Birthdays in Sport on August 31

  • 1869 Gregor MacGregor, English cricket wicket-keeper (8 Tests 1890-93) and Scottish rugby union player, born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1919)
  • 1875 Eddie Plank, American Baseball HOF pitcher (World Series 1910, 11, 13 Philadelphia A's), born in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (d. 1926)
  • 1877 Lizzie Arlington, American baseball pitcher (first woman to play professional men's baseball 1898 Reading Coal Heavers), born in Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania (d. 1919)
  • 1878 Frank Jarvis, American athlete (Olympic gold 100m 1900), born in California, Pennsylvania (d. 1933)
  • 1889 Bombardier Billy Wells [William Thomas Wells], English heavyweight boxer (Lonsdale Belt, 1911), born in London, England (d. 1967)
  • 1913 Ray Dandridge, American Baseball HOF third baseman (3 × NgL All-Star 1935, 37, 44; American Association MVP 1950 Minneapolis Millers), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 1994)
  • 1915 Pete Newell, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach (Uni of San Francisco, Michigan State Uni; NCAA Men's C'ship 1959, Cal Berkeley; Olympic gold 1960), born in Vancouver, Canada (d. 2008)

Jean BéliveauJean Béliveau (1931-2014)

Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center (Hart Trophy 1956, 64; Art Ross Trophy 1956; Conn Smythe Trophy 1965; record 17 Stanley Cups), born in Trois-Rivieres Quebec

Frank RobinsonFrank Robinson (1935-2019)

American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder, manager (14 x MLB All-Star; NL MVP 1961; AL MVP 1966; World Series 1966, 70; Baltimore Orioles), born in Beaumont, TX

  • 1940 Alain Calmat, French figure skater (Olympic silver 1964)
  • 1941 William DeWitt, Jr., American businessman (Chairman of St. Louis Cardinals), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1942 Isao Aoki, Japanese golfer (World Matchplay C'ship 1978), born in Abiko, Chiba, Japan,
  • 1944 Clive Lloyd, West Indies Cricket Batsman, captain (110 Tests; 7,515 runs @ 46.67, HS 242no; British Guiana, Lancashire CCC), born in Georgetown, British Guiana
  • 1944 Earnie Shavers, American boxer (2 x world heavyweight c'ship challenger [Muhammad Ali 1977, Larry Holmes 1979]), born in Garland, Alabama (d. 2022)
  • 1948 Harald Ertl, Austrian racing driver (d. 1982)
  • 1948 Holger Osieck, German footballer and coach
  • 1949 Jim Fassel, American football coach (University of Utah 1985–89; New York Giants 1997-2003), born in Anaheim, California (d. 2021)
  • 1954 Claudell Washington, American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 1975, 84; World Series 1974; Oakland Athletics, Atlanta Braves), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2020)
  • 1955 Edwin Moses, American 400m hurdler (2 Olympic golds), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1957 Colm O'Rourke, Irish Gaelic footballer (All-Irelands 1987, 88; 5 x Leinster medals; 3 x NFL medals; Footballer of the Year 1991; Meath) and broadcaster/analyst (RTÉ, Sunday Independent), born in Edgeworthstown, Northern Ireland
  • 1957 Tom Candiotti, American MLB pitcher (LA Dodgers), born in Walnut Creek, California
  • 1958 Serge Blanco, French rugby union footballer, born in Caracas, Venezuela
  • 1960 Vali Ionescu, Romanian long jumper, born in Turnu, Romania
  • 1963 Sonny Silooy, Dutch soccer player (Ajax) and manager, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • 1965 Willie Watson, New Zealand cricket pace bowler, born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1966 Jeff Frye, American MLB infielder (Boston Red Sox), born in Oakland, California
  • 1967 Diane Madl, American field hockey forward/midfielder (Olympics 1996), born in Mountain Top, Pennsylvnia
  • 1968 Glenroy Gilbert, Canadian 4X100m sprinter (Olympic gold 1996), born in Trinidad
  • 1968 Hideo Nomo, Japanese MLB pitcher (LA Dodgers), born in Osaka, Japan
  • 1968 Jennifer Azzi, American basketball guard (Olympic gold 1996), born in Oak Ridge, Tennessee
  • 1968 Jolene Watanabe, American tennis player (1994 Futures-Evansville), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1969 Andrei Trefilov, Russian NHL goalie (Buffalo Sabres, Olympic silver 1998), born in Kirovo-Chepetsk, Russia
  • 1969 Javagal Srinath, Indian cricketer (right-arm pace bowler since 1991)
  • 1969 Victor Alexander, American NBA forward/center (NY Knicks), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1970 Arie van Lent, Dutch-German footballer
  • 1970 James Robinson, American NBA guard (LA Clippers, Portland Trail Blazers), born in Jackson, Mississippi
  • 1970 Steve Nikataras, cricketer (left-arm pace bowler for NSW 1996-97)
  • 1971 Mike Caldwell, American NFL linebacker (Cleveland Browns, Arizona Cardinals) and coach, born in Oak Ridge, Tennessee
  • 1971 Pádraig Harrington, Irish golfer (British Open 2007-08, PGA C'ship 2008, Ryder Cup wins 2002, 04, 06, 10), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1973 Reggie Geary, American NBA guard (San Antonio Spurs) and coach, born in Trenton, New Jersey
  • 1973 Scott Niedermayer, Canadian NHL defenseman (NJ Devils) and coach, born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • 1974 Andrei Medvedev, Ukrainian tennis player (won four Masters), born in Kyiv, Ukraine
  • 1974 Jeremy O'Day, American CFL offensive linebacker (Toronto Argonauts) and manager, born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1976 Roque Júnior, Brazilian footballer (World Cup 2002), born in Santa Rita do Sapucaí, Brazil
  • 1977 Ian Harte, Irish footballer (Reading), born in Drogheda, Ireland
  • 1978 Philippe Christanval, French footballer
  • 1979 Ramón Santiago, Dominican baseball infielder, coach (only player in history to hit walk-off, grand slam home run in last MLB at-bat), born in Las Matas de Farfán, DR
  • 1981 Dwayne Peel, Welsh rugby union halfback (76 Tests, British & Irish Lions 3, Barbarians 1; Llanelli Scarlets RFC, Sale Sharks RFC), born in Carmarthen, Wales
  • 1982 Alexei Mikhnov, Ukrainian-born ice hockey player
  • 1982 Chris Duhon, American basketball player, born in Mamou, Louisiana
  • 1982 Ian Crocker, American swimmer, born in Portland, Maine
  • 1982 José Reina, Spanish football goalkeeper (Villarreal), born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1982 Josh Kroeger, American baseball player, born in Davenport, Iowa
  • 1982 Michele Rugolo, Italian racing driver
  • 1983 Larry Fitzgerald, American NFL player Arizona Cardinals), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1984 Charl Schwartzel, South African golfer (US Masters 2011), born in Johannesburg, Gauteng
  • 1986 Feng Tianwei, Singaporean table tennis player
  • 1987 Petros Kravaritis, Greek footballer
  • 1988 David Ospina, Colombian football goalkeeper, born in Itagüí, Colombia
  • 1991 Shi Tingmao, Chinese diver (4 x Olympic gold 3m springboard, 3m synchro 2016, 2020; 8 x World C'ship gold), born in Chongqing, China