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, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1974, 75; NL Cy Young Award 1974; Montreal Expos, LA Dodgers, Atlanta Braves), born in Adrian, Michigan (d. 2021)
  • 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 College/Pro Football HOF tackle (Super Bowl 1977 [MVP]; 7 × First-team All-Pro; 9 × Pro Bowl; 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, 1988-2001 (Hartford Whalers, and 3 other teams), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1969 Delino DeShields, American baseball infielder, 1990-2002 (Montreal Expos, LA Dodgers, and 3 other teams), born in Seaford, Delaware
  • 1969 Leonard Wheeler, American NFL safety (Cincinnati Bengals, Minnesota Vikings), born in Toccoa, Georgia
  • 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, 1992-99 (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 NFL football safety, 1997-2006 (Carolina Panthers), and college coach (Campbell University, 2013-present), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1974 Ray King, American MLB baseball pitcher, 1999-2008 (Milwaulkee Brewers, Atlanta Braves, and 6 other teams), 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

Mary Pierce

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

  • 1976 Corey Chavous, American football player, born in Aiken, South Carolina
  • 1977 Simon James Cook, British cricketer, born in Oxford, England
  • 1978 Franco Pellizotti, Italian cyclist, born in Latisana, Italy

Drew 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

  • 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