On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on January 8

  • 1909 Bruce Mitchell, South African cricket opening batsman (42 Tests), born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 1995)
  • 1913 Horace Smith, New Zealand cricket fast bowler (1 Test; lone wicket off first ball), born in Toowoomba, Australia (d. 1986)
  • 1915 Walker Cooper, American baseball catcher (MLB All-Star 1942–44, 46–50; World Series 1942, 44; St. Louis Cardinals), born in Atherton, Missouri (d. 1991)
  • 1923 Johnny Wardle, English cricketer (Yorkshire & England left-arm bowler of 50's), born in Ardsley, South Yorkshire (d. 1985)
  • 1930 Doreen Wilber, American archer (Olympic gold 1972), born in Rutland, Iowa (d. 2008)
  • 1934 Jacques Anquetil, French road cyclist (Tour de France 1957, 61-64; first 5-time winner)), born in Mont-Saint-Aignan, France (d. 1987)
  • 1934 Gene Freese, American baseball player, born in Wheeling, West Virginia (d. 2013)
  • 1946 Elaine Cheris, American Olympic fencer (Olympics 1996), born in Dothan, Alabama
  • 1946 Fritz Künzli, Swiss soccer striker (44 caps; FC Zürich, FC Winterthur, FC Lausanne-Sport), born in Glarus, Switzerland (d. 2019)
  • 1947 Igor Ivanov, Russian-born Canadian chess champion (1981-84, 1985- ), born in Leningrad, USSR
  • 1949 Lawrence Rowe, West Indian cricketer (prolific WI batsman, 302 v Eng 1974), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1953 Bruce Sutter, American baseball pitcher (Cubs, Cards, Braves), born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  • 1955 Spiros Livathinos, Greek footballer, born in Patras, Greece
  • 1957 Dwight Clark, American NFL wide receiver/executive ("The Catch" 1981 Super Bowl SF 49ers), born in Kingston, North Carolina (d. 2018)
  • 1958 Rey Misterio Sr., Mexican wrestler, born in Tijuana, Mexico
  • 1959 Mike Harwood, Australian golfer (British Open 1991 runner-up), born in Sydney, New South Wales

  • 1961 Shoaib Mohammad, Pakistani cricketer (son of Hanif Patient & prolific batsman), born in Karachi, Pakistan
  • 1961 Calvin Smith, American athlete, born in Bolton, Mississippi
  • 1963 Hiromi Kobayashi, Japanese golfer (3 LPGA Tour titles), born in Iwaki, Fukushima
  • 1965 Champaka Ramanayake, Sri Lankan cricketer (Sri Lankan opening bowler), born in Galle, Sri Lanka
  • 1965 Eric Wohlberg, Canadian cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Greater Sudbury, Canada
  • 1967 Hollis Conway, American high jumper (Olympics-silv/bronze-88, 92), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1967 Willie Anderson, American NBA guard (NY Knicks, Olympic bronze 1988), born in Greenville, California
  • 1968 Alexander Alexeyev, American NHL defenseman (Belarus, Olympics 1998), born in Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • 1968 Brian Johnson, American catcher (San Diego Padres), born in Oakland, California
  • 1968 Mark Duane Croghan, American 3k steeplechase athlete (Olympic 5th 1996), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1968 Paul Carey, American baseball infielder (Baltimore Orioles), born Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1968 Keith Mullings, American boxer, born in Manchester Parish, Jamaica
  • 1969 Brian Boehringer, American baseball pitcher (NY Yankees), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1970 Darryl Williams, American NFL safety (Seattle Seahawks, Cin Bengals), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1970 Jon Klemm, Canadian NHL defenseman (Colorado Avalanche), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1971 Billy Joe Hobert, American NFL quarterback (Oakland Raiders), born in Puyallup, Washington
  • 1971 Darren Langdon, Canadian NHL left wing (NY Rangers), born in Deer Lake, Canada
  • 1971 Jason Giambi, American baseball infielder (Oakland A's), born in West Covina, California
  • 1971 Roosevelt Potts, American NFL running back (Indianapolis Colts), born in Rayville, Louisiana
  • 1971 Pascal Zuberbühler, Swiss footballer, born in Frauenfeld, Switzerland

  • 1972 Brandie Burton, American golfer (du Maurier Classic 1993, 98), born in San Bernardino, California
  • 1974 Arjan Blaauw, Dutch soccer player (FC Groningen), born in Stadskanaal, Netherlands
  • 1975 Vitali Yachmenev, American NHL right wing (LA Kings), born in Chelyabinsk, Russia
  • 1976 Brad Snyder, Canadian shot putter (Olympics 1996), born in Windsor, Ontario
  • 1976 Carl Pavano, American baseball player, born in New Britain, Connecticut
  • 1978 Boris Avrukh, Israeli chess grandmaster, born in Karaganda, Kazakhstan
  • 1979 Adrian Mutu, Romanian footballer, born in Călinești, Romania
  • 1979 Stipe Pletikosa, Croatian footballer, born in Split, Croatia
  • 1979 Seol Ki-hyeon, South Korean footballer, born in Jeongseon County, South Korea
  • 1981 Jeff Francis, Canadian baseball player, born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1981 Xie Xingfang, Chinese badminton player, born in Guangzhou, China
  • 1982 Emanuele Calaiò, Italian footballer, born in Palermo, Italy
  • 1982 John Utaka, Nigerian footballer, born in Enugu, Nigeria
  • 1983 Chris Mordetzky, American wrestler, born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1984 Jeff Francoeur, American baseball player, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1986 David Silva, Spanish footballer, born in Arguineguín, Spain
  • 1992 Shahdon Winchester, Trinidadian soccer winger (27 caps; Murciélagos), born in Princes Town, Trinidad and Tobago (d. 2019)