On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on September 4

  • 1885 Dimitrios Loundras, Greek gymnast, born in Athens, Greece (d. 1971)
  • 1902 Tommy Mitchell, English cricket spin bowler (5 Tests, 8 wickets; Derbyshire CCC), born in Cresswell, England (d. 1996)
  • 1904 Sabin Carr, American athlete (Olympic gold pole vault 1928; WR 4.27m 1927), born in Santa Barbara, California
  • 1918 William Talbert, American tennis doubles champ (US 1942, 45, 46, 48), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1999)
  • 1920 Clemar Bucci, Argentine racing driver, born in Zenón Pereyra, Santa Fe, Argentina (d. 2011)
  • 1926 Bert Olmstead, Canadian Hockey HOF left wing (Stanley Cup, Montreal Canadiens 1953, 56, 57, 58; Toronto Maple Leafs 1962), born in Sceptre, Saskatchewan (d. 2015)
  • 1926 Dennis Murphy, American sports entrepreneur (co-founder American Basketball Ass'n, World Hockey Ass'n, original World Team Tennis, Roller Hockey International), born in Shanghai, China (d. 2021)
  • 1931 Antoine Bonifaci, French soccer midfielder (12 caps; OGC Nice, FC Inter Milan, Bologna FC, Torino FC), born in Bezons, France (d. 2021)
  • 1932 Bevo Francis, American basketball player (college basketball record scorer), born in Hammondsville, Ohio (d. 2015)
  • 1934 Carlos Timoteo Griguol, Argentine soccer midfielder (Atlanta, Rosario Central) and manager (Ferro Carril Oeste, Real Betis, River Plate), born in Las Palmas, Argentina (d. 2021)
  • 1937 Dawn Fraser, Australian swimmer (Olympic gold 100m freestyle 1956, 60, 64), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1941 Ramesh Sethi, Kenyan cricketer, born in Kenya
  • 1941 Ken Harrelson, American baseball utility (MLB All Star; AL RBI leader 1968; KC A's, Boston Red Sox) and broadcaster (Boston Red Sox, NY Yankees, Chicago White Sox), born in Woodruff, South Carolina
  • 1941 Aleksandar Shalamanov, Bulgarian soccer defender (42 caps; PFC Slavia Sofia) and alpine skier (Winter Olympics 1960), born in Boyana, Bulgaria (d. 2021)
  • 1941 Alfons Dirnberger, Austrian soccer midfielder (3 caps; FC Austria Wien), born in Tulin, Austria (d. 2022)

Ray Floyd

1942 Raymond Floyd, American golfer (4-time major title winner), born in Fort Bragg, North Carolina

  • 1943 Giuseppe Gentile, Italian triple jumper (Olympic bronze 1968), born in Latina, Italy
  • 1947 Bob Jenkins, American television and radio sports announcer (IndyCar & NASCAR telecasts for ESPN/ABC, NBC Sports), born in Richmond, Indiana (d. 2021)

Tom Watson

1949 Tom Watson, American golfer (8-time major winner; British Open 1975, 77, 80, 82, 83), born in Kansas City, Missouri

  • 1949 Dean Pees, American football coach, born in Dunkirk, Ohio
  • 1950 Doyle Alexander, American baseball player, born in Cordova, Alabama
  • 1950 Ehteshamuddin, Pakistani cricketer (Pakistani pace bowler in 5 Tests 1980-82), born in Lahore, Punjab
  • 1952 Nelson Marcenaro, Uruguayan soccer defender (8 caps; Mundialito 1980; Progreso, Portuguesa, Peñarol, Emelec), born in Montevideo, Uruguay (d. 2021)
  • 1953 Michael Stean, English chess grandmaster, born in London, United Kingdom
  • 1961 Rizwan-uz-Zaman, Pakistani cricketer, born in Karachi, Pakistan
  • 1962 Kiran More, Indian cricketer, born in Vadodara, India
  • 1963 John Vanbiesbrouck, American NHL goalie (Team USA, Florida), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1964 Tomas Sandstrom, Swedish NHL forward (Anaheim, Team Sweden 1998), born in Jakobstad, Finland
  • 1966 Jearl A. Miles, American 400m/long jumper (Olympic gold 1996), born in Gainesville, Florida
  • 1967 Darrin Murray, New Zealand cricket batsman (8 Tests), born in Christchurch, Canterbury
  • 1968 Carlette Guidry-White, American athlete (Olympic gold 4x100m relay 1992, 1996; World C'ships 1995), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1968 Mike Piazza, American MLB baseball catcher, 1992-2007, 12X All-Star (Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, and 3 other teams), born in Norristown, Pennsylvania
  • 1968 Rick McNair, American water polo 2m defender (Olympics 1996), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1969 Va'aiga Tuigamala, Samoan rugby union centre/winger (19 Tests NZ, 23 Samoa; Newcastle Falcons, Auckland RU) and rugby league (2 Tests, Samoa; Wigan Warriors), born in Faleasiu, Western Samoa (d. 2022)
  • 1970 Cari Read, Canadian synchronized swimmer (Olympic silver 1996), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • 1970 Janae Lautenschlager, American diver (Olympics 1996), born in Canoga Park California
  • 1970 Luis Lopez, Puerto Rican baseball infielder (San Diego Padres), born in Cidra, Puerto Rico
  • 1971 John Thierry, American football defensive end (Chicago Bears), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2017)
  • 1971 Monty Grow, American football safety (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Inverness, Florida
  • 1971 Maik Taylor, Northern Irish footballer, born in Hildesheim, Germany
  • 1972 Daniel Nestor, Canadian tennis player (Olympics 1996), born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia
  • 1972 Jason Fisk, American football defensive tackle (Minnesota Vikings), born in Davis, California
  • 1972 Norman Hand, American football defensive tackle (Miami Dolphins), born in Queens, New York (d. 2010)
  • 1974 Jean Lavertue, Canadian weightlifter (Olympics 1996), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1975 Nikolaos Lyberopoulos, Greek footballer, born in Filiatra, Greece
  • 1976 Helen Denman, Australian swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Perth, Australia
  • 1977 Sun-Woo Kim, Korean baseball player, born in Incheon, South Korea
  • 1979 Kosuke Matsuura, Japanese racing driver, born in Aichi Prefecture, Japan
  • 1979 Maxim Afinogenov, Russian ice hockey player, born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1980 Pat Neshek, American baseball player, born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1981 Richard Garcia, Australian footballer, born in Perth, Australia
  • 1983 Tareq Aziz, Bangladeshi cricketer, born in Chittagong, Bangladesh
  • 1984 Hamish McIntosh, Australian football player, born in Lavington, Australia
  • 1985 Kaillie Humphries, Canadian-American bobsledder (Olympic gold 2-woman [Canada] 2010, 14; monobob [USA] 2022), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1986 James Younghusband, Philippine footballer, born in Ashford, United Kingdom