On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on March 15

  • 1877 Malcolm Whitman, American tennis player (US Nat C'ships 1898-1900), born in New York, NY (d. 1932)
  • 1878 Sammy Carter, Australian cricket wicketkeeper (28 Tests, 65 dismissals), born in Northowram, Yorkshire, England (d. 1948)
  • 1897 Jackson Scholz, American athlete (Olympic gold 4 x 100m 1920, 200m 1924), born in Buchanan, Michigan (d. 1986)
  • 1910 Joop Van Nellen, Dutch soccer forward (27 caps; DHC Delft), born in Delft, Netherlands (d. 1992)
  • 1918 Punch Imlach, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame coach and general manager (Toronto Maple Leafs, Buffalo Sabres), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1987)
  • 1920 Ranganandhan Francis, Indian field hockey goalkeeper (Olympic gold 1948, 52, 56), born in Rangoon, Myanmar (d. 1975)
  • 1921 Stafford Smythe, Canadian NHL executive (President Toronto Maple Leafs 1961–69, 1970-71), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1971)
  • 1926 Norm Van Brocklin, American Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback (NFL MVP 1960; First-team All-Pro 1960; 9 × Pro Bowl; LA Rams, Philadelphia Eagles) and coach (Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons), born in Parade, South Dakota (d. 1983)
  • 1937 Dick Bass, American NFL running back (Pro Bowl 1962, 63, 66; LA Rams), born in Georgetown, Mississippi (d. 2006)
  • 1937 Randy Duncan Jr., American College Football HOF quarterback (University of Iowa; #1 pick 1959 NFL Draft by GB Packers), born in Osage, Iowa (d. 2015)
  • 1945 Jörgen Sundelin, Swedish yachtsmen (Olympic gold 5.5m class 1968; World C'ship gold Dragon class 1971), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1946 Bobby Bonds, American MLB baseball outfielder, 1968-81, 3x All-Star, 3x Golden Glove (San Francisco Giants, 1968-74 and 7 other teams), father of Barry Bonds, born in Riverside, California (d. 2003)
  • 1947 David Colley, Australian cricket fast bowler (3 Tests, 6 wickets, BB 3/83, 1 x 50; NSW CA), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1947 Tomas Pettersson, Swedish cyclist (Olympic silver 1968)
  • 1949 Bernd Nickel, German soccer attacking midfielder (1 cap West Germany, 1972 Olympics; Eintracht Frankfurt 426 games, 141 goals), born in Siegbach, Germany (d. 2021)
  • 1953 Colin Croft, West Indian cricket fast bowler, broadcaster (27 Tests, 125 wickets @ 23.30), born in Lancaster Village, Demerara, British Guiana
  • 1955 Mohsin Khan, Pakistani cricketer (Pakistani opening batsman late 70s early 80s), born in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
  • 1956 Clay Matthews, NFL linebacker (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1957 Víctor Muñoz, Spanish footballer, 1976-91 (Real Zaragoza; Barcelona; and 2 other teams), and manager, 1996-2014 (11 teams), born in Zaragoza, Spain
  • 1959 Eliot Teltscher, American tennis player (French Open mixed doubles 1983; world #6 singles 1982), born in Rancho Palos Verdes, California
  • 1959 Harold Baines, Easton MD, outfielder (Chicago White Sox, Texas Rangers)
  • 1961 Craig Ludwig, Rhinelander, NHL defenseman (Dallas Stars)
  • 1961 Terry Cummings, NBA forward (Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers)
  • 1963 Don Simington, American jockey, born in Tomahawk, Wisconsin
  • 1964 Ron Hall, NFL tight end (Detroit Lions)
  • 1965 Marianne Morris, American golfer (Women's PGA C'ship 3rd 1995), born in Middletown, Ohio
  • 1967 Kirk Scrafford, American NFL tackle, 1990-98 (Cincinnati Bengals, Denver Broncos, San Francisco 49ers), born in Billings, Montana
  • 1969 Louis Riddick, American NFL safety (Cleveland Browns, Atlanta Falcons) and broadcaster (ESPN MNF), born in Quakertown, Pennsylvania
  • 1969 Gianluca Festa, Italian footballer
  • 1969 Yutaka Take, Japanese jockey
  • 1970 Chris Dalman, NFL guard/center (SF 49ers)
  • 1970 Diego Nargiso, tennis pro, born in Naples, Italy
  • 1970 Eric Castle, NFL free safety (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1970 Paul Kruse, Merritt, NHL left wing (Calgary Flames)
  • 1971 Patrick Reidy, Australian basketball forward (Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1972 Filip Dewulf, Belgian tennis star
  • 1972 Oliver Gibson, NFL defensive tackle (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1972 Steve Danielson, field hockey defender (Olympics 1996), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1972 Mike Tomlin, American NFL coach (Super Bowl 2008 [youngest coach to win SB], Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Hampton, Virginia
  • 1974 Imad Baba, soccer midfielder (Olympic gold 1996), born in Humble, Texas
  • 1974 Robert Fick, American baseball player
  • 1975 Cornell Brown, linebacker (Baltimore Ravens)
  • 1975 Veselin Topalov, Bulgarian chess player
  • 1979 Kevin Youkilis, American baseball player
  • 1980 Freddie Bynum, American baseball player
  • 1981 Mikael Forssell, Finnish footballer
  • 1982 Rafael Pérez, Dominican baseball player
  • 1983 Daryl Murphy, Irish footballer
  • 1984 Kostas Vassiliadis, Greek basketball player
  • 1985 Antti Autti, Finnish snowboarder (Gold 2005 Winter X Games), born in Finland
  • 1985 Tom Chilton, British racing driver, born in Reigate, England
  • 1988 Ever Guzman, Mexican footballer
  • 1993 Paul Pogba, French football player (Manchester United, French national team), born in Lagny-sur-Marne, France