On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on January 20

  • 1893 Georg Åberg, Swedish athlete (Olympic silver triple jump; bronze long jump 1912), born in Norrköping, Sweden (d. 1946)
  • 1908 Ian Peebles, English cricketer (Scottish leg-spinner, England 1927-31), born in Aberdeen, United Kingdom (d. 1980)
  • 1912 Walter Briggs Jr, American sports executive (owner Detroit Tigers 1952-56), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1970)
  • 1920 Thorleif Schjelderup, Norwegian author & ski jumper, born in Aker, Norway (d. 2006)
  • 1921 Telmo Zarraonaindía, Spanish footballer, born in Erandio, Spain (d. 2006)
  • 1928 Lionel Hebert, American golfer (PGA Championship 1957), born in Lafayette, Louisiana (d. 2000)
  • 1929 Fireball Roberts, American racing driver (Daytona 500 1962), born in Tavares, Florida (d. 1964)
  • 1930 Raymond Van Gestel, Belgian soccer winger (5 caps; Lyra) and athlete (Belgian long jump champion), born in Mol, Belgium (d. 2020)
  • 1932 Lou Fontinato, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Guelph, Ontario (d. 2016)
  • 1932 Frank Arok AM, Yugoslavian-Australian soccer coach (Australia 1983-89), born in Kanjiža, Serbia (d. 2021)
  • 1939 Murle Breer, American golfer (US Women's Open 1962), born in St. Petersburg, Florida
  • 1940 Carol Heiss Jenkins, American figure skater (Olympic gold singles 1960; silver 1956; World C'ship gold 1956–1960), born in NYC, New York
  • 1940 Lars-Åke Lagrell, Swedish sports administrator (President Swedish Football Association 1991-2012) and politician (Governor Kronoberg County), born in Växjö, Sweden (d. 2020)
  • 1943 Louis Cardiet, French soccer defender (6 caps; Paris SG), born in Quimperlé, France (d. 2020)
  • 1944 Isao Okano, Japanese judoka (Olympic gold 1964), born in Ryugasaki, Japan
  • 1945 Christopher Martin-Jenkins, British cricket journalist and broadcaster (President MCC; BBC Radio), born in Peterborough, England (d. 2013)

  • 1946 Johnny Oates, American MLB baseball catcher, 1970-81 (Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies, and 3 other teams), and manager, 1991-2001 (Baltimore Orioles, Texas Rangers), born in Sylva, North Carolina
  • 1947 Cyrille Guimard, French cyclist & directeur sportif, born in Bouguenais, France
  • 1950 Chuck Lefley, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Winnipeg, Canada
  • 1956 John Phillips Naber, American swimmer (Olympic-4 gold/silver-76), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1959 Lea Antonoplis, American tennis player, born in West Covina, California
  • 1963 Scott Fisher, Australian basketball forward (Olympics 1996), born in San Jose, California
  • 1964 Ozzie Guillén, Venezuelan baseball shortstop and manager (3-time MLB All Star; Chicago White Sox), born in Ocumare del Tuy, Venezuela
  • 1964 Roger Smith, Bahamas tennis doubles player, born in Freeport, Bahamas
  • 1964 Ron Harper, American NBA guard (Chicago Bulls), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1965 Brad Brink, American baseball pitcher (SF Giants, Philadelphia Phillies), born in Roseville, California
  • 1965 Anton Weissenbacher, Romanian footballer, born in Baia Mare, Romania
  • 1965 Colin Calderwood, Scottish footballer, born in Stranraer, United Kingdom
  • 1966 Bert Weidner, American NFL guard (Miami Dolphins), born in Eden, New York
  • 1966 Chris Morris, American NBA forward (Utah Jazz), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1966 Rich Gannon, American NFL quarterback (Pro Bowl 1999–2002; First-team All-Pro 2000, 02; NFL MVP 2002; Minnesota Vikings, Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1967 Mark Stepnoski, American football player (Houston/Tennessee Oilers), born in Erie, Pennsylvania
  • 1968 Junior Murray, West Indian cricketer (WI keeper, no relation to Derryck or David), born in St. George's Grenada
  • 1968 Nick Anderson, American basketball player (Orlando Magic), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1969 Andre Cason, American sprinter, born in Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • 1970 Marvin Benard, American baseball outfielder (SF Giants), born in Bluefields, Nicaragua

  • 1970 Rob Gaudreau, American ice hockey player (Ottawa Senators), born in Cranston, Rhode Island
  • 1970 Ron Carpenter, American football player (NY Jets, Amsterdam Admirals), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1970 Terry Kirby, American football player (Miami Dolphins, SF 49ers), born in Hampton, Virginia
  • 1970 Thomas "Tom" Murray, American rower (Olympics 1996), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1971 Andrei Skabelka, Belarusian ice hockey player & coach (Belarus, Olympics 1998), born in Minsk, Belarus
  • 1971 Johnny Mitchell, American football tight end (NY Jets), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1971 Brian Giles, American baseball player, born in El Cajon, California
  • 1972 Alcides Catanho, American NFL outside linebacker (NE Patriots), born in Elizabeth, New Jersey
  • 1973 Eddie Kennison, American football wide receiver (St Louis Rams), born in Lake Charles, Louisiana
  • 1973 Jalen Rose, American NBA guard (Denver Nuggets), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1974 Calvin Harrison, American athlete (Olympic gold medalist), born in Orlando, Florida
  • 1974 Rae Carruth, American football wide receiver (Carolina Panthers), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1975 David Eckstein, American baseball player, born in Sanford, Florida
  • 1975 Norberto Fontana, Argentine racing driver, born in Arrecifes, Argentina
  • 1977 Paul Adams, South African cricketer (lefty very unorthodox bowler for South Africa), born in Cape Town, South Africa
  • 1978 Sonja Kesselschläger, German heptathlete, born in Finsterwalde, Germany
  • 1978 Allan Søgaard, Danish football player, born in Brædstrup, Denmark
  • 1981 Freddy Guzmán, Dominican baseball player, born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • 1981 Owen Hargreaves, English football player & television pundit, born in Calgary, Canada
  • 1983 Geovany Soto, Puerto Rican baseball player, born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 1987 Marco Simoncelli, Italian motorcycle racer (250cc World Championship 2008), born in Cattolica, Italy (d. 2011)
  • 1989 Nick Foles, American NFL quarterback (Super Bowl LII MVP), born in Austin, Texas