On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on December 9

  • 1853 Charles "Old Hoss" Radbourn, American pitcher (60-12 in 1884), born in Rochester, New York (d. 1897)
  • 1864 Willoughby Hamilton, Irish tennis player (Wimbledon 1890), born in Monasterevin, Kildare (d. 1943)
  • 1871 Joe Kelley, American baseball player (Baltimore Orioles), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1943)
  • 1889 Hannes Kolehmainen, Finnish long-distance runner (Olympic gold 1912), born in Kuopio, Finland (d. 1966)
  • 1912 Jim Turnesa, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1952; Ryder Cup 1953), born in NYC, NY (d. 1971)
  • 1915 Colin McCool, Australian cricketer (Australian leg-spin all rounder late 40s), born in Paddington, New South Wales, Australia (d. 1986)
  • 1928 André Milhoux, Belgian racing driver, born in Bressoux, Belgium (d. 1956)
  • 1933 Milt Campbell, American decathlete (Olympic gold 1956), born in Plainfield, New Jersey (d. 2012)
  • 1933 Orville Moody, American golfer (US Open 1969), born in Chickasha Oklahoma (d. 2008)
  • 1938 Deacon Jones, American Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end (8 × Pro Bowl; 5 × First-team All-Pro; LA Rams, SD Chargers), born in Eatonville, Florida (d. 2013)
  • 1942 Dick Butkus, American NFL hall of fame linebacker (Bears) and sportscaster, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1942 Billy Bremner, Scottish footballer (Leeds United), born in Stirling, Scotland (d. 1997)
  • 1947 Steve Owens, American College Football Hall of Fame running back (Heisman Trophy 1969, U of Oklahoma; Pro Bowl, All Pro 1971, Detroit Lions), born in Gore, Oklahoma
  • 1949 Tom Kite, American golfer (US Open 1992; 19 PGA Tour titles, The Tradition 2000), born in McKinney, Texas
  • 1953 World B. Free [Lloyd Bernard Free], American NBA guard (Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1960 Juan Samuel, Dominican-American baseball infielder (NY Yankees, Blue Jays), manager and coach, born in San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic

  • 1961 Ian Andrew Wright, New Zealand rower (Olympics 1996), born in Hamilton, New Zealand
  • 1963 Barry Wilburn, American NFL full safety (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1963 Dave Hilton, Jr., Canadian boxer, born in Port Credit, Ontario
  • 1964 Petr Briza, hockey goalie (Team Czech Rep), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • 1964 Josie Cichockyj, British wheelchair athlete (wheelchair racing [WR 5,000m], basketball, tennis, table tennis), born in Huddersfield, England (d. 2014)
  • 1965 Joe Ausanio, American baseball player
  • 1966 Dana Murzyn, NHL defenseman (Vancouver Canucks), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1967 Caryn Kadavy, Erie Pa, figure skater
  • 1967 Ray Agnew, NFL nose tackle (Carolina Panthers, NY Giants)
  • 1967 Jason Dozzell, English footballer
  • 1968 Bill Johnson, NFL defensive linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1968 Brent Price, NBA guard (Houston Rockets, Washington Bullets)
  • 1968 Kurt Angle, American 220 lbs freestyle wrestler (Olympic gold 1996), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1969 Greg Klingsporn, American rower (Olympics 1996), born in Morristown, New Jersey
  • 1969 Ramon Garcia, Venezuelan pitcher (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Guanare, Venezuela
  • 1969 Bixente Lizarazu, French footballer, born in Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France
  • 1970 Marlin Cannon, American 200m/400m runner, born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1971 Chris Boniol, NFL kicker (Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles), born in Alexandria, Louisiana
  • 1971 Clifton Abraham, American NFL cornerback (Carolina Panthers, Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1971 Petr Nedved, Czech NHL center (Team Czech, Pitts Penguins), born in Liberec, Czechia

  • 1971 Todd Van Poppel, American baseball pitcher (Oakland A's), born in Hinsdale, Illinois
  • 1972 Fabrice Santoro, Tahitian tennis star, born in Tahiti, French Polynesia
  • 1972 Paul Greene, Australian 100m/200m/400m (Olympics 1996), born in Wetaskiwin, Canada
  • 1973 Tony Batista, Dominican baseball infielder (Oakland A's), born in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
  • 1974 Wendy Dillinger, American female soccer player and coach, born in St. Charles County, Missouri
  • 1975 Stuart McRae, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • 1975 Jeff Heath, Canadian baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 1941, 43, 45; Cleveland Indians), dies from a heart attack at 60
  • 1976 Chris Booker, American baseball player, born in West Virginia
  • 1977 Shayne Graham, American football player, born in Radford, Virginia
  • 1979 Stephen McPhail, Irish footballer, born in City of Westminster, London
  • 1980 Ryder Hesjedal, Canadian cyclist, born in Victoria, Canada
  • 1981 Mardy Fish, American tennis player, born in Edina, Minnesota
  • 1982 Tamilla Abassova, Russian cyclist, born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1982 Nathalie De Vos, Belgian athlete, born in Ghent, Belgium
  • 1983 Dariusz Dudka, Polish footballer, born in Kostrzyn, Poland
  • 1983 Jermaine Beckford, English footballer, born in London, England