On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on December 20

  • 1867 Pudge Heffelfinger, American College Football Hall of Fame guard (3 x All American, Yale; first professional player 1892) and coach (Cal, Lehigh, Minnesota), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1954)

Person of interestBranch Rickey

1881 Branch Rickey, American baseball player (St. Louis Browns), manager (St. Louis Cardinals, Brooklyn Dodgers) and sports executive, born in Stockdale, Ohio (d. 1965)

Baseball Player and Sports Executive Branch Rickey
Baseball Player and Sports Executive
Branch Rickey
  • 1886 Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1909-11, 19), born in Healdsburg, California (d. 1974)
  • 1888 Fred Merkle, American baseball figure, born in Watertown, Wisconsin (d. 1958)
  • 1900 Gabby Harnett, American baseball player and manager (NL MVP 1935), born in Woonsocket, Rhode Island (d. 1972)
  • 1900 Gabby Hartnett, American Baseball Hall of Fame catcher (MLB All Star 1933–38; NL MVP 1935; Chicago Cubs) and manager (Chicago Cubs), born in Woonsocket, Rhode Island (d. 1972)
  • 1905 "Tiger" Bill O'Reilly, Australian cricketer (mighty Australian leg-spinner), born in White Cliffs, Australia
  • 1925 Benito Lorenzi, Italian footballer, born in Buggiano, Italy (d. 2007)
  • 1927 Jim Simpson, American sportscaster, (NBC, ESPN), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2016)
  • 1928 Jack Christiansen, American football player and coach (Lions), born in Sublette, Kansas
  • 1932 Neil Armstrong, Canadian ice hockey linesman (1,744 NHL games; Hockey Hall of Fame), born in Plympton, Ontario (d. 2020)
  • 1933 Rik Van Looy, Belgian cyclist (world champion, 1961), born in Grobbendonk, Belgium
  • 1935 Khalid "Billy" Ibadulla, Pakistani cricket batsman (4 Tests; 1 x 100; Warwickshire, Otago) and broadcaster (TVNZ), born in Lahore, Pakistan
  • 1942 Bob Hayes, American athlete (2 x Olympic gold 100m, 4x100m relay 1964) and Pro Football Hall of Fame receiver (3-time Pro Bowl; Dallas Cowboys), born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 2002)
  • 1949 Cecil Cooper, American baseball player, born in Brenham, Texas
  • 1959 David Lutz, NFL guard/tackle (Detroit Lions), born in Polkton, North Carolina

  • 1960 Piet Keur, Dutch soccer player and trainer (SC Heerenveen, AZ), born in Zandvoort, Netherlands
  • 1961 Gale Gilbert, NFL quarterback (San Diego Chargers), born in Red Bluff, California
  • 1961 Nate Newton, NFL guard (Dallas Cowboys), born in Orlando, Florida
  • 1962 Thomas Newberry, NFL guard (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Onalaska, Wisconsin
  • 1963 Pam Casale, American tennis player (Marco Island finals 1985), born in Camden, New Jersey
  • 1966 Tim Hauck, NFL safety and coach (Denver Broncos, Seattle Seahawks), born in Butte, Montana
  • 1966 Matt Neal, British motor racing driver, born in Stourbridge, United Kingdom
  • 1967 Duncan Kennedy, American luger (Olympics 1994), born in Burlington, California
  • 1969 Bobby Phills, NBA guard (Cleveland Cavaliers, Charlotte Hornets), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • 1970 Grant Flower, Zimbabwean cricketer, born in Harare, Zimbabwe
  • 1970 Tony Semple, NFL guard (Detroit Lions), born in Springfield, Illinois
  • 1970 Travis Green, Canadian NHL center (NY Islanders; Toronto Maple Leafs; World C'ship gold 1997) and coach (Vancouver Canucks), born in Castlegar, Canada
  • 1971 Jerry Ellison, American NFL running back (Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Augusta, Georgia
  • 1972 Scott Slutzker, American football tight end (Indianapolis Colts), born in Oakland, California
  • 1972 Jan Caloun, Czech hockey forward (Team Czech Olympic gold 1998), born in Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic
  • 1972 Jonathan Wyatt, New Zealand 5000m runner (Olympics 1996), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1973 Cory Stillman, Canadian NHL center (Calgary Flames), born in Peterborough, Canada
  • 1973 Jenny Boucek, WNBA guard (Cleveland Rockers), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1973 Muadianvita Kazadi, American football linebacker (St Louis Rams), born in Zaire
  • 1974 Augie Ojeda, American baseball infielder (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Los Angeles, California

  • 1975 Bartosz Bosacki, Polish footballer, born in Poznań, Poland
  • 1976 Aubrey Huff, American baseball player, born in Marion, Ohio
  • 1978 Geremi Njitap, Cameroon footballer, born in Bafoussam, Cameroon
  • 1978 Andrei Markov, Russian ice hockey player, born in Voskresensk, Moscow Oblast, Russia
  • 1979 David DeJesus, American baseball player, born in Brooklyn, New York City
  • 1979 Michael Rogers, Australian cyclist, born in Barham, Australia
  • 1980 Ashley Cole, English footballer, born in Stepney, London
  • 1980 Fitz Hall, English footballer, born in Leytonstone, London
  • 1980 Tony [Anthony da Silva], French-born Portuguese footballer, born in Le Creusot, France
  • 1981 Roy Williams, American football player (Detroit Lions, Dallas Cowboys), born in Odessa, Texas
  • 1981 James Shields, American baseball player, born in Santa Clarita, California
  • 1982 Mohammed Asif, Pakistani cricket player, born in Sheikhupura, Pakistan
  • 1982 Kasper Klausen, Danish footballer, born in Denmark
  • 1982 David Wright, American baseball player (New York Mets), born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • 1983 Darren Sammy, St. Lucian West Indies cricketer, born in Micoud Quarter, Saint Lucia
  • 1996 Hannah Green, Australian golfer (Women's PGA C'ship 2019), born in Perth, Western Australia

Person of interestKylian Mbappé

1998 Kylian Mbappé, French soccer forward (France, PSG, Monaco), born in Paris, France

Footballer Kylian Mbappé
Footballer
Kylian Mbappé