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)

Clarence Kummer

1899 Clarence Kummer, American Racing HOF jockey (Preakness Stakes 1920, 25; Belmont Stakes 1920, 28; US Champion Jockey by earnings 1920), born in NYC, New York (d. 1930)

  • 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)
  • 1927 Melvin F. Stute, American thoroughbred racehorse trainer (Preakness Stakes 1986, Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies 1986, Breeders' Cup Sprint 1987), born in Fort Wayne, Indiana (d. 2020)
  • 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)
  • 1938 Connie Stevens [Concetta Ingoglia], American actress (Hawaiian Eye - "Cricket"; Back to the Beach), and singer ("Sixteen Reasons"), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 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)
  • 1947 José Cruz, Puerto Rican-American baseball left fielder (St Louis Cards, Houston Astros), born in Arroyo, Puerto Rico

Ken Dryden

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

  • 1948 Floyd Reese, American football administrator (GM Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans 1994-2006) and analyst (ESPN's NFL Live, ESPN.com), born in Springfield, Missouri (d. 2021)
  • 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)

Nigel Mansell

1953 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
  • 1960 Cheyne Horan, Australian surfer (World C'ship runner-up 1978, 79, 81, 82), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1961 Bruce Matthews, American NFL guard/center (Houston/Tennessee Oilers/Titans), born in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • 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 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, American NFL tight end, 1989-2001 (NY Giants), and broadcaster, born in Huntsville, Alabama
  • 1967 Margo Malowney, Canadian beach volleyball player (Olympics, 1996), born in Saint John, New Brunswick
  • 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 Jeff Simmons, American race car driver
  • 1976 Seung-Yeop Lee, Korean baseball player
  • 1977 Kurt Bernard, Costa Rican footballer
  • 1977 Mohammad Wasim, Pakistani cricketer
  • 1977 Rocky Thompson, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1977 Szilard Nemeth, Slovak footballer
  • 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
  • 1981 Candie Kung, American golfer (US Open 2009 runner-up), born in Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Roger Federer

1981 Roger Federer, Swiss tennis player (20 x Grand Slam singles titles; Olympic gold doubles 2008; Davis Cup 2014; 6 x Tour Finals), born in Bottmingen, Switzerland

  • 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
  • 1996 A'ja Wilson, American basketball player (Las Vegas Aces), born in Hopkins, South Carolina