On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on April 8

Person of interestJim Barnes

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

Pioneering Golfer Jim Barnes
Pioneering Golfer
Jim Barnes
  • 1902 Arthur Wellard, English cricketer (big hitting Somerset & England batsman)
  • 1910 George Musso, American NFL guard (Chicago Bears), born in Collinsville, Illinois (d. 2000)
  • 1910 Wendell Bill, Australian cricketer (NSW bat 1929-36 Century on debut 1930)
  • 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
  • 1940 John Havlicek, American basketball Hall of Fame guard (8-time NBA champion-Boston Celtics; 13-time NBA All Star), 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 Valinda Hilleary, American WPVA volleyballer (US Open-9th-1993), born in Littleton, Colorado
  • 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
  • 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