On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on January 22

  • 1889 Henri Pélissier, French cyclist (Tour de France 1923), born in Paris, France (d. 1935)
  • 1902 Daniel Kinsey, American hurdler (d. 1970)
  • 1907 Dixie Dean, English soccer striker (16 caps; Everton), born in Birkenhead, Cheshire, England (d. 1980)
  • 1915 Tom Burtt, cricketer (slow left-armer took 33 wickets for NZ)
  • 1918 Elmer Lach, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Nokomis, Saskatchewan
  • 1921 Andy Ganteaume, cricketer (WI batsman, 112 in his sole Test innings 1948), born in Port of Spain, Trinidad (d. 2016)
  • 1927 Joe Perry, NFL Hall-of-Famer
  • 1927 Lou Creekmur, American football player (Detroit Lions) and hall of famer, born in Hopelawn, New Jersey (d. 2009)
  • 1931 Galina Zybina, USSR, discus thrower (15 world records between 1952-58)
  • 1936 Noel Kelly, Australian rugby league hooker (25 Tests; Queensland, NSW, Western Suburbs) and coach (Western Suburbs, North Sydney), born in Ipswich, Australia (d. 2020)
  • 1938 Altair, Brazilian footballer
  • 1938 Corra Dirksen, South African rugby union winger (10 caps; Northern Transvaal), born in Vereeniging, South Africa (d. 2020)
  • 1939 Luigi Simoni, Italian soccer midfielder (Napoli, Torino, Juventus, Brescia, Genoa) and manager (UEFA Cup 1998, Inter; Genoa, Torino, Napoli), born in Crevalcore, Italy (d. 2020)
  • 1940 George Seifert, American football coach
  • 1942 Mimis Domazos, Greek footballer
  • 1949 Mike Caldwell, American baseball player

  • 1951 Ondrej Nepela, Slovak figure skater (d. 1989)
  • 1953 Karen Moe, American swimmer (Olympic gold 200m butterfly 1972), born in Del Monte, Philippines

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1957 Mike Bossy, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame right wing (Stanley Cup 1980-83; Conn Smythe Trophy 1982; 7 x NHL All Star; NY Islanders), born in Montreal, Quebec

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  • 1958 Nikos Anastopoulos, Greek football player & manager, born in Dafni, Greece
  • 1958 Charles White, American College Football Hall of Fame running back (Heisman Trophy 1979, USC; Pro Bowl 1987, Cleveland Browns, LA Rams), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1963 Jeff Treadway, American baseball infielder (LA Dodgers), born in Columbus, Georgia
  • 1963 Andrei Tchmil, Ukrainian-Belgian cyclist, born in Khabarovsk, Russia
  • 1964 Stojko Vrankovic, Croatian NBA center (LA Clippers), born in Drniš, Croatia
  • 1964 Wayne Kirby, American baseball outfielder (Cleveland Indians, LA Dodgers), born in Williamsburg, Virginia
  • 1966 Carlton Haselrig, American football guard (Pro Bowl 1992; Pittsburgh Steelers) and wrestler (6 x NCAA titles; Pitt-Johnstown), born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania (d. 2020)
  • 1966 Nishantha Ranatunga, Sri Lankan cricketer (bro of Arjuna Sri Lankan ODI allrounder), born in Gampaha, Sri Lanka
  • 1967 Nicholas Gillingham, British swimmer (world record 200m freestyle), born in Walsall, England
  • 1967 Ecaterina Szabo, Romanian gymnast, born in Zagon, Romania
  • 1968 Brian Jones, American sports radio and television host and former NFL linebacker (New Orleans Saints), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • 1968 Mauricio Serna, Colombian retired footballer (Colombia national team 1993-2001), born in Medellín, Colombia
  • 1968 Frank Lebœuf, French actor, sports commentator and former footballer (1998 FIFA World Cup), born in Marseille, France
  • 1969 Keith Gordon, American baseball outfielder (Cincinnati Reds), born in Bethesda, Maryland
  • 1969 Shelley Sandie, Australian basketball guard (Olympics 1988, 96), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1969 Vinnie Clark, American NFL cornerback (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1970 Abraham Olano, Spanish cyclist, born in Anoeta, Spain

  • 1971 Bucky Brooks, American NFL wide receiver & sportswriter (Sports Illustrated; NFL Network and NFL.com), born in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • 1971 Stan Collymore, English football player, born in Stone, United Kingdom
  • 1972 Steve Scifres, American football offensive lineman (Dallas Cowboys), born in Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • 1972 Toddrick McIntosh, American NFL defensive end (Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Tallahassee, Florida (d. 2014)
  • 1972 Gonzalo Rodríguez, Uruguayan racing driver, born in Montevideo, Uruguay (d. 1999)
  • 1973 Deon Minor, American 400m runner, born in Paris, Texas
  • 1973 George Noga, CFL linebacker (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • 1973 Reggie Barlow, American football wide receiver (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • 1973 Rogerio Ceni, Brazilian footballer, born in Paraná, Brazil
  • 1974 Stephanie Rottier, Dutch tennis player (1995 semi Prague), born in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium
  • 1975 Lee Maxwell Francis Vertongen, New Zealand cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Palmerston North, New Zealand
  • 1975 Felipe Giaffone, Brazilian racing driver, born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • 1976 James Dearth, American football player, born in Fort Ord National Monument, California
  • 1977 Hidetoshi Nakata, Japanese footballer, born in Kofu, Japan
  • 1977 Jono Gibbes, New Zealand rugby union flanker (8 caps; Chiefs) and coach (Ulster, La Rochelle), born in Henderson, New Zealand
  • 1978 Chone Figgins, American baseball player, born in Leary, Georgia
  • 1980 Jake Grove, American football player, born in Johnson City, Tennessee
  • 1980 Jonathan Woodgate, English footballer, born in Nunthorpe, United Kingdom
  • 1981 Ibrahima Sonko, French footballer, born in Bignona, Senegal
  • 1982 Fabricio Coloccini, Argentine footballer, born in Córdoba, Argentina
  • 1982 Jason Peters, American football player, born in Queen City, Texas
  • 1983 Shaun Cody, American football player, born in Whittier, California
  • 1984 Maceo Rigters, Dutch footballer, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 1984 Ben Eager, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Ottawa, Canada
  • 1984 Leon Powe, American basketball player, born in Oakland, California
  • 1985 Mohamed Sissoko, Malian footballer, born in Mont-Saint-Aignan, France
  • 1987 Astrid Jacobsen, Norwegian cross-country skier, born in Trondheim, Norway
  • 1987 Shane Long, Irish soccer striker (fastest EPL goal 7.69s 2019), born in Gortnahoe, Republic of Ireland
  • 1988 Greg Oden, American basketball player, born in Buffalo, New York