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 (Olympic gold 100m / 200m 1928), born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 1982)
  • 1910 Alan Melville, cricketer (graceful South African batsman 1938-49)
  • 1914 Alex Shibicky, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2005)

Florence Chadwick

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

  • 1927 John Thompson, American football executive (GM Seattle Seahawks 1976-82; NFL Executive of the Year 1978), born in South Bend, Washington (d. 2022)

Dolph Schayes

1928 Dolph Schayes, American basketball Hall of Famer (Syracuse Nationals/Philadelphia 76ers, 1948-63) and coach (76ers, 1963-66; Buffalo Braves, 1970-72)) and coach, born in NYC, New York (d. 2015)

  • 1931 Bob Anderson, British racing driver (d. 1967)
  • 1932 Bill Fitch, American Basketball HOF coach (NBA C'ship 1981, Boston Celtics; NBA Coach of the Year 1976, 80; NBA All-Star coach 1982; Cleveland Cavaliers; NJ Nets, LA Clippers), born in Davenport, Iowa (d. 2022)
  • 1936 Elisabeth Schwartz, Austrian pairs figure skater (Olympic gold 1956)
  • 1937 Pat Roach, English actor and wrestler (d. 2004)
  • 1939 Livio Berruti, Italian athlete
  • 1939 Jānis Lūsis, Latvian athlete (Olympic gold men's javelin 1968, silver 1972, bronze 1968), born in Jelgava, Latvia (d. 2020)
  • 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 in Greensboro, North Carolina (d. 2020)
  • 1948 Boet van Dulmen, Dutch motorcycle racer (84 starts, 1 win, 4 podiums,1 pole; Finnish 500cc GP 1979), born in Ammerzoden, Netherlands (d. 2021)
  • 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)
  • 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, American rower (Olympics 1996), born in Warren, Maine
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1985 (Marcellous) "Tyrell" Johnson, American NFL football safety, 2008-12 (Minnesota Vikings, Detroit Tigers), born in Rison, Arkansas
  • 1986 Mario Chalmers, NCAA basketball player
  • 1987 David Edgar, Canadian football (soccer) player
  • 1987 Mariano Torres, Argentine footballer