Birthdays in Sport on August 31

  • 1869 Gregor MacGregor, English cricket wicketkeeper (8 Tests 1890-93) and Scottish rugby union player, born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1919)
  • 1878 Frank Jarvis, American athlete (Olympic 100m Champion-1900), born in California, Pennsylvania (d. 1933)
  • 1889 A Provost Idell, father of modern volleyball
  • 1889 Bombardier Billy Wells [William Thomas Wells], English heavyweight boxer (Lionsdale Belt, 1911), born in London, England (d. 1967)

Person of interestJean Beliveau

1931 Jean Marc Beliveau, Canadian NHL player (Montreal Canadiens, 10 Stanley Cups), born in Trois-Rivieres Quebec, (d. 2014)

NHL Legend Jean Beliveau
NHL Legend
Jean Beliveau
  • 1935 Frank Robinson, American baseball player and manager (MVP 1961-NL 1966-AL), born in Beaumont, Texas
  • 1940 Alain Calmat, French figure skater (Olympic silver 1964)
  • 1942 Isao Aoki, Abiko Chiba Japan, PGA golfer (1983 Hawaiian Open)
  • 1944 Clive Hubert Lloyd, cricketer ("Supercat", 110 Tests 1966-85)
  • 1948 Harald Ertl, Austrian racing driver (d. 1982)
  • 1948 Holger Osieck, German footballer and coach
  • 1953 Miguel Ángel Guerra, Argentine racing driver
  • 1955 Edwin Corley Moses, Dayton, 400m hurdler (Olympic 2 gold/br-76, 84, 88)
  • 1957 Tom Candiotti, pitcher (LA Dodgers), born in Walnut Creek, California
  • 1957 Colm O'Rourke, Former Gaelic footballer and Current panelist
  • 1958 Serge Blanco, French rugby union footballer

  • 1960 Vali Ionescu, Romanian long jumper
  • 1962 Wanda Guenette, volleyballer (Olympics 1996), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1963 Sonny Silooy, soccer player (Ajax)
  • 1965 Willie Watson, cricket pace bowler (NZ)
  • 1966 Jeff Frye, infielder (Boston Red Sox), born in Oakland, California
  • 1967 Diane Madl, Mountain Top PA, field hockey forward/midfielder (Olympics 1996)
  • 1967 Melanie Sullivan, Branford Ct, WPVA volleyballer (National-13th-1994)
  • 1968 Glenroy Gilbert, Trinidad, Canadian 4X100m sprinter (Olympic gold 1996)
  • 1968 Hideo Nomo, pitcher (LA Dodgers), born in Osaka, Japan
  • 1968 Jennifer Azzi, Oak Ridge Tenn, basketball guard (Olympic gold 1996)
  • 1968 Jolene Watanabe, tennis star (1994 Futures-Evansville), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1969 Andrei Trefilov, Kirovo Russia, NHL goalie (Buffalo Sabres, Olympic silver 1998)
  • 1969 Javagal Srinath, cricketer (Indian right-arm pace bowler since 1991)
  • 1969 Nathan Minchey, pitcher (Boston Red Sox)
  • 1969 Victor Alexander, NBA forward/center (NY Knicks)
  • 1970 James Robinson, NBA guard (LA Clippers, Portland Trail Blazers)
  • 1970 Steve Nikataras, cricketer (left-arm pace bowler for NSW 1996-97)
  • 1970 Arie van Lent, Dutch-German footballer
  • 1971 Greg Jefferson, NFL defensive end (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1971 Mike Caldwell, NFL linebacker (Cleveland Browns, Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1971 Pádraig Harrington, Irish golfer
  • 1973 Earl Scott, WLAF OL (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 1973 Priest Lauderdale, NBA center (Denver Nuggets)
  • 1973 Reggie Geary, NBA guard (San Antonio Spurs)
  • 1973 Scott Niedermayer, Edmonton, NHL defenseman (NJ Devils)

  • 1974 Andrei Medvedev, tennis star (1991 French Open junior), born in Kiev, Ukraine
  • 1974 Jeremy O'day, CFL offensive linebacker (Toronto Argonauts)
  • 1975 Raleigh Roundtree, tackle (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1976 Roque Júnior, Brazilian footballer
  • 1977 Ian Harte, Irish footballer
  • 1978 Philippe Christanval, French footballer
  • 1979 Clay Hensley, American baseball player
  • 1979 Mark Johnston, Canadian swimmer
  • 1979 Ramón Santiago, Dominican baseball player
  • 1981 Dwayne Peel, Welsh rugby union footballer
  • 1981 Steve Saviano, American ice hockey player
  • 1982 Lien Huyghebaert, Belgian athlete
  • 1982 José Reina, Spanish footballer
  • 1982 Michele Rugolo, Italian racing driver
  • 1982 Ian Crocker, American swimmer
  • 1982 Chris Duhon, American basketball player
  • 1982 Josh Kroeger, American baseball player
  • 1982 Alexei Mikhnov, Ukrainian-born ice hockey player
  • 1983 Larry Fitzgerald, American football player
  • 1984 Charl Schwartzel, South African golfer
  • 1986 Feng Tianwei, Singaporean table tennis player
  • 1987 Petros Kravaritis, Greek footballer