On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on March 20

  • 1853 George Godfrey, heavyweight boxer (Old Chocolate), born in Chelsea, Massachusetts
  • 1866 Robert Poore, Irish cricket batsman (3 Tests for South Africa; Hampshire), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1938)
  • 1871 Joe McGinnity, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (World Series 1905; 5 × NL wins leader; NL ERA leader 1904; Baltimore Orioles, NY Giants), born in Rock Island, Illinois (d. 1929)
  • 1903 Vincent Richards, American tennis player (US Pro C'ships 1927-28, 30, 33), born in Yonkers, New York (d. 1959)
  • 1905 Jean Galia, French rugby footballer (d. 1949)
  • 1915 Stan Spence, American baseball center fielder (MLB All-Star 1942, 44, 46, 47; Boston Red Sox, Washington Senators, St. Louis Browns), born in South Portsmouth, Kentucky (d. 1983)
  • 1928 Jerome Cousins Biffle, long jumper (Olympic gold 1952), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1933 George Altman, American MLB player, born in Goldsboro, North Carolina
  • 1933 Ian Walsh, Australian rugby league hooker, captain and coach (25 Tests; St. George), born in Bogan Gate, New South Wales (d. 2013)
  • 1937 Helmut Recknagel, German 90m ski jump (Olympic gold 1960)
  • 1941 Carlos Lopez snr, American jockey
  • 1941 Pat Corrales, American baseball player
  • 1945 Pat Riley, American NBA coach (Lakers, Knicks, Heat), born in Schenectady, New York

Person of interestBobby Orr

1948 Bobby Orr, Canadian hall of fame NHL defenseman (Boston Bruins), born in Parry Sound, Ontario

Ice Hockey Legend Bobby Orr
Ice Hockey Legend
Bobby Orr
  • 1951 Madan Lal, cricketer (Indian medium pacer in the 70's)
  • 1951 Mohamed Ben Rehaiem, Tunisian soccer midfielder (35 caps; CS Sfaxien), born in Sfax, Tunisia (d. 2020)

  • 1952 Anand Armitraj, India, tennis player (Brother of ViJay)
  • 1952 Geoff Brabham, Australian auto racer (IMSA GT Championship 1988-91), born in Sydney, NSW
  • 1954 Charlie Simmer, Ontario, NHL left winger (LA Kings)
  • 1958 Rickey Jackson, NFL defensive end (SF 49ers)
  • 1958 Phil Anderson, Australian cyclist
  • 1959 Dale Reid, Scottish golfer (21 Ladies European Tour wins), born in Ladybank Scotland
  • 1961 Kathy Baker-Guadagnino, American golfer (US Open 1985), born in Albany, New York
  • 1961 Jesper Olsen, Danish footballer
  • 1963 Paul Annacone, tennis star, born in Southampton, New York
  • 1963 Ramon Andersson, Middle Swan Australia, canoeist (Olympics-br-92, 96)
  • 1963 Yelena Romanova, Russian athlete (d. 2007)
  • 1963 Manabu Suzuki, Japanese racing driver and broadcaster
  • 1964 Ruth Davidon, rower (Olympic 6th 1996), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1965 Chris Hoiles, Bowling Green OH, catcher (Baltimore Orioles)
  • 1965 Danielle Woodward, Australian canoeist (Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1966 Blas Minor, Merced CA, pitcher (Seattle Mariners)
  • 1966 Giulio Caravatta, CFL quarterback (BC Lions)
  • 1967 Mookie Blaylock, NBA guard (Atlanta Hawks)
  • 1967 Nikolay Bukhalov, Bulgarian canoeist (2 x Olympic gold 1992), born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria
  • 1968 Eric Viscaal, Dutch soccer star (PSV/AA Gent)

  • 1969 Caroline Brunet, Canadian kayaker (Olympic silver 1996), born in Quebec City, Québec
  • 1969 Konstantine Starikovitch, Podolsk Russia, 238lbs US weightlift (Olympics 1996)
  • 1970 Kristin Klein, volleyball outside hitter (Olympics 1996), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1970 Ron George, NFL linebacker (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1970 Todd Burger, NFL guard (Chicago Bears)
  • 1971 Janis Kelly, volleyball player (Olympics 1996), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1971 Manny Alexander, Dominican infielder (Baltimore Orioles), born in San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic
  • 1972 Ajah Wilson-Ogechukwu, soccer player (Roda JC)
  • 1973 Nico Boje, cricketer (South African ODI left-arm spinner 1996)
  • 1973 Norman Tome, Australian soccer striker (Olyroos, Olympics 1996)
  • 1974 P J Bogart, American diver (Olympics 1996), born in NYC, New York
  • 1976 Arno Knapen, Dutch soccer player (Holten, FC Twente)
  • 1979 Bernard O'Connor, Gaelic Footballer
  • 1979 Keven Mealamu, New Zealand rugby player
  • 1980 Jamal Crawford, American basketball player
  • 1982 Tomasz Kuszczak, Polish footballer
  • 1982 José Moreira, Portuguese footballer
  • 1982 Terrence Duffin, Zimbabwean cricketer
  • 1984 Markus Niemelä, Finnish racing driver
  • 1984 Fernando Torres, Spanish footballer
  • 1984 Valtteri Filppula, Finnish professional ice-hockey player
  • 1984 Marcus Vick, American football player
  • 1987 Daniel Maa Boumsong, Cameroonian football player
  • 1987 Patrick Boyle, Scottish footballer
  • 1987 Pedro Ken, Brazilian footballer
  • 1987 Sergei Kostitsyn, Belarusian hockey player
  • 1987 Jô, Brazilian footballer
  • 1989 Tamim Iqbal, Bangladeshi cricketer
  • 1993 Sloane Stephens, American tennis player (US Open 2017), born in Plantation, Florida
  • 1996 Charley Hull, British golfer (ANA Inspiration 2016 runner-up), born in Kettering, England