On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on January 23

  • 1884 Ralph DePalma, Italian-American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1915; American AAA National Dirt Track C'ship 1908-11 ), born in Biccari, Italy (d. 1956)
  • 1891 Jüri Lossmann, Estonian athlete (Olympic silver marathon 1920), born in Kabala, Estonia (d. 1984)
  • 1896 Alf Hall, South African cricket fast bowler (7 Tests, 40 wickets), born in Bolton, Lancashire, England (d. 1964)
  • 1899 Glen Kidston, British aviator & racing driver, born in London, United Kingdom (d. 1931)
  • 1913 Adrian Quist, Australian tennis player, analyst (Australian C'ship 1936, 40, 48), born in Medindie, South Australia (d. 1991)
  • 1915 Herma Bauma, Austrian javelin thrower (Olympic gold 1948), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2003)
  • 1919 Bob Paisley, English football player & manager, born in Hetton-le-Hole, United Kingdom (d. 1996)
  • 1919 Nina Dumbadze, Soviet discus thrower (Olympic bronze 1952), born in Odessa, Ukraine (d. 1983)
  • 1923 Horace Ashenfelter, American 3000m steeplechase (Olympic gold 1952), born in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
  • 1928 Eugenio Monti, Italian bobsledder (2 x Olympic gold 2-man, 4-man 1968; World C'ships 9 x gold), born in Toblach, Italy (d. 2003)
  • 1928 Kees Broekman, Dutch speed skater (Olympic silver 1952), born in De Lier, Netherlands (d. 1992)
  • 1928 Chico Carrasquel, Venezuelan baseball player, born in Caracas, Venezuela (d. 2005)
  • 1929 Ian Thomson, English cricketer (England seam bowler v South Africa 1964-65), born in Walsall, United Kingdom
  • 1930 Mervyn Rose, Australian tennis player (Australian C'ships 1954, French C'ships 1958)), born in Coffs Harbour, NSW (d. 2017)
  • 1936 Jerry Kramer, American football player (Green Bay Packers) and author (Instant Replay), born in Jordan, Montana
  • 1942 Laurie Mayne, Australian cricketer (Australian pace bowler in 6 Tests 1965-70), born in Westonia, West Australia

  • 1944 Sergey Belov, Soviet basketball player (Olympic gold 1972), born in Shegarsky District, Russia (d. 2013)
  • 1946 Asif Masood, Pakistani cricketer (Pakistani quick with long & erratic run-up), born in Lahore, Pakistan
  • 1946 Don Whittington, American racing driver, born in Lubbock, Texas
  • 1951 Margaret Johnson Bailes, American 4x100 runner (Olympic gold 1968), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1951 Michael R. Matz, American horse trainer & equestrian (Olympic silver 1996), born in Collegeville, Pennsylvania
  • 1952 Omar Henry, South African cricketer (1st colored player for South Africa 1992), born in Stellenbosch, South Africa
  • 1953 Pat Haden, American NFL quarterback (LA Rams), born in Westbury, New York
  • 1954 Trevor Hohns, Australian cricketer (Australian leg-spinner 1989), born in Queensland, Australia
  • 1955 Ruth Haring, American chess player & president of the US Chess Federation, born on Cape Cod, Massachusetts (d. 2018)
  • 1960 Greg Ritchie, Australian cricketer (Qld & Aust batsman Fat Cat Mahatma Cote), born in Stanthorpe, Queensland
  • 1960 Patrick de Gayardon, French skydiver & skysurfing pioneer, born in Oullins, France (d. 1998)
  • 1961 Trey Junkin, American football tight end (Arizona Cardinals), born in Conway, Arkansas
  • 1963 Rocco Romano, Canadian CFL guard (Calgary Stampeders), born in Hamilton, Canada
  • 1964 Frank Winters, American NFL center (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31), born in Hoboken, New Jersey
  • 1966 Haywoode Workman, American NBA guard (Indiana Pacers), born in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 1966 Mike Brim, American NFL cornerback (Cin Bengals), born in Danville, Virginia (d. 2005)
  • 1966 Scott Fortune, American volleyball player (Olympic gold 1988, bronze 1992, 96), born in Newport Beach, California
  • 1967 Naim Suleymanoglu, Turkish weight lifter (Olympic gold 1988), born in Ptichar, Bulgaria (d. 2017)
  • 1968 Eric Metcalf, American football running back (Atl Falcons, San Diego Chargers), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1968 Lubomir Kolnik, Czech hockey forward (Team Slovakia, Espoo), born in Nitra, Slovakia

  • 1968 Petr Korda, Czech tennis player (Australian Open 1998), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • 1968 Todd Scott, American NFL safety (Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Galveston, Texas
  • 1969 Brendan Shanahan, Canadian NHL left wing (Whalers, Red Wings), born in Mimico, Canada
  • 1969 Eric Carter, American CFL cornerback (CFL All Star 1995, 98, 2001, 02; Hamilton Tiger-Cats, BC Lions, Winnipeg Blue Bombers), born in Jesup, Georgia
  • 1969 Andrei Kanchelskis, Ukrainian soccer winger (17 caps Soviet Union, 6 caps CIS, 36 caps Russia; Manchester United, Rangers) , born in Kropyvnytskyi, Ukraine
  • 1970 Alan Embree, American baseball pitcher (Cleveland Indians), born in The Dalles, Oregon
  • 1970 Jim Schwantz, American football player & politician (Dallas Cowboys, SF 49ers), born in Arlington Heights, Illinois
  • 1970 Mark Wohlers, American baseball pitcher (Atlanta Braves), born in Holyoke, Massachusetts
  • 1970 Richard Šmehlik, Czech NHL defenseman (Buf Sabres, Olympic gold 1998), born in Ostrava, Czech Republic
  • 1970 Sherman Obando, Panamanian baseball outfielder (Montreal Expos), born in Bocas del Toro Province, Panama
  • 1971 Adam Parore, New Zealand cricket wicket-keeper (NZ, 1st Maori Test centurion), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1971 Julie Foudy, American soccer midfielder (Olympics 1996), born in San Diego, California
  • 1971 Kevin Mawae, American football center (Seattle Seahawks), born in Savannah, Georgia
  • 1971 Mark Grimmette, American doubles luger (Olympics 1994), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • 1972 Anthony Peterson, American NFL linebacker (Chicago Bears, SF 49ers), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1972 Gary Harrell, American football player (NY Giants, Frankfurt Galaxy), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1972 Kez McCorvey, American NFL wide receiver (Detroit Lions), born in Gautier, Mississippi
  • 1972 Tanya Harding, Australian softball pitcher (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Brisbane, Queensland
  • 1972 Marcel Wouda, Dutch swimmer, born in Tilburg, Netherlands
  • 1973 Mark Kolesar, Canadian NHL right wing (Toronto Maple Leafs), born in Manitoba, Canada
  • 1974 Glen Chapple, English cricketer (Lancashire & England A pace bowler), born in Skipton, United Kingdom
  • 1974 Yosvani Pérez, Cuban baseball player, born in Rodas, Cuba
  • 1975 Kevin Alexander, American NFL wide receiver (NY Giants), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • 1975 Tito Ortiz, American UFC fighter, born in Huntington Beach, California
  • 1976 Byron Hanspard, American NFL running back (Atlanta Falcons), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1976 Phil Boudreault, Canadian boxer (Olympics 1996), born in Greater Sudbury, Canada
  • 1979 Larry Hughes, American basketball player, born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1979 Juan Rincón, Venezuelan baseball player, born in Maracaibo, Venezuela
  • 1980 Theresa Kulikowski, American gymnast (World-bronze-95, Olympics 1996), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • 1981 Rob Friend, Canadian football player, born in Rosetown, Canada
  • 1981 Greg Smith, American UFC fighter, born in Vallejo, California
  • 1982 Wily Mo Peña, Dominican baseball player, born in Laguna Salada, Dominican Republic
  • 1984 Arjen Robben, Dutch football player, born in Bedum, Netherlands
  • 1985 Dong Fangzhuo, Chinese football player, born in Dalian, China
  • 1986 Steven Taylor, English footballer, born in Greenwich, London
  • 1989 Yani Tseng, Taiwanese golfer (5 major titles; British Open 2010-11), born in Guishan, Republic of China