On This Day

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 race car driver (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)

Person of interestTim Horton

1930 Tim Horton, Canadian ice hockey player & co-founder of Tim Hortons, born in Cochrane, Ontario (d. 1974)

NHL Star and Businessman Tim Horton
NHL Star and Businessman
Tim Horton
  • 1934 Mick Sullivan, English rugby league footballer, born in Pudsey, England (d. 2016)
  • 1940 Dick Motz, New Zealand cricketer (1st NZer to take 100 Test wickets), born in Christchurch, New Zealand (d. 2007)

Person of interestJoe Frazier

1944 Joe Frazier, American boxer (Olympic gold heavyweight 1964; undisputed world heavyweight champion 1970-73), born in Beaufort, South Carolina (d. 2011)

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Joe Frazier
  • 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 player (Chicago Cubs), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1951 Drew Pearson, American NFL wide receiver, born in South River, New Jersey
  • 1958 Curt Fraser, American ice hockey coach, born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1960 Dominique Wilkins, American NBA forward (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 Richie Richardson, West Indies cricketer (elegant West Indian batsman 1983-95), born in Five Islands Village, Antigua and Barbuda
  • 1962 Gunde Svan, Swedish cross country skier (4 Olympic gold 1984, 88), born in Järna, Sweden
  • 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 NHL forward (Team Sweden, San Jose), born in Östersund, Sweden
  • 1967 Vendela Kirsebom, Norwegian-Swedish model (Sports Illustrated 1993), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1968 Vince Buck, American NFL safety (New Orleans Saints), born in Owensboro, Kentucky
  • 1968 Mauro Silva, Brazilian footballer, born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • 1969 Cam Russell, Canadian NHL defenseman (Chicago Blackhawks), born in Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 1969 Robert Prosinečki, Croatian footballer, born in Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany
  • 1970 Jenny Griffith, American WPVA volleyballer (National-13th-1995), born in Burbank, California

  • 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

Person of interestMel C

1974 Melanie Chisholm, English singer "Sporty Spice" (Spice Girls), born in Whiston, England

Singer-Songwriter Mel C
Singer-Songwriter
Mel C
  • 1975 Jocelyn Thibault, Canadian NHL goalie (Montreal Canadiens), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1977 Yoandy Garlobo, Cuban baseball player, born in Jovellanos, Cuba
  • 1977 Cade McNown, American football player, born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1978 Bonaventure Kalou, Ivorian footballer, born in Oumé, Côte d’Ivoire
  • 1978 Luis Ayala, Mexican baseball pitcher, born in Los Mochis, Mexico
  • 1979 Jenny Schmidgall, American ice hockey forward (USA, Olympics 1998), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1979 Grzegorz Rasiak, Polish footballer, born in Szczecin, Poland
  • 1980 Bobby Crosby, American baseball player, born in Lakewood, California
  • 1981 Dan Klecko, American football player, born in Chester, Pennsylvania
  • 1982 Sherzod Abdurahmonov, Uzbekistanian boxer
  • 1982 Paul-Henri Mathieu, French tennis player, born in Strasbourg, France
  • 1982 Dimitrios Tsiamis, Greek triple jumper, born in Karditsa, Greece
  • 1982 Hans Van Alphen, Belgian decathlete, born in Turnhout, Belgium
  • 1982 Chris Ray, American baseball player, born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1982 Dontrelle Willis, American baseball player, born in Oakland, California
  • 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