Birthdays in Sport on January 12

  • 1860 Henry Larkin, American baseball player (d. 1942)
  • 1873 Spiridon Louis, Greek marathon runner (d. 1940)
  • 1879 Ray Harroun, American race car driver (d. 1968)
  • 1921 John Henry Davis Jr, weightlifter (Olym-gold-1948, 52), born in Smithtown, New York
  • 1925 Ralph Legall, cricket wicket-keeper (WI v India 1954)

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1930 Tim Horton, Canadian ice hockey player and co-founder of Tim Hortons, born in Cochrane, Ontario (d. 1974)

NHL Star and Businessman Tim Horton
NHL Star and Businessman
Tim Horton
  • 1934 Burdette Haldorson, US, basketball player (Olympic-gold-1956, 60)
  • 1934 Mick Sullivan, English rugby league footballer
  • 1940 Dick Motz, cricketer (1st NZer to take 100 Test wickets)

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1944 Joe Frazier, American heavyweight boxing champion (1968-73, Olympic gold 1964), born in Beaufort, South Carolina (d. 2011)

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Joe Frazier
  • 1947 Tom Dempsey, NFL record-holder (longest field goal, 63 yards)
  • 1948 Kenny Allen, English footballer
  • 1949 Ottmar Hitzfeld, German football manager
  • 1951 Bill Madlock, 4X NL batting champ (Chicago Cubs)
  • 1951 Drew Pearson, former NFL all-pro receiver
  • 1955 Patty Hayes, LPGA golfer
  • 1958 Curt Fraser, American ice hockey coach
  • 1960 Dominique Wilkins, NBA forward (Atlanta Hawks)
  • 1960 Rob Derksen, Australian baseball head coach (Olympics-1996)
  • 1961 Andrea Carnevale, soccer player (Napoli)
  • 1962 Richie Richardson, West Indies cricketer (elegant West Indian batsman 1983-95), born in Five Islands Village, Antigua and Barbuda
  • 1964 Laura Gildemeister, Argentina, tennis star
  • 1965 Henry Thomas, defensive tackle (Detroit Lions, New England Patriots)
  • 1966 Craig Parry, Sunshine VIC, Australian golfer
  • 1966 Linda Ferrando, Italy, tennis star
  • 1967 Marco Boogers, Dutch soccer player (RKC, Sparta, West Ham United)
  • 1967 Mike Simms, Whittier CA, outfielder (Houston Astros)
  • 1967 Ulf Dahlen, Ostersund SWE, NHL forward (Team Sweden, San Jose)
  • 1967 Vendela [Kirsebom], model (Sports Illustrated 1993), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1968 Vince Buck, NFL safety (New Orleans Saints)
  • 1968 Mauro Silva, Brazilian footballer
  • 1969 Cam Russell, Halifax, NHL defenseman (Chicago Blackhawks)
  • 1969 Robert Prosinečki, Croatian footballer
  • 1970 Jenny Griffith, WPVA volleyballer (National-13th-1995), born in Burbank, California
  • 1970 Nigel Wilson, Canadian/US baseball outfielder (Florida Marlins)
  • 1970 Takahiro Ikenoue, WLAF defensive linebacker (Rhein Fire)
  • 1971 Andy Fox, infielder (NY Yankees), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1971 Oscar Sturgis, NFL defensive end (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1971 Scott Burrell, NBA guard/forward (Chicago Bulls, Charlotte Hornets)
  • 1971 Shane Dronett, NFL defensive end (Atlanta Falcons, Denver Broncos)
  • 1972 Dominique Ross, NFL running back (Dallas Cowboys)

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1974 Melanie Chisholm, English singer "Sporty Spice" (Spice Girls), born in Whiston, England

Singer-Songwriter Mel C
Singer-Songwriter
Mel C
  • 1975 Jocelyn Thibault, NHL goalie (Montreal Canadiens), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1977 Sara Walsh, South Bend In, fencer-foil (Olympics-96)
  • 1977 Dominic Etli, American soccer player
  • 1977 Yoandy Garlobo, Cuban baseball player
  • 1977 Cade McNown, American football player
  • 1978 Bonaventure Kalou, Ivorian footballer
  • 1978 Luis Ayala, Mexican baseball pitcher
  • 1979 Jenny Schmidgall, ice hockey forward (USA, Oly-98)
  • 1979 Grzegorz Rasiak, Polish footballer
  • 1980 Bobby Crosby, American baseball player
  • 1981 Dan Klecko, American football player
  • 1982 Sherzod Abdurahmonov, Uzbekistanian boxer
  • 1982 Paul-Henri Mathieu, French tennis player
  • 1982 Dimitrios Tsiamis, Greek triple jumper
  • 1982 Hans Van Alphen, Belgian decathlete
  • 1982 Chris Ray, American baseball player
  • 1982 Dontrelle Willis, American baseball player
  • 1984 Scott Olsen, American baseball player
  • 1985 Artem Milevskiy, Ukrainian footballer
  • 1986 Miguel Ángel Nieto, Spanish footballer
  • 1987 Salvatore Sirigu, Italian footballer
  • 1988 Chris Casement, Irish footballer