Birthdays in Sport on November 12

  • 1850 Mikhail Chigorin, Russian chess player (d. 1908)
  • 1876 Archibald "Moonlight" Graham, American MLB baseball outfielder (New York Giants - 1 game, 1905), medical doctor, and subject of "Field of Dreams" film, born in Fayetteville, North Carolina (d. 1965)
  • 1890 Lily Kronberger, Hungarian figure skater (d. 1974)
  • 1898 Leon Štukelj, Slovene gymnast (d. 1999)
  • 1910 lDudley Nourse, South African cricket batsman and captain (34 Tests, 9 x 100s, HS 231; Nata), born in Durban, South Africa (d. 1981)
  • 1912 Alphonse [Tuffy] Leemans, American NFL fullback (NY Giants), born in Superior, Wisconsin
  • 1914 Roberto Cavanagh, Argentine polo player (Olympic gold 1936), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 2002)
  • 1914 Sylvi Saimo, Finnish kayaker (Olympic gold 1952, 1st female summer Olympic champion), born in Jaakkima, Finland (d. 2004)
  • 1927 Jack Butler, American Pro Football HOF cornerback (First-team All-Pro 1957-59; Pro Bowl 1955–58; Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2013)
  • 1933 Peter Post, Dutch cyclist (8x European Champion at Derny-drive), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 2011)
  • 1936 Mills Lane, American judge and boxing referee, born in Savannah, Georgia
  • 1936 Ruth Jessen, American golfer (11 LPGA Tour wins, 3-time major runner-up), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2007)
  • 1943 Björn Waldegård, Swedish rally driver (World Rally Championship 1979), born in Ro, Sweden (d. 2014)

Al Michaels

1944 Al Michaels, American sportscaster (Miracle on Ice, American Football), born in Brooklyn, New York

  • 1947 Ron Bryant, American baseball player (San Francisco Giants), born in Redlands, California
  • 1954 Paul McNamee, Australian tennis player (World #1 doubles 1981; Australian Open doubles 1979, 83, Wimbledon 1980, 82) and administrator (Hopman Cup), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1955 Tito Lupini, Italian rugby union prop (11 Tests; Rovigo) and coach (Rovigo), born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 2021)
  • 1957 Gail Castro, American WPVA volleyballer (US Open-1991, Olympics 1996), born in Glendale, California
  • 1961 Enzo Francescoli, Uruguayan footballer, born in Montevideo, Uruguay
  • 1961 Greg Gagne, American MLB infielder (LA Dodgers), born in Fall River, Massachusetts

Nadia Comăneci

1961 Nadia Comăneci, Romanian gymnast (5X Olympic gold 1976, 1980), born in Onești, Romania

  • 1962 Jeff Reed, American MLB catcher (Colorado Rockies), born in Joliet, Illinois
  • 1962 Wim Kieft, Dutch soccer player (Ajax/Gir de Bordeaux/PSV)
  • 1964 Erik Howard, American NFL defensive tackle/end (NY Jets), born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts
  • 1964 Gerald Perry, American NFL tackle (Oakland Raiders), born in Columbia, South Carolina
  • 1964 Jakob Hlasek, Swiss tennis player (French Open doubles 1992, Hopman Cup 1992), born in Prague, Czech Republic
  • 1965 Mike Keim, NFL tackle (Seattle Seahawks)

Michael Moorer

1967 Michael Moorer, American boxing heavyweight champ (defeated Holyfield-1994), born in Brooklyn, New York

  • 1968 Irina Privalova, Russian runner, born in Malakhovka, Soviet Union

Sammy Sosa

1968 Sammy Sosa, Dominican baseball outfielder (Chicago Cubs), born in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic

  • 1969 Iain Sydie, American badminton player (Olympics 1996), born in North York, Ontario
  • 1969 Jason Cundy, English footballer and broadcaster, born in London, United Kingdom
  • 1969 Trevor Shaw, Canadian CFL slot back (BC Lions), born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Tonya Harding

1970 Tonya Harding, American figure skater (Olympic 8th-1994/US Champ 1994), born in Portland, Oregon

  • 1971 Heidi Burge, WNBA forward (LA Sparks), born in Harbor City, California
  • 1971 Shakeel Ahmed, Pakistani cricket wicket-keeper (v West Indies 1993), born in Daska, Pakistan
  • 1972 Vassilis Tsiartas, Greek footballer, born in Alexandria, Greece
  • 1973 Colin Morgan, Canadian 78 kg judoka (Olympics 1996), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1973 Keith Morgan, Canadian 95 kg judoka (Olympics 1996), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1973 Zahir Shah, Afghan cricketer (attention-grabbing Rawalpindi leg-spinner), born in Kunar Province, Afghanistan
  • 1975 Jason Lezak, American swimmer, born in Irvine, California
  • 1976 Mirosław Szymkowiak, Polish footballer, born in Poznań, Poland
  • 1976 Scott Mark Cameron, NZ 4x200m relay swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Dunedin, New Zealand
  • 1977 Benni McCarthy, South African footballer, born in Cape Town, South Africa
  • 1977 James Borrego, American basketball head coach (Charlotte Hornets 2018-19), bon in Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • 1978 Lena Yada, American actress, model, surfer and WWE Diva, born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1979 Corey Maggette, American professional basketball player, born in Melrose Park, Illinois
  • 1979 Lucas Glover, American golfer (US Open 2009), born in Greenville, South Carolina
  • 1981 DJ Campbell, English football player, born in Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom
  • 1982 Mikele Leigertwood, English footballer, born in London Borough of Enfield, United Kingdom
  • 1983 Carlton Cole, English football player, born in Croydon, United Kingdom
  • 1984 Conrad Rautenbach, Zimbabwean rally driver, born in Harare, Zimbabwe
  • 1984 Jorge Masvidal, American mixed martial artist (UFC), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1984 Sepp De Roover, Belgian footballer, born in Geel, Belgium
  • 1987 Jason Day, Australian golfer (PGA Championship 2015, World Number #1 2015-16, 51 weeks), born in Beaudesert, Australia
  • 1988 Russell Westbrook, American basketball guard (NBA MVP 2017; NBA All-Star Game MVP 2015, 16; OKC Thunder, Houston Rockets), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1990 James McCarthy, Scottish footballer (Celtic), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1994 Guillaume Cizeron, French ice dancer (Olympic gold [Gabriella Papadakis] 2022; World C'ship gold 2015–16, 18–19, 22), born in Montbrison, Loire, France
  • 1995 Thomas Lemar, French footballer (Atlético Madrid), born in Baie-Mahault, Guadeloupe