On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on August 14

  • 1835 Tom King, English boxer, rower and bookmaker (English heavyweight champion), born in London, England (d. 1888)
  • 1863 Ernest Thayer, American poet who wrote the famous baseball poem "Casey", born in Lawrence, Massachusetts (d. 1940)
  • 1867 Cupid Childs, American baseball player, born in Calvert County, Maryland (d. 1912)
  • 1880 Fred Alexander, American tennis player (Australasian C'ship 1908, 5-time US Indoor winner), born in Sea Bright, New Jersey (d. 1969)
  • 1895 Jack Gregory, Australian cricketer (Australian all-rounder of post-WWI years), born in North Sydney, New South Wales (d. 1973)
  • 1909 Len Darling, Australian cricketer (South Australian & Test batsman of 30's), born in South Yarra, Victoria, Australia (d. 1992)
  • 1913 Fred Davis, English snooker player (World C'ship 1948-49, 51), born in Chesterfield, Derbyshire (d. 1998)
  • 1913 Paul Dean, American baseball player (St. Louis Cardinals), born in Lucas, Arkansas (d. 1981)
  • 1916 Wellington Mara, Co-Owner of the New York Giants, born in Rochester, New York (d. 2005)
  • 1929 Dick Tiger, Nigerian professional boxer, born in Amaigbo, Nigeria (d. 1971)
  • 1930 Earl Weaver, American hall of fame MLB manager (Baltimore Orioles 1968-82, 1985-86), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 2013)
  • 1937 Brian Curvis, Welsh boxer and British welterweight champion (1960-1964), born in Swansea, Wales (d. 2012)
  • 1940 Galen Hall, American Football Coach (University of Florida, Orlando Thunder, Rhein Fire), born in Altoona, Pennsylvania
  • 1941 Peter Truscott, New Zealand cricketer (one Test NZ v Pakistan 1965, 3 & 26), born in Pahiatua, Manawatu, New Zealand
  • 1943 Barrie Leadbeater, English cricketer and umpire, born in Harehills, Leeds
  • 1944 Robyn Smith Astaire [Melody Dawn Miller], American jockey, wife of Fred Astaire, born in San Francisco, California

  • 1949 Bob Backlund, American wrestler, born in Princeton, Minnesota
  • 1952 Debbie Meyer, American 200m/400m/800m swimmer (Olympic 3 gold-68), born in Annapolis, Maryland
  • 1954 Mark Fidrych, American baseball player (Detroit Tigers) nicknamed "The Bird", born in Worcester, Massachusetts (d. 2009)
  • 1956 Rusty Wallace, American race car driver, born in Arnold, Missouri

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1959 Earvin "Magic" Johnson, American Basketball Hall of Fame point guard, executive (5-time NBA champion, 3-time NBA Finals MVP, Olympic gold 1992), born in Lansing, Michigan

NBA Legend Magic Johnson
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Magic Johnson
  • 1959 Frank Brickowski, American NBA player (Seattle Supersonics), born in Bayville, New York
  • 1960 Broderick Thompson, American NFL offensive lineman (Denver Broncos), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1960 Fred Roberts, American NBA forward (LA Lakers), born in Provo, Utah
  • 1961 Eddie Gilbert, American wrestler, born in Lexington, Tennessee (d. 1995)
  • 1962 Jerry Foltz, American golfer and commentator (Golf Channel), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1962 Mark Gubicza, American baseball pitcher (KC Royals), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1962 Rameez Raja, Pakistani cricketer (prolific Pakistani batsman), born in Faisalabad, Pakistan
  • 1965 Paul Broadhurst, British golfer (British Senior Open 2016), born in Walsall, England
  • 1966 Karl Petter Løken, Norwegian footballer, born in Karlskoga, Sweden
  • 1968 Glenn Leroy McLeay, New Zealand points race cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Invercargill, New Zealand
  • 1968 Praveen Amre, Indian cricketer (Indian batsman, century on Test debut 1992), born in Mumbai, India
  • 1969 Stig Tøfting, Danish footballer, born in Aarhus, Denmark
  • 1970 Slava Dosedel, Czech tennis star, born in Přerov, Czechoslovakia
  • 1971 Adam Timmerman, American NFL guard (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31), born in Cherokee, Iowa
  • 1971 Christopher R. Nelloms, American sprinter, born in Dayton, Ohio

  • 1971 James Folston, American NFL defensive end (Oakland Raiders), born in Cocoa, Florida
  • 1971 Mark Loretta, American baseball infielder (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1971 Pramodaya Wickremasinhghe, Sri Lankan cricketer (Sri Lankan fast-medium bowler), born in Matara, Sri Lanka
  • 1971 Sean Hill, American NFL cornerback (Miami Dolphins), born in Dowagiac, Michigan
  • 1972 Ed O'Bannon, American NBA forward (NJ Nets), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1972 Evan Pilgrim, American NFL guard (Chicago Bears), born in Pittsburg, California
  • 1973 Kieren Perkins, Australian swimmer (Olympic gold 1,500m 1992, 96), born in Brisbane, Australia
  • 1973 Mike Mamula, American NFL player (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Lackawanna, New York
  • 1973 Nancy Sweetnam, Canadian 400m swimmer (Olympics-7-92, 96), born in Lindsay, Canada
  • 1973 Wayne Chrebet, American NFL wide receiver (NY Jets), born in Garfield, New Jersey
  • 1973 Jay-Jay Okocha, Nigerian footballer, born in Enugu, Nigeria
  • 1973 Jared Borgetti, Mexican footballer, born in Culiacancito, Mexico
  • 1974 Chucky Atkins, American basketball player, born in Orlando, Florida
  • 1975 Mike Vrabel, American NFL linebacker (Super Bowl 2001, 03, 04, New England Patriots) and coach (Tennessee Titans 2018-20), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1975 Viaceslav Ivanovski, Israeli weightlifter, born in Novosibirsk, Russia
  • 1977 Juan Pierre, American baseball player, born in Mobile, Alabama
  • 1978 Anastasios Kyriakos, Greek footballer, born in Giannouli, Greece
  • 1979 Paul Burgess, Australian athlete, born in Perth, Australia
  • 1980 Roy Williams, American football player (Dallas Cowboys, Cincinnati Bengals), born in Redwood City, California
  • 1981 Matthew Etherington, English footballer, born in Truro, United Kingdom
  • 1981 Julius Jones, American football player, born in Big Stone Gap, Virginia
  • 1983 Elena Baltacha, Ukrainian-British tennis player, born in Kyiv, Ukraine (d. 2014)
  • 1983 Leo Núñez, Dominican baseball player, born in Bonao, Dominican Republic
  • 1984 Clay Buchholz, American baseball player, born in Nederland, Texas
  • 1984 Josh Gorges, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Kelowna, Canada
  • 1985 Christian Gentner, German footballer, born in Nürtingen, Germany
  • 1986 Terin Humphrey, American gymnast, born in Saint Joseph, Missouri
  • 1987 Tim Tebow, American NFL quarterback (Heisman Trophy 2007, BCS National C'ship 2006, 08; U of Florida; Denver Broncos), born in Makati, Philippines
  • 1989 Kyle Turris, Canadian ice hockey player, born in New Westminster, Canada