On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on August 20

  • 1847 Andrew Greenwood, English cricketer (batted in England's 1st 2 Tests 1877), born in Cowmes, Huddersfield, Yorkshire (d. 1889)
  • 1865 Bernard Tancred, South African cricketer (87 runs in 1888-89 South Africa v England), born in Port Elizabeth, Cape Province (d. 1911)
  • 1868 Ellen Roosevelt, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1890), born in Rosedale, New York (d. 1954)
  • 1900 Murt [Edward James] O'Donoghue, New Zealand snooker player (1st witnessed 147 break), born in Te Aroha, New Zealand (d. 1994)
  • 1906 Henry Austin, British tennis player (3-time Grand Slam runner-up), born in London, England (d.2000)
  • 1908 Al López, Spanish-American baseball player (AL Manager of the year 1959), born in Tampa, Florida (d. 2005)
  • 1909 Alby Roberts, New Zealand cricketer (NZ pace bowler in 5 Tests 1932-37), born in Christchurch, New Zealand (d. 1978)
  • 1916 Paul Felix Schmidt, Estonian-German chess player, born in Narva, Estonia (d. 1984)
  • 1921 Jack Wilson, Australian cricket spin bowler (1 Test; 43 wickets on England Tour 1956), born in Albert Park, Victoria (d. 1985)
  • 1926 Nobby Wirkowski, American-Canadian football player and coach (Toronto Argonauts), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2014)
  • 1931 Don King, American boxing promoter best known for his association with Mike Tyson and for his unusual hairstyles, born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1932 Atholl Mckinnon, South African cricket spin bowler (8 Tests, 26 wickets), born in Port Elizabeth, Cape Province, South Africa (d. 1983)
  • 1937 George Thoma, German cross country ski jumper (Olympic gold 1960), born in Newstadt, Germany
  • 1940 Rex Sellers, Australian cricketer leg-spinner (bowled 5 overs in Tests), born in Bulsar, Gujarat, India
  • 1941 Rich Brooks, American football player and coach (University of Oregon 1977-94; St. Louis Rams 1995-96), born in Forest, California
  • 1941 Jo Ramírez, Mexican motor racing team manager and author, born in Mexico City, Mexico

  • 1942 Hans-Joachim Klein, German 100m swimmer (Olympic bronze 1964), born in Darmstadt, Germany
  • 1942 Fred Norman, American baseball player (Cincinnati Reds), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1944 Graig Nettles, American MLB 3rd baseman (NY Yankees, San Diego Padres, Cleveland Indians), born in San Diego, California
  • 1949 Norman Featherstone, South African cricketer, born in Que, Que, Southern Rhodesia
  • 1952 John Emburey, English cricket off-spinner (1978-95, captain 1988), born in Peckham, London
  • 1954 Quinn Buckner, American College Basketball Hall of Fame point guard (Indiana Uni; Olympic gold 1976; Milwaukee Bucks, Boston Celtics, Indiana Pacers) and coach (Dallas Mavericks), born in Phoenix, Illinois
  • 1955 Ned Overend, Taipei Taiwan, cyclist (Olympics 1996)
  • 1956 Alvin Greenidge, West Indian cricketer (WI opener, no relation to Gordon or Geoff), born in Bath Village, Christ Church, Barbados
  • 1957 Cindy Nicholas, Canadian swimmer (swam English Channel 19 times), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1957 Mike Dodd, American beach volleyballer (Olympic silver 1996), born in Manhattan Beach, California
  • 1957 Scott Ayakatubby, beach volleyball champ
  • 1960 Mark Langston, American MLB pitcher (California Angels), born in San Diego, California
  • 1962 Duffy Waldorf Jr, American golfer (4 PGA Tour titles), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1962 Dong-Wook Song, South Korean tennis player, born in Seoul, South Korea
  • 1963 Bruce Hick, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • 1964 Giuseppe Giannini, Italian soccer player (Rome A Team), born in Rome, Italy
  • 1966 Greg Jackson, American NFL strong safety (Philadelphia Eagles, San Diego Chargers), born in Hialeah, Florida
  • 1966 Steven Finn, Canadian NHL defenseman (LA Kings), born in Laval, Quebec, Canada
  • 1967 Andy Benes, American baseball pitcher (St Louis Cardinals), born in Evansville, Indiana
  • 1967 Michael "Sean" Hall, Williamsburg Va, rower (Olympics 1996)

  • 1968 Sandy Brondello, Australian basketball guard (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Mackay, Queensland
  • 1968 Klas Ingesson, Swedish footballer and manager, born in Ödeshög, Sweden (d. 2014)
  • 1969 Bart Spark, soccer player (Veendam, SC Heerenveen)
  • 1969 Francisco Torres, Mexican actor (Los diez pasos), born in Mexico
  • 1970 Els Callens, Belgian tennis star (1996 quarterfinalist Essen), born in Antwerp, Belgium
  • 1970 Jay McNeil, CFL guard (Calgary Stampeders)
  • 1971 Brett Bech, American football wide receiver (New Orleans Saints), born in Slidell, Louisiana
  • 1971 Kevin Hickman, American NFL tight end (Detroit Lions), born in Cherry Hill, New Jersey
  • 1971 Oronde Gadsden, American NFL wide receiver (Dallas Cowboys), born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1971 Steve Stone, English footballer, born in Gateshead, England
  • 1973 Todd Helton, American baseball player (Colorado Rockies), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 1974 Szabolcs Sáfár, Hungarian football goalkeeper, born in Budapest, Hungary
  • 1976 Chris Drury, American ice hockey player (NY Rangers), born in Trumbull, Connecticut
  • 1977 Ívar Ingimarsson, Icelandic footballer, born in Reykjavík, Iceland
  • 1977 Felipe Contepomi, Argentine rugby player and coach, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1977 Manuel Contepomi, Argentine rugby player, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1977 James Ormond, English cricketer, born in Coventry, England
  • 1978 Sanna Lankosaari, Finnish ice hockey right wing (Finland, Olympics 1998), born in Kemi, Finland
  • 1979 Cory Sullivan, American baseball player (Colorado Rockies), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1981 Lauri Illy, Virginia Beach Va, rhythmic gymnast (Olympics 1996)
  • 1981 Bernard Mendy, French footballer (Paris Saint-Germain), born in Évreux, France
  • 1982 Cléber Luis Alberti, Brazilian football goalkeeper, born in Palmital, Brazil
  • 1982 Youssouf Hersi, Ethiopian football midfielder, born in Dire Dawa, Ethiopia
  • 1982 Joshua Kennedy, Australian footballer (Australia national soccer team), born in Wodonga, Victoria, Australia
  • 1982 Barney Rogers, Zimbabwean cricketer, born in Harare, Zimbabwe
  • 1987 Cătălina Ponor, Romanian gymnast (3 Olympic gold 2004), born in Constanța, Romania
  • 1990 Ranomi Kromowidjojo, Dutch-Javanese Surinamese swimmer (Olympic gold 2008, 12), born in Sauwerd, Netherlands