On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on January 17

  • 1733 Thomas Linley the elder, English composer and tenor, born in Badminton, Gloucestershire (d. 1795)
  • 1878 'Philadelphia' Jack O'Brien, American boxer (World light heavyweight champion 1905), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1942)
  • 1901 Olin Dutra, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1932, US Open 1934), born in Monterey, California (d. 1983)
  • 1903 Warren Hull, American actor (Strike it Rich, Who in the World), born in Gasport, New York (d. 1974)
  • 1905 Guillermo Stábile, Argentine footballer (d. 1966)
  • 1905 Ray Cunningham, American baseball player (d. 2005)
  • 1908 Cus D'Amato, American boxing manager (d. 1985)
  • 1913 Yuvraj of Patiala, cricketer (scored 24 & 60 in only Test India v Eng)
  • 1925 A H Kardar, cricketer (Pak 1st Test capt, prev played for India)
  • 1926 Sir Clyde Walcott, West Indian cricket batsman (44 Tests @ 56.68; 15 x 100s) and administrator (ICC chairman 1997-2000), born in St Michael, Barbados (d. 2006)
  • 1928 Ken Archer, cricketer (Australian batsman, 5 Tests early 50s)
  • 1929 Jacques "Jake the Snake" Plante, Canadian NHL goaltender (#1) who was the first to wear a goaltender mask, born in Notre-Dame-du-Mont-Carmel, Quebec (d. 1986)
  • 1931 Don Zimmer, American baseball coach, born in Cincinnati, Ohio, (d. 2014)
  • 1939 Antao D'Souza, Pakistani cricketer (pace bowler in six Tests 1959-62), born in Nagoa, Goa, Portuguese India
  • 1939 Toini Gustafson, Swedish 5K/10K cross country skier (Olympic gold 1968)
  • 1940 Kipchoge "Kip" Keino, Kenyan athlete (Olympic gold 1,500m 1968, 3k steeplechase 1972), born in Kipsamo, Kenya

  • 1940 Leighton Rees, Welsh darts player (BDO World Champion 1978), born in Ynysybwl, Glamorgan, Wales (d. 2003)

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1942 Muhammad Ali [Cassius Clay], American boxer (world heavyweight champion 1964-7 74-8), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 2016)

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • 1949 Heini Hemmi, Swiss giant slalom (Olympic gold 1976), born in Churwalden, Switzerland
  • 1951 Rolando Thoeni, Italian slalom (Olympic bronze 1972), born in Trafoi
  • 1952 Darrell Porter, American baseball catcher (MLB All Star 1974, 78-80; World Series MVP 1982), born in Joplin, Missouri (d. 2002)
  • 1954 Janet Dykman, American archer (Olympics 1996), born in Monterey Park California
  • 1957 Donna Stone, American fencer-epee (Olympics 1996), born in New Jersey
  • 1957 Michel Vaarten, Belgian cyclist, born in Turnhout, Belgium
  • 1960 Chili Davis, American-Jamaican baseball outfielder (California Angels), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1961 Maia Chiburdanidze, Soviet women's world chess champ, born in Kutaisi, USSR
  • 1964 Jeff Tabaka, American baseball pitcher (San Diego Padres), born in Barberton, Ohio
  • 1965 Nikos Nioplias, Greek footballer, born in Galatini, Greece
  • 1965 Sylvain Turgeon, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Rouyn-Noranda, Canada
  • 1966 Anna Ivan, American tennis player, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1966 Don Myrah, American cyclist (Olympics 20th-96), born in Oakland, California
  • 1966 Trish Johnson, British golfer (3 LPGA Tour titles; 19 LET wins), born in Bristol, England
  • 1967 Gregory Caccia, American team handball right back (Olympics 1996), born in Bayshore, New York
  • 1968 Svetlana Masterkova, Russian athlete, born in Soviet Union
  • 1970 Candace Murray, Canadian softball shortstop (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1970 Darnell Walker, American NFL cornerback (Atlanta Falcons, SF 49ers), born in St. Louis, Missouri

  • 1970 Jeremy Roenick, American NHL center (Team USA, Blackhawks, Coyotes), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1970 James Wattana, Thai snooker player, born in Bangkok, Thailand
  • 1971 Derek Plante, American NHL center (Buffalo Sabres), born in Cloquet, Minnesota
  • 1971 Peter Winter, Australian decathlete (Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1971 Tyler Houston, American baseball catcher (Atlanta Braves), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1971 Richard Burns, English rally driver, born in Reading, England (d. 2005)
  • 1971 Ann Wolfe, American boxer, born in Oberlin, Louisiana
  • 1972 Wendall Gaines, American NFL tight end (Arizona Cardinals), born in Vernon, Texas
  • 1973 CuauhtĂ©moc Blanco, Mexican footballer, born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • 1973 Liz Ellis, Australian netball defender and captain (122 caps; World C'ship gold 1995, 99, 2007; C'wealth Games gold 1998, 2002), born in Windsor, Australia
  • 1974 Derrick Mason, American football wide receiver (Tennessee Oilers), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1974 Guillermo Mercedes, Dominican-American baseball infielder (Texas Rangers), born in La Romana, Dominican Republic
  • 1974 Marcus Spriggs, American offensive tackle (Buffalo Bills), born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi
  • 1974 Sharon Marie Ferris, New Zealand sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Scarborough, Canada
  • 1974 Yang Chen, Chinese footballer, born in Beijing, China
  • 1977 Ali el Kattabi, Dutch soccer player (Sparta), born in Schiedam, Netherlands
  • 1981 Warren Feeney, Northern Irish footballer, born in Belfast, United Kingdom
  • 1982 Dwyane Wade, American basketball player (Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1983 Alvaro Arbeloa, Spanish footballer, born in Salamanca, Spain
  • 1983 Rick Kelly, Australian racing driver, born in Mildura, Australia
  • 1983 Johannes Herber, German basketball player, born in Darmstadt, Germany