Birthdays in Sport on December 5

  • 1872 Harry N Pillsbury, US chess player
  • 1905 Gus Mancuso, American baseball player (d. 1984)
  • 1917 Ken Downing, English racing driver (d. 2004)
  • 1924 Beverly Hanson, American golfer (3 LPGA major titles), born in Fargo, North Dakota (d. 2014)
  • 1935 Yury Vlasov, Soviet weightlifter
  • 1940 Boris Ignatyev, Russian footballer and manager
  • 1947 Jim Plunkett, American NFL quarterback (New England, Oakland), born in San Jose, California
  • 1949 Lanny Wadkins, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1977), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1951 Thomas Warren Purtzer, PGA golfer (1977 Glen Campbell), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1954 Kathryn Young, LPGA golfer
  • 1956 Klaus Allofs, German footballer
  • 1957 Art Monk, NFL wide receiver (Wash Redskins, Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1957 Charlene Morett, field hockey left wing (Olympic bronze 1984), born in Darby, Pennsylvania
  • 1959 Shirley Furlong, American LPGA golfer (1988 Lady Keystone Open), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1960 Andrzej Chylinski, American 50k walker (Olympics 26th-96), born in NYC, New York
  • 1960 Darryl James,Canadian Tour golfer (Glenco-1992, 93), born in Kamloops, British Columbia

  • 1960 John Felton, Kyogle Australia, canoeist (Olympics 1996)
  • 1963 Eddie "the Eagle" Edwards, English ski jumper
  • 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, Brazil, tennis star
  • 1967 Ann Schirman, WPVA volleyballer (National-17th-1994), born in San Diego, California
  • 1968 Rhett Hall, NFL defensive tackle (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1969 Mark Dekker, Zimbabwe cricket opening batsman (1993- )
  • 1969 Lewis Gordon Pugh, English swimmer, polar explorer and motivational speaker
  • 1970 Kevin Haller, Trochu, NHL defenseman (Philadelphia Flyers)
  • 1970 Susan Sloane, tennis star, born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • 1970 Thomas Smith, American NFL cornerback (Buffalo Bills), born in Gates, North Carolina
  • 1971 Bryan Schwartz, NFL linebacker (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1971 Joe Fleming, CFL defensive end (BC Lions)
  • 1971 Marrio Grier, fullback (New England Patriots)
  • 1972 Cliff Floyd, outfielder/1st base (Montreal Expos), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1972 Kevin Sally, Canadian archer (Olympics 1996), born in Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • 1972 Randolph Ross, Shelby NC, 110m hurdler
  • 1972 Roderick Mullen, NFL defensive back (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • 1972 Stanislav Jasecko, hockey defenseman (Team Slovakia 1998)
  • 1972 Mike Mahoney, American baseball player
  • 1973 Corissa Yasen, WNBA forward/guard (Sacramento Monarchs)
  • 1974 Charlie Batch, National Football League quarterback

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1975 Ronnie O'Sullivan, British snooker player (5-time world champion), born in Wordsley, England

Snooker Player Ronnie O'Sullivan
Snooker Player
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  • 1976 Xavier Garbajosa, French rugby union footballer
  • 1978 Marcelo Zalayeta, Uruguayan footballer
  • 1978 Olli Jokinen, Finnish ice hockey player
  • 1979 Matteo Ferrari, Italian footballer
  • 1979 Niklas Hagman, Finnish ice hockey player
  • 1979 Gareth McAuley, Northern Irish footballer
  • 1982 Eddy Curry, American basketball player
  • 1982 Trai Essex, American football player
  • 1984 Chris Solinsky, American distance runner
  • 1985 Nico Verdonck, Belgian racing driver
  • 1985 Josh Smith, American basketball player