Birthdays in Sport on August 17

  • 1878 Reg Duff, cricketer (Australian batsman, century on debut 1902)
  • 1880 Percy Sherwell, cricketer (great South African batsman-keeper-captain)
  • 1913 Rudy York, American baseball player (d. 1970)
  • 1913 Oscar Alfredo Gálvez, Argentine racing driver (d. 1989)
  • 1922 Roy Tattersall, cricketer (brilliant England off-spinner early 50's)
  • 1926 Haakon Barfod, Norwegian sailor (Olympic gold 1948, 52), (d. 2013)
  • 1933 Kenny Sears, American NBA player (NY Knicks), born in Watsonville, California (d. 2017)
  • 1934 Maureen Connally, champion tennis player (Wimbledon)
  • 1940 Thomas Williams, American ice hockey player (Olympic gold 1960)
  • 1941 Boog Powell, baseball player (AL MVP 1970)
  • 1943 Yukio Kasaya, Japan, 70m ski jumper (Olympic gold 1972)
  • 1946 Hans Vandenburg, Dutch singer/guitarist (Gruppo Sportivo)
  • 1951 Alan Minter, England, light-middleweight boxer (Olympic bronze 1972)

Person of interestGuillermo Vilas

1952 Guillermo Vilas, Argentinian tennis champion (US Open-1977), 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, auto racer, 3-time Formula One champ (1981, '83, '87), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1953 Kevin Rowlands, rock vocalist (Dexy's Midnight Runners-Come on Eileen)

  • 1956 Álvaro Pino, Spanish cyclist
  • 1957 Robin Cousins, English figure skater (Olympic gold 1980), born in Bristol
  • 1961 Jamie Macoun, Newmarket, NHL defenseman (Toronto Maple Leafs)
  • 1963 Jon Gruden, American NFL coach/broadcaster (Super Bowl XXXVII Tampa Bay 2002), born in Sandusky, Ohio
  • 1964 Pete McCutcheon, Canadian Tour golfer (1993 Quebec Open), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1965 Dottie Mochrie Pepper, American golfer (ANA Inspiration 1992, 99), born in Saratoga Springs, New York
  • 1965 Fred Grim, soccer player (Cambuur L, Ajax)
  • 1966 Cedric Figaro, WLAF linebacker (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 1966 Zefross Moss, NFL tackle (Detroit Lions, NE Patriots)
  • 1966 Rodney Mullen, American skateboarder
  • 1966 Don Sweeney, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1967 James Jenkins, NFL tight end (Washington Redskins)
  • 1967 Kenny Davidson, NFL defensive end (Houston Oilers)
  • 1967 Nelson Emerson, Hamilton, NHL right wing (Hartford Whalers)
  • 1968 Ed McCaffrey, NFL wide receiver (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1968 Vince Marrow, WLAF TE (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • 1969 Christian Laettner, NBA forward/center (Atlanta Hawks, Olympic gold 1992)
  • 1969 Ed Cunningham, NFL center (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1969 Maria Strandlund, Akersberga Sweden, tennis star (1987 Futures NOR)
  • 1970 Bernard Wilson, NFL defensive tackle (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1970 Brad Bretz, WLAF quarterback (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • 1970 Jim Courier, Sanford Florida, tennis champ (1990, 91 French)
  • 1970 Oyvind Leonhardsen, Norwegian footballer
  • 1971 Jorge Posada, Puerto Rican baseball player
  • 1972 Ernie Conwell, tight end (St Louis Rams)
  • 1972 Habibul Bashar, Bangladeshi cricketer
  • 1973 A J Wood, soccer forward (Olympic gold 1996), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1973 Kerry Mock, WLAF linebacker (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • 1973 Paul Wiggins, offensive linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1973 Tim Forsyth, Australian high jumper (Olympic bronze 1992, 96)
  • 1975 İlhan Mansız, Turkish footballer
  • 1977 William Gallas, French footballer
  • 1977 Nathan Deakes, Australian race walker
  • 1977 Thierry Henry, French footballer
  • 1979 Antwaan Randle El, American football player
  • 1980 Jan Kromkamp, Dutch footballer
  • 1980 Keith Dabengwa, Zimbabwean cricketer
  • 1982 Phil Jagielka, English footballer
  • 1983 Dustin Pedroia, American baseball player
  • 1984 Dee Brown, American basketball player
  • 1986 Rudy Gay, American basketball player
  • 1986 Tyrus Thomas, American basketball player