Birthdays in Sport on April 8

Person of interestJim Barnes

1886 Jim Barnes, English golfing pioneer (4 major wins), born in Lelant, Cornwall (d. 1966)

Pioneering Golfer Jim Barnes
Pioneering Golfer
Jim Barnes
  • 1902 Arthur Wellard, cricketer (big hitting Somerset & England batsman)
  • 1910 George Musso, NFL guard (Chicago Bears)
  • 1910 Wendell Bill, cricketer (NSW bat 1929-36 Century on debut 1930)
  • 1912 Sonja Henie, Norwegian ice skater (Olympic gold 1928,32,36) and actress (My Lucky Star), born in Oslo, Norway (d. 1969)
  • 1912 Alois Brunner, Austrian Nazi
  • 1914 John Cameron, cricketer (brother of Jimmy WI v-capt 1939 England tour)
  • 1920 Erik Pausin, Austrian figure skating pairs (Olympic silver 1936)
  • 1935 Donald Thompsett, cricket umpire
  • 1938 Mohammad Farooq, cricketer (Pakistani pace bowler in 7 Tests 1960-65)
  • 1940 John Havlicek, Martin's Ferry Ohio, NBA hall-of-famer (Boston Celtics)
  • 1943 Carol Lavell, Fairfax Vt, equestrian dressage (Olympic bronze 1992, 96)
  • 1943 J P Kavanaugh, racehorse trainer
  • 1946 Jim "Catfish" Hunter, major-league pitcher (A's, Yankees)
  • 1949 Jim Lampley, Hendersonville NC, newscaster (Monday Night Baseball)
  • 1950 Grzegorz Lato, Polish footballer

  • 1954 Gary Carter, catcher (Mont Expos, NY Mets)
  • 1957 Fred Smerlas, American football player
  • 1959 Franklyn Stephenson, cricketer (great all-rounder)
  • 1959 Martin Weston, English cricketer
  • 1963 Alec Stewart, cricketer (son of Micky/opening bat Occasional WK)
  • 1963 Terry Porter, NBA guard (Minnesota Timberwolves)
  • 1964 Valinda Hilleary, Littleton Co, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-9th-1993)
  • 1964 Lisa Guerrero, American sports broadcaster
  • 1964 John McGinlay, Scottish footballer
  • 1966 Mazinho, Brazilian footballer
  • 1966 Mark Blundell, British racing car driver (1992 Le Mans 24hr), born in London
  • 1967 Kenneth Charlie Griffith Benjamin, cricketer (WI like his namesake)
  • 1968 Don Davey, NFL defensive tackle (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1968 Patricia Girard-Léno, French athlete (100m hurdles)
  • 1969 Steve Jackson, NFL cornerback (Houston/Tennessee Oilers)
  • 1970 Derek D Brown, team handball right wing (Olympics 1996), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1970 Gerald Vaughn, CFL defensive back (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • 1970 Harold Bishop, NFL tight end (Cleveland Browns)
  • 1971 Edward Fryatt, English-born professional golfer, born in Rochdale England
  • 1971 Marc Peers, tornado sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • 1972 Damon Watts, NFL center (Indianapolis Colts)
  • 1972 Isaac Davis, NFL guard (San Diego Chargers)
  • 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 Joel Davis, guard (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • 1973 Walter Nicholas Henry Tongue, 50m/100m swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1973 Khaled Badra, Tunisian footballer
  • 1976 Jim Farnum, kayak (alt-Olympics 1996), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1978 Bernt Haas, Swiss footballer
  • 1979 Jeremy Guthrie, American baseball player
  • 1981 Rebecca Wilson, Queensland Australia, gymnast (Olympics 1996)
  • 1981 Brian Burres, American baseball player
  • 1982 Gennady Golovkin, Kazakh boxer (undisputed world middleweight champion), born in Karaganda, Kazakhstan
  • 1986 Igor Akinfeev, Russian footballer
  • 1986 Félix Hernández, Venezuelan MLB baseball player (Seattle Mariners), born in Valencia
  • 1987 Royston Drenthe, Dutch footballer