On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on December 8

  • 1904 Wilmer Allison, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1935), born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 1977)
  • 1914 Ernie Toshack, Australian cricket fast bowler (12 Tests, 47 wickets), born in Cobar, NSW (d. 2003)
  • 1917 Ian Johnson CBE, Australian cricket spin bowler and captain (45 Tests; 109 wickets), born in North Melbourne, Victoria (d. 1998)
  • 1920 McDonald Bailey, British-Trinidadian 100m runner (Olympic bronze 1952), born in Williamsville, Trinidad (d. 2013)
  • 1922 George Fullerton, South African cricketer (South African keeper-batsman 1947-51), born in Kensington, South Africa (d. 2002)
  • 1923 Joe Burke, American baseball executive (president KC Royals 1981-92), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1992)
  • 1927 Ferdie Pacheco, American boxer and physician (the "Fight Doctor"), born in Tampa, Florida (d. 2017)
  • 1935 Tatiana Zatulovskaya, Israeli chess player (Women's Soviet Chess Championship 1960, 62, 63), born in Baku, Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic, USSR (d. 2017)
  • 1936 Peter Parfitt, English cricketer (fine England batsman of the 1960's), born in Billingford, Breckland, Norfolk, England
  • 1936 Buster Farrer, South African cricketer (South African Test batsman 1962-64), born in King William's Town, Cape Province, South Africa
  • 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
  • 1958 George Rogers, American College Football Hall of Fame running back (Heisman Trophy 1980, U of South Carolina; #1 pick 1981 NFL Draft; Super Bowl 1987; NO Saints, Washington Redskins), born in Duluth, Georgia
  • 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, American NFL tight end (Cin Bengals), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1966 Joe Staysniak, American NFL guard (Indianapolis Colts), born in Elyria, Ohio
  • 1966 Les Ferdinand, English footballer who scored 149 goals in the Premier League for various clubs, born in Acton, London
  • 1967 Jeff George, American NFL quarterback (Atlanta Falcons, Oakland Raiders), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1967 Ron George, American linebacker (Minnesota Vikings), born in Heidelberg, Germany
  • 1967 Tony Mayberry, American NFL center (Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Würzburg, Germany
  • 1967 Darren Sheridan, English footballer and manager, born in Stretford, United Kingdom
  • 1968 Bill Johnson, American football defensive tackle (St Louis Rams), born in Minnesota
  • 1968 Mike Mussina, American baseball pitcher (5-time MLB All Star), Williamsport, Pennsylvania
  • 1969 Antoon Kuil, Dutch soccer player (Veendam, SC Heerenveen)
  • 1969 Victor Green, American NFL cornerback/safety (NY Jets), born in Americus, Georgia
  • 1971 James Stewart, American NFL running back (Minnesota Vikings), born in Vero Beach, Florida

  • 1972 Marco Abreu, Angolan footballer, born in Lubango, Angola
  • 1973 Mitch Jacoby, American football tight end (St Louis Rams), born in Port Washington, Wisconsin
  • 1973 Monty Montgomery, American football defensiveback (Indianapolis Colts), born in Gladewater, Texas
  • 1974 Paul Staight, Australian badminton player (Olympics 1996), born in Victoria, Australia
  • 1975 Kevin Harvick, American auto racer (NASCAR Cup Series Champion 2014), born in Bakersfield, California
  • 1976 Reed Johnson, American baseball player, born in Riverside, California
  • 1977 Sébastien Chabal, French rugby union footballer, born in Valence, France
  • 1977 Ryan Newman, American NASCAR driver, born in South Bend, Indiana
  • 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 III, American baseball center fielder (Toronto Blue Jays; 3-time MLB All-Star & Gold Glove), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1979 Christian Wilhelmsson, Swedish footballer, born in Malmö Municipality, Sweden
  • 1979 Daniel Fitzhenry, Australian rugby league footballer, born in Macksville, Australia
  • 1980 Brandt Snedeker, American golfer (US Masters 2008, British Open 2012 3rd), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1981 Jeremy Accardo, American baseball player, born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1981 Philip Rivers, American NFL quarterback (San Diego, LA Chargers), born in Decatur, Alabama
  • 1982 Dee Dee Trotter, American athlete, born in California, United States
  • 1982 Hamit Altintop, German-born Turkish football player (identical twin brother of Halil Altintop), born in Gelsenkirchen, Germany
  • 1982 Halil Altintop, German-born Turkish football player (identical twin brother of Hamit Altintop), born in Gelsenkirchen, Germany
  • 1983 Neel Jani, Swiss racing driver, born in Rorschach, Switzerland
  • 1983 Liu Song, Chinese snooker player, born in Beijing, China
  • 1984 Greg Halford, English footballer, born in Chelmsford, United Kingdom
  • 1984 Badr Hari, Dutch kickboxer, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 1985 Dwight Howard, American basketball player (Charlotte Hornets), born in Atlanta, Georigia
  • 1986 Amir Khan, English boxer, born in Bolton, United Kingdom
  • 1989 Drew Doughty, Canadian hockey player, born in London, Canada
  • 1994 Raheem Sterling, British-Jamaican football player (Manchester City, English national team), born in Kingston, Jamaica