Birthdays in Sport on January 17

  • 1733 Thomas Linley the elder, English composer and tenor, born in Badminton, Gloucestershire (d. 1795)

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1882 Arnold Rothstein, American gambler and mobster (fixed 1919 World Series), born in NYC, New York (d, 1928)

Businessman, Gambler, and Mobster Arnold Rothstein
Businessman, Gambler, and Mobster
Arnold Rothstein
  • 1903 Warren Hull, Gasport NY, actor (Strike it Rich, Who in the World)
  • 1905 Guillermo Stábile, Argentine footballer (d. 1966)
  • 1905 Ray Cunningham, American baseball player (d. 2005)
  • 1908 Cus D'Amato, American boxing manager (d. 1985)
  • 1913 Yuvraj of Patiala, cricketer (scored 24 & 60 in only Test India v Eng)
  • 1925 A H Kardar, cricketer (Pak 1st Test capt, prev played for India)
  • 1926 Clyde Walcott, cricketer (one of the three W's, later ICC chairman)
  • 1928 Ken Archer, cricketer (Australian batsman, 5 Tests early 50s)
  • 1929 Jacques "Jake the Snake" Plante, Canadian NHL goaltender (#1), born in Notre-Dame-du-Mont-Carmel, Quebec (d. 1986)

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1929 Jacques Plante, Canadian Ice Hockey goalie who was the first to wear a goaltender mask, born in Notre-Dame-du-Mont-Carmel, Quebec (d. 1986)

NHL Goalie Jacques Plante
NHL Goalie
Jacques Plante
  • 1930 Eddie LeBaron, American football player, born in San Rafael, California
  • 1931 Don Zimmer, American baseball coach, born in Cincinnati, Ohio, (d. 2014)
  • 1935 Jimmy Powell, PGA golfer (1990 Southwestern Bell Classic), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1939 Antao D'Souza, cricketer (Pakistani pace bowler in six Tests 1959-62)
  • 1939 Toini Gustafson, Swedish 5K/10K cross country skier (Oly-gold-1968)
  • 1940 H Kipchoge "Kip" Keino, Kenya, 1500m runner (Olympic gold 1968, 72)

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1942 Muhammad Ali [Cassius Clay], American world heavyweight boxing champion (1964-7 74-8), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 2016)

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • 1947 Gail Toushin, LPGA golfer
  • 1951 Rolando Thoeni, Italian slalom (Olympic bronze 1972)
  • 1952 Darrell Porter, American baseball player (d. 2002)
  • 1954 Janet Dykman, Monterey Park California, archer (Olympics-1996)
  • 1957 Donna Stone, NJ, fencer-epee (Olympics-96)
  • 1957 Michel Vaarten, Belgian cyclist
  • 1960 Chili Davis, Kingston Jamacia, outfielder (California Angels)
  • 1964 Jeff Tabaka, US baseball pitcher (San Diego Padres)
  • 1965 Nikos Nioplias, Greek footballer
  • 1965 Sylvain Turgeon, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1966 Anna Ivan, La Joltennis star, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1966 Don Myrah, cyclist (Olympics-20th-96), born in Oakland, California
  • 1966 Trish Johnson, Bristol England, LPGA golfer (1993 Las Vegas)
  • 1967 Gregory Caccia, Bayshore NY, team handball right back (Olympics-1996)
  • 1967 William Michael Heinen Jr, Rayne LA, PGA golfer (1994 Shell Houston)
  • 1968 Svetlana Masterkova, Russian athlete
  • 1970 Candace Murray, softball shortstop (Olympics-96), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1970 Darnell Walker, NFL cornerback (Atlanta Falcons, SF 49ers)
  • 1970 Jeremy Roenick, NHL center (Team USA, Blackhawks, Coyotes), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1971 Derek Plante, Cloquet, NHL center (Buffalo Sabres)
  • 1971 Peter Winter, Australian decathlete (Olympics-96)
  • 1971 Tyler Houston, US baseball catcher (Atlanta Braves)
  • 1971 Richard Burns, English rally driver (d. 2005)
  • 1971 Ann Wolfe, female boxer
  • 1972 Rohn Meyer, CFL offensive linebacker (Calgary Stampeders)
  • 1972 Wendall Gaines, NFL tight end (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1973 CuauhtĂ©moc Blanco, Mexican footballer
  • 1973 Liz Ellis, Australian netball captain
  • 1974 Derrick Mason, wide receiver (Tennessee Oilers)
  • 1974 Guillermo Mercedes, Dominican/US baseball infielder (Texas Rangers)
  • 1974 Marcus Spriggs, offensive tackle (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1974 Sharon Marie Ferris, New Zealand sailor (Olympics-96)
  • 1974 Yang Chen, Chinese footballer
  • 1977 Ali el Kattabi, soccer player (Sparta)
  • 1981 Warren Feeney, Northern Irish footballer
  • 1982 Dwyane Wade, American basketball player (Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1983 Alvaro Arbeloa, Spanish Footballer
  • 1983 Rick Kelly, Australian racing driver
  • 1983 Johannes Herber, German basketball player