Birthdays in Sport on December 12

  • 1848 William Vanderbilt, yachtsman (donated Vanderbilt Cup)
  • 1859 Edward Bradley, horse owner (1st to own 4 Kentucky Derby winners)
  • 1876 Alvin Kraenzlein, Olympic gold medalist (d. 1928)
  • 1882 Akiba Rubinstein, Polish chess player (openings theory)
  • 1904 Jim Christy, righty cricket batter (Transvaal, Queensland & South Africa)
  • 1913 Ferenc Csik, Hungarian swimmer (Olympics gold medal 100m freestyle 1936), born in Kaposvár, Hungary (d. 1945)
  • 1914 Buzzie Bavasi, American MLB executive (Brooklyn & LA Dodgers), born in NYC, New York (d. 2008)
  • 1914 Denis Begbie, cricketer (South African batsman in five Tests 1948-50)
  • 1923 Ken Kavanagh, Australian racing driver
  • 1924 Olivier Gendebien, Belgian auto racer
  • 1925 D G "Dattu" Phadkar, cricketer (pace bowling all-rounder for India)
  • 1925 Ghulam Guard, cricketer (lefty pace bowler in 2 Tests for India 1959)
  • 1929 Doug Ford, cricket wicket-keeper (successful NSW of 50's)

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1932 robert pettit, American NBA star (St Louis Bombers/1959 MVP), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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  • 1936 Iolanda Balas, Romania, high jumper (Olympic gold 1960)
  • 1940 Shirley Englehorn, LPGA golfer
  • 1945 Leslie Holbert, LPGA golfer
  • 1946 Emerson Fittipaldi, Brazil, Indy-car racer (over 10 wins)
  • 1949 Ricardo Luis Carreras, American bantamweight boxer (Olympic bronze 1972), born in NYC, New York
  • 1950 William "Billy" Smith, Canadian ice hockey goaltender (New York Islanders), born in Perth, Ontario
  • 1952 Ajit De Silva, cricketer (Sri Lankan lefty spinner in four Tests 1982)
  • 1952 Cathy Rigby McCoy, Los Alamitos California, gymnast (Olympic-4th-1968)
  • 1955 Lenore Rittenhouse, LPGA golfer (1983 United Va Bank), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1955 Eddy Schepers, Belgian cyclist
  • 1956 Johan van der Velde, Dutch cyclist
  • 1959 Krishnammachari Srikkanth, cricketer (big-hitting Indian opener)
  • 1960 Amal Silva, cricketer (Sri Lankan wicket-keeper in 9 Tests 1983-88)
  • 1961 Dale Sanderson, CFL guard (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • 1962 Nadeem Ghauri, cricketer (bowled in Test for Pak v Australia 1990)
  • 1962 Ray Brown, NFL guard (Washington Redskins, SF 49ers)
  • 1962 Tracy Austin, Rolling Hills California, tennis pro (US Open 1979, 81)
  • 1964 Haywood Jeffires, NFL wide receiver (Houston Oilers)
  • 1964 Haywood Jeffries, American football player
  • 1965 Laurie Grover-Tavares, American biathelete (Olympics 1994), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1966 Cheryl Dickey, 100m hurdler, born in Houston, Texas
  • 1966 Jim Sandlak, NHL right wing (Vancouver Canucks), born in Kitchener, Ontario
  • 1967 David Szott, NFL guard (KC Chiefs)
  • 1967 John Randle, NFL defensive tackle (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1967 Masood Anwar, cricketer (one Test Pakistan v West Indies 1990)
  • 1968 Chris Walsh, NFL wide receiver (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1968 Kurt Schulz, safety (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1968 Laurie Williams, cricketer (West Indian ODI all-rounder v NZ 1996)
  • 1968 Ray Ethridge, wide receiver (Baltimore Ravens)
  • 1969 Courtney Hawkins, NFL wide receiver (Tampa Bay Bucs, Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1969 Doug Terry, NFL/WLAF safety (KC Chiefs, Scotland Claymores)
  • 1969 Frank Dikstaal, soccer player (MVV)
  • 1969 Jane Robinson, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • 1969 Sebastian Savage, WLAF cornerback (Rhein Fire)
  • 1970 Ivano Newbill, NBA center (Vancouver Grizzlies)
  • 1970 Orlando Brown, NFL tackle (Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens)
  • 1971 John Sacca, WLAF quarterback (Amsterdam Admirals)

  • 1971 Tito Wooten, NFL safety (NY Giants)
  • 1971 Toni Hodgkinson, 800m (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1972 Greg Randolph, road cyclist (Olympics-74th-96), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1972 Jamal Willis, NFL running back (SF 49ers)
  • 1972 John Walsh, NFL quarterback (Cin Bengals)
  • 1972 Oliver Quass, WLAF kicker (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 1972 Nicky Eaden, English footballer
  • 1972 Wilson Kipketer, Danish middle-distance runner
  • 1972 Yeoryios Theodoridis, Greek sprinter
  • 1973 Michael DiVenuto, cricketer (exciting Tasmanian batsman)
  • 1973 Reinard Wilson, linebacker (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • 1973 Stanley Pritchett, running back (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1973 Walter Otta, Argentine footballer
  • 1974 Nolberto Solano, Peruvian footballer
  • 1975 Craig Moore, Australian footballer
  • 1976 Lloyd Owusu, English/Ghanaian football player
  • 1977 Orlando Hudson, American baseball player
  • 1978 Derrick Delmore, figure skater (1996 Grand Prix champ), born in Camp Springs, Maryland
  • 1979 Garrett Atkins, American baseball player
  • 1979 Nate Clements, American football player
  • 1981 Pedro Ríos, Spanish footballer
  • 1981 Ronnie Brown, American football player
  • 1981 Shane Costa, American baseball player
  • 1981 Yuvraj Singh, Indian cricketer (Man of the Tournament, ICC World Cup 2011), born in Chandigarh, India
  • 1981 Stephen Warnock, English footballer
  • 1982 Dmitry Tursunov, Russian tennis player
  • 1984 Daniel Agger, Danish footballer
  • 1986 Perparim Hetemaj, Finnish footballer
  • 1990 Victor Moses, an English footballer of Nigerian descent