Birthdays in Sport on January 1

Person of interestTim Keefe

1857 Tim Keefe, American Major League Baseball pitcher, born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1933)

Major League Baseball Pitcher Tim Keefe
Major League Baseball Pitcher
Tim Keefe
  • 1863 Pierre de Coubertin, French baron (revived Olympic games)
  • 1875 N F Druce, cricketer (5 Tests for England v Australia 1897-98)
  • 1898 George van Derton, Belgian racer (won 500 race)
  • 1902 Buster Nupen, cricketer (1-eyed South African quick, great on matting)
  • 1904 Ethan Allen, American baseball player (d. 1993)
  • 1906 Frank Stack, Canadian speed skater (Olympic bronze 1932)
  • 1908 Kinue Hitoma, Japan, 800m runner (Olympic silver 1928)
  • 1909 Dattaram Hindlekar, Indian cricketer (Indian batsman and wicket-keeper 1936-46), born in Bombay, India (d. 1949)

Person of interestHank Greenberg

1911 Hank Greenberg "Hammerin' Hank", Hall-of-Fame 1st baseman (Detroit Tigers), born in NYC, New York (d. 1986)

Baseball Player Hank Greenberg
Baseball Player
Hank Greenberg
  • 1918 Willy den Ouden, Dutch swimmer, (WR 100m, 1:04.06)
  • 1919 Rocky Graziano, US boxer (Middleweight champ) and entertainer (Pantomime Quiz, Miami Undercover), born in New York City
  • 1921 Alain Mimoun O'Kacha, Algerian/French cross country (Olympic gold 1956), (d. 2013)
  • 1925 George Conner, NFL tackle, linebacker (Chicago Bears)
  • 1927 Doak Walker, American football star (d. 1998)
  • 1927 Calum MacKay, Canadian hockey player (d. 2001)
  • 1928 Khan Mohammad, cricketer (Paki fast-med bowler, 54 wkts in 13 Tests)
  • 1932 Jackie Parker, American football player (d. 2006)
  • 1936 Willye B White, US jumper (Olympic silver 1956)
  • 1940 Jack Kiefer, Columbia PA, PGA golfer (1994 Ralphs Senior Classic)
  • 1943 Jerilyn Britz, LPGA golfer (1979 US Women's Open), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1944 Charlie Davis, cricketer (WI batsman in 15 Tests 1968-73)
  • 1945 Jacques Ickx, Belgian Le Mans auto race (6-time winner)
  • 1946 Manfred Stengl, Austrian 2 man lugist (Olympic gold 1960)
  • 1946 Rivelino, Brazilian football player
  • 1951 Hans-Joachim Stuck, German race car driver
  • 1955 Michael James Sullivan, PGA golfer (1980 Southern Open), born in Gary, Indiana
  • 1961 Irv Eatman, NFL tackle (Houston Oilers)
  • 1963 Glenn Trimble, cricketer (son of Sam Two ODI's for Australia 1986)
  • 1963 Lance Smith, NFL guard (NY Giants)
  • 1963 Lina Kačiušytė, Lithuanian swimmer
  • 1965 Andrew O Valmon, 400m runner, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1965 Harry Galbreath, NFL guard (Green Bay Packers)
  • 1965 Mark Dewey, American baseball player (Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • 1966 Mika Nieminen, Tampere FIN, hockey forward (Team Finland, Olympic bronze 1998)
  • 1967 Andy Heck, NFL tackle (Seattle Seahawk, Chicago Bears)
  • 1967 Derrick Thomas, NFL linebacker (KC Chiefs)
  • 1968 John de Visser, soccer player (SC Heerenveen)
  • 1968 Sandy Beasley, softball outfielder (Olympics 1996), born in Richmond, British Columbia
  • 1968 Davor Šuker, Croatian footballer
  • 1969 Reemt Pyka, Bremerhaven GER, hockey forward (Team Germany)
  • 1970 Brian Morton, Wollongong Australia, canoeist (Olympics 1996)
  • 1970 Tom Sier, soccer player (SC Heerenveen)
  • 1971 Beno Bryant, WLAF running back (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 1971 Bobby Holik, Jihlava Cze, NHL left wing (NJ Devils, Team Czech Rep)
  • 1971 Bridget Pettis, American Basketball player (WNBA guard for Phoenix Mercury), born in East Chicago, Indiana
  • 1971 Kevin Lee, NFL wide receiver (NE Patriots)
  • 1971 Kevin Mitchell, NFL linebacker (SF 49ers)
  • 1971 Sammie Henson, American wrestler
  • 1972 Barron Miles, NFL def back (Pittsburgh Steelers)/WLAF corner (Frankfurt)
  • 1972 Ivan Droppa, hockey defenseman (Team Slovakia 1998)

  • 1972 Lilian Thuram, French footballer
  • 1973 Clyde Wijnhard, soccer player (Ajax, RKC)
  • 1973 Fang Li, Hunan China, tennis star (1991 Futures-Bilbao-ESP)
  • 1973 Justin Armour, NFL wide receiver (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1973 Mercury Hayes, wide receiver (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1974 Johnie Church, NFL defensive end (Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1975 Becky Kellar, ice hockey defenseman (Canada, Olympics 1998)
  • 1975 Chris Anstey, NBA center (Dallas Mavericks)
  • 1975 Joe Cannon, American soccer player
  • 1976 Caleb Wyatt, American motocross rider, born in Medford, Oregon
  • 1977 Hasan Salihamidžić, Bosnian footballer
  • 1978 Phillip Mulryne, Northern Irish footballer
  • 1981 Zsolt Baumgartner, Hungarian race car driver
  • 1981 Abdülkadir Koçak, Turkish boxer
  • 1982 David Nalbandian, Argentinian tennis player
  • 1983 Calum Davenport, English footballer
  • 1984 José Paolo Guerrero, Peruvian footballer
  • 1984 Alok Kapali, Bangladeshi cricketer
  • 1984 Michael Witt, Australian rugby league footballer
  • 1985 Steven Davis, Northern Irish footballer
  • 1986 Glen Davis, American basketball player
  • 1987 Gilbert Brule, Canadian professional hockey player
  • 1987 Devin Setoguchi, Canadian professional hockey player
  • 1989 Marvin Austin, American football player
  • 1991 Peter Burling, New Zealand sailor (Olympic gold 2016, helmsman America's Cup 2017), born in Tauranga, New Zealand
  • 1992 Jack Wilshere, English footballer
  • 1994 He Kexin, Chinese gymnast