On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on December 7

  • 1856 Wilfred Flowers, English cricket all-rounder (8 Tests), born in Calverton, Nottinghamshire (d. 1926)
  • 1882 Warren Bardsley, Australian cricketer (great NSW & Aussie opening bat 1909-26), Warren, New South Wales (d. 1954)
  • 1902 Janardan Navle, Indian cricketer (India's 1st Test wicket-keeper), born in Fulgaon, Maharashtra, 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 cricketer (England opener in West Indies 1948), born in Rawtenstall, Lancashire, England (d. 2002)
  • 1920 Fiorenzo Magni, Italian professional road racing cyclist, 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 Formula One driver, born in Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia (d. 2005)
  • 1925 Hernando da Silva Ramos, French-Brazilian racing driver, born in Paris
  • 1926 Victor Kermit Kiam II, American businessman (Remington shavers) and NFL owner (Patriots), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2001)
  • 1932 François Lafortune Jr., Belgian shooter (competed at 7 Olympic Games 1952-1976, 50m Rifle, Prone Position), born in Visé, Belgium (d. 2020)
  • 1936 Bo Belinsky, American baseball pitcher ( no-hitter 1962 in only 4th MLB game; LA Angels), born in NYC, New York (d. 2001)
  • 1942 Alex [Alexander] Johnson, American professional baseball player, born in Helena, Arkansas (d. 2015)

Person of interestJohnny Bench

1947 Johnny Bench, American MLB catcher (Reds), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

MLB Catcher Johnny Bench
MLB Catcher
Johnny Bench

Person of interestLarry Bird

1956 Larry Bird, American Basketball Hall of Fame forward, coach, executive (Boston Celtics 3-time NBA champion, 12-time NBA All Star), born in West Baden, Indiana

NBA Legend Larry Bird
NBA Legend
Larry Bird

  • 1957 Geoff "Henry" Lawson, Australian cricket player, fast bowler (1980-89) and coach of Pakistan, born in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia
  • 1957 Rohan Jayasekera, Sri Lankan cricketer (one Test Sri Lanka v Pakistan 1982), born in Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 1959 Salim Yousuf, Pakistani cricketer (Pakistani wicket-keeper in 32 Tests 1986-90), born in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
  • 1963 Theo Snelders, Dutch football goalkeeper, born in Westervoort, Gelderland, Netherlands
  • 1964 Peter Laviolette, American hockey defenseman (Olympics 1994), born in Franklin, Massachusetts
  • 1964 Tadao Uematsu, Japanese racing driver, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1964 Vladimir Artemov, Russian gymnast (4 Olympic gold 1988), born in Vladimir, Russia
  • 1965 Colin Hendry, Scottish footballer and coach, born in Keith, Scotland
  • 1966 Shinichi Itoh, Japanese motorcycle racer, born in Kakuda, Miyagi, Japan
  • 1967 Tino Martinez, American baseball 1st baseman (Seattle Mariner, NY Yankees), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1967 Václav Chalupa, Czech rower (Henley Royal Regatta 1989, Olympic silver 1992), born in Jindřichův Hradec, Czechoslovakia
  • 1968 Keith Goganious, American NFL linebacker (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • 1968 Melissa Iverson, American rower (Olympics 1996), born in Anoka, Minnesota
  • 1968 Ricky Ervins, American NFL running back (SF 49ers), born in Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • 1968 Tom Myslinski, American NFL guard (Jacksonville Jaguars, Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Rome, New York
  • 1968 Mark Geyer, Australian rugby league footballer, born in Granville, Australia
  • 1970 Courtney Browne, Barbadian cricketer (West Indies Test wicket-keeper 1995), born in Lambeth, London
  • 1971 Ben Atkins, American fencer-epee (Olympics 1996), born in NYC, New York
  • 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 Jordi Buritlo, Spanish tennis player, born in Barcelona, Spain
  • 1972 Kevin Dogins, American NFL player (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), born in Eagle Lake, Texas
  • 1972 Hermann Maier, Austrian skier (2 Olympic gold medals 1998), born in Altenmarkt im Pongau, Austria
  • 1973 Terrell Owens, American football wide receiver (San Francisco 49ers), 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 Robert Kubica, Polish Formula One racing driver (1st Finnish to compete in Formula One), born in Kraków, Poland
  • 1984 Luca Rigoni, Italian footballer, born in Schio, Italy
  • 1984 Aaron Gray, American basketball player, born in Tarzana, California
  • 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