Birthdays in Sport on December 7

  • 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 champ (US Open-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)
  • 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)
  • 1930 Hal Smith, American baseball player, born in West Frankfort, Illinois
  • 1942 Alex [Alexander] Johnson, American professional baseball player, born in Helena, Arkansas (d. 2015)

Person of interestJohnny Bench

1947 Johnny Bench, 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, cricketer (one Test Sri Lanka v Pakistan 1982)
  • 1959 Salim Yousuf, cricketer (Pakistani wicket-keeper in 32 Tests 1986-90)
  • 1963 Theo Snelders, former Dutch footballer

  • 1964 Peter Laviolette, Norwood Mass, US hockey defenseman (Olympics 1994)
  • 1964 Tadao Uematsu, Japanese racing driver
  • 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
  • 1967 Tino Martinez, 1st baseman (Seattle Mariner, NY Yankees), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1968 Cammy Myler, Plattsburgh NY, luger (Olympics 1994)
  • 1968 Keith Goganious, NFL linebacker (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1968 Melissa Iverson, Anoka Minn, rower (Olympics 1996)
  • 1968 Ricky Ervins, NFL running back (SF 49ers)
  • 1968 Tom Myslinski, NFL guard (Jacksonville Jaguars, Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1968 Mark Geyer, Australian rugby league footballer
  • 1969 Sabine Hack, West Germany, tennis star
  • 1970 Courtney Browne, cricketer (West Indies Test wicket-keeper 1995)
  • 1971 Ben Atkins, American fencer-epee (Olympics 1996), born in NYC, New York
  • 1971 Mauricio Hadad, Cali Colombia, tennis star (1995 Bermuda)
  • 1971 Vladimir Akopian, Armenian chess player
  • 1972 Bobby Schoonens, soccer player (RKC)
  • 1972 Clay Shiver, American NFL center (Dallas Cowboys, Carolina Panthers), born in Tifton, Georgia
  • 1972 Jordi Buritlo, Spanish tennis star
  • 1972 Kevin Dogins, corner (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • 1973 Terrell Owens, wide receiver (San Francisco 49ers)
  • 1974 Alex Radutescu, Romania, tennis star
  • 1974 Annette Salmeen, 200m butterfly/800m freestyle relay (Olympics 1996)
  • 1975 Jamie Clapham, English footballer
  • 1976 Alan Faneca, American football player
  • 1976 Brent Johnson, Canadian football player
  • 1976 Georges Laraque, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1977 Fernando Vargas, Oxnard Ca, welterweight boxer (Olympics 1996)
  • 1977 Francesca Lubiani, Bologna Italy, tennis star (Futures-Amadora-POR)
  • 1977 Luke Donald, English golfer (US Masters 2005, PGA C'ship 2006 3rd), born in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire
  • 1979 Lampros Choutos, Greek footballer
  • 1980 John Terry, English soccer defender (78 caps; Chelsea), born in London, England
  • 1983 Fausto Carmona, Dominican baseball player
  • 1984 Robert Kubica, the first Polish Formula One racing driver
  • 1984 Luca Rigoni, Italian footballer
  • 1984 Aaron Gray, American basketball player
  • 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