On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on November 16

  • 1827 James Southerton, English cricketer (Test debut in the 1st ever Test at 49), born in Petworth, Sussex, England (d. 1880)
  • 1862 Charles Turner, Australian cricket fast bowler (17 Tests; 101 wickets @ 16.53; fastest to 50 Test wickets), born in Bathurst, Australia (d. 1944)
  • 1881 Joel H. Hildebrand, American chemist and educator (research led to new treatments for divers with the 'bends' through the use of helium and oxygen breathing mixtures), born in Camden, New Jersey (d. 1983)
  • 1892 Tazio Nuvolari, Italian racing driver, born in Castel d'Ario, Italy (d. 1953)
  • 1920 Betty Hicks, American golfer, author (US Open runner-up 1948, 54), born in Long Beach, California (d. 2011)
  • 1924 Mel Patton, American sprinter & Olympic champion, born in Los Angeles, California, (d. 2014)
  • 1931 Frank Bolling, American baseball second baseman (MLB All-Star 1961–62²; Gold Glove Award 1958; Detroit Tigers, Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves), born in Mobile, Alabama (d. 2020)
  • 1932 Barbara Romack, American golfer (US Curtis Cup team 1954, 56, 58), born in Sacramento, CA (d. 2016)
  • 1940 Chris Balderstone, English cricket batsman (England, belated faced WI in 1976), born in Huddersfield, England (d. 2000)
  • 1942 Willie Carson, Scottish jockey, born in Stirling, Scotland
  • 1944 David O'Sullivan, New Zealand cricket left-arm spinner (in 11 Tests 1973-76), born in Palmerston North, New Zealand
  • 1946 Jo Jo White, American basketballer (Olympic gold - 1968), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2018)
  • 1947 Ebby Thust, German boxing promoter and writer, born in Frankfurt-Sossenheim, Germany
  • 1954 Bruce Edwards, American golf caddie for Hall of Fame golfer Tom Watson (d. 2004)
  • 1956 Terry Labonte, American NASCAR driver
  • 1959 Bert Cameron, Spanish Town Jamaica, 4X400m relayer (Olympic silver 1988)

  • 1959 Corey Pavin, American golfer (US Open 1995; 15 PGA Tour titles), born in Oxnard, California

Person of interestFrank Bruno

1961 Frank Bruno, English boxer (European champion), born in Hammersmith, England

Person of interestZina Garrison

1963 Zina Garrison, American tennis player (Wimbledon runner-up 1990, Olympic doubles gold 1988), born in Houston, Texas

Tennis Player Zina Garrison
Tennis Player
Zina Garrison

Person of interestDwight Gooden

1964 Dwight Gooden, American baseball pitcher (NY Yankees, NY Mets), born in Tampa, Florida

Baseball Pitcher Dwight Gooden
Baseball Pitcher
Dwight Gooden
  • 1964 Monica Bandini, Italian racing cyclist (World C'ship gold women's team time trial 1988), born in Faenza, Italy (d. 2021)
  • 1966 Dan Nowosielski, fencing epee (Olympics 1996), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1966 Tim Scott, pitcher (Montreal Expos), born in Hanford, California
  • 1967 Lawrence Dawsey, NFL wide receiver (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • 1968 Chris Haney, pitcher (KC Royals), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1968 Ebrahim Essop-Adam, cricketer (one ODI for Zimbabwe 1992)
  • 1968 Vlado Šola, Croatian handball goalkeeper
  • 1969 Mike Devlin, American NFL guard/center (Buffalo Bills, Cardinals), born in Blacksburg, Virginia
  • 1969 Thomas Ingalsbe, 238+ lbs (108+ kg) US weightlifter (Olympics 1996)
  • 1971 Waqar Younis, cricketer (brilliant Pakistani fast/swing bowler)
  • 1971 Mustapha Hadji, Moroccan footballer
  • 1971 Alexander Popov, Russian swimmer
  • 1973 Howard Smothers, NFL guard (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1973 Joe Hudepohl, American 800m freestyle relay (Olympic gold 1996)
  • 1973 Sedrick Shaw, running back (New England Patriots)
  • 1973 Christian Horner, British Formula One team owner

  • 1973 Brendan Laney, New Zealand rugby player, born in Invercargill, New Zealand
  • 1974 Maurizio Margaglio, Italian ice dancer, born in Milan, Italy
  • 1974 Paul Scholes, British footballer, born in Salford, United Kingdom
  • 1976 Juha Pasoja, Finnish footballer, born in Kemi, Finland
  • 1977 Oksana Baiul, Ukrainian figure skater (Olympic gold 1994), born in
  • 1978 Gary Naysmith, Scottish footballer, born in Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • 1978 Kip Bouknight, American baseball player, born in Columbia, South Carolina
  • 1978 Eric Crouch, American football quarterback (Heisman Trophy 2001, U of Nebraska; Green Bay Packers; Toronto Argonauts), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1979 Salli Wills, Australian gymnast (Olympics 1996)
  • 1979 Bruce Irons, American surfer, born in Lihue, Hawaii
  • 1980 Kayte Christensen, American basketball player, born in Lakeview, Oregon
  • 1981 Osi Umenyiora, English-born NFL football player, born in London, United Kingdom
  • 1982 Jannie du Plessis, South African rugby player, born in Bethlehem, South Africa
  • 1982 Ronald Pognon, French athlete, born in La Lamentin, Martinique
  • 1982 Amar'e Stoudemire, American basketball player, born in Lake Wales, Florida
  • 1983 Kari Lehtonen, Finnish ice hockey goaltender, born in Helsinki, Finland
  • 1983 Britta Steffen, German swimmer (Olympic gold 50/100m 2008), born in Schwedt, Germany