Birthdays in Sport on May 15

  • 1851 Herbert Lawford, British tennis player (Wimbledon 1887; first exponent of topspin), born in Bayswater, England (d. 1925)
  • 1892 Jimmy Wilde, boxer (d. 1969)
  • 1901 Luis Monti, Argentine-Italian footballer (d. 1983)
  • 1904 Gustav-Adolf Boltenstein, Swedish equestrian dressage (Olympic gold 1952, 56)
  • 1912 Alexis Nihon, Bahamas, wrestler (Olympics 1968)
  • 1914 Turk Broda, ice hockey goaltender (d. 1972)
  • 1919 Charles Palmer, cricketer (one Test 1955, later MCC president)
  • 1924 Andrea Gyarmati, Hungary water polo player (Olympics, 1948-60), (d. 2013)
  • 1924 Don Kenyon, cricketer (England batsman in 8 Tests 1951-55)
  • 1929 Jack Flavell, cricketer (England pace bowler in 4 Tests 1961-64)
  • 1931 Ken Venturi, American golfer, broadcaster (US Open 1964), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2013)
  • 1935 Ted Dexter, cricketer (in Milan Superb England batsman of 60's)
  • 1935 Don Bragg, American pole vaulter (Olympic gold 1960), born in Penns Grove, New Jersey (d. 2019)
  • 1939 Dorothy Shirley, British athlete
  • 1939 Dudley Wysong, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1966 runner-up), born in McKinney, Texas (d. 1998)
  • 1941 Cyril Cooray, cricketer (Sri Lankan Test umpire on intl panel)

  • 1944 Miruts Yifter 'Yifter the Shifter', Ethiopian runner (Olympic golds 1980), born in Adigrat (d. 2016)
  • 1949 Wendy Pritchard, Australian women's field hockey team manager (Olympics 1996)
  • 1952 Rick Waits, baseball pitcher (Rangers, Indians, Twins)

Person of interestGeorge Brett

1953 George Brett, American Baseball Hall of Fame 3rd baseman (13-time All Star), born in Glen Dale, West Virginia

MLB Third Baseman George Brett
MLB Third Baseman
George Brett
  • 1956 Alice Miller, American golfer (Nabisco Dinah Shore 1985), born in Marysville, CA
  • 1956 Dan Patrick, American sportscaster
  • 1959 Kaokor Galaxy, Thai boxer
  • 1964 Pierre Trentin, French 1K time trials (Olympic gold 1968)
  • 1965 Dan Stryzinski, NFL punter (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1965 Raí, Brazilian footballer
  • 1966 Paul Ysebaert, Sarnia, NHL left wing (Tampa Bay Lightning)
  • 1967 John Smoltz, pitcher (Atlanta Braves, 1996 Cy Young), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1968 James "Jim" Neil, rower (Olympics 1996), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1968 Leroy Hoard, NFL running back (Cleveland Browns, Minnesota Vikings)

Person of interestEmmitt Smith

1969 Emmitt Smith, American NFL Running Back (Dallas Cowboys, 3-time NFL rushing leader), born in Pensacola, Florida

American Football Player Emmitt Smith
American Football Player
Emmitt Smith
  • 1969 Holly McPeak, Manhattan Beach CA, beach volleyballer (Olympics 1996)
  • 1969 Hideki Irabu, Japanese baseball player
  • 1970 Artie Smith, NFL defensive end (Cin Bengals)
  • 1970 Cory Philpot, CFL running back (BC Lions)
  • 1970 Desmond Howard, NFL receiver (Jacksonville Jaguars, Oakland Raiders)
  • 1970 Frank de Boer, Dutch soccer star (Ajax)
  • 1970 Keith Tower, NBA center (LA Clippers)
  • 1970 Rod Smith, Texarkana, Arkansas, American NFL wide receiver (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1970 Ronald de Boer, Dutch soccer player (Ajax)
  • 1970 Tony Brown, NFL cornerback (Seattle Seahawks)

  • 1971 Scott Shipley, Bremerton Wash, slalom single kayaker (Olympic 6th 1996)
  • 1971 Phil Pfister, American strength athlete
  • 1972 Patrick Pothuizen, soccer player (Vitesse)
  • 1972 Troy Drake, NFL tackle (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1973 Suzannah Bianco, synchronized swimmer (Olympics-alt-96), born in San Jose, California
  • 1974 A J Hinch, Wavely IA, baseball catcher (Olympic bronze 1996)
  • 1974 Addilson dos Santos, soccer player (Sparta)

Person of interestRay Lewis

1975 Ray Lewis, American football linebacker (Baltimore Ravens), born in Bartow, Florida

NFL Legend Ray Lewis
NFL Legend
Ray Lewis
  • 1976 Eric DuBose, Bradenton Fl, baseball pitcher (Olympic bronze 1996)
  • 1976 Adolfo Bautista, Mexican footballer
  • 1976 Jacek Krzynówek, Polish footballer
  • 1976 Ryan Leaf, American football player
  • 1978 Amy Chow, gymnast (Olympics-gold/silver-96), born in San Jose, California
  • 1978 Edu, Brazilian footballer
  • 1978 Dwayne DeRosario, Canadian footballer
  • 1980 Josh Beckett, American baseball player
  • 1981 Patrice Evra, French-Senegalese footballer
  • 1981 Justin Morneau, Canadian baseball player
  • 1982 Segundo Castillo, Ecuadorian footballer
  • 1982 Veronica Campbell-Brown, Jamaican athlete
  • 1984 Sérgio Jimenez, Brazilian racing driver
  • 1985 Cristiane, Brazilian footballer
  • 1986 Matías Fernández, Chilean footballer
  • 1986 Adam Moffat, Scottish football player, born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1986 Kyle Loza, Freestyle Motocross Rider, born in Orange County, California
  • 1987 Ersan İlyasova, Turkish basketball player

Person of interestAndy Murray

1987 Andy Murray, British tennis player (Olympic gold 2012, 16; Wimbledon 2013, 16), born in Glasgow, Scotland

Tennis Champion Andy Murray
Tennis Champion
Andy Murray
  • 1990 Joe Mattock, English football player