On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on September 28

  • 1885 Wilbur 'Lefty' Good, pitcher (NY Yankees, 1905)
  • 1887 Avery Brundage, CEO (Intl Olympic Committee, 1952-72), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1889 Jack Fournier, American baseball player, 1912-27 (White Sox; Cardinals; Brooklyn Robins), born in Au Sable, Michigan (d. 1973) [1]
  • 1895 Lawton Whitey Witt, outfielder (NY Yankees, 1922-25)
  • 1905 Max Schmeling, German boxer (world heavyweight champion 1930-32), born in Klein Luckow, Germany (d. 2005)
  • 1905 William Northam, Austrian yachtsman (Olympic gold 1964)
  • 1907 Glen "Turk" Edwards, NFL tackle (Boston/Washington Redskins)
  • 1907 Heikki Savolainen, Finland, pommel horse gymnast (Olympic gold 1948)
  • 1911 Ellsworth Vines, American tennis player (US Open 1931-32; Wimbledon 1932), golfer (3 PGA Tour titles), born in Los Angeles, CA (d. 1994)

Person of interestAlice Marble

1913 Alice Marble, American tennis player (US Open 1936, 1938-40), born in Beckwourth, California (d. 1990)

Tennis Champion Alice Marble
Tennis Champion
Alice Marble
  • 1919 Tom Harmon, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1940, Michigan; LA Rams) and broadcaster (CBS 1950-62), born in Rennselaer, Indiana (d. 1990)
  • 1930 Doug Holden, English soccer winger (5 caps; Bolton Wanderers, Preston North End), born in Manchester, England (d. 2021)
  • 1935 Bruce Crampton, Australian golfer (14 PGA Tour wins), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1938 Peter Grosser, German soccer midfielder (2 caps; Bayern Munich, 1860 Munich, Austria Salzburg), born in Munich, Germany (d. 2021)
  • 1941 Charley Taylor, NFL wide receiver/running back (Wash Redskin)
  • 1942 Grant Jackson, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1969; World Series 1979; Philadelphia Phillies; Baltimore Orioles; Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Fostoria, Ohio (d. 2021)

  • 1943 Gertrud "Traudl" Hecher, Austrian downhill skier (Olympic bronze 1960)
  • 1945 Marielle Goitschel, French alpine skier (Olympic gold 1964, 68), born in Sainte-Maxime, France
  • 1946 Majid Khan, cricketer (great Pakistani batsman 1964-82)
  • 1947 Volodymyr Troshkin, Ukrainian soccer defender (31 caps, USSR; Dynamo Kiev 205 games), born in Yenakiieve, Ukraine (d. 2020)
  • 1951 Dave Rajsich, pitcher (NY Yankees)
  • 1952 Anthony Davis, footballer
  • 1954 Steve Largent, NFL wide receiver (Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1956 Bob Miller, American ice hockey center (47 games USA; Boston Bruins, Colorado Rockies, LA Kings), born in Medford, Massachusetts (d. 2020)
  • 1958 Angella Issajenko, Jamaica, 4X100m relayer (Olympic silver 1984)
  • 1959 Todd Worrell, American baseball pitcher (LA Dodgers), born in Arcadia, California
  • 1959 Ron Fellows, Canadian race car driver
  • 1960 Gus Logie, cricketer (WI batsman 1983-91, great fielder)
  • 1961 Anne White, American tennis player (famously wares spandex Wimbledon 1985), born in Charleston, West Virginia
  • 1961 Ed Vosberg, pitcher (Texas Rangers), born in Tucson, Arizona
  • 1961 Yordanka Donkova, Bulgaria, 100m hurdler (world record)

Person of interestGrant Fuhr

1962 Grant Fuhr, Canadian NHL goalie (Oilers), born in Spruce Grove, Alberta

NHL Goalie Grant Fuhr
NHL Goalie
Grant Fuhr
  • 1962 Irving Fryar, American NFL wide receiver (5-time Pro Bowl, #1 pick 1984 Draft), born in Mount Holly Township, New jersey
  • 1962 Laurie Rinker-Graham, American golfer (Women's PGA C'ship 1987 3rd), born in Stuart, Florida
  • 1963 Johnny Dawkins, American basketball guard (NBA: San Antonio Spurs, Philadelphia 76ers; Detroit Pistons) and coach (Stanford, UCF), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1964 Paul Jewell, English football manager

  • 1966 Scott Adams, NFL offensive linesman (Chicago Bears)
  • 1967 Darion Conner, NFL linebacker (Carolina Panthers)
  • 1967 Jake Reed, NFL wide receiver (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1967 Jason Dungjen, pairs skaters (Olympics 1994), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1968 Jock Climie, CFL slot back (Montreal Alouettes)
  • 1969 L Janusz Hooker, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • 1969 Nico Vaesen, Belgian footballer
  • 1970 Kimiko Date, tennis star (1996 Japan Open), born in Kyoto, Japan
  • 1971 Chad May, NFL/WLAF quarterback (Minnesota Vikings, Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • 1971 David Weightman, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • 1971 Marcus Spears, NFL/WLAF guard/tackle (Chicago Bears, Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 1971 Matthew Elliott, cricketer (Australian Test opening batsman v WI 1996)
  • 1971 Alan Wright, English footballer
  • 1972 Cathy Caverzasio, Swiss tennis star
  • 1972 Greg Ivy, NFL punter (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1973 Brian Rafalski, American ice hockey player
  • 1974 Joonas Kolkka, Finnish footballer
  • 1974 Mariya Kiselyova, Russian swimmer
  • 1975 Lenny Krayzelburg, American swimmer
  • 1977 Se-ri Pak, South Korean golfer (5 LPGA major titles; US Open 1998, British Open 2001), born in Daejeon, South Korea
  • 1979 Bam Margera, American skateboarder
  • 1981 José Calderón, Spanish basketball point guard (captain Spain gold FIBA World C'ship 2006; Olympic silver 08, 12; NBA: Toronto, Detroit, Dallas, NY Knicks; Cleveland), born in Villanueva de la Serena, Spain
  • 1981 Jorge Guagua, Ecuadorian soccer defender (63 caps; El Nacional), born in Esmeraldas, Ecuador
  • 1982 Anderson Varejão, Brazilian basketball player
  • 1982 Abhinav Bindra, Indian shooter
  • 1982 Ray Emery, Canadian hockey player
  • 1982 Emeka Okafor, American basketball player
  • 1982 Dustin Penner, Canadian hockey player
  • 1983 Stefan Moore, English footballer
  • 1984 Ryan Zimmerman, American baseball player
  • 1986 Andrés Guardado, Mexican soccer midfielder (158 caps; Deportivo La Coruña, Valencia, PSV), born in Guadalajara, Jalisco
  • 1988 Aleks Vrteski, Australian footballer
  • 1988 Marin Čilić, Croatian tennis player (US Open 2014), born in Medjugorje, Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • 1989 Mark Randall, English footballer