On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on March 23

  • 1908 Ben Barnett, Australian cricket wicket-keeper (1938 England tour), born in Auburn, Victoria, Australia (d. 1979)
  • 1911 Augustus John "Gus" Risman, rugby league player
  • 1911 Dick Chapman, American golfer (1940 US amateur, 1951 British amateur), born in Greenwich, Connecticut (d. 1978)
  • 1912 Alfred Schwarzmann, German gymnast (Olympic-2 golds-1936)
  • 1920 Tetsuharu Kawakami, Japanese baseball player and coach
  • 1923 Arnie Weinmeister, Canadian Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive tackle (Pro Bowl 1950–53; First-team All-Pro 1950–53; NY Yankees, NY Giants; BC Lions), born in Rhein, Saskatchewan (d. 2000)
  • 1925 Cees de Ruyter, European champion billiards player
  • 1927 John Logan, Endicott, NY, MLB shortstop (Boston and Milwaukee Braves), (d. 2013)

Person of interestRoger Bannister

1929 Roger Bannister CH CBE, English athlete (first sub-4-minute mile, 3:59.4 at Iffley Road Track, Oxford 1954), born in Harrow, England (d. 2018)

Middle-Distance Runner Roger Bannister
Middle-Distance Runner
Roger Bannister
  • 1931 Yevdokiya Mekshilo, Soviet skier (Olympic gold 1964), born in Gorno-Altaysk, Russia (d. 2013)
  • 1931 Yevgeni Grishin, Russian speed skater (4 Olympic gold 1956, 60), born in Tula, Russia (d. 2005)
  • 1932 Don Marshall, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1933 Hayes Jenkins, American figure skater (Olympic gold singles 1956; World C'ship gold 1953-56), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1935 Desmond Pitcher, CEO (Merseyside Development Corporation)
  • 1937 Craig Breedlove, American auto racer (5-time world land speed record holder), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1937 Tony Burton, actor (Rocky films) and boxer, born in Flint, Michigan (d. 2016)

  • 1940 Brian Hastings, cricketer (NZ batsman in 70's)
  • 1943 Gail Goodrich, NBA star (Lakers, Suns)
  • 1943 Lee May "The Big Bopper", American Major League Baseball 1st baseman, born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2017)
  • 1944 Salim Altaf, cricketer (Pakistan medium-pacer in 21 Tests 1967-78)
  • 1944 George Scott, MLB first baseman, 1966-79 (Boston Red Sox, Milwaukee Brewers, and 2 other teams), born in Greenville, Mississippi, (d. 2013)
  • 1945 Krasnodar Rora, Croatian soccer midfielder (5 caps Yugoslavia; Dinamo Zagreb, Standard Liège) and manager (Šibenik), born in Vis, Croatia (d. 2020)
  • 1948 Wasim Bari, Pakistani cricket wicket-keeper (Pakistan's most successful), born in Karachi, Pakistan
  • 1953 Bo Diaz, Venezuelan baseball player (d. 1990)
  • 1954 Geno Auriemma, Italian-born American basketball coach (Connecticut Huskies), born in Montella, Italy
  • 1955 Moses Malone, Basketball Hall of Fame center (NBA MVP 1979, 82-83), born in Petersburg, Virginia, (d. 2015)
  • 1955 Cindy Olavarri, Pleasant Hills California, cyclist (7-Eleven team)
  • 1957 Sheila Rena Ingram, 4X400m relayer (Olympic silver 1976), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1957 Robbie James, Welsh footballer (d. 1998)
  • 1958 Etienne De Wilde, Belgian cyclist
  • 1962 Steve Redgrave, British rower (5 Olympic gold medals 1984-2000) world's most successful male rower, born in Marlow
  • 1963 Ana Quirot, Cuba, 800m runner (Olympics-bronze/silver-92, 96)
  • 1965 Dante Jones, NFL linebacker (Denver Broncos)
  • 1965 Daren Puppa, Kirkland Lake, NHL goalie (Tampa Bay Lightning)
  • 1965 Wayne Presley, NHL right wing (Toronto Maple Leafs), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1966 James Saxon, NFL fullback (Philadelphia Eagles)

  • 1966 Mike Remlinger, MLB pitcher (Cincinnati Reds), born in Middletown, New York
  • 1968 Atul Wassan, cricketer (Indian pace bowler 1989-90)
  • 1968 Curtis Mayfield, Canadian CFL receiver (Saskatchewan Roughriders 1996-99), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1968 David Maeva, CFL linebacker (BC Lions)
  • 1968 Mark Maddox, linebacker (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1968 Mike Atherton, cricketer (Lancashire batsman & England captain)
  • 1968 Fernando Hierro, Spanish footballer
  • 1970 Carl Pickens, NFL wide receiver (Cin Bengals)
  • 1970 Turhon O'Bannon, CFL receiver (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • 1971 Alexander Selivanov, NHL right wing (Tampa Bay Lightning), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1971 Chris Lipuma, NHL defenseman (Tampa Bay Lightning), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1971 Demetrius DuBose, NFL linebacker (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • 1972 Jonas Bjorkman, Swedish tennis star (Davis Cup 1994), born in Vaxjo Sweden
  • 1972 Joe Calzaghe, Welsh boxer, longest-reigning super-middleweight world champion in boxing history, born in Hammersmith, London, England
  • 1973 Jason Kidd, Basketball Hall of Fame point guard, coach (10-time NBA All Star), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1973 Kathy Carboy, diver (Olympics 1996), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1973 Naoko Sawamatsu, Nishinomiya Japan, tennis star (1994 Singapore)
  • 1973 Rob Lazeo, CFL offensive tackle (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • 1973 Jerzy Dudek, Polish footballer
  • 1973 Wim Eyckmans, Belgian racing driver
  • 1974 Eric Washington, NBA guard (Denver Nuggets)
  • 1974 Scott Galyon, linebacker (NY Giants)
  • 1975 Rita Grande, Napoli Italy, tennis star (3rd round 1996 Aust Open)
  • 1975 Alydar, American racehorse (d. 1990)
  • 1976 Nolan Baumgartner, NHL defenseman (Washington Capitals), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1976 Jeremy Newberry, American football player
  • 1976 Joel Peralta, Dominican baseball player
  • 1976 Ricardo Zonta, Brazilian racing car driver
  • 1976 Chris Hoy, Scottish cyclist, most successful Olympic cyclist ever (7 Olympic medals), born in Edinburgh
  • 1978 Walter Samuel, Argentine footballer
  • 1979 Mark Buehrle, American baseball player
  • 1979 Misty Hyman, American swimmer
  • 1979 Donncha O'Callaghan, Irish rugby player
  • 1979 Natalya Baranovskaya, Olympic swimmer
  • 1981 Erin Crocker, American NASCAR driver
  • 1981 Tony Peña, Jr., Dominican baseball player
  • 1982 José Raúl Contreras, Chilean soccer defender (8 caps; Santiago Wanderers; Universidad de Chile; Huachipato), born in Quilpué, Chile
  • 1983 Mo Farah [Mohamed Muktar Jama Farah], Somalian-born British distance runner (4 Olympic Golds), born in Mogadishu, Somalia
  • 1985 Maurice Jones-Drew, American football player
  • 1986 Andrea Dovizioso, Italian motorcycle racer

Person of interestKyrie Irving

1992 Kyrie Irving, American basketball guard (2011 NBA Draft: #1 pick Cleveland Cavaliers), born in Melbourne, Australia

NBA Player Kyrie Irving
NBA Player
Kyrie Irving
  • 1996 Alexander Albon, Thai-British Formula One racing driver (Red Bull Racing), born in London