Birthdays in Sport on March 31

  • 1878 Jack Johnson,1st African American heavyweight boxing champ (1908-1915), born in Galveston, Texas (d. 1946)
  • 1919 Frank Akins, American football player (d. 1993)
  • 1923 Donald Argee Barksdale, Berkley Cal, basketballer (Olympic gold 1948)
  • 1923 Lawrie Miller, NZ cricketer (opening bat in 13 Tests)

Person of interestGordie Howe

1928 Gordie Howe, Canadian NHL right wing (Detroit Redwings), born in Floral, Saskatchewan (d. 2016)

Ice Hockey Legend Gordie Howe
Ice Hockey Legend
Gordie Howe
  • 1931 Miller Barber, American golfer (11 PGA, 3 US Senior Open titles), born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d.2013)
  • 1932 Godfrey Lawrence, cricketer (South African fast bowler, 8-53 v NZ 1961)
  • 1940 Jim Criner, WLAF head coach (Scottish Claymores)
  • 1946 Aftab Gul, cricketer (Pakistani opening batsman in six Tests 1969-71)
  • 1946 Gonzalo Márquez, Venezuelan baseball player (d. 1984)
  • 1948 Gustaaf Van Cauter, Belgian cyclist
  • 1953 Rene Portland, American college basketball coach (Penn State 1980-2007), born in Broomall, Pennsylvania (d. 2018)
  • 1955 Robert Vance, New Zealand cricketer
  • 1958 Jay Feenan, Windham NH, rower (Olympics 1996)
  • 1960 Mark Tuinei, NFL tackle (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1961 Ron Brown, 4x100m runner (Olympic gold 1984), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1962 John Taylor, NFL wide receiver (SF 49ers)
  • 1964 Dave Wyman, NFL linebacker (Denver Broncos)
  • 1964 David Diaz-Infante, NFL guard (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1964 Rod Jones, NFL cornerback (Cin Bengals)
  • 1965 Patty Fendick, American tennis star (1989 Auckland), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1965 Tom Barrasso, American NHL goalie (Pitts Penguins), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1966 Natalie Gosselin, Levis Quebec, 52kg judoka (Olympics 1996)
  • 1966 Thomas Fitzgerald, American team handball left wing (Olympics 1996), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1966 Roger Black, English athlete
  • 1967 Glenn Montgomery, NFL defensive tackle (Seattle Seahawks, Oilers)
  • 1967 Nanci Bowen, Tifton GA, LPGA golfer (1995 Nabisco Dinah Shore)
  • 1968 J R Reid, NBA forward (NY Knicks, Charlotte Hornets)
  • 1969 Kevin Sargent, NFL tackle/guard (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • 1969 Steve Smith, NBA guard (Atlanta Hawks)
  • 1970 Derek Brown, NFL tight end (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1970 Oleg Romanov, NHL defenseman (Belarus, Olympics 1998)
  • 1970 Stuart Carruthers, Australian field hockey fullback (Olympics 1996)

Person of interestPavel Bure

1971 Pavel Bure, NHL left wing (Vancouver Canucks, Florida Panthers), born in Minsk, Soviet Union

Ice Hockey Great Pavel Bure
Ice Hockey Great
Pavel Bure
  • 1972 John Godina, Fort Sill Oklahoma, shot putter/discus thrower (Olympic silver 1996)
  • 1972 Kelly O'Leary, Halifax Nova Scotia, kayaker (Olympics 1996)
  • 1972 Hristos Polihroniou, Greek hammer thrower
  • 1973 Bold Forbes, Puerto Rican-American thoroughbred racehorse (d. 2000)
  • 1974 Anthony Hicks, NFL linebacker (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • 1974 James Burgess, linebacker (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1974 Jason Odom, tackle (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • 1977 Garth Tander, Australian racing driver
  • 1978 Jérôme Rothen, French footballer
  • 1978 Stephen Clemence, English footballer
  • 1979 Josh Kinney, American baseball player
  • 1980 Jenny Smith, Western Australia, gymnast (Olympics 1996)
  • 1980 Chien-Ming Wang, Taiwanese baseball player
  • 1981 Maarten van der Weijden, Dutch swimmer
  • 1982 Jessica Joseph, dance skater (& Butler-1997 Natl), born in Royal Oak, Michigan
  • 1982 Tal Ben Haim, Israeli footballer
  • 1982 Philippe Mexès, French footballer
  • 1983 Paddy McCarthy, Irish footballer
  • 1983 Vlasios Maras, Greek gymnast
  • 1984 James Jones, American football player
  • 1987 Humpy Koneru, Indian chess grandmaster
  • 1988 Hogan Ephraim, English Footballer