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 player, born in Marshalltown, Iowa (d. 1922)
  • 1903 Morgan Taylor, American athlete (Olympic 1924), born in Sioux City, Iowa (d. 1975)
  • 1904 Naoomal Jeoomal, Indian cricketer (pioneer Indian Test opening batsman), born in Karachi, British India (d. 1980)
  • 1911 Mikhail Botvinnik, Russian world chess champion (1948-63), born in Repino, Russia (d. 1995)
  • 1923 Solly Hemus, American baseball player, born in Phoenix, Arizona (d. 2017)
  • 1926 Gerry McNeil, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2004)
  • 1931 John Bartlett, tennis player (Davis Cup capt-Britain)
  • 1946 Clare Francis, yachtswoman/novelist (Come Hell or High Water)
  • 1947 Tsutomu Wakamatsu, Japanese baseball player
  • 1949 Heini Hemmi, Swiss giant slalom (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1950 Bruce McNall, American former NHL team owner
  • 1954 Riccardo Patrese, driver (Grand Prix)
  • 1960 Michael Whitaker, showjumper
  • 1961 Boomer Esiason, West Islip, New York, American NFL quarterback (NY Jets, Cincinnati Bengals)
  • 1961 Norman Cowans, cricketer (England fast bowler in 19 Tests 1982-85)
  • 1962 Nancy Hogshead, swimmer (Olympic gold 1984)/model (jockey), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • 1964 Ken Daneyko, Windsor, NHL defenseman (NJ Devils)
  • 1966 Susie Redman, LPGA golfer (1995 Nabisco Dinah Shore-2nd), born in Salem, Ohio
  • 1967 Aaron Wallace, NFL defensive end/linebacker (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1967 Marquis Grisom, outfielder (Atlanta Braves, Cleveland Indians), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1967 Marquis Grissom, American baseball player
  • 1968 Ritchie Woodhall, boxer
  • 1968 Roger Twose, cricketer (Warwickshire batsman, New Zealand 1995)
  • 1970 Tony Sacca, WLAF quarterback (Barcelona Dragons)
  • 1971 David Oliver, Sechelt, NHL right wing (Edmonton Oilers)
  • 1972 Benjamin Dodwell, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • 1972 Gordon Laro, NFL tight end (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1972 Keith Lyle, safety (St Louis Rams)
  • 1972 Muttiah Muralitharan, cricketer (leading Sri Lankan Test off-spinner)
  • 1972 Tony Boselli, NFL offensive tackle (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1972 Jarkko Wiss, Finnish Footballer
  • 1972 Gary Bennett, American baseball player
  • 1973 Brett Maher, Adelaide SA Australia, basketball guard (Olympics 1996)
  • 1973 Gene Makowsky, CFL offensive linebacker (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • 1973 Jeff Lewis, NFL quarterback (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1973 Kenneth Carlsen, Danish tennis star
  • 1973 Ross Aloisi, Australian soccer midfielder (Olyroos, Olympics 1996)
  • 1973 Theo Ratliff, NBA forward/center (Detroit Pistons, Philadelphia 76ers)
  • 1973 Kaihō Ryōji, Japanese sumo wrestler
  • 1974 James Hamilton, linebacker (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1974 Marcel Nijenhuis, soccer player (NEC)
  • 1975 Trifun Zivanovic, Santa Monica, figure skater (1995 Pac Coast Jr champ)
  • 1977 Pascal de Vries, soccer player (FC Twente)
  • 1978 Jason White, Scottish rugby player
  • 1980 Curtis Woodhouse, English footballer/boxer
  • 1980 Lee Hyun-il, South Korean badminton player
  • 1981 Ryan Raburn, American baseball player
  • 1982 Brad Boyes, Canadian hockey player
  • 1983 Stanislav Chistov, Russian hockey player
  • 1983 Roberto Jimenez, Peruvian football player
  • 1985 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, French tennis player
  • 1990 Jonathan Brown, Welsh footballer