On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on September 30

  • 1865 Bonnor Middleton, South African cricket fast bowler (6 Tests, 24 wickets; Western Province), born in Chester-le-Street, Co Durham, England (d. 1913)
  • 1869 Ernie Jones, Australian cricket fast bowler (19 Tests, 64 wickets; first bowler to be called for throwing in a Test), born in Auburn, South Australia (d. 1943)
  • 1911 Ed Danowski, American football quarterback and halfback (NFL Championship 1934, 38; New York Giants; Pro Bowl 1938), born in Jamesport, New York (d. 1997)
  • 1919 Roberto Bonomi, Argentine racing driver (d. 1992)
  • 1922 Allan Rae, cricketer (prolific WI opening batsman 1948-53)
  • 1926 Robin Roberts, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (7 x MLB All Star; won 28 consecutive complete games 1952-53; Philadelphia Phillies), born in Springfield, Illinois (d. 2010)
  • 1932 Johnny Podres, American baseball player (d. 2008)
  • 1940 Harry Winston Jerome, Sask Canada, 100m runner (Olympic bronze 1964)
  • 1942 Sture Pettersson, Swedish cyclist (Olympic silver 1968)
  • 1944 Jimmy Johnstone, Scottish soccer forward (23 caps; Celtic FC), born in Viewpark, Scotland (d. 2006)
  • 1946 Paul Sheahan, cricketer (dashing Australian Test batsman 1967-74)
  • 1947 Miguel de Oliveira, Brazilian boxer (WBC light middleweight champion 1975), born in Sao Paulo, Brazil (d. 2021)
  • 1951 Catie Ball, American 100m breast stroke swimmer (Olympic-4X4 gold-1968)
  • 1952 Darrell Hair, cricketer (Australian Test umpire since 1993-94)
  • 1954 John Drew, American basketball small forward (NBA All-Star 1976, 80; Atlanta Hawks, Utah Jazz), born in Vredenburgh, Alabama (d. 2022)
  • 1958 Nona Garson, equestrian show jumper (Olympics 1996)
  • 1959 Hans Werdekker, Dutch soccer player (Ajax, RKC/Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 1959 Ettore Messina, Italian basketball coach
  • 1961 Chandrakant Pandit, Indian cricket wicket-keeper (late 80's)
  • 1961 Eric van de Poele, Belgian racing driver
  • 1961 Jorge Ricardo, Brazilian jockey (Brazilian Champion jockey 1982-2006; highest tally winning rider in thoroughbred racing), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1962 Dave Magadan, 1st baseman (NY Mets, Chicago Cubs), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1962 Frank Rijkaard, Surinam/Dutch soccer star (Ajax, AC Milan)
  • 1962 George Jamison, NFL linebacker (KC Chiefs)
  • 1962 Leon Hutten, soccer player (RKC)
  • 1963 Ed Drakich, volleyball player (Olympics 1996), born in Windsor, Ontario
  • 1964 Michael McKay, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • 1967 Yorkis Perez, Bajos de Haina Dom Rep, pitcher (Florida Marlins)
  • 1970 Eric Piatkowski, NBA guard/forward (LA Clippers)
  • 1971 Brentson Buckner, NFL defensive end (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1972 Cedric Saunders, NFL tight end (Tampa Bay Bucs, Scotland Claymores)
  • 1972 Jamal Anderson, NFL running back (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1972 Troy Dumas, NFL linebacker (KC Chiefs)
  • 1974 Jeremy Giambi, American MLB baseball player, 1998-2003 (Kansas City Royals, Oakland Athletics, and two other teams), born in San Jose, California (d. 2022)
  • 1975 Carlos Guillén, Venezuelan baseball shortstop (3-time MLB All Star; Seattle Mariners, Detroit Tigers), born in Maracay, Aragua
  • 1975 Sammy Igoe, English football player, born in Staines-upon-Thames, England
  • 1977 Sun Jihai, Chinese footballer
  • 1977 Roy Carroll, Northern Irish footballer
  • 1978 Candice Michelle, American female wrestler
  • 1979 Andy van der Meyde, Dutch footballer

Martina Hingis

1980 Martina Hingis, Swiss tennis player (5 Grand Slam singles titles), born in Košice, Slovakia

  • 1981 Dominique Moceanu, California, gymnast (World-silver-95, Olympic gold 1996)
  • 1981 Brandon Watson, American baseball
  • 1983 Andreea Răducan, Romanian gymnast, born in Bârlad, Romania
  • 1987 Flora Duffy, Bermudian triathlete (Olympic gold 2021, Bermuda’s first ever gold medal; World C'ship gold 2016, 17), born in Paget Parish, Bermuda

Max Verstappen

1997 Max Verstappen, Belgian-Dutch auto racer (F1 World Drivers C'ship 2021; CIK-FIA World C'ship 2013), born in Hasselt, Belgium