On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on October 8

  • 1875 Laurence Doherty, British tennis player (Wimbledon 1902-06, US Nationals 1903), born in Wimbledon, England (d. 1919)
  • 1876 Willie Smith, Scottish golfer (US Open 1899), born in Dundee, Scotland (d. 1916)
  • 1885 Johnny Lush, American MLB pitcher (2 no-hitters), born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania (d. 1946)
  • 1890 Snuffy Browne [Cyril Rutherford Browne], cricketer (pioneer WI Test player), born in St. Michael, Barbados (d. 1973)
  • 1890 Philippe Thys, Belgian cyclist (three times winner of Tour de France), born in Anderlecht, Belgium (d. 1971)
  • 1903 Lina Radke, German 800m runner (Olympic gold 1928), born in Karlsruhe, Germany (d. 1983)
  • 1909 Bill Hewitt, American professional football player (Chicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles), born in Bay City, Michigan (d. 1947)
  • 1917 Danny Murtaugh, American baseball infielder and manager (World Series 1960, 71; Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Chester, Pennsylvania (d. 1976)
  • 1917 Billy Conn, American boxer, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1993)
  • 1919 Mac Anderson, New Zealand cricketer (played in 1st NZ-Aust Test 1946), born in Westport, West Coast, New Zealand (d. 1979)
  • 1920 Maxi Herber, German figure skater pairs (Olympic gold 1936), born in Munich, Germany (d. 2006)
  • 1924 Arkady Vorobyev, Russian middle heavyweight (Olympic gold 1956, 60), born in Tetyushi, Republic of Tatarstan, Russia (d. 2012)
  • 1927 Torbjorn Falkanger, Norwegian ski jumper who took the Olympic oath in 1952, born in Trondheim, Norway (d. 2013)
  • 1928 Neil Harvey, Australian cricketer (prolific Australian lefty bat of 50's), born in Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia
  • 1929 Didi [Waldyr Pereira], Brazilian footballer, born in Campos dos Goytacazes, Brazil (d. 2001)
  • 1931 Pepper Rodgers, American football coach (University of Kansas, UCLA, Georgia Tech; USFL: Memphis Showboats), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2020)

  • 1931 Bill Brown, Scottish soccer goalkeeper (28 caps; Dundee, Tottenham Hotspur), born in Arbroath, Angus, Scotland (d. 2004)
  • 1932 Ray Reardon, Welsh snooker player, born in Tredegar, Monmouthshire, Wales
  • 1934 Gerry Hitchens, English footballer, born in Staffordshire, United Kingdom (d. 1983)
  • 1938 Fred Stolle, Australian tennis player, broadcaster (French C'ship 1965, US Nat C'ship 1966), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1938 Penny Pitou, American skier (Olympic-2 silvers-1960), born in Bayside, New York
  • 1939 Elvīra Ozoliņa, Soviet javelin thrower (Olympic gold 1960), born in Leningrad
  • 1945 Vanburn Holder, Barbadian cricketer (West Indian pace bowler of 70's), born in Deans Village, Saint Michael, Barbados
  • 1946 Paul Splittorff, American MLB pitcher and broadcaster (KC Royals), born in Evansville, Indiana (d. 2011)
  • 1946 Aleksandr Gorshkov, Soviet ice dancer (holds 6 titles, Olympic gold 1976), born in Moscow
  • 1947 Emiel Puttemans, Flemish athlete, born in Vossem, Belgium
  • 1954 Ben Amonette, American free pistol shooting athlete (Olympics 1992, 96), born in Radford, Virginia
  • 1955 Bill Elliott, American auto racer (Winston Cup 1988), born in Dawsonville, Georgia
  • 1956 Jeff Lahti, American baseball player (St. Louis Cardinals), born in Oregon City, Oregon
  • 1957 Doug Cox, Canadian 90 kg Greco Roman wrestler (Olympics 1996), born in Guelph, Ontario
  • 1957 Antonio Cabrini, Italian footballer (Juventus, Italian national team 1982 FIFA Champion), born in Cremona, Italy
  • 1959 Mike Morgan, American baseball pitcher (St Louis Cardinals), born in Tulare, California
  • 1959 Tony Eason, American football quarterback (New England Patriots), born in Blythe, California
  • 1962 Bruno Thiry, Belgian rally driver, born in St. Vith, Belgium
  • 1965 Martin Mayhew, American NFL cornerback (Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Daytona Beach, California
  • 1965 Matt Biondi, American swimmer (8 Olympic gold-84, 88, 92), born in Moraga, California

  • 1965 Ross Flemer, American rower (Olympics 1996), born in Newport Beach, California
  • 1968 Frankie Smith, American NFL cornerback (Miami Dolphins, SF 49ers), born in Groesbeck, Texas
  • 1968 Ali Benarbia, Algerian footballer, born in Oran, Algeria
  • 1968 Zvonimir Boban, Croatian football player and Deputy Secretary General of FIFA, born in Imotski, Croatia
  • 1970 David Doster, American baseball infielder (Philadelphia Phillies), born in Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • 1971 Monty Williams, American NBA forward and guard (San Antonio Spurs), born in Fredericksburg, Virginia
  • 1971 Nate Miller, American NFL and WLAF guard (Frankfurt Galaxy, Atlanta Falcons), born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • 1971 Terry Richardson, WLAF running back (Rhein Fire), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • 1971 Val St. Germain, CFL tackle (Hamilton Tiger Cats), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1971 Monty Williams, American basketball head coach and executive (Phoenix Suns 2019; New Orleans Hornets / Pelicans 2010-15), born in Fredericksburg, Virginia
  • 1972 Dede Demet, American cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1972 Stanislav Varga, Slovakian footballer (Slovan Bratislava), born in Lipany, Czechoslovakia
  • 1973 Donnie Abraham, American cornerback (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), born in Orangeburg, South Carolina
  • 1973 Toby Haenen, Australian backstroke swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Launceston, Tasmania
  • 1973 Tracy Bonner, American diver (Olympics bronze 1996), born in Webster, Texas
  • 1974 Rashaan Salaam, American College Football Hall of Fame running back (Heisman Trophy 1994, U of Colorado; NFL: Chicago Bears), born in San Diego, California (d. 2016)
  • 1974 Rod Manuel, American defensive end (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1974 Fredrik Modin, Swedish hockey player, born in Sundsvall, Sweden
  • 1974 Koji Murofushi, Japanese hammer thrower (Olympic gold 2004), born in Numazu, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
  • 1976 Galo Blanco, Spanish tennis player, born in Oviedo, Spain
  • 1978 Mick O'Driscoll, Irish rugby player, born in Cork, Ireland
  • 1978 Antonino D'Agostino, Italian football player, born in Turin, Italy
  • 1981 Raffi Torres, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1982 Mo Martin, American golfer (Women's British Open 2014), born in Pasadena, California
  • 1983 Michael Fraser, Scottish football goalkeeper, born in Inverness, Scotland
  • 1983 Travis Pastrana, American motorsports competitor, born in Annapolis, Maryland
  • 1993 Garbiñe Muguruza, Spanish tennis player (French Open 2016, Wimbledon 2017), born in Caracas, Venezuela