On This Day

Birthdays in Sport in January 1961

  • Jan 2 Craig James, American NFL running back and sports commentator (Pro Bowl 1985; New England Patriots; ABC, ESPN), born in Jacksonville, Texas
  • Jan 5 Curt Bader, American sprint kayaker (Olympics 1996), born in Bloomfield, Iowa
  • Jan 6 Howie Long, American NFL tackle/actor/broadcaster (Broken Arrow), born in Somerville, Massachusetts
  • Jan 8 Shoaib Mohammad, Pakistani cricketer (son of Hanif Patient & prolific batsman), born in Karachi, Pakistan
  • Jan 8 Calvin Smith, American athlete, born in Bolton, Mississippi
  • Jan 11 Paul Skansi, NFL wide receiver (Seattle Seahawk)
  • Jan 12 Andrea Carnevale, Italian soccer player (Napoli), born in Monte San Biagio, Italy
  • Jan 13 Kelly Hrudey, Canadian NHL goalie, 1983-98 (NY Islanders; LA Kings), and broadcaster, born Edmonton, Alberta
  • Jan 13 Kent Hull, NFL center (Buffalo Bills)
  • Jan 17 Maia Chiburdanidze, Soviet women's world chess champ, born in Kutaisi, USSR

Person of interestMark Messier

Jan 18 Mark Messier, Canadian NHL Center (Edmonton, NY Rangers), born in Edmonton, Alberta

NHL Legend Mark Messier
NHL Legend
Mark Messier
  • Jan 18 Peter Beardsley, English footballer, born in Hexham, United Kingdom
  • Jan 23 Trey Junkin, American football tight end (Arizona Cardinals), born in Conway, Arkansas
  • Jan 23 Fausto Gresini, Italian Grand Prix motorcycle racer (125cc World C'ship 1985, 87) and team manager (Aprilia Racing, Gresini MotoGP), born in Imola, Italy (d. 2021)
  • Jan 24 William Van Dijck, Belgian athlete, born in Leuven, Belgium

Person of interestWayne Gretzky

Jan 26 Wayne Gretzky, Canadian ice hockey hall of fame center (Stanley Cup 1984, 85, 87, 88; Hart Memorial Trophy [MVP] 1980–87, 89; Art Ross Trophy [scoring champion] 1981–87, 90, 91, 94; Edmonton Oilers, LA Kings), born in Brantford, Ontario

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • Jan 27 Jean-Paul Banos, Lavelanet France, Canada sabre (Olympic 9/10-88, 92, 96)
  • Jan 29 Mike Aldrete, American baseball infielder (Oakland Athletics, NY Yankees)
  • Jan 30 Ranjit Madurasinghe, Sri Lankan cricketer (3 Tests for Sri Lanka 1988-92), born in Kurunegala, Sri Lanka

About January 1961

How Old? 60 years old
Generation: Baby Boomer
Leap Year: No

Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Signs: Capricorn (Dec 22 - Jan 19), Aquarius (Jan 20 - Feb 18)