On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on March 8

  • 1854 Tom Horan, Australian cricketer (Ireland Pioneering Aust all-rounder), born in Midleton, Ireland (d. 1916)
  • 1915 Tapio Rautavaara, Finnish athlete, actor, and singer (Me tulemme taas, Rion yö), born in Pirkkala, Finland (d. 1979)
  • 1930 Bob Grim, American baseball player (d. 1996)
  • 1931 Neil Adcock, South African cricket fast bowler (26 Tests, 104 wickets @ 21.10), born in Cape Town, Western Cape (d. 2013)
  • 1934 Marv Breeding, American baseball player (d.2006)
  • 1938 Pete Dawkins, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1958, Army), born in Royal Oak, Michigan
  • 1939 Jim Bouton, American baseball pitcher, author, broadcaster (NY Yankees, MLB All Star 1968, "Ball Four"), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2019)
  • 1939 Lydia Skoblikova, USSR, speed skater (Olympics-6 gold-1960, 64)
  • 1940 Theo Laseroms, [The Tank], Dutch soccer player (Feyenoord)
  • 1942 Ann Packer, Moulsford, Oxfordshire, British 400m/800m runner (Olympic gold 1964)
  • 1942 Richard "Dick" Allen, American baseball player (AL MVP 1972), born in Wampum, Pennsylvania
  • 1945 Graeme Watson, Australian cricket all-rounder (5 Tests, 6 wickets; 2 ODIs), born in Kew, Victoria, Australia (d. 2020)
  • 1946 Mohammad Nazir, Pakistani cricket spin bowler (14 Tests, best 7/99 1969), born in Rawalpindi, Pakistan
  • 1949 Charles Lismont, Belgian marathon runner (Olympic silver 1972)
  • 1951 Philippe Henri Edmonds, cricketer (in Zambia England slow left-arm)
  • 1953 Jim Rice, American Baseball Hall of Fame left fielder (AL MVP 1978; 8-time MLB All Star; Boston Red Sox) born in Anderson, South Carolina

  • 1953 Don Werner, American baseball player
  • 1954 David Wilkie, 200m backstroke swimmer (Olympic gold 1976), is born in Colombo, Sri Lanka to Scottish parents
  • 1954 Karl Schnabl, 90m ski jumper (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1955 Don Ashby, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1981)
  • 1956 Laurie Cunningham, English former footballer (d. 1989)
  • 1957 Ruth Wysocki, American 800m/1500m runner, born in Alhambra, California
  • 1957 Bob Stoddard, American baseball player
  • 1958 Andreas Maurer, West Germany, tennis star
  • 1958 Nick Capra, American baseball player
  • 1960 Buck Williams, NBA forward (Portland Trail Blazers, NY Knicks)
  • 1960 Max Metzker, Australian swimmer
  • 1961 Larry Murphy, Scarborough, NHL defenseman (Toronto Maple Leafs)
  • 1962 Shaun Gayle, NFL strong safety (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1962 William Fuller, NFL defensive end (Philadelphia Eagles, San Diego Chargers)
  • 1963 Gursharan Singh, cricketer (Indian batsman played one Test 1989-90)
  • 1963 Mike Lalor, American NHL defenseman (Dallas Stars), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1964 Lance McCullers, American baseball player
  • 1965 Kenny Smith, NBA guard (Houston Rockets)
  • 1966 Laura McCabe, cross country skier (Olympics 1994)
  • 1967 Brent Fedyk, Yorkton, NHL left wing (Dallas Stars)

  • 1967 Dale Joseph, CFL defensive back (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • 1967 Joel Johnston, American baseball player
  • 1968 Clare Wood, Zululand South Africa, tennis star (1986 Futures-Lisbon)
  • 1968 Rob Zettler, Sept-iles, NHL defenseman (Toronto Maple Leafs)
  • 1968 Michael Bartels, German race car driver
  • 1968 Jim Dougherty, American baseball player
  • 1970 Harry Decheiver, soccer player (RKC)
  • 1970 Jason Elam, NFL kicker (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1970 Rhett Harty, Pasedena CA, US soccer player (Olympic-92)
  • 1970 Vadim Bekboulatov, NHL forward (Belarus, Olympics 1998)
  • 1971 Bob Boughner, Windsor, NHL defenseman (Buffalo Sabres)
  • 1971 Marc Tobert, CFL slot back (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • 1971 Kit Symons, Welsh footballer
  • 1972 Pat Riley, NFL defensive end (Chicago Bears, Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1972 Georgios Georgiadis, Greek footballer
  • 1973 Kendell Watkins, NFL tight end (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1973 Kurt Mollekens, Belgian racing car driver
  • 1973 Justin Thompson, American baseball player
  • 1974 Steve Sarkisian, CFL quarterback (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • 1974 Toran James, linebacker (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1974 Mike Moriarty, American baseball player
  • 1975 Brett Conway, NFL kicker (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • 1975 Kenny Wheaton, cornerback (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1976 Juan Encarnacion, American baseball player
  • 1976 Hines Ward, American football player
  • 1977 Johann Vogel, Swiss footballer
  • 1981 Michael Beauchamp, Australian footballer
  • 1982 Nicolas Armindo, race car driver
  • 1982 Leonidas Kabantais, Greek footballer
  • 1982 Nicoleta Onel, Romanian gymnast
  • 1982 Craig Stansberry, American baseball player
  • 1983 Mark Worrell, American baseball player.
  • 1988 Armanti Edwards, American college football player
  • 1990 Petra Kvitová, Czech tennis player (Wimbledon 2011, 14), born in Bilovec, Czech Republic