On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on May 21

  • 1867 John James Ferris, Australian cricketer (mighty Australian bowler of late 1880's)
  • 1893 Arthur Carr, English cricket batsman and captain (11 Tests, 1 x 50; Nottinghamshire CCC), born in Mickleham, England (d. 1963)
  • 1902 Earl Averill, American baseball player (Cleveland Indians), born in Snohomish, Washington (d. 1983)
  • 1906 Keith Rigg, Australian cricketer (Test batsman in the thirties)
  • 1912 Monty Stratton, American MLB pitcher, born in Palacios, Texas (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, American basketball player (Rochester/Cincinnati Royals), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)
  • 1929 Paul Winslow, South African cricketer (big-hitter for South Africa, 108 v England 1955)
  • 1933 Umberto Colombo, Italian soccer midfielder (3 caps; Juventus, Atalanta), born in Como, Italy (d. 2021)
  • 1935 Johnny Majors, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (All American 1956; U of Tennessee) and coach (Iowa State; National C'ship 1976, Pittsburgh; Tennessee), born in Lynchburg, Tennessee (d. 2020)
  • 1939 Raúl Madero, Argentine soccer defender (5 caps; Estudiantes) and sports physician (Argentina national team), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 2021)
  • 1942 John Konrads, Australian swimmer (Olympic gold 1500m freestyle, bronze 400m freestyle, 4x200m freestyle 1960; 26 individual world records), born in Riga, Latvia (d. 2021)
  • 1942 Danny Ongais, American auto racer (inducted Motorsports Hall of Fame of America 2000), born in Kahului, Hawaii (d. 2022)
  • 1946 David Hill, Australian TV-reporter and owner (Fox Sports)
  • 1947 Dorothy Germain Porter, American golfer (US Curtis Cup winning captain 1966), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)
  • 1954 Bill Abbott, Canadian sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Sarnia, Ontario
  • 1955 Liaqat Ali, Pakistani cricket pace bowler (Pakistan for six Tests 1975-79), born in Karachi, Pakistan
  • 1955 Paul Barber, British field hockey player
  • 1957 Sue Woodstra, American volleyball player (Olympic silver 1984), born in Colton, California
  • 1957 Bruce Buffer, American Mixed Martial Arts Announcer, born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1958 Monte Lynch, Guyanese-born English cricketer (Surrey batsman, WI Rebel, England ODI player), born in Plaisance, British Guiana
  • 1958 Sabine Bischoff, German fencer (Olympic gold 1984), born in Tauberbischofsheim, Germany (d. 2013)
  • 1960 Kent Hrbek, American baseball player (Minnesota Twins), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1963 Elena Vodorezova, Russian figure skater (Olympic-1976) and coach, born in Moscow, USSR
  • 1964 Tommy Albelin, Swedish NHL defenceman (Calgary Flames), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1967 Rogel Nachum, Israeli Men's triple jumper (Olympics 1996)
  • 1967 Tracy Simien, American NFL linebacker (KC Chiefs), born in Bay City, Texas
  • 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, Czech hockey goalie (Team Czech Rep, Olympics 1998), born in Strakonice, Czechoslavkia
  • 1970 Scott "Munnster" Munn, American rower (Olympics 1996), born in Larkspur, California
  • 1970 Carl Veart, Australian footballer, born in Whyalla, Australia
  • 1972 Liliko Ogasawara, American middleweight judoka (Olympics 1996), born in Englewood, New Jersey
  • 1977 Quinton Fortune, South African footballer, born in Cape Town, South Africa
  • 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 Mexican footballer, born in Morón, Argentina
  • 1979 Scott Smith, mixed martial arts fighter, born in Reno, Nevada
  • 1981 Beth Botsford, American swimmer (Olympic gold 1996), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1981 Josh Hamilton, Major League Baseball player, born in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • 1982 Ma'a Nonu, New Zealand rugby union player and All Black, born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1984 Gary Woodland, American golfer (US Open 2019), born in Topeka, Kansas
  • 1985 Andrew Miller, American MLB baseball pitcher, 2006-present (Detroit Tigers, Florida Marlins, and 5 other teams), born in Gainesville, Florida
  • 1985 Mark Cavendish MBE, British road cyclist (UCI Road World C'ships 2011; Points classification winner Tour de France 2011, 21; Giro d'Italia 2013; Vuelta a España 2010), born in Douglas, Isle of Man
  • 1988 Jonathan Howson, English footballer, born in Morley, England
  • 1994 Tom Daley, English diver (2021 Olympic Gold), born in Plymouth, England