Birthdays in Sport on December 29

  • 1869 Bill Howell, cricketer (Australian bowler at turn of century)
  • 1881 Jess Willard, American boxer (d. 1968)
  • 1915 Bill Osmanski, American football player (d. 1996)
  • 1925 Pete Dye, American golf course architect
  • 1927 Jim Simpson, sportscaster (Monday Night Baseball), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1927 Andy Stanfield, American athlete (d. 1985)

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1936 Ray Nitschke, American NFL linebacker (Green Bay Packers), born in Elmwood Park, Illinois (d. 1998)

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NFL Legend
Ray Nitschke
  • 1938 Wayne Huizenga, American businessman, CEO (Waste Management, Blockbuster), and sports team owner (Miami Dolphins, Florida Panthers, Florida Marlins), born in Evergreen Park, Illinois (d. 2018)
  • 1944 Rodney Redmond, NZ cricket (opener scored century in Test v Pak 1973)
  • 1946 Laffit Pincay Jr, jockey (Ky Derby 1984, Belmont 1982-84, Swale)
  • 1949 Syed Kirmani, cricketer (Indian keeper after Engineer)
  • 1952 Nikolai Andrianov, USSR, gymnast (Olympic gold 1972, 76, 80)
  • 1953 Kate Schmidt, US javelin thrower (Olympic bronze 1972)
  • 1954 Glenn Myernick, US soccer coach (Olympic gold 1996), born in Trenton, New Jersey
  • 1958 Curt Allen Byrum, PGA golfer (1989 Hardee's Golf Classic), born in Onida, South Dakota
  • 1960 Dave Gilbert, cricketer (Aussie pace bowler in 9 Tests 1985-86)
  • 1960 David Boon, cricketer (short backward square from Tasmania)
  • 1962 Devon White, outfielder (Florida Marlins), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1963 Sean Payton, American football coach
  • 1964 Craig Grebeck, infielder (Florida Marlins), born in Cerritos, California
  • 1965 David Delfino, hockey goaltender (Team Italy 1998)
  • 1966 Bruce Bulina, Canadian Tour golfer (1990 Alberta Open), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1966 Drew Hartt, Canadian Tour golfer (1995 Desert Tour), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1966 Stefano Eranio, Italian footballer
  • 1967 Henry Jones, American football Safety (Buffalo Bills, Minnesota Vikings), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1967 Kevin Toth, shot putter, born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1967 Tony Tolbert, NFL defensive end (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1968 Darren Perry, NFL free safety (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1968 James Mouton, outfielder (Houston Astros), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1969 Allan McNish, Scottish race car driver
  • 1970 Hidetoshi Mitsusada, Japanese racing driver
  • 1971 Jay Fiedler, American NFL quarterback (Amsterdam Admirals), born in Long Island, New York
  • 1971 Margot Thien, American synchronized swimmer (Olympic gold 1996), born in San Diego, California
  • 1971 Mark Montreuil, NFL cornerback (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1971 Toby Mills, WLAF corner (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • 1972 Malcolm Seabron, NFL wide receiver (Houston Oilers)
  • 1972 Randy Neal, NFL linebacker (Cin Bengals)
  • 1973 Tomas Perez, Barquisimeto Venezuela, infielder (Toronto Blue Jays)
  • 1973 Theo Epstein, American baseball executive and President of Baseball Operations, born in NYC, New York
  • 1974 Brad Hodge, cricketer (promising Victorian middle-order batsman)
  • 1974 James Darling, linebacker (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1974 Tom Knight, cornerback (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1974 Richmond "Richie" Sexson, American baseball player, born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1975 Jaret Wright, American baseball player
  • 1977 Jimmy Journell, American baseball player
  • 1978 Kieron Dyer, English footballer
  • 1988 Agnes Szavay, Hungary tennis player
  • 1989 Nathan Forbes, British footballer
  • 1989 Kei Nishikori, Japanese tennis player (11 singles titles, only Japanese player ranked in top 10), born in Matsue, Japan