Birthdays in Sport on December 20

  • 1881 Branch Rickey, baseball executive (Dodgers)
  • 1886 Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman, American tennis player (US Open 1909-11), born in Healdsburg, California (d. 1974)
  • 1888 Fred Merkle, American baseball figure (d. 1958)
  • 1905 "Tiger" Bill O'Reilly, cricketer (mighty Australian leg-spinner)
  • 1925 Benito Lorenzi, Italian footballer (d. 2007)
  • 1927 Jim Simpson, sportscaster
  • 1928 Jack Christiansen, Kansas, NFL hall of famer defensive back (Lions)
  • 1933 Rik Van Looy, Belgian cyclist (world champion, 1961)
  • 1935 Khalid "Billy" Ibadulla, cricketer (166 on debut Pakistan v Aust 1964)
  • 1942 Robert L Hayes, 100m/4x100m runner (Olympic 2 gold-1964), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1949 Cecil Cooper, American baseball player
  • 1959 David Lutz, NFL guard/tackle (Detroit Lions)
  • 1960 Piet Keur, Dutch soccer player/trainer, (SC Heerenveen, AZ)
  • 1961 Gale Gilbert, NFL quarterback (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1961 Nate Newton, NFL guard (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1962 Thomas Newberry, NFL guard (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1963 Pam Casale, tennis player (Marco Island finals 1985), born in Camden, New Jersey
  • 1966 Tim Hauck, NFL safety (Denver Broncos, Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1966 Matt Neal, British Race Driver
  • 1967 Duncan Kennedy, luger (Olympics 1994), born in Burlington, California
  • 1969 Bobby Phills, NBA guard (Cleveland Cavaliers, Charlotte Hornets)
  • 1970 Dino Felicetti, hockey forward (Team Italy 1998)
  • 1970 Grant Flower, cricketer (bro of Andy Zimbabwe Test opening batsman)
  • 1970 Jason Simmons, CFL/WLAF defensive tackle (Roughriders, Claymores)
  • 1970 Tony Semple, NFL guard (Detroit Lions)
  • 1970 Travis Green, Castlegar, NHL center (NY Islanders)
  • 1971 Jerry Ellison, NFL running back (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • 1972 Scott Slutzker, American football tight end (Indianapolis Colts), born in Oakland, California
  • 1972 Jan Caloun, hockey forward (Team Czech Olympic gold 1998)
  • 1972 Jonathan Wyatt, 5000m (Olympics 1996), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1973 Barry Stokes, WLAF offensive linesman (Rhein Fire)
  • 1973 Cory Stillman, Peterborough, NHL center (Calgary Flames)
  • 1973 Jenny Boucek, WNBA guard (Cleveland Rockers)
  • 1973 Muadianvita Kazadi, linebacker (St Louis Rams)
  • 1974 Augie Ojeda, baseball infielder (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1975 Bartosz Bosacki, Polish footballer
  • 1976 Aubrey Huff, American baseball player
  • 1978 Geremi Njitap, Cameroon footballer
  • 1978 Andrei Markov, Russian ice hockey player
  • 1979 David DeJesus, American baseball player
  • 1979 Michael Rogers, Australian cyclist
  • 1980 Ashley Cole, English footballer
  • 1980 Fitz Hall, English footballer
  • 1980 Tony, French-born Portuguese footballer
  • 1981 Roy Williams, American football player, born in Odessa, Texas
  • 1981 James Shields, American baseball player
  • 1982 Mohammed Asif, Pakistani cricket player
  • 1982 Kasper Klausen, Danish footballer
  • 1982 David Wright, American baseball player (New York Mets), born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • 1983 Darren Sammy, St. Lucian West Indies cricketer
  • 1998 Kylian MbappĂ©, French soccer forward (France, PSG, Monaco), born in Paris, France