On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on December 19

  • 1879 Beals Wright, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1905; doubles 1904-06), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1961)
  • 1894 Ford C Frick, baseball commissioner (1951-65)
  • 1907 Jimmy McLarnin, former Welterweight Champion (d. 2004)
  • 1916 Mervyn Wallace, cricketer (13 Tests for NZ, latterly as capt)
  • 1917 Graham Sharp, British figure skater (World C'ship, European C'ship 1939), born in London, England (d. 1995)

Person of interestDoug Harvey

1924 Doug Harvey, Canadian ice hockey defence player ('100 Greatest NHL Players), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1989)

NHL Legend Doug Harvey
NHL Legend
Doug Harvey
  • 1926 Bobby Layne, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback (3 x NFL champion; 6 x Pro Bowl; Detroit Lions), born in Santa Anna, Texas (d. 1986)
  • 1933 Kevan Gosper, Australian athlete
  • 1934 Al Kaline, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (18 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1968; 10 × Gold Glove Award; Detroit Tigers), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2020)
  • 1943 Walt "No-Neck" Williams, professional baseball player (White Sox), born in Brownwood, Texas (d. 2016)
  • 1948 Ken Brown, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1949 Claudia A Kolb, American 200m breast stroke swimmer (Olympic silver 1964)
  • 1953 Peter McEwan, cricketer (NZ batsman early 80's)
  • 1955 Susil Fernando, cricketer (5 Tests for Sri Lanka 1983)
  • 1956 Tom Lawless, American baseball player
  • 1957 Kevin McHale, NBA forward (Boston Celtics)

  • 1958 Iqbal Sikander, cricketer (Pakistan leg-spinner 1992 World Cup)
  • 1959 Edward Metgod, Dutch soccer goalie (Haarlem, Sparta)
  • 1959 Kathryn "Furu" Carpenter, Marshall Mich, fencer-epee (Olympics 1996)

Person of interestReggie White

1961 Reggie White, American NFL defensive end (Green Bay Packers - Super Bowl 31), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee (d. 2004)

NFL Legend Reggie White
NFL Legend
Reggie White
  • 1962 Charith Senanayake, cricketer (played for Sri Lanka v NZ 1991)
  • 1963 Karen Bliss-Livingston, Quakertown PA, cyclist (Olympics 1996)
  • 1964 Arvydas Sabonis, NBA center (Portland Trailblazers)
  • 1964 Lorie Kane, Canadian golfer (4 LPGA Tour titles), born in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
  • 1964 Mike Fetters, Van Nuys CA, pitcher (Milwaukee Brewers)
  • 1964 Randall McDaniel, NFL guard (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1965 Chito Martínez, Belizean baseball player
  • 1966 Alberto "La Bomba" Tomba, Italian skier (Olympic gold 1988, 92)
  • 1966 Courtney Griffin, CFL defensive back (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • 1966 Eric Weinrich, Roanoke, NHL defenseman (Chicago Blackhawks)
  • 1966 Monique Oliver, Malibu Ca, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-4th-1994)
  • 1966 Rajesh Chauhan, cricketer (Indian off-spinner since 1993)
  • 1966 Roberto Beam, soccer player (Vitesse/MVV)
  • 1967 Doug Johns, South Bend IN, pitcher (Oakland A's)
  • 1968 Jennifer Devine, rower (Olympics 1996), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1969 Michael Bates, NFL wide receiver (Cleveland Browns, Carolina Panthers)

  • 1969 Nayan Mongia, cricketer (Indian Test batsman-wicketkeeper 1994- )
  • 1969 Santana Dotson, NFL defensive tackle (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • 1969 Scott Pearson, Cornwall, NHL left wing (Buffalo Sabres)
  • 1969 Tom Gugliotta, NBA forward (Minnesota Timberwolves)
  • 1970 Jon Cleveland, Canadian 100m/200m swimmer (Olympic bronze 1992, 96), born in Fresno, California
  • 1970 Robert Lang, Teplice CZE, NHL forward (Team Czech Rep, Los Angeles)
  • 1971 Jennifer Dore, American rower (Olympic 4th 1996), born in Kearny, New Jersey
  • 1972 Warren Sapp, American NFL Hall of Fame defensive tackle (Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Orlando, Florida
  • 1972 Waverly Jackson, American NFL player (Carolina Panthers), born in South Hill, Virginia
  • 1973 Kebu Stewart, NBA forward (Philadelphia 76ers)
  • 1973 Zulfiya Zabirova, Russian cyclist
  • 1974 Bryant Westbrook, cornerback (Detroit Lions)
  • 1974 Jake Plummer, quarterback (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1974 Ricky Ponting, Australian cricket batsman, captain, coach and broadcaster (168 Tests, 13,378 runs @ 51.85; 41 x 100s), born in Launceston, Tasmania
  • 1975 Olivier Tebily, Ivorian footballer
  • 1977 Jorge Garbajosa, Spanish basketball forward and administrator (Toronto Raptors; president Spanish Basketball Federation), born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1982 Maurice Williams, American basketball player
  • 1982 Tero Pitkamaki, Finnish javelin thrower
  • 1983 Matt Stajan, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1984 Ian Kennedy, Major League Baseball pitcher
  • 1985 Gary Cahill, English soccer defender (61 caps; Chelsea, Bolton), born in Dronfield, Derbyshire
  • 1985 Neil Kilkenny, English-born Australian footballer
  • 1986 Ryan Babel, Dutch Footballer
  • 1987 Karim Benzema, French football player (Real Madrid, French national team), born in Lyon, France
  • 1988 Alexis Sánchez, Chilean footballer (Arsenal, Chilean national team), born in Tocopilla, Chile
  • 1988 Peter Winn, English footballer
  • 1990 Sally Fitzgibbons, Australian pro surfer, born in Gerroa, Australia