On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on January 4

  • 1869 Tommy Corcoran, American baseball shortstop (MLB shortstop game assist record 14), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1960)
  • 1888 Arthur Berry, England, soccer player (Olympic gold 1908, 12)
  • 1891 Bryn Lewis, Welsh rugby union winger (2 caps; Newport, Cambridge University), born in Pontardawe, Wales (d. 1917)
  • 1909 Cilly Aussem, German tennis player (French C'ships, Wimbledon 1931), born in Cologne, Germany (d. 1963)
  • 1914 Herman Franks, American baseball player
  • 1925 Veikko Hakulinen, Finnish cross country skier (Olympic gold 1952, 56, 60), born in Kurkijoki, Finland (d. 2003)
  • 1925 Johnny Lujack, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1947; National C'ship 1943, 46-47; Notre Dame; Pro Bowl 1950-51; Chicago Bears), born in Connellsville, Pennsylvania

Person of interestDon Shula

1930 Don Shula, American Pro Football Hall of Fame coach (Super Bowl 1972, 73; Miami Dolphins; Baltimore Colts; NFL Coach of the Year 1964, 67, 68, 72), born in Grand River Ohio (d. 2020)

NFL Head Coach Don Shula
NFL Head Coach
Don Shula
  • 1931 Guido Messina, Italian road and track cyclist (World C'ship gold individual 4000m pursuit 1948, 53, 54, 55, 56; Olympic gold team 1952), born in Monreale, Italy (d. 2020)

Person of interestFloyd Patterson

1935 Floyd Patterson, American boxer (world heavyweight champion 1956-59, 1960-62, Olympic gold 1952), born in Waco, North Carolina (d. 2006)

Boxing Champion Floyd Patterson
Boxing Champion
Floyd Patterson
  • 1937 Raman Surendranath, Indian cricket fast bowler (11 Tests, 26 wickets), born in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, India (d. 2012)
  • 1943 Tom Wilkinson, CFL QB (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • 1944 Alan Sutherland, New Zealand rugby union number 8 (10 caps; Marlborough), born in Blenheim, New Zealand (d. 2020)
  • 1949 Mick Mills, British(?) soccer player
  • 1951 Barbara Ann Cochran, Claremont NH, slalom skier (Olympic gold 1972)
  • 1953 Norberto Alonso, Argentine soccer midfielder (19 caps; River Plate), born in Vicente López, Argentina

  • 1962 Joe Kleine, NBA center (Phoenix Suns, Chicago Bulls)
  • 1963 Linda Muri, American rower (Olympics 1996), born in Killingly, Connecticut
  • 1964 Stephanie Maxwell-Pierson, Somerville NJ, US rower (Olympic-92)
  • 1965 Guy Forget, French tennis player (ATP Tour Finals 1990; France Davis Cup 1991, 96; Fed Cup/Davis Cup captain; Director French Open), born in Casablanca, Morocco
  • 1965 John Jackson, American NFL offensive tackle (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Okinawa, Japan
  • 1965 Kevin Wickander, American baseball pitcher (Cincinnati Reds), born in Fort Dodge, Iowa
  • 1965 Mitch Booth, Australian tornado sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1967 David Toms, American golfer (PGA C'ship 2001, US Senior Open 2018), born in Monroe, Louisiana
  • 1967 Michael "Mike" Peterson, American rower (Olympics 1996), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1967 Rick Cunningham, NFL tackle (Minnesota Vikings, Oakland Raiders), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1967 Johnny Nelson, English boxer, born in Sheffield, United Kingdom
  • 1968 Jackie Harris, NFL tight end (Green Bay Packers, Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas
  • 1968 Mike Wilpolt, American football player & coach, born in Broomfield, Colorado
  • 1969 Corie Blount, NBA forward (LA Lakers), born in Monrovia, California
  • 1969 Kees van Wonderen, Dutch soccer player (NEC/NAC)
  • 1970 Colin Scrivener, CFL defensive tackle (Winnipeg Blue Bombers), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1970 Sean Lumpkin, American NFL safety (New Orleans Saints), born in Golden Valley, Minnesota
  • 1971 Carlos Perez, Dominican-American baseball pitcher (Montreal Expos), born in Nigua, Dominican Republic
  • 1971 Deb Sonnenberg, Canadian softball pitcher (Olympics 1996), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • 1971 Garrison Hearst, American NFL running back (Arizona Cardinals, SF 49ers), born in Lincolnton, Georgia

  • 1971 Orlanda Truitt, American football wide receiver (Oakland Raiders), born in Bessemer, Alabama
  • 1971 Richard Chee Quee, Australian-Chinese cricketer (NSW opening batsman Fiji/Chin ancestry), born in Camperdown, Australia
  • 1973 Lamont Warren, NFL running back (Indianapolis Colts), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1973 Ray Mickens, American football cornerback (NY Jets), born in Frankfurt, Germany
  • 1973 Todd Sauerbrun, NFL punter/kicker (Chicago Bears), born in East Setauket, New York
  • 1973 Frank Høj, Danish cyclist, born in Denmark
  • 1974 Carl Powell, American football defensive end (Indianapolis Colts), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1976 Benoît Joachim, Luxembourg cyclist, born in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
  • 1976 Ted Lilly, American baseball player, born in Torrance, California
  • 1977 David Millar, Scottish road racing cyclist (banned in 2004 for doping), born in Mtarfa, Malta
  • 1978 Dominik Hrbatý, Slovakian tennis player, born in Bratislava, Slovakia
  • 1979 Tristan Gommendy, French racing driver, born in Le Chesnay, Yvelines
  • 1980 Yaroslav Popovych, Ukrainian cyclist, born in Drohobych, Ukraine
  • 1980 Miguel Monteiro, Portuguese footballer, born in Lisbon, Portugal
  • 1982 Paulo Ferrari, Argentinian footballer, born in Rosario, Argentina
  • 1982 Richard Logan, English footballer, born in Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
  • 1985 Fernando Rees, Brazilian race car driver, born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • 1985 Al Jefferson, American basketball player, born in Monticello, Mississippi
  • 1986 James Milner, English footballer, born in Wortley, Leeds
  • 1986 Steve Slaton, American football player, born in Levittown, Pennsylvania
  • 1989 Graham Rahal, American race car driver, born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1990 Toni Kroos, German football player (Real Madrid, German national team), born in Greifswald, East Germany
  • 1994 Derrick Henry, American NFL running back (Heisman Trophy 2015, U of Alabama; Pro Bowl 2019, Tennessee Titans), born in Yulee, Florida