992)
  • 1953 Mehdi Cerbah, Algerian soccer goalkeeper (57 caps; JS Kabylie), born in Algiers, Algeria (d. 2021)
  • 1962 Nancy Filteau, Canadian athlete, 72k judoka (Olympics 1996), born in Swift Current, Saskatchewan
  • 1963 Chris Bosio, American baseball pitcher (Seattle Mariners), born in Carmichael, California
  • 1963 Zakir Khan, Pakistani cricketer (two Tests for Pakistan 1986-89), born in Bannu, Pakistan
  • 1964 Ajay Sharma, Indian cricket all-rounder (1 Test; 31 ODIs), born in Delhi, India
  • 1964 Bjarne Riis, Danish cyclist, born in Herning, Denmark
  • 1966 Bo Orlando, American football player, NFL safety (San Diego Chargers, Cincinnati Bengals), born in Berwick, Pennsylvania
  • 1966 John de Vries, Australian racing driver (Indy Racing League and Australian Formula Holden), born in New South Wales, Australia
  • 1967 Pervis Ellison, American basketball player, NBA forward and center (Boston Celtics), born in Savannah, Georgia
  • 1968 Bernd Karbacher, German tennis player, born in Munich, Germany
  • 1968 Mike Lansing, American MLB baseball infielder, 1993-2001 (Montreal Expos, Coloradao Rockies, Boston Red Sox), born in Rawlins, Wyoming
  • 1969 Reid Hayston, New Zealand beach volleyball player (Olympics 1996), born in Hamilton, New Zealand
  • 1969 Rodney Hampton, American football player, NFL running back (NY Giants), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1971 Anthony McClanahan, American football linebacker (Calgary Stampeders), born in Bakersfield, California
  • 1971 Peter Schwab, American rower (Olympics 1996), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1971 Picabo Street, American skier (Olympic gold 1994), born in Triumph, Idaho
  • 1971 Quilvio Veras, Major League Baseball second baseman, born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • 1972 Sandrine Testud, French tennis star (1993 Strasbourg), born in Lyon, France
  • 1973 Greg DeLong, American football player, NFL tight end (Minnesota Vikings), born in Orefield, Pennsylvania
  • 1973 Kelly Lochbaum, Canadian football linebacker (BC Lions), born in Abbotsford, Canada
  • 1975 Koji Uehara, Japanese professional baseball pitcher, born in Neyagawa, Osaka, Japan
  • 1975 Thomas Hamilton, American NBA center (Boston Celtics), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1975 Yoshinobu Takahashi, Japanese professional baseball player, born in Chūō-ku, Chiba, Japan
  • 1976 Keith Closs, American basketball center (LA Clippers), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1976 Nicolas Escudé, French tennis player, coach (Davis Cup 2001), born in Chartres, France
  • 1978 John Smit, South African rugby player, born in Polokwane, South Africa
  • 1978 Tommy Haas, German tennis player, born in Hamburg, Germany
  • 1981 DeShawn Stevenson, American basketball player, born in Fresno, California
  • 1982 Iain Fyfe, Australian soccer player (Campbelltown City), born in Adelaide, Australia
  • 1982 Jared Allen, American football player, born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1984 Jonathan Blondel, Belgian footballer (Club Brugge midfielder), born in Ypres, Belgium
  • 1984 Maxi López, Argentine footballer (Udinese), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1986 Sergio Sánchez Ortega, Spanish footballer (Espanyol), born in Mataró, Spain
  • 1987 Jay Bruce, American MLB baseball outfielder, since 2008; 3x All-Star (Cincinnati Reds, and 5 other teams) player, born in Beaumont, Texas
  • 1987 Sal Zizzo, American soccer player (Atlanta United), born in San Diego, California
  • 1988 Peter Hartley, English footballer (Motherwell), born in Hartlepool, England
  • 1988 Tim Krul, Dutch football goalkeeper (Netherlands National Team), born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • 1989 Israel Folau, Australian Rugby League, Rugby Union, AFL player (dual international), born in Minto, New South Wales, Australia
  • 1992 Damien Williams, American NFL player (Atlanta Falcons), born in San Diego, California
  • 1997 Gabriel Fernando de Jesus, Brazilian football player (Manchester City, Brazil national team), born in São Paulo, Brazil