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Birthdays in Sport on April 17

Person of interestAlexander Cartwright

1820 Alexander Cartwright, American sportsman (recognized as inventor of modern baseball), born in NYC, New York (d. 1892)

Inventor of Modern Baseball Alexander Cartwright
Inventor of Modern Baseball
Alexander Cartwright
  • 1852 Cap Anson, American Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman and manager (NL batting champion 1881, 88; 8 × NL RBI leader; Chicago White Stockings / Colts), born in Marshalltown, Iowa (d. 1922)
  • 1903 Morgan Taylor, American athlete (Olympic gold 400m hurdles 1924; bronze 1928, 32), born in Sioux City, Iowa (d. 1975)
  • 1904 Naoomal Jeoomal, Indian cricketer (pioneer Indian Test opening batsman), born in Karachi, British India (d. 1980)
  • 1905 Herb Joesting, College Football Hall of Fame halfback/fullback (Uni of Minnesota; Chicago Bears), born in Little Falls, Minnesota (d. 1963)
  • 1911 Mikhail Botvinnik, Russian world chess champion (1948-63), born in Repino, Russia (d. 1995)
  • 1915 Joe Foss, American fighter ace, football executive (Medal of Honor-1943; first commissioner American Football League) and politician, born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota (d. 2003)
  • 1923 Solly Hemus, American baseball player, born in Phoenix, Arizona (d. 2017)
  • 1926 Gerry McNeil, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada (d. 2004)
  • 1931 John Bartlett, Australian tennis player (Davis Cup capt-Britain), born in Woonona, New South Wales
  • 1938 Ian Buxton, English football forward (Derby County) and cricket all-rounder (Derbyshire captain), born in Cromford, Derbyshire (d. 2010)
  • 1940 John McCririck, English horse racing broadcaster, born in Surbiton, England (d. 2019)
  • 1946 Clare Francis, British yachtswoman and novelist (Come Hell or High Water), born in Thames Ditton, Surrey
  • 1947 Tsutomu Wakamatsu, Japanese baseball player, born in Rumoi, Hokkaidō, Japan
  • 1950 Bruce McNall, American former NHL team owner, born in Arcadia, California
  • 1950 Kevin Porter, American basketball point guard (NBA assists leader 1975, 78-79, 81), born in Chicago, Illinois

  • 1954 Riccardo Patrese, Italian racing driver (Grand Prix), born in Padua, Italy
  • 1957 Dwane Casey, American basketball head coach (Detroit Pistons 2018-19; Toronto, Minnesota; NBA All-Star Game 2018), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1960 Michael Whitaker, British Olympic equestrian rider, born in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
  • 1961 Boomer Esiason, American NFL quarterback (NY Jets, Cincinnati Bengals), born in East Islip, New York
  • 1961 Norman Cowans, Jamaican cricketer (England fast bowler in 19 Tests 1982-85), born in St. Mary, Jamaica
  • 1962 Nancy Hogshead, American swimmer (Olympic gold 1984), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • 1964 Ken Daneyko, Canadian-American NHL defenseman (NJ Devils), born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada
  • 1967 Aaron Wallace, American NFL defensive end and linebacker (Oakland Raiders), born in Paris, Texas
  • 1967 Marquis Grissom, American baseball outfielder (MLB All-Star 1993, 94; World Series 1995; Gold Glove Award 1993–96; Montreal Expos, Atlanta Braves, Cleveland Indians), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1968 Richie Woodhall, British professional boxer, born in Telford, Shropshire, England
  • 1968 Roger Twose, English cricketer (Warwickshire batsman, New Zealand 1995), born in Torquay, England
  • 1971 David Oliver, Canadian NHL right wing (Edmonton Oilers), born in Sechelt, British Columbia, Canada
  • 1972 Benjamin Dodwell, Australian rower (Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1972 Gordon Laro, American NFL tight end (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Lynn, Massachusetts
  • 1972 Keith Lyle, American football safety (St Louis Rams), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1972 Muttiah Muralitharan, Sri Lankan cricketer (leading Sri Lankan Test off-spinner), born in Kandy, Ceylon
  • 1972 Tony Boselli, American NFL offensive tackle (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Modesto, California
  • 1972 Jarkko Wiss, Finnish footballer, born in Tampere, Finland
  • 1972 Gary Bennett, American baseball player, born in Waukegan, Illinois
  • 1973 Brett Maher, Australian basketball guard (Olympics 1996), born in Adelaide, South Australia

  • 1973 Gene Makowsky, Canadian football offensive linebacker (Saskatchewan Roughriders), born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • 1973 Jeff Lewis, American NFL quarterback (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1973 Kenneth Carlsen, Danish tennis star, born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 1973 Ross Aloisi, Australian soccer midfielder (Olyroos, Olympics 1996), born in Adelaide, South Australia
  • 1973 Theo Ratliff, American NBA forward and center (Detroit Pistons, Philadelphia 76ers), born in Demopolis, Alabama
  • 1973 Kaihō Ryōji, Japanese sumo wrestler, born in Aomori, Japan
  • 1974 James Hamilton, American football linebacker (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1974 Marcel Nijenhuis, Dutch soccer player (NEC), born in Heteren, Netherlands
  • 1975 Trifun Živanović, American-Serbian figure skater (1995 Pac Coast Jr champ), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1977 Pascal de Vries, Dutch soccer player (FC Twente), born in Hengelo, Netherlands
  • 1978 Jason White, Scottish rugby player, born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 1980 Curtis Woodhouse, English footballer and boxer, born in Beverley, England
  • 1980 Lee Hyun-il, South Korean badminton player, born in Seoul
  • 1981 Ryan Raburn, American baseball player, born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1982 Brad Boyes, Canadian hockey player, born in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
  • 1983 Stanislav Chistov, Russian ice hockey player, born in Chelyabinsk, Russia
  • 1983 Roberto Jiménez, Peruvian football player, born in Piura, Peru
  • 1985 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, French tennis player (Australian Open 2008 runner-up; Davis Cup 2017; Hopman Cup 2014), born in Le Mans, France
  • 1990 Jonathan Brown, Welsh footballer, born in Bridgend, Wales