On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on March 22

  • 1866 Jack Boyle, American baseball player (d. 1913)
  • 1878 Michel Théato, Luxembourgian athlete (d. 1919)
  • 1880 Ernie Quigley, Canadian-American sports official (d. 1960)
  • 1908 Jack Crawford, Australian tennis player (6 Grand Slam singles titles), born in Urangeline, NSW (d. 1991)
  • 1915 George Cresswell, cricketer (3 Tests for NZ aged 35)
  • 1926 Billy Goodman, American baseball infielder (MLB All-Star 1949, 53; AL batting champion 1950), born in Concord, North Carolina (d. 1984)
  • 1927 George Thoms, cricketer (1 Test Aust against WI 1952, scored 16 & 28)
  • 1927 Marty Blake, NBA executive (GM Atlanta Hawks, NBA Director of Scouting), born in Wyoming, PA (d. 2013)
  • 1928 Ed Macauley, American Basketball Hall of Fame center (7-time NBA All Star), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2011)
  • 1931 Billy Vessels, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1952, University of Oklahoma), born in Cleveland, Oklahoma (d. 2001)
  • 1933 Michel Hidalgo, French soccer midfielder (1 cap; Monaco) and manager (France 1976-84; UEFA Euro 1984), born in Leffrinckoucke, France (d. 2020)
  • 1937 Armin Hary, German athlete (2 Olympic gold 100m, 4x100m relay 1960), born in Quierschied, Germany
  • 1946 Don Chaney, NBA player (Houston Rockets)/coach (Detroit Pistons)
  • 1950 Jocky Wilson, Scottish darts player (BDO World Champion 1982, 89), born in Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland (d. 2012)
  • 1952 Bob Costas, sportscaster/talk show host (Later), born in Queens, New York
  • 1958 Joyce Lester, Australian softball catcher (Olympic bronze 1996)

  • 1962 Juan Aguilera, Spanish tennis star
  • 1963 Hannu Virta, Turku FIN, hockey defenseman (Team Finland)
  • 1963 Rich Monteleone, pitcher (California Angels), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1966 Brad Edwards, NFL safety (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1966 Brian Shaw, NBA guard (Orlando Magic, SF Warriors)
  • 1966 Sean Berry, infielder (Houston Astros), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1966 Todd Ewen, Saskatoon, NHL right wing (Anaheim Mighty Ducks)
  • 1967 Mario Cipollini, Italian cyclist
  • 1968 Ramon Martinez, pitcher (LA Dodgers), born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • 1969 Darrell Russell, defensive tackle (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1969 Russell Maryland, NFL defensive tackle (Dallas Cowboys, Oak Raiders)
  • 1970 Jason Rouser, 200m/400m runner, born in Tucson, Arizona
  • 1970 Travis Richards, Crystal Minn, US hockey defenseman (Olympics 1994)
  • 1970 Leontien van Moorsel, Dutch cyclist
  • 1971 Richard Castillo, jockey
  • 1972 Elvis Stojko, Canadian figure-skater (World C'ship gold singles 1994, 95, 97; Olympic silver 94, 98), born in Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • 1972 John Farquhar, tight end (New Orleans Saints)
  • 1972 Shawn Bradley, NBA center (Dallas Mavericks, NJ Nets, Space Jams)
  • 1973 Joe Nedney, kicker (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1973 Luther Elliss, NFL defensive end (Detroit Lions)
  • 1974 Marcus Camby, NBA forward (Toronto Raptors)
  • 1974 Tuomas Gronman, NHL defenseman (Team Finland Olympic bronze 1998, Pitts)
  • 1974 Philippe Clement, Belgian footballer
  • 1975 Chris Bayne, safety (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1975 Jiri Novak, Czechostovakia, tennis star
  • 1977 Joey Porter, American NFL linebacker and coach (4-time Pro Bowl; Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1978 Tom Poti, professional hockey player
  • 1979 Juan Uribe, Dominican baseball player
  • 1980 Pamela O'Connor, Scottish ice dancer
  • 1985 Mike Jenkins, German-born American NFL cornerback (Pro Bowl 2009; Dallas Cowboys), born in Neuenburg am Rhein, Germany

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1989 J. J. Watt [Justin James], American NFL player (Houston Texans), born in Waukesha, Wisconsin

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  • 1992 Luke Freeman, English footballer