On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on November 19

  • 1855 Billy Bates, English cricketer (England all-rounder 1882-87, hat-trick 1883), born in Huddersfield, England (d. 1900)
  • 1888 José Raúl Capablanca, Cuban world chess champion (1921-27), born in Havana, Cuba, Spanish Empire (d. 1942)
  • 1900 Bunny Ahearne, Britsih ice hockey promoter, born in County Wexford, Ireland (d. 1985)
  • 1915 Anita Lizana, Chilean tennis player (US Nat C'ships 1937; first Latin American major winner), born in Santiago, Chile (d. 1994)

Person of interestRoy Campanella

1921 Roy Campanella, American Baseball Hall of Fame catcher (NL MVP 1951,53,55 Brooklyn Dodgers), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

MLB Catcher Roy Campanella
MLB Catcher
Roy Campanella

Person of interestKurt Nielsen

1930 Kurt Nielsen, Danish tennis player, (Wimbledon 1953, 55 runner-up), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 2011)

Tennis Player Kurt Nielsen
Tennis Player
Kurt Nielsen
  • 1938 Frank Misson, Australian cricket fast bowler (5 Tests, 16 wickets; NSW), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1938 Richard Dumbrill, cricketer (South African all-rounder in 5 Tests 1965-67)

Person of interestTed Turner

1938 Ted Turner, American founder of CNN, owner of the Atlanta Braves and winner of the America's Cup in 1977, born in Cincinnati, Ohio

Founder of CNN Ted Turner
Founder of CNN
Ted Turner
  • 1941 Ivanka Khristova, Bulgaria, shot putter (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1942 Larry Gilbert, American golfer (Senior Players Championship 1997), born in Fort Knox, Kentucky (d. 1998)
  • 1944 Dennis Hull, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1947 Bob Boone, baseball player and manager (Phillies, Angels), born in San Diego, California
  • 1949 Ahmad Rashad [Bobby Moore], NFL receiver (Minnesota Vikings)/sportscaster
  • 1957 George Leary, Newmarket Ontario, trap shooter (Olympics-16-92, 96)
  • 1957 Otis J Anderson, NFL running back (NY Giants, 1990 Super Bowl MVP)

  • 1958 Michael Wilbon, sports analyst
  • 1961 Grant Ledyard, Winnipeg, NHL defenseman (Dallas Stars)
  • 1962 Salim Jaffer, cricketer (Pakistani pace bowler in 14 Tests 1986-91)
  • 1962 Dodie Boy Peñalosa, Philippine boxer
  • 1964 Jeni Lidgett, Australian 470 class sailor (Olympics 1996)
  • 1964 Irina Laricheva, Russian trap shooter (World C'ships x 6 gold individual, team, double trap), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 2020)
  • 1965 Erik Wilhelm, NFL quarterback (NY Jets)
  • 1965 Laurent Blanc, French footballer
  • 1966 Brian Wilsterman, soccer player (Dordreecht '90)
  • 1966 Gail Devers, American athlete (Olympics gold 100m 1992, 96), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1967 Gary Disarcina, Maiden MA, infielder (California Angels)
  • 1968 Gord Fraser, road race cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1968 Matt Darby, NFL safety (Buffalo Bills, Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1968 Steven Penn, Brevard NC, team handball center back (Olympics 1996)
  • 1969 Rod Mapstone, Australian long jumper (Olympics 1996)
  • 1970 Berthil de Avest, soccer player (Roda JC/FC Twente)
  • 1970 Bhupinder Singh Jr, cricketer (Punjab & Indian ODI batsman)
  • 1970 Jenni Meno, Pompton Plains NJ, pairs skaters (Olympics 1994)
  • 1970 Larry Tharpe, NFL tackle (Arizona Cardinals, Detroit Lions)
  • 1970 Rickey Brady, NFL tight end (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

  • 1971 Adrian Griffith, Barbadian cricketer (West Indian Test opening batsman), born in Saint James, Barbados
  • 1971 Andy Sheets, Baton Rouge LA, infielder (Seattle Mariners)
  • 1971 Dimitri Yushkevich, Yaroslavl Russia, NHL defenseman (Toronto Maple Leaf)
  • 1971 Michelle Andrews, Newcastle NSW Aust, field hockey striker (Olympics 1996)
  • 1971 Jeremy McGrath, American motorcycle racer
  • 1972 David Palmer, American NFL wide receiver (Minnesota Vikings 1994-2002), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1973 Daniel Meech, Hastings NZ, equestrian showjumper (Olympics 1996)
  • 1973 Jamir Miller, NFL outside linebacker (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1974 Orlando Fuentes, Ellsworth AFB SD, half-lightweight judoka (Olympics 1996)
  • 1975 Ju-Yeon Choi, Pusan Korea, tennis star (1995 Futures-Seoul-KOR II)
  • 1976 Petr Sykora, Pizen CZE, NHL forward (Team Czech Rep, NJ Devils)
  • 1976 Benny Vansteelant, Belgian duathlete (d. 2007)
  • 1976 Stylianos Venetidis, Greek soccer player
  • 1977 Kerri Strug, gymnast (Olympic gold 1996), born in Tucson, Arizona
  • 1978 Věra Pospíšilová-Cechlová, Czech athlete
  • 1979 Ryan Howard, American baseball player
  • 1979 Larry Johnson, American football player
  • 1979 Leam Richardson, English soccer player
  • 1979 John-Ford Griffin, American baseball player
  • 1980 Courtney Anderson, American football player
  • 1983 Chandra Crawford, Canadian cross-country skier
  • 1985 Chris Eagles, English footballer
  • 1988 Patrick Kane, American ice hockey player