Birthdays in Sport on January 12

  • 1860 Henry Larkin, American baseball player (d. 1942)
  • 1873 Spyridon Louis, Greek distance runner, soldier (winner first modern Olympics marathon 1896), born in Marousi, Greece (d. 1940)
  • 1879 Ray Harroun, American auto racer (inaugural Indianapolis 500 1911; Motorsports Hall of Fame of America 2000), born in Spartansburg, Pennsylvania (d. 1968)
  • 1894 Georges Carpentier, French boxer (world light heavyweight champion, 1st $1m gate v J Dempsey), born in Lievin, France (d. 1975)
  • 1921 John Henry Davis Jr, American weightlifter (Olym-gold-1948, 52), born in Smithtown, New York
  • 1924 Olivier Gendebien, Belgian auto racer (24 hours of Le Mans 1958, 60-62), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1998)
  • 1925 Ralph Legall, West Indian cricket wicket-keeper (4 Tests), born in St Michael, Barbados (d. 2003)
  • 1928 Vic Toweel, South African boxer (undisputed world bantamweight champion), born in Benoni, South Africa (d. 2008)

Tim HortonTim Horton (1930-1974)

Canadian ice hockey player and co-founder of the Tim Hortons restaurant chain, born in Cochrane, Ontario

  • 1934 Mick Sullivan, English rugby league footballer, born in Pudsey, England (d. 2016)
  • 1940 Dick Motz, New Zealand cricket all-rounder (32 Tests, 100 wickets, BB 6/63; Canterbury CA), born in Christchurch, New Zealand (d. 2007)

Joe FrazierJoe Frazier (1944-2011)

American boxer (Olympic gold heavyweight 1964; undisputed world heavyweight champion 1970-73), born in Beaufort, South Carolina

  • 1944 Vlastimil Hort, Czechoslovak-born German chess player, born in Kladno, Czech Republic
  • 1947 Tom Dempsey, American NFL kicker (Pro Bowl, First-team All-Pro 1969; New Orleans Saints; longest winning field goal, 63 yards), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 2020)
  • 1948 Kenny Allen, English footballer, born in Fenton, Michigan
  • 1949 Ottmar Hitzfeld, German football manager, born in Lörrach, Germany
  • 1951 Bill Madlock, American MLB baseball third baseman, 3X All-Star, 4X NL Batting Title (Chicago Cubs; Pittsburgh Pirates and 4 other teams), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1951 Drew Pearson, American Pro Football HOF wide receiver (Super Bowl 1977; Pro Bowl, First-team All-Pro 1974, 76, 77; Dallas Cowboys), born in South River, New Jersey
  • 1958 Curt Fraser, American ice hockey coach, born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1960 Dominique Wilkins, American Basketball HOF forward (9 × NBA All Star 1986–94; NBA scoring champion 1986; NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion 1985, 90; Atlanta Hawks), born in Paris, France
  • 1960 Rob Derksen, Australian baseball head coach (Olympics 1996), born in Hales Corner, Wisconsin (d. 2004)
  • 1961 Andrea Carnevale, Italian soccer player (Napoli), born in Monte San Biagio, Italy
  • 1962 Gunde Svan, Swedish cross country skier (4 Olympic gold 1984, 88), born in Järna, Sweden
  • 1962 Richie Richardson, West Indies cricketer (elegant West Indian batsman 1983-95), born in Five Islands Village, Antigua and Barbuda
  • 1964 Laura Gildemeister, Argentina, tennis star, born in Córdoba, Argentina
  • 1965 Henry Thomas, American defensive tackle (Detroit Lions, New England Patriots), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1966 Craig Parry, Australian golfer (US Open 1993 3rd; PGA Tour titles), born in Sunshine, Victoria
  • 1966 Linda Ferrando, Italian tennis star, born in Genoa, Italy
  • 1967 Marco Boogers, Dutch soccer player (RKC, Sparta, West Ham United), born in Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • 1967 Ulf Dahlén, Swedish SEL and NHL forward, 1985-2003 (Team Sweden, New York Rangers, San Jose Sharks, and 5 other teams), born in Östersund, Sweden
  • 1967 Vendela Kirsebom, Norwegian-Swedish model (Sports Illustrated 1993), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1968 Mauro Silva, Brazilian footballer, born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • 1968 Vince Buck, American NFL safety (New Orleans Saints), born in Owensboro, Kentucky
  • 1969 Cam Russell, Canadian NHL defenseman (Chicago Blackhawks), born in Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 1969 Olga Domuladzhanova, Russian boxer (World amateur heavyweight gold 2001), born in Tashkent, Russia (d. 2021)
  • 1969 Robert Prosinečki, Croatian footballer, born in Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany
  • 1971 Andy Fox, American baseball infielder (NY Yankees), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1971 Oscar Sturgis, American NFL defensive end (Dallas Cowboys), born in Hamlet, North Carolina
  • 1971 Scott Burrell, American NBA guard/forward (Chicago Bulls, Charlotte Hornets), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1971 Shane Dronett, American NFL defensive end (Atlanta Falcons, Denver Broncos), born in Orange, Texas (d. 2009)
  • 1972 Dominique Ross, American NFL running back (Dallas Cowboys), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1974 Tor Arne Hetland, Norwegian cross-country skier, born in Stavanger, Norway
  • 1975 Jocelyn Thibault, Canadian NHL goalie (Montreal Canadiens), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1977 Cade McNown, American football player, born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1977 Yoandy Garlobo, Cuban baseball player, born in Jovellanos, Cuba
  • 1978 Bonaventure Kalou, Ivorian footballer, born in Oumé, Côte d’Ivoire
  • 1978 Luis Ayala, Mexican baseball pitcher, born in Los Mochis, Mexico
  • 1979 Grzegorz Rasiak, Polish footballer, born in Szczecin, Poland
  • 1979 Jenny Schmidgall, American ice hockey forward (USA, Olympics 1998), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1980 Bobby Crosby, American baseball player, born in Lakewood, California
  • 1981 Dan Klecko, American football player, born in Chester, Pennsylvania
  • 1982 Chris Ray, American baseball player, born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1982 Dimitrios Tsiamis, Greek triple jumper, born in Karditsa, Greece
  • 1982 Dontrelle Willis, American baseball player, born in Oakland, California
  • 1982 Hans Van Alphen, Belgian decathlete, born in Turnhout, Belgium
  • 1982 Paul-Henri Mathieu, French tennis player, born in Strasbourg, France
  • 1982 Sherzod Abdurahmonov, Uzbekistanian boxer
  • 1984 Scott Olsen, American baseball player, born in Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • 1985 Artem Milevskiy, Ukrainian footballer, born in Minsk, Belarus
  • 1986 Miguel Ángel Nieto, Spanish footballer, born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1987 Salvatore Sirigu, Italian footballer, born in Nuoro, Italy
  • 1988 Chris Casement, Irish footballer, born in Belfast, United Kingdom
  • 1990 Sergey Karjakin, Ukrainian chess player, born in Simferopol
  • 1995 Motjeka Madisha, South African soccer defender (13 caps; Mamelodi Sundowns), born in Tembisa, South Africa (d. 2020)