On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on January 15

  • 1841 Lord Frederick Stanley, British politician & presenter of hockey's Stanley Cup, born in London, United Kingdom (d. 1908)
  • 1875 Tom Burke, American athlete (Olympic gold 100m, 400m 1896), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1929)
  • 1885 Grover Lowdermilk, American baseball player, born in Sandborn, Illinois (d. 1968)
  • 1890 Tommy Fleming, American soccer player (d. 1965)
  • 1891 Ray Chapman, American baseball player (Cleveland Indians) and only MLB player to die from an injury received during a MLB game, born in Beaver Dam, Kentucky (d. 1920)
  • 1898 Dutch Meyer, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (National C'ship 1935, 38; TCU), born in Ellinger, Texas (d. 1982)
  • 1919 Åke Seyffarth, Swedish speed skater (Olympic gold 10,000m 1948; WR 3,000 & 5,000m), born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1998)
  • 1920 Steve Gromek, American baseball player, born in Hamtramck, Michigan (d. 2002)
  • 1925 Keith Bentley, English international racing cyclist, born in Leicester, England (d. 1997)
  • 1932 Dean Smith, American actor & relay runner (Olympic gold 1952), born in Emporia, Kansas (d. 2015)
  • 1932 Lou Jones, American athlete (Olympic gold 4x400m relay 1956), born in New Rochelle, New York (d. 2006)
  • 1938 Chuni Goswami, Indian soccer striker and captain (30 caps; Mohun Bagan) and cricket all-rounder (captain Bengal), born in Kishoreganj, Bangladesh (d. 2020)
  • 1939 Tony Bullimore, British yachtsman (1997 solo around-the-world yacht race, dramatic rescue), born in Southend-on-Sea, England (d. 2018) [1]
  • 1943 Mike Marshall, MLB pitcher (1974 Cy Young Award), born in Adrian, Michigan
  • 1949 Howard Twitty, American golfer, course designer (3 PGA Tour titles), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1949 Luis Alvarado, Puerto Rican baseball player, born in Lajas, Puerto Rico (d. 2001)

  • 1950 Marius Trésor, French footballer, born in Sainte-Anne, Guadeloupe
  • 1953 Randy White, American NFL tackle (Dallas Cowboys), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1954 Nikos Sarganis, Greek footballer, born in Rafina, Greece
  • 1956 Paul Parker, English cricketer (one Test England v Australia 1981), born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
  • 1956 Vera Sosulya, Soviet tobogganist (Olympic gold 1980)
  • 1960 Tim Curtis, English cricketer (batsman in 5 Tests 1988-89), born in Chislehurst, United Kingdom
  • 1963 Lijuan Geng, Chinese-Canadian tennis player (Olympics 1996), born in Hebei, China
  • 1963 Richard Nasheim, Canadian-Austrian ice hockey coach and forward (Team Austria 1998), born in Regina, Canada
  • 1963 Yaro Dachniwsky, American team handball goalie (Olympics 1996), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1964 Cees van der de Linden, Dutch soccer player, born in Heelsum, Netherlands
  • 1964 Paula Schnurr, Canadian 1.5k runner (Olympics-8-92, 96), born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario
  • 1965 Michael Clemons, American CFL running back (Toronto Argonauts), born in Dunedin, Florida
  • 1965 Maurizio Fondriest, Italian cyclist, born in Cles, Italy
  • 1965 Bernard Hopkins, American boxer, born in Pennsylvania
  • 1966 Betsy Mitchell, American 100m backstroke swimmer, born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1967 Richard Blakey, English cricketer (England wicket-keeper in India 1993), born in Huddersfield, United Kingdom
  • 1968 Laurie Fellner, American team handball goalie (Olympics 1992, 96), born in Appleton, Wisconsin
  • 1968 Steve McConaghy, Australian soling sailor (Olympics 1996)
  • 1968 Iñaki Urdangarín, Spanish handball player & royal, born in Basque Country, Spain
  • 1969 Adam Burt, American NHL defenseman (Hartford Whalers), born in Detroit, Michigan

  • 1969 Delino DeShields, American baseball infielder (Montreal Expos, LA Dodgers), born in Seaford, Delaware
  • 1969 Leonard Wheeler, American NFL safety (Cin Bengals, Minnesota Vikings), born in Toccoa, Georgia
  • 1969 Marsha Miller, American WPVA volleyballer (National-17th-1995), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1969 Rob van Dijk, Dutch soccer player (Feyenoord), born in Voorhout, Netherlands
  • 1969 Rod de Highden, Australian 5k/10k/marathoner (Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1969 Siupeli Malamala, Tongan NFL offensive lineman (NY Jets), born in Tonga
  • 1970 Dan Landry, American volleyball opposite hitter (Olympics 1996), born in San Diego, California
  • 1970 Michele Granger, American softball pitcher (Olympic gold 1996), born in Anaheim, California
  • 1971 LeShon Johnson, American football running back (Arizona Cardinals), born in Haskell, Oklahoma
  • 1972 Yang Yong-eun, South Korean golfer (PGA C'ship 2009), born in Seogwipo-si Jeju-do, South Korea
  • 1973 Essam El-Hadary, Egyptian footballer, born in Damietta Governorate, Egypt
  • 1974 Mike Minter, American football safety (Carolina Panthers), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1974 Ray King, American baseball player, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1975 Greg Loveridge, New Zealand cricketer (NZ leg-spinner, did not bowl v Zim 1996), born in Palmerston North, New Zealand

Person of interestMary Pierce

1975 Mary Pierce, French tennis player (Australian Open 1995, French Open 2000), born in Montreal, Quebec

Tennis Player Mary Pierce
Tennis Player
Mary Pierce
  • 1976 Corey Chavous, American football player, born in Aiken, South Carolina
  • 1978 Franco Pellizotti, Italian cyclist, born in Latisana, Italy

Person of interestDrew Brees

1979 Drew Brees, American football quarterback (Super Bowl MVP 2009, New Orleans Saints; 13 x Pro Bowl; 7 × NFL passing yards leader), born in Austin, Texas

NFL Quarterback Drew Brees
NFL Quarterback
Drew Brees
  • 1979 Martin Petrov, Bulgarian footballer, born in Vratsa, Bulgaria
  • 1980 Matt Holliday, American baseball player, born in Stillwater, Oklahoma
  • 1981 El Hadji Diouf, Senegalese footballer, born in Dakar, Senegal
  • 1981 Sean Lamont, Scottish rugby union footballer, born in Perth, United Kingdom
  • 1982 Armando Galarraga, Venezuelan baseball player, born in Cumaná, Venezuela
  • 1983 Jermaine Pennant, English footballer, born in Nottingham, United Kingdom
  • 1983 Hugo Viana, Portuguese footballer, born in Barcelos, Portugal
  • 1984 Megan Jendrick, American swimmer, born in Tacoma, Washington
  • 1985 Kenneth Emil Petersen, Danish footballer, born in Solrød Strand, Denmark
  • 1986 Fred Davis, American football player, born in Toledo, Ohio
  • 1987 Greg Inglis, Australian rugby league player, born in Kempsey, Australia
  • 1987 David Knight, English footballer, born in Houghton-le-Spring, United Kingdom
  • 1990 Fernando Forestieri, Italian footballer, born in Rosario, Argentina