On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on December 30

  • 1872 William Larned, American tennis player (US Nationals 1901-02, 07-11), born in Summit, New Jersey (d. 1926)
  • 1879 Harry Barrett, British athlete (WR marathon 2:42:31 1909), born in London, England (d. 1927)
  • 1883 Lester Patrick, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame defenceman (6 x Stanley Cups as player, coach and manager), born in Drummondville, Quebec (d. 1960)
  • 1919 Dick Spooner, England, cricket wicket-keeper (Godfrey Evans' shadow)
  • 1935 Sandy Koufax, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (7 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1955, 59, 63, 65; perfect game 1967; Cy Young Award 1963, 65, 66; Triple Crown 1963, 65, 66; LA Dodgers), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1937 Gordon Banks, English soccer goalkeeper (World Cup 1966, 73 England caps), born in Sheffield, England (d. 2019)
  • 1940 Fred Hansen, American pole vaulter (Olympic gold 1964), born in Cuero, Texas
  • 1941 Mel Renfro, American football player
  • 1942 Guy Edwards, English racing driver
  • 1948 Surinder Amarnath, cricketer (son of Lala 124 on debut v NZ 1976)
  • 1949 Bruce Davidson, equestrian 3-day (Olympic silver 1996)
  • 1951 Doug Allder, English footballer
  • 1958 Rod Harrington, English darts player and broadcaster (World Matchplay C'ship 1998, 99; PDC World C'ship 1999 runner-up), born in Boreham, Essex, England
  • 1960 Addy Bucek, Australian 470 class sailor (Olympics-9-92, 96)
  • 1961 Ben Johnson, Canadian athlete (Olympic 100m gold 1988-disqualified), born in Falmouth, Jamaica
  • 1961 Sue Malaxos, Australian marathoner (Olympics 1996)

  • 1963 Johnny van 't Schip, Dutch soccer star (Ajax, Genua)
  • 1963 Milan Srejber, Czech tennis star
  • 1964 Kris Tschetter, American golfer (US Open runner-up 1996), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1964 Duglas T. Stewart, Scottish musician (BMX Bandits)
  • 1965 Brad McNamara, cricketer (NSW all-rounder)
  • 1965 David Baker, UK cyclist, born in Sheffield, England
  • 1968 Kevin Dahl, Regina, NHL defenseman (Calgary Flames)
  • 1968 Sean Higgins, NBA guard/forward (Philadelphia 76ers, Portland Trailblazers)
  • 1969 Anthuan Maybank, Georgetown SC, 200m/400m runner
  • 1969 Jeff Thomason, NFL tight end (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • 1969 Michelle McGann, American golfer (7 LPGA Tour wins), born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • 1970 Grant Carter, CFL defensive end (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • 1970 Gus Nketia, 100m sprint (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1970 Kevin Salvadori, NBA center (Sacramento Kings)
  • 1971 Sylvester Wright, NFL linebacker (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1971 Thomas Strzalkowski, American fencer-sabre (Olympics 1996), born in Kraków, Poland
  • 1972 Kerry Collins, NFL quarterback (Carolina Panthers)
  • 1972 Loren Meyer, NBA center (Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks)
  • 1972 Paul Keegan, Irish footballer
  • 1973 Don Reid, NBA guard/forward (Detroit Pistons)

  • 1973 Robert Walker, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • 1973 Ato Boldon, Trinidadian athlete

Person of interestTiger Woods

1975 Tiger Woods, American golfer (15 major titles; 81 PGA Tour titles; 41 European Tour titles), born in Cypress, California

Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
Tiger Woods
  • 1976 A.J. Pierzynski, American baseball player
  • 1977 Laila Ali, American boxer
  • 1977 Grant Balfour, Australian baseball player
  • 1977 Kenyon Martin, American basketball player
  • 1979 Flávio, Angolan footballer
  • 1981 Ali Al Habsi, Omani footballer
  • 1981 Michael Rodríguez, Costa Rican footballer
  • 1981 Matt Ulrich, American football player
  • 1982 Dawan Landry, American football player
  • 1982 Dathan Ritzenhein, American runner
  • 1984 Randall Azofeifa, Costa Rican footballer

Person of interestLeBron James

1984 LeBron James, American basketball forward (3-time NBA champion, Olympic gold 2008, 12), born in Akron, Ohio

Basketball Player LeBron James
Basketball Player
LeBron James
  • 1989 Ryan Sheckler, American professional skateboarder
  • 1992 Carson Wentz, American NFL quarterback (Pro Bowl 2017; Philadelphia Eagles), born in Raleigh, North Carolina