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Birthdays in Sport on December 23

Person of interestCy Denneny

1891 Cy Denneny, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame left wing (NHL leading scorer 1923-24), born in Farran's Point, Ontario (d. 1970)

NHL Star Cy Denneny
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Cy Denneny
  • 1894 Arthur Gilligan, English cricketer (England captain in 1920's)
  • 1909 Barney Ross, American Welterweight Boxing Champ (1934), born in NYC, New York
  • 1909 Don Cleverley, New Zealand cricketer (two Tests for NZ 1932 & 1946, took 0-130), born in Otago, New Zealand (d. 2004)
  • 1922 Micheline Ostermeyer, French shot-put/discus thrower (Olympic gold 1948)
  • 1923 Onofre Marimón, Argentine racing driver, born in Zárate, Argentina (d. 1954)
  • 1927 Charlie Williams MBE, English soccer defender (Doncaster Rovers 151 games) and comedian, born in Royston, England (d. 2006)
  • 1935 Paul Hornung, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1956, Notre Dame; Pro Bowl 1959, 60, Green Bay Packers), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1936 Bobby Ross, NFL coach (San Diego Chargers), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1936 Willie Wood, American Pro Football Hall of Fame safety (Pro Bowl 1962, 64–70; Super Bowl 1967, 68; Green Bay Packers), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2020)
  • 1941 Serge Reding, Belgian weightlifter, born in Auderghem, Belgium (d. 1975)
  • 1942 Jerry Koosman, American pitcher (NY Mets), born in Appleton, Minnesota
  • 1945 Richard Wohlhuter, 800m runner (Olympic bronze 1976), born in St. Charles, Illinois
  • 1947 Bill Rodgers, American athlete (Boston Marathon 1975, 78, 79, 80; NY Marathon 1976, 77, 78, 79; Fukuoka Marathon 1977), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1948 Jack Ham, American football player (Steelers), born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania
  • 1949 Wally Edwards, Australian cricketer (three Tests Australia v England 1974), born in Subiaco, Australia

  • 1954 Brian Teacher, American tennis player (Australian Open 1980), born in San Diego, California
  • 1956 Michele Alboretto, Italian racing driver (Ferrari), born in Milan, Italy
  • 1962 Jerry Reynolds, NBA guard/forward (Milwaukee Bucks), born in French Lick, Indiana
  • 1962 Bertrand Gachot, French racing driver, born in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
  • 1963 Carol Peterka, American team handball back court (Olympics 1992, 96), born in Little Falls, Minnesota
  • 1963 Jim Harbaugh, NFL quarterback (Pro Bowl 1995; Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts) and coach (Stanford 2007–10; SF 49ers 2011–14; Michigan (2015–20), born in Toledo, Ohio
  • 1964 Andy Gabel, American short track skater (Olympics 1994), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1964 Petr Klíma, NHL right wing (Tampa Bay Lightning), born in Chomutov, Czech Republic
  • 1966 Hans van Arum, Dutch soccer player (Vitesse, Willem II), born in Amersfoort, Netherlands
  • 1967 Lamar Lathon, American football linebacker (Carolina Panthers), born in Wharton, Texas
  • 1969 Rodney Culver, American football running back (San Diego Chargers), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1969 Stephen Grant, American football linebacker (Indianapolis Colts), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1969 Greg Biffle, American racecar driver, born in Vancouver, Washington
  • 1969 Rob Pelinka, American sports agent (LA Lakers), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1970 Raymont Harris, American football running back (Chicago Bears), born in Lorain, Ohio
  • 1971 Pete Bercich, American football linebacker (Minnesota Vikings), born in Joliet, Illinois
  • 1971 Steve Stenstrom, American football quarterback (Chicago Bears), born in Lake Forest, California
  • 1971 Michalis Klokidis, Greek footballer, born in Greece
  • 1971 Wim Vansevenant, Belgian cyclist, born in Diksmuide, Belgium
  • 1973 Tony Graziani, American football quarterback (Atlanta Falcons), born in Las Vegas, Nevada

  • 1974 Agustín Delgado, Ecuadorian footballer, born in Ambuquí, Ecuador
  • 1975 Vadim Sharifijanov, Russian ice hockey player, born in Ufa, Russia
  • 1976 Dimitris Mavrogenidis, Greek footballer, born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan
  • 1976 Brad Lidge, American baseball player, born in Sacramento, California
  • 1977 Becky Ruehl, American diver (Olympic 4th 1996), born in Lakeside Park, Kentucky
  • 1977 Alge Crumpler, American football player, born in Greenville, North Carolina
  • 1977 Paul Shirley, American basketball player, born in Redwood City, California
  • 1978 Andra Davis, American football player, born in Live Oak, Florida
  • 1978 Víctor Martínez, Venezuelan baseball player, born in Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela
  • 1979 Scott Gomez, American ice hockey player, born in Anchorage, Alaska
  • 1979 Kenny Miller, Scottish football player, born in Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • 1980 Cody Ross, American baseball player, born in Portales, New Mexico
  • 1981 Yuriorkis Gamboa, Cuban boxer, born in Guantánamo, Cuba
  • 1983 Michael Chopra, English footballer, born in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
  • 1983 Hanley Ramírez, Dominican baseball player, born in Samaná, Dominican Republic