On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on January 10

  • 1862 Walter Travis, Australian-American golfer, writer, course designer (US Amateur C'ship 1900-01, 03; British Amateur 1904), born in Maldon, Australia (d. 1927)
  • 1873 Jack O'Neill, Irish-born baseball player, born in Tawnaleen, Ireland (d. 1935)
  • 1873 George Orton, Canadian athlete, born in Strathroy-Caradoc, Canada (d. 1958)
  • 1890 Arthur O'Hara Wood, Australian tennis player (Australasian C'ship 1913), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 1918)
  • 1903 Voldemar Väli, Estonian wrestler, born in Kuressaare, Estonia (d. 1997)
  • 1916 Don Metz, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Wilcox, Canada (d. 2007)
  • 1916 Bob Hamilton, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1944), born in Evansville, Indiana (d. 1990)
  • 1920 Max Patkin, American baseball player & clown, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1999)
  • 1921 Rodger Ward, American aviator & race car driver, born in Beloit, Kansas (d. 2004)
  • 1933 Len Coldwell, English cricket player (England medium-fast bowler in 7 Tests 1962-64), born in Newton Abbot, United Kingdom (d. 1996)

Person of interestFrank Mahovlich

1938 Frank Mahovlich, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame left wing, politician (6-time Stanley Cup winner, born in Timmins, Ontario

NHL Legend Frank Mahovlich
NHL Legend
Frank Mahovlich
  • 1938 Willie McCovey, American Baseball Hall of Fame 1st baseman (6-time All Star), born in Mobile, Alabama (d. 2018)
  • 1939 Bill Toomey, American decathlete (Olympic gold 1968), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1940 Harry Gant, American race car driver, born in Taylorsville, North Carolina
  • 1945 Spider Sabich, American alpine skier (Olympics 1968; shot by actress Claudine Longet), born in Sacramento, California (d. 1976)
  • 1946 Alexis Nihon Jr, Canadian-born wrestler (Olympics 1968), born in Montreal, Quebec

  • 1948 Bernard Thévenet, French cyclist, born in Saint-Julien-de-Civry, France

Person of interestGeorge Foreman

1949 George Foreman, American boxer (world heavyweight champion 1973-74, 95), born in Marshall, Texas

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman
  • 1949 Walter S. Browne, Australian-born American chess Grandmaster (1974-78, 1980-84), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2015)
  • 1953 Bobby Rahal, American racing car driver & team owner (over 15 wins), born in Medina, Ohio
  • 1958 Anatoly Pisarenko, Soviet weightlifter, born in Kiev, Ukraine
  • 1959 Chandra Cheesborough, American 4x100 runner (Olympic gold 1984), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1962 Jim Lindeman, American baseball outfielder (NY Mets), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1964 Karen Josephson, American synchronized swimmer (Olympic gold 1992), born in Bristol, Connecticut
  • 1964 Sarah Josephson, American synchronized swimmer (Olympic gold 1992), born in Bristol, Connecticut
  • 1965 James Washington, American NFL safety (Dallas Cowboys, Wash Redskins), born in Abilene, Texas
  • 1970 Cameron MacKenzie, Australian 100m/200m/400m (Olympics 1996)
  • 1970 Deon Figures, American NFL cornerback/PR (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Bellflower, California
  • 1971 Sergi Bruguera, Italian tennis star, born in Barcelona, Spain
  • 1972 Thomas Lewis, American NFL wide receiver (NY Giants), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1973 Glenn Robinson, American NBA forward (Milw, Olympic gold 1996), born in Gary, Indiana
  • 1973 Travis Davis, American NFL strong safety (New Orleans Saints, Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Wilmington, California
  • 1974 Hollis Thomas, American football defensive tackle (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Abilene, Texas
  • 1974 Davide Dionigi, Italian footballer, born in Modena, Italy
  • 1974 Steve Marlet, French footballer, born in Pithiviers, France
  • 1975 Jake Delhomme, American football player, born in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana
  • 1976 Adam Kennedy, American MLB second baseman (Los Angeles Dodgers, Anaheim Angels), born in Riverside, California
  • 1980 Matt Roney, American baseball player, born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1983 Danilo Dirani, Brazilian racing driver, born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • 1990 Tao Li, Singaporean Olympic swimmer, born in Wuhan, China