On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on September 20

  • 1873 Robert Wrenn, American tennis player (US Open 1893-94, 1896-97), born in Highland Park, Illinois (d. 1925)
  • 1873 Ferenc Szisz, Hungarian auto racer (winner 1st Grand Prix motor racing event in Le Mans, France 1906), born in Szeghalom, Hungary (d. 1944)
  • 1889 Charles Reidpath, American athlete (Olympic gold 1912), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1975)
  • 1893 Hermann Lux, German soccer defender (3 caps; manager Tennis Borussia Berlin), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1962)
  • 1910 Jacques-Baptiste LeBrun, French finn yachtsman (Olympic gold 1932), born in Paris (d. 1996)

Red Auerbach

1917 Red Auerbach, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach, general manager (Boston Celtics, 9-time NBA champion), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2006)

  • 1933 Dennis Viollet, English former soccer player (Manchester United), born in Fallowfield, Manchester, England (d. 1999)
  • 1933 Máté Fenyvesi, Hungarian soccer forward (76 caps; Ferencváros 343 games) and politician (MP 1998-2006), born in Jánoshalma, Hungary (d. 2022)
  • 1935 David Pegg, English soccer outside left (1 cap; Manchester United 127 games), born in Highfields, West Riding of Yorkshire (d. 1958)
  • 1938 Tom Tresh, American baseball infielder (MLB All Star 1962-63; AL Rookie of Year 1962; NY Yankees), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2008)
  • 1939 Ryszard Grzegorczyk, Polish soccer midfielder (23 caps; Polonia Bytom, RC Lens), born in Bytom, Poland (d. 2021)
  • 1943 Tommy Nobis, American football linebacker (Atlanta Falcons), born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 2017)
  • 1945 Torkild Brakstad, Norwegian soccer defender (3 caps; Molde) and coach (Molde, Tromsø, Rosenborg), born in Molde, Norway (d. 2021)
  • 1946 Stan Parrish, American football coach (Ball State Uni, Wabash College, Kansas State Uni, Marshall Uni; TB Buccaneers QB coach Super Bowl 2002), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2022)
  • 1947 Bruce Pasternack, American CEO (Special Olympics International 2002-07), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1949 John W. Henry, American businessman and owner of sports teams (Boston Red Sox and Liverpool Football Club), born in Quincy, Illinois
  • 1950 Matt Blair, American football linebacker (6 × Pro Bowl 1977–82; First-team All-Pro 1980; Minnesota Vikings), born in Hilo, Hawaii (d. 2020)

Guy Lafleur

1951 Guy Lafleur, Canadian Hockey HOF right wing (5 x Stanley Cup, 2 x NHL MVP, NHL Playoff MVP Montreal Canadiens; NY Rangers, Quebec Nordiques), born in Thurso, Quebec (d. 2022) [1]

  • 1954 Silvio Leonard, Cuban 100m runner (Olympic silver 1980), born in Cienfuegos, Cuba
  • 1954 Henry Samueli, American NHL team owner (Anaheim Ducks), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1957 Vladimir Tkachenko, Ukrainian-Russian basketball player (Olympic bronze 1980), born in Sochi, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
  • 1959 Lesley Thompson, Canadian rower (Olympic gold 1992, 96), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1960 Alice Regina Brown, American 4X100 runner (Olympic gold 1984, 88), born in Jackson, Mississippi
  • 1961 Erwin Koeman, Dutch soccer player (PSV, FC Groningen), born in Zaandam, Netherlands
  • 1967 Catherine Bond-Mills, Canadian heptathlete (Olympics 1996), born in Woodstock, Ontario
  • 1967 Martin Harrison, American NFL defensive end (Minnesota Vikings), born in Livermore, California
  • 1968 Chris Waller, gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1968 Eric Turner, American NFL safety (Cleveland Browns), born in Ventura, California
  • 1969 Tommy Jeter, American NFL defensive tackle (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Nacogdoches, Texas
  • 1969 Richard Witschge, Dutch footballer, born in Amsterdam
  • 1970 John Copeland, American NFL defensive end (Cin Bengals), born in Lanett, Alabama
  • 1971 Andrew Lane, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • 1971 Henryk Larsson, Swedish soccer player (Feyenoord), born in Helsingborg, Sweden
  • 1971 Ryan Terry, American NFL running back and kick returner (Arizona Cardinals), born in Fort Bragg, North Carolina
  • 1972 Jenny Morris, Maryborough Australia, field hockey fullback (Olympics 1996)
  • 1972 Vance Joseph, American NFL cornerback and safety (NY Jets), born in Marrero, Louisiana
  • 1973 Ronald McKinnon, American NFL linebacker, born in Elba, Alabama
  • 1975 Juan Pablo Montoya, Colombian-American race car driver, born in Bogotá, Colombia
  • 1977 Ruth Moniz, Australian gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in NSW, Australia
  • 1978 Sophie Simard, Lars Germany, swimmer (Olympics 1996)
  • 1978 T.J. Tucker, American baseball player
  • 1978 Dante Hall, American football player
  • 1979 Sean Davis, English footballer
  • 1980 Vladimir Karpets, Russian cyclist
  • 1981 Feliciano López, Spanish tennis player
  • 1981 Jordan Tata, American baseball player
  • 1983 Ángel Sánchez, Puerto Rican baseball player
  • 1987 Alex Pullin, Australian snowboarder (World C'ship gold snowboard cross 2011, 13), born in Mansfield, Australia (d. 2020)

John Tavares

1990 John Tavares, Canadian ice hockey player (New York Islanders), born in Mississauga, Ontario