Birthdays in Sport on December 17

  • 1881 Aubrey Faulkner, cricketer (great South African all-rounder early 20th cent)
  • 1892 Sam Barry, American basketball coach (d. 1950)
  • 1910 Keki Tarapore, Indian cricketer (0-72 in his only Test for India), born in Bombay, India (d. 1986)
  • 1914 Mushtaq Ali, cricketer (prolific Indian batsman of 30's & 40's)
  • 1926 Ray Jablonski, American baseball player (d. 1985)
  • 1933 Bruce Morrison, cricketer (one Test NZ v England 1963)
  • 1934 Ray Wilson, English footballer
  • 1935 Cal Ripken Sr, American MLB manager (Baltimore Orioles), born in Aberdeen, Maryland (d. 1999)
  • 1936 Roland Sheldon, pitcher (NY Yankees)
  • 1944 Ference Bene, Hungarian record 12 soccer goals (Olympic gold 1964)
  • 1946 Albert Padmore, cricketer (WI off-spinner mid-70s)
  • 1949 Sotiris Kaiafas, Cypriot footballer
  • 1951 Tatyana Kazankina, USSR, middle distance runner (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1957 Bob Ojeda, pitcher (NY Mets)
  • 1959 Michelle Mackall, LPGA golfer (1995 Friendly's-32nd), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1959 Tammie Green, American golfer (du Maurier Classic 1989), born in Somerset Ohio
  • 1960 Moreno Argentin, Italian cyclist
  • 1962 Rocco Anthony Mediate, PGA golfer (1991 Doral-Ryder), born in Greensburg, Pennsylvania
  • 1962 Paul Dobson, English footballer
  • 1964 Frank Musil, Pardubice Cze, NHL defenseman (Ottawa Senators)
  • 1964 Joe Wolf, NBA forward/center (Orlando Magic, Denver Nuggets)
  • 1964 Tyrone Braxton, NFL safety (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1964 Michele Tafoya, American sportscaster
  • 1965 Craig Berube, Calahoo, NHL left wing (Washington Capitals)
  • 1965 Jeff Grayer, NBA guard (Charlotte Hornets, Olympic bronze 1988)
  • 1965 Scott Edward Gump, American PGA golfer (1991 International-2nd), born in Rockledge, Florida
  • 1966 Hans Visser, Dutch soccer player (MVV, FC Utrecht)
  • 1966 Valeri Liukin, Soviet gymnast
  • 1967 Alan Nolet, gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1967 Pauline Maurice, Welland Ontario, softball outfielder (Olympics 1996)
  • 1967 Vincent Damphousse, NHL center (Montreal Canadiens), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1968 Curtis Pride, outfielder (Detroit Tigers), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1968 Jeff[rey] Klepacki, Kearny NJ, rower (Olympics 1992, 96)
  • 1969 Dean Wilson, Kaneohe Hawaii, golfer (1991 Western Athletic)
  • 1969 Marc Davis, Oceanside California, 3K steeplechase runner (Goodwill-gold-94)
  • 1969 Marty Carter, NFL safety (Chicago Bears)
  • 1969 Rob Maas, Dutch soccer player (Feyenoord)
  • 1969 Scott Player, WLAF punter (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • 1970 Earl Dotson, NFL tackle (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • 1970 Michael Mols, soccer player (FC Twente)
  • 1971 Alyson Habetz, Crowley LA, female pitcher (Colo Silver Bullets)
  • 1971 Carl Reeves, NFL defensive end (Chicago Bears)
  • 1971 Mark Byers, WLAF linebacker (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • 1971 Nikki McCray, Collierville Tenn, basketball guard (Olympic gold 1996)
  • 1971 Sari Kristiina Fisk, ice hockey defenseman (Finland, Olympics 1998)
  • 1971 Tony Richardson, NFL fullback (KC Chiefs)
  • 1971 Antoine Rigaudeau, French basketball player
  • 1972 Brian Williams, NFL linebacker (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • 1972 Dewayne Washington, cornerback (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1972 Don Davis, linebacker (New Orleans Saints)
  • 1972 Ivan Pedroso, Cuba, long jumper (Olympic 4th 1992)
  • 1973 Paula Radcliffe, English runner
  • 1975 Nick Farrell, boxer (Olympics 1996), born in East York, Ontario
  • 1976 Nir Davidovich, Israeli footballer
  • 1976 Patrick Müller, Swiss footballer
  • 1976 Takeo Spikes, American football player
  • 1976 Andrew Simpson, Chertsey, Surrey, sailor (Olympic gold 2008), (d. 2013)
  • 1977 Arnaud Clement, French tennis player
  • 1978 Alex Cintrón, Puerto Rican baseball player

Person of interestManny Pacquiao

1978 Manny [Emmanuel Dapidran] Pacquiao, Filipino boxer (first ever eight-division world champion), born in Kibawe, Bukidnon, Philippines

  • 1978 Chase Utley, American baseball player
  • 1979 Matt Murley, American ice hockey player
  • 1980 Ryan Hunter-Reay, American race car driver
  • 1981 Emma Laaksonen, ice hockey defenseman (Finland, Olympics 1998)
  • 1982 Josh Barfield, American baseball player
  • 1982 Stephane Lasme, Gabonese basketball player
  • 1984 Andrew Davies, English footballer
  • 1998 Martin Odegaard, Norwegian footballer, youngest to play for Real Madrid, born in Drammen, Norway