On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on March 21

  • 1835 Thomas Hayward, English cricketer (d. 1876)
  • 1854 Alick Bannerman, Australian cricketer (28 Tests for Australia 1878-93, 1108 runs), born in Paddington, New South Wales (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, cricketer (Australian batsman of the mid-60's)
  • 1939 Martha Hudson, Eastman Ga, 4X100m relayer (Olympic gold 1960)
  • 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

  • 1954 Mary Jane Smith, Van Nuys Ca, WPVA volleyballer (National-9th-1993)
  • 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

Person of interestAyrton Senna

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

Formula 1 Driver Ayrton Senna
Formula 1 Driver
Ayrton Senna
  • 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)
  • 1967 Elaina Oden, Orange CA, volleyball middle blocker (Olympic bronze 1992, 96)
  • 1967 Troy Westwood, CFL kicker (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • 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, NHL defenseman (Team Russia Olympic silver 1998, Edmonton), 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

Person of interestRonaldinho

1980 Ronaldinho Gaucho, Brazilian football star (Barcelona, Milan), born in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

Football Star Ronaldinho
Football Star
Ronaldinho
  • 1980 Marit Bjørgen, Norwegian cross-country skier
  • 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