On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on December 12

  • 1848 William Kissam Vanderbilt, American businessman, born in New Dorp, Staten Island, New York (d. 1920)
  • 1859 Edward R. Bradley, American businessman and horse owner (1st to own 4 Kentucky Derby winners), born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania (d. 1946)
  • 1876 Alvin Kraenzlein, American track and field athlete (4 Olympic gold 1900), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1928)
  • 1882 Akiba Rubinstein, Polish chess player (openings theorist), born in Stawiski, Poland (d. 1961)
  • 1904 Jim Christy, South African cricketer (Transvaal, Queensland & South Africa), born in Pretoria, Transvaal (d. 1971)
  • 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, South African cricketer (South African batsman in five Tests 1948-50), born in Middelburg, Transvaal, South Africa (d. 2009)
  • 1923 Ken Kavanagh, Australian racing driver, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1924 Olivier Gendebien, Belgian racing driver, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1998)
  • 1925 Dattu Phadkar, Indian cricketer (pace bowling all-rounder for India), born in Kolhapur, India (d. 1985)
  • 1925 Ghulam Guard, Indian cricketer (lefty pace bowler in 2 Tests for India 1959), born in Surat, Gujarat (d. 1978)

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1932 Bob Pettit, American Basketball Hall of Fame forward (NBA MVP 1956, 59), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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  • 1936 Iolanda Balaș, Romanian high jumper (Olympic gold 1960), born in Timișoara, Romania (d. 2016)
  • 1940 Shirley Englehorn, American golfer (Women's PGA C'ship 1970), born in Caldwell, Idaho
  • 1946 Emerson Fittipaldi, Brazilian auto racer (World F1 Champion 1972, 74, Indy 500 1989, 93), born in São Paulo, Brazil

  • 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, Sri Lankan cricketer (Sri Lankan lefty spinner in four Tests 1982), born in Ambalangoda, Sri Lanka
  • 1952 Cathy Rigby McCoy, American gymnast (Olympic-4th-1968), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1955 Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki, Greek businesswoman and president of the bidding and organizing committee for the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, born in Heraklion, Greece
  • 1955 Eddy Schepers, Belgian professional cyclist, born in Tienen, Belgium
  • 1956 Johan van der Velde, Dutch cyclist (won Young Rider Classification of Tour de France 1980), born in Rijbergen, Netherlands
  • 1959 Krishnamachari Srikkanth, Indian cricketer (big-hitting Indian opener), born in Madras, India
  • 1960 Amal Silva, Sri Lankan cricketer (Sri Lankan wicket-keeper in 9 Tests 1983-88), born in Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
  • 1961 Dale Sanderson, CFL guard (Hamilton Tiger Cats), born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
  • 1962 Nadeem Ghauri, Pakistani cricketer (bowled in Test for Pak v Australia 1990), born in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
  • 1962 Ray Brown, American NFL guard (Washington Redskins, SF 49ers), born in Marion, Arkansas
  • 1962 Tracy Austin, American tennis player (US Open 1979, 81), born in Palos Verdes Peninsula, California
  • 1964 Haywood Jeffires, American NFL wide receiver (Houston Oilers), born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • 1964 Haywood Jeffires, American football player, born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • 1965 Laurie Grover-Tavares, American biathelete (Olympics 1994), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1966 Cheryl Dickey, American 100m hurdler, born in Houston, Texas
  • 1966 Jim Sandlak, NHL right wing (Vancouver Canucks), born in Kitchener, Ontario
  • 1967 David Szott, American NFL guard (KC Chiefs), born in Passaic, New Jersey
  • 1967 John Randle, American NFL defensive tackle (Minnesota Vikings), born in Mumford, Texas
  • 1967 Masood Anwar, Pakistani cricketer (one Test Pakistan v West Indies 1990), born in Khanewal, Punjab, Pakistan
  • 1968 Chris Walsh, American NFL wide receiver (Minnesota Vikings; sues NFL over head injuries 2011), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1968 Kurt Schulz, American football safety (Buffalo Bills), born in Wenatchee, Washington
  • 1968 Laurie Williams, West Indian cricketer (West Indian ODI all-rounder v NZ 1996), born in Saint Ann Parish, Jamaica (d. 2002)
  • 1968 Ray Ethridge, American football wide receiver (Baltimore Ravens), born in San Diego, California

  • 1969 Courtney Hawkins, American NFL wide receiver (Tampa Bay Bucs, Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Corpus Christi, Texas
  • 1969 Doug Terry, American NFL/WLAF safety (KC Chiefs, Scotland Claymores), born in Dumas, Arkansas
  • 1969 Frank Dikstaal, Dutch soccer player (MVV)
  • 1969 Jane Robinson, Australian rower (Olympics 1996), born in Cobden, Victoria
  • 1969 Kris Wirtz, Canadian ice pairs skater (1994 Skate Canada), born in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
  • 1970 Ivano Newbill, American NBA center (Vancouver Grizzlies), born in Sedalia, Missouri
  • 1970 Orlando Brown, American NFL tackle (Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1971 Tito Wooten, American NFL safety (NY Giants), born in Goldsboro, North Carolina
  • 1971 Toni Hodgkinson, 800m (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1972 Greg Randolph, American road cyclist (Olympics-74th-96), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1972 Jamal Willis, American NFL running back (SF 49ers), born in Lawton, Oklahoma
  • 1972 Nicky Eaden, English footballer, born in Sheffield, England
  • 1972 Wilson Kipketer, Kenyan-born Danish middle-distance runner, born in Kapchemoiywo, Nandi County, Kenya
  • 1972 Yeoryios Theodoridis, Greek sprinter, born in Athens
  • 1973 Michael Di Venuto, Australian cricketer (exciting Tasmanian batsman), born in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
  • 1973 Reinard Wilson, American football linebacker (Cincinnati Bengals), born in Gainesville, Florida
  • 1973 Stanley Pritchett, American football running back (Miami Dolphins), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1973 Walter Otta, Argentine footballer (Blooming), born in Río Tercero, Argentina
  • 1974 Nolberto Solano, Peruvian footballer, born in Callao, Peru
  • 1975 Craig Moore, Australian soccer defender and broadcaster (52 caps; Glasgow Rangers 175 games), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1976 Lloyd Owusu, English-Ghanaian football player, born in Slough, England
  • 1977 Orlando Hudson, American baseball player, born in Darlington, South Carolina
  • 1978 Derrick Delmore, African-American figure skater (1996 Grand Prix champ), born in Camp Springs, Maryland
  • 1979 Garrett Atkins, American baseball player, born in Orange, California
  • 1979 Nate Clements, American football player, born in Shaker Heights, Ohio
  • 1981 Pedro Ríos, Spanish footballer, born in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain
  • 1981 Ronnie Brown, American football player, born in Rome, Georgia
  • 1981 Shane Costa, American baseball player, born in Visalia, California
  • 1981 Jeret Peterson, American aerial skier (Olympic silver 2010), born in Boise, Idaho
  • 1981 Yuvraj Singh, Indian cricketer (Man of the Tournament, ICC World Cup 2011), born in Chandigarh, India
  • 1981 Stephen Warnock, English footballer, born in Ormskirk, England
  • 1982 Dmitry Tursunov, Russian tennis player, born in Moscow
  • 1984 Daniel Agger, Danish footballer, born in Hvidovre, Denmark
  • 1986 Përparim Hetemaj, Finnish footballer, born in Srbica, SFR Yugoslavia
  • 1990 Victor Moses, Nigerian footballer, born in Lagos, Nigeria