On This Day

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 Walter "Turk" Broda, Canadian ice hockey goaltender, 5x Stanley Cup, 2x Vezina Trophy (Toronto Maple Leafs, 1935-51), born in Brandon, Manitoba (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)
  • 1928 Gene Kenney, American soccer coach (Michigan State Spartans 1956-69; NCAA C'ship 1967, 68), born in Urbana, Illinois (d. 2022)
  • 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)
  • 1934 Frank McAtamney, New Zealand rugby union prop (1 Test; Otago 38 games), born in Middlemarch, New Zealand (d. 2022)
  • 1935 Ted Dexter, English cricket all-rounder and captain (62 Tests, 4,502 runs @ 47.89, 9 x 100s, 66 wickets; Sussex), born in Milan, Italy (d. 2021)
  • 1935 Don Bragg, American pole vaulter (Olympic gold, 1960), born in Penns Grove, New Jersey (d. 2019)
  • 1936 Robert Smith, American baseball administrator (President International Baseball Federation 1981-93; IOC Olympic Order), born in Greenville, Illinois (d. 2021)
  • 1937 Joe Tait, American sports broadcaster (Cleveland Cavaliers [radio], Cleveland Indians [TV & radio]), born in Evanston, Illinois (d. 2021)
  • 1939 Dudley Wysong, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1966 runner-up), born in McKinney, Texas (d. 1998)
  • 1940 Álvaro Mejía, Colombian athlete (Boston Marathon 1971 2:18:45), born in Medellín, Colombia (d. 2021)
  • 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)
  • 1945 Jerry Quarry, American boxer (famous bouts v world champions Floyd Patterson, Jimmy Ellis, Joe Frazier, Muhammad Ali, Ken Norton), born in Bakersfield, California (d. 1999)
  • 1949 Wendy Pritchard, Australian women's field hockey team manager (Olympic gold - 1996 & 2000), born in Busselton, Western Australia
  • 1952 Rick Waits, baseball pitcher (Rangers, Indians, Twins)

George Brett

1953 George Brett, American Baseball Hall of Fame 3rd baseman (13 x MLB All Star; World Series 1985; AL MVP 1980; KC Royals), born in Glen Dale, West Virginia

  • 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, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (8 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1995; NL Cy Young Award 1996; Atlanta Braves), born in Warren, Michigan
  • 1968 James "Jim" Neil, American rower (Olympics 1996), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1968 Leroy Hoard, American NFL running back, 1990-99 (Cleveland Browns, Minnesota Vikings, and 2 other teams), born in New Orleans, Louisiana

Emmitt Smith

1969 Emmitt Smith, American College/Pro Football HOF running back (Uni of Florida; Super Bowl 1992, 93 [MVP], 95; NFL MVP 1993; 3 x NFL rushing leader; Dallas Cowboys), born in Pensacola, Florida

  • 1969 Holly McPeak, American beach volleyballer (Olympic bronze 2004), born in Manhattan Beach, California
  • 1969 Hideki Irabu, Japanese-American NPB and MLB baseball pitcher, 1988-2004 (New York Yankees, 1997-2002), born in Okinawa, Japan (d. 2011)
  • 1970 Artie Smith, NFL defensive end (Cin Bengals)
  • 1970 Cory Philpot, CFL running back (BC Lions)
  • 1970 Desmond Howard, College Football Hall of Fame wide receiver (Heisman Trophy 1991, U of Michigan; Super Bowl MVP 1996, Green Bay Packers), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 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)
  • 1974 Jennifer Rizzotti, Basketball Hall of Fame point guard (Uni of Connecticut) and coach (George Washington), born in White Plains, New York

Ray Lewis

1975 Ray Lewis, American Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker (13 × Pro Bowl; Super Bowl MVP 2000; Baltimore Ravens), born in Bartow, Florida

  • 1976 Jacek Krzynówek, Polish footballer
  • 1976 Ryan Leaf, American football player
  • 1978 Amy Chow, American gymnast (Olympics-gold/silver, 1996), born in San Jose, California
  • 1978 Edu, Brazilian footballer
  • 1978 Dwayne DeRosario, Canadian footballer
  • 1979 Adolfo "Bofo" Bautista, Mexican professional footballer, 1998-2016, born in Dolores Hidalgo, Mexico
  • 1980 Josh Beckett, American baseball player
  • 1981 Patrice Evra, French-Senegalese footballer
  • 1981 Justin Morneau, Canadian baseball player
  • 1982 Segundo Castillo, Ecuadorian footballer, born in San Lorenzo, Ecuador
  • 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

Andy Murray

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

  • 1990 Joe Mattock, English football player