Birthdays in Sport on December 14

  • December
  • 1901 Henri Cochet, French tennis player (7-time Grand Slam singles winner), born in Villeurbanne, France (d. 1987)
  • 1902 Billy Burke, American golfer (US Open 1931), born in Naugatuck, Connecticut (d. 1972)
  • 1908 Claude Davey, Welsh rugby union footballer, born in Garnant, Wales (d. 2001)
  • 1914 Attila Petschauer, Hungarian fencer (Olympic gold 1928, 32), born in Budapest, Austria-Hungary (d. 1943)
  • 1917 Wilf Ferguson, West Indian cricket leg-spinner (West Indian of post-WWII years), born in Longdenville, Trinidad (d. 1961)
  • 1922 Charley Trippi, American NFL halfback (Chicago Cardinals), born in Pittston, Pennsylvania
  • 1924 Siiri Rantanen, Finnish cross country skier (Olympic gold 1956), born in Tohmajärvi, North Karelia, Finland
  • 1925 Sam Jones, American baseball player, born in Stewartsville, Ohio (d. 1971)
  • 1926 Frank King, West Indian cricketer (WI fast bowler in 14 Tests in 50's, 29 wkts), born in Delamere Land, Brighton, St Michael, Barbados (d. 1990)
  • 1935 Butch [David William] White, English cricketer (England opening attack Brown & White v Pak 1961), born in Sutton Coldfield, Warwickshire
  • 1939 Ernie Davis, American football player (1st African American to win Heisman Trophy - 1961), born in New Salem, Pennsylvania (d. 1963)
  • 1941 Barry Hadlee, New Zealand cricketer (bro of Dayle & Richard, NZ World Cup 1975), born in Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
  • 1946 Ruth Fuchs, German javelin thrower (Olympic 2 gold-72, 76), born in Egeln, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany
  • 1946 Stan Smith, American tennis player (US Open 1971, Wimbledon 1972), born in Pasadena, California
  • 1949 Bill Buckner, American 1st baseman, error cost Red Sox 1986 world series, born in Vallejo, California
  • 1951 Jan Timman, Dutch chess player, born in Amsterdam

  • 1953 Vijay Amritraj, Indian tennis player and actor (Octopussy), born in Chennai, India
  • 1954 Alan Kulwicki, American NASCAR racer (Winston Cup), born in Greenfield, Wisconsin (d. 1993)
  • 1955 Jane Crafter, Asutralian-American golfer (1987 JC Penney Mixed Teams), born in Perth, Australia
  • 1956 Hanni Wenzel, German alpine ski racer (Olympic-2 gold-1980), born in Straubing, Bavaria, West Germany
  • 1959 Jorge Vaca, Mexican professional boxer, born in Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico
  • 1961 Jeff Robinson, American baseball player (Det, Balt), born in Ventura, California, (d. 2014)
  • 1962 Bharat Arun, Indian cricketer (Indian pace bowler late-80's), born in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, India
  • 1962 Chris Dahlquist, American NHL defenseman (Ottawa Senators), born in Fridley, Minnesota
  • 1965 Craig Biggio, American baseball infielder (Houston Astros), born in Smithtown, New York
  • 1965 Ken Hill, American MLB pitcher (Montreal Expos), born in Lynn, Massachusetts
  • 1965 Lawrence Clay-Bey, American super heavyweight boxer (Olympics 1996), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1966 Anthony Mason, American NBA forward (NY Knicks, Charlotte Hornets), born in Miami, Florida (d. 2015)
  • 1966 Bill Ranford, Canadian NHL goalie (Team Canada, Boston), born in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada
  • 1966 Carl Herrera, Trinidadian-born Venezuelan NBA forward (San Antonio Spurs), born in Trinidad and Tobago
  • 1966 Fabrizio Giovanardi, Italian racecar driver, born in Sassuolo, Italy
  • 1967 Ali Wood, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-13th-1995), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1967 Eldridge Recasner, American NBA guard (Atlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1968 Cees Marbus, Dutch soccer player (Go Ahead Eagles), born in Noordwijk, Netherlands
  • 1968 Jamie Crysdale, CFL corner (Calgary Stampeders), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1969 Arthur Numan, Dutch soccer player (PSV), born in Heemskerk, Netherlands
  • 1969 Dave Nilsson, Australian baseball catcher (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
  • 1969 Rogerick Green, American NFL cornerback (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Brenham, Texas
  • 1970 Bradford Banta, American NFL tight end (Indianapolis Colts), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • 1971 Chris Therien, NHL defenseman (Philadelphia Flyers), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1971 Lisa-Marie Vizaniari, Australian discus and shot putter (Olympics 1996), born in Lake Cargelligo, New South Wales

  • 1972 Johnny Mcwilliams, American football tight end (Arizona Cardinals), born in Pomona, California
  • 1972 Marcus Jensen, American baseball player, born in Oakland, California
  • 1973 Eelco Wassenaar, American field hockey midfielder (Olympics 1996)
  • 1974 Billy Koch, American baseball pitcher (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Garden City, New York
  • 1975 James Cotton, American NBA guard (Seattle Supersonics), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1975 Tamecka Dixon, American WNBA guard (LA Sparks), born in Linden, New Jersey
  • 1976 André Couto, Portuguese racing driver, born in Lisbon, Portugal
  • 1976 Santiago Ezquerro, Spanish footballer (Athletic Bilbao), born in Calahorra, Spain
  • 1978 Kim St-Pierre, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Châteauguay, Canada
  • 1978 Patty Schnyder, Swiss tennis player, born in Basel, Switzerland
  • 1979 Michael Owen, English footballer (Liverpool, Arsenal), born in Chester, England
  • 1980 Didier Zokora, Ivorian footballer, born in Abidjan, Ivory Coast
  • 1981 Emilie Heymans, Canadian diver, born in Brussels, Belgium
  • 1981 Shaun Marcum, American baseball player, born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1981 Liam Lawrence, English footballer, born in Retford, England
  • 1982 Josh Fields, American baseball player, born in Ada, Oklahoma
  • 1982 Steve Sidwell, English footballer, born in Wandsworth, England
  • 1984 Chris Brunt, Northern Irish footballer, born in Belfast
  • 1984 Edward Rainsford, Zimbabwean cricketer, born in Kadoma, Zimbabwe
  • 1985 Jakub Błaszczykowski, Polish footballer, born in Truskolasy, Silesian Voivodeship, Poland
  • 1985 Julio Pimentel, Dominican baseball player, born in La Romana, Dominican Republic
  • 1985 Tom Smith, Welsh rugby union footballer, born in Bristol, Somerset
  • 1988 Nicolas Batum, French basketball player, born in Lisieux, France