On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on August 9

  • 1883 George Hoyt, American NBA hall of fame referee (elected 1961), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1962)
  • 1895 Ted Badcock, New Zealand cricketer (swing bowler in NZ's 1st Test matches), born in Abbottabad, India (d. 1982)
  • 1895 Nathaniel "Nat" Pendleton, American wrestler (Olympics 1920, Silver) and actor (The Thin Man, Reckless), born in Davenport, Iowa (d. 1967)
  • 1911 Khershed Meherhomji, Indian cricketer (Indian wicket-keeper 1936), born in Bombay, India (d. 1982)
  • 1911 Eddie Futch, American boxing trainer, born in Hillsboro, Mississippi (d. 2001)
  • 1914 Joe Mercer, English soccer midfielder, manager (5 caps, Manchester City manager 1965-71, Aston Villa 1958-64, England 1974), born in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire (d. 1990)
  • 1919 Ralph Houk, American baseball catcher, coach, manager and executive (World Series champion 1947, 52-53, coach, 58; mgr 1961-62; NY Yankees), born in Lawrence, Kansas (d. 2010)
  • 1925 Len Sutton, American auto racer and broadcaster (Indianapolis 500 1962 runner-up), born in Portland, Oregon (d. 2006)
  • 1926 Denis Atkinson, West Indian cricketer (WI all-rounder, 219 v Australia 1955), born in Rockley, Christ Church, Barbados (d. 2001)

Person of interestBob Cousy

1928 Bob Cousy, Basketball Hall of Fame guard (NBA C'ship 1957, 59-63; NBA MVP 1957; 13 × NBA All-Star 1951–63; Boston Celtics), born in Manhattan, NYC

NBA Point Guard Bob Cousy
NBA Point Guard
Bob Cousy
  • 1931 Chuck Essegian, American MLB baseball player, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1933 Albert Quixall, English soccer inside-forward (5 caps; Sheffield Wednesday, Manchester United), born in Sheffield, England (d. 2020)
  • 1936 Julián Javier, American baseball player, born in San Francisco de Macorís, Dominican Republic

Person of interestRod Laver

1938 Rod Laver AC MBE, Australian tennis player (1962, 1969 Grand Slam; 11 x Grand Slam singles titles; 8 x Pro major titles), born in Rockhampton, Queensland

Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver
  • 1938 Otto Rehhagel, German football manager, born in Essen, Germany
  • 1939 Claude Osteen, American baseball pitcher (Cincinnati Reds), born in Caney Spring, Tennessee

  • 1939 Brito [Hércules de Brito Ruas], Brazilian footballer, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1941 Paul Lindblad, American baseball pitcher (World Series champion 1973-74, 78; Kansas City Athletics, Oakland Athletics), born in Chanute, Kansas (d. 2006)
  • 1942 Tommie Agee, American baseball player (d. 2001)
  • 1943 Ken Norton, American heavyweight boxer who had 3 famous fights with Muhammad Ali, born in Jacksonville, Illinois (d. 2013)
  • 1944 Terry Jenner, cricketer (Australian leg-spinner 1971-75)
  • 1944 George Armstrong, English soccer winger and manager (Arsenal 500 games; Kuwait 1988-89), born in Hebburn, County Durham (d. 2000)
  • 1946 Jim Kiick, American football running back (Super Bowl 1972, 73; AFL All-Star 1968, 69; Miami Dolphins), born in Lincoln Park, New Jersey (d. 2020)
  • 1948 Bill Campbell, American baseball player
  • 1949 Brie Howard-Darling, American musician, artist and cake designer (Boxing Gandhis, Fanny), born in Stockton, California
  • 1952 John Cappelletti, American College Football Hall of Fame running back (Heisman Trophy 1973, Penn State; NFL: LA Rams, SD Chargers), born in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania
  • 1955 Doug Williams, American NFL quarterback (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Washington Redskins), born in Zachary, Louisiana
  • 1955 Peter Schmuck, American sportswriter
  • 1960 Viorel Turcu, Romanian soccer midfielder (7 caps; FC Argeș Pitești, Steaua București, FC Olt Scornicești), born in Popești, Romania (d. 2020)
  • 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 (8-time All Star, 2-time Stanley Cup winner), 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

Person of interestDeion Sanders

1967 Deion Sanders, American College/Pro Football Hall of Fame corner-back (Super Bowl 1995, 96; 8 x Pro Bowl; Dallas Cowboys) and MLB outfielder (NY Yankees; Atlanta Braves), 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, Australian 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 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 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, born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • 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