Today's sporting birthdays: Hobbs, Immelman, Garner

Sport360 staff 10:58 16/12/2016
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We look at the sporting superstars born December 16.

One of England cricket’s all-time greats, Sir Jack Hobbs would have turned 134 today. An absolute legend of the game, Hobbs is known for his extraordinary first-class record that may never be surpassed.

Spanning three decades, Hobbs’ first-class career saw him score 61,760 runs, most of which coming for Surrey and included 199 hundreds and 273 fifties.

A sensational right-hand batsman, Hobbs went down in history as one of the finest openers the game has seen.

“The Master” as he was popularly known ended with 5,410 runs in 61 Tests for England with 15 centuries and 28 fifties.

At 46 years, he is still the oldest man to score a Test century.

Other sport stars born on December 16

1913: Buddy Parker, Former football player in the NFL; coached Chicago Cardinals, Detroit Lions and Pittsburgh Steelers.

1979: Trevor Immelman (37), South African golfer, won first major championship at Masters Tournament, 2008.

1952: Joel Garner (64), Former West Indies’ fast bowler, stood at 6 ft 8 inch, known as “Big Bird”.

1952: Francesco Graziani (64), Former Italian footballer, was part of World-cup winning team in 1984. Later turned manager.

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