On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on September 1

  • 1866 James J. Corbett, American boxer (world heavyweight champion 1892-97), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1933)
  • 1883 Didier Pitre, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame right wing (Montreal Canadiens), born in Valleyfield, Quebec (d. 1934)
  • 1897 Andy Kennedy, Irish soccer defender (2 caps, Arsenal), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland (d. 1963)
  • 1904 Ray Flaherty, American Pro Football Hall of Fame end, coach (3 x NFL Championships; Washington Redskins 1937, 42 coach), born in Lamont, Washington (d. 1994)
  • 1908 Amir Elahi, Pakistani cricket spin bowler (1 Test India, 5 Tests Pakistan), Lahore, Punjab (d. 1980)

Person of interestRocky Marciano

1923 Rocky Marciano, American boxer (undefeated world heavyweight champion 1952-56), born in Brockton, Massachusetts (d. 1969)

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Rocky Marciano
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Rocky Marciano
  • 1926 Pat O'Sullivan, American golfer (Titleholders Championship 1951), born in Orange, Connecticut
  • 1930 Pete Brewster, American football end and coach (NFL Pro Bowl 1955, 56; Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Portland, Indiana (d. 2020)
  • 1937 Al Geiberger, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1966, 1st sub-60), born in Red Bluff, California
  • 1939 Heinrich Messner, Austrian downhill skier (winner first ever World Cup slalom; Olympic bronze 1968, 72), born in Obernberg am Brenner, Austria
  • 1950 Phillip Fulmer, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (Tennessee 152-52) and CBS analyst, born in Winchester, Tennessee
  • 1951 David Bairstow, English cricket wicket keeper, broadcaster (4 Tests; father of England Test 'keeper Jonny), born in Bradford, Yorkshire (d. 1998)
  • 1955 Gerhard Strack, German soccer defender (10 caps; 1. FC Köln, FC Basel, Fortuna Düsseldorf), born in Kerpen, Germany (d. 2020)
  • 1957 Duško Ivanović, Montenegrin basketball coach (Barcelona, Panathinaikos), born in Bijelo Polje, Montenegro
  • 1959 Kenny Mayne, American sports journalist, broadcaster (ESPN), born in Kent, Washington
  • 1962 Ruud Gullit, Dutch soccer midfielder (66 caps; Ballon d'Or 1987; Feyenoord, PSV, AC Milan, Chelsea), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • 1962 Tony Cascarino, Irish soccer striker, broadcaster (88 caps Rep of Ireland), born in St Paul's Cray, Kent, England
  • 1964 Brian Bellows, Canadian ice hockey left wing (1,188 NHL games; 3 x time All Star 1984, 88, 92), born in St. Catharines, Ontario
  • 1965 Aldo Swager, soccer player (SC Heerenveen)
  • 1965 Hardy Nickerson, NFL linebacker (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • 1966 Tim Hardaway, NBA guard (Miami Heat)
  • 1968 Michelle Buckingham, Canadian 61 kg judoka (Olymp-20-92, 96), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1969 Henning Berg, Norwegian footballer
  • 1970 Barbara Paulus, Austrian tennis star, born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1970 Flora Perfetti, Faenza Italy, tennis star
  • 1970 Jodi Lambert, Australian 100m/200m sprinter (Olympics 1996)
  • 1971 Gabe Wilkins, NFL defensive end (GB Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • 1971 Hakan Şükür, Turkish footballer
  • 1972 Josh Davis, American 800m freestyle swimmer (Olympic gold 1996)
  • 1972 Louise Dobson, Shepparton Aust, field hockey fullback (Olympics 1996)
  • 1972 Matt O'Dwyer, American NFL guard (NY Jets), born in Lincolnshire, Illinois
  • 1973 Gillian Boxx, softball catcher (Olympic gold 1996), born in Fontana, California
  • 1973 Zach Thomas, American football player
  • 1974 Jason Taylor, American football player
  • 1975 Cuttino Mobley, American basketball player
  • 1976 Sebastián Rozental, Chilean footballer

  • 1976 Marcos Ambrose, Australian racing driver
  • 1976 Erik Morales, Mexican boxer
  • 1976 Clare Connor, England Woman cricketer
  • 1977 Raffaele Giammaria, Italian racing driver
  • 1977 Aaron Schobel, American football player
  • 1977 David Albelda, Spanish footballer
  • 1978 Max Vieri, Australian soccer player
  • 1979 James O'Connor, Irish footballer
  • 1980 Sammy Adjei, Ghanaian footballer
  • 1980 Chris Riggott, English footballer
  • 1981 Clinton Portis, American football player
  • 1981 Adam Quick, Australian basketball player
  • 1982 Paul Dumbrell, Australian racing driver
  • 1982 Ryan Gomes, American basketball player
  • 1982 Jeffrey Buttle, Canadian figure skater
  • 1983 José Antonio Reyes, Spanish soccer left wing (Spain 21 caps; Sevilla, Atlético Madrid, Arsenal), born in Utrera, Spain (d. 2019)
  • 1984 Nick Noble, American soccer player
  • 1986 Gaël Monfils, French tennis player
  • 1986 Anthony Allen, English rugby union player
  • 1988 Gabriel Ferrari, American soccer player
  • 1988 Mushfiqur Rahim, Bangladeshi cricketer