On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on September 8

  • 1881 Harry Hillman, American athlete (3 Gold Olympic 1904), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1945)
  • 1884 Théodore Pilette, Belgian racing driver, born in St. Gilles, Belgium (d. 1921)
  • 1914 Doug Freeman, New Zealand cricket spin bowler (2 Tests, 1 wicket; Wellington), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1994)
  • 1915 Frank Pullen, English businessman and racehorse owner, born in London (d. 1992)
  • 1923 Alan Weeks, English sports commentator (BBC), born in Bristol. England (d. 1996)
  • 1930 Jeannette Altwegg, English figure skater (Olympic gold 1952), born in Bombay, India
  • 1938 Kenichi Horie, Japanese adventurer and solo yachtsman, born in Osaka
  • 1939 Carsten Keller, German field hockey player (Olympic gold 1972), born in Berlin
  • 1945 Rogie Vachon, NHL goalie (Canadiens, Kings, Vezina-1968), born in Quebec
  • 1946 L. C. Greenwood, American football player, born in Canton, Mississippi (d. 2013)
  • 1947 Amos Biwott, Kenyan 3K steeplechaser (Olympic gold 1968), born in Uasin Gishee, Kenya
  • 1951 Tim Gullikson, American tennis player and coach (Pete Sampras coach 1992-95), born in La Crosse, Wisconsin (d. 1996)
  • 1956 Maurice Cheeks, American NBA guard (NY Knicks, Philadelphia '76ers), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1962 Sergio Casal, Spanish tennis player (Olympic silver 1988), born in Barcelona
  • 1963 Gerald Williams, NFL defensive end (Carolina Panthers), born in Waycross, Georgia
  • 1963 Li Ning, Chinese gymnast (3 Olympic gold 1984), born in Laibin, Guangxi

  • 1964 Steffan Peters, German equestrian dressage (Olympic bronze 1996, 2016), born in Wesel, Germany
  • 1965 Barbra Fontana Harris, American volleyball player (Olympic 4th 1996), born in Manhattan Beach, California
  • 1966 Mike Dyer, American MLB pitcher (Montreal Expos), born in Upland, California
  • 1966 Raymond Atteveld, Dutch soccer player (Waregem, Roda JC), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 1967 Brett Winslow, volleyball middle blocker (Olympics 1996), born in Santa Barbara, California
  • 1969 Oswaldo Ibarra, Ecuadorian footballer, born in Ambuquí, Ecuador
  • 1969 Lars Bohinen, Norwegian footballer (Nottingham Forest), born in Vadsø, Norway
  • 1969 Gary Speed, Welsh footballer and Wales national football team manager, born in Mancot, Flintshire, Wales (d. 2011)
  • 1970 Clarence Weatherspoon, American NBA forward (Philadelphia 76ers), born in Crawford, Mississippi
  • 1970 Tomur Barnes, American NFL cornerback (Houston Oilers), born in McNair, Texas
  • 1971 Dave Merritt, American NFL outside linebacker (Arizona Cardinals), born in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • 1971 Greg Minor, American NBA guard (Boston Celtics), born in Sandersville, Georgia
  • 1971 Jan Pardavy, hockey forward (Team Slovakia)
  • 1972 Trent McCleary, Canadian NHL right wing (Ottawa Senators), born in Swift Current, Canada
  • 1972 Markus Babbel, German football player and coach, born in Munich, West Germany
  • 1973 Khamis Al-Owairan, Saudi Arabian soccer midfielder (105 caps), born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • 1973 Khamis Al-Dossari, Saudi Arabian soccer midfielder (105 caps; Al-Hilal, Al Ittihad), born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (d. 2020)
  • 1974 Braulio Luna, Mexican soccer midfielder (32 caps; San Luis), born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • 1975 Elena Likhovtseva, Russian tennis player, born in Alma-Ata, Soviet Union
  • 1975 John Thomas, American NBA forward (Boston Celtics), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • 1975 Lee Eul-Yong, South Korean footballer, born in Taebaek, South Korea
  • 1976 Sjeng Schalken, Dutch tennis player, born in Weert, Netherlands
  • 1976 Gerald Drummond, Costa Rican footballer, born in Limón, Costa Rica
  • 1976 Jervis Drummond, Costa Rican footballer, born in Limón, Costa Rica
  • 1977 Maria Helena Selin, Finnish ice hockey right wing (Finland, Olympics 1998), born in Helsinki, Finland
  • 1978 Gerard Autet, Spanish footballer, born in Manlleu, Spain
  • 1978 Gil Meche, American baseball player, born in Lafayette, Louisiana
  • 1980 Teruyuki Moniwa, Japanese footballer, born in Atsugi, Kanagawa, Japan
  • 1981 Morten Gamst Pedersen, Norwegian footballer (Tromsø), born in Vadsø, Norway
  • 1982 Marian Cozma, Romanian handball player (Romania 60 caps), born in Bucharest, Romania (d. 2009)
  • 1983 Wali Lundy, American NFL football player, born in New Brunswick, New Jersey
  • 1983 Diego Benaglio, Swiss-Italian footballer, born in Zürich, Switzerland
  • 1983 Chris Judd, Australian rules football player, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1983 Will Blalock, American basketball player, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1984 Vitaly Petrov, Russian racing driver (Renault F1 Team in 2010), born in Vyborg, Soviet Union
  • 1984 Peter Whittingham, English footballer, born in Nuneaton, England
  • 1986 João Moutinho, Portuguese footballer, born in Barreiro, Portugal
  • 1986 Matt Grothe, American football player, born in Lakeland, Florida

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1987 Alexandre Bilodeau, Canadian freestyle skier (Gold in 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics), born in Montreal, Quebec

Two Time Olympic Gold Medalist Alexandre Bilodeau
Two Time Olympic Gold Medalist
Alexandre Bilodeau
  • 1988 Arrelious Benn, American football wide receiver, born in Washington, D. C.
  • 1990 Matt Barkley, American NFL football quarterback (Buffalo Bills), born in Newport Beach, California