On This Day

Birthdays in Sport in 1980

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 390

  • Jan 2 Mac Danzig, American mixed martial artist (The Ultimate Fighter 6 lightweight 2007), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Jan 3 Angela Ruggiero, American ice hockey hall of fame defenseman (Olympics gold 1998; Chairperson IOC Athletes' Commission 2016-18), born in Panorama City, California
  • Jan 3 David Tyree, American NFL wide receiver and executive (Pro Bowl 2005; Super Bowl 2007; NY Giants), born in Livingston, New Jersey
  • Jan 3 Bryan Clay, American decathlete (Olympic gold 2008; World C'ship gold 2005), born in Austin, Texas
  • Jan 4 Yaroslav Popovych, Ukrainian cyclist, born in Drohobych, Ukraine
  • Jan 4 Miguel Monteiro, Portuguese footballer, born in Lisbon, Portugal
  • Jan 6 Steed Malbranque, French footballer, born in Mouscron, Belgium
  • Jan 9 Sergio García, Spanish golfer (US Masters 2017), born in Borriol, Castellón
  • Jan 10 Matt Roney, American baseball player, born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Jan 11 Mike Williams, American football player, born in South Carolina, United States
  • Jan 12 Bobby Crosby, American baseball player, born in Lakewood, California
  • Jan 13 Nils-Eric Johansson, Swedish footballer
  • Jan 13 Akira Kaji, Japanese footballer
  • Jan 13 Michael Rupp, American ice hockey player
  • Jan 14 Clive Clarke, Irish footballer, born in Dublin, Republic of Ireland
  • Jan 14 Cory Gibbs, American soccer player, born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

  • Jan 14 Ossama Haidar, Lebanese soccer player
  • Jan 14 Byron Leftwich, American football player, born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jan 15 Matt Holliday, American baseball player, born in Stillwater, Oklahoma
  • Jan 16 Seydou Keita, Malian footballer, born in Bamako, Mali
  • Jan 16 Albert Pujols, Dominican MLB 1st baseman (NL MVP 2005, 2008-9)), born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Jan 18 Robert Green, English footballer, born in Chertsey, United Kingdom
  • Jan 18 Julius Peppers, American football player (Carolina Panthers), born in Wilson, North Carolina
  • Jan 19 Jenson Button, English auto racer (World Formula 1 Drivers Champion 2009; Super GT 2018), born in Frome, England
  • Jan 21 Aubrie Rippner, tennis star (1995 USTA National Girls 18), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 21 Dave Kitson, English footballer
  • Jan 22 Jake Grove, American football player, born in Johnson City, Tennessee
  • Jan 22 Jonathan Woodgate, English footballer, born in Nunthorpe, United Kingdom
  • Jan 23 Theresa Kulikowski, American gymnast (World-bronze-95, Olympics 1996), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • Jan 24 Rocky Boiman, American football player, born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Jan 25 Xavi [Xavier Hernández Creus], Spanish footballer, born in Terrassa, Spain
  • Jan 25 Efstathios Tavlaridis, Greek footballer, born in Serres, Greece
  • Jan 27 Marat Safin, Russian tennis player (US Open 2000, Australian Open 2005), born in Moscow, Russia
  • Jan 29 Ivan Klasnić, Croatian football player, born in Hamburg, Germany
  • Jan 30 Joãozinho, Brazilian footballer, born in Sergipe, Brazil
  • Feb 1 Moisés Muñoz, Mexican soccer goalkeeper (19 caps; Morelia, América), born in Aguililla, Mexico

  • Feb 1 Otilino Tenorio, Ecuadorian soccer forward (13 caps; Emelec), born in Guayaquil, Ecuador (d. 2005)
  • Feb 2 Oleguer Presas, Spanish football player
  • Feb 8 Stephen Wright, English footballer
  • Feb 9 Angelos Charisteas, Greek footballer
  • Feb 9 Shelly Martinez, American wrestler
  • Feb 10 César Izturis, Venezuelan baseball player, born in Barquisimeto, Venezuela
  • Feb 10 Mike Ribeiro, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Feb 10 Steve Tully, English footballer, born in Paignton, United Kingdom
  • Feb 11 Titi Buengo, Angolan footballer, born in Luanda, Angola
  • Feb 11 Marco Bresciano, Australian soccer player, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Feb 12 Juan Carlos Ferrero, Spanish tennis player, born in Ontinyent, Spain
  • Feb 13 Kristy Powell, US gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Stuart, Florida
  • Feb 13 Sebastian Kehl, German footballer, born in Fulda, Germany
  • Feb 14 Fátima Leyva, Mexican footballer, born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • Feb 16 Ashley Lelie, American football player
  • Feb 17 Shanyn MacEachern, Brampton Ontario, gymnast (Olympics 1996)
  • Feb 17 Klemi Saban, Israeli soccer defender (25 caps; Maccabi Netanya), born in Netanya, Israel
  • Feb 17 Al Harrington, American basketball player
  • Feb 18 Alison Rachel Fitch, New Zealand swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Hamilton, New Zealand
  • Feb 18 Nikolai Antropov, Kazakh ice hockey player, born in Ust'-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan
  • Feb 19 Mike Miller, American basketball player
  • Feb 20 Artur Boruc, Polish footballer
  • Feb 20 Imanol Harinordoquy, French rugby union footballer
  • Feb 21 Parthiva Sureshwaren, Indian racing driver, born in Chennai, India
  • Feb 21 Brad Fast, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Fort St. John, Canada
  • Feb 21 Jim Vandermeer, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Caroline, Canada
  • Feb 23 Yvonne Tousek, Canadian gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Kitchener, Ontario
  • Feb 24 Roman Sloudnov, Russian swimmer
  • Feb 25 Antonio Burks, American basketball player
  • Feb 26 Gary Majewski, Major League Baseball player, born in Houston, Texas
  • Feb 28 Pascal Bosschaart, Dutch footballer, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • Feb 28 Piotr Giza, Polish footballer, born in Kraków, Poland
  • Feb 28 Lucian Bute, Romanian-born Quebec boxer, born in Pechea, Romania
  • Feb 28 Tayshaun Prince, American basketball player, born in Compton, California
  • Feb 29 Simon Gagné, Canadian ice hockey left wing (Winter Olympics gold 2002; World Cup gold 2004; NHL All Star 2001, 07; Philadelphia Flyers), born in Sainte-Foy, Quebec, Canada
  • Feb 29 Taylor Twellman, American soccer forward (30 caps; New England Revolution), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Feb 29 Clinton Toopi, New Zealand rugby league centre (22 Tests; Auckland Warriors, Leeds Rhinos), born in Stratford, New Zealand
  • Mar 1 Shahid Afridi, Pakistan cricket all-rounder (27 Tests, 5 x 100s; 398 ODIs, record 100 in 37 balls in 1st ODI innings; 99 T20I), born in Khyber, Pakistan
  • Mar 1 Djimi Traoré, Malian soccer defender (6 caps; Liverpool, Monaco), born in Saint-Ouen, Seine-Saint-Denis, France
  • Mar 1 Abdur Rehman, Pakistani cricket spin bowler (22 Tests, 99 wickets; 31 ODIs), born in Sialkot, Punjab, Pakistan
  • Mar 3 Mason Unck, American football player
  • Mar 4 Omar Bravo, Mexican footballer
  • Mar 4 Jack Hannahan, American baseball player
  • Mar 4 Arash Markazi, American sportswriter
  • Mar 11 Paul Scharner, Austrian footballer
  • Mar 11 Dan Uggla, American baseball player
  • Mar 12 Douglas Murray, Swedish ice-hockey player
  • Mar 13 Caron Butler, American basketballer, born in Racine, Wisconsin
  • Mar 14 Matteo Grassotto, Italian racing driver
  • Mar 14 Ben Herring, New Zealand rugby union footballer
  • Mar 14 Aaron Brown, British/English footballer
  • Mar 15 Freddie Bynum, American baseball player
  • Mar 16 Felipe Reyes, Spanish basketball player
  • Mar 16 Todd Heap, American football player
  • Mar 17 Danny Califf, American soccer player

  • Mar 18 Sébastien Frey, French soccer goalkeeper (2 caps; Parma, Fiorentina), born in Thonon-les-Bains, France
  • Mar 20 Jamal Crawford, American basketball player
  • Mar 21 Ronaldinho Gaucho, Brazilian international footballer
  • Mar 22 Pamela O'Connor, Scottish ice dancer
  • Mar 24 Tassos Venetis, Greek footballer
  • Mar 28 Stiliani Pilatou, Greek long jumper
  • Mar 28 Luke Walton, American basketball head coach (Sacramento Kings 2019; LA Lakers 2016-18; NBA C'ships 2009-10, LA Lakers), born in San Diego, California
  • Mar 30 Liriel Higa, rhythmic gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 30 Ricardo Osorio, Mexican footballer
  • Mar 31 Chien-Ming Wang, Taiwanese MLB pitcher (NY Yankees, AL wins leader 2006), born in Tainan City, Taiwan
  • Apr 2 Carlos Salcido, Mexican soccer defender (124 caps; Olympic gold 2012; PSV, Guadalajara), born in Ocotlán, Jalisco, Mexico
  • Apr 2 Ricky Hendrick, American auto racer and team owner (NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series 1 win, 23 top 10s), born in Charlotte, North Carolina (d. 2004)
  • Apr 4 Björn Wirdheim, Swedish racing driver, born in Växjö, Sweden
  • Apr 5 Matt Bonner, American basketball player
  • Apr 9 Jerko Leko, Croatian footballer, born in Zagreb, Croatia
  • Apr 10 Sean Avery, Canadian ice hockey player, born in North York, Ontario, Canada
  • Apr 10 Kasey Kahne, American race-car driver, born in Enumclaw, Washington
  • Apr 11 Keiji Tamada, Japanese football player, born in Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture, Japan
  • Apr 11 Mark Teixeira, American baseball first baseman, born in Annapolis, Maryland
  • Apr 13 Quentin Richardson, American basketball player, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Apr 14 Steven Holcomb, American Bobsledder (Olympic gold 2010), born in Park City, Utah (d. 2017)
  • Apr 15 Victor Núñez, Costa Rican footballer
  • Apr 15 James Foster, English cricketer
  • Apr 15 Raúl López, Spanish basketball player
  • Apr 15 Willie Mason, Australian Rugby League Player
  • Apr 15 Fränk Schleck, Luxembourgish cyclist
  • Apr 17 Curtis Woodhouse, English footballer and boxer, born in Beverley, England
  • Apr 17 Lee Hyun-il, South Korean badminton player, born in Seoul
  • Apr 18 Robyn Regehr, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Recife, Brazil
  • Apr 21 Vincent Lecavalier, Canadian hockey player

  • Apr 21 Tony Romo, American football player
  • Apr 21 Jeff Keppinger, American baseball player
  • Apr 22 Nicolas Douchez, French footballer
  • Apr 22 Carlos Hernández, Venezuelan baseball player
  • Apr 24 Fernando Arce, Mexican football midfielder, born in Tijuana, Mexico
  • Apr 25 Alejandro Valverde, Spanish road racing cyclist, born in Las Lumbreras, Spain
  • Apr 25 Bruce Martin, New Zealand cricketer, born in Whangarei, Northland, New Zealand
  • Apr 27 Christian Lara, Ecuadorian footballer, born in Quito, Ecuador
  • Apr 27 Ananda Mikola, Indonesian racing driver, born in Jakarta
  • Apr 27 Sybille Bammer, Austrian tennis player, born in Linz, Austria
  • Apr 28 Josh Howard, American basketball player (Dallas Mavericks)
  • Apr 28 Bradley Wiggins, British cyclist (Olympic gold 2004, 2008 Tour de France 2012), born in Ghent, Belgium
  • Apr 29 Mathieu Biron, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Apr 29 Kelly Shoppach, American baseball player
  • May 1 Inês Henriques, Portuguese race walker (World C'ships gold 50k walk 2017), born in Santarém, Portugal
  • May 2 Tim Borowski, German footballer, born in Neubrandenburg, East Germany
  • May 2 Miloš Glogovac, Serbian football player, born in Serbia
  • May 2 Pierre-Luc Gagnon, Canadian skateboarder, born in Boucherville, Quebec, Canada
  • May 2 Zat Knight, English footballer, born in Solihull, England
  • May 2 Troy Murphy, American basketball player, born in Morristown, New Jersey
  • May 2 Brad Richards, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Murray Harbour, Prince Edward Island, Canada
  • May 4 Andrew Raycroft, Canadian ice hockey goalie, born in Belleville, Ontario
  • May 5 Yossi Benayoun, Israeli footballer (Israel national team captain), born in Dimona, Israel
  • May 5 DerMarr Johnson, American basketball player, born in Washington, D.C.
  • May 6 Brooke Bennett, American swimmer (3 Olympic golds), born in Tampa, Florida
  • May 6 Kasumi Takahashi, Australian rhythmic gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • May 6 Ricardo Oliveira, Brazilian footballer (Clube Atlético Mineiro), born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • May 6 Mario Stojić, Croatian basketball player
  • May 7 Johan Kenkhuis, Dutch swimmer
  • May 9 Angela Nikodinov, Spartanburg SC, figure skater (1997 Pacif Sr champ)

  • May 9 Tony Schmidt, German racing driver
  • May 9 Grant Hackett, Australian swimmer
  • May 14 Eugene Martineau, Dutch decathlete
  • May 14 Hugo Southwell, Scottish rugby union footballer
  • May 14 Zdeněk Grygera, Czech footballer
  • May 15 Josh Beckett, American baseball player
  • May 16 Michael Ryan, American ice hockey player and coach (Springfield Thunderbirds), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • May 18 Jeff Roehl, American football player
  • May 19 Tony Hackworth, English footballer
  • May 20 Austin Kearns, American Baseball player
  • May 22 Chad Tracy, American baseball player
  • May 23 Sarah Louise Catherwood, 4x200m swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • May 23 Theofanis Gekas, Greek footballer
  • May 25 David Navarro, Spanish footballer, born in Sagunto, Spain
  • May 27 Jessica Deglau, 200m butterfly (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • May 28 Miguel Pérez, Spanish footballer
  • May 30 Steven Gerrard, English footballer

Person of interestAbby Wambach

Jun 2 Abby Wambach, American Soccer player (world record for international goals), born in Rochester, New York

Soccer Player Abby Wambach
Soccer Player
Abby Wambach
  • Jun 3 Lazaros Papadopoulos, Greek basketball player
  • Jun 4 François Beauchemin, French Canadian ice hockey player
  • Jun 5 Sutee Suksomkit, Thai football player
  • Jun 6 Matt Belisle, American baseball player
  • Jun 9 Mike Fontenot, American baseball player
  • Jun 9 Lehlohonolo Seema, Lesotho footballer
  • Jun 9 Udonis Haslem, American basketball player
  • Jun 10 Francelino Matuzalem, Brazilian footballer
  • Jun 11 Yhency Brazobán, Dominican baseball player (Los Angeles Dodgers), born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Jun 11 Jeong Jang, South Korean golfer (Women's British Open 2005), born in Daejeon, South Korea
  • Jun 12 Larry Foote, American football linebacker (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jun 12 Marco Bortolami, Italian rugby union player, born in Padua, Veneto, Italy

  • Jun 13 Florent Malouda, French footballer
  • Jun 13 Markus Winkelhock, German racing driver
  • Jun 13 Darius Vassell, English footballer
  • Jun 15 Almudena Cid, Spanish gymnast
  • Jun 16 Daré Nibombé, Togolese footballer
  • Jun 16 Martin Stranzl, Austrian footballer
  • Jun 17 Brittney McConn, American figure skater (1997 Eastern Sr champ), born in Largo, Florida

Person of interestVenus Williams

Jun 17 Venus Williams, American tennis star considered one of the all-time greats of women's tennis, born in Lynwood, California

Tennis Player Venus Williams
Tennis Player
Venus Williams
  • Jun 18 Antonio Gates, American football player
  • Jun 18 Craig Mottram, Australian middle distance runner (World C'ship bronze 2005, only non-African runner to medal in event since 1987), born in Frankston, Victoria
  • Jun 19 Adel Abdulaziz, Emiratie football player
  • Jun 19 Dante Robinson, American football player
  • Jun 19 Jason White, American football quarterback (Heisman Trophy 2003; unanimous All-American 2003, U of Oklahoma), born in Tuttle, Oklahoma
  • Jun 20 Carlo Festuccia, Italian rugby union footballer
  • Jun 20 Fabian Wegmann, German road racing cyclist
  • Jun 20 Franco Semioli, Italian footballer
  • Jun 21 Sendy Rleal, Dominican baseball player
  • Jun 21 Richard Jefferson, American basketball player
  • Jun 23 Ramnaresh Sarwan, Guyanese cricketer

About 1980

How Old? 39 or 40 years old
Generation: Generation X

Chinese Zodiac: Goat/Sheep (Jan 1 - Feb 15), Monkey (Feb 16 - Dec 31)