On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on August 30

  • 1914 Sydney Wooderson, English athlete dubbed "The Mighty Atom" (world record 1937), born in Camberwell, London (d. 2006)
  • 1917 William "Pop" Gates, American Basketball Hall of Fame guard and coach (Harlem Globetrotters "Legends" Ring 1995), born in Decatur, Alabama (d. 1999)

Person of interestTed Williams

1918 Ted Williams, American baseball player and last player in MLB to bat over .400 in a single season (Red Sox, AL MVP '46, '49; Trip Crown '42, '47), born in San Diego, California (d. 2002)

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • 1918 Billy Johnson, American baseball player, born in Montclair, New Jersey (d. 2006)
  • 1921 Angelo Dundee, American boxing trainer and cornerman (Muhammad Ali 1960–81 & 15 other world boxing champions), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)

Person of interestVic Seixas

1923 Vic Seixas, American tennis player (Wimbledon 1953, US Nat C'ship 1954), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Tennis Player Vic Seixas
Tennis Player
Vic Seixas
  • 1928 Lloyd Casner, American race car driver and owner (Casner Motor Racing Division team), born in Miami, Florida (d. 1965)
  • 1930 Noel Harford, New Zealand cricketer (8 Tests for NZ 1955-58), born in Winton, New Zealand (d. 1981)
  • 1934 Baloo Gupte, Indian cricketer (brother of Fergie, Indian leggie), born in Bombay, India
  • 1937 Bruce McLaren, New Zealand car racer and founder of eponymous race team, born in Auckland, New Zealand (d. 1970)
  • 1942 Pervez Sajjad, Pakistani cricket left-arm spinner (19 Tests 1964-73), born in Lahore, Pakistan
  • 1943 Jean-Claude Killy, French alpine skier (3 Olympic gold 1968), born in Paris, France
  • 1944 Tug McGraw, American baseball player and father of Tim McGraw, born in Martinez, California (d. 2004)
  • 1948 Donnacha O'Dea, Irish poker player and swimmer
  • 1952 Wojtek Fibak, Polish tennis star, born in Poznan, Poland
  • 1953 Robert Parish, American Basketball Hall of Fame center (Boston Celtics; 9-time NBA All-Star), born in Shreveport, Louisiana

  • 1955 Butch [Richard Andrew] Johnson, American archer (Olympic gold 1992, 96), born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • 1962 Ricky Sanders, American NFL wide receiver (Miami Dolphins), born in Temple, Texas
  • 1964 Stephen Baker, American NFL receiver (NY Giants), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1964 Steve Smith, American NFL fullback (Seattle Seahawks), born in Wshington, D.C.
  • 1966 John Terry, CFL tackle (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • 1967 Barbara Kendall, New Zealand mistral sailor (Olympic gold 1992, silver 1996, bronze 2000), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1967 Justin Vaughan, cricketer (New Zealand all-rounder 1992-)
  • 1968 Vladimir Malakhov, Sverdlovsk Russia, NHL defenseman (Montreal Canadiens)
  • 1971 Joseph Fitzgerald, American team handball center back (Olympics 1996), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1971 Tre Johnson, NFL guard (Washington Redskins)
  • 1972 Jose Herrera, outfielder (Oakland A's), born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • 1972 Shonte Peoples, CFL linebacker (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • 1972 Pavel Nedvěd, Czech football player (Lazio, Juventus), born in Cheb, Czechoslovakia
  • 1973 Jimmy Herndon, offensive tackle (Chicago Bears)
  • 1974 Javier Otxoa, Spanish cyclist
  • 1975 Radhi Jaïdi, Tunisian soccer defender (105 caps; Espérance, Bolton Wanderers, Birmingham City, Southampton), born in Tunis, Tunisia
  • 1976 Mike Koplove, American baseball player
  • 1977 Kamil Kosowski, Polish footballer
  • 1977 Shaun Alexander, American NFL running back (Seattle Seahawks, NFL MVP 2005), born in Florence, Kemtucky
  • 1977 Marlon Byrd, American baseball player
  • 1978 Cliff Lee, American baseball player
  • 1979 Juan Ignacio Chela, Argentine tennis player
  • 1982 Will Davison, Australian racing driver

Person of interestAndy Roddick

1982 Andy Roddick, American tennis player (2003 US Open), born in Austin, Texas

Tennis Player and U.S. Open Champion Andy Roddick
Tennis Player and U.S. Open Champion
Andy Roddick
  • 1983 Gustavo Eberto, Argentine footballer (d. 2007)
  • 1984 Anthony Ireland, Zimbabwean cricketer
  • 1985 Richard Duffy, Welsh footballer
  • 1985 Leisel Jones, Australian swimmer
  • 1985 Eamon Sullivan, Australian swimmer
  • 1985 Steven Smith, Scottish footballer
  • 1988 Ernests Gulbis, Latvian tennis player