On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on May 22

  • 1826 George Parr, English cricketer (legendary Notts batsman, 1st Eng touring capt), born in Radcliffe on Trent, Nottinghamshire, England (d. 1891)
  • 1879 Warwick Armstrong, Australian cricketer (Big Ship Great Aussie skipper 1920-21), born in Kyneton, Australia (d. 1947)
  • 1902 Al Simmons, American baseball outfielder (A's), lifetime batting avg of .334, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1956)
  • 1908 Horton Smith. American golfer (US Masters 1934, 36), born in Springfield, Missouri (d. 1963)
  • 1924 Wayne Mack, American sportscaster (New Orleans Saints, Tulane University) and actor (Storyville), born in Pekin, Illinois (d. 1993)
  • 1927 Eric Petrie, New Zealand cricketer (NZ wicketkeeper of the late 1950's), born in Ngaruawahia, Waikato, New Zealand (d. 2004)
  • 1934 Arne Harris, American television sports director, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2001)
  • 1935 Ron Piché, Quebec baseball player (Milwaukee Braves), born in Verdun, Quebec, Canada (d. 2011)
  • 1940 E. A. S. Prasanna, Indian cricketer (one of India's big four spinners), born in Bangalore, Kingdom of Mysore, British India
  • 1941 Martha Langbein, German athlete (Olympic silver 1960), born in Heidelberg, Germany
  • 1943 Tommy John, American baseball pitcher (Yankee/Dodger), born in Terre Haute, Indiana
  • 1946 George Best, Northern Irish footballer (Manchester United, Northern Ireland), born in Belfast
  • 1946 Howard Kendall, English footballer and football manager (Everton), born in Ryton, County Durham (d. 2015)
  • 1953 Cha Bum-Kun, South Korean footballer and manager, born in Hwaseong, South Korea
  • 1959 Olin Browne, American golfer (US Senior Open 2011), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1966 Donald Royal, American NBA forward (Charlotte Hornets, Orlando Magic), born in New Orleans, Louisiana

  • 1966 José Mesa, Dominican MBL pitcher (Cleveland Indians), born in Pueblo Viejo, Dominican Republic
  • 1968 Alan Levine, Baseball pitcher (Chicago White Sox), born in Park Ridge, Illinois
  • 1968 Carmie Vairo, softball infielder (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1968 Mike Harbold, sprint kayaker (Olympics 1996), born in Oakland, California
  • 1968 Randy Brown, American NBA point guard and executive (NBA C'ship 1996-98, Chicago Bulls), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1970 Clyde Johnson, cornerback (KC Chiefs)
  • 1970 Eric Wunderlich, American 200m breaststroke (Olympic 7th 1996)
  • 1970 Marcus Dowdell, NFL wide receiver/kick returner (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1970 Pedro Diniz, Brazilian Formula One driver
  • 1971 Corey Croom, NFL running back (NE Patriots)
  • 1971 Troy Barnhart, water polo 2m offense (Olympics 1996), born in Hanford, California
  • 1972 Mike Hollis, NFL kicker (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1972 Rich Owens, NFL defensive end (Washington Redskins)
  • 1973 Aaron Graham, professional American football player (Arizona Cardinals), born in Las Vegas, New Mexico
  • 1973 Daniel Tiatto, Australian soccer midfielder (Olyroos, Olympics 1996)
  • 1973 Julian Tavarez, Santiago Dom Rep, pitcher (Cleveland Indians)
  • 1974 Greg Jones, linebacker (Washington Redskins)
  • 1975 Jaane Niinimaa, Finnish NHL defenseman (Finland Olympic bronze 1998, Flyers), born in Raahe, Finland
  • 1975 Salvador Ballesta, Spanish footballer (Atlético Madrid, Valencia), born in Zaragoza, Spain
  • 1976 Christian Vande Velde, cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1977 Dre Bly, American Football Player
  • 1980 Chad Tracy, American baseball player
  • 1981 Jürgen Melzer, Austrian tennis player
  • 1982 Apolo Anton Ohno, American short track speed skater
  • 1983 John Hopkins, Anglo-American motorcycling racer
  • 1985 Tranquillo Barnetta, Swiss footballer
  • 1985 Marc-Antoine Pouliot, Canadian ice hockey player

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1987 Novak Đoković [Djokovic], Serbian tennis player (15 Grand Slam singles titles), born in Belgrade, Serbia

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