On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on March 21

  • 1835 Thomas Hayward, English cricket batsman (first English tours to North America 1859-60, Australia & NZ 1864-5; Cambridge Town Club), born in Chatteris, England (d. 1876)
  • 1854 Alick Bannerman, Australian cricket batsman (28 Tests, 8 x 50s; NSW 1876–94), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1924)
  • 1876 John Tewksbury, American athlete (d. 1968)
  • 1913 George Abecassis, English race car driver (d. 1991)
  • 1918 Joe Carveth, NHL forward (scored 20 or more goals in 3 seasons)
  • 1925 Hugo Koblet, Swiss cyclist (d. 1964)
  • 1929 Maurice Catarcio, wrestler
  • 1934 Lister Carney, Bellaire Oh, 200m runner (Olympic silver 1960)
  • 1935 Brian Clough, English football player and manager, born in Middlesborough, England (d. 2004)
  • 1937 Tom Flores, NFL quarterback and coach (Raiders), born in Fresno, California
  • 1938 Grahame Thomas, Australian cricket batsman (8 Tests, 3 x 50s; NSW CA), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1939 Martha Hudson, Eastman Ga, 4X100m relayer (Olympic gold 1960)
  • 1939 Tommy Davis, American baseball utility (3 x MLB All Star; World Series 1963; NL batting champion 1962, 63 LA Dodgers), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2022)
  • 1941 Malcolm Francke, cricketer (leg-spinner, Ceylon 1956 to Qld 1984)
  • 1943 Antal Dunai, Hungarian soccer player (Olympic gold 1968)
  • 1944 Charles Edward Greene, Pine Bluff Ark, 4x100m runner (Olympic gold 1968)
  • 1949 Alvin Kallicharran, West Indian cricket batsman (66 Tests 1972-81 @ 44.43), born in Port Mourant, British Guiana
  • 1949 Rolf-Dieter Amend, German canoeist (Olympic gold GDR C-2 slalom 1972), born in Magdeburg, Germany (d. 2022)
  • 1955 Barbel Wockel-Eckert, German DR, sprinter (Olympic-4 gold-1976, 80)
  • 1956 Ingrid Kristiansen, Norwegian long distance athlete (World C'ship gold 10,000m 1987; WR 5,000m, 10,000m, marathon; NYC 1989; Boston Marathon 1986, 89), born in Trondheim, Norway
  • 1958 Marlies Göhr, East German sprinter (Olympic gold 100m relay 1976, 80; World Champion 100m 1983), born in Gera, Germany

Ayrton Senna

1960 Ayrton Senna, Brazilian auto racer (World F1 champion 1988, 90, 91), born in São Paulo, Brazil (d. 1994)

  • 1961 Wei Wang, US table tennis player (Olympics 1996), born in Beijing, China
  • 1961 Lothar Matthäus, German footballer
  • 1963 Ronald Koeman, Dutch soccer star (Ajax, PSV, Barcelona, Feyenoord)
  • 1963 Shawon Dunston, infielder (SF Giants), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1964 Ahmed Radhi, Iraqi soccer striker (121 caps; 62 goals; Al-Rasheed; Asian Footballer of the Year 1988), born in Baghdad, Iraq (d. 2020)
  • 1964 Jesper Skibby, Danish professional cyclist
  • 1966 Al Iafrate, American NHL defenseman (799 career NHL games, 152 goals, 311 assists for 463 points), born in Dearborn, Michigan
  • 1966 Karen Lunn, Australian golfer (British Open 1993; LET Order of Merit 1993), born in Cowra, New South Wales
  • 1966 Matthew Maynard, cricketer (big hitting Glamorgan & England player)
  • 1966 Kenny Bräck, Swedish auto racer (Indy Racing League 1998; Indianapolis 500 1999), born in Arvika, Sweden
  • 1967 Elaina Oden, American volleyball middle blocker (Olympic bronze 1992, 96), born in Orange, California
  • 1967 Troy Westwood, Canadian CFL football kicker and punter, 1991-2009 (Winnipeg Blue Bombers), born in Dauphin, Manitoba
  • 1968 Erwin Vanderbroeck, Dutch soccer player (Roda JC)
  • 1968 Jeff Lazaro, Waltham Mass, US hockey forward (Olympics 1994)
  • 1968 Johan Garpenlov, NHL left wing (Florida Panthers), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1968 Scott Williams, NBA forward (Philadelphia 76ers)
  • 1969 Ali Daei, Iranian footballer
  • 1971 Hason Graham, NFL wide receiver (NE Patriots)
  • 1972 Boris Mironov, Russian ice hockey defenseman (Olympic silver 1998, bronze 2002; Edmonton Oilers, Chicago Blackhawks), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1973 Larry Bowie, running back (Washington Redskins)
  • 1973 Stuart Nethercott, English footballer
  • 1974 Jose Clayton, Tunisian footballer
  • 1975 Vitaly Potapenko, NBA center (Cleveland Cavaliers)
  • 1975 Mark Williams, Welsh snooker player (World C'ship 2000, 03, 18; Triple Crown 2002-03), born in Cwm, Blaenau Gwent, Wales
  • 1978 Cristian Guzmán, Dominican baseball player

Ronaldinho

1980 Ronaldinho Gaucho, Brazilian soccer midfielder (97 caps; FIFA World Cup 2002; Paris SG; FC Barcelona, AC Milan, Flamengo), born in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

  • 1980 Marit Bjørgen, Norwegian cross-country skier, 15 Olympic medals, 18 World Championship medals, born in Trondheim, Norway
  • 1982 Colin Turkington, British racing driver
  • 1982 Aaron Hill, American baseball player
  • 1984 Franck Perera, Montpellier France, racing car driver
  • 1985 Adrian Peterson, American Football player
  • 1988 Lee Cattermole, English footballer
  • 1991 Antoine Griezmann, French football player (Atlético Madrid, French national team), born in Mâcon, France
  • 1992 Karolína Plíšková, Czech tennis player (US Open 2016 runner-up; Wimbledon 2021 runner-up; Federation Cup 2015, 16, 18), born in Louny, Czech Republic
  • 1992 Chiney Ogwumike, American basketball player and sports commentator (1st black woman host for ESPN radio show), born in Tomball, Texas