Birthdays in Sport on August 14

  • 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)
  • 1895 Jack Gregory, cricketer (Australian all-rounder of post-WWI years)
  • 1909 Len Darling, cricketer (South Australian & Test batsman of 30's)
  • 1913 Fred Davis, English world champ snooker player (1948-49, 51)
  • 1913 Paul Dean, American baseball player (d. 1981)
  • 1916 Wellington Mara, Co-Owner of the New York Giants (d. 2005)
  • 1929 Dick Tiger, Nigerian boxer (d. 1971)
  • 1930 Earl Weaver, manager (Balt Orioles 1968-82, 85-86), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 2013)
  • 1937 Brian Curvis, Welsh boxer and British welterweight champion (1960-1964), born in Swansea, Wales (d. 2012)
  • 1938 Betsy Cullen, LPGA golfer
  • 1940 Galen Hall, WLAF Head Coach (Orlando Thunder, Rhein Fire)
  • 1941 Peter Truscott, cricketer (one Test NZ v Pakistan 1965, 3 & 26)
  • 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
  • 1952 Debbie Meyer, 200m/400m/800m swimmer (Olympic 3 gold-68), born in Annapolis, Maryland
  • 1954 Mark Fidrych, American baseball player (Detroit Tigers), born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • 1956 Rusty Wallace, American race car driver
  • 1957 Gino Hernandez, American wrestler (d. 1986)

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1959 Earvin "Magic" Johnson, American NBA Forward (LA Lakers/Olympic gold 1992), born in Lansing, Michigan

NBA Legend Magic Johnson
NBA Legend
Magic Johnson
  • 1959 Frank Brickowski, NBA forward/center (Seattle Supersonics)
  • 1960 Broderick Thompson, NFL tackle/guard (Denver Broncos)
  • 1960 Fred Roberts, NBA forward (LA Lakers)
  • 1961 "Hot Stuff" Eddie Gilbert, American wrestler (d. 1995)
  • 1962 Jerry Foltz, American professional golfer and commentator, born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1962 Mark Gubicza, pitcher (KC Royals), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1962 Rameez Raja, cricketer (prolific Pakistani batsman)
  • 1965 Paul Broadhurst, British golfer (British Open Seniors 2016), born in Walsall, England
  • 1966 Karl Petter Løken, Norwegian footballer
  • 1968 Glenn Leroy McLeay, Invercargill NZ, points race cyclist (Olympics 1996)
  • 1968 Praveen Amre, cricketer (Indian batsman, century on Test debut 1992)
  • 1969 Stig Tøfting, Danish footballer
  • 1970 Arno Doornernik, soccer player (Roda JC)
  • 1970 Slava Dosedel, Czech, tennis star
  • 1970 Susan Veasey, LPGA golfer (U of S Fla), born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • 1970 Trise Jackson, WNBA guard (LA Sparks)
  • 1971 Adam Timmerman, NFL guard (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • 1971 Christopher R Nelloms, sprinter, born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1971 James Folston, NFL defensive end (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1971 Mark Loretta, infielder (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1971 Pramodaya Wickremasinhghe, cricketer (Sri Lankan fast-medium bowler)
  • 1971 Sean Hill, NFL cornerback (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1971 Stan White, NFL/WLAF quarterback (NY Giants, London Monarchs)
  • 1972 Brian Gragert, WLAF punter (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 1972 Ed O'Bannon, NBA forward (NJ Nets)
  • 1972 Evan Pilgrim, NFL guard (Chicago Bears)
  • 1972 Katja Maaria Lehtd, ice hockey defenseman (Finland, Olympics 1998)
  • 1972 Ross Schulte, NFL/WLAF kicker/punter (Buffalo Bills, Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • 1973 Kieren Perkins, Australian swimmer (Olympic gold 1,500m 1992, 96), born in Brisbane, Australia
  • 1973 Mike Mamula, NFL linebacker/defensive end (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1973 Nancy Sweetnam, Lindsay Ontario, 400m swimmer (Olympics-7-92, 96)
  • 1973 Wayne Chrebet, NFL wide receiver (NY Jets)
  • 1973 Jay-Jay Okocha, Nigerian footballer
  • 1973 Jared Borgetti, Mexican footballer
  • 1974 Chucky Atkins, American basketball player
  • 1975 Mike Vrabel, defensive end (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1975 Viaceslav Ivanovski, Israel, Men's Weightlifting 99kg
  • 1977 Juan Pierre, American baseball player
  • 1978 Anastasios Kyriakos, Greek footballer
  • 1979 Paul Burgess, Australian athlete
  • 1980 Roy Williams, American football player, born in Redwood City, California
  • 1981 Matthew Etherington, English footballer
  • 1981 Julius Jones, American football player
  • 1983 Elena Baltacha, Ukrainian/British tennis player
  • 1983 Leo Núñez, Dominican baseball player
  • 1984 Clay Buchholz, American baseball player
  • 1984 Josh Gorges, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1985 Christian Gentner, German footballer
  • 1986 Terin Humphrey, American gymnast
  • 1987 Tim Tebow, American football player
  • 1989 Kyle Turris, Canadian ice hockey player