On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on December 5

  • 1872 Harry Nelson Pillsbury, American chess player, born in Somerville, Massachusetts (d. 1906)
  • 1905 Gus Mancuso, American baseball player (St. Louis Cardinals), born in Galveston, Texas (d. 1984)
  • 1905 Bruce Drake, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach (University of Oklahoma 1938-55, 200-181), born in The Gentry, Texas (d. 1983)
  • 1917 Ken Downing, English racing driver, born in Chesterton, Staffordshire (d. 2004)
  • 1924 Beverly Hanson, American golfer (3 LPGA major titles), born in Fargo, North Dakota (d. 2014)
  • 1935 Yury Vlasov, Soviet weightlifter and writer, born in Makeyevka, Ukrainian SSR
  • 1940 Boris Ignatyev, Russian footballer and manager, born in Moscow
  • 1947 Jim Plunkett, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1970, Stanford; Super Bowl 1980, 84 LA/Oakland Raiders), born in San Jose, California
  • 1949 Lanny Wadkins, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1977), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1951 Tom Purtzer, American golfer (5 PGA Tour titles), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1956 Klaus Allofs, German footballer (1. FC Köln), born in Düsseldorf, West Germany
  • 1957 Art Monk, American NFL wide receiver (Wash Redskins, Philadelphia Eagles), born in White Plains, New York
  • 1957 Charlene Morett, American field hockey left wing (Olympic bronze 1984), born in Darby, Pennsylvania
  • 1959 Shirley Furlong, American golfer (ANA Inspiration runner-up 1990), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1960 Andrzej Chylinski, American 50k walker (Olympics 26th-96), born in NYC, New York
  • 1960 John Felton, Australian canoeist (Olympics 1996), born in Kyogle, Australia

  • 1963 Eddie "the Eagle" Edwards, English ski jumper, born in Cheltenham, England
  • 1964 Pablo Morales, American butterfly swimmer (Olympic 3 gold/2 silver-1984, 92), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1966 Bruce Deacon, Canadian marathoner (Olympics 1996), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1966 Niege Dias, Brazilian tennis star, born in Santa Cruz do Sul, Brazil
  • 1967 Ann Schirman, WPVA volleyballer (National-17th-1994), born in San Diego, California
  • 1968 Rhett Hall, American NFL defensive tackle (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Morgan Hill, California
  • 1969 Mark Dekker, Zimbabwe cricket opening batsman, born in Gatooma, Rhodesia
  • 1969 Lewis Gordon Pugh, English-South African swimmer, polar explorer and motivational speaker, born in Plymouth, England
  • 1970 Kevin Haller, Canadian NHL defenseman (Philadelphia Flyers), born in Trochu, Alberta, Canada
  • 1970 Susan Sloane, American tennis star, born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • 1970 Thomas Smith, American NFL cornerback (Buffalo Bills), born in Gates, North Carolina
  • 1971 Bryan Schwartz, American NFL linebacker (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in St. Lawrence, South Dakota
  • 1971 Joe Fleming, CFL defensive end (BC Lions), born in Wellesley, Massachusetts
  • 1971 Marrio Grier, NFL fullback (New England Patriots), born in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 1972 Cliff Floyd, MLB outfielder and 1st base (Montreal Expos), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1972 Kevin Sally, Canadian archer (Olympics 1996), born in Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • 1972 Randolph Ross, American 110m hurdler, born in Shelby, North Carolina
  • 1972 Roderick Mullen, American NFL defensive back (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • 1972 Mike Mahoney, American baseball player, born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1973 Corissa Yasen, American WNBA forward and guard (Sacramento Monarchs), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1974 Charlie Batch, American NFL quarterback (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Homestead, Pennsylvania

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1975 Ronnie O'Sullivan, British snooker player (6 x world champion; 7 x Masters champion; 7 x UK champion), born in Wordsley, England

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  • 1976 Xavier Garbajosa, French rugby union footballer, born in Toulouse, France
  • 1978 Marcelo Zalayeta, Uruguayan footballer (Juventus), born in Montevideo, Uruguay
  • 1978 Olli Jokinen, Finnish ice hockey player, born in Kuopio, Finland
  • 1979 Matteo Ferrari, Italian footballer, born in Aflou, Algeria
  • 1979 Niklas Hagman, Finnish ice hockey player, born in Espoo, Finland
  • 1979 Gareth McAuley, Northern Irish footballer (Rangers), born in Larne, Northern Ireland
  • 1982 Trai Essex, American football player, born in Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • 1984 Chris Solinsky, American distance runner, born in Stevens Point, Wisconsin
  • 1985 Nico Verdonck, Belgian racing driver, born in Brussels, Belgium
  • 1985 Josh Smith, American basketball player (New Orleans Pelicans), born in College Park, Georgia