On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on August 17

  • 1878 Reggie Duff, Australian cricket batsman (23 Tests; 104 on debut), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1911)
  • 1880 Percy Sherwell, South African cricketer (great South African batsman-keeper-captain), born in Isipingo, Natal (d. 1948)
  • 1913 Rudy York, American baseball player (Detroit Tigers), born in Ragland, Alabama (d. 1970)
  • 1913 Oscar Alfredo Gálvez, Argentine racing driver (d. 1989)
  • 1922 Roy Tattersall, English cricketer (brilliant England off-spinner early 50's), born in Bolton, England (d. 2011)
  • 1926 Hakon Barfod, Norwegian sailor (Olympic gold 1948, 52), born in Oslo, Norway (d. 2013)
  • 1933 Kenny Sears, American NBA player (NY Knicks), born in Watsonville, California (d. 2017)
  • 1933 Boyd Grant, American college basketball coach (PCAA Coach of the Year 1978, 81, 82; Fresno State, Colorado State), born in American Falls, Idaho (d. 2020)
  • 1940 Thomas Williams, American ice hockey player (Olympic gold 1960)
  • 1941 Boog Powell, American baseball player (AL MVP 1970), born in Lakeland, Florida
  • 1943 Yukio Kasaya, Japanese ski jumper (Olympic gold 1972), born in Yoichi, Japan
  • 1946 Hans Vandenburg, Dutch singer/guitarist (Gruppo Sportivo)
  • 1951 Alan Minter, English boxer (world middleweight champion 1980), born in Crawley, England (d. 2020)

Person of interestGuillermo Vilas

1952 Guillermo Vilas, Argentine tennis player (4-time Grand Slam winner), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Guillermo Vilas
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Guillermo Vilas
  • 1952 Nelson Piquet, Brazilian auto racer, 3-time Formula One champ (1981, '83, '87), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1953 Kevin Rowlands, British rock vocalist (Dexy's Midnight Runners-Come on Eileen), born in Wednesfield, England

  • 1956 Álvaro Pino, Spanish cyclist, born in Ponteareas, Spain
  • 1957 Robin Cousins, British figure skater (Olympic gold 1980), born in Bristol, England
  • 1960 Johnny Bumphus, American boxer (WBA super lightweight title 1984), born in Tacoma, Washington (d. 2020)
  • 1961 Jamie Macoun, Canadian NHL defenceman (Toronto Maple Leafs), born in Newmarket, Ontario
  • 1963 Jon Gruden, American NFL coach (Super Bowl 2002, Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Oakland Raiders) and broadcaster (ESPN), born in Sandusky, Ohio
  • 1965 Dottie Mochrie Pepper, American golfer (ANA Inspiration 1992, 99), born in Saratoga Springs, New York
  • 1965 Fred Grim, Dutch soccer player (Cambuur L, Ajax), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 1966 Cedric Figaro, American football linebacker (Amsterdam Admirals), born in Lafayette, Louisiana
  • 1966 Zefross Moss, American NFL tackle (Detroit Lions, NE Patriots), born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • 1966 Rodney Mullen, American professional skateboarder, born in Gainesville, Florida
  • 1966 Don Sweeney, Canadian ice hockey player, born in St. Stephen, New Brunswick
  • 1967 Kenny Davidson, NFL defensive end (Houston Oilers), born in Shrevesport, Louisiana
  • 1967 Nelson Emerson, Canadian NHL right wing (Hartford Whalers), born in Hamilton, Ontario
  • 1968 Ed McCaffrey, NFL wide receiver (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania
  • 1969 Christian Laettner, American NBA forward/center (Atlanta Hawks, Olympic gold 1992), born in Angola, New York
  • 1969 Ed Cunningham, NFL center (Arizona Cardinals) and sports announcer, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1969 Maria Strandlund, Swedish tennis star (1987 Futures NOR), born in Akersberga Sweden
  • 1970 Bernard Wilson, American NFL defensive tackle (Arizona Cardinals), born in Nasville, Tennessee
  • 1970 Jim Courier, American tennis player, analyst (4-time Grand Slam singles winner), born in Sanford, Florida
  • 1970 Øyvind Leonhardsen, Norwegian footballer, born in Kristiansund, Norway

  • 1971 Jorge Posada, Puerto Rican baseball catcher (5-time MLB All Star and Silver Slugger Award; NY Yankees), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 1972 Habibul Bashar, Bangladeshi cricketer (Captain of national side), born in Nagakanda, Bangladesh
  • 1973 A J Wood, American soccer forward (Olympic gold 1996), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1975 İlhan Mansız, German born Turkish footballer and ice skater, born in Kempten, West Germany
  • 1977 William Gallas, French footballer, born in Asnières-sur-Seine, France
  • 1977 Nathan Deakes, Australian race walker (2006 world record), born in Geelong, Australia
  • 1977 Thierry Henry, French footballer and manager (Arsenal), born in Les Ulis, France
  • 1979 Antwaan Randle El, American football player and coach, born in Riverdale, Illinois
  • 1980 Jan Kromkamp, Dutch footballer, born in Makkinga, Netherlands
  • 1980 Keith Dabengwa, Zimbabwean cricketer, born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
  • 1982 Phil Jagielka, English footballer (Sheffield United), born in Sale, England
  • 1983 Dustin Pedroia, American baseball player (Boston Red Sox), born in Woodland, California
  • 1984 Dee Brown, American basketball player (2005 Sporting News National Player of the Year), born in Jackson, Mississippi
  • 1986 Rudy Gay, American basketball player, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1986 Tyrus Thomas, American basketball player, born in Batton, Rouge, Louisiana