Birthdays in Sport on August 9

  • 1883 George Hoyt, NBA hall of fame referee (elected 1961)
  • 1895 Fred Badcock, cricketer (swing bowler in NZ's 1st Test matches)
  • 1895 Nathaniel "Nat" Pendleton, American wrestler (Olympics 1920, Silver) and actor (The Thin Man, Reckless), born in Davenport, Iowa (d. 1967)
  • 1911 Khurshed Meher-Homji, cricketer (Indian wicket-keeper 1936)
  • 1911 Eddie Futch, American boxing trainer (d. 2001)
  • 1914 Joe Mercer, English footballer (d. 1990)
  • 1919 Ralph Houk, MLB catcher, coach, manager (6-time World Series champion), born in Lawrence, Kansas (d. 2010)
  • 1926 Denis Atkinson, cricketer (WI all-rounder, 219 v Australia 1955)

Person of interestBob Cousy

1928 Bob Cousy, Basketball Hall of Fame guard (Boston Celtics, 6-time NBA champion), born in Manhattan, NYC

NBA Point Guard Bob Cousy
NBA Point Guard
Bob Cousy
  • 1930 Milt Bolling, American MLB shortstop (Red Sox, 1952-7), born in Mississippi City, Mississippi (d. 2013)
  • 1931 Chuck Essegian, American baseball player
  • 1936 Juli├ín Javier, American baseball player

Person of interestRod Laver

1938 Rod Laver, Australian tennis player (1962, 1969 Grand Slam), born in Rockhampton, Queensland

Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver
  • 1938 Otto Rehhagel, German football manager
  • 1939 Claude Osteen, baseball pitcher (Cincinnati Reds)
  • 1939 Brito, Brazilian footballer

  • 1942 Tommie Agee, American baseball player (d. 2001)
  • 1943 Ken Norton, American heavyweight boxer, born in Jacksonville, Illinois (d. 2013)
  • 1944 Terry Jenner, cricketer (Australian leg-spinner 1971-75)
  • 1946 Jim Kiick, American football player
  • 1948 Bill Campbell, American baseball player
  • 1955 Doug Williams, Louisiana, NFL quarterback (Tampa Bay Bucaneers, Wash Redskins)
  • 1955 Peter Schmuck, American sportswriter
  • 1961 Brad Gilbert, tennis star, born in Oakland, California
  • 1962 Jim Johnson, New Hope, NHL defenseman (Washington Capitals)
  • 1962 John "Hot Rod" Williams, NBA center/forward (Phoenix Suns), born in Sorrento, Louisiana (d. 2015)

Person of interestBrett Hull

1964 Brett Hull, Canadian-American NHL right wing (St Louis Blues, Dallas Stars), born in Belleville, Ontario

NHL Legend Brett Hull
NHL Legend
Brett Hull
  • 1964 Yuri Khmylev, NHL left wing (Buffalo Sabres), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1965 Ezra Polley, Georgetown Kentucky, pitcher (NY Yankees)
  • 1965 John Smith, US amateur wrestler and coach (4-time World Champion, 2-time Olympic Games champion), born in Del City, Oklahoma
  • 1966 Vinny Del Negro, NBA guard (San Antonio Spurs)
  • 1967 Debbie Spence, tennis star, born in San Jose, California
  • 1967 Deborah Lee, LPGA golfer (1989 National Amat France), born in Hamilton, Ontario

Person of interestDeion Sanders

1967 Deion Sanders, American NFL corner-back/wide receiver and MLB player (Dallas Cowboys and NY Yankees), born in Fort Myers, Florida

NFL Legend Deion Sanders
NFL Legend
Deion Sanders
  • 1967 Elexa Wills/Orrange, Orange Texas, long jumper/triple jumper
  • 1968 Jay Stacy, Aust field hockey midfielder (Olympic 4th/silver-88, 92, 96)
  • 1969 Troy Percival, pitcher (California Angels), born in Fontana, California
  • 1970 Chris Gedney, NFL tight end (Chicago Bears, Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1970 Rod Brind'amour, NHL center (Philadelphia Flyers, Team Canada 98), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1971 Alan Allen, NFL/WLAF wide receiver (NY Jets, London Monarchs)
  • 1971 David Merritt, WLAF linebacker (Rhein Fire)

  • 1971 Mary Joe Fernandez, Dom Rep, tennis player (US National 16s)
  • 1971 Scott Karl, pitcher (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Fontana, California
  • 1971 Davide Rebellin, Italian cyclist
  • 1972 Eric Zomalt, NFL strong safety (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1972 Robert Peal, American dance skater (with Margot Contois), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1972 Silvia Ramon-Cortes, tennis star (1994 Futures-Vigo), born in Barcelona, Spain
  • 1973 Jay Hagood, tackle (NY Jets)
  • 1973 Jimmy King, NBA guard (Toronto Raptors)
  • 1973 Jochen Molling, hockey defenseman (Team Germany 1998)
  • 1973 Larry Stallworth, WLAF wide receiver (London Monarchs)
  • 1973 Filippo Inzaghi, Italian footballer
  • 1974 Derek Fisher, NBA guard (LA Lakers)
  • 1974 Tremayne Allen, tight end (Chicago Bears)
  • 1975 Mathew James Coad, 100m/200m runner (Olympics 1996), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1975 Mike Lamb, American baseball player
  • 1977 Mikael Silvestre, French footballer
  • 1977 Jason Frasor, American baseball player
  • 1977 Chamique Holdsclaw, American basketball player
  • 1977 Adewale Ogunleye, American football player
  • 1979 Alizah Allen, figure skater (1997 North Atlantic Sr champ), born in NYC, New York
  • 1981 Li Jiawei, Singaporean Olympic table tennis player
  • 1982 Tyson Gay, American sprinter
  • 1982 Danieal Manning, American football player
  • 1983 Shane O'Brien, Canadian hockey player
  • 1984 Paul Gallagher, Scottish footballer
  • 1985 Luca Filippi, Italian racing driver
  • 1985 Hayley Peirsol, American swimmer
  • 1985 JaMarcus Russell, American football player
  • 1989 Stefano Okaka Chuka, Italian footballer