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
  • 1937 Josef Panáček, Czech sport shooter (Olympic gold skeet 1976), born in Uherské Hradiště, Czech Republic (d. 2022)
  • 1938 Kenichi Horie, Japanese adventurer and solo yachtsman, born in Osaka, Japan
  • 1939 Carsten Keller, German field hockey player (Olympic gold 1972), born in Berlin
  • 1945 Rogie Vachon, Canadian NHL goalie (Canadiens, Kings, Vezina-1968), born in Quebec
  • 1946 L. C. Greenwood, American football player, born in Canton, Mississippi (d. 2013)
  • 1946 Ken Forsch, American MLB baseball pitcher, 1970-1986, 2X All-Star (Houston Astros, California Angels), born in Sacramento, California
  • 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)
  • 1952 Anthony Davis, American College Football Hall of Fame running back (USC; TB Buccaneers, Houston Oilers, LA Rams), born in Huntsville, Texas
  • 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, Spain
  • 1963 Gerald Williams, American 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
  • 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 Ján Pardavý, Slovak hockey forward (Team Slovakia), born in Trenčín, Czechoslovakia
  • 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

  • 1988 Arrelious Benn, American football wide receiver, born in Washington, D. C.
  • 1989 Gylfi Sigurdsson, Icelandic footballer (Everton, Iceland), born in Reykjavík, Iceland
  • 1990 Matt Barkley, American NFL football quarterback (Buffalo Bills), born in Newport Beach, California
  • 1990 Gerrit Cole, American MLB player (NY Yankees), born in Newport Beach, California
  • 1990 Matthew Dellavedova, Australian basketball player (Cleveland Cavaliers), born in Maryborough, Australia
  • 1990 Jos Buttler, English cricket wicketkeeper (HS 152; Somerset CCC, Lancashire CCC, Rajasthan Royals, Sydney Thunder), born in Taunton, England
  • 1994 Bruno Fernandes, Portuguese football player (Manchester United, Portugal), born in Maia, Portugal