Birthdays in Sport on January 31

  • 1866 Henry Forster, cricketer (Oxford blue 1887-89, later Aust Gov-General)
  • 1889 F R Foster, cricketer (330 runs & 45 wickets for England)
  • 1908 René Simone Mathieu, French doubles tennis star (Wimbledon 1934)

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1913 Don Hutson, American football player and the first NFL wide receiver (Green Bay Packers), born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas (d. 1997)

First Wide Receiver in NFL History Don Hutson
First Wide Receiver in NFL History
Don Hutson
  • 1913 Wayne Millner, NFL end (Boston/Washington Redskins)

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1914 Jersey Joe Walcott, American heavyweight boxing champion (1951-52), born in Merchantville, New Jersey (d. 1994)

World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jersey Joe
World Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jersey Joe
  • 1916 Frank A Parker, tennis champ (US Open-1944)

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1919 Jackie Robinson, 1st African American major league baseball player (Dodgers), born in Cairo, Georgia (d. 1972)

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson
  • 1920 Bert Williams, English footballer (Wolverhampton, 30 caps), born in Bradley, Staffordshire (d. 2014)
  • 1926 Tom Alston, American baseball player (d. 1993)
  • 1930 Joakim Bonnier, Swedish racecar driver (d. 1972)
  • 1931 Bill Watson, cricketer (NSW & Australian opening batsman mid-50s)
  • 1931 Christopher Chataway, British MP/athlete (world record 5k)

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1931 Ernie Banks, "Mr Cub" Chicago Cubs, Hall-of-Famer (short stop/1st baseman), born in Dallas, Texas

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks
  • 1934 Brian Bolus, cricketer (England opening batsman early 60's)
  • 1941 Sharon Miller, LPGA golfer
  • 1944 John Inverarity, cricketer (Australian batsman 1968-72)
  • 1946 Subroto Guha, cricketer (right arm swing bowler for India 1967-69)

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1947 Nolan Ryan American MLB pitcher (Mets, Angels, Astros) (7 no-hitters, 5,714 Ks), born in Refugio, Texas

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • 1949 Johan Derksen, Dutch footballer and sports journalist
  • 1954 Sheik Faoud Ahamul Bacchus, cricketer (West Indian bat late 70's)

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1955 Virginia Ruzici, Romanian tennis star (1978 French Open champion), born in Campia Turzii, Romania

Tennis Player and French Open Champion Virginia Ruzici
Tennis Player and French Open Champion
Virginia Ruzici
  • 1957 Shirley F Babashoff, California, swimmer (Olympics-6 silver/2 gold-72, 76)
  • 1958 Rafael Santana, shortstop (NY Mets, NY Yankees)
  • 1959 Kelly Moore, American stock car driver
  • 1960 Elaine Roque, American beach volleyballer (Olympics-96), born in Santa Monica California
  • 1964 Oto Hascak, hockey forward (Team Slovakia 1998)
  • 1964 Remi Bouchard, Lasalle Que, Canadian Tour golfer (1989 India Open)
  • 1964 Sharon Cain, team handball center back (Olympics-1996), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1965 Adam Johnson, beach volleyballer (Olympics-96), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1965 Bobby Dollas, NHL defenseman (Anaheim Mighty Ducks), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1965 Kim Clarke, team handball back court (Olympics-88, 92, 96), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1965 René Trost, Dutch soccer player (Roda JC)
  • 1966 Charles Dimry, NFL cornerback (Tampa Bay Bucs, Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1966 Jamie Taras, CFL guard (BC Lions)
  • 1968 Doug Pederson, NFL quarterback (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • 1968 Michael Sinclair, NFL defensive end (Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1968 Steve Phoenix, US baseball pitcher (Oakland Athletics)
  • 1968 Patrick Stevens, Belgian athlete
  • 1969 Mathew Pallister, Australian canoeist (Olympics-96), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1970 Greg Skrepenak, NFL tackle (Oakland Raiders, Carolina Panthers)
  • 1970 Travis Hannah, NFL/WLAF receiver (Houston Oilers, Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • 1970 Minnie Driver, British actress and singer-songwriter (Good Will Hunting, The Riches), born in London, England
  • 1971 Corey Holliday, NFL wide receiver (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1971 Dimitris Markos, Greek footballer
  • 1972 Ben Cavil, guard (Baltimore Ravens)
  • 1972 Fritz Fequiere, WLAF guard (Barcelona Dragons, London Monarchs)
  • 1972 Marvin Coleman, CFL defensive back (Calgary Stampeders)
  • 1972 Pulu Poumele, guard (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1972 Reinier Robbemond, Dutch soccer player (Dordrecht '90)
  • 1973 Latario Rachal, WLAF/NFL receiver (Amsterdam Admirals, San Diego Chargers)
  • 1974 Bob Mulder, soccer player (Appingedam, FC Groningen)
  • 1974 Lorenzo Styles, NFL linebacker (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1974 Othella Harrington, NBA forward (Houston Rockets)
  • 1974 Pavi Sald, ice hockey defenseman (Finland, Oly-98)
  • 1974 Tory Toogood, Australian rower (Olympics-96)
  • 1974 Ariel Pestano, Cuban baseball player
  • 1975 Kenard Lang, defensive end (Washington Redskins)
  • 1976 Traianos Dellas, Greek footballer
  • 1976 Buddy Rice, American race car driver, born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1978 Fabián Caballero, Argentine footballer
  • 1981 Julio Arca, Argentinian football player
  • 1982 Yuniesky Betancourt, Major League Baseball shortstop
  • 1982 Andreas Görlitz, German football player
  • 1982 Brad Thompson, Major League Baseball player
  • 1983 Tom Vangeneugden, Belgian swimmer
  • 1984 Jeremy Wariner, American 400m runner
  • 1984 Vernon Davis, NFL player
  • 1985 Adam Federici, Australian footballer
  • 1985 Mario Williams, NFL player
  • 1986 Yves Makabu-Makalambay, Belgian football goalkeeper