Birthdays in Sport on January 29

  • 1878 Barney Oldfield, American auto racer (International Motorsports Hall of Fame; first to drive at 60mph on circular track), born near Wauseon, Ohio (d. 1946)

R. Norris Williams

1891 R. Norris Williams, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1914, 16) who survived the sinking of the RMS Titanic, born in Geneva, Switzerland (d. 1968)

  • 1892 Clifford Gray, American bobsledder (Olympic gold 1928)
  • 1896 Teddy Hoad, West Indies cricket batsman, captain (4 Tests), born in Richmond, Saint Michael, Barbados (d. 1986)
  • 1906 Franciscus Hin, Dutch yachtsman (Olympic gold 1920)
  • 1906 Joe Primeau, Canadian NHL center (Toronto Maple Leafs), born in Lindsay, Ontario (d. 1989)
  • 1918 Bill Rigney, American MLB baseball player, 1946-53 (New York Giants), and manager, 1956-72, 1976 (NY/SF Giants; LA Angels; Minnesota Twins), born in Alameda, California (d. 2001)
  • 1919 Doyle Royal, American collegiate soccer coach (NCAA C'ship 1968; University of Maryland 1946-73) and tennis coach (U of Maryland 1954-80), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2020)
  • 1923 Jack Burke Jr, American golfer (US Masters, PGA C'ship 1956), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1926 Bob Falkenburg, American tennis player (Wimbledon singles 1948, doubles, 1947; US Open doubles 1944), born in NYC, New York (d. 2022)
  • 1929 William McMillan, American sports shooter (Olympic gold 25m rapid fire pistol 1960; World C'ship gold 1952), born in Frostburg, Maryland (d. 2000)
  • 1932 Tommy Taylor, English soccer striker (19 caps; Manchester United 166 games; died Munich air disaster), born in Smithies, West Riding of Yorkshire (d. 1958)
  • 1938 Bill Christian, American ice hockey player (Olympic gold 1960)
  • 1940 Kunimitsu Takahashi, Japanese motorcycle racer and racing driver

Donna Caponi

1945 Donna Caponi, American golfer (4-time LPGA major winner), born in Detroit, Michigan

  • 1950 Jody Scheckter, South African auto racer (World F1 Champion 1979), born in East London, South Africa
  • 1951 Andy Roberts, West Indian cricket fast bowler (47 Tests, 202 wickets, BB 7/54; Hampshire CCC, Leeward Islands, Leicestershire CCC), born in Urlings Village, Antigua
  • 1954 Doug Risebrough, Canadian ice hockey player, coach and executive
  • 1955 John Tate, American heavyweight boxer (Olympic bronze 1968)
  • 1958 Ole Mortensen, Danish cricketer (pace bowler for Derbyshire & Denmark), born in Vejie, Denmark

Greg Louganis

1960 Greg Louganis, American diver (Olympic gold 10m & 3m springboard 1984, 88), born in San Diego, California

  • 1960 Sean Kerly, English hockey player (Olympic Gold 1988), born in Whistable, England
  • 1960 Steve Sax, American MLB 2nd baseman, NL rookie of the year, 1981, 5x all-star (LA Dodgers, 1981-88; NY Yankees, Chicago White Sox), born in West Sacramento, California
  • 1961 Mike Aldrete, American baseball infielder (Oakland Athletics, NY Yankees)
  • 1964 Andre Reed, American Pro Football HOF wide receiver (7 x Pro Bowl; Buffalo Bills), born in Allentown, Pennsylvania
  • 1964 John Gallagher, New Zealand rugby union fullback (18 Tests; World Cup 1987; Wellington), born in London, England
  • 1964 John Habyan, American baseball pitcher (St Louis Cardinals)
  • 1965 Dominik Hašek, Czech Hockey Hall of Fame goalie (Olympic gold 1998, 2-time NHL MVP), born in Pardubice, Czech Republic
  • 1965 Tim Johnson, American pastor and NFL defensive tackle (Washington Redskins), born in Sarasota, Florida
  • 1966 Romário, Brazilian footballer & politician, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1967 Khalid Skah, Moroccan athlete (Olympic gold 10,000m 1992), born in Midelt, Morocco
  • 1967 Sean Burke, Canadian ice hockey goalie (NHL All-Star 1989, 2001, 02; Hartford Whalers/Carolina Hurricanes), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1967 Stacey King, American basketball center (Miami Heat), born in Lawton, Oklahoma
  • 1968 Aeneas Williams, American football cornerback (Arizona Cardinals), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1968 Harold Green, American football running back (Cin Bengals, Atlanta Falcons), born in Ladson, South Carolina
  • 1968 John Hudson, American football center (NY Jets, Philadelphia Eagles), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1968 Kevin Roberson, American baseball outfielder (Chicago Cubs), born in Decatur, Illinois
  • 1968 Susi Erdmann, German bobsledder & luger, born in Blankenburg, Germany
  • 1969 Flora Perfetti, Italian tennis player (1995 Futures-Reims-FRA), born in Faenza, Italy
  • 1969 Karen Fonteyne, Canadian synchronized swimmer (Olympic silver 1996), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1969 Robert Young, American football player (St Louis Rams), born in Jackson, Mississippi
  • 1970 Jörg Hoffmann, German swimmer, born in Schwedt an der Oder, Germany
  • 1970 Scott Davis, American football guard (Atlanta Falcons), born in Glenwood, Iowa
  • 1971 Jamal Fountaine, American NFL defensive end (SF 49ers, Atlanta Falcons), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1972 Hessley Hempstead, American NFL guard, 1995-88 (Detroit Lions), born in Upland, California (d. 2021)
  • 1972 Scott Davis, American figure skater (Olympics 1994), born in Great Falls, Montana
  • 1972 Simon Cook, Australian cricketer (Victorian pace bowler joined NSW 1995-96), born in Hastings, Victoria, Australia
  • 1973 Darnell Stephens, American NFL linebacker (Tampa Bay Bucs), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1973 Jason Schmidt, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 2003, 04, 06; Pittsburgh Pirates, SF Giants), born in Lewiston, Idaho
  • 1974 David LaFleur, American football tight end (Dallas Cowboys), born in Lake Charles, Louisiana
  • 1974 Jeff Mitchell, American football corner (Baltimore Ravens), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1974 Kris Burley, Canadian gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Truro, Canada
  • 1978 Martin Schmitt, German ski jumper, born in Villingen-Schwenningen, West Germany
  • 1978 Rob Bironas, American football placekicker, 2005-13 (Tennessee Titans), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 2014)
  • 1979 Sui Feifei, Chinese basketball player, born in Qingdao, China
  • 1980 Ivan Klasnić, Croatian football player, born in Hamburg, Germany
  • 1983 Nedžad Sinanović, Bosnian basketball player, born in Zavidovići, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • 1985 Marc Gasol, Spanish basketball player, born in Barcelona, Spain
  • 1986 Chris Bourque, American ice hockey player, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1986 Mark Howard, English football player, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1986 Simon Vukčević, Montenegrin football player, born in Podgorica, Montenegro
  • 1987 Matthew Wilson, English world rally driver, born in Cockermouth, United Kingdom
  • 1987 Spencer Clark, American race car driver, born in Las Vegas, Nevada (d. 2006)
  • 1988 Stephanie Gilmore, Australian surfer (World Champion 2007-10, 12, 14, 18), born in Murwillumbah, New South Wales
  • 1993 Michelle Larcher De Brito, Portuguese tennis player, born in Lisbon, Portugal
  • 1997 Rodrigo Blankenship, American NFL player (Indianapolis Colts), born in Marietta, Georgia