On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on September 25

  • 1835 Harry Wright, English Baseball Hall of Fame center fielder and manager (established baseball's first fully professional team, Cincinnati Red Stockings 1869), born in Sheffield, England (d. 1895)
  • 1886 May Sutton, American tennis player (first American woman to win Wimbledon singles title 1905), born in Plymouth, England (d. 1975)
  • 1901 Bud Houser, American field athlete (Olympic gold discus & shot put 1924, discus 1928), born in Winigan, Missouri (d. 1994)
  • 1905 Red Smith, American sportscaster and columnist (Pulitzer 1976, Fight Talk), born in Green Bay, Wisconsin (d. 1982)
  • 1917 Johnny Sain, American baseball player, born in Havana, Arkansas (d. 2006)
  • 1918 Phil Rizzuto, American sportscaster and MLB shortstop (NY Yankees-MVP 1950), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2007)
  • 1926 Sergei Filatov, Soviet equestrian dressage (Olympic gold 1960), born in Lysyye Gory, Tambov Governorate (d. 1997)
  • 1927 Carl Braun, American basketball player (NY Knicks), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2010)
  • 1929 John Rutherford, Australian cricketer (one Test for Australia 1956), born in Bruce Rock, Western Australia
  • 1932 Terry Medwin, Welsh footballer (Tottenham Hotspur), born in Swansea, Glamorgan, Wales
  • 1933 Hubie Brown, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach, broadcaster (2-time NBA Coach of the Year), born in Hazleton, Pennsylvania
  • 1935 Harv Schmidt, American college basketball coach (University of Illinois 1967-74), born in Kankakee, Illinois (d. 2020)
  • 1942 Peter Petherick, New Zealand cricketer (NZ slow lefty 1976-77, hat-trick on debut), born in Ranfurly, New Zealand (d. 2015)
  • 1944 Grayson Shillingford, West Indian cricket bowler (WI 1969-71, 7 Tests 15 wickets), born in Macoucherie, Dominica (d. 2009)
  • 1946 Bishan Bedi, Indian cricketer (mighty Indian slow left-armer 1966-79), born in Amritsar, Punjab, British India
  • 1946 Gil Morgan, American golfer (7 PGA Tour titles, 3 Champions Tour majors), born in Wewoka, Oklahoma

  • 1947 Cheryl Tiegs, American model (Sports Illustrated) and fashion designer, born in Breckenridge, Minnesota
  • 1949 Inshan Ali, West Indian cricketer (big-spinning WI chinaman bowler 1971-77), born in Preysal, Trinidad and Tobago (d. 1995)
  • 1951 Robert "Bob" McAdoo, American former NBA player (Buffalo Braves) and assistant coach (Miami Heat), born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • 1954 Sylvester Croom, American college football coach, born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • 1954 Juande Ramos, Spanish football manager (Sevilla), born in Pedro Muñoz, Spain
  • 1955 Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, German football player (Bayern Munich), born in Lippstadt, West Germany
  • 1955 Ludo Coeck, Belgian footballer (R.S.C. Anderlecht), born in Berchem, Belgium (d. 1985)
  • 1959 Andy Waller, Zimbabwean cricket batsman and coach (2 Tests, 39 ODIs), born in Harare, Zimbabwe
  • 1960 John Hills, British racehorse trainer (d. 2014)
  • 1960 Igor Belanov, Soviet-Ukrainian footballer, born in Kiev, Ukraine
  • 1961 Tim Zoehrer, Australian cricketer (Aussie keeper, & occasional WA leggie), born in Armadale, Australia
  • 1962 Rajiv Kulkarni, Indian cricketer (Indian Test pace bowler 1986-87), born in Bombay, India
  • 1964 Joey Saputo, Canadian businessman and sports executive, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1965 Scottie Pippen, American Basketball Hall of Fame forward (6-time NBA champion, 2 Olympic gold 1992, 96), born in Hamburg, Arkansas
  • 1966 Elizabeth "Liz" Tchou, American field hockey defender (Olympics 1996), born in Medford, New Jersey
  • 1966 Todd Philcox, American NFL quarterback (Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Norwalk, Connecticut
  • 1967 Kim Issel, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Regina, Canada
  • 1968 Reggie Jefferson, American baseball player (Cin, Cleve, Sea, Bos), born in Tallahassee, Florida
  • 1969 David Weathers, American baseball pitcher (Florida Marlins, NY Yankees), born in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee
  • 1969 Hansie Cronje, South African cricket batsman and captain (68 Tests, 3,714 runs, 43 wickets; 188 ODIs; life ban for match-fixing 2000), born in Bloemfontein, South Africa (d. 2002)

  • 1970 Curtis Buckley, American NFL safety (Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Oakdale, Louisiana
  • 1970 Damon Pieri, American NFL safety (Carolina Panthers), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1970 Doug Pelfrey, American NFL kicker (Cin Bengals), born in Fort Thomas, Kentucky
  • 1971 John Lynch, American NFL safety (Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Hinsdale, Illinois
  • 1973 Tijani Babangida, Nigerian soccer player (Roda JC), born in Kaduna, Nigeria
  • 1975 Matt Hasselbeck, American football player, born in Boulder, Colorado
  • 1976 Chauncey Billups, American NBA guard (Boston Celtics), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1977 Wil Nieves, Puerto Rican baseball player, born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 1978 Laura Nicholls, Canadian 50m swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Kitchener, Ontario
  • 1978 Roudolphe Douala, Cameroonian footballer, born in Douala, Cameroon
  • 1978 Ricardo Gardner, Jamaican footballer, born in St. Andrew Parish, Jamaica
  • 1978 Joel Pineiro, Puerto Rican baseball player, born in Río Piedras, Puerto Rico
  • 1981 Rocco Baldelli, American baseball player, born in Woonsocket, Rhode Island
  • 1981 Jason Bergmann, American baseball player, born in Neptune City, New Jersey
  • 1984 Matt Carle, American ice hockey player, born in Anchorage, Alaska
  • 1990 Mao Asada, Japanese figure skater, born in Nagoya, Japan