Birthdays in Sport on December 31

  • 1857 King Kelly, American baseball player, born in Troy, New York (d. 1894)
  • 1870 Thomas Connolly, English-American baseball umpire, born in Manchester, United Kingdom (d. 1961)
  • 1880 Fred Beebe, American baseball player, born in Lincoln, Nebraska (d. 1957)
  • 1882 Ben Jones, American horse trainer (Citation, Whirlaway), born in Parnell, Missouri (d. 1961)
  • 1884 Bobby Byrne, American baseball player, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1964)
  • 1893 Jimmy Blanckenberg, South African cricketer (60 wkts in 18 Tests for South Africa), born in Cape Town, South Africa (d. 1955)
  • 1904 Chuck Gardiner, Canadian NHL goalie (Vezina winner), born in Edinburgh, United Kingdom (d. 1934)
  • 1906 Erna Bogen-Bogáti, Hungarian foils (Olympic bronze 1932), born in Jaroslaw, Poland (d. 2002)
  • 1919 Tommy Byrne, American baseball player, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2007)
  • 1924 Victoria Draves, American platform/springboard diver (Olympic gold 1948)
  • 1928 Hugh McElhenny, American NFL halfback (SF, Minnesota, Giants, Detroit), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1928 Amarillo Slim [Thomas Preston], American hall of fame professional poker player (1971 World Series main event), born in Amarillo, Texas (d. 2012)
  • 1929 Peter May, English cricketer (dashing batsman of 50's), born in Reading (d. 1994)
  • 1935 Peter Allan, Australian cricketer (1 Test Australia v England 1965, 2-58 & 0-25), born in Brisbane, Australia
  • 1938 Atje Keulen-Deelstra, Dutch speed skater (world champ, born in Grou, Netherlands (d. 2013)
  • 1939 Afaq Hussain, Pakistani cricketer (Pakistani off-spinner in 2 Tests 1961-64), born in Lucknow, India (d. 2002)

  • 1939 Willye White, American long jumper (Olympic silver 1956, appeared in 5 Olympics), born in Money, Mississippi (d. 2007)
  • 1941 Milkha Singh, Indian cricketer (bro of Kripal Singh India batsman in 4 Tests), born in Madras, India (d. 2017)
  • 1941 Sir Alex Ferguson, Scottish football manager, born in Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • 1950 Inge Helten, German sprinter (Olympic bronze 1976), born in Sinzig, Germany
  • 1950 Bob Gilder, American PGA golfer (1980 Canadian Open), born in Corvallis, Oregon
  • 1951 Michael Allen Bantom, American basketball player (Olympic silver 1972), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1957 David Allen Ogrin, American PGA golfer (1994 Byron Nelson-2nd), born in Waukegan, Illinois
  • 1958 Geoff Marsh, Australian cricketer (Aust opening batsman 1985-92), born in Northam, Australia
  • 1960 Broderick Dyke, Australian tennis player, born in Gumeracha, Australia
  • 1961 Rick Aguilera, American baseball pitcher (Minnesota Twins), born in San Gabriel, California
  • 1962 Tyrone Corbin, American NBA forward (Miami Heat, Atlanta Hawks), born in Columbia, South Carolina
  • 1963 Ed Simmons, American NFL tackle (Washington Redskins), born in French Camp, California
  • 1963 Konishiki, Japanese-Samoan sumo wrestler, born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1964 Denis Hickey, Australian cricketer (fast bowler for Vic, SA & Glamorgan), born in Mooroopna, Australia
  • 1964 Klari MacAskill, Canadian kayaker (Olympics-5-92, 96), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • 1964 Winston Benjamin, Antiguan cricketer (WI righty quick 1987-95), born in All Saints, Antigua and Barbuda
  • 1965 Michelle Dobek, American golfer (1995 GHP Heartland Classic-45th), born in Holyoke, Massachusetts
  • 1967 Brad Daluiso, American NFL placekicker (NY Giants), born in San Diego, California
  • 1970 Bryon Russell, American NBA forward (Utah Jazz), born in San Bernardino, California
  • 1970 Dan Howe, Canadian canoeist (Olympics 1996), born in Kingston, Ontario
  • 1970 Dunstan Anderson, NFL defensive end (Dolphins, New Orleans Saints, Rhein Fire), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1970 Edwin Huizinga, Dutch football player (SC Heerenveen, Emmen), born in Drachten, Netherlands
  • 1970 Michel Brunet, Canadian ice dancer (1996 Canadians-2nd), born in Gatineau, Quebec
  • 1971 Brent Barry, American NBA guard (LA Clippers), born in Hempstead, New York
  • 1971 Erin Warren, American luger (Olympics 1994), born in Winchester Massachusetts

  • 1971 Heath Shuler, NFL quarterback (Washington Redskins, New Orleans Saints), born in Bryson City, North Carolina
  • 1971 Ricardo López Felipe, Spanish footballer, born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1972 Chris Parker, American football running back (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Lynchburg, Virginia
  • 1972 Kelvin Kinney, American football defensive end (Washington Redskins), born in Montgomery, West Virginia
  • 1972 Cole Ford, American football placekicker (Oakland Raiders), born in Tucson, Arizona
  • 1973 Curtis Myden, Canadian 200m/400m swimmer (Olympic 2 bronze-96), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1973 George Jones, American running back (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Greenville, South Carolina
  • 1973 Hiroyuki Miura, Japanese hockey defenceman (Team Japan 1998), born in Hokkaido, Japan
  • 1974 Mario Aerts, Belgian cyclist, born in Herentals, Belgium
  • 1974 Tony Kanaan, Brazilian racing driver, born in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
  • 1975 Toni Kuivasto, Finnish footballer, born in Tampere, Finland
  • 1977 Wardy Alfaro, Costa Rican footballer, born in Alajuela, Costa Rica
  • 1980 Richard "Richie" McCaw, New Zealand rugby player (All Blacks), born in Oamaru, New Zealand
  • 1981 Jason Campbell, American football player, born in Laurel, Mississippi
  • 1981 Matthew Pavlich, Australian football player, born in Adelaide, Australia
  • 1982 Julio DePaula, Dominican baseball player, born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • 1982 Luke Schenscher, Australian basketball player, born in South Australia, Australia
  • 1982 Craig Gordon, Scottish footballer, born in Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • 1987 Javaris Crittenton, American basketball player, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1987 Émilie Le Pennec, French gymnast, born in La Garenne-Colombes, France