Birthdays in Sport on December 31

  • 1857 King Kelly, American baseball player (d. 1894)
  • 1870 Thomas Connolly, baseball's major league umpire for 50 years
  • 1880 Fred Beebe, American baseball player (d. 1957)
  • 1882 Ben Jones, Missouri, horse trainer (Citation, Whirlaway)
  • 1884 Bobby Byrne, American baseball player (d. 1964)
  • 1893 J M Blankenberg, cricketer (60 wkts in 18 Tests for South Africa)
  • 1904 Chuck Gardiner, UK, NHL goalie (Vezina winner)
  • 1906 Erna Bogen, Hungarian foils (Olympic bronze 1932)
  • 1919 Tommy Byrne, American baseball player
  • 1924 Victoria Draves, American platform/springboard diver (Olympic gold 1948)
  • 1928 Hugh McElhenny, NFL halfback (SF, Minnesota, Giants, Detroit)
  • 1928 Amarillo Slim [Thomas Preston], Amarillo Texas, hall of fame professional poker player (1971 World Series main event), (d. 2012)
  • 1929 Peter May, English cricketer (dashing batsman of 50's), born in Reading (d. 1994)
  • 1935 Peter Allan, cricketer (1 Test Australia v England 1965, 2-58 & 0-25)
  • 1938 Atje Keulen-Deelstra, Holland, speed skater (world champ), (d. 2013)
  • 1939 Afaq Hussain, cricketer (Pakistani off-spinner in 2 Tests 1961-64)
  • 1939 Willye White, US long jumper (Olympic silver 1956, appeared in 5 Olympics)
  • 1941 Milkha Singh, cricketer (bro of Kripal Singh India batsman in 4 Tests)
  • 1941 Sir Alex Ferguson, Scottish football manager
  • 1950 Inge Helten, German FR, sprinter (Olympic bronze 1976)
  • 1950 Robert Bryan Gilder, Corvallis OR, PGA golfer (1980 Canadian Open)
  • 1951 Michael Allen Bantom, basketball player (Olympic silver 1972), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1957 David Allen Ogrin, PGA golfer (1994 Byron Nelson-2nd), born in Waukegan, Illinois
  • 1958 Geoff Marsh, cricketer (Aust opening batsman 1985-92)
  • 1960 Broderick Dyke, Australia, tennis star
  • 1961 Rick Aguilera, pitcher (Minnesota Twins), born in San Gabriel, California
  • 1962 Tyrone Corbin, NBA forward (Miami Heat, Atlanta Hawks)
  • 1963 Ed Simmons, NFL tackle (Washington Redskins)
  • 1963 Konishiki, American sumo wrestler
  • 1964 Denis Hickey, cricketer (fast bowler for Vic, SA & Glamorgan)
  • 1964 Klari MacAskill, kayaker (Olympics-5-92, 96), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • 1964 Winston Benjamin, cricketer (WI righty quick 1987-95)
  • 1965 Michelle Dobek, golfer (1995 GHP Heartland Classic-45th), born in Holyoke, Massachusetts
  • 1967 Brad Daluiso, NFL place kicker (NY Giants)
  • 1970 Bryon Russell, NBA forward (Utah Jazz)
  • 1970 Dan Howe, canoeist (Olympics 1996), born in Kingston, Ontario
  • 1970 Dunstan Anderson, NFL defensive end (Dolphins, New Orleans Saints, Rhein Fire)
  • 1970 Edwin Huizinga, Dutch soccer player (SC Heerenveen, Emmen)
  • 1970 Michel Brunet, Gatineau Quebec, ice dancer (1996 Canadians-2nd)
  • 1971 Brent Barry, NBA guard (LA Clippers)
  • 1971 Erin Warren, luger (Olympics 1994), born in Winchester Massachusetts
  • 1971 Heath Shuler, NFL quarterback (Washington Redskins, New Orleans Saints)
  • 1971 Ricardo López Felipe, Spanish footballer
  • 1972 Chris Parker, running back (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1972 Cole Ford, NFL kicker (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1972 Kelvin Kinney, defensive end (Washington Redskins)
  • 1973 Curtis Myden, 200m/400m swimmer (Olympic 2 bronze-96), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1973 George Jones, running back (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1973 Hiroyuki Miura, hockey defenseman (Team Japan 1998)
  • 1974 Mario Aerts, Belgian cyclist
  • 1974 Tony Kanaan, Brazilian racing driver
  • 1975 Cole Ford, kicker (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1975 Toni Kuivasto, Finnish footballer
  • 1977 Wardy Alfaro, Costa Rican footballer
  • 1980 Richard "Richie" McCaw, New Zealand rugby player (All Blacks), born in Oamaru, New Zealand
  • 1981 Jason Campbell, American football player
  • 1981 Matthew Pavlich, Australian football player
  • 1982 Julio DePaula, Dominican baseball player
  • 1982 Luke Schenscher, Australian basketball player
  • 1982 Craig Gordon, Scottish footballer
  • 1987 Javaris Crittenton, American basketball player
  • 1987 Émilie Le Pennec, French gymnast