On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on December 2

  • 1847 Deacon White, American Baseball Hall of Fame catcher (NL batting champion, RBI leader 1877); Boston Red Stockings), born in Caton, New York (d. 1939)
  • 1860 Charles Studd, English cricket all-rounder (5 Tests; Middlesex) and missionary (Cambridge Seven), born in Spratton, England (d. 1931)
  • 1886 Earl Cooper, American auto racer (AAA National Championship 1913, 15, 17; Indianapolis 500 1924 runner-up), born in Broken Bow, Nebraska (d. 1965)
  • 1899 John Cobb, British speed record holder (World Land Speed Record 1938-39, 47), born in Esher, Surrey, England (d. 1952)
  • 1901 Raimundo Orsi, Argentine-born Italian soccer winger (13 caps Argentina, 35 Italy; Independiente, Juventus), born in (d. 1986)
  • 1906 Eric Dalton, South African cricket batsman (15 Tests, top score 117), born in Durban, Natal, South Africa (d. 1981)
  • 1910 Taisto Mäki, Finnish athlete (WR 2 miles, 5,000m and 10,000m simultaneously 1939-42), born in Rekola, Finland (d. 1979)
  • 1927 Ralph Beard, American basketball guard (Olympic gold 1948; NBA All Star 1951; life ban point shaving scandal 1951), born in Hardinsburg, Kentucky (d. 2007)
  • 1927 Jim David, American NFL defensive back (Pro Bowl 1954-59; NFL Champion 1952-53, 57; Detroit Lions), born in Florence, South Carolina (d. 2007)
  • 1929 Lowell North, American yachtsman (Olympic Gold 1968) and sailmaker (North Sails), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 2019)
  • 1933 Michael Larrabee, American athlete (Olympic gold 400m, 4x400m relay 1964), born in Hollywood, California (d. 2003)
  • 1934 Andre Rodgers, Bahamian baseball shortstop (first Bahamian to play in MLB; NY/SF Giants; Chicago Cubs), born in Nassau, Bahamas (d. 2004)
  • 1938 Luis Artime, Argentine soccer striker and manager (25 caps; River Plate), born in Parque Civit, Argentina
  • 1940 Gerry Cheevers, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame goalie and broadcaster (longest undefeated streak-32 games 1972; Boston Bruins), born in St. Catharines, Ontario
  • 1940 Willie Brown, American Pro Football Hall of Fame cornerback, coach and executive (Super Bowl 1976, 80, 84; Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders), born in Yazoo City, Mississippi (d. 2009)
  • 1941 Mike England, Welsh soccer defender and manager (44 caps, Tottenham Hotspur; mgr Wales), born in Holywell, Flintshire, Wales

  • 1941 Sugar Ramos [Ultiminio Ramos], Cuban-Mexican boxer (World Featherweight champion 1963-64), born in Matanzas, Cuba (d. 2017)
  • 1945 Alan "Froggy" Thomson, Australian cricket fast bowler (4 Tests, 12 wickets), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1946 Pedro Borbón, Dominican baseball pitcher (World Series 1975-76; Cincinnati Reds), born in Santa Cruz de Mao, Dominican Republic (d. 2012)
  • 1947 Dhiraj Parsana, Indian cricket all-rounder (2 Tests), born in Rajkot, Gujarat, India
  • 1947 Andy Rouse, British auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans 1981; British Saloon Car C'ship 1975, 83-85; Britcar 1985), born in Dymock, Gloucestershire, England
  • 1948 Antonín Panenka, Czech soccer midfielder (59 caps; Bohemians Praha, Rapid Vienna), born in Prague, Czech Republic
  • 1953 Jay Haas, American golfer (Senior PGA C'ship 2006, 08; Senior Players C'ship 2009; 9 PGA Tour titles), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1955 Paul Holmgren, American NHL right wing, coach and executive (Philadelphia Flyers), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1958 Vladimir Parfenovich, Soviet canoeist, Olympic gold K1-500, K-2 500, K-2 1,000 1980; 9 gold World C'ships 1979-83), born in Minsk, Belarus
  • 1958 Randy Gardner, American pairs figure skater (World C'ships gold [with Tai Babilonia] 1979; US C'ships 1976–1980), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1959 Greg Barton, American kayaker (Olympics gold K-1 1,000, K-2 1,000 1988), born in Jackson, Michigan
  • 1963 Rich Sutter, Canadian NHL right wing and broadcaster (Vancouver Canucks, St. Louis Blues; Rogers Sportsnet), born in Viking, Alberta, Canada
  • 1964 Chip Hale, American baseball infielder, coach and manager (Minnesota Twins; Arizona Diamondbacks; Washington Nationals), born in Santa Clara, California
  • 1965 Shane Flanagan, Australian rugby league coach (Cronulla Sutherland Sharks NRL premiers 2016), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1966 Clive Eksteen, South African cricket spin bowler (7 Tests; ex-commercial manager Cricket SA), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1966 Kelly Buchberger, Canadian NHL right wing and coach (World C'ship gold 1994; Stanley Cup 1987, 90; Edmonton Oilers), born in Langenburg, Saskatchewan
  • 1968 Darryl Kile, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1993, 97, 2000; no-hitter 1993; Houston Astros), born in Garden Grove, California (d. 2002)
  • 1968 Elna Reinach, South African tennis player (US Open mixed doubles [with Patrick Galbraith] 1994), born in Pretoria, South Africa
  • 1968 Jiri Dopita, Czech ice hockey center (World C'ship gold 1996, 2000-01; Philadelphia Flyers), born in Šumperk, Czech Republic
  • 1968 David Batty, English soccer midfielder (42 caps; Leeds United, Blackburn Rovers, Newcastle United), born in Leeds, England

  • 1969 O. J. McDuffie, American NFL wide receiver (NFL receptions leader 1998; Miami Dolphins), born in Marion, Ohio
  • 1969 Pavel Loskutov, Estonian long distance athlete (Frankfurt Marathon 1999, 2001; JoongAng Seoul Marathon 2003-04), born in Valka, Latvia
  • 1969 Paul Stankowski, American golfer (World Open 1996; Hawaiian Open 1997), born in Oxnard, California
  • 1970 Maksim Tarasov, Russian pole vaulter (Olympic gold 1992; World C'ship gold 1999), born in Yaroslavl, Russia
  • 1970 Alex Čejka, Czech-German golfer (Volvo Masters 1995), born in Mariánské Lázně, Czech Republic
  • 1971 Rachel McQuillan, Australian tennis player (5 WTA, 21 ITF titles), born in Newcastle, Australia
  • 1971 Francesco Toldo, Italian soccer goalkeeper (28 caps; Fiorentina, Internazionale), born in Padua, Italy
  • 1972 Alan Henderson, American basketball forward (NBA Most Improved Player 1998; Atlanta Hawks), born Morgantown, West Virginia

Person of interestMonica Seles

1973 Monica Seles, Yugoslavian-American tennis player (9-time Grand Slam title champion), born in Novi Sad, Serbia

Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion Monica Seles
Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion
Monica Seles
  • 1973 Jan Ullrich, German road cyclist (Olympic gold road race 2000; Tour de France 1997; Vuelta a España 1999), born in Rostock, Germany
  • 1973 Graham Kavanagh, Irish soccer midfielder (16 caps, Rep of Ireland; Stoke City, Cardiff City), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1975 Mark Kotsay, American baseball outfielder and coach (1,914 MLB games; Florida Marlins, Oakland A's), born in Whittier, California
  • 1977 Siyabonga Nomvethe, South African soccer forward (81 caps; Moroka Swallows, AmaZulu), born in Durban, South Africa
  • 1978 Jason Collins, American basketball canter (first openly gay athlete to play in any major North American pro sports league), born in Northridge, California
  • 1978 Jarron Collins, American basketball center (Utah Jazz; assistant coach GS Warriors NBA C'ships 2015, 17-18), born in Northridge, California
  • 1978 Maëlle Ricker, Canadian snowboarder (Olympic gold snowboard cross 2010; World C'ship gold 2005, 13), born in North Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1979 Abdul Razzaq, Pakistan cricket all-rounder (46 Tests, top score 134, 100 wickets; 265 ODIs), born in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
  • 1980 Adam Kreek, Canadian rower (Olympic gold eights 2008; World C'ship gold 2002-3, 07), born in London, Ontario
  • 1981 Danijel Pranjić, Croatian soccer wingback (58 caps; SC Heerenveen), born in Našice, Croatia
  • 1983 Chris Burke, Scottish soccer winger (7 caps; Rangers F.C., Kilmarnock), born in Glasgow, Scotland

Person of interestAaron Rodgers

1983 Aaron Rodgers, American NFL quarterback (NFL MVP 2011, 14; Super Bowl MVP 2010; Green Bay Packers), born in Chico, California

NFL Quarterback Aaron Rodgers
NFL Quarterback
Aaron Rodgers
  • 1985 Amaury Leveaux, French swimmer (Olympic gold 4x100m freestyle relay 2012; WR 100m freestyle short course – 44.94s), born in Belfort, France
  • 1986 Claudiu Keșerü, Romanian soccer forward (37 caps; FC Nantes, Steaua București), born in Oradea, Romania
  • 1989 Matteo Darmian, Italian soccer full-back (36 caps; Torino, Manchester United), born in Legnano, Milan, Italy
  • 1990 Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu, Ghanaian soccer midfielder (78 caps; Udinese), born in Berekum, Brong-Ahafo, Ghana
  • 1990 Gastón Ramírez, Uruguayan soccer midfielder (43 caps; Sampdoria), born in Fray Bentos, Uruguay
  • 1992 Gary Sánchez, Dominican baseball catcher (MLB All Star 2017, 19; NY Yankees), born in Santo Domingo, Distrito Nacional, Dominican Republic
  • 1993 Kostas Stafylidis, Greek soccer left back (30 caps; 1899 Hoffenheim), born in Thessaloniki, Macedonia, Greece