Birthdays in Sport on December 21

  • December
  • 1885 Frank Patrick, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Ottawa, Canada (d. 1960)
  • 1887 Cy Williams, American MLB outfielder (4-time NL HR leader), born in Wadena, Indiana (d. 1974)

Person of interestWalter Hagen

1892 Walter Hagen, American golfer (11 major titles, US Open 1914, 19), born in Rochester, New York (d. 1969)

Golfer Walter Hagen
Walter Hagen
  • 1911 Josh Gibson, American Negro League baseball legend (hit 800+ HRs), born in Buena Vista, Georgia (d. 1947)
  • 1913 Raich Carter, English soccer star and cricketer, born in Hendon, Sunderland (d. 1994)
  • 1919 Gert Fredriksson, Swedish canoeist (6 Olympic gold 1948, 52, 56, 60), born in Nyköping, Sweden (d. 2006)
  • 1920 Kel Nagle, Australian golfer (British Open 1960), born in Sydney, NSW (d. 2015)
  • 1926 Joe Paterno, American college hall of football coach (Penn State) and Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of 1986, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1933 Jackie Hendriks, cricketer (West Indian wicket-keeper of 60's), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1934 Hanif Mohammad, Pakistani cricketer (1952-69), longest test innings - 16 hours, born in Junagadh, India (d. 2016)
  • 1935 Lorenzo Bandini, Italian racecar driver, born in Marj, Libya (d. 1967)
  • 1943 Walter Spanghero, French rugby player, born in Payra-sur-l'Hers, France
  • 1944 Bill Atkinson, English footballer, born in Sunderland, United Kingdom (d. 2013)
  • 1945 Doug Walters, Australian cricketer (Aussie batting genius 1965-81 Extrovert), born in Dungog, Australia
  • 1948 Dave Kingman, American baseball player (Mets, NY Yankees, Giants), born in Pendleton, Oregon
  • 1952 Steve Furniss, American swimmer (Olympic bronze 1972), born in Madison, Wisconsin

  • 1952 Joaquín Andújar, Dominican baseball pitcher (Cardinals), born in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic (d. 2015)
  • 1953 Arie Luyendyk, American-Dutch Indy-car racer (1990 Indianapolis 500), born in 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands

Person of interestChris Evert

1954 Chris Evert, American tennis player (18 Gram Slam singles titles), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • 1956 Kevin Burnham, American 470 sailor (Olympic 8th 1992, 96), born in Hollis, New York City
  • 1957 Tom Henke, American baseball player, born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1959 Florence Griffith Joyner, American sprinter (3 x Olympic gold 1988), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1998)
  • 1960 Andy Van Slyke, American baseball player, born in Utica, New York
  • 1960 Michael Swain, American judoka (Olympic bronze 88), born in Elizabeth, New Jersey
  • 1960 Roger McDowell, American baseball pitcher (NY Mets, Baltimore Orioles), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1961 Trevor Bayliss, Australian cricketer (NSW batsman) and coach (England), born in Goulburn, Australia
  • 1964 Joey Kocur, NHL right wing (Vancouver Canucks), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1964 Keith Taylor, NFL safety (Washington Redskins), born in Pennsauken Township, New Jersey
  • 1964 Rob Kelly, English football manager, born in Birmingham, England
  • 1967 Ervin Johnson, NBA center (Seattle Supersonics, Milwaukee Bucks), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1967 Terry Mills, NBA forward (Miami Heat, Detroit Pistons), born in Romulus, Michigan
  • 1968 Anthony Lynn, NFL running back (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in McKinney, Texas
  • 1969 Chuck Smith, NFL defensive end (Atlanta Falcons), born in Athens, Georgia
  • 1969 Leon Searcy, NFL offensive tackle (Pittsburgh Steelers, Jackson Jaguars), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1969 Mihails Zemļinskis, Latvian footballer, born in Riga, Latvia
  • 1970 Irving Spikes, NFL running back (Miami Dolphins), born in Ocean Springs, Mississippi
  • 1970 Monique Ambers, WNBA forward (Phoenix Mercury)
  • 1971 Earnest Hunter, NFL running back (Cleveland Browns), born in Longview, Texas
  • 1972 Latroy Hawkins, American baseball player, born in Gary, Indiana
  • 1972 Dustin Hermanson, American baseball player, born in Springfield, Ohio
  • 1973 Mike Alstott, American football fullback (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), born in Joliet, Illinois
  • 1974 Karrie Webb, Australian golfer (7 major titles; US Open 2000-01; 14 LPGA Tour titles), born in Ayr, Queensland
  • 1974 Raymond Austin, American defensive back (NY Jets), born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • 1976 Mirela Manjani, Greek javelin thrower, born in Durrës, Albania
  • 1978 Amber Corwin, American figure skater (1997 National Sr - 5th), born in Harbor City, California
  • 1980 Royce Ring, American baseball player, born in La Mesa, California
  • 1981 Cristian Zaccardo, Italian football player, born in Formigine, Italy
  • 1981 Sajid Mahmood, English cricketer, born in Bolton, United Kingdom
  • 1982 Mike Gansey, American basketball player, born in Olmsted Falls, Ohio
  • 1982 Philip Humber, American baseball player, born in Nacogdoches, Texas
  • 1982 Iljo Keisse, Belgian cyclist, born in Ghent, Belgium
  • 1984 Darren Potter, Irish football player, born in Liverpool, England
  • 1985 James Stewart Jr., American motorcycle racer, born in Bartow, Florida