Birthdays in Sport on December 21

  • 1885 Frank Patrick, Canadian hockey player (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 PGA golfer (11 majors, US Open 1914, 19), born in Rochester, New York (d. 1969)

Golfer Walter Hagen
Golfer
Walter Hagen
  • 1892 Walter Hagan, American golfer (11 PGA Tour major wins), born in Rochester, New York (d. 1969)
  • 1911 Josh Gibson, pro baseball player, "Negro Babe Ruth" (hit 800+ HRs)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 1934 Hanif Mohammad, Pakistani cricketer (1952-69), longest test innings - 16 hours, born in Junagadh, India (d. 2016)
  • 1935 Lorenzo Bandini, Italian racecar driver (d. 1967)
  • 1943 Walter Spanghero, French rugby player
  • 1944 Bill Atkinson, English footballer
  • 1945 Doug Walters, cricketer (Aussie batting genius 1965-81 Extrovert)
  • 1948 Dave Kingman, American baseball player (Mets, NY Yankees, Giants), born in Pendleton, Oregon
  • 1952 Steve Furniss, US swimmer (Olympic bronze 1972)

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

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, Hollis NY, 470 sailor (Olympic 8th 1992, 96)
  • 1957 Tom Henke, American baseball player
  • 1959 Florence Griffith Joyner, American sprinter (3 x Olympic gold 1988), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1998)
  • 1960 Andy Van Slyke, baseball player
  • 1960 Michael Swain, Elizabeth NJ, judoka (Olympic bronze 88)
  • 1960 Roger McDowell, pitcher (NY Mets, Balt 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)
  • 1964 Rob Kelly, English football manager
  • 1965 Rodney Thomas, WLAF cornerback (Barcelona Dragons)
  • 1965 Sue Thomas, Texarkana TX, LPGA golfer (1991 Orix Hawaiian Ladies-14th)
  • 1967 Ervin Johnson, NBA center (Seattle Supersonics, Milwaukee Bucks)
  • 1967 Terry Mills, NBA forward (Miami Heat, Detroit Pistons)
  • 1968 Anthony Lynn, NFL running back (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1969 Chuck Smith, NFL defensive end (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1969 Leon Searcy, NFL offensive tackle (Pittsburgh Steelers, Jackson Jaguars)
  • 1969 Mihails Zemļinskis, Latvian footballer
  • 1970 Irving Spikes, NFL running back (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1970 Monique Ambers, WNBA forward (Phoenix Mercury)
  • 1970 Ronnie Woolfork, WLAF linebacker (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • 1971 Ernest Hunter, NFL running back (Cleveland Browns)
  • 1971 Irena Slavutskay, Israel, athlete (Olympics 1996)
  • 1971 Jey Phillips, WLAF DB (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 1971 Tommie Boyd, NFL/WLAF receiver (Detroit Lions, Rhein Fire)
  • 1972 Latroy Hawkins, American baseball player
  • 1972 Dustin Hermanson, American baseball player
  • 1973 Mike Alstott, fullback (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • 1974 Karrie Webb, Ayr Queensland Aus, LPGA golfer (1994 Aust Strokeplay)
  • 1974 Raymond Austin, cornerback/safety (NY Jets)
  • 1974 Tommie Boyd, wide receiver (Detroit Lions)
  • 1976 Mirela Manjani, Greek javelin thrower
  • 1978 Amber Corwin, Harbor City Ca, figure skater (1997 National Sr - 5th)
  • 1980 Royce Ring, American Major League Baseball Player
  • 1981 Cristian Zaccardo, Italian football player
  • 1981 Sajid Mahmood, English cricketer
  • 1982 Mike Gansey, American basketball player
  • 1982 Philip Humber, American baseball player
  • 1982 Iljo Keisse, Belgian cyclist
  • 1984 Darren Potter, Irish football player
  • 1985 James Stewart Jr., American motorcycle racer