On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on May 21

  • 1867 John James Ferris, cricketer (mighty Australian bowler of late 1880's)
  • 1893 Arthur Carr, cricket captain (England v Australia 1926)
  • 1902 Earl Averill, American baseball player (Cleveland Indians), born in Snohomish, Washington (d. 1983)
  • 1906 Keith Rigg, cricketer (Australian Test batsman in the thirties)
  • 1912 Monty Stratton, baseball player (d. 1982)
  • 1916 Tinus Osendarp, Dutch runner (d. 2002)
  • 1923 Ara Parseghian, American football player and coach (Northwestern, Notre Dame), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1923 Bettye Danoff, American golfer (co- founder LPGA Tour), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2011)
  • 1924 Jack Twyman, basketball player (Rochester/Cincinnati Royals), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)
  • 1929 Paul Winslow, cricketer (big-hitter for South Africa, 108 v England 1955)
  • 1946 David Hill, Australian TV-reporter/owner (Fox Sports)
  • 1947 Dorothy Germain Porter, American golfer (US Curtis Cup winning captain 1966), born in Philadelphia, PA (d. 2012)
  • 1954 Bill Abbott, sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Sarnia, Ontario
  • 1955 Liaqat Ali, cricket pace bowler (Pakistani in six Tests 1975-79)
  • 1955 Paul Barber, British field hockey player
  • 1957 Sue Woodstra, Colton Ca, volleyball player (Olympic silver 1984)

  • 1957 Bruce Buffer, American Mixed Martial Arts Announcer
  • 1958 Monte Lynch, cricketer (Surrey batsman, WI Rebel, England ODI player)
  • 1958 Sabine Bischoff, German fencer (Olympic gold 1984), born in Tauberbischofsheim, Germany (d. 2013)
  • 1960 Kent Hrbek, American baseball player
  • 1963 Yelena Vodorezova, USSR, figure skater (Olympic-1976)
  • 1964 Tommy Albelin, NHL defenseman (Calgary Flames), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1964 Danny Bailey, English footballer
  • 1967 Rogel Nachum, Israel, Men's triple jump (Olympics 1996)
  • 1967 Tracy Simien, NFL linebacker (KC Chiefs)
  • 1969 Reid Simpson, Canadian NHL left wing (NJ Devils), born in Flin Flon, Canada
  • 1969 Pierluigi Brivio, Italian footballer, born in Milan, Italy
  • 1970 Dorsey Levens, NFL running back (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • 1970 Roman Turek, Strakonice CZE, hockey goalie (Team Czech Rep, Olympics 1998)
  • 1970 Scott "Munnster" Munn, Larkspur California, rower (Olympics 1996)
  • 1970 Veronica Sanchez, Michoan Mexico, WPVA volleyballer (Hermosa-17-1994)
  • 1970 Carl Veart, Australian former footballer
  • 1972 Liliko Ogasawara, middleweight judoka (Olympics 1996), born in Englewood, New Jersey
  • 1977 Quinton Fortune, South African footballer
  • 1977 Ricky Williams, American College Football Hall of Fame running back (Heisman Trophy 1998, U of Texas; Pro Bowl 2002, Miami Dolphins), born in San Diego, California
  • 1978 Jamaal Magloire, Canadian professional basketballer
  • 1979 Damián Ariel Álvarez, Argentinian footballer
  • 1979 Scott Smith, mixed martial arts fighter
  • 1981 Beth Botsford, 100m/200m backstroke (Olympic gold 1996)
  • 1981 Josh Hamilton, Major League Baseball player
  • 1982 Ma'a Nonu, New Zealand rugby union player and All Black (2003-), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1984 Gary Woodland, American golfer (US Open 2019), born in Topeka, Kansas
  • 1985 Andrew Miller, Major League Baseball player
  • 1988 Jonathan Howson, English footballer
  • 1994 Tom Daley, English diver