On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on May 16

  • 1904 Hugh Plaxton, Canadian ice hockey player (Olympic gold 1928)
  • 1906 Ernie McCormick, cricketer (Australian quickie of late 30's)
  • 1907 Robert Tisdall, Irish 400m hurdler (Olympic gold 1932)
  • 1918 Wilf Mannion, English former footballer (d. 2000)
  • 1920 Dave Philley, Texas, Major League Baseball switch-hitter (record 9 straight pinch hits), born in Paris, France (d. 2012)
  • 1927 Nílton Santos, Brazilian footballer, (d. 2013)

Billy Martin

1928 Billy Martin, American baseball 2nd baseman (MLB All Star 1956; World Series 1951, 52, 53, 56; NY Yankees) and manager (World Series 1977 NY Yankees), born in Berekeley, California (d. 1989)

  • 1930 Brian Davies, Rugby League player, born in Brisbane, Australia (d. 2012)
  • 1935 Yvon Douis, French soccer striker (20 caps; Lille, Le Havre, Monaco, Cannes), born in Les Andelys, France (d. 2021)
  • 1935 Jimmy LIndley, English jockey (2,000 Guineas 1963, 66; St Leger 1964) and broadcaster (BBC), born in Sutton-in-Ashfield, England (d. 2022)
  • 1949 Rick Reuschel, pitcher (NY Yankees)
  • 1953 Rick Rhoden, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star (1976, 86; Silver Slugger Award 1984–86; LA Dodgers, Pittsburgh Pirates, NY Yankees), born in Boynton Beach, Florida
  • 1955 Jack Morris, Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (5 x MLB All Star; World Series 1984 Detroit Tigers, 1991 Minnesota Twins, 1992-93 Toronto Blue Jays), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota

Olga Korbut

1955 Olga Korbut, Soviet-Belarusian gymnast (4 x Olympic gold 1972, 76), born in Grodno, Belarus, Soviet Union

  • 1957 Joan Benoit Samuelson, American long distance athlete (Olympic gold, marathon 1984; WR 1980, 82; Boston Marathon 1979, 83), born in Cape Elizabeth, Maine
  • 1959 Bob Patterson, pitcher (Chicago Cubs), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1962 Gary Crocker, cricketer (Zimbabwe Test batsman)
  • 1964 John Salley, NBA star (Detroit Pistons)
  • 1965 Lori Sippel, Stratford Ontario, softball pitcher (Olympics 1996)
  • 1966 Sean Quilty, Australian marathoner (Olympics 1996)
  • 1966 Thurman Thomas, American College/Pro Football HOF running back (Oklahoma State Uni; NFL MVP, NFL Offensive Player of the Year 1991; First-team All-Pro 1990, 91; 5 x Pro Bowl; Buffalo Bills), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1969 Steven Earl Lewis, 4X100/400m runner (Olympic gold 1988), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1969 Steve Lewis, American athlete
  • 1970 Eric Lynch, NFL running back (Detroit Lions)

Gabriela Sabatini

1970 Gabriela Sabatini, Argentine tennis player (US Open 1990), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • 1971 Khari Jones, Canadian American football player (BC Lions, Scottish Claymores) and coach (Montreal Alouettes), born in Hammond, Indiana
  • 1972 Keith Burns, American NFL linebacker (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in Greeleyville, South Carolina
  • 1972 Matthew Hart, cricketer (NZ lefty spinner 1994- )
  • 1974 Keith Thibodeaux, cornerback (Washington Redskins)
  • 1977 Jean-Sébastien Giguère, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1978 Vincent Larusso, American actor (Mighty Ducks; D2; D3), born in Livingston, New Jersey
  • 1978 Lionel Scaloni, Argentine soccer wing-back (7 caps; Deportivo La Coruña, Lazio) and manager (Argentina; Copa América 2021), born in Rosario, Argentina
  • 1980 Michael Ryan, American ice hockey player and coach (Springfield Thunderbirds), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1981 Schalk Brits, South African rugby union hooker (15 Tests; Stormers, Saracens), born in Empangeni, South Africa
  • 1982 Łukasz Kubot, Polish tennis player
  • 1982 Hanna Mariën, Belgian athlete
  • 1983 Kyle Wellwood, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1984 Darío Cvitanich, Argentine football player, born in Baradero, Argentina
  • 1984 Tomáš Fleischmann, Czech ice hockey player, born in Kopřivnice, Czechoslovakia
  • 1984 Jensen Lewis, American baseball player, born Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1984 Rick Rypien, Canadian ice hockey player, born Alberta, Canada (d. 2011)
  • 1985 Anja Mittag, German footballer
  • 1985 Corey Perry, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1986 Andy Keogh, Irish footballer (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
  • 1993 Johannes Thingnes Bø, Norwegian biathlete (5 x Olympic gold 2018, 22; 12 x World C'ship gold), born in Stryn, Norway