Birthdays in Sport on April 4

  • 1888 Tris Speaker, American baseball player, hit more doubles than Pete Rose, born in Hubbard, Texas (d. 1958)
  • 1895 Charlie Hallows, English cricket batsman (Lancs played for England 1921-28), born in Little Lever, Lancashire (d. 1972)
  • 1899 William Brann, South African cricketer (South African batsman v England 1922-23), born in Port Elizabeth, Cape Province (d. 1953)
  • 1916 Mickey Owen, American baseball player (St. Louis Cardinals), born in Nixa, Missouri (d. 2005)

Person of interestGil Hodges

1924 Gil Hodges, American MLB 1st baseman, manager (8-time All Star), born in Princeton, Indiana (d. 1972)

MLB First Baseman Gil Hodges
MLB First Baseman
Gil Hodges
  • 1932 Bapu Nadkarni, Indian cricketer (economical Indian slow left-armer 1956-68), born in Nashik, Bombay, British India
  • 1933 Bill France, Jr., NASCAR pioneer, born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2007)
  • 1935 Easton McMorris, West Indian cricketer (WI batsman of 60's), born in St Andrew, Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1938 A Bartlett Giamatti, American President of Yale and baseball commissioner (1989), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1989)
  • 1939 JoAnne Carner, American LPGA golfer (US Women's Open 1971, 76), born in Kirkland, Washington
  • 1939 Ernie Terrell, American boxer (WBA champ 1965-7), born in Belzoni, Mississippi (d. 2014)
  • 1940 Richard Attwood, British racing driver, born in Wolverhampton, Staffordshire
  • 1944 Lawrence A. Hough, American rower (Pairs w/o cox-1968 olympic silver), born in Janesville, Wisconsin
  • 1945 Bryan Andrews, New Zealand cricketer (NZ medium-pacer, toured Australia 1973-74), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 1947 Ray Fosse, American baseball player and broadcaster, born in Marion, Illinois
  • 1952 Rosemarie Ackermann, German high jumper (Olympic gold 1976), born in Lohsa, Sachsen, Germany

  • 1952 Gregg Hansford, Australian motorcycle and touring car racer, born in Australia (d. 1995)
  • 1956 Tom Herr, American baseball player, born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  • 1957 Paul Downton, English cricketer (England wicket-keeper in 80's), born in Farnborough, London
  • 1957 Kelso, American racehorse, born in Claiborne Farm near Paris, Kentucky (d. 1983)
  • 1958 Derek Kallicharran, cricket all-rounder (Guyana, USA 1994 ICC Trophy), born in Berbice, Guyana
  • 1958 John Wesley Jones, American sprinter, 4X100m relayer (Olympic gold 1976), born in Lawton, Oklahoma
  • 1960 Bev Smith, Canadian basketball forward (Olympics 1996), born in Salmon Arm, Canada
  • 1960 Jonathan Agnew, English cricket broadcaster, born in Macclesfield, Cheshire
  • 1962 Sherrin Smyers, Australian LPGA golfer (1995 Youngstown-11th), born in Newcastle, Australia
  • 1962 Tina Tombs, LPGA golfer (1990 Jamie Farr Toledo), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1963 Dale Hawerchuk, Canadian ice hockey player (Philadelphia Flyers), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1963 Jack Del Rio, American football player, NFL linebacker (Minnesota Vikings), born in Castro Valley, California
  • 1964 Gregory Thomas Kraft, PGA golfer (1993 Walt Disney-2nd), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1964 Paul Parker, English soccer player, born in West Ham, Essex
  • 1964 Branco [Cláudio Ibrahim Vaz Leal], Brazilian footballer and coach, born in Bagé, Brazil
  • 1965 Tony Burse, American football running back (Edmonton Eskimos), born in LaFayette, Georgia
  • 1966 Michal Clingman, WPVA volleyballer (Nationals-9th-1994), born in Indio, California
  • 1966 Myriam Schropp, German tennis star, born in Mannheim, Germany
  • 1966 Stanislav Medrik, Olympic ice hockey defenseman (Team Slovakia), born in Nitra, Slovakia
  • 1967 Juliana "Juli" Furtado, American cyclist (Olympics 10th 1996), born in NYC, New York
  • 1968 Andre Bowden, fullback and linebacker (Frankfurt Galaxy), born in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina
  • 1969 Anthony Tucker, American basketball forward (NY Knicks), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1969 Carlos Reyes, American baseball pitcher (Oakland A's), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1969 Dennis de Nooijer, Dutch soccer player (Sparta), born in Oost-Souburg, Netherlands
  • 1969 Gerard de Nooijer, Dutch soccer player (Sparta), born in Oost-Souburg, Netherlands

  • 1970 Barry van Galen, Dutch soccer player (Roda JC), born in Haarlem, Netherlands
  • 1970 Jason Stoltenberg, Australian tennis star, born in Narrabri, Australia
  • 1971 Felipe Lira, baseball pitcher (Detroit Tigers), born in Santa Teresa, Venezuela
  • 1971 Jaime Fernandez, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • 1971 Yanic Perreault, Canadian ice hockey center (LA Kings), born in Sherbrooke, Canada
  • 1972 Chad Eaton, American football player (New England Patriots), born in Exeter, New Hampshire
  • 1972 Jim Werland, Ventura California, American canoeist (alt-Olympics 1996)
  • 1972 Matt Wagner, American baseball pitcher (Seattle Mariners), born in Cedar Falls, Iowa
  • 1973 Damon Allen, American figure skater (1997 Midwestern champ), born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • 1973 Peter Hoekstra, Dutch soccer player (PSV, Ajax), born in Assen, Netherlands
  • 1973 Ryan Coughlin, Canadian football offensive linebacker (Montreal Alouettes), born in Renfrew, Ontario
  • 1973 Tiffany Woosley, American basketball player (Houston Comets), born in Shelbyville, Tennessee
  • 1973 Loris Capirossi, Italian Grand Prix motorcycle racer, born in Castel San Pietro Terme, Italy
  • 1973 Chris McCormack, Australian triathlete (ITU World Championships), born in Sydney
  • 1974 O. J. Santiago, American football tight end (Atlanta Falcons), born in Whitby, Ontario, Canada
  • 1974 Dave Mirra, American BMX rider, born in Chittenango, New York (d. 2016)
  • 1975 Kisha Ford, American WNBA guard and forward (NY Liberty), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1976 Emerson, Brazilian footballer (Brazil national team), born in Pelotas, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
  • 1976 Sébastien Enjolras, French racing driver, born in Seclin, France (d. 1997)
  • 1977 Omarr Smith, American football defensive back, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1978 Jason Ellison, American baseball player, born in Quincy, California
  • 1978 Alan Mahon, Irish footballer (Tranmere Rovers), born in Dublin
  • 1979 Charles Butler, American figure skater, born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 1979 Rebecca Stoyel, Australian gymnast (Olympics 1996)
  • 1979 Roberto Luongo, Canadian ice hockey goaltender, born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • 1980 Björn Wirdheim, Swedish racing driver, born in Växjö, Sweden
  • 1983 Fabian Geiser, Swiss footballer (Le Mont), born in Langenthal, Switzerland
  • 1983 Doug Lynch, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1983 Ben Gordon, British-American basketball player, born in London
  • 1984 Arkady Vyatchanin, Russian-Serbian backstroke swimmer, born in Vorkuta, Russia
  • 1985 Rudy Fernández, Spanish basketball player (Real Madrid), born in Palma de Mallorca, Spain
  • 1986 Aiden McGeady, Republic of Ireland national team footballer, born in Rutherglen, Scotland
  • 1986 Cameron Barker, Canadian professional ice hockey player, born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1987 Cameron Maybin, American baseball player, born in Asheville, North Carolina
  • 1988 Frank Fielding, English football goalkeeper, born in Blackburn, Lancashire