On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on December 22

Connie Mack

1862 Connie Mack, American Baseball Hall of Fame catcher, manager and owner (World Series 1910, 11, 13, 29, 30; most managerial wins, losses & games managed in MLB history; Philadelphia A's), born in East Brookfield, Massachusetts (d. 1956)

  • 1910 Jimmy Boucher, Irish cricket all-rounder (28 first-class matches for Ireland; secretary Irish Cricket Union 1954-73), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1995)
  • 1912 Henry Armstrong, American boxer (world featherweight, lightweight, welterweight [19 x title defences] champion), born in Columbus, Mississippi (d. 1988)
  • 1918 William Kennedy, American baseball player, born in Alexandria, Virginia (d. 1995)
  • 1929 Wazir Mohammad, Pakistan cricket batsman (20 Tests, 2 x 100; eldest of Pakistan's 4 Mohammad brothers), born in Junagadh, India
  • 1929 Dee Rowe, American college basketball coach (UConn Huskies men's team 1969-76; 103–78 [.569]), born in Worcester, Massachusetts (d. 2021)
  • 1930 Bill Jenkins, American engine builder and drag racer (Motorsports Hall of Fame of America), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)
  • 1932 Phil Woosnam, Welsh soccer striker, manager (Wales 17 caps, USA manager 1968), born in Powys, Wales (d. 2013)
  • 1934 David Pearson, American auto racer (NASCAR Cup Series C'ship 1966, 68, 69; NASCAR Rookie of the Year 1960; Daytona 500 1976), born in Spartanburg, South Carolina (d. 2018)
  • 1935 Oleg Alekseyevich Protopopov, Russian pairs skater (Olympic gold 1964, 68), born in Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • 1938 Matty Alou, Dominican baseball outfielder (NL batting champion 1966; MLB All-Star 1968-69; Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Haina, Dominican Republic (d. 2011)
  • 1939 Valentin Afonin, Russian soccer defender (42 caps; SKA Rostov-on-Don, CSKA Moscow), born in Vladimir, Russia (d. 2021)

Steve Carlton

1944 Steve Carlton, American MLB baseball pitcher, 1965-88, 4X Cy Young ('72, '77, '80, '82), Hall-of-Fame (St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies, and 4 other teams), born in Miami, Florida

  • 1947 Dilip Doshi, Indian cricketer (India's main slow lefty post-Bedi), born in Rajkot, India
  • 1948 Chris Old, English cricketer (England medium-pacer of 70's), born in Middlesborough, United Kingdom

Steve Garvey

1948 Steve Garvey, American baseball player (LA Dodgers, San Diego Padres), born in Tampa, Florida

  • 1951 Jan Stephenson, Australian golfer (3-time LPGA major winner; US Open 1983), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1954 Derick Parry, cricketer (WI off-spinner early 80's), born in Cotton Ground, Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • 1954 Hideshi Matsuda, Japanese racing driver, born in Kōchi Prefecture, Japan
  • 1955 Lonnie Smith, American MLB baseball outfielder, 1978-94; (Philadelphia Phillies, St. Louis Cardinals, Atlanta Braves, and 3 other teams), WS wins with 3 different teams, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1959 Bernd Schuster, German footballer, born in Augsburg, Germany
  • 1960 Tyrell Biggs, American super HW boxer (Olympic gold 1984), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1963 Brian McMillan, South African cricket all-rounder (38 Tests, top score 113, 75 wickets; 78 ODIs), born in Welkom, South Africa
  • 1963 Giuseppe Bergomi, Italian footballer, born in Milan, Italy
  • 1964 Mike Jackson, US pitcher (Seattle Mariners), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1966 Dmitry Bilozerchev, Soviet/Russian gymnast, born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1967 Mike Sullivan, NFL center (Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Marshfield, Massachusetts
  • 1967 Roland Holder, cricketer (West Indian batsman in ODI's 1993-), born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
  • 1967 Dan Petrescu, Romanian football manager and professional football player, born in Bucharest, Romania
  • 1968 Lauralee "Bug" Bell, American actress (Cricket-Young & Restless), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1969 Andrew Scott, Australian baseball infielder (Olympics 1996), born in Adelaide, Australia
  • 1969 Marcie Aguilar, American female infielder (Colo Silver Bullets), born in Tucson, Arizona
  • 1969 Myriam Bédard, Canadian biathlete, born in Loretteville, Quebec City
  • 1970 Gary Anderson, Scottish darts player (PDC World Champion 2015-16), born in Musselburgh, Scotland
  • 1972 Anthony Edwards, Australian rower (Olympics 1996), born in Ballarat, Australia
  • 1972 Kirk Maltby, NHL right wing (Edmonton Oilers), born in Guelph, Canada
  • 1972 Mike Thompson, NFL defensive tackle (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Portage, Wisconsin
  • 1973 Annie Pelletier, Canadian diver (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1973 Jamel Williams, American football safety (Washington Redskins), born in Gary, Indiana
  • 1975 Stanislav Neckar, NHL defenseman (Ottawa Senators, Olympic gold 1998), born in České Budějovice, Czech Republic
  • 1975 Dmitri Khokhlov, Russian footballer, born in Krasnodar, Russia
  • 1975 Sergei Aschwanden, Swiss judoka, born in Bern, Switzerland
  • 1976 Katleen De Caluwé, Belgian athlete, born in Rumst, Belgium
  • 1976 Jason Lane, American baseball player, born in Santa Rosa, California
  • 1977 Joanna Hughes, Australian gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Victoria, Australia

Gabriel Medina

1993 Gabriel Medina, Brazilian professional surfer (World Champion 2014), born in São Sebastião, São Paulo