On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on March 7

  • 1813 Judocus Smits, Dutch Catholic newspaper pioneer/founder (The Time)
  • 1869 Bertha Townsend, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1888-89), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1909)
  • 1904 Ivar Ballangrud, Norwegian speed skater (Olympic gold 5,000m 1928; 500m, 5,000m 10,000m 1936), born in Lunner, Norway (d. 1969)
  • 1920 Willie Watson, English cricket batsman (23 Tests, 2 x 100s) and soccer midfielder (4 caps; Sunderland), born in Bolton upon Dearne, England (d. 2004)
  • 1923 Bobo Holloman, American baseball pitcher (no-hitter on MLB debut 1953; St. Louis Browns), born in Thomaston, Georgia (d. 1987)
  • 1931 Wálter Taibo, Uruguayan soccer goalkeeper (30 caps; Huracán, C.A. Peñarol), born in Montevideo, Uruguay (d. 2021)
  • 1933 Jackie Blanchflower, Northern Irish footballer (d. 1998)
  • 1934 Nari Contractor, Indian cricketer (Indian batsman & captain), born in Godhra, India
  • 1938 Homero Blancas, American golfer (US Ryder Cup 1973), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1938 Janet Guthrie, American professional race car driver (1st woman to race in Indie 500 and Daytona 500), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • 1939 Panajot Pano, Albanian football star known as the "The little Puskás", born in Durrës, Albania (d. 2010)
  • 1942 U N Kulkarni, Indian cricketer (pace bowler in four Tests 1967-68), born in Alibagh, India
  • 1943 Carole Peel, Australian softball asst coach (Olympic bronze 1996)
  • 1947 Walter Röhrl, German race and rally car driver
  • 1950 Franco Harris, American Hall of Fame NFL fullback (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Fort Dix, New Jersey
  • 1952 Lynn Swann, NFL receiver (Pittsburgh Steelers)/sportscaster

  • 1952 Viv Richards, Antiguan cricketer and master blaster (West Indies), born in St. Johns, British Leeward Islands
  • 1955 Tommy Kramer, American football player, born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1959 Tom Lehman, American golfer (British Open 1996; Senior PGA C'ship 2010, Tradition 2011-12), born in Austin, Minnesota

Person of interestIvan Lendl

1960 Ivan Lendl, American, Czech tennis player (8-time Grand Slam title winner), born in Ostrava, Czechoslovakia

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ivan Lendl

Person of interestJoe Carter

1960 Joe Carter, American MLB outfielder (MLB All-Star 1991–94, 96; World Series 1992, 93; Silver Slugger Award 1991, 92; Toronto Blue Jays), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

MLB Outfielder Joe Carter
MLB Outfielder
Joe Carter
  • 1962 Peter Manley, English Darts Player (PDC World C'ship runner-up 1999, 2002, 2006), born in London, England
  • 1963 Mike Eagles, Canadian NHL center (Washington Capitals), born in Sussex, New Brunswick
  • 1964 Amy Baltus, American WPVA volleyballer (Nationals-13th-1992), born in Bloomington, Indiana
  • 1964 Jeff Criswell, American NFL tackle (KC Chiefs), born in Grinnell, Iowa
  • 1965 Jesper Parnevik, Swedish golfer (Ryder Cup 1997, 99, 2002; British Open 2004, 07 runner-up), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1965 Steve Beuerlein, American NFL quarterback (Jacksonville Jaguars, Car Panthers), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1965 [Willie] Flipper Anderson, NFL wide receiver (Indianapolis Colts), born in Paulsboro, New Jersey
  • 1965 Jack Armstrong, American baseball player, born in Englewood, New Jersey
  • 1966 Jeff Feagles, American NFL punter (Arizona Cardinals), born in Anaheim, california
  • 1966 Terry Carkner, Canadian NHL defenseman (Florida Panthers), born in Smiths Falls, Canada
  • 1967 Zheng Haixia, Chinese WNBA center (LA Sparks), born in Shangqiu, China
  • 1968 Jeff Kent, American MLB infielder (NY Mets), born in Bellflower, California
  • 1968 Ricky Proehl, American NFL wide receiver (Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears), born in New York City
  • 1969 Anne Marie Lauck, American marathoner (Olympics 10th 1996), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1969 Anthony Davis, American NFL linebacker (KC Chiefs), born in Kennewick, Washington

  • 1969 Brian Jamieson, American rower (Olympic silver 1996), born in Livingston, New Jersey
  • 1969 Geoff Smith, Canadian NHL defenseman (Florida Panthers), born in Edmonton
  • 1969 Matt Blundin, American quarterback (KC Chiefs, Detroit Lions), born in Darby, Pennsylvania
  • 1969 Sam Gash, American NFL running back (New England Patriots), born in Hendersonville, North Carolina
  • 1970 James 'Jim' Spivey, American middle-distance runner, born in Schiller Park, Illinois
  • 1970 Kathy Gedney, American WPVA volleyballer (US Open-25th-1994), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1971 Alison Herst, Canadian kayaker (Olympics-5-92, 96), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1972 Marina Hatzakis, Australian rower (Olympics 1996), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1973 Ray Parlour, English footballer (Arsenal), born in Romford, England
  • 1974 Facundo Sava, Argentine footballer and manager, born in Ituzaingó, Argentina
  • 1975 William Hampton, CFL defensive back (Calgary Stampeders)
  • 1977 Ludmila Richterova, Czech tennis star (1995 Bournemouth), born in Kosice, Slovakia
  • 1977 Gianluca Grava, Italian footballer, born in Caserta
  • 1977 Mitja Zastrow, German-born Dutch swimmer, born in Wuppertal, Germany
  • 1983 Manucho, Angolan footballer, born in Luanda, Angola
  • 1983 Taylor Tankersley, American baseball player, born in Missoula, Montana
  • 1984 Mathieu Flamini, French footballer (Arsenal), born in Marseille, France
  • 1985 Gerwyn Price, Welsh darts player (PDC World C'ship 2021; Grand Slam of Darts 2018, 19; World Grand Prix 2020), born in Cardiff, Wales