Birthdays in Sport on August 12

  • 1880 Christy Mathewson, HOF baseball pitcher (Won 37 in 1908)
  • 1899 Ben Sealey, West Indian cricketer (d. 1963)
  • 1906 Harry Hopman, Australian-born tennis player and coach (d. 1985)
  • 1915 Alex Wojciechowicz, NFL center (Lions, Eagles)
  • 1920 Peter West, British sports commentator
  • 1923 John Holt Jr, cricketer (WI batsman in 17 Tests, 1066 runs at 36 75)
  • 1924 Derek Shackleton, England cricket pace bowler (50's)
  • 1928 Bob Buhl, American baseball player (d. 2001)
  • 1929 Charles Moore, Coatsville Pa, 400m hurdler (Olympic gold/silver-52)
  • 1939 Pam Ryan-Kilborn, Australia, hurdler (Olympic silver 1968)
  • 1940 Eddie Barlow, cricketer (Great South African all-rounder)
  • 1947 Sam Rosen, American sportscaster
  • 1951 Hector Rodriguez, Cuba, lightweight judo (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1956 Sidath Wettimuny, Sri Lanka cricket opener (190 v England Lords 1984)
  • 1959 Lynette Woodard, Wichita Ks, (Olympic gold 1984, Harlem Globetrotter)
  • 1960 Laurent Fignon, French cyclist (1983 & 1984 Tour de France), born in Paris (d. 2010)
  • 1961 Mark Priest, New Zealand cricketer
  • 1965 Angeliki Kanellopoulou, Greece, tennis star
  • 1965 Barry Manuel, Mamou LA, pitcher (Montreal Expos)
  • 1966 Bruce Covernton, CFL defensive tackle (Calgary Stampeders)
  • 1966 Dean Hartgraves, Bakersfield CA, pitcher (Houston Astros)
  • 1966 Gordy Morgan, 163 lbs greco-roman wrestler (Olympics 1996), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1966 Greg Manusky, NFL linebacker (KC Chiefs)
  • 1966 Les Ferdinand, English footballer
  • 1967 Andrew Glover, NFL tight end (Oakland Raiders, Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1967 Regilio Tuur, Dutch boxer
  • 1968 Viktor Karatchoun, NHL forward (Team Belarus, Olympics 1998)
  • 1969 Lincoln Coleman, NFL running back (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1969 Nate Gwynne, Davis California, kayak (alt-Olympics 1996)
  • 1969 Stuart Williams, cricketer (West Indian opening batsman 1994- )
  • 1970 Alison Inverarity, Australian high jumper (Olympic 8th 1992, 96)
  • 1970 Jim Schlossnagle, baseball coach
  • 1971 Jim Walker, Australian canoeist (Olympics 1996), born in Sydney, New South Wales

Person of interestPete Sampras

1971 Pete Sampras, American tennis champion (14 grand slam titles), born in Washington, D.C.

Tennis Player Pete Sampras
Tennis Player
Pete Sampras
  • 1972 Allison Cook, Australian basketballl player (Olympic bronze 1996)
  • 1972 John Jones, WLAF guard (Rhein Fire)
  • 1972 Mark Kinsella, Irish footballer
  • 1972 Gyanendra Pandey, Indian cricketer
  • 1973 Latasha Byears, WNBA guard (Sacramento Monarchs)
  • 1973 Moses Ware, NFL wide receiver (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1973 Todd Marchant, NHL center (Edmonton Oilers), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1973 Joseba Beloki, Spanish cyclist
  • 1974 Peter Pucher, hockey forward (Team Slovakia 1998)
  • 1974 Wendy Palmer, WNBA forward (Utah Starzz)
  • 1975 Anders Myrvold, Lorenskog Nor, NHL defenseman (Colorado Avalanche)
  • 1975 Paul Gaudoin, Australian field hockey halfback (Olympics 1996)
  • 1975 Raegan Scott, WNBA forward/center (Utah Starzz)
  • 1975 Regan Upshaw, defensive end (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • 1976 Antoine Walker, NBA forward (Boston Celtics)
  • 1976 Henry Tuilagi, Samoan rugby player
  • 1976 Pedro Collins, West Indian cricketer

Person of interestIva Majoli

1977 Iva Majoli, Croatian tennis player (1996 Pan Pacific), born in Zagreb, Croatia

Tennis Player and French Open Champion Iva Majoli
Tennis Player and French Open Champion
Iva Majoli
  • 1977 Jesper Grønkjær, Danish footballer
  • 1977 Plaxico Burress, American football player
  • 1978 Hayley Wickenheiser, ice hockey forward (Canada, Olympics 1998)
  • 1978 Chris Chambers, American football player, born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1979 D.J. Houlton, American baseball player
  • 1979 Cindy Klassen, Canadian speed skater
  • 1981 Tony Capaldi, Northern Ireland footballer
  • 1981 Djibril Cissé, French footballer
  • 1982 Alexandros Tzorvas, Greek footballer
  • 1983 Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Dutch footballer
  • 1988 Tyson Fury, British heavyweight professional boxer, born in Manchester
  • 1990 Mario Balotelli, Italian footballer