On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on April 30

  • 1862 Jack Sheridan, American Baseball Hall of Fame umpire (World Series 1905, 07-08, 10), born in Decatur, Illinois (d. 1914)
  • 1889 Rudolph Simonsen, Danish composer (Olympic Arts bronze, 1928 - Symphony No. 2 (Hellas)), and educator (Royal Danish Academy, 1916-47), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1947)
  • 1891 Pat O'Hara Wood, Australian tennis player (Australasian C'ship 1920, 23), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 1961)
  • 1918 Don McNeill, American tennis player (French C'ship 1939, US Nat C'ship 1940), born in Chickasha, Oklahoma (d. 1996)
  • 1920 Duncan Hamilton, Irish racing driver, born in Cork, Ireland (d. 1994)
  • 1922 Anton Murray, South African cricket all-rounder (10 Tests; 1 x 100; 18 wickets), born in Grahamstown, South Africa (d. 1995)
  • 1923 Alan Wharton, English cricketer (England batsman once v NZ 1949, scored 7 & 13), born in Heywood, Lancashire, England (d. 1993)
  • 1927 Lars Hall, Swedish pentathlete (Olympic gold 1952), born in Karlskrona, Sweden (d. 1991)
  • 1945 Ray Miller, American baseball manager (Minnesota Twins, Baltimore Orioles), born in Takoma Park, Maryland (d. 2021)
  • 1946 Donald Schollander, swimmer (Olympic-4 gold-64), born in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 1949 Phil Garner, American baseball player and manager (Astros), born in Jefferson City, Tennessee
  • 1951 Danuta Rosani, Polish discus thrower (Olympic 1976) disqualified for drugs
  • 1954 Gunther Tiersch, German DR, 8 man cox (Olympic gold 1968)

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1961 Isiah Thomas, American NBA point guard (Detroit Pistons; 1990 NBA playoff MVP), born in Chicago, Illinois

  • 1963 Steve Smith, NHL defenseman (Chicago Blackhawks), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1963 Michael Waltrip, American auto racer (Daytona 500 2001, 2003), born in Owensboro, Kentucky
  • 1964 Ian Healy, Australian cricket wicket-keeper (119 Tests, 366 catches, 29 stumpings), born in Brisbane, Queensland
  • 1964 Jeff Reboulet, infielder (Minnesota Twins), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1965 Daniela Costian, Australian discus/shot putter (Olympics 1996)
  • 1966 Aundray Bruce, defensive end (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1966 David Meggett, NFL running back (NY Giants, NE Patriots)
  • 1968 Richard Pilon, Saskatoon, NHL defenseman (NY Islanders)
  • 1968 Roger Mar, rapid fire pistol (Olympics 1996), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1969 Dexter Rogers, American volleyball opposite hitter (Olympics 1996), born in St Petersburg, Florida
  • 1970 Brad Layton, Seymour Ind, rower (Olympics 1996)
  • 1971 B J Tyler, NBA guard (Toronto Raptors)
  • 1971 Matt Martin, Hamden, NHL defenseman (Toronto Maple Leafs, Olympic US-94)
  • 1971 Ryan Hawblitzel, pitcher (Colorado Rockies), born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • 1971 Ty Hallock, fullback (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1972 Kendricke Bullard, NFL wide receiver (NE Patriots)
  • 1974 Cedric Jones, defensive end (NY Giants)
  • 1974 Chris Darkins, NFL running back (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • 1975 Elliott Sadler, American race car driver and 1 of 31 drivers to have a victory in NASCAR's three top racing series, born in Emporia, Virginia
  • 1979 Gerardo Torrado, Mexican footballer
  • 1981 John O'Shea, Irish footballer
  • 1983 Tatjana Hüfner, German luger
  • 1983 Troy Williamson, American football player
  • 1987 Rohit Sharma, Indian cricket batsman (38 Tests, 7 x 100s, TS 212; 227 ODIs; Deccan Chargers, Mumbai Indians), born in Nagpur, India
  • 1990 Jonathan Brownlee, British triathlete (Olympic bronze 2012, silver 16), born in Dewsbury, England