On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on April 9

  • 1848 Francis MacKinnon, English cricketer (later the 35th Mackinnon of Mackinnon), born in Paddington, London (d. 1947)

Person of interestCurly Lambeau

1898 Curly Lambeau, American Pro Football Hall of Fame halfback, coach (founder, first coach Green Bay Packers), born in Green Bay, Wisconsin (d. 1965)

NFL Head Coach Curly Lambeau
NFL Head Coach
Curly Lambeau
  • 1917 Vincent O'Brien, Irish racehorse trainer (6 x Epsom Derby; 2 x British champion trainer; only British Triple Crown winner, Nijinsky 1970), born in Churchtown, Ireland (d. 2009)
  • 1920 Alexander Moulton, English engineer and bicycle designer (folding bicycle), born in Stratford-upon-Avon, England (d. 2012)
  • 1920 F Don Miller, Boxing coach (Olympic-1956), born in Racine, Wisconsin
  • 1921 Jean-Marie Balestre, French president of motor sport's FIA, born in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France (d. 2008)
  • 1931 Bill Gilbert, sports author (They Also Served, Big E), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1940 Jim [James Wilfred] Roberts, Canadian NHL defenceman (1st Blues draft pick), born in Toronto (d. 2015)
  • 1946 Alan Knott, English cricket wicket-keeper (1967-81), born in Belvedere, Kent
  • 1951 John Teerlinck, American NFL defensive end (SD Chargers) and coach (annual award for NFL best defensive line coach named after him), born in Rochester, New York (d. 2020)
  • 1956 Miguel Ángel Russo, Argentine footballer, born in Lanús Partido, Argentina

Person of interestSeve Ballesteros

1957 Seve Ballesteros, Spanish golfer (British Open 1979, 84, 88, US Masters 1980, 83), born in Pedreña, Spain (d. 2011)

Golfer and Five-Time Major Winner Seve Ballesteros
Golfer and Five-Time Major Winner
Seve Ballesteros
  • 1958 Tony Sibson, English boxer, born in Leicester
  • 1961 Kirk McCaskill, Canadian MLB pitcher (Chicago White Sox), born in Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada
  • 1962 Freddie Joe Nunn, American NFL defensive end (Indianapolis Colts), born in Noxubee County, Mississippi
  • 1962 Jeff Turner, American NBA forward (Vancouver Grizzlies), born in Bangor, Maine

  • 1964 Charles Jenkins Jr., American athlete (Olympic gold 4x400m relay 1992), born in NYC, New York
  • 1964 Rob Awalt, American football player, born in Landstuhl, Germany
  • 1965 Hal Morris, American baseball infielder (Cincinnati Reds), born in Fort Rucker, Alabama
  • 1965 Helen Alfredsson, Swedish golfer (Nabisco Dinah Shore 1993), born in Gothenburg, Sweden
  • 1966 Oliver Barnett, American NFL defensive end (SF 49ers), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1967 Graeme Lloyd, Australian baseball pitcher (World Series 1996, 98 NY Yankees; Olympic silver 2004), born in Geelong, Australia
  • 1968 Janne Ojanen, Finnish hockey forward (Team Finland), born in Tampere, Finland
  • 1969 Amy Feng, Chinese born-American table tennis player (Olympics 1996), born in Tianjin, China
  • 1969 Karl Krikken, English cricketer (Derbyshire 1989-, wicketkeeper), born in Bolton, Lancashire
  • 1969 Timothy Young, American rower (Olympic silver 1996), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1970 Chuck Bradley, American NFL offensive tackle (BC Lions, Barcelona Dragons), born in Covington, Kentucky
  • 1970 Neal Caloia, American marksman (Olympics 1996), born in Torrance, California
  • 1971 Anthony Redmon, American NFL guard (Arizona Cardinals), born in Brewton, Alabama
  • 1971 Derwin Gray, NFL center (Indianapolis Colts), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1971 James Hundon, American football wide receiver (Cincinnati Bengals), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1971 Wang Yang, youngest Olympic record breaker at age 17 (Olympics 1988)
  • 1971 Peter Canavan, Gaelic footballer, born in Ballygawley, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland
  • 1971 Jacques Villeneuve, Canadian auto racer (World F1 champion 1997; Indianapolis 500 1995; Indy Car World Series 1995), born in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec
  • 1972 Brian DeMarco, NFL tackle (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Berea, Ohio
  • 1972 Craig Jones, Australian rower (Olympics 1996), born in Queanbeyan, Australia
  • 1972 Jeffrey van As, Dutch soccer player (MVV), born in Leiden, Netherlands
  • 1972 Karen Clark, Canadian synchronized swimmer (Olympic silver 1996), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1974 Ben Bordelon, American football tackle (San Diego Chargers), born in Mathews, Louisiana
  • 1975 Robbie Fowler, English footballer (Liverpool), born in Toxteth, Liverpool, England
  • 1978 Jorge Andrade, Portuguese soccer defender and manager (51 caps; Deportivo La Coruña), born in Lisbon, Portugal
  • 1980 Jerko Leko, Croatian footballer, born in Zagreb, Croatia
  • 1981 Ireneusz Jeleń, Polish footballer (Polish national football team), born in Cieszyn, Poland
  • 1981 Milan Bartovič, Slovak ice hockey player, born in Trenčín, Slovakia
  • 1981 Dennis Sarfate, American baseball player, born in Queens, New York
  • 1982 Carlos Hernández, Costa Rican footballer, born in San José, Costa Rica
  • 1984 Adam Loewen, Canadian baseball player, born in Surrey, British Columbia
  • 1987 Jarrod Mullen, Australian rugby league footballer, born in Singleton, New South Wales, Australia