Birthdays in Sport on August 21

  • 1893 Theresa Weld Blanchard, American figure skating champion (1914, 1920-24), born in Brookline, Massachusetts (d. 1978)
  • 1912 Toe Blake, Canadian ice hockey player and coach, born in Victoria Mines, Ontario (d. 1995)
  • 1913 Cornelius Johnson, American high jumper (Olympic gold 1936), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1946)
  • 1914 Doug Wright, English cricketer (England's leg-spinning genius of 30's & 40's), born in Sidcup, Kent (d. 1998)
  • 1918 Billy Reay, Canadian ice hockey player and coach, born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 2004)
  • 1923 Chris Schenkel, American sportscaster (Monday Night Fights), born in Bippus, Indiana (d. 2005)

Person of interestJack Buck

1924 Jack Buck, American sports announcer (St. Louis Cardinals), born in Holyoke, Massachusetts (d. 2002)

Sportscaster Jack Buck
Sportscaster
Jack Buck
  • 1928 Gillian Sheen, British fencer and foil champion (Olympic gold 1956), born in Willesden, London
  • 1935 Ken Taylor, English cricketer (England opening batsman three times 1959-64), born in Huddersfield, Yorkshire

Person of interestWilt Chamberlain

1936 Wilt Chamberlain, American College & Basketball Hall of Fame center (13-time All Star), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1999)

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • 1940 Robert Camac, American horse trainer, born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • 1945 Jerry DaVanon, American baseball player, born in Oceanside, California
  • 1946 Lev Alburt, International Chess Master (1976), born in Orenburg, Russia
  • 1951 Bernhard Germeshausen, German bobsled (Olympic gold 1976, 80), born in Heilbad Heiligenstadt, Germany
  • 1954 Archie Griffin, NFL runningback (won 2 Heisman Trophies, Ohio State), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1959 Anne Hobbs, English tennis star, born in Nottingham, England

  • 1959 Bud Schultz, American tennis star, born in Meriden, Connecticut
  • 1959 Jim McMahon, NFL quarterback (Chicago Bears, San Diego Chargers, Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1959 Richard Zokol, Canadian Tour golfer (1982 BC Open), born in Kitimat, Canada
  • 1961 Danny Sheaffer, catcher (St Louis Cardinals), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1961 Lance Earl Deal, American hammer thrower (Olympic silver 1996), born in Riverton, Wyoming
  • 1961 V. B. Chandrasekhar, Indian cricketer, born in Chennai, India
  • 1963 Melvin Douglas, American 198 lbs/90 kg freestyle wrestler (Olympics 1996), born in Topeka, Kansas
  • 1965 Jim Bullinger, pitcher (Chicago Cubs), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1966 John Wetteland, American pitcher (NY Yanks, Rangers, Expos), born in San Mateo, California
  • 1967 Tuineau Alipate, NLF/WLAF linebacker (Frankfurt Galaxy, Minnesota Vikings), born in Tonga
  • 1967 Darren Bewick, AFL footballer, born in Perth, Australia

Person of interestStéphane Charbonnier

1967 Stéphane Charbonnier [Charb], French cartoonist and editor of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, born in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine (d. 2015)

  • 1968 Shinichi Iwasaki, hockey goaltender (Team Japan 1998)
  • 1969 Andújar Cedeño, Dominican infielder (Houston Astros, Detroit Tigers), born in La Romana, Dominican Republic (d. 2000)
  • 1969 Josee Chouinard, Canadian figure skater (Olympic-9th-1994), born in Montreal, Canada
  • 1970 Bill Roth, gymnast (Pan Am-gold-1995, Olympics 1996), born in Yonkers, New York
  • 1970 Mark Hatfield, CFL guard (BC Lions)
  • 1970 Paulo Barrancos Guerra, Portuguese athlete, 10k runner, born in Barrancos, Portugal
  • 1970 Steve Everitt, NFL center (Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1971 Shayne Edge, American NFL/WLAF punter (Steelers, Barcelona Dragons), born in Lake City, Florida
  • 1972 Johnnie Harris, CFL linebacker (Toronto Argonauts), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1973 Ben Mann, Australian baseball pitcher (Olympics 1996)
  • 1973 Ismael Valdes, Mexican baseball pitcher (LA Dodgers), born in Ciudad Victoria, Mexico
  • 1974 Pietra Gay, WNBA guard/forward (Houston Comets)
  • 1975 Simon Katich, Australian cricketer, born in Middle Swan, Australia
  • 1976 Jeff Cunningham, Jamaican American soccer player, born in Montego Bay, Jamaica
  • 1978 Reuben Droughns, American football player, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1978 Jason Marquis, American baseball pitcher, born in Manhasset, NY
  • 1978 Alan Lee, Irish footballer, born in Galway, Ireland
  • 1978 Lee Gronkiewicz, American baseball player, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1978 Peter Buxton, English rugby union player, born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England
  • 1979 Ashley Whitney, 800m freestyle relay (Olympics 1996), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1980 Paul Menard, American NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Driver, born in Eau Claire, Wisconsin
  • 1980 Burney Lamar, American race car driver, born in West Sacramento, California
  • 1981 Andreas Glyniadakis, Greek basketball player, born in Chania, Greece
  • 1981 Jarrod Lyle, Australian professional golfer, born in Shepparton, Australia
  • 1983 Josh Harrington, American professional BMX rider, born in Greenville, North Carolina
  • 1983 Scott McDonald, Australian footballer, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1984 Neil Dexter, South African-born English cricketer, born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1984 B. J. Upton, American baseball player, born in Norfolk, Virginia

Person of interestUsain Bolt

1986 Usain Bolt, Jamaican sprinter (Olympic gold 100m/200m 2008, 12, 16), born in Sherwood Content, Jamaica

Olympic Sprinter Usain Bolt
Olympic Sprinter
Usain Bolt
  • 1988 Robert Lewandowski, Polish football player (Bayern Munich, Polish national team), born in Warsaw, Poland