On This Day

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)
  • 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 bobsled (Olympic gold 1928)
  • 1896 Teddy Hoad, West Indies cricket batsman, captain (4 Tests), born in Richmond, Saint Michael, Barbados (d. 1986)
  • 1906 Franciscus Hin, Holland, yachtsman (Olympic gold 1920)
  • 1906 Joe Primeau, Canadian NHL center (Toronto Maple Leafs), born in Lindsay, Ontario (d. 1989)
  • 1918 William Rigney, baseball manager (SF Giants)
  • 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 Berry, cricketer (England slow lefty 1950)
  • 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 Raman Subba Row, CEO (Test/County Cricket Board)
  • 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)
  • 1932 George Allen, English footballer
  • 1938 Bill Christian, American ice hockey player (Olympic gold 1960)
  • 1940 Kunimitsu Takahashi, Japanese motorcycle racer and racing driver

Person of interestDonna Caponi

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

LPGA Golfer Donna Caponi
LPGA Golfer
Donna Caponi
  • 1947 Michael Mavor, Head Master (Rugby School)
  • 1950 Jody Scheckter, South African auto racer (World F1 Champion 1979), born in East London, South Africa
  • 1951 Andy Roberts, cricketer (brilliant WI quickie with 202 wickets 74-84)
  • 1954 Doug Risebrough, Canadian ice hockey player, coach and executive
  • 1955 John Tate, American heavyweight boxer (Olympic bronze 1968)
  • 1958 Ole Mortensen, cricketer (pace bowler for Derbyshire & Denmark)

Person of interestGreg Louganis

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

  • 1960 Sean Kerly, hockey player
  • 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, NFL wide receiver (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1964 John Gallagher, rugby league player
  • 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, NFL defensive tackle (Washington Redskins)
  • 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 Scott Davis, American football guard (Atlanta Falcons), born in Glenwood, Iowa
  • 1970 Jörg Hoffmann, German swimmer, born in Schwedt an der Oder, Germany
  • 1971 Jamal Fountaine, American NFL defensive end (SF 49ers, Atlanta Falcons), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1972 Hessley Hempstead, American NFL guard (Detroit Lions), born in Upland, California
  • 1972 Scott Davis, American figure skater (Olympics 1994), born in Great Falls, Montana
  • 1972 Simon Cook, English cricketer (Victorian pace bowler joined NSW 1995-96), born in Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 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 player, born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 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 Mark Howard, English football player, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1986 Simon Vukčević, Montenegrin football player, born in Podgorica, Montenegro
  • 1986 Chris Bourque, American ice hockey player, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1987 Spencer Clark, American race car driver, born in Las Vegas, Nevada (d. 2006)
  • 1987 Matthew Wilson, English world rally driver, born in Cockermouth, United Kingdom
  • 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