On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on December 15

  • 1860 Abner Powell, American baseball player, born in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania (d. 1953)
  • 1862 Jack 'The Nonpareil' Dempsey, Irish boxer (first holder of World Middleweight Championship 1886-90), born in Curran, County Kildare (d. 1895)
  • 1899 Harold Abrahams, British athlete (Olympic gold & silver 1924), born in Bedford, England (d. 1978)
  • 1903 Tamanishiki San'emon, Japanese sumo wrestler (32nd yokozuna; winner 9 top division yūshō), born in Kōchi, Japan (d. 1938)
  • 1925 Sam Pollock, Canadian ice hockey general manager (Montreal Canadiens), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2007)
  • 1929 Keith Andrew, English cricketer (England wicket-keeper in 2 Tests 1954-63), born in Greenacres, Oldham, England (d. 2010)
  • 1930 Alimuddin, Pakistani cricketer (Pakistani batsman in 25 Tests 1954-62), born in Ajmer, British India (d. 2012)
  • 1938 Bob Foster, American boxer (world light-heavyweight champion 1968-74), born in Borger, Texas (d. 2015)
  • 1940 Nick Buoniconti, American NFL linebacker (Miami Dolphins) and sportscaster (NBC), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 2019)
  • 1943 Mihály Hesz, Hungarian 1K kayaker (Olympic gold 1968)
  • 1944 Stan Bahnsen, American baseball pitcher (NY Yankee, 1968 AL Rookie-of-year), born in Council Bluffs, Iowa
  • 1946 Art Howe, American MLB baseball player (Pittsburgh Pirates) and manager, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1951 Joe Jordan, Scottish football player (Manchester United), born in Cleland, North Lanarkshire, Scotland
  • 1952 Allan Simonsen, Danish footballer (Borussia Mönchengladbach), born in Vejle, Denmark
  • 1957 Mario Marois, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1958 Eddy Annys, Belgian high jumper

  • 1959 Greg Matthews, cricketer (NSW & Aust off-spin all rounder Yeah yeah)
  • 1959 Rashid Khan, cricketer (4 Tests for Pakistan 1982-85)
  • 1963 David Wingate, NBA guard/forward (Seattle Supersonics)
  • 1964 Carlton Bailey, NFL linebacker (Green Bay Packers, Carolina Panthers)
  • 1964 Jerry Ball, NFL defensive tackle (Oakland Raiders, Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1965 Walter Reeves, NFL tight end (Cleveland Browns)
  • 1966 Carl Hooper, cricketer (WI off-spin all-rounder)
  • 1967 Chris Gioskos, CFL tackle (Toronto Argonauts)
  • 1967 Christine Larsen, synchronized swimmer (Olympic silver 1996), born in New Westminster, British Columbia
  • 1967 Frank Hartley, NFL tight end (Cleveland Browns, San Diego Chargers)
  • 1967 Keith Askins, NBA guard/forward (Miami Heat)
  • 1967 Mo Vaughn, American baseball first baseman (MLB All-Star 1995, 96, 98; AL MVP 1995; Boston Red Sox), born in Norwalk, Connecticut
  • 1967 David Howells, English footballer, born in Guildford, Surrey
  • 1969 Dan Williams, NFL defensive end (Denver Broncos, KC Chiefs)
  • 1969 Sean Briscombe, diver (Olympics 1996), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1969 Wayne Simmons, linebacker (KC Chiefs)
  • 1969 Chantal Petitclerc, Canadian wheelchair athlete
  • 1970 Damon Thomas, American NFL wide receiver (Buffalo Bills), born in Clovis, California
  • 1970 Lawrence Funderburke, NBA forward (Sacramento Kings)
  • 1970 Mitchell Butler, NBA guard (Washington Bullets, Cleveland Cavaliers)

  • 1970 Frankie Dettori, Italian jockey, born in Milan, Italy
  • 1971 Boudewijk Pahlplatz, soccer player (FC Twente, PSV)
  • 1971 Chris Maumalanga, NFL defensive tackle (Chicago Bears, Az Cardinals)
  • 1971 Eric Bjornson, NFL tight end (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1972 Rodney Harrison, American NFL safety (San Diego Chargers), born in Markham, Illinois
  • 1973 Geoff Stewart, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • 1973 James Stewart, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • 1973 Mike Cherry, quarterback (NY Giants)
  • 1973 Mirko Ludemann, Weiwasser GER, NHL defenseman (Team Germany, Colorado)
  • 1973 Tammy Melinda Pearman, American soccer forward/defender (Olympics 1996), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1974 Jeffrey van der Stone, soccer player (RKC)
  • 1976 Baichung Bhutia, Indian footballer
  • 1976 Aaron Miles, American baseball player
  • 1977 Catherine Fox, 400m freestyle relay (Olympic gold 1996)
  • 1978 Henrietta Nagyova, Nove Zamky Slovakia, tennis star (ITF/Cali-COL)
  • 1978 Jerome McDougle, American football player
  • 1981 Andy González, Puerto Rican baseball player
  • 1981 Roman Pavlyuchenko, Russian football player
  • 1981 Thomas Herrion, American football player (d. 2005)
  • 1982 Borja García, Spanish racing driver
  • 1983 Wang Hao, Chinese table tennis player
  • 1984 Martin Skrtel Slovakian Footballer