On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on January 3

  • 1861 William Renshaw, British tennis player (Wimbledon 1881-6, 89), born in Leamington Spa, England (d. 1904)
  • 1861 Ernest Renshaw, British tennis player (Wimbledon 1888), born in Leamington, England (d. 1889)
  • 1886 Arthur Mailey, Australian cricket spin bowler (21 Tests, 99 wickets; 10/66 v Gloucestershire 1921), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1967)
  • 1899 Johan Hin, Dutch yachtsman (Olympic gold 12' dinghy 1920), born in Harlem, Netherlands (d. 1957)
  • 1906 Doc Hayes, American basketball coach (Southern Methodist University 1947-67), born in Krum, Texas (d. 1973)
  • 1906 Gus Suhr, American baseball first baseman (1435 MLB games Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies; only player to be sued by a fan injured after struck by a foul ball), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2004)
  • 1910 Frenchy Bordagaray, American baseball utility (World Series 1941; Brooklyn Dodgers), born in Coalinga, California (d. 2000)
  • 1912 Cliff Melton, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1942; NL saves leader 1937; NY Giants), born in Brevard, North Carolina (d. 1986)
  • 1915 Sid Hudson, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1941, 42; Washington Senators, Boston Red Sox), born in Coalfield, Tennessee (d. 2008)
  • 1916 Fred Haas, American golfer (5 PGA Tour titles; Ryder Cup 1953), born in Portland, Arkansas (d. 2004)
  • 1923 Hank Stram, American Pro Football Hall of Fame coach (KC Chiefs Super Bowl 1970), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2005)
  • 1923 Bud Adams Jr., American NFL team owner (Tennessee Titans), born in Bartlesville, Oklahoma (d. 2013)
  • 1928 Frank Ross Anderson, Canadian International Chess Master (1954)
  • 1932 Jaswick Taylor, West Indian cricket fast bowler (3 Tests; 5/109 in Test debut 1958), born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago (d. 1999)
  • 1932 Coo Coo Marlin, American auto racer (NASCAR nine top 5, 51 top 10 finishes in 165 Winston Cup starts), born in Columbia, Tennessee (d. 2005)
  • 1935 David Vine, British sports broadcaster (BBC Match of the Day, World Snooker C'ships, Olympics coverage), born in Newton Abbot, England (d. 2009)

Person of interestBobby Hull

1939 Bobby Hull, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame left wing (Art Ross Trophy 1960, 62, 66; Hart Memorial Trophy 1965, 66), born in Pointe Anne, Ontario

NHL Legend Bobby Hull
NHL Legend
Bobby Hull
  • 1939 Nikos Alefantos, Greek soccer midfielder and manager (Olympiacos), born in Edessa, Greece (d. 2020)
  • 1940 Bernard Blaut, Polish soccer midfielder (36 caps; KP Legia Warsaw, FC Metz) and manager (UAE), born in Krapkowice, Poland (d. 2007)
  • 1941 Malcolm Dick, New Zealand rugby union winger (15 caps) and administrator (New Zealand Rugby Union council 1986-92), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1946 Michalis Kritikopoulos, Greek soccer striker (28 caps; Olympiacos), born in Kaisariani, Greece (d. 2002)
  • 1947 Fran Cotton, English rugby union prop forward (31 caps England, 7 British Lions; Coventry R.F.C., Sale), born in Wigan, England
  • 1948 Manfred Kokot, East German athlete (world record 50m indoor sprint 5.61s 1973), born in Templin, Germany
  • 1949 Gary Lavelle, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1977, 83; SF Giants), born in Scranton, Pennsylvania
  • 1950 Rick MacLeish, Canadian ice hockey center (Stanley Cup 1974, 75; Philadelphia Flyers; NHL All Star 1977, 78), born in Lindsay, Ontario (d. 2016)
  • 1953 Angelo Parisi, French judoka (Olympic gold heavyweight 1980), born in Arpino, Italy
  • 1953 Peter Taylor, English soccer winger (4 caps; Crystal Palace, Tottenham Hotspur) and manager (Leicester City, Hull, Crystal Palace), born in Rochford, England
  • 1956 Willy T. Ribbs, American auto racer (first African-American to drive in Indianapolis 500), born in San Jose, California
  • 1962 Darren Daulton, American baseball catcher (MLB All-Star 1992, 93, 95; World Series 1997; Silver Slugger Award 1992; Philadelphia Phillies), born in Arkansas City, Kansas (d. 2017)
  • 1962 Gavin Hastings OBE, Scottish rugby union fullback and captain (61 caps Scotland, 6 caps British Lions; Watsonians, London Scottish, Cambridge University), born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 1963 Aamer Malik, Pakistani cricket batsman (14 Tests, 2x100s 1989; 24 ODIs), born in Mandi Bahauddin, Punjab, Pakistan
  • 1963 Jim Everett, American NFL quarterback (Pro Bowl 1990; NFL passing TD leader 1988, 89; LA Rams, New Orleans Saints), born in Emporia, Kansas
  • 1964 Cheryl Miller, American Basketball Hall of Fame forward, coach and broadcaster (Olympic gold 1984; USC; TNT), born in Riverside, California
  • 1966 Chetan Sharma, Indian cricket fast bowler (23 Tests, 61 wickets; 65 ODI), born in Ludhiana, Punjab, India
  • 1966 Luis Sojo, Venezuelan MLB infielder (World Series 1996, 1998–2000; Seattle Mariners, NY Yankees), born in Petare, Edo Miranda, Venezuela
  • 1967 Magnus Gustafsson, Swedish tennis player (Davis Cup 1998), born in Lund, Sweden

  • 1968 Kent Carlsson, Swedish tennis player (9 ATP tour singles titles; world #6 1988)

Person of interestMichael Schumacher

1969 Michael Schumacher, German auto racer (World F1 champion 1994-95, 2000-05), born in Hürth, Germany

Formula 1 Driver Michael Schumacher
Formula 1 Driver
Michael Schumacher
  • 1969 Jarmo Lehtinen, Finnish rally co-driver (15 WRC wins with Mikko Hirvonen), born in Helsinki, Finland
  • 1969 Gerda Weissensteiner OMRI, Italian luger and bobsleigh pilot (Olympic gold women's singles 1994), born in Bolzano, Italy
  • 1974 Stefan Ustorf, Kaufbeuren Ger, NHL right wing (Washington Capitals)
  • 1974 Alessandro Petacchi, Italian road cyclist (Tour de France 2010; Giro d'Italia 2004; Vuelta a España 2005), born in La Spezia, Italy
  • 1976 Angelos Basinas, Greek soccer defensive midfielder (100 caps; European C'ship 2004), born in Chalkida, Greece
  • 1977 Lee Bowyer, English soccer midfielder and manager (1 cap; Leeds United; manager Charlton Athletic 2018-19), born in London, England
  • 1977 A.J. Burnett, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 2015; World Series 2009; AL strikeout leader 2008; no-hitter 2001), born in North Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1980 Angela Ruggiero, American ice hockey hall of fame defenseman (Olympics gold 1998; Chairperson IOC Athletes' Commission 2016-18), born in Panorama City, California
  • 1980 David Tyree, American NFL wide receiver and executive (Pro Bowl 2005; Super Bowl 2007; NY Giants), born in Livingston, New Jersey
  • 1980 Bryan Clay, American decathlete (Olympic gold 2008; World C'ship gold 2005), born in Austin, Texas

Person of interestEli Manning

1981 Eli Manning, American NFL quarterback (MVP Super Bowls 2007, 11; Pro Bowl 2008, 11, 12, 15; NY Giants), born in New Orleans, Louisiana

NFL Quarterback Eli Manning
NFL Quarterback
Eli Manning
  • 1981 Chris Blais, American off-road racing rider (Motorcycle San Felipe 250 2005; Dakar Rally 2007 3rd overall), born in Apple Valley, California
  • 1986 Jacob Timpano, Australian soccer player
  • 1988 Jonny Evans, Northern Irish soccer defender (84 caps; Manchester United, WBA, Leicester City), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1988 Ikechi Anya, Scottish soccer midfielder (29 caps; Watford, Derby County), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1989 Kōhei Uchimura, Japanese gymnast (Olympic gold all-round 2012; team, all-round 2016; World C'ships 10 x gold), born in Kitakyushu, Japan
  • 1989 Ben Matulino, New Zealand rugby league forward (23 caps; NZ Warriors, Wests Tigers), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1990 Yoichiro Kakitani, Japanese soccer midfielder (18 caps; Cerezo Osaka), born in Osaka, Japan