Birthdays in Sport on December 8

  • December
  • 1904 Wilmer L Allison Jr, tennis champ (US Open-1935)
  • 1914 Ernie Toshack, Australian cricket fast bowler (12 Tests, 47 wickets), born in Cobar, NSW (d. 2003)
  • 1918 Ian Johnson, cricketer (Australian Test captbetween Hassett & Craig)
  • 1920 Emmanuel McDonald Bailey, Trinidad, 100m runner (Olympic bronze 1952)
  • 1922 George Fullerton, cricketer (South African keeper-batsman 1947-51)
  • 1935 Tatiana Zatulovskaya, Israeli chess player
  • 1936 Peter Parfitt, cricketer (fine England batsman of the 1960's)
  • 1936 W S "Buster" Farrer, cricketer (South African Test batsman 1962-64)
  • 1940 Brant Alyea, American baseball player
  • 1941 Geoff Hurst, cricketer (Essex 1962, better known as soccer immortal)
  • 1941 Ed Brinkman, American baseball player
  • 1942 Hemant Kanitkar, cricketer (batted in two Tests India v WI 1974)
  • 1950 Tim Foli, American baseball player
  • 1953 Roy Firestone, American sportscaster (Life's Most Embarrassing Moments), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1955 Ian Greig, cricketer (brother of Tony Two Tests for England 1982)
  • 1958 Wayne Dickert, slalom double canoe (Olympic 11th 1996), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee

  • 1962 Berry van Aerle, Dutch soccer star (PSV)

Person of interestSteve Elkington

1962 Steve Elkington, Australian golfer (PGA Championship 1995; 10 PGA Tour titles), born in Inverell, New South Wales

Golfer and PGA Champion Steve Elkington
Golfer and PGA Champion
Steve Elkington
  • 1964 James Martinez, Santa Fe NM, rower (Olympics 1996)
  • 1965 Greg Truitt, NFL safety/linebacker (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • 1965 Teresa Weatherspoon, WNBA guard (NY Liberty)
  • 1965 Troy Sadowski, NFL tight end (Cin Bengals)
  • 1966 Joe Staysniak, NFL guard (Indianapolis Colts)
  • 1967 Jeff George, NFL quarterback (Atlanta Falcons, Oakland Raiders)
  • 1967 Ron George, linebacker (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1967 Tony Mayberry, NFL center (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • 1967 Darren Sheridan, English footballer and manager
  • 1968 Bill Johnson, defensive tackle (St Louis Rams)
  • 1968 Mike Mussina, American baseball pitcher (5-time MLB All Star), Williamsport, Pennsylvania
  • 1969 Antoon Kuil, soccer player (Veendam, SC Heerenveen)
  • 1969 Darrin Shannon, Barrie, NHL left wing (Winnipeg Jets)
  • 1969 Victor Green, NFL cornerback/safety (NY Jets)
  • 1971 Garvin Alston, pitcher (Colorado Rockies), born in Mt Vernon, New York
  • 1971 James Stewart, NFL running back (Minnesota Vikings), born in Vero Beach, Florida
  • 1972 Marco Abreu, Angolan footballer
  • 1973 Mitch Jacoby, tight end (St Louis Rams)
  • 1973 Monty Montgomery, defensiveback (Indianapolis Colts)
  • 1974 Paul Staight, Victoria Australia, badminton player (Olympics 1996)
  • 1975 Kevin Harvick, American auto racer (NASCAR Cup Series Champion 2014), born in Bakersfield, California
  • 1976 Reed Johnson, American baseball player
  • 1977 SĂ©bastien Chabal, French rugby union footballer

  • 1977 Ryan Newman, American NASCAR driver
  • 1978 Kate Robinson, American figure skater and ice dancer, born in Peoria, Illinois
  • 1978 Anwar Siraj, Ethiopian footballer
  • 1978 John Oster, Welsh footballer, born in Boston, England
  • 1978 Vernon Wells, American baseball player, born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1979 Christian Wilhelmsson, Swedish footballer
  • 1979 Daniel Fitzhenry, Australian rugby league footballer
  • 1980 Brandt Snedeker, American golfer (US Masters 2008, British Open 2012 3rd), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1981 Jeremy Accardo, American baseball player
  • 1981 Philip Rivers, American NFL quarterback (San Diego, LA Chargers), born in Decatur, Alabama
  • 1982 Dee Dee Trotter, American athlete
  • 1982 Hamit Altintop, German-born Turkish Football player (identical twin brother of Halil Altintop)
  • 1982 Halil Altintop, Turkish Football player (identical twin brother of Hamit Altintop)
  • 1983 Neel Jani, Swiss racing driver
  • 1983 Liu Song, Chinese snooker player
  • 1984 Greg Halford, English footballer
  • 1984 Badr Hari, Dutch kickboxer, Niall Brennan, Irish Legend.
  • 1985 Dwight Howard, American basketball player (Charlotte Hornets), born in Atlanta, Georigia
  • 1986 Amir Khan, English boxer
  • 1989 Drew Doughty, Canadian hockey player
  • 1994 Raheem Sterling, British-Jamaican football player (Manchester City, English national team), born in Kingston, Jamaica