On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on April 8

Jim Barnes

1886 Jim Barnes, English golfer (PGA C'ship 1916, 19; US Open 1921, British Open 1925; World Golf HOF), born in Lelant, Cornwall, England (d. 1966)

  • 1902 Arthur Wellard, English cricket all-rounder (2 Tests, 7 wickets, BB 4/81; Somerset CCC), born in Southfleet, England (d. 1980)
  • 1910 George Musso, American NFL guard (Chicago Bears), born in Collinsville, Illinois (d. 2000)

Sonja Henie

1912 Sonja Henie, Norwegian figure skater (Olympic gold 1928, 32, 36), actress (My Lucky Star), born in Oslo, Norway (d. 1969)

  • 1912 Alois Brunner, Austrian Nazi, assistant to Adolf Eichmann (convicted in absentia for crimes against humanity), born in Nádkút, Austria-Hungary (d. c. 2010)
  • 1914 John Cameron, Jamaican cricketer (brother of Jimmy WI v-capt 1939 England tour), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 2000)
  • 1920 Erik Pausin, Austrian figure skating pairs (Olympic silver 1936)
  • 1938 Mohammad Farooq, Pakistani cricket fast bowler (7 Tests, 21 wickets; Karachi), born in Junagadh, India

John Havlicek

1940 John Havlicek, American College/Basketball Hall of Fame small forward (8 x NBA C'ship Boston Celtics; 13 x NBA All Star; 4 x All-NBA First Team), born in Martin's Ferry, Ohio (d. 2019)

  • 1943 Carol Lavell, American equestrian dressage (Olympic bronze 1992, 96), born in Newport, Rhode Island
  • 1946 Jim "Catfish" Hunter, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (MLB All-Star 1966, 67, 70, 72–1976; World Series 1972–74, 77, 78; AL Cy Young Award 1974; Oakland A's, NY Yankees), born in Hertford, North Carolina (d. 1999)
  • 1949 Jim Lampley, American broadcaster (Monday Night Baseball), born in Hendersonville, North Carolina
  • 1950 Grzegorz Lato, Polish footballer and manager, born in Malbork, Poland
  • 1954 Gary Carter, American Baseball Hall of Fame catcher (11 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1986; Gold Glove Award 1980–82; Montreal Expos, NY Mets), born in Culver City, California (d. 2012)
  • 1955 John Campbell, Canadian harness racing driver (6 x Hambletonian Stakes; 3 x Yonkers Trot; 8 x Kentucky Futurity), born in Ailsa Craig, Ontario
  • 1957 Fred Smerlas, American football player, born in Waltham, Massachusetts
  • 1959 Franklyn Stephenson, Barbados born cricketer (great all-rounder), born in Saint James, Barbados
  • 1963 Alec Stewart, English cricketer (son of Micky, opening batter, occasional wicket keeper), born in Merton Park, England
  • 1963 Terry Porter, American basketball point guard and coach (Portland Trail Blazers; Minnesota Timberwolves; NBA All Star 1991, 93), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1964 Lisa Guerrero, American sports broadcaster, journalist and model, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1964 John McGinlay, Scottish footballer (Bolton Wanderers), born in Inverness, Scotland
  • 1966 Mazinho, Brazilian footballer (1994 FIFA World Cup) and manager, born in Santa Rita, Brazil
  • 1966 Mark Blundell, British auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans 1992), born in London, England
  • 1967 Kenneth Benjamin, West Indian cricketer, born in St John's, Antigua
  • 1968 Patricia Girard-Léno, French athlete (100m hurdles)
  • 1969 Steve Jackson, American NFL cornerback (Houston/Tennessee Oilers), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1970 Derek D. Brown, American team handball right wing (Olympics 1996), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1970 Harold Bishop, NFL tight end (Cleveland Browns), born in Booneville, Mississippi
  • 1971 Marc Peers, Canadian tornado sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • 1971 Christophe "Titou" Lamaison, French rugby footballer fly-half, 1996-2004, all-time leading points scorer for France, with 380 points, born in Dax, France
  • 1972 Damon Watts, American NFL center (Indianapolis Colts), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1972 Isaac Davis, American NFL guard (San Diego Chargers), born in Malvern, Arkansas
  • 1972 Katrina Powell, Australian field hockey striker (Olympics 1996), born in Canberra Australia
  • 1973 Alex Gonzalez, American infielder (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1973 Walter Nicholas Henry Tongue, New Zealand 50m/100m swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1973 Khaled Badra, Tunisian footballer, born in Kairouan, Tunisia
  • 1978 Bernt Haas, Swiss footballer, born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1979 Jeremy Guthrie, American MLB baseball pitcher, 2004-17 (Baltimore Orioles, Kansas City Royals, and 3 other teams), born in Roseburg, Oregon
  • 1981 Rebecca Wilson, Australian gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Queensland, Australia
  • 1981 Brian Burres, American baseball player, born in Oregon City, Oregon
  • 1982 Gennady Golovkin, Kazakh boxer (undisputed world middleweight champion), born in Karaganda, Kazakhstan
  • 1986 Igor Akinfeev, Russian footballer (CSKA Moscow.), born in Vidnoye, Russian SFSR
  • 1986 Félix Hernández, Venezuelan MLB baseball player (Seattle Mariners), born in Valencia
  • 1987 Royston Drenthe, Dutch footballer, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands