On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on August 12

  • 1880 Christy Mathewson, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (World Series 1905, 21; Triple Crown 1905, 08; NL wins leader 1905, 07, 08, 10; 2 x no-hitters; NY Giants), born in Factoryville, Pennsylvania (d. 1925)
  • 1891 John McDermott, American golfer (US Open 1911, 12), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1971)
  • 1892 Ray Schalk, American Baseball Hall of Fame catcher (World Series 1917; Chicago White Sox) and manager (Chicago White Sox 1927-28), born in Harvel, Illinois (d. 1970)
  • 1899 Ben Sealey, West Indian cricketer (d. 1963)
  • 1906 Harry Hopman, Australian tennis player, coach (Davis Cup captain 1939-67, won 16), born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 1985)
  • 1912 Margaret Scriven, English tennis player (French C'ships 1933-34), born in Leeds, West Yorkshire (d. 2001)
  • 1915 Alex Wojciechowicz, NFL center (Lions, Eagles)
  • 1920 Peter West, British sports commentator
  • 1923 John Holt, West Indian cricket batsman (17 Tests, 1066 runs at 36.75; 2 x 100s), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 1997)
  • 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)
  • 1930 Jack Scarbath, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Uni of Maryland; Washington Redskins, Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2020)
  • 1933 Parnelli Jones, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500, 1963) and team owner (Indy 500, 1970–71; USAC National Championships, 1970-72), born in Texarkana, Arkansas
  • 1939 Pam Ryan-Kilborn, Australia, hurdler (Olympic silver 1968)
  • 1940 Eddie Barlow, cricketer (Great South African all-rounder)
  • 1944 Francesco Morini, Italian soccer defender (11 caps; Sampdoria, Juventus), born in San Giuliano Terme, Italy (d. 2021)
  • 1947 Sam Rosen, American sportscaster
  • 1951 Hector Rodriguez, Cuba, lightweight judo (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1952 Charles Whiting, English Formula 1 Race Director (Safety Delegate, Starter, head F1 Technical Dep't), born in Sevenoaks, Kent (d. 2019)
  • 1956 Sidath Wettimuny, Sri Lanka cricket opener (190 v England Lords 1984)
  • 1959 Lynette Woodard, (Olympic gold 1984, Harlem Globetrotter), born in Wichita, Kansas
  • 1960 Laurent Fignon, French cyclist (1983 & 1984 Tour de France), born in Paris (d. 2010)
  • 1961 Mark Priest, New Zealand cricketer
  • 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)
  • 1967 Andrew Glover, American NFL tight end (Oakland Raiders, Minnesota Vikings), born in Gonzales, Louisiana
  • 1967 Regilio Tuur, Dutch boxer
  • 1967 Andrey Plotnikov, Russian race walker
  • 1968 Viktor Karatchoun, NHL forward (Team Belarus, Olympics 1998)
  • 1969 Lincoln Coleman, NFL running back (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1969 Stuart Williams, cricket batsman (31 Tests, 1 x 100, HS 128; Leeward Islands, Nevis), born in Charlestown, Nevis
  • 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

Pete Sampras

1971 Pete Sampras, American tennis player (14 Grand Slam titles), born in Washington, D.C.

  • 1972 Allison Cook, Australian basketballl player (Olympic bronze 1996)
  • 1972 Mark Kinsella, Irish footballer
  • 1972 Gyanendra Pandey, Indian cricketer
  • 1973 Latasha Byears, WNBA guard (Sacramento Monarchs)
  • 1973 Todd Marchant, American NHL center, 1993-2011 (Edmonton Oilers, Anaheim Ducks, and 2 other teams), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1973 Joseba Beloki, Spanish professional bicycle racer, born in Lazkao, Spain
  • 1974 Wendy Palmer, American basketball player, WNBA forward (Utah Starzz), born in Timberlake, North Carolina
  • 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 cricket fast bowler (29 Tests, 106 wickets; 30 ODIs, 39 wickets; Barbados, Middlesex), born in St. Peter, Barbados

Iva Majoli

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

  • 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 soccer striker (36 caps; Nice, Inter, Man City), born in Palermo, Italy
  • 1998 Stefanos Tsitsipas, Greek tennis player (ATP Finals 2019; French Open 2021 runner-up), born in Athens, Greece