On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on December 1

  • 1871 Archie MacLaren, English cricket batsman and captain (35 Tests; 424 Lancashire v Somerset 1895), born in Manchester, England (d. 1944)
  • 1886 Jack Crawford, English cricket all-rounder (12 Tests; Surrey, South Aust, Otago), born in Cane Hill, Surrey, England (d. 1963)
  • 1892 Charlie Bachman, American College Football Hall of Fame guard and coach (Notre Dame, Florida, Michigan State), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1985)
  • 1893 Herman Griffith, West Indian cricket fast bowler (13 Tests; 44 wickets; best 6-103), born in Arima, Trinidad and Tobago (d. 1980)
  • 1902 Red Badgro, American Pro Football Hall of Fame end and coach (NY Giants) and baseball outfielder (NY Yankees), born in Orillia, Washington (d. 1998)
  • 1905 Alexander Wilson, Canadian and Notre Dame athlete (d. 1994)
  • 1907 Alex Wilson, Canadian athlete (Olympic silver 800m, 2 x bronze 400m, 4x400m relay 1932), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1994)
  • 1911 Walter Alston, American Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman and manager (Brooklyn/LA Dodgers), born in Venice, Ohio (d. 1984)
  • 1911 Calvin Griffith, Canadian baseball team owner (Washington Senators/Minnesota Twins 1955-84), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1999)
  • 1911 Franz Binder, Austrian soccer striker and manager (19 caps Austria, 9 caps Germany; Rapid Vienna), born in St. Pölten, Austria (d. 1989)
  • 1912 Ken Willingham, English soccer right half (12 caps; Huddersfield Town), born in Ecclesfield, Sheffield, England (d. 1975)
  • 1912 Cookie Lavagetto, American baseball third baseman, manager and coach (MLB All Star 1938-41; Brooklyn Dodgers; Washington Senators), born in Oakland, California (d. 1990)
  • 1917 Marty Marion, American baseball shortstop and manager (MLB All-Star 1943–50; NL MVP 1944; St. Louis Cardinals), born in Richburg, South Carolina (d. 2011)
  • 1918 Bill Strannigan, American all-round athlete and basketball coach (Uni of Wyoming), born in Dalry, North Ayrshire, Scotland (d. 1997)
  • 1922 Vsevolod Bobrov, Soviet ice hockey left wing (Olympic gold 1956) and soccer striker (3 caps), born in Morshansk, Tambov, Russia (d. 1979)
  • 1934 LaMar Clark, American boxer (record most consecutive knockouts 44, including unsanctioned bouts), born in Cedar City, Utah (d. 2006)

  • 1935 Roger Christian, American ice hockey left wing (Olympic gold 1960; Christian Brother's Hockey Sticks), born in Warroad, Minnesota (d. 2011)
  • 1938 Bill Playle, New Zealand cricket batsman (8 Tests), born in Palmerston North, New Zealand (d. 2019)
  • 1939 Lee Trevino, American golfer (British Open 1971-72; US Open 1968, 71; US PGA 1974, 84), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1940 Mike Denness, English cricket batsman and captain (28 Tests, top score 188), born in Bellshill, Lanarkshire, Scotland (d. 2013)
  • 1940 Ron Finn, Canadian NHL linesman (2,373 regular season games, 2 x All-Star games, Rendez-vous '87 and 4 x Canada Cups), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1943 Orton Enderlein, German [GDR] luger (Olympic gold women's singles 1964; World C'ships gold 1965, 67)), born in Trünzig, Sachsen, Germany
  • 1945 Ross Edwards, Australian cricket batsman (20 Tests @ 40.37, top score 170no; 9 ODIs), born in Perth Western Australia
  • 1946 Ho-Jun Li, North Korean shooter (Olympic gold 50m rifle 1972; DPR Korea first Olympic gold), born in North Korea
  • 1947 Bob Fulton, Australian rugby league five eighth, coach and broadcaster (35 Tests; coach Australia 39 Tests; RL Immortal), born in Warrington, England
  • 1947 Andy Ripley OBE, English rugby union #8 (24 caps; British Lions 1974), born in Liverpool, Lancashire, England (d. 2010)
  • 1948 Sarfraz Nawaz, Pakistani cricket pace bowler (55 Tests, 177 wickets; 45 ODIs), born in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
  • 1948 George Foster, American baseball left fielder (MLB All Star 1976-79, 81; NL MVP 1977; Cincinnati Reds), born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • 1948 Neil Warnock, English soccer winger and manager (Crystal Palace, Leeds, QPR, Cardiff City), born in Sheffield, England
  • 1950 Wayne Bennett AM, Australian rugby league coach (Australia 1998, 2004-05; England & Great Britain 2019; Brisbane Broncos, St. George, South Sydney), born in Allora, Australia
  • 1954 François Van der Elst, Belgian soccer winger (44 caps; Anderlecht, West Ham Utd), born in Opwijk, Belgium (d. 2017)
  • 1955 Uwe Benter, German rowing coxswain (Olympic gold coxed four 1972), born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany
  • 1958 Javier Aguirre, Mexican soccer midfielder and manager (59 caps; Atlético Madrid, Espanyol; Mexico, Japan), born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • 1958 Alberto Cova, Italian athlete (Olympic gold 10,000m 1984; World C'ship gold 10,000m 1983), born in Inverigo, Italy
  • 1959 Wally Lewis, Australian rugby league five eighth, coach and broadcaster (34 Tests; Queensland 38 games; RL Immortal), born in Brisbane, Australia
  • 1960 Andrea Ehrig-Mitscherlich, German [GDR] speed skater (Olympic gold 3,000m 1984), born in Dreden, Germany

  • 1961 Barb Mucha, American golfer (5 LPGA titles), born in Parma Heights, Ohio
  • 1962 Pamela McGee, American basketball center (Olympic gold 1984; 1997 WNBA Draft, 2nd overall pick, Sacramento Monarchs), born in Flint, Michigan
  • 1962 Sylvie Daigle, Canadian speed skater (Olympic gold 3k relay 1992; World C'ship gold overall x 5), born in Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • 1963 Arjuna Ranatunga, Sri Lankan cricket batsman (93 Tests, 269 ODIs) and politician (MP 2004-present), born in Gampaha, Sri Lanka
  • 1963 Marco Greco, Brazilian motorcycle road racer and auto racer (Indy Racing League 3rd 1996-97), born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • 1963 Nathalie Lambert, Canadian short-track speed skater (Olympic gold 3,000m relay 1992; World C'ships gold overall 1991, 93-94), born n Montreal, Quebec
  • 1964 Salvatore Schillaci [Totò], Italian soccer striker (16 caps; Messina, Juventus), born in Palermo, Italy
  • 1965 Henry Honiball, South African rugby union fly-half (35 caps; Sharks [Natal], Bristol), born in Estcourt, South Africa
  • 1966 Steve Walsh, American NFL quarterback and CFL coach (Chicago Bears, Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Toronto Argonauts), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1966 Larry Walker, Canadian baseball right fielder (NL MVP 1997; MLB All Star 1992, 1997–1999, 2001), born in Maple Ridge, British Columbia
  • 1967 Reggie Sanders, American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 1995; World Series 2001), born in Florence, South Carolina
  • 1968 Anders Holmertz, Swedish swimmer (4 x Olympic silver 200m, 1 x bronze 400m 1988-96), born in Motala, Sweden
  • 1970 Todd Steussie, American NFL guard / tackle (Pro Bowl 1997-98; Minnesota Vikings), born in Canoga Park, California
  • 1971 Rob Waldrop, American College Football Hall of Fame defensive tackle (Outland Trophy 1993 Arizona; CFL, Toronto Argonauts), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1971 Christian Pescatori, Italian auto racer (Sports Racing World Cup 2000; FIA GT C'ship N-GT class 2001), born in Brescia, Italy
  • 1974 Costinha, Portuguese soccer midfielder and manager (53 caps; Porto, Monaco), born in Lisbon, Portugal
  • 1976 Tomasz Adamek, Polish boxer (WBC light heavyweight title 2005-07; IBF, Ring magazine and lineal cruiserweight title 2008-09), born in Żywiec, Poland
  • 1980 Mohammad Kaif, Indian cricket batsman (13 Tests, top score 148; 125 ODIs), born in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India
  • 1980 Mubarak Hassan Shami, Qatari athlete (Vienna 2005, Prague 2006, Paris 2007 marathons), born in Baringo, Kenya
  • 1986 DeSean Jackson, American NFL wide receiver (Pro Bowl 2009-10, 13; Philadelphia Eagles), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1991 Sun Yang, Chinese swimmer (Olympic gold 400m, 1,500m 2012, 200m freestyle 2016), born in Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
  • 1992 Marco van Ginkel, Dutch soccer midfielder (8 caps; Vitesse, Chelsea, PSV), born in Amersfoort, Netherlands
  • 1992 Javier Báez, Puerto Rican baseball infielder (MLB All Star 2018-19; Chicago Cubs), born in Bayamón, Puerto Rico