On This Day

Birthdays in Sport in April 1961

  • Apr 1 Jim Jeffcoat, American NFL defensive end (Super Bowl 1992, 93 Dallas Cowboys) and coach (Dallas Cowboys DL 1998-2004), born in Long Branch, New Jersey
  • Apr 1 Sergio Scariolo, Italian basketball coach (NBA: assistant Toronto Raptors; head coach Spain; World Cup gold 2019), born in Brescia, Italy
  • Apr 7 Pascal Olmeta, French footballer
  • Apr 9 Kirk McCaskill, Canadian MLB pitcher (Chicago White Sox), born in Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada
  • Apr 12 Julius Kariuki, Kenyan 3K steeplechaser (Olympic gold 1988), born in Nyahururu, Kenya
  • Apr 15 Tiina Lillak, Finnish javelin thrower (Olympic silver 1984), born in Helsinki, Finland
  • Apr 17 Boomer Esiason, American NFL quarterback (NY Jets, Cincinnati Bengals), born in East Islip, New York
  • Apr 17 Norman Cowans, Jamaican cricketer (England fast bowler in 19 Tests 1982-85), born in St. Mary, Jamaica
  • Apr 19 Richard Phelps, British pentathlete (Olympic bronze 1988), born in Gloucester, England

Person of interestDon Mattingly

Apr 20 Don Mattingly, American MLB 1st baseman (NY Yankees/MVP 1985), born in Evansville, Indiana

MLB 1st Baseman Don Mattingly
MLB 1st Baseman
Don Mattingly
  • Apr 22 Jeff Hostetler, NFL quarterback (NY Giants, Raiders, Redskins/1990 Superbowl)
  • Apr 22 Jimmy Key, Huntsville Alabama, pitcher (Blue Jays, NY Yanks, Orioles)
  • Apr 24 Roger Mayweather, American boxer, (WBA & lineal super featherweight titles 1983-84, WBC light welterweight 1987-89; IBO light welterweight; IBO welterweight 1994-95), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan (d. 2020)
  • Apr 26 Al Lawrence, Jamaican 4X100m relayer (Olympic silver 1984), born in Jamaica
  • Apr 26 Nancy Scranton, American golfer (du Maurier Classic 1991), born in Centralia, Illinois
  • Apr 28 Cathy Gerring, American golfer (Solheim Cup 1990), born in Fort Wayne, Indiana

Person of interestIsiah Thomas

Apr 30 Isiah Thomas, NBA forward (Detroit Piston; 1990 NBA playoff MVP), born in Chicago, Illinois

NBA Point Guard and Coach Isiah Thomas
NBA Point Guard and Coach
Isiah Thomas

About April 1961

How Old? 59 or 60 years old
Generation: Baby Boomer
Leap Year: No

Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Signs: Aries (Mar 21 - Apr 19), Taurus (Apr 20 - May 20)