On This Day

Birthdays in Sport in May 1979

  • May 1 Jennifer Botterill, Canadian ice hockey forward (Olympic gold 2002, 06, 10; Toronto Aeros, Harvard), born in Ottawa, Canada
  • May 1 Mauro Bergamasco, Italian rugby union flanker (Italy 106 caps; Benetton Treviso, Stade Français), 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 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 soccer forward (50 caps; LDU Quito, Al-Sadd), born in Esmeraldas, Ecuador
  • May 14 Clinton Morrison, English-born Irish footballer
  • May 17 Wayne Thomas, English footballer, born in Gloucester, England
  • 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 21 Scott Smith, mixed martial arts fighter
  • 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, American Basketball Hall of Fame forward (NBA All-Star 2001–07; NBA scoring champion 2003, 04; Toronto Raptors, Orlando Magic, Houston Rockets), born in Bartow, Florida
  • May 24 Frank Mir, American UFC fighter and professional wrestler, born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • May 25 Sam Sodje, Nigerian footballer, born in Greenwich, London
  • May 25 Jonny Wilkinson, English international and Newcastle Falcons rugby player, born in Frimley, England
  • May 25 Caroline Ouellette, French Canadian ice hockey player, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • May 26 Mehmet Okur (Memo), Turkish basketball player
  • May 27 Mile Sterjovski, Australian footballer
  • May 28 Joeri Jansen, Belgian athlete
  • May 29 Arne Friedrich, German soccer defender, coach (Germany 82 caps, Hertha BSC), born in Bad Oeynhausen, Germany
  • May 30 Mike Bishai, Canadian ice hockey player

About May 1979

How Old? 41 years old
Generation: Generation X
Leap Year: No

Chinese Zodiac: Goat/Sheep
Star Signs: Taurus (Apr 20 - May 20), Gemini (May 21 - Jun 20)