On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on March 22

  • 1866 Jack Boyle, American baseball player (d. 1913)
  • 1878 Michel Théato, Luxembourgian athlete (Olympic gold representing France, marathon 1900), born in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg (d. 1923)
  • 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, New Zealand 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 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)
  • 1932 Larry Evans, American chess grandmaster, author and journalist (5 x US Chess C'ship; 20+ books), born in NYC, New York (d. 2010)
  • 1933 Michel Hidalgo, French soccer midfielder (1 cap; Monaco) and manager (France 1976-84; UEFA Euro 1984), born in Leffrinckoucke, France (d. 2020)
  • 1935 Bertil Johansson, Swedish soccer striker (5 caps; IFK Göteborg 267 games) and manager (IFK Göteborg), born in Gothenburg, Sweden (d. 2021)
  • 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)
  • 1946 José Luiz Carbone, Brazilian soccer midfielder (6 caps; São Paulo, Internacional, Botafogo) and coach (Fluminense, Guarani), born in São Paulo, Brazil (d. 2020)
  • 1950 Jocky Wilson, Scottish darts player (BDO World Champion 1982, 89), born in Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland (d. 2012)

  • 1952 Bob Costas, American sportscaster and talk show host (Later), born in Queens, New York
  • 1958 Joyce Lester, Australian softball catcher (Olympic bronze 1996)
  • 1962 Juan Aguilera, Spanish tennis player, born in Barcelona, Spain
  • 1963 Hannu Virta, Finnish hockey defenceman (Team Finland), born in Turku, Finland
  • 1963 Rich Monteleone, pitcher (California Angels), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1966 Brian Shaw, American NBA guard and coach (Orlando Magic, SF Warriors), born in Oakland, California
  • 1966 Sean Berry, American infielder (Houston Astros), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1966 Todd Ewen, Canadian NHL right wing (Anaheim Mighty Ducks), born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • 1967 Mario Cipollini, Italian professional road cyclist, born in Luca, Italy
  • 1968 Ramón Martínez, pitcher (LA Dodgers), born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • 1969 Darrell Russell, American defensive tackle (Oakland Raiders), born in Pensacola, Florida (d. 2005)
  • 1969 Russell Maryland, American NFL defensive tackle (Dallas Cowboys, Oak Raiders), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1970 Jason Rouser, American 200m/400m runner, born in Tucson, Arizona
  • 1970 Travis Richards, American hockey defenseman (Olympics 1994), born in Crystal, Minnesota
  • 1970 Leontien van Moorsel, Dutch cyclist (4 Olympic gold medals), born in Boekel, Netherlands
  • 1972 Elvis Stojko, Canadian figure-skater (World C'ship gold singles 1994, 95, 97; Olympic silver 94, 98), born in Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • 1972 Shawn Bradley, German American NBA center 7ft 6 in tall (Dallas Mavericks, NJ Nets, Space Jams), born in Landstuhl, West Germany
  • 1973 Joe Nedney, American NFL kicker (Arizona Cardinals), born in San Jose, California
  • 1973 Luther Elliss, American NFL defensive end (Detroit Lions), born in Mancos, Colorado
  • 1974 Marcus Camby, American NBA forward (Toronto Raptors), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1974 Tuomas Gronman, Finnish NHL defenceman (Team Finland Olympic bronze 1998, Pitts), born in Viitasaari, Finland
  • 1974 Philippe Clement, Belgian footballer and coach, born in Antwerp, Belgium
  • 1975 Jiri Novak, Czech tennis player, born in Zlin, Czechoslovakia
  • 1977 Joey Porter, American NFL linebacker and coach (4-time Pro Bowl; Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1978 Tom Poti, American professional hockey player, born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • 1979 Juan Uribe, Dominican baseball player, born in Sabana Grande de Palenque, Dominican Republic
  • 1980 Pamela O'Connor, Scottish ice dancer, born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 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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