Birthdays in Sport on January 17

  • 1733 Thomas Linley the elder, English composer and tenor, born in Badminton, Gloucestershire (d. 1795)

'Philadelphia' Jack O'Brien'Philadelphia' Jack O'Brien (1878-1942)

American boxer (World light heavyweight champion 1905), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • 1889 Louis Santop, American Baseball HOF catcher (5 x NgL East All-Star; Hilldale Athletic Club), born in Tyler, Texas (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 Bryan Valentine, British cricket batsman (7 Tests, 2 x 100; Kent CCC, Cambridge University CC), born in Blackheath, England (d. 1983)
  • 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, Australian cricket batsman (5 Tests; Queensland CA), born in Brisbane, Australia

Jacques PlanteJacques Plante (1929-1986)

Canadian NHL goaltender (#1) who was the first to wear a goaltender mask, born in Notre-Dame-du-Mont-Carmel, Quebec

  • 1931 Don Zimmer, American baseball infielder (2 × All-Star, Chicago Cubs; World Series 1955, 59 LA Dodgers) and manager (NL Manager of the Year 1989 Chicago Cubs), born in Cincinnati, Ohio, (d. 2014)
  • 1939 Antao D'Souza, Pakistani cricket medium pace bowler (6 Tests, 17 wickets; Karachi, Peshawar), born in Nagoa, Goa, India
  • 1939 Toini Gustafson, Swedish 5K/10K cross country skier (Olympic gold 1968)
  • 1940 Fred Hill, English soccer forward (2 caps; Bolton Wanderers 375 games), born in Sheffield, England (d. 2021)
  • 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)

Muhammad AliMuhammad Ali (1942-2016)

American boxer (world heavyweight champion 1964-7 74-8), born in Louisville, Kentucky

  • 1949 Heini Hemmi, Swiss giant slalom (Olympic gold 1976), born in Churwalden, Switzerland
  • 1950 Stavros Sarafis, Greek soccer attacking midfielder (32 caps; PAOK 358 games, 136 goals), born in Epanomi, Greece (d. 2022)
  • 1951 Rolando Thoeni, Italian slalom (Olympic bronze 1972), born in Trafoi
  • 1951 Yury Zaitsev, Russian weightlifter (Olympic gold USSR 110kg 1976), born in Pobedino, Sakhalin Oblast, Russia (d. 2022)
  • 1952 Charlie Johnson, American football defensive tackle (Pro Bowl 1979-81; All Pro 1980; Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings), born in West Columbia, Texas (d. 2021)
  • 1952 Darrell Porter, American baseball catcher (MLB All Star 1974, 78-80; World Series MVP 1982), born in Joplin, Missouri (d. 2002)
  • 1953 Mark Littell, American MLB pitcher, 1973-82 (Kansas City Royals, St. Louis Cardinals), writer, and inventor, born in Cape Girardeau, Missouri (d. 2022)
  • 1953 Ted Thompson, American NFL linebacker (Houston Oilers) and executive (GM Green Bay Packers 2005-17), born in Atlanta, Texas (d. 2021)
  • 1956 Faouzi Mansouri, Algerian soccer defender (13 caps; Montpellier, FC Mulhouse), born in Djerba, Tunisia (d. 2022)
  • 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 James Wattana, Thai snooker player, born in Bangkok, Thailand
  • 1970 Jeremy Roenick, American NHL center (Team USA, Blackhawks, Coyotes), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1971 Derek Plante, American NHL center (Buffalo Sabres), born in Cloquet, Minnesota
  • 1971 Peter Winter, Australian decathlete (Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1971 Richard Burns, English rally driver, born in Reading, England (d. 2005)
  • 1971 Tyler Houston, American baseball catcher (Atlanta Braves), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1972 Wendall Gaines, American NFL tight end (Arizona Cardinals), born in Vernon, Texas
  • 1973 Cuauhtémoc 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 Johannes Herber, German basketball player, born in Darmstadt, Germany
  • 1983 Rick Kelly, Australian racing driver, born in Mildura, Australia