On This Day

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)
  • 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 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 (Lonsdale Belt, 1911), born in London, England (d. 1967)
  • 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)

Person of interestJean Béliveau

1931 Jean Béliveau, 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 (d. 2014)

NHL Legend Jean Béliveau
NHL Legend
Jean Béliveau
  • 1935 Frank Robinson, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder, manager (MVP 1961-NL 1966-AL), born in Beaumont, TX (d. 2019)
  • 1940 Alain Calmat, French figure skater (Olympic silver 1964)
  • 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), born in Georgetown, British Guiana
  • 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 (British Open 2007-08, PGA C'ship 2008, Ryder Cup wins 2002, 04, 06, 10), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 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 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 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 (US Masters 2011), born in Johannesburg, Gauteng
  • 1986 Feng Tianwei, Singaporean table tennis player
  • 1987 Petros Kravaritis, Greek footballer