On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on August 29

  • 1842 Alfred Shaw, English cricket medium/spin bowler (7 Tests; bowled first ball in Test cricket; first to take 5 wickets in a Test innings; Nottinghamshire CCC, MCC), born in Burton Joyce, England (d. 1907)
  • 1857 Sandford Schultz, English cricket all-rounder (1 Test, 1 wicket, 20 runs; Cambridge University, Lancashire CCC), born in Birkenhead, England (d. 1937)
  • 1901 Aurel Joliat, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Ottawa, Canada (d. 1986)

Sherwin Badger

1901 Sherwin Badger, American figure skater (US singles championship 1920-24; Olympic silver pairs [with Beatrix Loughran] 1932), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1972)

  • 1905 Dhyan Chand, Indian field hockey player (Olympic gold 1928, 1932, 1936; birthday 29/8 celebrated as India's National Sports Day), born in Allahabad, India (d. 1979)
  • 1912 Sohn Kee-chung, Korean athlete and long-distance runner, born in Sinuiju, North Korea (d. 2002)
  • 1913 Len Butterfield, New Zealand cricketer (NZ all-rounder, Test), born in Christchurch, New Zealand (d. 1999)
  • 1916 Leo Horn, Dutch soccer referee, columnist and businessman, born in Sittard, Netherlands (d. 1995)
  • 1921 Wendell Scott, American auto racer (first black driver to win a race at NASCAR's premier level [Jacksonville 200 1963]), born in Danville, Virginia (d. 1990)
  • 1925 Loyd Gentry, American thoroughbred trainer (Kentucky Derby 1967 Proud Clarion), born in Covington, Kentucky (d. 2012)
  • 1934 John Guy, New Zealand cricketer (solid left-handed batsman for NZ in late 1950's), born in Nelson, New Zealand
  • 1940 Wim Ruska, Dutch judoka champion (Olympic gold 1972), born in Amsterdam
  • 1940 Earl Gros, American NFL running back (Green Bay), born in Lafourche Parish, Louisiana (d. 2013)
  • 1945 Wyomia Tyus, American 100m runner (Olympic gold 1964, 68), born in Griffin, Georgia
  • 1946 Bob Beamon, American track and field long jumper (Olympic gold 1968, 29' 2½" 8.9m), born in South Jamaica, Queens, New York
  • 1947 James Hunt, English auto racer (Formula 1 World Drivers Champion 1976), born in Belmont, Surrey (d. 1993)
  • 1955 Frank Hoste, Belgian cyclist, born in Ghent, Belgium
  • 1957 Jerry D. Bailey, American Racing Hall of Fame jockey/broadcaster (Kentucky Derby 1993, 1996), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1959 Tony Johnson, New Zealand rugby commentator and presenter (Newstalk ZB; TV3; SKY Television), born in Picton, New Zealand
  • 1959 Timothy Perry Shriver, Chairman of Special Olympics and member of the Kennedy Family, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1962 Carl Banks, American NFL linebacker (Cleveland Browns, NY Giants), born in Flint, Michigan
  • 1963 Greg Holmes, American tennis player, born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 1964 Jordi Arrese, Spanish tennis player, born in Barcelona, Spain
  • 1965 Will Perdue, American NBA center (San Antonio Spurs), born in Melbourne, Florida
  • 1967 Shaun Van Allen, Canadian NHL center (Anaheim Mighty Ducks), born in Calgary, Canada
  • 1968 Darren Joseph, Canadian football fullback (Saskatchewan Roughriders), born in Ottawa, Canada
  • 1969 Joe Swail, Northern Irish snooker player, born in Belfast, United Kingdom
  • 1970 Jacco Eltingh, Dutch tennis player (1993 ATP World Doubles), born in Heerde, Netherlands
  • 1971 Henry Blanco, Venezuelan baseball player, born in Caracas, Venezuela
  • 1973 Devin Wyman, American football defensive tackle (New England Patriots), born in East Palo Alto, California
  • 1973 Jermane Mayberry, American football offensive lineman (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Floresville, Texas
  • 1973 Olivier Jacque, French motorcyclist, born in Villerupt, France

Jay Onrait

1974 Jay Onrait, Canadian sports broadcaster (TSN, Fox Sports 1), born in Athabasca, Alberta

  • 1976 Chris Renaud, Canadian swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Fredericton, Canada
  • 1976 Kasia Kulesza, Canadian synchronized swimmer (Olympic silver 1996), born in Warsaw, Poland
  • 1976 Jon Dahl Tomasson, Danish footballer, born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 1976 Kevin Kaesviharn, American football player, born in Paramount, California
  • 1976 Pablo Mastroeni, American soccer player, born in Mendoza, Argentina
  • 1977 Aaron Rowand, American baseball player, born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1977 Devean George, American basketball player, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1977 Roy Oswalt, American baseball player, born in Weir, Mississippi
  • 1978 Celestine Babayaro, Nigerian footballer, born in Kaduna, Nigeria
  • 1979 Ryan Shealy, American baseball player, born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • 1980 Chris Simms, American NFL quarterback (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans, Denver Broncos), born in Ridgewood, New Jersey
  • 1980 David West, American basketball player, born in Teaneck, New Jersey
  • 1980 Mohammad Sheikh, Kenyan cricketer, born in Nairobi, Kenya
  • 1981 Geneviève Jeanson, French Canadian cyclist, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1982 Carlos Delfino, Argentinean basketball player, born in Santa Fe, Argentina
  • 1987 Tony Kane, Irish footballer, born in Belfast, United Kingdom