On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on May 8

  • 1850 Ross Barnes, American baseball infielder (3×NA/NL batting champion 1872, 73, 76; 4×NA/NL runs scored leader; 4×NA/NL hits leader; Boston Red Stockings), born in Mount Morris, New York (d. 1915)
  • 1853 Dan Brouthers, American Baseball HOF first baseman (first great MLB slugger; 4×NL batting champion; Buffalo Bisons, Detroit Wolverines, Boston Beaneaters, Brooklyn Grooms), born in Sylvan Lake, New York (d. 1932)
  • 1873 Henry Leveson-Gower, English cricket batsman & captain (3 Tests; Surrey CCC, Oxford University CC), born in Titsey Place, Surrey, England (d. 1954)
  • 1893 Francis Ouimet, American golfer (US Open 1913, US Amateur 1914, 31), born in Brookline, Massachusetts (d. 1967)
  • 1893 Edd Roush, American Baseball HOF outfielder (World Series 1919; NL batting champion 1917, 19; Cincinnati Reds), born in Oakland City, Indiana (d. 1988)
  • 1893 Teddy Wakelam, English sports broadcaster (BBC) and rugby union player (captain Harlequin RFC), born in Herefordshire, England (d. 1963)
  • 1901 Turkey Stearnes, American baseball player (Negro Leagues, Hall of Fame), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 1979)
  • 1902 Milford "Curly" Page, New Zealand cricket batsman & captain (14 Tests, 1 x 100, 2x 50, 5 wickets) and rugby union halfback (Canterbury RU), born in Lyttelton, New Zealand (d. 1987)
  • 1930 Doug Atkins, American College/Pro Football HOF defensive end (Uni of Tennessee; NFL C'ship 1954, 63; First-team All-Pro 1963; 8×Pro Bowl; Cleveland Browns, Chivago Bears, NO Saints), born in Humbolt Tennessee (d. 2015)
  • 1935 Jack Charlton, English soccer defender (35 caps; World Cup 1966; Leeds United) and manager (Middlesborough, Sheffield Wed, Newcastle, Rep of Ireland), born in Ashington, England (d. 2020)
  • 1937 Mike Cuellar, Cuban baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1967, 70, 71, 74; World Series 1964, 70; AL Cy Young Award 1969; Baltimore Orioles), born in Santa Clara, Cuba (d. 2010)
  • 1938 Javed Burki, Pakistani cricket batsman (25 Tests, 3 x 100, 4 x 50, HS 140; Oxford University CC), born in Meerut, India
  • 1939 Paul Drayton, American athlete (Olympic gold 4x100m relay 1964), born in Glen Cove, New York (d. 2010)
  • 1939 János Göröcs, Hungarian soccer midfielder (62 caps; Újpesti Dózsa, Tatabányai Bányász), born in Gánt, Hungary (d. 2020)
  • 1942 Robin Hobbs, English cricket spin bowler (7 Tests, 12 wickets; Essex CCC, Glamorgan CCC), born in Chippenham, England
  • 1942 Terry Neill, Northern Irish soccer defender (59 caps; Arsenal, Hull City FC) and manager (Hull City FC, Tottenham, Arsenal), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland (d. 2022)
  • 1951 Mike D'Antoni, American basketball coach (NBA Coach of the Year 2005, 17; Houston Rockets; LA Lakers, NY Knicks, Phoenix Suns), born in Mullens, West Virginia
  • 1957 Deana Deardurff, American swimmer (Olympic gold 4x100m medley relay 1972), born in Wyoming, Ohio

Bill Cowher

1957 Bill Cowher, American Pro Football HOF coach (Super Bowl 2005; NFL Coach of the Year 1992; Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Crafton, Pennsylvania

  • 1958 Lovie Smith, American football coach (NFL Coach of the Year 2005 Chicago Bears; TB Buccaneers, Houston Texans; Uni of Illinois), born in Gladewater, Texas
  • 1959 Ronnie Lott, College and Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive back (10-time NFL Pro Bowl; Super Bowl 1981, 84, 88-89; SF 49ers), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • 1960 Franco Baresi, Italian soccer defender (81 caps; AC Milan 532 games), born in Travagliato, Italy
  • 1966 Cláudio Taffarel, Brazilian soccer goalkeeper (101 caps; World Cup 1994; Internacional, Parma, Atlético Mineiro, Galatasaray), born in Santa Rosa, Brazil

Omar Camporese

1968 Omar Camporese, Italian tennis player (2 x WTA singles, 5 x doubles titles; world #18 1992), born in Bologna, Italy

  • 1969 Brad Culpepper, NFL defensive tackle (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • 1969 Duane Forde, CFL fullback (Calgary Stampeders)
  • 1969 Swift Burch, CFL defensive end (Montreal Alouettes)
  • 1969 Akebono Taro, American born Japanese sumo wrestler (1st non Japanese to reach rank of Yokozuna), born in Waimānalo, Hawaii
  • 1970 Christine Stark, Canadian volleyballer (Olympics 1996), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1970 Michael Bevan, Australian cricketer (dashing NSW & Australian lefty batsman)
  • 1971 Reggie Jones, American NFL football wide receiver, 1995-2001 (KC Chiefs, and two other teams), born in Kansas City, Kansas
  • 1971 Stephen Ingram, American NFL tackle/guard (Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 1995; Jacksonville Jaguars, 1999), born in Cheverly, Maryland
  • 1973 Wolf Wigo, American water polo driver (Olympics 1996), born in Abington Pennsylvania
  • 1974 Colin Daynes, Canadian 68 kg Greco Roman wrestler (Olympic-96), born in Windsor, Ontario
  • 1974 Korey Stringer, American NFL football tackle, 1995-2000 (Minnesota Vikings), born in Warren, Ohio (d. 2001)
  • 1975 Jussi Markkanen, Finnish ice hockey player
  • 1975 Gastón Mazzacane, Argentine racing driver
  • 1976 Oleg Tverdovsky, Russian-American NHL defenseman (Winnipeg Jets), born in Donetsk, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
  • 1978 Cindy Parlow, American soccer forward (Olympics 1996), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1978 Sandra Kleinova, Czech tennis star (1995 Futures-Turku-FIN), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • 1978 Lúcio [Lucimar Ferreira da Silva], Brazilian footballer (Inter Milan), born in Planaltina, Brazil
  • 1981 Andrea Barzagli, Italian footballer, (Juventus), born in Fiesole, Italy
  • 1981 Yasuko Tajima, Japanese swimmer, born in Kanagawa, Japan
  • 1981 John Maine, American baseball player (NY Mets), born in Fredericksburg, Virgini
  • 1982 Adrian Gonzalez, American-Mexican baseball player (Los Angeles Dodgers), born in San Diego, California
  • 1987 Felix Jones, American football player (Dallas Cowboys), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1990 Kemba Walker, American NBA player (New York Knicks), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1993 Pat Cummins, Australian cricket fast bowler and captain (BB 6/23; NSW CA, Kolkata Knight Riders), born in Sydney, Australia