Birthdays in Sport in 1979

About 1979

How Old? 38 or 39 years old
Generation: Generation X

Chinese Zodiac: Horse (Jan 1 - Jan 27), Goat/Sheep (Jan 28 - Dec 31)

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 404

  • Jan 2 Jonathan Greening, British footballer
  • Jan 4 Tristan Gommendy, French racing driver
  • Jan 5 Ronnie O'Brien, Irish footballer
  • Jan 8 Adrian Mutu, Romanian footballer
  • Jan 8 Stipe Pletikosa, Croatian footballer
  • Jan 8 Seol Ki-Hyeon, South Korean footballer
  • Jan 12 Jenny Schmidgall, ice hockey forward (USA, Olympics 1998)
  • Jan 12 Grzegorz Rasiak, Polish footballer
  • Jan 15 Drew Brees, American football player (New Orleans Saints), born in Austin, Texas
  • Jan 15 Martin Petrov, Bulgarian footballer
  • Jan 16 Brenden Morrow, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Jan 16 Jason Ward, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Jan 18 Paulo Ferreira, Portuguese footballer
  • Jan 18 Brian Gionta, American ice hockey player
  • Jan 18 Kenyatta Jones, American football player, born in Gainesville, Florida
  • Jan 19 Josu Sarriegi, Spanish/Basque footballer

  • Jan 19 Svetlana Khorkina, Russian gymnast
  • Jan 21 Byung-Hyun Kim, Korean baseball player
  • Jan 21 Brian O'Driscoll, Irish rugby union footballer
  • Jan 23 Larry Hughes, American basketball player
  • Jan 23 Juan Rincón, Venezuelan baseball player
  • Jan 25 Pi Hongyan, Chinese-born French badminton player, born in Chonqing, China
  • Jan 25 Gabe Jennings, US distance runner
  • Jan 27 Rodrigo Ribeiro, Brazilian racing driver, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Jan 27 Liesbet Van Breedam, Belgian beach volleyball player
  • Jan 27 Daniel Vettori, New Zealand cricketer
  • Jan 28 Ali Boulala, Swedish skateboarder
  • Jan 29 Sui Feifei, Chinese basketball player
  • Jan 30 Karen Smith, Australian field hockey midfielder/halfback (Olympics 1996)
  • Feb 1 Juan Silveira dos Santos, Brazilian footballer
  • Feb 1 Julie Augustyniak, American soccer player
  • Feb 2 Lindsay Langston, Modesto California, archer (Olympics 1996)
  • Feb 2 Petra Cada, Canadian table tennis player (Olympics 1996), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • Feb 2 Fani Halkia, Greek hurdler
  • Feb 2 Irini Terzoglou, Greek shot putter
  • Feb 4 Giorgio Pantano, Italian racing car driver
  • Feb 7 Jon Leicester, American baseball player
  • Feb 8 Aaron Cook, American baseball player
  • Feb 9 "Casper" David Gray, English snooker player (2003 Scottish Open Winner), born in Lower Morden, Greater London
  • Feb 9 Akinori Iwamura, Japanese baseball pitcher
  • Feb 10 Ross Powers, American snowboarder, born in Bennington, Vermont

  • Feb 12 Antonio Chatman, NFL wide receiver and punt returner, born in Jackson, Alabama
  • Feb 12 Matt Mauck, NFL player, born in Jasper, Indiana
  • Feb 13 Rafael Márquez, Mexican footballer, born in Zamora, Mexico
  • Feb 14 Pablo Pallante, Uruguayan footballer
  • Feb 15 Gordon Shedden, Scottish auto racing driver, born in Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Feb 15 Alenka Kejžar, Slovenian swimmer, born in Kranj, Slovenia
  • Feb 15 Josh Low, English footballer, born in Bristol, United Kingdom
  • Feb 16 Valentino Rossi, Italian motorcycle racer
  • Feb 17 Josh Willingham, American baseball player
  • Feb 18 Julia Greville, swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Perth, Australia
  • Feb 19 Clinton Morrison, Irish footballer
  • Feb 19 Steve Cherundolo, American soccer player
  • Feb 21 Pascal Chimbonda, French footballer
  • Feb 21 Lonnie Ford, American football player
  • Feb 22 Brett Emerton, Australian footballer
  • Feb 24 Jesse Billauer, American quadriplegic surfer
  • Feb 26 Mariano Bainotti, Argentine racing driver
  • Feb 26 Pedro Mendes, Portuguese footballer
  • Feb 28 Virginia Ledgerwood, Chester Va, rhythmic gymnast (Olympics 1996)
  • Feb 28 Sébastien Bourdais, French auto racer, (Champ Car World Series 2004-07, Le Mans 24 Hours 2016), born in Le Mans, France
  • Feb 28 Primož Peterka, Slovenian ski jumper
  • Feb 28 Ivo Karlović, Croatian tennis player
  • Mar 2 Damien Duff, Irish footballer
  • Mar 4 Geoff Huegill, Australian swimmer
  • Mar 5 Tang Gonghong, Chinese weightlifter
  • Mar 6 Erik Bedard, Canadian baseball player
  • Mar 6 Ryan Nyquist, American BMX rider, born in Los Gatos, California
  • Mar 11 Fred Jones, American basketball player
  • Mar 11 Elton Brand, American basketball player
  • Mar 12 Edwin Villafuerte, Ecuadorian footballer
  • Mar 13 Johan Santana, Venezuelan baseball player, born in Tovar Municipality, Mérida, Venezuela
  • Mar 13 Cedric Van Branteghem, Belgian athlete, born in Ghent, Belgium
  • Mar 14 Nicolas Anelka, French footballer
  • Mar 14 Love, Angolan footballer
  • Mar 14 Sead Ramović, German-born Bosnian footballer
  • Mar 15 Kevin Youkilis, American baseball player
  • Mar 16 Edison Méndez, Ecuadorian footballer
  • Mar 17 Andrew Ference, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Mar 18 Dramane Coulibaly, Malian footballer
  • Mar 18 Anthony Maher, American soccer player
  • Mar 19 Christos Patsatzoglou, Greek footballer
  • Mar 19 Hee-Seop Choi, Korean baseball player
  • Mar 19 Ivan Ljubičić, Croatian tennis player
  • Mar 19 Hedo Türkoğlu, Turkish basketball player
  • Mar 20 Bernard O'Connor, Gaelic Footballer
  • Mar 20 Keven Mealamu, New Zealand rugby player
  • Mar 22 Juan Uribe, Dominican baseball player
  • Mar 23 Mark Buehrle, American baseball player
  • Mar 23 Misty Hyman, American swimmer
  • Mar 23 Donncha O'Callaghan, Irish rugby player
  • Mar 23 Natalya Baranovskaya, Olympic swimmer
  • Mar 24 Periklis Iakovakis, Greek athlete
  • Mar 24 Norris Hopper, American baseball player
  • Mar 24 Graeme Swann, English cricketer
  • Mar 26 Pierre Wome, Cameroonian footballer
  • Mar 26 Nacho Novo, Spanish footballer
  • Mar 27 Michael Cuddyer, American baseball player (Minnesota Twins), born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • Mar 31 Josh Kinney, American baseball player
  • Apr 4 Charles Butler, American figure skater, born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Apr 4 Rebecca Stoyel, Australian gymnast (Olympics 1996)
  • Apr 4 Roberto Luongo, Canadian ice hockey goaltender, born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • Apr 5 Timo Hildebrand, German footballer
  • Apr 7 Adrián Beltré, Dominican baseball player
  • Apr 8 Jeremy Guthrie, American baseball player
  • Apr 10 Peter Kopteff, Finnish footballer, born in Helsinki, Finland
  • Apr 11 Malcolm Christie, English footballer, born in Stamford, England
  • Apr 11 Michel Riesen, Swiss ice hockey player, born in Oberbalm, Switzerland
  • Apr 12 Mateja Kežman, Serbian footballer, born in Belgrade, Serbia
  • Apr 12 Elena Grosheva, Russian gymnast (Olympic 1996), born in Yaroslavl, Russia
  • Apr 12 Jordan De Jong, American baseball player, born in Orange City, Iowa

  • Apr 13 Baron Davis, American basketball player
  • Apr 13 Meghann Shaughnessy, American tennis player
  • Apr 14 Noé Pamarot, French footballer
  • Apr 16 Christijan Albers, Dutch Formula One driver, born in Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • Apr 16 Sixto Peralta, Argentine footballer, born in Comodoro Rivadavia, Argentina
  • Apr 18 Michael Bradley, American basketball player
  • Apr 18 Anthony Davidson, British Formula One driver
  • Apr 18 Matthew Upson, English footballer
  • Apr 19 Challen Sievers, Downers Grove Ill, rhythmic gymnast (Olympics 1996)
  • Apr 22 Zoltan Gera, Hungarian footballer
  • Apr 27 Natasha Chokljat, Australian netball player, born in Tasmania, Australia
  • Apr 29 Ryan Sharp, Scottish racing driver
  • Apr 29 Lee Dong-Gook, Korean footballer
  • Apr 30 Gerardo Torrado, Mexican footballer
  • May 1 Jennifer Botterill, Canadian ice hockey forward (gold medal 2002, 2006, 2010 Olympics), born in Ottawa, Canada
  • May 1 Mauro Bergamasco, Italian rugby union flanker (Italy 106 caps), born in Padova, Italy
  • May 2 Jason Chimera, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • May 2 Roman Lyashenko, Russian ice hockey player, born in Murmansk, Russia (d. 2003)
  • May 4 Lesley Vainikolo, Tongan born rugby union and rugby league player, born in Nukuʻalofa, Tonga
  • May 7 Katie Douglas, American basketball player
  • May 8 Jayna Cronin Geneva NY, dance skater (& Dreger-1997 Natl-13th)
  • May 9 Brandon Webb, American baseball player
  • May 12 Andre Carter, American football player
  • May 12 Steve Smith, American football player
  • May 14 Carlos Tenorio, Ecuadorian footballer
  • May 14 Clinton Morrison, English-born Irish footballer
  • May 17 Wayne Thomas, English footballer
  • May 18 Mariusz Lewandowski, Polish footballer
  • May 18 Julián Speroni, Argentine footballer
  • May 18 Milivoje Novakovič, Slovenian footballer
  • May 19 Diego Forlán, Uruguayan footballer
  • May 19 Andrea Pirlo, Italian footballer
  • May 21 Damián Ariel Álvarez, Argentinian footballer
  • May 23 Brian Campbell, Canadian ice hockey player
  • May 23 Kirk Saarloos, American baseball player
  • May 23 Rasual Butler, American basketball player
  • May 24 Tracy McGrady, NBA forward (Toronto Raptors)
  • May 25 Sam Sodje, Nigerian footballer
  • May 25 Jonny Wilkinson, English international and Newcastle Falcons rugby player
  • May 25 Caroline Ouellette, French Canadian ice hockey player

  • May 26 Mehmet Okur (Memo), Turkish basketball player
  • May 27 Mile Sterjovski, Australian footballer
  • May 28 Joeri Jansen, Belgian athlete
  • May 28 Ronald Curry, American football player
  • May 29 Arne Friedrich, German football player
  • May 29 John Rheinecker, Major League Baseball player
  • May 30 Mike Bishai, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Jun 1 Santana Moss, American football player
  • Jun 4 Naohiro Takahara, Japanese footballer
  • Jun 4 Daniel Vickerman, Australian rugby union player
  • Jun 5 Fraser Watts, Scottish cricketer
  • Jun 5 Jason White, American NASCAR driver
  • Jun 7 Kevin Hofland, Dutch footballer
  • Jun 8 Pete Orr, Canadian baseball player
  • Jun 8 Luis Ernesto Michel, Mexican football player
  • Jun 10 Konstantinos Loumpoutis, Greek footballer
  • Jun 10 Jake Tsakalidis, Georgian-Greek basketball player
  • Jun 12 Dallas Clark, American football player
  • Jun 13 Nila Håkedal, Norwegian beach volleyball player
  • Jun 15 Yulia Nestsiarenka, Belarusian athlete
  • Jun 15 Charles Zwolsman Jr., Dutch racing driver
  • Jun 17 Cawey Schau, canoeist (alt-Olympics 1996), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Jun 17 Nick Rimando, American soccer player
  • Jun 19 Soni Meduna, gymnast (alt-Olympics 1996), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Jun 19 John Duddy, Northern Irish boxer
  • Jun 19 Quentin Jammer, American football player
  • Jun 20 Sydne Vogel, figure skater (1996 NW Pac Sr champ), born in Anchorage, Alaska
  • Jun 20 Charles Howell III, Professional Golfer
  • Jun 20 Cael Sanderson, Olympic Wrestler
  • Jun 22 Joey Cheek, American speed skater
  • Jun 22 Brad Hawpe, American baseball player
  • Jun 23 LaDainian Tomlinson, American football player
  • Jun 25 Richard Hughes, Scottish footballer (Bournemouth), born in Glasgow
  • Jun 26 Ryō Fukuda, Japanese racing driver, born in Fukuoka, Japan
  • Jun 26 Walter Herrmann, Argentinian basketball player (Olympic 2004 gold), born in Venado Tuerto, Santa Fe, Argentina
  • Jun 28 Randy McMichael, American football player
  • Jun 28 Jimmy Spithill, Australian sailor (America's Cup winning helmsman 2010, 2013), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Jun 29 Andy O'Brien, English footballer (Republic of Ireland), born in Harrogate, England
  • Jun 29 Marleen Veldhuis, Dutch swimmer
  • Jul 2 Sam Hornish, Jr., American race car driver

Person of interestJoe Thornton

Jul 2 Joe Thornton, Canadian hockey player, born in London, Ontario

NHL Star Joe Thornton
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  • Jul 3 Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Greek footballer
  • Jul 3 David Bacani, American baseball player
  • Jul 5 Stiliyan Petrov, Bulgarian footballer
  • Jul 5 Amélie Mauresmo, French tennis player (Australian Open, Wimbledon 2006), born in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France
  • Jul 7 Anastasios Gousis, Greek sprinter
  • Jul 7 Carl Breeze, British racing driver
  • Jul 10 Mvondo Atangana, Cameroon footballer
  • Jul 11 Éric Abidal, French footballer