On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on September 15

  • 1879 Alec Ross, Scottish golfer (US Open 1907), born in Dornoch, Scotland (d. 1952)
  • 1888 Antonio Ascari, Italian racing driver, born in Bonferraro, Italy (d. 1925)
  • 1895 Charles "Chic" Harley, American football player (d. 1974)
  • 1911 Karsten Solheim, Norwegian-born American golf entrepreneur (d. 2000)
  • 1919 Fausto Coppi, Italian cyclist (Giro d'Italia 1940, 47, 49, 52-53; Tour de France 1949, 52; World Championship gold Individual pursuit 1947, road race 1953), born in Castellania, Italy (d. 1960)
  • 1920 Dave Garcia, MLB manager (California Angels, Cleveland Indians), born in San Diego, California (d. 2018)
  • 1922 Bob Anderson, English Olympic Fencer, renowned film fight choreographer (Star Wars, Lord of the Rings) (d.2012)
  • 1925 Wally Halder, Canadian ice hockey forward (Olympic gold 1948, tournament top scorer), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1994)

Person of interestAshley Cooper

1936 Ashley Cooper, Australian tennis player (Australian C'ships 1957-58, Wimbledon, US C'ships 1958), born in Melbourne, Victoria (d. 2020)

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Ashley Cooper
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Ashley Cooper
  • 1937 Tony Yates, American college basketball point guard (National C'ship 1961, 62; Cincinnati Bearcats) and head coach (Cincinnati 1983-89), born in Lawrenceburg, Indiana (d. 2020)
  • 1938 Gaylord Perry, baseball player (1972 AL Cy Young winner)
  • 1938 Rafael Osuna, Mexican tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1963), born in Mexico City, Mexico (d. 1969)
  • 1940 Frank Linzy, American baseball player, born in Fort Gibson, Oklahoma
  • 1940 Merlin Olsen, UT, NFL tackle (Rams)/sportscaster/actor (Father Murphy)
  • 1941 Flórián Albert, Hungarian footballer
  • 1946 Fighting Mack, [Edwin Alberto], Antillian welterweight boxer

  • 1948 Suzyn Waldman, American Sportscaster
  • 1951 Johan Neeskens, Dutch footballer
  • 1951 Pete Carroll, American NFL coach (Super Bowl 2013, Seattle Seahawks 2010-20; New York Jets, New England Patriots; USC), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1955 Abdul Qadir, Pakistan cricket spin bowler (67 Tests; 236 wickets; best 9/56 1987), born in Lahore, Punjab (d. 2019)
  • 1957 Fulton Allem, South African golfer (3 PGA Tour titles), born in Kroonstad, South Africa

Person of interestDan Marino

1961 Dan Marino, American College, Pro Football Halls of Fame quarterback (Miami Dolphins, 9-time Pro Bowl), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback Dan Marino
Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback
Dan Marino
  • 1962 Aubrey Matthews, NFL wide receiver (Detroit Lions)
  • 1962 Earnest Byner, NFL running back (Cleveland Browns)
  • 1962 Patricia "Patty" Shea, Belmont NY, field hockey goalie (Olympics 1996)
  • 1964 Andrew Landenberger, Australian tornado sailor (Olympic bronze 1992, 96)
  • 1966 Sherman Douglas, NBA guard (NJ Nets)
  • 1968 Rich Robertson, Nacogdoches TX, pitcher (Minnesota Twins)
  • 1971 Chad Bratzke, NFL defensive end (NY Giants)
  • 1971 Myron Bell, NFL safety (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1971 Wayne Ferreira, tennis star (Munich 1995), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1971 Will Shields, NFL guard (KC Chiefs)
  • 1971 Michael Malone, American basketball head coach (Denver Nuggets 2015-19; Sacramento Kings 2013-14; NBA All-Star Game 2019), born in Queens, New York
  • 1975 Tom Dolan, American 400m freestyle/200m/400m medley swimmer (Olympic gold 1996)
  • 1976 Matt Thornton, American baseball pitcher (all-time AL leader in holds; MLB All-Star 2010; CWS), born in Three Rivers, Michigan
  • 1977 Jason Terry, American basketball player
  • 1978 Eiður Guðjohnsen, Icelandic footballer
  • 1979 Carlos Ruiz, Guatemalan soccer player
  • 1979 Patrick Marleau, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1980 David Diehl, American football player
  • 1980 Mike Dunleavy, Jr., American basketball player
  • 1983 Luke Hochevar, American baseball player
  • 1987 Aly Cissokho, French football (soccer) player