On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on January 1

  • 1819 Tom Hyer, American bare-knuckle boxer (unsanctioned world heavyweight champion 1841-51), born in Caernarvon Township, Pennsylvania (d. 1864)

Person of interestTim Keefe

1857 Tim Keefe, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (Triple Crown 1888; MLB record 0.86 ERA, single season 1880; NY Giants), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1933)

Major League Baseball Pitcher Tim Keefe
Major League Baseball Pitcher
Tim Keefe
  • 1863 Pierre de Coubertin, French educator and historian (founder International Olympic Committee), born in Paris, France (d. 1937)
  • 1871 Albert Griffiths ("Young Griffo"), Australian boxer (World Featherweight champion 1890-92), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1927)
  • 1875 Frank Druce, English cricket batsman (5 Tests; Surrey), born in London, England (d. 1954)
  • 1878 Bobby Walthour Sr., American cyclist (motor-pacing World Championships gold 1904-05; Madison Square Garden 6-Day Race 1901, 03), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1949)
  • 1893 Barney Stanley, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame forward (Stanley Cup 1915, Vancouver Millionaires; coach Chicago Black Hawks 1927-28), born in Edmonton, Alberta (d. 1971)
  • 1901 Century Milstead, American College Football Hall of Fame tackle (Yale; NFL C'ship 1927, NY Giants), born in Allegheny, Pennsylvania (d. 1963)
  • 1902 Buster Nupen, South African cricket all-rounder (17 Tests, 50 wickets; one eye only), born near Alesund, Norway (d. 1977)
  • 1904 Ethan Allen, American baseball center fielder (inventor Cadaco-Ellis board game All Star Baseball; Yale University), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1993)
  • 1908 Kinue Hitomi, Japanese athlete (World record women's 100m, 200m, long jump, triple jump; Olympic silver 800m 1928), born in Okayama, Japan (d. 1931)
  • 1909 Dattaram Hindlekar, Indian cricket wicketkeeper (4 Tests), born in Bombay, India (d. 1949)

Person of interestHank Greenberg

1911 Hank Greenberg, American Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman (MLB All Star 1937–40; 45, Detroit Tigers), born in NYC, New York (d. 1986)

Baseball Player Hank Greenberg
Baseball Player
Hank Greenberg
  • 1916 Murray Armstrong, Canadian ice hockey centre and NCAA coach (Detroit Red Wings; coach University of Denver 1956-77, 5 NCAA C'ships), born in Manor, Saskatchewan (d. 2010)
  • 1918 Willy den Ouden, Dutch swimmer (WR 100m freestyle, 1:04.06 1933-56; Olympic gold 4×100m freestyle 1936), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1997)
  • 1919 Rocky Graziano, American boxer (World Middleweight title 1947-48; famous Tony Zale trilogy) and entertainer (Pantomime Quiz, Miami Undercover), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1990)

  • 1919 Horace "Bones" McKinney, American basketball forward, coach and broadcaster (Washington Capitols, Wake Forest), born in Lowland, North Carolina (d. 1997)
  • 1921 Alain Mimoun, Algerian/French distance runner (Olympic marathon gold 1956; 3 x silver 1948, 52), born in Telagh, Algeria (d. 2013)
  • 1927 Doak Walker, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1948; Pro Bowl 1950-51, 53–55; First-team All-Pro 1950–51, 53–54; Detroit Lions), born Dallas, Texas (d. 1998)
  • 1927 Carl Scheib, American baseball pitcher (at the time [1943] youngest player in MLB history at 16; Philadelphia A’s), born in Gratz, Pennsylvania (d. 2018)
  • 1928 Khan Mohammad, Pakistani cricket fast bowler (13 Tests, 54 wickets; Pakistan's first ball and wicket in Test cricket), born in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan (d. 2009)
  • 1932 Jackie Parker, American College and Canadian Football Hall of Fame utility (Mississippi State University; Grey Cup 1954-56; Edmonton Eskimos), born in Knoxville, Tennessee (d. 2006)
  • 1933 Ford Konno, American swimmer (Olympic gold 1,500m, 4x200m freestyle 1952; WR 200m freestyle 2:03.9, 400m freestyle 4:26.7), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1936 Don Nehlen, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (Bowling Green 1968-76, West Virginia 1980-2000), born in Mansfield, Ohio
  • 1939 Phil Read, MBE, English motorcycle road racer (first winner world championships in 125cc [1968], 250cc [1964-65, 68, 71] and 500 cc [1973-74] classes), born in Luton, England
  • 1940 Marlin McKeever, American NFL linebacker (Pro Bowl 1966; LA Rams), born in Cheyenne, Wyoming (d. 2006)
  • 1943 Jerilyn Britz, American golfer (US Women's Open 1979), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1944 Charlie Davis, West Indies cricket batsman (15 Tests, 4 x 100s, 54.20 average), born in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad
  • 1944 Dick Gordon, American NFL wide receiver (Pro Bowl 1970-71, Chicago Bears), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1945 Jacky Ickx, Belgian auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans 1969, 75-77, 81-82; 8 x F1 wins; Dakar Rally 1983; Bathurst 1000 1977), born in Brussels, Belgium
  • 1946 Rivellino, Brazilian soccer midfielder and broadcaster (92 caps; 1970 FIFA World Cup; Corinthians; TV Cultura), born in São Paulo, SP, Brazil
  • 1947 Leonard Thompson, American golfer (3 x PGA Tour, 3 x PGA Champions Tour wins), born in Laurinburg, North Carolina
  • 1951 Hans-Joachim Stuck, German auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans 1986-87, 96; 24 Hours of Nürburgring 1970, 98, 2004; World Sportscar C'ship 1985), born in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
  • 1955 LaMarr Hoyt, American baseball pitcher (AL Cy Young Award 1983; AL wins leader 1982-83; Chicago WS), born in Columbia, South Carolina
  • 1956 Mike Mitchell, American basketball small forward (NBA All Star 1981; Italian League top scorer 1998), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2011)
  • 1958 Dave Silk, American ice hockey right wing (Olympic gold 1980), born in Scituate, Massachusetts

  • 1959 Andy Andrews, American tennis player (Australian Open doubles 1982 runner-up), born in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • 1959 Panagiotis Giannakis, Greek basketball guard and coach (EuroLeague champion 1996, Panathinaikos; FIBA European Selection 1980, 87, 90; Greek League Best Coach 2004, 06), born in Athens, Greece
  • 1962 Pierce Holt, American NFL defensive lineman (Pro Bowl, All-Pro selection 1992; San Francisco 49ers, Atlanta Falcons), born in Marlin, Texas
  • 1963 Lina Kačiušytė, Lithuanian swimmer (Olympic gold 200m breaststroke 1980; WR 1979 2:28.36), born in Vilnius, Lithuania
  • 1965 Andrew Valmon, American athlete (Olympic gold 4x400m relay 1988, 92; World C'ship gold 1993), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1967 Andy Heck, American NFL tackle and coach (Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears; coach University of Virginia), born in Fargo, North Dakota
  • 1967 Derrick Thomas, American Pro and College Football Hall of Fame linebacker / end (Pro Bowl 1989–97; First-team All-Pro 1990–92; KC Chiefs), born in Miami, Florida (d. 2000)
  • 1968 Davor Šuker, Croatian soccer striker (68 caps; Sevilla; President Croatian FF), born in Osijek, Croatia
  • 1969 Paul Lawrie OBE, Scottish golfer (British Open 1999; Ryder Cup 2012), born in Aberdeen, Scotland
  • 1970 Brian Morton, Wollongong Australia, canoeist (Olympics 1996)
  • 1971 Bobby Holik, Czech ice hockey center (Stanley Cup 1995, 2000; New Jersey Devils; NHL All-Star 1998-99), born in Jihlava, Czech Republic
  • 1971 Bridget Pettis, American basketball guard (WNBA champion 2007, 09 assistant coach, Phoenix Mercury), born in East Chicago, Indiana
  • 1971 Scott Riggs, American auto racer (NASCAR Busch Series Rookie of the Year 2002), born in Bahama, North Carolina
  • 1972 Barron Miles, American Canadian Football Hall of Fame defensive back and coach (Montreal Alouettes, BC Lions), born in Roselle, New Jersey
  • 1972 Lilian Thuram, French soccer defender (record 142 caps; Monaco; Parma; Juventus; Barcelona), born in Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe
  • 1972 Garrett K. Gomez, American jockey (US Champion Jockey by earnings 2006-09; Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey 2007-08), born in Tucson, Arizona (d. 2016)
  • 1975 Becky Kellar-Duke, Canadian ice hockey defenseman (Olympics gold 2002, 06, 10; World C'ship gold 1999, 2000, 01, 04), born in Hagersville, Ontario
  • 1975 Fernando Tatís Sr., Dominican baseball third baseman (MLB record 8 RBI in one inning, 1999; St. Louis Cardinals), born in San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic
  • 1976 Caleb Wyatt, American motocross rider (Winter X Games Moto X Best Trick gold 2005; first to perform successful backflip), born in Medford, Oregon
  • 1977 Hasan Salihamidžić, Bosnian soccer utility (42 caps; Bayern Munich, 234 games, sporting director), born in Jablanica, Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • 1978 Philip Mulryne, Northern Irish soccer midfielder (27 caps; Norwich City) and Dominican friar and priest, born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1981 Zsolt Baumgartner, Hungarian auto racer (German Formula Renault C'ship 1999), born in Debrecen, Hungary
  • 1982 David Nalbandian, Argentine tennis player (ATP Finals 2005; Wimbledon 2002 runner-up), born in Unquillo, Argentina
  • 1982 Egidio Arévalo, Uruguayan soccer midfielder (90 caps; Bella Vista), born in Paysandú, Uruguay
  • 1983 Park Sung-hyun, South Korean archer (Olympics gold individual/team 2004, team 2008; women's WR in a FITA Round 1,405 points), born in Gunsan, South Korea
  • 1984 Paolo Guerrero, Peruvian soccer striker (102 caps; Hamburger SV, Internacional), born in Lima, Peru
  • 1984 Alok Kapali, Bangladeshi cricket all-rounder (17 Tests; 69 ODIs), born in Sylhet, Bangladesh
  • 1985 Steven Davis, Northern Irish soccer midfielder (117 caps [2019]; Rangers, Southampton), born in Ballymena, Northern Ireland
  • 1985 Jeff Carter, Canadian ice hockey center (Stanley Cup 2012, 14; NHL All-Star 2009, 17; Philadelphia Flyers, LA Kings), born in London, Ontario
  • 1985 Tiago Splitter, Brazilian basketball forward and coach (NBA C'ship 2014, San Antonio Spurs; All-EuroLeague Team selection 2008-10), born in Blumenau, Brazil
  • 1986 Pablo Cuevas, Uruguayan tennis player (French Open doubles 2008 [with Luis Horna]), born in Concordia, Argentina
  • 1987 Meryl Davis, American ice dancer (Olympic gold with Charlie White 2014; World C'ships gold 2011, 13), born in Royal Oak, Michigan
  • 1989 Jason Pierre-Paul, American NFL linebacker (Pro Bowl 2011-12; Super Bowl 2011, New York Giants), born in Deerfield Beach, Florida
  • 1991 Peter Burling, New Zealand sailor (Olympic gold 49er class 2016; helmsman America's Cup 2017; ISAF World Sailor of the Year 2015, 17), born in Tauranga, New Zealand
  • 1992 Jack Wilshere, English soccer midfielder (34 caps; Arsenal, West Ham Utd), born in Stevenage, England
  • 1994 He Kexin, Chinese gymnast (Olympic gold uneven bars, team 2008; World C'ship gold uneven bars 2009), born in Beijing, China