On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on August 8

  • 1889 Jack Ryder, Australian cricket all-rounder (20 Tests, 1,394 runs @ 51.62), born in Collingwood, Victoria (d. 1977)
  • 1904 Achille Varzi, Italian auto racer (14 Grand Prix wins), born in Galliate, Italy (d. 1948)
  • 1909 Bill Voce, cricketer (England left-arm bodyline bowler)
  • 1921 Esther Williams, American swimmer and actress (Dangerous when Wet), born in Inglewood California (d. 2013)
  • 1927 Johnny Temple, American baseball player (d. 1994)
  • 1930 Jerry Tarkanian, basketball coach (California State, UNLV, 625-122)
  • 1936 Don Bowden, American middle distance runner (1st American to run sub 4 minute mile 1957, 3:58.7), born in San José, California
  • 1936 Frank Howard, baseball player (NL Rookie of the Year 1960)
  • 1939 Viorica Viscopoleanu, Romanian athlete (Olympic gold, long jump 1968), born in Storozhynets, Romania
  • 1940 Dilip Sardesai, cricketer (high scoring Indian batsman of 60's)

Person of interestKen Dryden

1947 Ken Dryden, Canadian politician and hockey player (Montreal Canadiens, 6 Stanley Cups), born in Hamilton, Ontario

NHL Goalie and Canadian Politician Ken Dryden
NHL Goalie and Canadian Politician
Ken Dryden
  • 1947 Jose Cruz, leftfielder (St Louis Cards, Houston Astros)
  • 1949 Ricardo Londoño, Colombian racing driver
  • 1951 Phil Carlson, cricketer (Australian all-rounder 1979)
  • 1952 Sudhakar Rao, Indian cricketer
  • 1953 "Sweet" Lou Dunbar, basketball player (Harlem Globetrotters)

  • 1954 Nigel Mansell, British auto racer (World F1 champion 1992, Indy Car 1993), born in Upton-upon-Severn, England
  • 1955 Herbert Prohaska, Austrian footballer
  • 1959 Ronald Weigel, German race walker (Olympic silver 20k, 50k 1988; bronze 50k 1992; World C'ship gold 50k 1983), born in Hildburghausen, Germany
  • 1961 Bruce Matthews, NFL guard/center (Houston Oilers)
  • 1962 Charmaine Crooks, Canadian 800m runner (Olympics 1984, 88, 92, 96), born in Mandeville, Jamaica
  • 1962 Jim Sweeney, NFL center/guard (Seattle Seahawks, Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1963 Ron Karkovice, Union NJ, catcher (Chicago White Sox)
  • 1963 Stephen Walkom, Canadian ice hockey official and executive
  • 1964 Harry Lee "Butch" Reynolds, American 400m runner (world record)
  • 1964 Paul Taylor, cricketer (England left-arm pace bowler in one Test 1993)
  • 1965 Angus Fraser, cricketer (England right-arm pace bowler 1989- )
  • 1966 Chris Eubank, English boxer
  • 1966 John Hudek, American baseball player
  • 1967 Howard Cross, NFL tight end (NY Giants)
  • 1967 Margo Malowney, Saint John New Brunswick, volleyball player (Olympics 1996)
  • 1968 Abey Kuruvila, cricketer (promising Bombay fast bowler)
  • 1968 Suzy Hamilton, US olympic 1500m runner
  • 1969 Jerome Henderson, American NFL cornerback (NY Jets) and coach/executive (NY Jets), born in Statesville, North Carolina
  • 1970 Catriona Fallon, Burlingame California, rower (Olympic 4th 1992, 96)
  • 1970 Trev Alberts, NFL linebacker (Indianapolis Colts)

  • 1971 John Raposo, CFL defensive tackle (Toronto Argonauts)
  • 1971 Marcello Simmons, CFL defensive back (Toronto Argonauts)
  • 1971 Steve Hinton, Australian baseball infielder (Olympics 1996)
  • 1973 Shane Lee, cricket all-rounder (NSW & Somerset, Australian ODI 1995-)
  • 1974 Andrei Mezin, NHL goaltender (Team Belarus, Olympics 1998)
  • 1974 Andy Priaulx, British race car driver
  • 1976 Seung-Yeop Lee, Korean baseball player
  • 1976 Jeff Simmons, American race car driver
  • 1977 Kurt Bernard, Costa Rican footballer
  • 1977 Szilard Nemeth, Slovak footballer
  • 1977 Rocky Thompson, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1977 Mohammad Wasim, Pakistani cricketer
  • 1978 Alan Maybury, Irish footballer
  • 1978 Louis Saha, French footballer
  • 1979 Rashard Lewis, American basketball forward (NBA All-Star 2005, 09; NBA C'ship 2013; Miami Heat), born in Pineville, Louisiana
  • 1980 Sabine Klaschka, German tennis player

Person of interestRoger Federer

1981 Roger Federer, Swiss tennis player (20 Grand Slam singles titles), born in Bottmingen, Switzerland

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer
  • 1981 Candie Kung, American golfer (US Open 2009 runner-up), born in Kaohsiung, Taiwan
  • 1984 Martrez Milner, American football player
  • 1985 Brayan Ruiz, Costa Rican football player
  • 1988 Danilo Gallinari, Italian basketball player
  • 1989 Sesil Karatantcheva, Bulgarian tennis player