On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on August 23

  • 1909 Syd Buller, English first-class cricketer and cricket umpire, born in Wortley, Leeds, Yorkshire (d. 1970)
  • 1910 Giuseppe Meazza, Italian footballer, born in Milan, Italy (d. 1979)
  • 1911 Birger Ruud, Norwegian 90m ski jumper (Olympic gold 1932, 36), born in Kongsberg, Norway (d. 1998)
  • 1911 Elizabeth "Betty" Robinson, US 100m sprinter (Olympic gold 1928), born in Riverdale, Illinois (d. 1999)
  • 1921 Sam Cook, English cricketer (England slow left-armer in only Test), born in Tetbury, Gloucestershire, England (d. 1996)
  • 1922 George Kell, American baseball player, born in Swifton, Arkansas (d. 2009)
  • 1922 Eevi Huttunen, Finnish speed skater (8 World C'ship gold 1951-59), born in Karttula, Finland (d. 2015)
  • 1923 Ken Rickards, West Indies cricketer (WI batsman two Tests 104 runs), born in Jamaica (d. 1995)
  • 1929 Peter Thomson, Australian golfer (British Open 1954-56, 58, 65), born in Brunswick, Victoria (d. 2018)
  • 1930 Jack Bannister, English cricketer (Warwickshire stalwart) and commentator (BBC), born in Wolverhampton, West Midlands (d. 2016)
  • 1933 Manfred Donike, German cyclist and chemist drug test pioneer, born in Köttingen, Germany (d. 1995)
  • 1934 Christian "Sonny" Jurgensen, American NFL quarterback (Wash Redskins) and sportscaster, born in Wilmington, North Carolina
  • 1941 Gloria Ehret, American golfer (Women's PGA C'ship 1966), born in Allentown, Pennsylvania

Person of interestNancy Richey

1942 Nancy Richey, American tennis player (Australian Open 1967, French Open 1968), born in San Angelo, Texas

Tennis Player and Two-Time Major Champion Nancy Richey
Tennis Player and Two-Time Major Champion
Nancy Richey
  • 1945 Rayfield Wright, American football player, born in Griffin, Georgia
  • 1948 Ron Blomberg, American 1st baseman (NY Yankees) and 1st designated hitter, born in Atlanta, Georgia

  • 1949 Geoff Capes, British shot putter, born in Holbeach, England
  • 1952 Mac Cone, Canadian equestrian jumper (Olympics 1996), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1957 Tasos Mitropoulos, Greek footballer and politician, born in Volos, Greece
  • 1958 Julio Franco, oldest regular position player in MLB history, born in Hato Mayor, Dominican Republic
  • 1962 Glenn Healy, Canadian NHL goalie (NY Rangers), born in Pickering, Ontario, Canada
  • 1962 Kyle Clifton, American NFL linebacker (NY Jets), born in Olney, Texas
  • 1963 Richard Illingworth, English cricketer (England slow-left-armer 1991- ), born in Bradford, Yorkshire, England
  • 1964 Johan Bruyneel, Belgian road racing cyclist, born in Izegem, Belgium
  • 1964 Ray Ferraro, Canadian ice hockey center (Hartford Whalers, New York Islanders) and broadcaster (TSN Radio, TSN, NBCSN), born in Trail, British Columbia
  • 1966 Rhonda Cator, Australian badminton player (Olympics 1996)
  • 1966 Rik Smits, NBA center (Indiana Pacers), born in Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • 1967 Markus Ketterer, Finnish hockey goalie (Team Finland), born in Helsinki, Finland
  • 1968 Chris DiMarco, American golfer (PGA C'ship 2004 runner-up), born in Huntington, New York
  • 1968 Cortez Kennedy, American NFL defensive tackle (Seattle Seahawks), born in Osceola, Arkansas (d. 2017)
  • 1968 Scott Kowalkowski, NFL linebacker (Detroit Lions), born in Royal Oak, Michigan
  • 1969 Jeremy Schaap, American sportswriter, born in NYC, New York
  • 1970 Andrew Henry, CFL safety (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • 1970 Fabian Wilnis, Dutch soccer player (NAC, De Graafschap), born in Paramaribo, Suriname
  • 1971 Hugh Douglas, NFL defensive end (NY Jets), born in Mansfield, Ohio
  • 1971 Demetrio Albertini, Italian footballer, born in Besana in Brianza, Italy

  • 1972 Anthony Calvillo, CFL quarterback (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • 1972 Sheldon Benoit, CFL linebacker (BC Lions)
  • 1972 Tony Carter, American NFL running back (Chicago Bears), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1972 Martin Grainger, English footballer, born in London Borough of Enfield, United Kingdom
  • 1972 Raul Casanova, Puerto Rican baseball player, born in Humacao, Puerto Rico
  • 1973 James Roe, American football wide receiver (Baltimore Ravens), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1973 Jason Clemett, CFL linebacker (Calgary Stampeders)
  • 1973 Casey Blake, American baseball player, born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1974 Benjamin Limo, Kenyan runner, born in Eldoret, Kenya
  • 1975 Joe Andruzzi, NFL guard (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31), born in Brooklyn, New York City, New York
  • 1976 Kate Sobrero, American soccer defender (Olympics 1996), born in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
  • 1977 Nicole Bobeck, American figure skater (US Champ 1995), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1977 Douglas Sequeira, Costa Rican footballer, born in San José, Costa Rica

Person of interestKobe Bryant

1978 Kobe Bryant, American basketball guard (NBA champion 2000–02, 09-10; NBA MVP 2008; 18 x NBA All Star; LA Lakers; Olympic gold 2008,12), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2020)

NBA Guard Kobe Bryant
NBA Guard
Kobe Bryant
  • 1979 Edgar Sosa, Mexican boxer, born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • 1980 Denny Bautista, Dominican baseball player, born in Sánchez, Dominican Republic
  • 1980 Rex Grossman, American football player, born in Bloomington, Indiana
  • 1981 Stephan Loboué, Ivorian footballer, born in Pforzheim, Germany
  • 1981 Carlos Cuéllar, Spanish footballer, born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1982 Natalie Coughlin, American swimmer, born in Vallejo, California
  • 1982 Scott Palguta, American soccer player, born in Toms River, New Jersey
  • 1983 Sun Mingming, Chinese basketball player, World's tallest player at 7ft 9in, born in Bayan County, China
  • 1984 Glen Johnson, English footballer, born in Greenwich, London
  • 1986 Josh Morris, Australian rugby league player for St. George Illawarra Dragons, born in Kiama, Australia
  • 1986 Brett Morris, Australian rugby league player for St. George Illawarra Dragons, born in Kiama, Australia
  • 1988 Daniel Schwaab, German footballer, born in Waldkirch, Germany
  • 1988 Jeremy Lin, American NBA player (Toronto Raptors), born in Torrance, California