Birthdays in Sport on December 16

  • 1850 Fred Morley, cricketer (legendary Notts & England bowler 1880-83)
  • 1882 Jack Hobbs, cricketer (1st-class runs, the most ever)
  • 1882 John Berry Hobbs, England, 1st cricket played knighted (1953)
  • 1897 Jacobus Petrus Duminy, cricketer (three Tests for South Africa 1927-29)
  • 1907 Syd Curnow, cricketer (South African batsman in 7 Tests 1930-32)
  • 1909 Lall Singh, cricketer (scored 15 & 29 in India's 1st Test match)
  • 1910 Freddie Brown, Peru, cricketer ("Lettuces! Hearts as big as ")
  • 1922 Pierre Chany, writer/cycling journalist
  • 1929 Doug Ford, Australian cricket wicket-keeper (successful NSW of 50's), born in Maryville, New South Wales

Person of interestTom Brookshier

1931 Tom Brookshier, American football player and sportscaster, born in Roswell, New Mexico (d. 2010)

NFL Sportscaster Tom Brookshier
NFL Sportscaster
Tom Brookshier
  • 1938 Frank Deford, American sportswriter
  • 1945 Bobby George, English professional darts player
  • 1947 Vincent Matthews, American 400m dash (Olympic gold 1972)
  • 1950 Roy Schuiten, Dutch cyclist (d. 2006)
  • 1952 Joel Garner, Christ Church, Barbados, West Indian cricketer (two-metre West Indian pace bowler 1977-87)
  • 1952 Francesco Graziani, Italian footballer

  • 1954 Joslyn Y Hoyte-Smith, Barbados, 4X400m hurdler (Olympic bronze 1980)
  • 1955 Graeme Stevenson, cricketer (England medium pacer 1980-81)
  • 1958 Bart Oates, NFL center (NY Giants, SF 49ers)
  • 1960 Pat Van Den Hauwe, Belgian footballer
  • 1962 William "The Refrigerator" Perry, NFL defensive back (Chicago Bears)
  • 1963 Brian Clark, Brandon Man, Canadian Tour golfer (1994 Morden Pro-Am)
  • 1963 Cathy Johnston, American golfer, (du Maurier Classic 1990), born in High Point, North Carolina
  • 1963 Silvio Diliberto, WLAF kicker (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 1964 Billy Ripken, 2nd baseman (Bal Orioles, Texas Rangers), born in Havre de Grace, Maryland
  • 1964 Evelyn Conley, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-7th-1989), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1964 Heike Drechsler, Gera German DR, sprinter (1988 world record)
  • 1965 Brent Franklin, Canadian Tour golfer (1992 Japan Open-2nd), born in Barrie, Ontario
  • 1965 Chris Jones, outfielder (NY Mets), born in Utica, New York
  • 1965 Moe Elewonibi, NFL/CFL tackle (Philadelphia Eagles, BC Lions)
  • 1965 Page Dunlap, Harrisonburg VA, LPGA golfer (1994 Atlanta Women's-8th)
  • 1965 Romallis Ellis, lightweight boxer (Olympic bronze 1988), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1966 Clifford Robinson, NBA center (Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers)
  • 1966 Dennis Wise, English footballer
  • 1967 Donovan Bailey, Manchester Jamaica, Canada 100m runner (Olympic 2 gold-96)
  • 1968 Darryll Lewis, NFL cornerback (Houston/Tennessee Oilers)
  • 1968 Wendy Doolan, Australian LPGA golfer (1991 British Amat Champ-2nd), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1969 Charles Mincy, NFL safety (Minnesota Vikings, Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • 1969 Craig White, cricketer (England all-rounder 1994-95, AIS graduate)
  • 1971 Catherine "Cathy" Symon, rower (Olympics 1996), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1971 Kristen Kane, diver (Olympics 1996), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1972 Charles Gipson, American baseball player
  • 1972 Željko Kalac, Australian soccer player
  • 1973 Kristie Boogert, Rotterdam Neth, tennis star (1996 Paris)
  • 1975 Valentin Bădoi, Romanian footballer
  • 1977 Sylvain Distin, French footballer
  • 1977 Éric Bélanger, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1978 Gunter Van Handenhoven, Belgian footballer
  • 1979 Trevor Immelman, South African golfer
  • 1981 Gareth Williams, Scottish footballer
  • 1982 Antrel Rolle, National Football League defensive back
  • 1983 Kelenna Azubuike, English basketball player