Birthdays in Sport on December 24

  • 1868 Emanuel Lasker, German world chess champion (1894-21)
  • 1885 Arthur Dolphin, cricketer (Yorkshire & England keeper, later Test ump)
  • 1898 Héctor Scarone, Uruguayan footballer (d. 1967)
  • 1921 Bill Dudley, NFL halfback (Pittsburgh, Detroit, Washington)
  • 1923 Michael DiBiase, American wrestler (d. 1969)
  • 1924 Roy Miller, cricketer (WI all-rounder in one Test 1953, 23 & 0-28)
  • 1924 Grigory Kriss, Russian Olympic champion fencer
  • 1926 Ronald Draper, cricketer (South African batsman v Australia 1949-50)
  • 1932 [Michael] Colin Cowdrey, English cricket player, born in Ootacamund British India
  • 1937 Félix Miéli Venerando, Brazilian football player
  • 1940 Paul Tagliabue, NFL commissioner (1989- )
  • 1944 Erhard Keller, German FR, 500m speed skater (Olympic gold 1968, 72)
  • 1949 Cameron Seward, LPGA golfer
  • 1949 Warwick Brown, Australian racing driver
  • 1951 John D'Acquisto, baseball player
  • 1955 Anwar Khan, cricketer (bowled four overs for Pakistan 1979)
  • 1959 Keith Deller, British darts player
  • 1961 Jay Wright, American basketball coach
  • 1963 Timo Jutila, Tampere FIN, hockey defenseman (Team Finland)
  • 1963 Jay Bilas, American basketball analyst
  • 1964 Elbert Shelley, NFL cornerback (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1964 Gary Muller, South Africa, tennis star
  • 1964 Marcel van der Net, Dutch soccer player (FC Utrecht)
  • 1965 Erika von Heiland, Angeles City Phil, US badminton player (Olympics 1992,96)
  • 1965 Michael Haynes, NFL wide receiver (New Orleans Saints, Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1965 Nancy Reno, Elmhurst Ill, WPVA volleyballer (Olympics 1996)
  • 1965 Winston Moss, NFL linebacker (Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1967 Mikhail Shchennikov, Russian race walker
  • 1968 Joe Scuderi, cricketer (South Australian all-rounder)
  • 1968 Marleen Renders, Belgian athlete
  • 1970 Filmel Johnson, NFL defensive back (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1970 Marian Smerciak, Martin CZE, hockey defenseman (Team Slovakia 1998)
  • 1970 Michael Batiste, NFL/WLAF defensive tackle (Cowboys, Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • 1970 Romeo Wouden, Dutch soccer player (Dordrecht '90, Heerenveen)
  • 1971 Tamir Bloom, American fencer-epee (Olympics 1996), born in NYC, New York
  • 1972 Alvaro Mesen, Costa Rican footballer
  • 1973 Eddie Pope, soccer defender (Olympic gold 1996), born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • 1974 Marcelo Salas, Chilean footballer
  • 1975 Natalie Ward, Australian softball shortstop/2nd baseman (Olympic bronze 1996)
  • 1978 Yıldıray Baştürk, Turkish footballer
  • 1985 David Ragan, American race car driver