On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on November 19

  • 1855 Billy Bates, English cricket all-rounder (15 Tests, 5 x 50, 50 wickets, BB 7/28, hat-trick 1883; Yorkshire CCC), born in Huddersfield, England (d. 1900)

José Raúl Capablanca

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)

Roy Campanella

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

Kurt Nielsen

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

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

Ted 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

  • 1941 Ivanka Khristova, Bulgarian athlete (Olympic gold women's shot put 1976), born in Osikovitsa, Bulgaria (d. 2022)
  • 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], American NFL receiver (Minnesota Vikings) and sportscaster, bon in Portland, Oregon
  • 1957 George Leary, Canadian trap shooter (Olympics-16-92, 96), born in Newmarket, Ontario
  • 1958 Michael Wilbon, American sports analyst (The Washington Post), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1961 Grant Ledyard, Canadian NHL defenseman, 1984-2002 (Dallas Stars, Buffalo Sabres, and 7 other teams), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1962 Salim Jaffer, cricketer (Pakistani pace bowler in 14 Tests 1986-91)
  • 1962 Dodie Boy Peñalosa, Philippine boxer, born in San Carlos, Philippines
  • 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, American NFL quarterback (NY Jets), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1965 Laurent Blanc, French footballer and manager (Marseille), born in Alès, France
  • 1966 Gail Devers, American athlete (Olympics gold 100m 1992, 96), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1967 Gary Disarcina, American infielder (California Angels), born in Maiden, Massachusetts
  • 1968 Gord Fraser, Canadian road race cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1968 Steven Penn, American team handball center back (Olympics 1996), born in Brevard, North Carolina
  • 1969 Rod Mapstone, Australian long jumper (Olympics 1996)
  • 1970 Berthil de Avest, soccer player (Roda JC/FC Twente)
  • 1970 Jenni Meno, American pairs skaters (Olympics 1994), born in Pompton Plains, New Jersey
  • 1970 Larry Tharpe, American NFL tackle (Arizona Cardinals, Detroit Lions), born in Macon, Georgia
  • 1970 Rickey Brady, American 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, American MLB infielder (Seattle Mariners), born in Baton Rouge, Louisana
  • 1971 Dimitri Yushkevich, Russian NHL defenseman (Toronto Maple Leaf), born in Yaroslavl, Russia
  • 1971 Michelle Andrews, Australian field hockey striker (Olympics 1996), born in Newcastle, Australia
  • 1971 Jeremy McGrath, American motorcycle racer (AMA Career Wins: 89; 7 x Supercross championships; Sumer X Games: Moto X Step Up 2004), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1972 David Palmer, American NFL wide receiver (Minnesota Vikings 1994-2002), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1973 Daniel Meech, New Zealand equestrian showjumper (Olympics 1996), born in Hastings, New Zealand
  • 1973 Jamir Miller, American NFL outside linebacker (Arizona Cardinals), born in Philadelphia, Pennslyvania
  • 1974 Orlando Fuentes, American half-lightweight judoka (Olympics 1996), born in Ellsworth SD
  • 1976 Petr Sykora, Czech NHL forward (Team Czech Rep, NJ Devils), born in Pizen, Czechoslovakia
  • 1976 Benny Vansteelant, Belgian duathlete, born in Torhout, Belgium (d. 2007)
  • 1976 Stylianos Venetidis, Greek soccer player, born in Orestiada, Greece
  • 1977 Kerri Strug, American gymnast (Olympic gold 1996), born in Tucson, Arizona
  • 1978 Věra Pospíšilová-Cechlová, Czech athlete, born in Litoměřice, Czechoslovakia
  • 1979 Ryan Howard, American baseball player (Philadelphia Phillies), born in Florissant, Missouri
  • 1979 Larry Johnson, American football player, born in Pomfret, Maryland
  • 1979 Leam Richardson, English soccer player and manager, born in Leeds, England
  • 1979 John-Ford Griffin, American baseball player (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Sarasota, Florida
  • 1983 Chandra Crawford, Canadian cross-country skier (Olympic Gold 2006), born in Canmore, Alberta
  • 1985 Chris Eagles, English footballer, born in Hemel Hempstead, England
  • 1988 Patrick Kane, American ice hockey player (Chicago Blackhawks), born in Buffalo, New York