Birthdays in Sport on September 29

  • 1905 Fidel LaBarba, American boxer (Olympic gold flyweight 1924; world flyweight title 1927), born in NYC, NY (d. 1981)
  • 1907 Gene Autry, American cowboy singer, songwriter, actor, musician, ("Back In The Saddle Again"; "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer") and business tycoon (owner MLB Angels team, 1961-97), born near Tioga, Texas (d. 1998)
  • 1908 Eddie Tolan, American sprinter (2 Golds 1932 Olympics), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1967)
  • 1913 Silvio Piola, Italian soccer striker (34 caps, 30 goals; Lazio), born in Robbio Lomellina, Pavia (d. 1996)
  • 1919 Masao Takemoto, Japanese gymnast (Olympic gold team 1960; 3 x silver 1952, 56, 60; 3 x bronze 1956), born in Hamada, Japan (d. 2007)
  • 1923 Bum Phillips, American football coach (Houston Oilers, New Orleans Saints), born in Orange, Texas (d. 2013)
  • 1927 Adhemar da Silva, Brazilian triple jumper (Olympic golds 1952, 56), born in São Paulo, Brazil (d. 2001)
  • 1930 Ramnath Kenny, Indian cricketer (batted in 5 Tests for India in 1950's), born in Bombay, British India (d. 1985)
  • 1934 Lance Gibbs, West Indian cricket spin bowler (79 Tests, 309 wickets, BB 8/38; British Guyana, South Australia CA, Warwickshire CCC), born in Georgetown, British Guyana
  • 1934 Lindsay Kline, Australian cricketer (Australian chinaman bowler Hat-trick 1957), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 2015)
  • 1938 Mike McCormick, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1960–1961²; NL Cy Young Award 1967; NL wins leader 1967; NL ERA leader 1960; SF Giants), born in Pasadena, California (d. 2020)
  • 1939 Jim Baxter, Scottish footballer (d. 2001)
  • 1940 Mike Eischeid, American NFL punter (Oakland Raiders), born in Orange City, Iowa
  • 1941 David Steele, British cricketer (England batsman, courageous v Lillee 1975), born in Bradeley, Stoke-on-Trent, England
  • 1941 Kermit Zarley, American golfer, author (Canadian Open 1970), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1942 Felice Gimondi, Italian road cyclist (Tour de France 1965; Giro d'Italia 1967, 69, 76; Vuelta a España 1968), born in Sedrina, Italy (d. 2019)
  • 1942 Rajinder Goel, Indian cricketer (record for most wickets in Ranji Trophy), born in Narwana, British India (d. 2020)
  • 1945 Nadezhda Chizova, Russian shot putter (Olympic gold/silver/bronze-68/72/76), born in Usolye-Sibirskoye, Russia
  • 1946 Barry Hulshoff, Dutch soccer defender (14 caps; European Cup 1971, 72, 73; Ajax Amsterdam), born in Deventer, Netherlands (d. 2020)
  • 1948 Bryant Gumbel, American sportscaster/TV host (Today Show), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1948 Viktor Krovopouskov, Russian sabres fencer (Olympic gold, individual and team, 1976, 1980), born in Moscow, Soviet Union
  • 1949 Steve Busby, American MLB baseball pitcher, 1972-80, 2X All-Star (Kansas City Royals), born in Burbank, California
  • 1950 David Murray, West Indian cricket wicket-keeper (19 Tests, 3 x 50, 62 dismissals; Barbados), born in Bridgetown, Barbados (d. 2022)
  • 1951 Maureen Caird, Australian hurdler (youngest to win individual Olympic Gold at 17 in 1968), born in Cumberland, Australia
  • 1952 Monika Zehrt, East German 400m runner (Olympic gold 1972), born in Riesa, East Germany
  • 1953 Warren Cromartie, American baseball player (Montreal Expos), born in Miami Beach, Florida
  • 1955 Vicki Fergon, American golfer (first woman to win on all 3 LPGA-affiliated tours), born in Palo Alto, California

Sebastian CoeSebastian Coe (66 years old)

1956 British 1500m runner (Olympic gold 1980, 84), born in London, England

  • 1957 Chris Broad, English cricketer (prolific England opening batsman 1984-89), born in Bristol, England
  • 1957 Tim Flannery, American MLB player (San Diego Padres) and coach, born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1960 John Paxson, American NBA Guard and basketball administrator(Chicago Bulls), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1960 Rob Deer, American MLB Outfielder (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Orange, California
  • 1960 Wendy White, American tennis player, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1964 Brad Lohaus, American NBA fplayer (NY Knicks), born in Ulm, Minnesota
  • 1964 John Tucker, Canadian NHL right wing (Tampa Bay Lightning), born in Windsor, Ontario
  • 1965 Trent Yawney, Canadian NHL player and coach (Calgary Flames), born in Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan
  • 1966 Hersey Hawkins, American NBA guard (Seattle Supersonics, Olympic bronze 1988), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1966 Ken Norton Jr, American NFL linebacker (Dallas Cowboys, SF 49ers) and coach, born in Jacksonville, Illinois
  • 1966 Rudy Poeschek, Canadian NHL right wing (Tampa Bay Lightning), born in Kamloops, British Columbia
  • 1968 Mika Häkkinen, Finnish auto racer (World F1 Champion 1998, 99), born in Vantaa, Finland
  • 1969 Angelo Barretto, Filipino racecar driver

Kelly RobbinsKelly Robbins (53 years old)

1969 American golfer (LPGA C'ship 1995), born in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan

  • 1970 Chris Mims, American NFL defensive end, 1992-99 (San Diego Chargers; Washington Redskins), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2008)
  • 1970 Joe Hudson, American MLB relief pitcher, 1995-98 (Boston Red Sox; Milwaukee Brewers), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1970 Luke Bodensteiner, American cross country skier (Olympics 1994), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • 1970 Nicolas Pereira, Venezuelan tennis player, born in Salto Uruguay
  • 1971 Adrion Smith, american CFL cornerback (Toronto Argonauts), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1971 Ray Buchanan, American NFL center (Indianapolis Colts), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1972 Jörgen Jönsson, Swedish retired ice hockey forward (Team Sweden 1998), born in Ängelholm, Sweden
  • 1972 Oliver Gavin, British racing car driver (Corvette Racing 2002-present), born in Huntingdon, England
  • 1975 Albert Celades, Spanish football player (Barcelona, Real Madrid), born in Barcelona, Spain
  • 1975 Heather Pease, American synchronized swimmer (Olympic gold 1996), born in Monterey, California
  • 1976 Andriy Shevchenko, Ukrainian football player and coach (Ukrainian national team), born in Dvirkivshchyna, Ukrainian SSR
  • 1976 Darren Byfield, English football player, born in Sutton Coldfield, England
  • 1976 Oscar Sevilla, Spanish cyclist, born in Ossa de Montiel, Spain
  • 1977 Jake Westbrook, American baseball player, born in Athens, Georgia
  • 1977 Wade Brookbank, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Lanigan, Saskatchewan
  • 1979 Shelley Duncan, American Baseball Player, born in Tucson, Arizona
  • 1980 Patrick Agyemang, English footballer, born in London, England
  • 1984 Per Mertesacker, German football player (Arsenal), born in Hanover, West Germany
  • 1985 Calvin Johnson, American College Football Hall of Fame wide receiver (Detroit Lions, 6-time Pro Bowl), born in Newnan, Georgia
  • 1986 Mark Fraser, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Ottawa, Ontario

Kevin DurantKevin Durant (34 years old)

1988 American Basketball Forward (NBA C'ship, NBA Finals MVP 2017, 18 Golden State Warriors; 11 × NBA All-Star; NBA All-Star Game MVP 2012, 19; Olympic gold 2012, 16, 20), born in Washington, D.C.

  • 1993 Carlos Salcedo, Mexican footballer, born in Guadalajara, Mexico