Birthdays in Sport on December 28

  • December
  • 1894 Ed Healey, NFL tackle (Rock Island Independents, Chicago Bears)
  • 1905 "Vizzy" Maharajkumar of Vizianagram [Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Vijay Ananda Gajapathi Raju], Indian cricketer, cricket administrator and politician, born in India (d. 1965)
  • 1909 Johnny Goodman, American golfer (US Open 1933), born in South Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1970)
  • 1910 John "Jack" Kerr, New Zealand cricketer (opening batsman in 1930s), born in Dannevirke, New Zealand (d. 2007)
  • 1920 Steve Van Buren, NFL halfback (Philadelphia Eagles), (d. 2012)
  • 1922 Nyron Sultan Asgarali, cricketer (West Indian opening bat 1957)
  • 1926 Donald Carr, English cricketer and MCC official, born in Wiesbaden, Germany (d. 2016)

Person of interestTerry Sawchuk

1929 Terry Sawchuk, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender (4-time Vezina Trophy & Stanley Cup winner), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 1970)

NHL Legend Terry Sawchuk
NHL Legend
Terry Sawchuk
  • 1932 Harry Howell, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame defenceman (NY Rangers 1952-69), born in Hamilton, Ontario (d. 2019)
  • 1934 Peggy Wilson, American golfer (US Open runner-up 1969), born in Lauderdale, Mississippi
  • 1941 Intikhab Alam, Pakistan cricket leg-spinner (1959-77)
  • 1946 Jorge Velasquez, sportsman
  • 1947 Aurelio Rodriguez, baseball player
  • 1948 Jorge Velásquez, Panamanian Hall of Fame jockey (Kentucky Derby, Preakness 1981), born in Chepo, Panama
  • 1951 Ken Pope, American NFL player, born Galverton, Texas
  • 1952 Ray Knight, 3rd baseman (NY Mets, Baltimore Orioles)

  • 1957 Anne Sargeant, Australian netballer
  • 1958 Carlos Carson, football player
  • 1958 Terry Butcher, British soccer player
  • 1959 Everson Walls, NFL cornerback (Dallas Cowboys, NY Giants)
  • 1960 John Fitzgerald, Australian tennis player, born in Cummins

Person of interestRay Bourque

1960 Ray Bourque, Canadian NHL defenseman (Team Canada, Boston Bruins), born in Saint-Laurent, Quebec

NHL Legend Ray Bourque
NHL Legend
Ray Bourque
  • 1960 Zane Smith, American baseball pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1961 Heather Hafner, WPVA volleyballer (National-7th-90), born in Santa Barbara, California
  • 1961 Kent Nielsen, Danish football player & coach, born in Frederiksberg, Denmark
  • 1962 Keith Lee, American basketball player (Memphis State), born in West Memphis, Arkansas
  • 1964 Charles Sinek, American ice dancer (& Beata Handra-1997 Pac Coast Sr 3rd), born in Wilmington, North Carolina
  • 1964 Maite Zúñiga, Spanish athlete, born in Eibar, Spain
  • 1966 Joe Wolf, US NFL player (Arizona Cardinals), born in Allentown, Pennsylvania
  • 1967 Paul Lynch, Australian canoeist (Olympics 1996), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1968 Darrick Brownlow, US NFL linebacker (Washington Redskins), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1969 James Trapp, US sprinter and NFL player (Oakland Raiders), born in Greenville, South Carolina
  • 1970 Brenda Schultz-McCarthy, Dutch tennis player (95, 96 Oklahoma City), born in Haarlem, Netherlands
  • 1970 James Jett, US Olympic sprinter and NFL wide receiver (Oakland Raiders), born in Charles Town, West Virginia
  • 1971 Melvin Nieves, Puerto Rican professional baseball outfielder (Detroit Tigers), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 1971 Steve Morrison, US NFL linebacker (Indianapolis Colts), born in Birmingham, Michigan
  • 1971 Benny Agbayani, American baseball player, born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1971 William Gates, American basketball player, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1972 Adam Clawson, US slalom canoeist (Olympic-19th-96), born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 1972 Adam Vinatieri, US NFL placekicker (Amsterdam Admirals, NE Patriots), born in Yankton, South Dakota
  • 1972 Jean-Francois Jomphe, Canadian professional ice hockey player (Anaheim), born in Havre-Saint-Pierre, Canada

  • 1972 Jim Kitts, US NFL running back (Frankfurt Galaxy, Miami Dolphins), born in Portsmouth, Virginia
  • 1972 Patrick Rafter, Australian tennis player (US Open 1997-98), born in Mount Isa, Australia
  • 1972 Roberto Palacios, Peruvian footballer, born in Lima, Peru
  • 1973 Bobby Taylor, NFL cornerback (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1973 Garth John Da Silva, heavyweight boxer (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1974 Rob Niedermayer, Canadian NHL center (Florida Panthers), born in Cassiar, British Columbia
  • 1977 Shane Elford, Australian rugby league player, born in Penrith, Australia
  • 1978 Chris Coyne, Australian footballer (Bayswater City SC), born in Brisbane, Australia
  • 1979 James Blake, American tennis player, born in Yonkers, New York City
  • 1979 Bill Hall, American baseball player, born in Nettleton, Mississippi
  • 1980 Lomana LuaLua, Congolese football player, born in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • 1981 Khalid Boulahrouz, Dutch football player, born in Maassluis, Netherlands
  • 1981 Mika Väyrynen, Finnish football player, born in Eskilstuna, Sweden
  • 1982 Cedric Benson, American football player, born in Midland, Texas
  • 1982 François Gourmet, Belgian decathlete, born in Libramont-Chevigny, Belgium
  • 1982 Quinton Porter, American football player, born in Portland, Maine
  • 1984 Martin Kaymer, German golfer (PGA C'ship 2010, US Open 2014), born in Düsseldorf, Germany
  • 1984 Leroy Lita, Congolese football player, born in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • 1984 Beverly Mullins, American wrestler & model, born in Clearwater, Florida
  • 1984 Alex Lloyd, British racing driver, born in Manchester, United Kingdom
  • 1986 Tom Huddlestone, English footballer, born in Nottingham, United Kingdom