Birthdays in Sport on May 8

  • 1850 Ross Barnes, American baseball player, born in Mount Morris, New York (d. 1915)
  • 1853 Dan Brouthers, baseball player (d. 1932)
  • 1873 Henry Leveson-Gower, cricketer (England capt 1909-10 later official)
  • 1891 Chet "Red" Hoff, pitcher (NY Yankees 1911-15), lived to 103+
  • 1893 Francis Quimet, Mass shop asst who won golf's US Open (1913)
  • 1893 Edd Roush, baseball player (d. 1988)
  • 1893 Teddy Wakelam, English sports broadcaster and rugby union player (d. 1963)
  • 1901 Turkey Stearnes, baseball player (d. 1979)
  • 1902 Milford "Curly" Page, cricketer (NZ bat early 1930's, All Black half)
  • 1930 Doug Atkins, NFL hall of famer (Browns, Bears, Saints), born in Humbolt Tennessee (d. 2015)

Person of interestSonny Liston

1932 Sonny Liston, American heavyweight boxer, born in Sand Slough, Arkansas (d. 1970)

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Sonny Liston
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Sonny Liston
  • 1935 Jack Charlton, soccer manager (Rep of Ireland)
  • 1937 Mike Cuellar, baseball player
  • 1938 Javed Burki, cricketer (Pakistani batsman in 25 Tests 1960-69)
  • 1939 Otis Paul Drayton, Glen Cove NY, 4x100m runner (Olympic gold 1964)
  • 1942 Robin Hobbs, cricketer (England leg-spinner 1967-71)
  • 1942 Terry Neill, Northern Irish footballer
  • 1954 Pat Meyers, LPGA golfer
  • 1956 Jeff Madrigali, soling sailor (Olymp-bronze-96), born in Walnut Creek, California
  • 1957 Deana Deardruff, American 4 X 100m swimmer (Olympic gold 1972)

Person of interestBill Cowher

1957 Bill Cowher, American football coach (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Crafton, Pennsylvania

NFL Head Coach Bill Cowher
NFL Head Coach
Bill Cowher
  • 1958 Lovie Smith, American football coach
  • 1959 Ronnie Lott, Albuquerque, NM, NFL defensive back (SF 49er)
  • 1960 Franco Baresi, Italian footballer
  • 1961 Riaz Poonawalla, cricketer (Indian 12th man/UAE bat 1994 ICC Trophy)
  • 1962 Terry Baker, CFL kicker (Montreal Alouettes)
  • 1966 Eddie Brown, CFL slot back (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • 1966 Claudio Taffarel, Brazilian footballer
  • 1968 Franklin Langham, American professional golfer, born in Augusta, Georgia
  • 1968 John Johnson, NFL linebacker (New Orleans Saints)

Person of interestOmar Camporese

1968 Omar Camporese, Italian tennis star, born in Bologna, Italy

Tennis Player Omar Camporese
Tennis Player
Omar Camporese
  • 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, sumo wrestler
  • 1970 Christine Stark, volleyballer (Olympics 1996), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1970 Marco Heering, soccer player (Go Ahead Eagles)
  • 1970 Michael Bevan, cricketer (dashing NSW & Australian lefty batsman)
  • 1971 Carlos Brooks, NFL cornerback (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1971 Stephen Ingram, NFL tackle/guard (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • 1972 Chris Sanders, NFL wide receiver (Tennessee/Houston Oilers)
  • 1973 Wolf Wigo, Abington Penn, water polo driver (Olympics 1996)
  • 1974 Calvin Branch, cornerback (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1974 Colin Daynes, 68 kg Greco Roman wrestler (Olympic-96), born in Windsor, Ontario
  • 1974 Korey Stringer, NFL tackle (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1975 Jussi Markkanen, Finnish ice hockey player
  • 1975 Gastón Mazzacane, Argentine racing driver
  • 1976 Oleg Tverdovsky, Donetsk Ukr, NHL defenseman (Winnipeg Jets)
  • 1978 Cindy Parlow, soccer forward (Olympics 1996), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1978 Sandra Kleinova, tennis star (1995 Futures-Turku-FIN), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • 1978 Lúcio, Brazilian footballer
  • 1979 Jayna Cronin Geneva NY, dance skater (& Dreger-1997 Natl-13th)
  • 1981 Andrea Barzagli, Italian footballer
  • 1981 Yasuko Tajima, Japanese swimmer
  • 1981 John Maine, American baseball player
  • 1982 Adrian Gonzalez, American baseball player
  • 1986 Marvell Wynne, American soccer player
  • 1987 Felix Jones, American football player