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Birthdays in Sport on September 9

Person of interestFred Spofforth

1853 Fred Spofforth, Australian cricket fast bowler ("The Demon" - 18 Tests, 94 wickets @ 18.41), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1926)

Cricketer Fred Spofforth
Fred Spofforth
  • 1877 Frank Chance, American baseball player, manager and "Tinkers to Evers to Chance", born in Salida, California (d. 1924
  • 1882 Clem McCarthy, American sportscaster (d. 1962)
  • 1894 Bert Oldfield, Australian cricketer (d. 1976)
  • 1898 Frank "Fordham Flash" Frisch, American baseball player (NL MVP 1931), born in NYC, New York
  • 1899 Waite Hoyt, American baseball player (d. 1984)
  • 1904 Feroze Khan, Pakistani field hockey player (d. 2005)
  • 1908 John Haeton, American bobsled (Olympic silver 1928, 48)
  • 1918 Jimmy "the Greek" Snyder, sportscaster, LV bookmaker (The NFL Today; fired for racist remarks), born in Steubenville, Ohio (d. 1996)
  • 1924 Nino Bibbia, Italian bobsled (Olympic gold 1948)
  • 1924 Rik Van Steenbergen, Belgian cyclist (d. 2003)
  • 1937 Mikhail N Tai, Latvia, World chess champion (1960-61)
  • 1938 Richard Sharpe, English rugby player
  • 1939 Carlos Ortiz, Puerto Rican boxer
  • 1947 Lynn Fitzgerald, marathoner (ran 133 miles 939 yards in 24 hrs)
  • 1949 Joe Theismann, NFL quarterback (Redskins)/sportscaster

  • 1949 John Curry OBE, British figure skater (Olympic gold, World C'ship gold, European C'ship gold 1976), born in Birmingham, England (d. 1994)
  • 1954 Walter Paul Davis, American basketball player (Olympic gold 1976), born in Pineville, North Carolina
  • 1960 Christopher Sherratt White, New Zealand rower (Olympics 1996), born in Hamilton, New Zealand
  • 1960 Bob Stoops, American football coach
  • 1961 Jim Corsi, Newtonville MA, pitcher (Oakland A's)
  • 1962 Derek Kennard, NFL guard (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1962 Jack Trudeau, American NFL quarterback (Carolina Panthers), born in Forest Lake, Minnesota
  • 1963 Leslie Thompson, American cross country skier (Olympics 1994), born in Burlington, Vermont
  • 1964 Willie Broughton, American NFL defensive tackle (New Orleans Saints), born in Fort Pierce, Florida
  • 1965 Dan Majerle, American NBA guard (Miami Heat), born in Traverse City, Michigan
  • 1965 Marc Dunn, Canadian volleyball player (Olympics 1996), born in Kingston, Ontario
  • 1965 Todd Zeile, American baseball infielder (Philadelphia Phillies), born in Van Nuys, Los Angeles,
  • 1966 Alison Sydor, Canadian cyclist (Olympic silver 1996), born in Edmonton, Canada
  • 1966 Kevin Hatcher, American NHL defenseman (Team USA, Dallas, Pitts), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1966 Georg Hackl, German luger, born in West Germany
  • 1967 B. J. Armstrong, American basketball guard (Charlotte Hornets), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1968 Jon Drummond, American 4x400m runner (Olympic silver 1996), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1968 Thomas P. Auth, American rower (Olympics 1996), born in Orange, New Jersey
  • 1968 Clive Mendonca, English footballer, born in London, United Kingdom
  • 1969 Sean Rooks, American basketball center (LA Lakers), born in New York City, New York

  • 1970 Dan Miceli, American baseball pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1970 Joey Hamilton, American baseball pitcher (San Diego Padres), born in Statesboro, Georgia
  • 1970 Mike Faulkerson, American football fullback (Chicago Bears), born in Kingsport, Tennessee
  • 1971 Jill Sudduth, American synchronized swimmer (Olympic gold 1996), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1972 Ben Bronson, American football wide receiver (Detroit Lions), born in Jasper, Texas
  • 1972 Mike Hampton, American baseball pitcher (Houston Astros), born in Brooksville, Florida
  • 1972 Miriam Oremans, Dutch tennis player, born in Berlicum, Netherlands
  • 1973 Peter Scott, Australian canoeist (Olympics 1996), born in Newcastle, Australia
  • 1973 Todd McMillon, American football player (Saskatchewan Roughriders), born in Bellflower, California
  • 1973 Kazuhisa Ishii, Japanese baseball player, born in Chiba, Japan
  • 1974 Leah O'Brien, American softball player (Olympic gold 1996), born in Garden Grove, California
  • 1976 Mattias Ohlund, Swedish ice hockey player (Vancouver Canucks, Team Sweden 1998), born in Piteå, Sweden
  • 1976 Aki Riihilahti, Finnish footballer, born in Helsinki, Finland
  • 1978 Kurt Ainsworth, American baseball pitcher, born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • 1978 Shane Battier, American basketball player, born in Birmingham, Michigan
  • 1978 Mariano Puerta, Argentine tennis player, born in San Francisco, Argentina
  • 1980 Todd Coffey, American baseball player, born in Forest City, North Carolina
  • 1983 Kyle Davies, American baseball player, born in Decatur, Georgia
  • 1983 Edwin Jackson, American baseball pitcher, born in Neu-Ulm, Germany
  • 1983 Sam Hollenbach, American football quarterback, born in Doylestown, Pennsylvania
  • 1983 Cleveland Taylor, English-born Jamaican footballer, born in Leicester, United Kingdom
  • 1984 James Hildreth, English cricketer, born in Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

Person of interestLuka Modrić

1985 Luka Modrić, Croatian footballer (Real Madrid C.F.) and captain of Croatia, born in Zadar, Croatia, Yugoslavia

Footballer Luka Modrić
Luka Modrić
  • 1985 J.R. Smith, American basketball player, born in Freehold, New Jersey
  • 1986 Justice Chibhabha, Zimbabwean cricketer, born in Masvingo, Zimbabwe
  • 1986 Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Cameroonian basketball player, born in Yaounde, Cameroon
  • 1987 Alexandre Song, Cameroonian footballer, born in Douala, Cameroon
  • 1990 Shaun Johnson, New Zealand Rugby League halfback (Auckland Warriors, Cronulla Sharks), born in Auckland, NZ