On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on May 19

  • 1874 Gilbert Jessop, English cricket batsman (18 Tests; Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1898), born in Cheltenham, England (d. 1955)
  • 1897 Jerome Travers, American golfer (US Open 1915), born in NYC, NY (d. 1951)
  • 1904 Sven Thofelt, Swedish pentathlete (Olympic gold 1928)
  • 1906 Bruce Bennett, American athlete and actor (Before I Hang, Sahara), born in Tacoma, Washington (d. 2007)
  • 1908 Percy Williams, Canadian athlete (d. 1982)
  • 1910 Alan Melville, cricketer (graceful South African batsman 1938-49)
  • 1914 Alex Shibicky, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2005)

Person of interestFlorence Chadwick

1918 Florence Chadwick, swimmer (1st to swim English Channel both ways), born in San Diego, California (d. 1995)

Person of interestDolph Schayes

1928 Dolph Schayes, American basketball Hall of Famer (Syracuse Nationals/Philadelphia 76ers) and coach, born in NYC, New York (d. 2015)

NBA Power Forward and Coach Dolph Schayes
NBA Power Forward and Coach
Dolph Schayes
  • 1931 Bob Anderson, British racing driver (d. 1967)
  • 1936 Elisabeth Schwartz, Austrian pairs figure skater (Olympic gold 1956)
  • 1937 Pat Roach, English actor and wrestler (d. 2004)
  • 1939 Livio Berruti, Italian athlete
  • 1940 Jan Janssen, Dutch cyclist
  • 1942 Frank Froehling, American tennis player (US C'ships 1963 runner-up; doubles, mixed doubles 1965 runner-up), born in Islamorada, Florida (d. 2020)
  • 1942 Curly Neal, American basketball guard (Harlem Globetrotters 1963-85), born Greensboro, North Carolina (d. 2020)

  • 1952 Bert van Marwijk, Dutch football manager
  • 1953 Shavarsh Karapetyan, Soviet Armenian finswimmer
  • 1954 Rick Cerone, catcher (Yankees/Red Sox/Mets/Expos), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1955 Ed Whitson, pitcher (NY Yankees, San Diego Padres)
  • 1957 Bill Laimbeer, NBA forward (Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons)
  • 1963 Filippo Galli, Italian footballer
  • 1966 Keith Jennings, NFL tight end (Chicago Bears)
  • 1966 Marc Bureau, Trois Rivieres, NHL center (Montreal Canadiens)
  • 1967 John Friesz, NFL quarterback (Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1967 Turk Wendell, Pittsfield MA, pitcher (Chicago Cubs)
  • 1968 James Parrish, NFL outside linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1968 Jeanne Basone, Brubank California, wrestler (Hollywood-GLOW)
  • 1968 Mark Janssens, Surrey, NHL center (Hartford Whalers)
  • 1968 Paul Justin, NFL quarterback (Indianapolis Colts)
  • 1969 Cecile Ulbrich Tucker, Warren Maine, rower (Olympics 1996)
  • 1969 David Wharton, Warminster PA, US Olympic swimmer (Olympic silver 1988)
  • 1969 Richard Dumas, NBA forward (Philadelphia 76ers)
  • 1970 K. J. Choi, South Korean golfer (Players C'ship 2011; 8 PGA Tour titles), born in Wando, South Korea
  • 1971 Darryl Morrison, NFL safety (Washington Redskins)
  • 1971 Lori Ann Mundt, Yorkton Saskatchawan, volleyball player (Olympics 1996)

  • 1972 Ronald Williams, CFL running back (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • 1973 Andreas Johansson, Hofors SWE, NHL forward (Pitts, NY Islanders)
  • 1974 Andrew Johns, Australian rugby league footballer
  • 1975 London Fletcher, American football player
  • 1975 Pretinha, Brazilian footballer
  • 1976 Kevin Garnett, American basketball forward (15-time NBA All Star), born in Greenville, South Carolina
  • 1977 Manuel Almúnia, Spanish footballer
  • 1977 Brandon Inge, American baseball player
  • 1978 Marcus Bent, English footballer
  • 1979 Diego Forlán, Uruguayan footballer
  • 1979 Andrea Pirlo, Italian footballer
  • 1980 Tony Hackworth, English footballer
  • 1981 Georges St. Pierre, Mixed Martial Arts Fighter
  • 1981 Luciano Figueroa, Argentine footballer
  • 1981 Klaas-Erik Zwering, Dutch swimmer
  • 1982 Pål Steffen Andresen, Norwegian footballer
  • 1982 Kevin Amankwaah, English footballer
  • 1984 Marcedes Lewis, American NFL tight end (Pro Bowl 2010; Jacksonville Jaguars, Green Bay Packers), born in Los Alamitos, California
  • 1986 Mario Chalmers, NCAA basketball player
  • 1987 David Edgar, Canadian football (soccer) player
  • 1987 Mariano Torres, Argentine footballer