On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on January 16

  • 1894 Guy Chamberlin, early NFL end/coach (Canton, Frankford, Cards)
  • 1902 Eric Liddell, Scottish 400m runner (Olympic gold 1924) and Christian missionary in China, born in Tianjin, China (d. 1945)
  • 1911 Jay Hanna "Dizzy" Dean, HOF baseball pitcher (St Louis Cardinals)
  • 1911 Roger Lapébie, French cyclist (d. 1996)
  • 1923 Martin Stokken, Norwegian nordic relay (Olympic silver 1952)

Person of interestA. J. Foyt

1935 A. J. Foyt, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1961, 64, 67, 77; 24 Hours of Le Mans 1967; Daytona 500 1972; 24 Hours of Daytona 1983, 85; 12 Hours of Sebring 1985), born in Houston, Texas

Racing Car Driver A. J. Foyt
Racing Car Driver
A. J. Foyt
  • 1935 Udo Lattek, German football striker (VfL Osnabrück) and coach (Bayern Munich, Borussia Mönchengladbach, Borussia Dortmund, Barcelona), born in Boże, Poland (d. 2015)
  • 1937 Luiz Bueno, Brazilian racing driver, born in São Paulo, Brazil (d. 2011)
  • 1941 Christine Janes, British tennis player, born in Loughton, United Kingdom
  • 1945 Wim Suurbier, Dutch soccer right back (60 caps; Ajax 392 games) and manager (LA Heat, TB Rowdies), born in Eindhoven, Netherlands (d. 2020)
  • 1948 Cliff Thorburn, Canadian champion snooker player, born in Victoria, British Columbia
  • 1956 Wayne Daniel, West Indies cricketer (WI fast bowler 1976-84), born in Saint Philip, Barbados
  • 1956 Martin Jol, Dutch football manager, born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • 1962 Kevin Ross, American NFL safety (Atlanta Falcons, KC Chiefs), born in Camden, New Jersey
  • 1964 Gail Graham, Canadian golfer (2 LPGA Tour titles), born in Vanderhoof, British Columbia
  • 1964 Mark Collins, American NFL cornerback and safety (Super Bowl 1986, 90; First-team All-Pro 1989; New York Giants), born in St. Louis, Missouri

  • 1964 Trevor Barsby, Australian cricketer (Queensland opening batsman since 1984-85), born in Brisbane, Australia
  • 1966 Anthony Washington, American discus thrower (Olympic 4th 1996), born in Glasgow, Montana
  • 1966 Jack McDowell, American pitcher (NY Yankees, White Sox, Indians), born in Van Nuys, California
  • 1967 Jeff Branson, American infielder (Cincinnati Reds), born in St. Louis, Missouri,
  • 1969 Chelan Kozak, Canadian equestrian (Olympics 1996), born in Revelstoke, British Columbia
  • 1969 Roy Jones Jr., American boxer (4 x weight divisions world champion), born in Pensacola, Florida
  • 1970 Don MacLean, American NBA forward (NJ Nets, Denver Nuggets), born in Palo Alto, California
  • 1970 Ron Villone, American pitcher (San Diego Padres), born in Englewood, New Jersey
  • 1971 Junior Bryant, American NFL defensive end (SF 49ers), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1971 Michel Kreek, Dutch soccer player (Ajax), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 1971 Scott Williams, American field hockey defender (Olympics 1996), born in Orange County, California
  • 1971 Sergei Bruguera, Spanish tennis star, born in Barcelona, Spain
  • 1971 Ulrich van Gobbel, Suriname/Dutch soccer player (Feyenoord), born in Paramaribo, Suriname
  • 1972 Desiree Leipham, American WPVA volleyballer (Nationals-17th-1995), born in Spokane, Washington
  • 1972 Joe Horn, American NFL wide receiver (KC Chiefs), born in Tupelo, Mississippi
  • 1972 Salah Hissou, Moroccan long-distance runner, born in Morocco
  • 1973 Mario Bates, American NFL-running back (New Orleans Saints), born in Victoria, Texas
  • 1973 Willie Whitehead, American CFL defensive end (Hamilton Tiger Cats), born in Tuskegee, Alabama
  • 1976 Viktor Maslov, Russian racing driver, born in Surgut, RSFSR, Soviet Union
  • 1977 Jeff Foster, American basketball player, born in London, United Kingdom
  • 1978 Alfredo Amézaga, Mexican baseball player, born in Ciudad Obregón, Mexico
  • 1979 Brenden Morrow, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Carlyle, Canada
  • 1979 Jason Ward, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Chapleau, Canada
  • 1979 Jimmy Walker, American golfer (PGA C'ship 2016), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1980 Seydou Keita, Malian footballer, born in Bamako, Mali
  • 1980 Albert Pujols, Dominican MLB 1st baseman (NL MVP 2005, 2008-9)), born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • 1981 Bobby Zamora, English footballer, born in Barking, United Kingdom
  • 1982 Tuncay Şanlı, Turkish footballer, born in Sakarya Province
  • 1983 Emanuel Pogatetz, Austrian footballer, born in Graz, Austria
  • 1988 Nicklas Bendtner, Danish footballer, born in Copenhagen, Denmark