Birthdays in Sport on December 7

  • 1856 Wilfred Flowers, English cricket all-rounder (8 Tests; Nottinghamshire CCC), born in Calverton, Nottinghamshire (d. 1926)
  • 1869 Frank Laver, Australian cricket medium pace bowler (15 Tests, 37 wickets, BB 8/31) and baseball player (first Australian national team), born in Castlemaine, Australia (d. 1919)
  • 1882 Warren Bardsley, Australian cricket batsman (41 Tests, 6 x 100, 14 x 50, HS 193no; NSWCA), born in Warren, Australia (d. 1954)
  • 1902 Janardan Navle, Indian cricket wicketkeeper (2 Tests, 1 dismissal; first Indian wicket-keeper; Hindus CC), born in Pulgaon, India (d. 1979)
  • 1908 John Doeg, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1930), born in Guaymas, Sonora, Mexico (d. 1978)
  • 1914 Winston Place, English cricket batsman (3 Tests, 1 x 100; Lancashire CCC, MCC), born in Rawtenstall, England (d. 2002)
  • 1920 Fiorenzo Magni, Italian road cyclist (Giro d'Italia 1948, 51, 55; Tour of Flanders 1949, 50, 51), born in Vaiano, Italy (d. 2012)
  • 1922 Rogério Pipi, Portuguese soccer forward (15 caps; Benfica), born in Lisbon, Portugal (d. 2019)
  • 1923 Alan Ford, American swimmer (world 100m freestyle record 55.4; Olympic silver 1948), born in Panama Canal Zone, Panama (d. 2008)
  • 1924 John Love, Zimbabwean auto racer (British Saloon Car C'ship 1962; 6 x South African F1 C'ship 1964-69), born in Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia (d. 2005)
  • 1926 Victor Kermit Kiam II, American businessman (Remington shavers) and NFL owner (New England Patriots 1988–91), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2001)
  • 1932 François Lafortune Jr., Belgian rifle shooter (7 x Olympic Games 1952-1976, 50m Rifle, Prone Position), born in Visé, Belgium (d. 2020)
  • 1936 Bo Belinsky, American baseball pitcher (no-hitter 1962; LA Angels), born in NYC, New York (d. 2001)

Alex JohnsonAlex Johnson (1942-2015)

American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star, AL batting champion 1970, California Angels), born in Helena, Arkansas

Johnny BenchJohnny Bench (75 years old)

1947 American Baseball HOF catcher (14 x MLB All Star; World Series 1975, 76 [MVP]; NL MVP 1970, 72; 10 x Gold Glove; Cincinnati Reds), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Larry BirdLarry Bird (66 years old)

1956 American Basketball HOF forward, coach, executive (3 x NBA C'ship; NBA Finals MVP 1984, 86; 3 × NBA MVP; 12 x NBA All Star; Boston Celtics), born in West Baden, Indiana

  • 1957 Geoff "Henry" Lawson, Australian cricket fast bowler (46 Tests, 180 wickets, BB 8/112; NSWCA, Lancashire) and coach (Pakistan 2007-08), born in Wagga Wagga, Australia
  • 1957 Rohan Jayasekera, Sri Lankan cricket batsman (1 Test; 2 ODIs; for Canada 4 x ICC Trophy), born in Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 1959 Saleem Yousuf, Pakistani cricket wicket-keeper (32 Tests, 5 x 50, 104 dismissals; Karachi, Sindh), born in Karachi, Pakistan
  • 1963 Theo Snelders, Dutch soccer goalkeeper (1 cap; FC Twente, Aberdeen 227 games, Rangers), born in Westervoort, Netherlands
  • 1964 Peter Laviolette, American ice hockey coach (Stanley Cup Carolina Hurricanes 2006, NY Islanders, Philadelphia Flyers, Nashville Predators), born in Franklin, Massachusetts
  • 1964 Vladimir Artemov, Russian gymnast (Olympic gold x 4, silver x 1 USSR 1988; World C'ship gold x 6), born in Vladimir, Russia
  • 1965 Colin Hendry, Scottish soccer defender (51 caps; Manchester City, Blackburn Rovers) and coach (Blackpool, Clyde), born in Keith, Scotland
  • 1965 Todd Kabel, Canadian jockey (Sovereign Award for Outstanding Jockey 1992, 95, 2003-06; Queen's Plate 1995, 2000; Prince of Wales Stakes 2000, 07), born in McCreary, Manitoba (d. 2021)
  • 1966 Shinichi Ito, Japanese motorcycle racer (Japanese Superbike C'ship x 3; Suzuka 8 Hour Endurance Race x 3), born in Kakuda, Japan
  • 1967 Tino Martinez, American baseball first baseman (MLB All-Star 1995, 1997; World Series 1996, 98–2000 Seattle Mariners, NY Yankees), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1967 Václav Chalupa, Czech rower (Henley Royal Regatta 1989, Olympic silver 1992), born in Jindřichův Hradec, Czechoslovakia
  • 1968 Mark Geyer, Australian rugby league second rower (3 Tests; NRL Premiership 1991 Penrith; NSW 3 SOO) and broadcaster (MMM), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1968 Melissa Iverson, American rower (World C'ships gold women's coxless four 1995), born in Anoka, Minnesota
  • 1970 Courtney Browne, West Indian cricket wicket-keeper (20 Tests, 81 dismissals, 1 x 50; Barbados), born in London, England
  • 1971 Mauricio Hadad, Colombian tennis star (1995 Bermuda), born in Cali, Colombia
  • 1971 Vladimir Akopian, Armenian chess Grandmaster, born in Baku, Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic, Soviet Union
  • 1972 Bobby Schoonens, Dutch soccer player (RKC), born in Den Bosch, Netherlands
  • 1972 Clay Shiver, American NFL center (Dallas Cowboys, Carolina Panthers), born in Tifton, Georgia
  • 1972 Hermann Maier, Austrian skier (2 Olympic gold medals 1998), born in Altenmarkt im Pongau, Austria
  • 1972 Jordi Buritlo, Spanish tennis player, born in Barcelona, Spain
  • 1972 Kevin Dogins, American NFL player (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), born in Eagle Lake, Texas

Terrell OwensTerrell Owens (49 years old)

1973 American Pro Football HOF wide receiver (5 × First-team All-Pro; 6 × Pro Bowl; 3 × NFL receiving TD leader; SF 49ers, Dallas Cowboys), born in Alexander City, Alabama

  • 1974 Alex Rădulescu, Romanian tennis player, born in Bucharest, Romania
  • 1974 Annette Salmeen, American biochemist and gold medalist (1996 Summer Olympics), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • 1975 Jamie Clapham, English footballer (Ipswich Town), born in Lincoln, England
  • 1976 Alan Faneca, American football player (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1976 Brent Johnson, Canadian football player (BC Lions), born in Kingston, Ontario
  • 1976 Georges Laraque, Canadian ice hockey player (Edmonton Oilers), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1977 Fernando Vargas, American welterweight boxer (Olympics 1996), born in Oxnard, California
  • 1977 Luke Donald, English golfer (US Masters 2005, PGA C'ship 2006 3rd), born in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire
  • 1979 Lampros Choutos, Greek footballer, born in Athens, Greece
  • 1980 John Terry, English soccer defender (78 caps; Chelsea), born in London, England
  • 1984 Aaron Gray, American NBA basketball player, 2007-14 (Chicago Bulls and 3 other teams), born in Tarzana, California
  • 1984 Luca Rigoni, Italian footballer, born in Schio, Italy
  • 1984 Robert Kubica, Polish race car driver (1st Pole to compete in Formula One), born in Kraków, Poland
  • 1986 Billy Horschel, American golfer (FedEx Cup 2014, 5 PGA Tour titles), born in Grant, Florida
  • 1988 Nathan Adrian, American swimmer (Olympic gold 100m freestyle 2012), born in Bremerton, Washington
  • 1989 Kyle Hendricks, American MLB pitcher (Chicago Cubs), born in Newport Beach, California
  • 1990 Marte Olsbu Røiseland, Norwegian biathlete (Olympic gold women's sprint, pursuit, mixed relay 2022; 11 x World C'ship gold), born in Arendal, Norway

Yuzuru HanyuYuzuru Hanyu (28 years old)

1994 Japanese figure skater (Olympic gold men's singles 2014, 18; World C'ship gold 2014, 17), born in Sendai, Miyagi, Japan