On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on September 12

  • 1909 Spud Chandler, American baseball player (AL MVP 1943), born in Commerce, Georgia (d. 1990)

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1913 Jesse Owens, American athlete (4 Olympic gold 1936), born in Oakville, Alabama (d. 1980)

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  • 1916 Tony Bettenhausen, American race car driver, born in Tinley Park, Illinois (d. 1961)
  • 1922 Wentworth Beaumont, 3rd Viscount Allendale, British peer, Royal Air Force officer and race horse breeder
  • 1925 Stan Lopata, American baseball player, born in Delray, Detroit, Michigan (d. 2013)
  • 1932 Waqar Hasan, Pakistani cricket batsman (21 Tests, top score 189; member Pakistan's inaugural Test squad), born in Amritsar, Punjab, India (d. 2020)
  • 1933 Stafford Heginbotham, British toymaker (Tebro Toys) and Football Club Chairman
  • 1934 Glenn Davis, American athlete (Olympic gold 1956,60), born in Wellsburg, West Virginia (d. 2009)
  • 1937 Wes Hall, Barbadian former cricketer and politician, born in Glebe Land, Station Hill, Barbados
  • 1937 George Chuvalo, Canadian boxer, born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1938 Claude Ruel, Canadian NHL coach (Stanley Cup 1968-69, Montreal Canadiens), born in Sherbrooke, Quebec (d. 2015)
  • 1940 Mickey Lolich, American pitcher (Detroit Tiger, won 25 in 1971), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1944 Ron Ward, Canadian ice hockey player (Toronto Maple Leafs), born in Cornwall, Ontario, Canada
  • 1948 Max Walker, Australian cricket fast bowler (34 Tests, 138 wickets) and broadcaster (Nine Network), born in Hobart, Australia (d. 2016)
  • 1949 Irina Rodnina, Russian pairs figure skater (Olympic gold 1972, 76, 80), born in Moscow, Soviet Union
  • 1950 Gustav Brunner, Austrian Formula One designer and engineer, born in Graz, Austria

  • 1953 John Williams, American archer (Olympic gold 1972), born in Cranesville, Pennsylvania
  • 1956 Chip Beck, American golfer (US Open 1986, 89, Masters 1993 runner-up; shot 59 in 1991), born in Fayetteville, North Carolina
  • 1956 Ricky Rudd, American race car driver, born in Norfolk County, Virginia
  • 1958 Wilfred Benítez, Puerto Rican boxer (youngest world champion at 17 years, 176 days [WBA Light Welterweight]), born in NYC, New York
  • 1959 Cindy Rarick, American golfer (5 LPGA Tour titles), born in Glenwood, Minnesota
  • 1961 Christiane Jolissaint, Swiss tennis star, born in Vevey, Switzerland
  • 1964 Dieter Hecking, German football player and manager, born in Castrop-Rauxel, West Germany
  • 1965 Silke Hörner, German breaststroke swimmer (2 Olympic gold 1988), born in Leipzig, Germany
  • 1965 Vernon Maxwell, American NBA guard (Charlotte Hornets), born in Gainesville, Florida
  • 1965 Joe Schmidt, New Zealand rugby union coach (Leinster; Ireland: 6 Nations C'ship 2014, 15, 18; Grand Slam 2018; Triple Crown 2018), born in Kawakawa, New Zealand
  • 1967 Pat Listach, American baseball infielder (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Natchitoches, Louisiana
  • 1969 Ángel Cabrera, Argentine golfer (US Open 2007, US Masters 2009), born in Córdoba, Argentina
  • 1969 Shigeki Maruyama, Japanese golfer (3 PGA Tour titles; Presidents Cup 1998, 2000), born in Ichikawa, Chiba Prefecture
  • 1970 Rebecca Joyce, Australian rower (Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1971 Terry Dehere, American politician and NBA guard (Sacramento Kings), born in NYC, New York
  • 1973 Darren Campbell, British sprint athlete, born in Moss Side, Manchester, England
  • 1973 Martin Lapointe, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Ville St. Pierre, Quebec, Canada
  • 1974 Nuno Valente, Portuguese footballer, born in Lisbon, Portugal
  • 1976 Maciej Żurawski, Polish footballer, born in Poznań, Poland
  • 1977 Nathan Bracken, Australian cricketer, born in Penrith, Australia
  • 1977 David Thompson, English footballer, born in Birkenhead, England
  • 1980 Fernando César de Souza, Brazilian footballer, born in Jardinopolis, Brazil
  • 1980 Sean Burroughs, American baseball player, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1980 Josef Vašíček, Czech ice hockey player, born in Havlíčkův Brod, Czechoslovakia
  • 1980 Yao Ming, Chinese basketball player, born in Shanghai
  • 1981 Jered Guzman, American pairs skater (with partner Natalie Vlandis), born in Garden Grove, California
  • 1983 Daniel Muir, American football player, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1984 Taylor Jenkins, American basketball head coach (Memphis Grizzlies 2019), born in Arlington, Texas
  • 1985 Jack Wilkinson, English footballer (Hartlepool United), born in Beverley, England
  • 1994 Elina Svitolina, Ukrainian tennis player (WTA Finals champion 2018), born in Odessa, Ukraine
  • 1996 Joshua Cheptegei, Ugandan long-distance runner (5,000m WR 12:35.35; World C'ship gold 10,000m 2019; World Cross Country gold 2019), born in Kapsewui, Uganda