Birthdays in Sport on December 16

  • 1850 Fred Morley, English cricket fast bowler, (4 Tests, 16 wickets, BB 5/56; Nottinghamshire CCC), born in Sutton-in-Ashfield, England (d. 1884)

Jack Hobbs

1882 Sir Jack Hobbs, English Cricket Batsman (61 Tests, 5,410 runs @ 56.94, 15 x 100s; leading 1st-class run-scorer [61,760] and century-maker [199]; Surry), born in Cambridge, England (d. 1963)

  • 1897 Jacobus Petrus Duminy, cricketer (three Tests for South Africa 1927-29)
  • 1907 Syd Curnow, South African cricket batsman (7 Tests, HS 47; Transvaal), born in Benoni, South Africa (d. 1986)
  • 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
  • 1934 John L. Rotz, American thoroughbred jockey (Preakness Stakes 1962; Belmont Stakes 1970; Racing Hall of Fame 1983), born in Niantic, Illinois (d. 2021)
  • 1936 Maurice Setters, English soccer wing half (West Bromwich Albion, Manchester United, Stoke City) and manager (Doncaster Rovers), born in Honiton, England (d. 2020)
  • 1938 Frank Deford, American sportswriter
  • 1945 Bobby George, English darts player (BDO World C'ship 1980, 84 runner-up), born in Manor Park, Essex, England
  • 1946 Eduard Krieger, Austrian soccer defensive midfielder (25 caps; Austria Wien, Club Brugge K.V., LASK Linz), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2019)
  • 1946 Goolam Rajah, South African cricket administrator (manager RSA national team 1991-2011), born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 2021)
  • 1947 Vincent Matthews, American 400m dash (Olympic gold 1972)
  • 1950 Roy Schuiten, Dutch cyclist, born in Zandvoort, Netherlands (d. 2006)
  • 1952 Francesco Graziani, Italian footballer
  • 1952 Joel Garner, Christ Church, Barbados, West Indian cricketer (two-metre West Indian pace bowler 1977-87)
  • 1954 Joslyn Y Hoyte-Smith, Barbados, 4X400m hurdler (Olympic bronze 1980)
  • 1955 Graham Stevenson, English cricket medium pace bowler (2 Tests, 5 wickets; 4 ODIs; Yorkshire CCC, Northamptonshire CCC), born in Ackworth, England
  • 1956 Mike Gregory, English darts player (BDO World C'ship 1992 runner-up), born in Bath, England (d. 2022)
  • 1956 Tommy Burns, Scottish soccer midfielder (8 caps; Celtic, Kilmarnock) and manager (Scotland, Celtic, Kilmarnock, Reading), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 2008)
  • 1958 Bart Oates, NFL center (NY Giants, SF 49ers)
  • 1960 Pat Van Den Hauwe, Belgian footballer
  • 1962 William "The Refrigerator" Perry, NFL defensive lineman (Chicago Bears), born in Aiken, South Carolina
  • 1963 Cathy Johnston, American golfer, (du Maurier Classic 1990), born in High Point, North Carolina
  • 1964 Billy Ripken, 2nd baseman (Bal Orioles, Texas Rangers), born in Havre de Grace, Maryland
  • 1964 Heike Drechsler, Gera German DR, sprinter (1988 world record)
  • 1965 Chris Jones, outfielder (NY Mets), born in Utica, New York
  • 1965 Moe Elewonibi, NFL/CFL tackle (Philadelphia Eagles, BC Lions)
  • 1965 Romallis Ellis, lightweight boxer (Olympic bronze 1988), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1966 Clifford Robinson, American basketball center (NBA All Star 1994; 6th Man of Year Award 1993; Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2020)
  • 1966 Dennis Wise, English footballer
  • 1967 Donovan Bailey, Canadian athlete (WR 100m 9.84 1996; Olympic gold 100m, 4x100m 1996; World C'ship gold 100m, 4x100m 1995, 4x100m 1997), born in Manchester Parish, Jamaica
  • 1968 Darryll Lewis, American NFL cornerback, 1991-2001 (Houston/Tennessee Oilers, and 2 other teams), born in Bellflower, California
  • 1968 Wendy Doolan, Australian golfer (Evian Masters 2004), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1969 Charles Mincy, American NFL safety, 1991-99 (Kansas City Chiefs, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and 2 other teams), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 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
  • 1978 Gunter Van Handenhoven, Belgian footballer
  • 1979 Trevor Immelman, South African golfer (US Masters 2008), born in Cape Town, Western Cape
  • 1981 Gareth Williams, Scottish footballer
  • 1982 Antrel Rolle, National Football League defensive back
  • 1983 Kelenna Azubuike, English basketball player