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)
  • 1932 Lou Henson, American College Basketball Hall of Fame coach (all-time leader in victories University of Illinois and New Mexico State), born in Okay, Oklahoma (d. 2020)
  • 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

Person of interestWillie McCovey

1938 Willie McCovey, American Baseball Hall of Fame 1st baseman (6 x MLB All Star; NL MVP 1969; NL home run leader 1963, 68, 69; SF Giants), born in Mobile, Alabama (d. 2018)

Baseball Hall of Fame 1st Baseman Willie McCovey
Baseball Hall of Fame 1st Baseman
Willie McCovey
  • 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
  • 1967 Johan Laats, Belgian judoka, born in Antwerp, Belgium
  • 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