Birthdays in Sport on December 20

  • 1881 Branch Rickey, American baseball player & sports executive (Dodgers), born in Stockdale, Ohio
  • 1886 Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman, American tennis player (US Open 1909-11), 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)
  • 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, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1928 Jack Christiansen, American football player and coach (Lions), born in Sublette, Kansas
  • 1933 Rik Van Looy, Belgian cyclist (world champion, 1961), born in Grobbendonk, Belgium
  • 1935 Khalid "Billy" Ibadulla, Pakistani cricketer (166 on debut Pakistan v Aust 1964), born in Lahore, Pakistan
  • 1942 Robert L Hayes, American 100m/4x100m runner (Olympic 2 gold-1964), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 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 Dino Felicetti, Italian-Canadian hockey forward (Team Italy 1998), born in Burlington, Canada
  • 1970 Grant Flower, Zimbabwean cricketer, born in Harare, Zimbabwe
  • 1970 Jason Simmons, CFL/WLAF defensive tackle (Roughriders, Claymores)
  • 1970 Tony Semple, NFL guard (Detroit Lions), born in Springfield, Illinois
  • 1970 Travis Green, Canadian NHL center (NY Islanders), 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 Barry Stokes, WLAF offensive linesman (Rhein Fire), born in Flint, Michigan
  • 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, 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
  • 1998 Kylian Mbappé, French soccer forward (France, PSG, Monaco), born in Paris, France