On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on September 21

  • 1884 Shorty Ray, American football player and supervisor of NFL officials, born in Highland Park, Illinois (d. 1956)
  • 1901 Lord Learie Constantine, West Indian cricket all-rounder (UKs first black peer), born in Diego Martin, Trinidad (d. 1971)
  • 1902 Ilmari Salminen, Finnish athlete (Olympic gold 10,000m 1936), born in Elimäki, Finland (d. 1986)

Person of interestHowie Morenz

1902 Howie Morenz, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center (Montreal Canadiens, 3-time Stanley Cup winner), born in Mitchell, Ontario (d. 1937)

NHL Star Howie Morenz
NHL Star
Howie Morenz
  • 1905 Robert Lebel, French Canadian ice hockey executive, born in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada (d. 1999)
  • 1929 Sándor Kocsis, Hungarian footballer (Budapest Honvéd), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1979)
  • 1935 James "Jimmy" Armfield, British former-footballer, manager and pundit (BBC Radio Five Live), born in Denton, Lancashire, England (d. 2018)
  • 1945 Richard Childress, NASCAR team owner
  • 1948 Michael Finneran, diver (1st perfect 10 on 10m platform)
  • 1949 Peter Cronjé, South African rugby union center (7 caps; Transvaal, Natal), born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 2020)
  • 1951 Ed Delahoussaye, American Racing Hall of Fame jockey (1982-83 Kentucky Derby), born in New Iberia, Louisiana
  • 1951 Bruce Arena, American soccer coach (Olympic gold 1996), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1956 Jack Givens, American basketball player
  • 1957 Lynette Love, US tai kwan do champ 1987/(Olympics 1988)
  • 1958 Rick Mahorn, NBA forward (Detroit Pistons)
  • 1963 Cecil Fielder, infielder (Detroit Tigers, NY Yankees), born in Los Angeles, California

  • 1963 Curtly Ambrose, Antiguan cricket fast bowler (West Indies 98 Tests, 405 wickets @ 20.99; 176 ODIs), born in Swetes, Antigua and Barbuda
  • 1964 Danny Hoekman, soccer player (NEC)
  • 1964 Danny Villa, NFL guard (KC Chiefs)
  • 1965 Richard Brown, NFL linebacker (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1967 Andrea Thies, rower (Olympics 1992, 96), born in Irvington, New York
  • 1967 Romeo van Aerde, soccer player (RKC)
  • 1969 Jason Christiansen, pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1969 Randal Hill, NFL wide receiver (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1970 Michael O'Shea, Canadian CFL linebacker (Toronto Argonauts), born in North Bay, Ontario
  • 1971 John Crawley, English cricketer
  • 1972 Jon Kitna, NFL quarterback (Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1973 Virginia Ruano-Pascual, tennis star, born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1973 Oswaldo Sanchez, Mexican footballer
  • 1974 Andy Todd, English footballer
  • 1976 Jana Kandarr, tennis star
  • 1976 Poul Hübertz, Danish footballer
  • 1977 Brian Tallet, American baseball player
  • 1978 Doug Howlett, New Zealand rugby union footballer, born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1979 Richard Dunne, Irish soccer defender (80 caps, Republic of Ireland; Everton, Manchester City, Aston Villa, QPR) and broadcaster (BT Sport), born in Dublin, Ireland

Person of interestChris Gayle

1979 Chris Gayle, Jamaican West Indies cricketer (1999-) and fastest century maker in history, born in Kingston, Jamaica

Cricketer Chris Gayle
Cricketer
Chris Gayle

  • 1979 Julian Gray, English footballer
  • 1980 Nyree Lewis, British Paralympic swimmer
  • 1980 Tomas Scheckter, South African racing driver
  • 1982 Eduardo Azevedo, Brazilian racing driver
  • 1982 Danny Kass, American snowboarder
  • 1982 Marat Izmailov, Russian footballer
  • 1982 Rowan Vine, English footballer
  • 1983 Fernando Cavenaghi, Argentinian footballer
  • 1983 Anna Meares, Australian cyclist
  • 1984 Benjamin Wildman-Tobriner, American swimmer
  • 1987 Jimmy Clausen, American football player
  • 1987 Courtney Paris, American basketball player
  • 1987 Ashley Paris, American basketball player
  • 1989 Lyn-Z Adams Hawkins, American skateboarder
  • 1990 Rob Cross, English darts player (PDC World Champion 2018), born in Pembury, England
  • 1991 Jordan Hasay, American track and field athlete
  • 1993 Park Sung-hyun, South Korean golfer, (US Open 2017; Women's PGA C'ship 2018), born in Seoul, South Korea
  • 1998 Tadej Pogačar, Slovenian cyclist (Tour de France 2020), born in Komenda, Slovenia