Birthdays in Sport on December 24

  • December
  • 1868 Emanuel Lasker, German world chess champion (1894-21), born in Barlinek, Poland (d. 1941)
  • 1885 Arthur Dolphin, English cricketer (Yorkshire & England keeper, later Test ump), born in Wilsden, United Kingdom (d. 1942)
  • 1898 Héctor Scarone, Uruguayan footballer, born in Montevideo, Uruguay (d. 1967)
  • 1921 Bill Dudley, NFL halfback (Pittsburgh, Detroit, Washington), born in Bluefield, Virginia
  • 1923 Iron Mike DiBiase, American wrestler, born in NYC, New York (d. 1969)
  • 1924 Roy Miller, West Indian cricketer (WI all-rounder in one Test 1953, 23 & 0-28), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1924 Grigory Kriss, Russian Olympic champion fencer, born in Kiev, Ukraine
  • 1926 Ronald Draper, South African cricketer (South African batsman v Australia 1949-50), born in Oudtshoorn, South Africa
  • 1932 Colin Cowdrey, England cricket batsman (114 Tests, 7,624 runs @ 44.06), born in Udagamandalam, India (d. 2000)
  • 1937 Félix Miéli Venerando, Brazilian football player, born in São Paulo, Brazil (d. 2012)
  • 1940 Paul Tagliabue, NFL commissioner (1989- ), born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • 1944 Erhard Keller, German speed skater (Olympic gold 1968, 72 500m), born in Günzburg, Germany
  • 1949 Warwick Brown, Australian racing driver, born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1951 John D'Acquisto, American baseball player, born in San Diego, California
  • 1955 Anwar Khan, Pakistani cricketer (bowled four overs for Pakistan 1979), born in Karachi, Pakistan
  • 1959 Keith Deller, British darts player, born in Ipswich, United Kingdom

  • 1961 Jay Wright, American basketball coach, born in Churchville, Pennsylvania
  • 1963 Timo Jutila, Finnish hockey defenseman (Team Finland), born in Tampere, Finland
  • 1963 Jay Bilas, American basketball analyst, born in San Pedro, California
  • 1964 Elbert Shelley, NFL cornerback (Atlanta Falcons), born in Trumann, Arkansas
  • 1964 Gary Muller, South African tennis star, born in Durban, South Africa
  • 1964 Marcel van der Net, Dutch soccer player (FC Utrecht), born in Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • 1965 Michael Haynes, NFL wide receiver (New Orleans Saints, Atlanta Falcons), born in Denison, Texas
  • 1965 Nancy Reno, WPVA volleyballer (Olympics 1996), born in Glen Ellyn, Illinois
  • 1965 Winston Moss, NFL linebacker (Seattle Seahawks), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1967 Mikhail Shchennikov, Russian race walker, born in Yekaterinburg, Russia
  • 1968 Joe Scuderi, Australian cricketer (South Australian all-rounder), born in Ingham, Australia
  • 1968 Marleen Renders, Belgian athlete, born in Diest, Belgium
  • 1970 Michael Batiste, NFL/WLAF defensive tackle (Cowboys, Frankfurt Galaxy), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1970 Romeo Wouden, Dutch soccer player (Dordrecht '90, Heerenveen), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 1971 Tamir Bloom, American fencer-epee (Olympics 1996), born in NYC, New York
  • 1972 Alvaro Mesen, Costa Rican footballer, born in Alajuela, Costa Rica
  • 1973 Eddie Pope, soccer defender (Olympic gold 1996), born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • 1974 Marcelo Salas, Chilean footballer, born in Temuco, Chile
  • 1975 Natalie Ward, Australian softball shortstop/2nd baseman (Olympic bronze 1996)
  • 1978 Yıldıray Baştürk, Turkish footballer, born in Herne, Germany
  • 1985 David Ragan, American race car driver, born in Unadilla, Georgia