Birthdays in Sport on December 25

  • 1855 James Galvin, pitcher, shut-out every opposing team in 1884
  • 1864 Thomas Cahill, American soccer coach (d. 1951)
  • 1875 Walter Lees, cricketer (Surrey pace bowler toured for Eng 1905-06)
  • 1878 W Starling Burgess, yacht designer (America Cup's Enterprise)
  • 1878 Louis Chevrolet, Swiss-born race car driver (d. 1941)
  • 1881 Joseph V McCarthy, baseball manager (NY Yankees)
  • 1891 Clarrie Grimmett, cricketer (in Dunedin Great Australian leg-spinner)
  • 1900 W L "Tich" Cornford, cricketer (Sussex keeper played for England 1930)
  • 1908 Jo-Jo Moore, baseball player (d. 2001)
  • 1912 Donald McRae, cricketer (Test for NZ, the 1946 debacle vs Australia)
  • 1925 Ossi Reichert, German FR, giant slalom (Olympic gold 1956)
  • 1927 Nellie Fox, White Sox infielder (AL MVP 1959), (d. 1975)
  • 1930 Emmanuel Agassi, Iranian boxer and coach and father of Andre Agassi, born in Salmas, Iran
  • 1932 Peter John Swales, football club chairman
  • 1934 Giancarlo Baghetti, racing driver/journalist
  • 1935 Al Jackson, baseball player

  • 1942 Françoise Dürr, French tennis player (French C'ships 1967), born in Algiers, French Algeria
  • 1943 Hedley Howarth, New Zealand cricket spin bowler (30 Tests, 86 wickets), born in Auckland, NZ (d. 2008)
  • 1943 Wilson Fittipaldi Júnior, Brazilian racing driver
  • 1944 Jairzinho, Brazilian footballer
  • 1945 Ken "The Snake" Stabler, NFL quarterback (Oak Raiders, Super Bowl XI), born in Foley, Alabama (d. 2015)
  • 1946 Larry Csonka, NFL running back (Miami Dolphins, NY Giants)
  • 1946 Gene Lamont, American baseball player and manager
  • 1947 Connie Petracek, Chambersburg PA, pistol shooter (Olympics 92, 96)
  • 1949 Dan Pastorini, NFL quarterback (Raiders) [or May 26]
  • 1950 Barry Pearson, American NFL player, born in Geneseo, Illinois
  • 1950 Manny Trillo, Venezuelan baseball infielder (Philadelphia Phillies), born in Caripito, Venezuela
  • 1953 Dave Wasick, American NFL player, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1956 Mansoor Akhtar, cricketer (Pakistani batsman early 80's)
  • 1957 Chris Kamara, English footballer and commentator
  • 1958 Joop Hiele, soccer player (Dordrecht '90, Go Ahead Eagles)

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1958 Rickey Henderson, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (MLB stolen base record), born in Chicago, Illinois

MLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson
MLB Outfielder
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  • 1959 Chris Spice, Australian field hockey coach (Olympics 1996)
  • 1959 Ton Lokhoff, Dutch soccer player (NAC)
  • 1961 Storm Davis, baseball player
  • 1962 Mary Ellen Clark, Abington Pa, diver (Olympics 2 bronze-92, 96)
  • 1963 Joop Gall, Dutch soccer player (FC Groningen)
  • 1964 Anil Kaul, Amritsar India, Canadian badminton player (Olympics 1996)
  • 1964 Raymond Libregts, soccer player (MVV)
  • 1964 Gary McAllister, Scottish footballer
  • 1965 Dmitri Mironov, NHL defenseman (Pitts Penguins, Anaheim), born in Moscow, Russia

  • 1965 Kathleen Luciano, WPVA volleyballer (Nationals-17th-1993), born in Munich. Germany
  • 1966 Craig Veasey, NFL defensive tackle/defensive end (Houston Oilers)
  • 1966 Javier Frana, Rafaela Argentina, tennis star
  • 1967 Kathleen Franey, American 1.5km runner, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1968 Corey Widmer, NFL linebacker (NY Giants), born in Alexandria, Virginia
  • 1968 Don Silvestri, NFL/WLAF kicker (NY Jets, London Monarchs), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1968 Jim Dowd, American NHL center (Vancouver Canucks), born in Brick Township, New Jersey
  • 1968 Scott Bullett, American baseball outfielder (Chicago Cubs), born in Martinsburg, West Virginia
  • 1970 Ghalid Salamat, Dutch soccer player (MVV), born in the Netherlands
  • 1970 Stu Barnes, Canadian NHL center (Florida Panthers), born in Spruce Grove, Canada
  • 1971 Marlon Forbes, American football cornerback (Chicago Bears), born in Brooklyn, New York City
  • 1971 Terry Vaughn, CFL receiver (Calgary Stampeders), born in Sumter, South Carolina
  • 1973 Robbie Elliott, English footballer, born in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
  • 1974 Chris Naeole, American football coach (New Orleans Saints), born in Kailua, Hawaii
  • 1975 Marcus Trescothick, English cricketer, born in Keynsham, United Kingdom
  • 1975 Hideki Okajima, Japanese baseball player, born in Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
  • 1976 Scott Vermillion, American soccer defender (Olympic gold 1996), born in Independence, Missouri
  • 1977 Jim Greco, American skateboarder, born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1977 Israel Vasquez, Current WBC Super bantamweight champion, born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • 1978 Joel Porter, Australian footballer, born in Adelaide, Australia
  • 1978 Simon Jones, English cricketer, born in Morriston, United Kingdom
  • 1980 Locó [Manuel Armindo Morais Cange], Angolan footballer, born in Luanda, Angola
  • 1980 Marcus Trufant, American football player (Seattle Seahawks), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • 1981 Willy Taveras, Dominican baseball player, born in Tenares, Dominican Republic
  • 1981 Meena Lee, South Korean golfer (Canadian Open 2005), born in Jeonju, South Korea
  • 1982 Shawn Andrews, American football player, born in Littleton, Massachusetts
  • 1982 Rob Edwards, English-born Welsh footballer, born in Madeley, United Kingdom
  • 1984 Chris Cahill, Australian-born Samoan footballer, born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1984 Alastair Cook, English cricketer
  • 1986 Doug Loft, English footballer, born in Maidstone, United Kingdom
  • 1988 Eric Gordon, American basketball player, born in Indianapolis, Indiana