On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on November 23

  • 1842 James Lillywhite Jr, cricketer (1st England Test captain)
  • 1858 Frank Hearne, cricketer (brother of George and Alec, England and South Africa)
  • 1865 Howard Taylor, American tennis player (US National C'ships doubles 1879; singles 1884, 86, 87, 88 runner-up), born in NYC, New York (d. 1920)
  • 1878 Holcombe Ward, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1904; President USLTA 1937-47), born in New York, NY (d. 1967)
  • 1889 Harry Sunderland, Australian rugby league identity (d. 1964)
  • 1894 Ture Persson, Swedish sprinter (Olympic silver 1912)
  • 1910 Hal Schumacher, baseball player
  • 1914 Emmett Ashford, American MLB umpire (first certified black umpire in organised baseball), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1980)
  • 1923 Billy Haughton, American harness driver and trainer (Hambletonian x 4; Little Brown Jug x 5; Messenger Stakes x 7), born in Gloversville, NY (d. 1986)
  • 1930 Jack McKeon, baseball player
  • 1930 Dick Kazmaier, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1951; Unanimous All-American 1951; Princeton), born in Maumee, Ohio (d. 2013)
  • 1931 Yevgeni Grischin, USSR, 500m/1500m speed skater (Olympic gold 1956, 60)

Person of interestLew Hoad

1934 Lew Hoad, Australian tennis player (Wimbledon 1956-57, Australian C'ships 1956, French C'ships 1956)), born in Sydney, NSW (d. 1994)

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Lew Hoad
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Lew Hoad
  • 1935 Ken Eastwood, cricketer (opened for Aust v Eng SCG 1971)
  • 1940 Luis Tiant, Cuban baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1968, 74, 76), born in Marianao, Cuba
  • 1941 Alan Mullery, English soccer player

  • 1941 Simon Nolet, French-Canadian ice hockey right winger (Philadelphia Flyers, 1967-74), born in Saint-Odilon-de-Cranbourne, Quebec, Canada
  • 1946 Giorgos Koudas, Greek footballer
  • 1948 Frank Worthington, English soccer forward (8 caps; Huddersfield Town, Leicester City, Bolton Wanderers) and manager (Tranmere Rovers), born in Halifax, England (d. 2021)
  • 1951 Bernd Landvoigt, German DR, coxless pairs (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1951 Jorg Landvoigt, German DR, coxless pairs (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1952 Francie Larrieu Smith, American 1.5/3/10K track runner (AAU 1 mile-1979)
  • 1953 Martin Kent, cricketer (Queensland batsman played for Australia 1981)
  • 1954 Ken Schrom, baseball player
  • 1954 Glenn Brummer, American baseball player
  • 1956 Bruce Edgar, cricketer (NZ opener through the 80')
  • 1956 Shane Gould, Australian freestyle swimmer (Olympic-3 gold-1972), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1958 Martin Snedden, cricketer (NZ medium-pacer of 80's)
  • 1959 Brook Jacoby, baseball player
  • 1960 Jayananda Warnaweera, cricketer (Sri Lankan fastish off-spin bowler)
  • 1961 Merv Hughes, Australian cricket fast bowler (53 Tests, 212 wickets; 33 ODIs), born in Euroa, Australia
  • 1962 Andrea Blackwell, basketball forward (Olympics 1996), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1963 Dale Sveum, baseball player
  • 1964 Jose Gonzales, baseball player
  • 1964 Kapila Wijegunewardene, cricketer (Sri Lankan fast-medium bowler)
  • 1964 Frank Rutherford, Bahamian athlete

  • 1965 Rodion Gataullin, Uzbekistan, pole vaulter (Olympic silver 1988)
  • 1966 Jerry Kelly, American golfer (3 PGA Tour titles), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1967 Brian Glynn, Iserlohn Ger, NHL defenseman (Hartford Whalers)
  • 1967 Diane O'Grady, North Bay Ontario, rower (Olympics 1996)
  • 1967 Gary Kirsten, South African cricket batsman and coach (101 Tests, 7,289 runs @ 45.27, 21 x 100s), born in Cape Town, South Africa
  • 1968 John O'Neill, American field hockey midfielder (Olympics 1996), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1971 Jim Pyne, NFL guard/corner (Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Milford, Massachusetts
  • 1971 Vin Baker, NBA forward (Seattle Supersonics, Milwaukee Bucks), born in Lake Wales, Florida
  • 1973 Reggie Green, NFL guard (Seattle Seahawks), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • 1974 Jamie Sharper, linebacker (Baltimore Ravens), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1974 Malik Rose, NBA forward (San Antonio Spurs), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1974 Saku Koivu, NHL left wing (Montreal Canadiens, Olympic bronze 1998), born in Turku, Finland
  • 1974 Tora Suber, WNBA guard (Charlotte Sting), born in Coatesville, Pennsylvania
  • 1974 Tyrus McCloud, American football linebacker (Baltimore Ravens), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • 1977 Myriam Boileau, Canadian diver, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1977 Adam Eaton, American baseball player, born in Springfield, Ohio
  • 1980 Jonathan Papelbon, American baseball player, born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • 1982 Asafa Powell, Jamaican sprinter, born in Spanish Town, Jamaica
  • 1982 Colby Armstrong, Canadian ice-hockey player, born in Lloydminster, Canada
  • 1985 Ahn Hyun-Soo, South Korean short track skater, born in Seoul, South Korea
  • 1987 Nicklas Backstrom, Swedish ice hockey player, born in Valbo, Sweden
  • 1995 Ariya Jatanugarn, Thai golfer (British Open 2016, US Open 2018), born in Bangkok, Thailand