On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on January 21

  • 1884 Katie Sandwina, German legendary woman weight-lifter

Georges Vezina

1887 Georges Vezina, Canadian ice hockey goalie (Vezina Trophy), born in Chicoutimi, Quebec (d. 1926)

  • 1888 Herbie Collins, Australian cricket all-rounder and captain (19 Tests, 1,352 runs @ 45.06, 4 x 100s), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1959)
  • 1891 Francisco Lazaro, Portuguese runner
  • 1901 Ricardo Zamora, Spanish footballer (d. 1978)
  • 1922 Sam Mele, American MLB outfielder/manager (Minnesota Twins record 102 wins 1965), born in Astoria, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1925 George Conner, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame tackle / linebacker (Pro Bowl 1950–53; First-team All-Pro 1950–53, 55; Chicago Bears), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2003)
  • 1927 Clive Churchill, Australian rugby league footballer (d. 1985)
  • 1932 Boris Shakhlin, Russian gymnast (Olympic gold 1956-60-64)
  • 1932 John Chaney, American Basketball Hall of Fame college coach (Cheyney University, Temple University), born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 2021)
  • 1938 Romano Fogli, Italian soccer midfielder (13 caps; Torino FC, Bologna FC 1909, A.C. Milan, Calcio Catania) and manager (Bologna FC), born in Santa Maria a Monte, Italy (d. 2021)

Jack Nicklaus

1940 Jack Nicklaus, American golfer (18 major titles, 73 PGA Tour titles), born in Columbus, Ohio

Paul Allen

1953 Paul Allen, American business magnate (co-founder Microsoft, owner Portland Trail Blazers, Seattle Seahawks), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2018)

  • 1955 Peter Fleming, NJ, tennis player (US Open Doubles 1979, 81, 83)
  • 1957 Jacob Green, NFL defensive end (Seattle Seahawk)
  • 1959 Alex McLeish, Scottish footballer and manager
  • 1963 Detlef Schrempf, German-American NBA forward, 1985-2001 (Mavericks, Pacers, Supersonics), born in Leverkusen, West Germany
  • 1963 Jessie Hester, American NFL wide receiver, 1985-95 (Raiders, Falcons, Colts, Rams), born in Belle Glade, Florida

Hakeem Olajuwon

1963 Hakeem Olajuwon, Nigerian-American NBA center, 1984-2002 (Houston Rockets, Olympic gold 1996), born in Lagos, Nigeria

  • 1965 Eric Moore, NFL tackle (Cleveland Browns)
  • 1966 Chris Hammond, American baseball pitcher (Florida Marlins)
  • 1967 Ulf Stenlund, Swedish tennis star
  • 1968 Tom Urbani, pitcher (St Louis Cards, Detroit Tigers), born in Santa Cruz, California
  • 1969 Ashley Sheppard, NFL linebacker (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1969 Matt Willig, NFL tackle/guard (Atlanta Falcons, NY Jets)
  • 1969 Rusty Greer, Ft Rucker AL, outfielder (Texas Rangers)
  • 1969 Ted Long, CFL slot back (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • 1970 Ian Salisbury, cricketer (Sussex & England leg-spinner 1992-96)
  • 1971 Doug Edwards, NBA forward (Vancouver Grizzlies)
  • 1971 Doug Weight, Warren MI, NHL center (Edmonton Oilers, Team USA 98)
  • 1971 Alan McManus, Scottish snooker player
  • 1972 Alan Benes, Evansville IN, pitcher (St Louis Cardinals)
  • 1972 Shelley Looney, ice hockey forward (USA, Olympics 1998)
  • 1973 Grady Jackson, defensive tackle (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1974 Jerald Sowell, American football fullback (NY Jets), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • 1974 Jerry Wunsch, tackle (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • 1974 Orpheus Roye, defensive end (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1974 Alex Sperafico, Brazilian racing driver
  • 1974 Keith Hufnagel, American skateboarder (founded skate/clothing company HUF), born in NYC, NY (d. 2020)
  • 1975 Willem Korsten, Dutch soccer player (Vitesse)
  • 1975 Ito, Spanish footballer
  • 1975 Nicky Butt, English footballer
  • 1975 Casey FitzRandolph, American speed skater
  • 1975 Yuji Ide, Japanese racing driver
  • 1977 Al Baxter, Australian rugby union footballer
  • 1977 Phil Neville, English footballer
  • 1978 Faris al-Sultan, German-Iraqi triathlete
  • 1978 Andrei Zyuzin, Russian ice hockey player
  • 1979 Byung-Hyun Kim, Korean baseball player
  • 1979 Brian O'Driscoll, Irish rugby union footballer
  • 1980 Aubrie Rippner, tennis star (1995 USTA National Girls 18), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1980 Dave Kitson, English footballer
  • 1981 Ivan Ergić, Serbian footballer
  • 1981 Jamie Dalrymple, English cricketer
  • 1981 Dany Heatley, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1982 Dean Whitehead, English footballer
  • 1983 Moritz Volz, German footballer
  • 1983 Peter Philipakos, Greek-American soccer player
  • 1984 Hiroki Yuhara, Japanese rugby union hooker (22 caps; Toshiba Brave Lupus), born in Chiba, Japan (d. 2020)
  • 1985 Alex Pérez, Spanish footballer
  • 1985 Matt Unicomb, Australian basketball player
  • 1985 Adrian Lewis, English darts player (PDC World Champion 2011-12), born in Stoke-on-Trent, England
  • 1987 Joe Ledley, Welsh footballer
  • 1993 Sei Young Kim, South Korean golfer (PGA Women's C'ship 2020; LPGA 72-hole scoring record 257), born in Seoul, South Korea
  • 1994 Laura Robson, British tennis player (Olympics mixed doubles silver 2012), born in Melbourne, Australia