Birthdays in Sport on May 9

  • 1837 Adam Opel, German manufacturer (cycling, motorcars)
  • 1901 George Duckworth, cricket wicket-keeper (England late 20's early 30's)
  • 1905 Lilí Álvarez, Spanish tennis player (Wimbledon runner-up 1926-28), born in Rome, Italy (d. 1998)
  • 1907 Fred Warngård, Swedish athlete (d. 1950)
  • 1910 P E Palia, cricketer (appeared in India's 1st Test-Lord's 1932)
  • 1917 George Fleming, cyclist
  • 1927 Ray Katt, baseball player
  • 1928 Barbara Ann Scott, figure skater (Olympic gold 1948), born in Ottawa, Ontario (d. 2012)
  • 1928 Richard A "Pancho" Gonzalez, tennis star (US 1948-49), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1932 Conrad Hunte, cricketer (great West Indian opener 1958-66)
  • 1936 Floyd Robinson, baseball player (White Sox, Reds, A's)
  • 1936 Terry Downes, middleweight boxing champ (1961-62)
  • 1939 Herbert Hippauf, baseball player
  • 1939 Jim Dent, PGA golfer (1989 MONY Syracuse Senior), born in Augusta, Georgia
  • 1939 Ralph Boston, Laurel Miss, long jumper (Olympic gold/sil/brz-60, 64, 68)
  • 1939 Ion Ţiriac, Romanian tennis manager
  • 1941 Dorothy Hyman, England, sprinter (Olympic silver 1960)
  • 1943 Maurice Foster, cricketer (West Indies batsman of 70's)
  • 1948 John Mahaffey, American golfer (PGA Championship 1978), born in Kerrville, Texas
  • 1948 Calvin Murphy, American basketball player
  • 1950 James A Butts, American triple jumper (Olympic silver 1976), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1953 Daniel Talbot, golfer (Quebec Open-1979, 81, 84), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1953 Ron Jackson, baseball player
  • 1954 Balazs Taroczy, Hungarian tennis star
  • 1955 Myra Blackwelder, LPGA golfer
  • 1957 John Stuper, baseball pitcher (St Louis Cardinals)
  • 1958 Esko Rechardt, Finland, yachtsman (Olympic gold 1980)
  • 1959 Andrew Jones, cricketer (highly consistent for NZ at 1st drop)
  • 1959 Asantha De Mel, cricketer (pioneering Sri Lankan Test opening bowler)
  • 1960 Iain Butchart, cricket all-rounder (Zimbabwe, Test v Pak 1995)
  • 1960 Tony Gwynn, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (8-time NL batting champion), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2014)
  • 1961 Rene Capo, Pinal del Rio Cuba, half-heavyweight judoka (Olympics 1996)

Person of interestMiloslav Mecir

1964 Miloslav Mecir, Czech tennis player (Olympic gold 1988), born in Bojnice, Czechoslovakia

Tennis Player and Gold Medalist Miloslav Mecir
Tennis Player and Gold Medalist
Miloslav Mecir
  • 1965 Marc Logan, NFL running back (Washington Redskins)

Person of interestSteve Yzerman

1965 Steve Yzerman, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame forward (Olympic gold 2002, Detroit Red Wings), born in Cranbrook, British Columbia

NHL Legend Steve Yzerman
NHL Legend
Steve Yzerman
  • 1966 Mark Tinordi, Red Deer, NHL defenseman (Washington Capitals)
  • 1968 Bruce Pickens, NFL cornerback (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1968 David Benoit, NBA forward (Utah Jazz, NJ Nets)
  • 1968 Marie-José Pérec, French athlete (Olympic gold 200m, 400m 1996), born in Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe
  • 1968 Vince Workman, NFL running back (Packers, Panthers, Colts)
  • 1969 Carla Overbeck, soccer defender (Olympics 1996), born in Pasadena, California
  • 1969 Renn Crichlow, canoeist (Olympics-8-92, 96), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1970 Doug Christie, NBA guard/forward (Toronto Raptors)
  • 1972 Dan Hollander, figure skater (1996 Great Lakes champ), born in Royal Oak, Michigan
  • 1972 Dave Barr, WLAF quarterback (Scotland Claymores)
  • 1972 Simon Hollingsworth, Australian 400m hurdler (Olympics 1992, 96)
  • 1972 Daniela Silivaş, Romanian gymnast
  • 1974 Shin Yahata, hockey forward (Team Japan 1998)
  • 1974 Stephane Yelle, NHL center (Colorado Avalanche), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1975 Brian Deegan, Freestyle Motocross innovator
  • 1976 Faye Johnstone, archer (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1977 Maggie Dixon, American college basketball coach (d. 2006)
  • 1977 Iñigo Landaluze, Spanish cyclist
  • 1978 Leandro Damián Cufré, Argentine footballer
  • 1978 Aaron Harang, American baseball player
  • 1979 Brandon Webb, American baseball player
  • 1980 Angela Nikodinov, Spartanburg SC, figure skater (1997 Pacif Sr champ)
  • 1980 Tony Schmidt, German racing driver
  • 1980 Grant Hackett, Australian swimmer
  • 1981 Bill Murphy, American baseball player
  • 1983 Tyler Lumsden, American baseball player
  • 1983 Gilles Müller, Luxembourgian tennis player
  • 1984 Prince Fielder, American MLB player (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Ontario, California
  • 1985 Jake Long, American football player
  • 1988 John Ryan Fitzpatrick, Canadian race truck driver
  • 1991 Majlinda Kelmendi, Kosovar-Albanian judoka (Olympic gold 2016), born in Peć, SFR Yugoslavia