Birthdays in Sport on September 29

  • 1907 Orvon Grover "Gene" Autry, American cowpoke, singer, actor (The Gene Autry Show), and business tycoon (California Angels), born in Near Tioga, Texas (d. 1998)
  • 1908 Eddie Tolan, American athlete (d. 1967)
  • 1913 Silvio Piola, soccer star
  • 1919 Masao Takemoto, Japan, gymnast (Olympic gold 1960)
  • 1927 Adhemar Ferreira da Silva, Brazil, triple jumper (Olympic gold 1952, 56)
  • 1930 Ramnath Kenny, cricketer (batted in 5 Tests for India in 1950's)
  • 1934 Lance Gibbs, cricketer (prolific West Indian off-spinner, 309 wickets)
  • 1934 Lindsay Kline, cricketer (Australian chinaman bowler Hat-trick 1957)
  • 1938 Mike McCormick, American MLB baseball pitcher (SF Giants, Cy Young 1967), born in Pasadena, California
  • 1939 Jim Baxter, Scottish footballer (d. 2001)
  • 1940 John Dawes, rugby coach
  • 1940 Mike Eischeid, NFL punter (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1941 David Steele, British cricketer (England batsman, courageous v Lillee 1975), born in Bradeley, Stoke-on-Trent, England
  • 1941 Kermit Zarley, PGA golfer (1970 Canadian Open), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1942 Rajinder Goel, cricketer (slow lefty who didn't play for India)
  • 1942 Felice Gimondi, Italian cyclist
  • 1945 Nadezhda Chizova, USSR, shot putter (Olympic gold/silv/bronze-68/72/76)
  • 1947 Altie Taylor, soccer star
  • 1948 Bryant Gumbel, sportscaster/TV host (Today Show), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1948 Viktor Krovopouskov, USSR, sabres/fencer (Olympic gold, individual and team, 1976, 1980)
  • 1949 Steve Busby, footballer
  • 1951 David Murray, cricketer (WI wicket-keeper)
  • 1951 Maureen Caird, Australian hurdler
  • 1952 Monika Zehrt, German DR, 400m runner (Olympic gold 1972)
  • 1953 Warren Cromartie, baseball player
  • 1955 Vicki Fergon, American golfer (3 LPGA titles), born in Palo Alto, California
  • 1956 Sebastian Coe, British 1500m runner (Olympic gold 1980, 84), born in London, England
  • 1957 Chris Broad, cricketer (prolific England opening batsman 1984-89)
  • 1957 Craig Lefferts, MLB Pitcher
  • 1957 Tim Flannery, DJ/MLB player (SD Padres)
  • 1960 John MacBeth Paxson, NBA Guard (Chicago Bulls)
  • 1960 Rob Deer, MLB Outfielder (Milwaukee Brewers)
  • 1960 Wendy White, tennis player, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1964 Brad Lohaus, NBA forward/center (NY Knicks)
  • 1964 John Tucker, Windsor, NHL right wing (Tampa Bay Lightning)
  • 1965 Trent Yawney, Hudson Bay, NHL defenseman (Calgary Flames)
  • 1966 Hersey Hawkins, NBA guard (Seattle Supersonics, Olympic bronze 1988)
  • 1966 Ken Norton Jr, NFL linebacker (Dallas Cowboys, SF 49ers)
  • 1966 Rudy Poeschek, Kamloops, NHL right wing (Tampa Bay Lightning)
  • 1967 Dave Silvestri, infielder (NY Yankees, Montreal Expos), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1968 Mika Hakkinen, racing driver

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

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  • 1969 Angelo Barretto, Filipino racecar driver
  • 1970 Chris Mims, NFL defensive end (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1970 Danny de Supervise, soccer player (FC Volendam)
  • 1970 Derrick Oden, NFL linebacker (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1970 Joseph Hudson, pitcher (Boston Red Sox), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1970 Luke Bodensteiner, cross country skier (Olympics 1994), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • 1970 Nicolas Pereira, Salto Uruguay, tennis pro
  • 1970 Tina Fischer, German golfer (European Amat champ 1994), born in Bad Nauheim, Germany
  • 1971 Adrion Smith, CFL cornerback (Toronto Argonauts)

  • 1971 Derrick Davis, WLAF cornerback (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 1971 Donald Smith, CFL cornerback (Toronto Argonauts)
  • 1971 Jay Kearney, WLAF receiver (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • 1971 Ray Buchanan, American NFL center (Indianapolis Colts), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1972 Butler By'not'e, American NFL running back (Carolina Panthers), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 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
  • 1973 Joe Hulbig, American ice hockey player
  • 1973 Athanasios Michalopoulos, Greek volleyball player
  • 1975 Heather Pease, Monterey California, synchronized swimmer (Olympic gold 1996)
  • 1975 Albert Celades, Spanish football player
  • 1976 Andriy Shevchenko, Ukrainian football player
  • 1976 Darren Byfield, English football player
  • 1976 Oscar Sevilla, Spanish cyclist
  • 1977 Wade Brookbank, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1977 Jake Westbrook, American baseball player
  • 1978 Mohini Bhardwaj, gymnast (alt-Olympics 1996), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1979 Takumi Beppu, Japanese cyclist
  • 1979 Shelley Duncan, American Baseball Player
  • 1980 Patrick Agyemang, English footballer
  • 1984 Per Mertesacker, German football player
  • 1985 Calvin Johnson, American football player
  • 1986 Benoît Pouliot, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1986 Mark Fraser, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1988 Kevin Durant, American basketball forward (2-time NBA Finals MVP 2017-18 Golden State Warriors), born in Washington, D.C.