Birthdays in Sport on November 12

  • 1850 Mikhail Chigorin, Russian chess player (d. 1908)
  • 1890 Lily Kronberger, Hungarian figure skater (d. 1974)
  • 1898 Leon Štukelj, Slovene gymnast (d. 1999)
  • 1910 A "Dudley" Nourse, cricketer (son of Dave, brilliant South African batsman)
  • 1912 Alphonse [Tuffy] Leemans, NFL fullback (NY Giants)
  • 1914 Roberto Cavanagh, Argentina, polo (Olympic gold 1936)
  • 1914 Sylvi Saimo, Finland, 500m kayaker (Olympic gold 1952)
  • 1916 Paul Emery, British racing driver (d. 1993)
  • 1927 Jack Butler, NFL hall of famer (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2013)
  • 1933 Peter Post, Dutch cyclist (8x European Champion at Derny-drive)
  • 1936 Ruth Jessen, LPGA golfer
  • 1936 Mills Lane, American judge and boxing referee
  • 1943 Bjorn Waldegard, Swedish rally driver, born in Ro, Sweden (d. 2014)

Person of interestAl Michaels

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

Television Sportscaster Al Michaels
Television Sportscaster
Al Michaels
  • 1947 Ron Bryant, American baseball player
  • 1954 Bharat Reddy, cricket wicket-keeper (India 1979)

  • 1954 Paul McNamee, Australia, tennis star
  • 1957 Gail Castro, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-1991, Olympics 1996), born in Glendale, California
  • 1957 Marta Figueras-Dotti, LPGA golfer (1994 Hawaiian Open), born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1961 Chela Quintana, Venezuela, LPGA golfer (8 time Venezuelan Amat Champ)
  • 1961 Greg Gagne, Fall River MA, infielder (LA Dodgers)
  • 1961 Nadia Comăneci, Romanian gymnast (5 x Olympic gold 1976, 80), born in Onești, Romania
  • 1961 Enzo Francescoli, Uruguayan footballer
  • 1962 Jeff Reed, Joliet IL, catcher (Colorado Rockies)
  • 1962 Wim Kieft, Dutch soccer star (Ajax/Gir de Bordeaux/PSV)
  • 1963 Laurie Brower, LPGA golfer (1994 Lady Keystone-9th), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1964 Erik Howard, NFL defensive tackle/end (NY Jets)
  • 1964 Gerald Perry, NFL tackle (Oakland Raiders)
  • 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)

Person of interestMichael Moorer

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

World Boxing Champion Michael Moorer
World Boxing Champion
Michael Moorer
  • 1968 Irina Privalova, Russian runner (indoor world record 50/60m)
  • 1968 Randy Knorr, American baseball catcher (Houston Astros), born in San Gabriel, California

Person of interestSammy Sosa

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

MLB Outfielder Sammy Sosa
MLB Outfielder
Sammy Sosa
  • 1969 Iain Sydie, American badminton player (Olympics 1996), born in North York, Ontario
  • 1969 Trevor Shaw, CFL slot back (BC Lions), born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
  • 1969 Jason Cundy, English footballer and broadcaster, born in London, United Kingdom
  • 1970 Tonya Harding, 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 Chris Wells, NHL center (Pitts Penguins), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1975 Jason Lezak, American swimmer, born in Irvine, California
  • 1976 Scott Mark Cameron, NZ 4x200m relay swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Dunedin, New Zealand
  • 1976 Mirosław Szymkowiak, Polish footballer, born in Poznań, Poland
  • 1977 Benni McCarthy, South African footballer, born in Cape Town, South Africa
  • 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
  • 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 Sepp De Roover, Belgian footballer, born in Geel, Belgium
  • 1984 Conrad Rautenbach, Zimbabwean rally driver, born in Harare, Zimbabwe
  • 1987 Jason Day, Australian golfer (2015 PGA Tournament, World Number #1), born in Beaudesert, Australia
  • 1988 Russell Westbrook III, American basketball player (Oklahoma City Thunder), born in Long Beach, California