Birthdays in Sport on December 19

  • 1879 Beals C Wright, tennis champ (US Open-1905)
  • 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 ice skater (d. 1995)
  • 1920 Ragnild Hveger, Danish 400m swimmer (Olympic silver 1936) [NS]

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, NFL quarterback (Detroit Lions)
  • 1933 Kevan Gosper, Australian athlete
  • 1934 Al Kaline, baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (Detroit Tigers), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 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 Chris Greatrex, LPGA golfer (1995 Fielcrest Cannon Classic-71st)
  • 1963 Karen Bliss-Livingston, Quakertown PA, cyclist (Olympics 1996)
  • 1964 Arvydas Sabonis, NBA center (Portland Trailblazers)
  • 1964 Lorie Kane, Canadian golfer (4 LPGA titles), born in Charlottetown, Canada
  • 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 Mike Alexander, WLAF corner (Rhein Fire)
  • 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)
  • 1970 Wendy Miles, Australia, golfer (1993 T77 Alpine Aust Ladies Masters)
  • 1971 Jennifer Dore, American rower (Olympic 4th 1996), born in Kearny, New Jersey
  • 1971 Mike Groh, WLAF quarterback (Rhein Fire)
  • 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, cricketer (prodigious Tasmania batsman, Australia 1995)
  • 1975 Kristin Folkl, volleyball outside hitter (alt-Olympics 1996), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1975 Olivier Tebily, Ivorian footballer
  • 1977 Jorge Garbajosa, Spanish basketball player
  • 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 footballer
  • 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