On This Day

Birthdays in Sport in 1978 (Part 2)

Birthdays 201 - 380 of 380

  • Jul 21 Kyoko Iwasaki, Japanese swimmer (Olympic gold 200m breaststroke 1992), born in Numazu, Japan
  • Jul 22 Dennis Rommedahl, Danish footballer
  • Jul 22 Runako Morton, West Indian cricketer, (d. 2012)
  • Jul 23 Stuart Elliott, Northern Irish footballer
  • Jul 24 Andy Irons, American surfer (ASP World Champion 2002-04), born in Kauai, Hawaii (d. 2010)
  • Jul 25 Gerard Warren, American football player, born in Lake City, Florida
  • Jul 31 Justin Wilson, English auto racer (International Formula 3000 C'ship; Champ Car Series 4 wins), born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire (d. 2015)
  • Aug 1 Edgerrin James, American football player (Indianapolis Colts), born in Immokalee, Florida
  • Aug 1 Andy Blignaut, Zimbabwean cricketer, born in Salisbury, Rhodesia
  • Aug 2 Goran Gavrančić, Serbian footballer, born in Belgrade, Serbia
  • Aug 2 Matt Guerrier, American baseball player, born in Shaker Heights, Ohio
  • Aug 3 Mariusz Jop, Polish footballer, born in Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski, Poland
  • Aug 4 Kurt Busch, American race car driver
  • Aug 5 Kristin Link, American diver (Olympics 1996), born in Fairfax, Virginia
  • Aug 5 Lorrie Fair, soccer defender (Olympics 1996), born in Los Altos, California
  • Aug 5 Kim Gevaert, Belgian sprinter, born in Leuven, Belgium

  • Aug 8 Alan Maybury, Irish footballer
  • Aug 8 Louis Saha, French footballer
  • Aug 10 Daniel Allsopp, Australian footballer
  • Aug 10 Chris Read, English cricketer and captain of Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club, born in Paignton, England
  • Aug 11 Jermain Taylor, American boxer
  • Aug 12 Hayley Wickenheiser, ice hockey forward (Canada, Olympics 1998)
  • Aug 12 Chris Chambers, American football player, born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Aug 13 Benjani Mwaruwari, Zimbabwean footballer, born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
  • Aug 14 Anastasios Kyriakos, Greek footballer, born in Giannouli, Greece
  • Aug 15 Stavros Tziortziopoulos, Greek footballer
  • Aug 15 Lilia Podkopayeva, Ukrainian gymnast (World Champion 1995, Olympic Gold 1996), born in Donetsk, Ukrainian SSR
  • Aug 15 Kerri Walsh, American beach volleyball player (Olympic gold 2004, 08, 12), born in Santa Clara, California
  • Aug 16 Eddie Gill, American basketball player, born in Aurora, Colorado
  • Aug 16 Fu Mingxia, Chinese diver (Olympic gold women's 10m platform 1992, 96; 3m springboard 1996, 2000), born in Wuhan, China
  • Aug 19 Chris Capuano, American baseball player (Pitcher), born in West Springfield, Massachusetts
  • Aug 20 Sanna Lankosaari, Finnish ice hockey right wing (Finland, Olympics 1998), born in Kemi, Finland
  • Aug 21 Reuben Droughns, American football player, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Aug 21 Jason Marquis, American baseball pitcher, born in Manhasset, NY
  • Aug 21 Alan Lee, Irish footballer, born in Galway, Ireland
  • Aug 21 Lee Gronkiewicz, American baseball player, born in Los Angeles, California

Person of interestKobe Bryant

Aug 23 Kobe Bryant, American basketball guard (NBA champion 2000–02, 09-10; NBA MVP 2008; 18 x NBA All Star; LA Lakers; Olympic gold 2008,12), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2020)

NBA Guard Kobe Bryant
NBA Guard
Kobe Bryant
  • Aug 24 Rafael Furcal, Dominican baseball player, born in Loma de Cabrera, Dominican Republic
  • Aug 29 Celestine Babayaro, Nigerian footballer, born in Kaduna, Nigeria
  • Aug 30 Cliff Lee, American baseball player, born in Benton, Arkansas
  • Aug 31 Philippe Christanval, French footballer
  • Sep 1 Max Vieri, Australian soccer player
  • Sep 2 Matthew Watkins, Welsh rugby union centre (18 caps; Newport, Llanelli Scarlets), born in Newport, Wales (d. 2020)
  • Sep 3 John Curtis, English footballer, born in Nuneaton, England
  • Sep 3 Michal Rozsival, Czech ice hockey player, born in Vlašim, Czechoslovakia
  • Sep 5 Chris Jack, New Zealand rugby union footballer (All Blacks), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Sep 5 Zhang Zhong, Chinese-Singaporean chess player, born in Chongqing, China
  • Sep 5 Sylvester Joseph, West Indian cricketer, born in New Winthorpes, Antigua
  • Sep 6 Alex Escobar, Venezuelan baseball player, born in Valencia, Carabobo, Venezuela
  • Sep 7 Erwin Koen, Dutch footballer, born in Den Helder, Netherlands
  • Sep 8 Gerard Autet, Spanish footballer, born in Manlleu, Spain
  • Sep 8 Gil Meche, American baseball player, born in Lafayette, Louisiana
  • Sep 9 Kurt Ainsworth, American baseball pitcher, born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Sep 9 Shane Battier, American basketball player, born in Birmingham, Michigan
  • Sep 9 Mariano Puerta, Argentine tennis player, born in San Francisco, Argentina
  • Sep 11 Dejan Stanković, Serbian footballer (Serbia National Team captain), born in Belgrade, Serbia
  • Sep 11 Ed Reed, American football player (Baltimore Ravens), born in St. Rose, Louisiana
  • Sep 13 Darren Kenton, English footballer (Norwich City), born in Wandsworth, England
  • Sep 14 Ben Cohen, English rugby union footballer, born in Northampton, Northamptonshire, England
  • Sep 15 Eiður Guðjohnsen, Icelandic footballer
  • Sep 16 Dan Dickau, American basketball player, born in Portland, Oregon
  • Sep 17 Shawn Horcoff, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Sep 18 Augustine Simo, Cameroonian footballer, born in Bangangté, Cameroon
  • Sep 19 Nick Johnson, American baseball player, born in Tempe, Arizona
  • Sep 20 Sophie Simard, Lars Germany, swimmer (Olympics 1996)
  • Sep 20 T.J. Tucker, American baseball player
  • Sep 20 Dante Hall, American football player
  • Sep 21 Doug Howlett, New Zealand rugby union footballer, born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Sep 22 Ed Joyce, Irish-English cricketer
  • Sep 22 Harry Kewell, Australian soccer player
  • Sep 24 Wietse van Alten, Dutch archer, born in Zaandam, Netherlands
  • Sep 25 Laura Nicholls, Canadian 50m swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Kitchener, Ontario
  • Sep 25 Roudolphe Douala, Cameroonian footballer, born in Douala, Cameroon
  • Sep 25 Ricardo Gardner, Jamaican footballer, born in St. Andrew Parish, Jamaica
  • Sep 25 Joel Pineiro, Puerto Rican baseball player, born in Río Piedras, Puerto Rico
  • Sep 26 Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot, Kenyan long-distance runner, born in Kapsabet, Kenya
  • Sep 27 Jon Rauch, American baseball player
  • Sep 30 Candice Michelle, American female wrestler
  • Oct 3 Gerald Asamoah, German soccer forward (43 caps; Schalke 04 279 games, 44 goals), born in Mampong, Ghana
  • Oct 3 Claudio Pizarro, Peruvian soccer striker (85 caps; Bayern Munich 224 games, 87 goals), born in Callao, Peru
  • Oct 4 Kyle Lohse, American baseball pitcher (14th pitcher to beat all 30 MLB teams; Minnesota Twins, St. Louis Cardinals), born in Chico, California
  • Oct 5 Shane Ryan, Irish Gaelic footballer, born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Oct 5 Jesse Palmer, Canadian-born American football player, born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Oct 6 Ricky Hatton, English boxer, born in Stockport, England
  • Oct 7 Zaheer Khan, Indian cricketer, born in Shrirampur, India
  • Oct 8 Mick O'Driscoll, Irish rugby player, born in Cork, Ireland
  • Oct 8 Antonino D'Agostino, Italian football player, born in Turin, Italy
  • Oct 9 Juan Dixon, American basketball player, born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Oct 11 Kali, Angolan soccer defender (73 caps), born in Luanda, Angola
  • Oct 12 Baden Cooke, Australian cyclist, born in Benalla, Victoria, Australia
  • Oct 13 Jermaine O'Neal, NBA forward (Portland Trailblazers), born in Columbia, South Carolina

  • Oct 14 Ryan Church, American baseball player
  • Oct 14 Paul Hunter, English snooker player (Masters 2001, 02, 04), born in Leeds, Yorkshire, England (d. 2006)
  • Oct 14 Steven Thompson, Scottish footballer
  • Oct 14 Javon Walker, American football player
  • Oct 18 Mike Tindall, English rugby union player
  • Oct 19 Enrique Bernoldi, Brazilian race car driver
  • Oct 19 Zakhar Dubenskiy, Russian footballer
  • Oct 19 James Roberts, British Ice Hockey Player
  • Oct 20 Virender Sehwag, Indian cricketer
  • Oct 21 Joey Harrington, American football player
  • Oct 22 Chaswe Nsofwa, Zambian footballer (d. 2007)
  • Oct 22 Owais Shah, English cricketer
  • Oct 22 Dion Glover, American basketball player, born in Marietta, Georgia
  • Oct 23 Steve Harmison, English cricketer
  • Oct 23 Jimmy Bullard, English footballer
  • Oct 23 Archie Thompson, Australian footballer
  • Oct 24 Carlos Edwards, Trinidadian footballer (Trinidad and Tobago national football team), born in Diego Martin, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Oct 25 Riley Mants, 200m breaststroker (Olympics 1996), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Oct 25 Russell Anderson, Scottish footballer (Sunderland), born in Aberdeen, Scotland
  • Oct 26 Jimmy Aggrey, English footballer (Torquay United), born in Hammersmith, London
  • Oct 27 Vanessa-Mae [Vanakorn Nicholson], Singaporean-British violinist and Olympic alpine skier, born in Singapore
  • Oct 27 Sergei Samsonov, Russian ice hockey player, born in Moscow, Soviet Union
  • Oct 29 Travis Henry, American football player
  • Oct 30 Martin Dossett, American football player, born in Portland, Texas
  • Oct 31 Emmanuel Izonritei, Nigerian boxer
  • Oct 31 Martin Verkerk, Dutch tennis player, born in Leiderdorp, Netherlands
  • Nov 1 Danny Koevermans, Dutch soccer striker and coach (4 caps; Sparta Rotterdam), born in Schiedam, Netherlands
  • Nov 4 Carmen Cali, American baseball player
  • Nov 4 John Grabow, American baseball player
  • Nov 5 Bubba Watson Jr., American golfer (US Masters 2012, 2014), born in Bagdad, Florida

  • Nov 6 Scott Piercy, American golfer (US Open 2016 runner-up), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Nov 6 Zak Morioka, Brazilian racing driver, born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • Nov 7 Rio Ferdinand, English footballer (England national team 1997-2001), born in Camberwell, England
  • Nov 7 Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink, Dutch footballer (PSV Eindhoven), born in Oldenzaal, Netherlands
  • Nov 8 Ali Karimi, Iranian footballer, born in Karaj, Iran
  • Nov 8 Júlio Sérgio Bertagnoli, Brazilian footballer, born in Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo, Brazil
  • Nov 8 Spyros Gogolos, Greek footballer, born in Corfu Island, Greece
  • Nov 8 Tim de Cler, Dutch footballer, born in Leiden, Netherlands
  • Nov 11 Lou Vincent, New Zealand cricketer, born in Warkworth, New Zealand
  • Nov 12 Lena Yada, American actress, model, surfer and WWE Diva, born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Nov 14 Xavier Nady, American baseball player
  • Nov 14 Bobby Allen, American ice hockey player
  • Nov 16 Gary Naysmith, Scottish footballer, born in Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Nov 16 Kip Bouknight, American baseball player, born in Columbia, South Carolina
  • Nov 16 Eric Crouch, American football quarterback (Heisman Trophy 2001, U of Nebraska; Green Bay Packers; Toronto Argonauts), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Nov 17 Reggie Wayne, American football player
  • Nov 18 Damien Johnson, Northern Irish footballer
  • Nov 19 Věra Pospíšilová-Cechlová, Czech athlete
  • Nov 22 Magdalena Grzybowska, Polish tennis star (1995 Futures Slovakia), born in Poznań, Poland
  • Nov 25 Lauren Hewitt, Australian 100m/200m runner (Olympics 1996)
  • Nov 27 Jimmy Rollins, American baseball player
  • Nov 28 Mehdi Nafti, Tunisian footballer
  • Nov 28 Haytham Tambal, Sudanese footballer
  • Nov 28 Freddie Mitchell, American football player
  • Nov 29 Dimitrious Konstantopolous, Greek footballer, born in Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Nov 29 Alessandro Fei, Italian volleyball player, born in Saronno, Italy
  • Dec 2 Jason Collins, American basketball canter (first openly gay athlete to play in any major North American pro sports league), born in Northridge, California
  • Dec 2 Jarron Collins, American basketball center (Utah Jazz; assistant coach GS Warriors NBA C'ships 2015, 17-18), born in Northridge, California
  • Dec 2 Maëlle Ricker, Canadian snowboarder (Olympic gold snowboard cross 2010; World C'ship gold 2005, 13), born in North Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Dec 5 Marcelo Zalayeta, Uruguayan footballer (Juventus), born in Montevideo, Uruguay

  • Dec 5 Olli Jokinen, Finnish ice hockey player, born in Kuopio, Finland
  • Dec 6 Chris Başak, American baseball player, born in North Platte, Nebraska
  • Dec 6 Darrell Jackson, American NFL wide receiver, born in Dayton, Ohio
  • Dec 8 Kate Robinson, American figure skater and ice dancer, born in Peoria, Illinois
  • Dec 8 Anwar Siraj, Ethiopian footballer
  • Dec 8 John Oster, Welsh footballer, born in Boston, England
  • Dec 8 Vernon Wells III, American baseball center fielder (Toronto Blue Jays; 3-time MLB All-Star & Gold Glove), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • Dec 10 Brandon Novak, American skateboarder
  • Dec 12 Derrick Delmore, African-American figure skater (1996 Grand Prix champ), born in Camp Springs, Maryland
  • Dec 14 Kim St-Pierre, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Châteauguay, Canada
  • Dec 14 Patty Schnyder, Swiss tennis player, born in Basel, Switzerland
  • Dec 15 Henrietta Nagyova, Nove Zamky Slovakia, tennis star (ITF/Cali-COL)
  • Dec 15 Jerome McDougle, American football player
  • Dec 16 Gunter Van Handenhoven, Belgian footballer
  • Dec 17 Alex Cintrón, Puerto Rican baseball player

Person of interestManny Pacquiao

Dec 17 Manny [Emmanuel Dapidran] Pacquiao, Filipino boxer (first ever eight-division world champion), born in Kibawe, Bukidnon, Philippines

  • Dec 17 Chase Utley, American baseball player
  • Dec 18 Naomi Lang, Arcata California, dance skater (with partner Peter Tchernyshev)
  • Dec 18 Ali Curtis, American soccer player
  • Dec 20 Geremi Njitap, Cameroon footballer, born in Bafoussam, Cameroon
  • Dec 20 Andrei Markov, Russian ice hockey player, born in Voskresensk, Moscow Oblast, Russia
  • Dec 21 Amber Corwin, American figure skater (1997 National Sr - 5th), born in Harbor City, California
  • Dec 23 Andra Davis, American football player, born in Live Oak, Florida
  • Dec 23 Víctor Martínez, Venezuelan baseball player, born in Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela
  • Dec 24 Yıldıray Baştürk, Turkish footballer, born in Herne, Germany
  • Dec 25 Simon Jones, English cricketer, born in Morriston, United Kingdom
  • Dec 26 Kaoru Sugayama, Japanese volleyball player, born in Iwanuma, Japan
  • Dec 28 Chris Coyne, Australian footballer (Bayswater City SC), born in Brisbane, Australia
  • Dec 29 Kieron Dyer, English football player, born in Ipswich, United Kingdom