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)
  • 1909 Cilly Aussem, German tennis player (Wimbledon 1931), born in Cologne, Germany (d. 1963)
  • 1914 Herman Franks, American baseball player
  • 1925 Veikko Hakulinen, Finland, 30K/50K cross country skier (Olympic gold 1956)

Person of interestDon Shula

1930 Don Shula, American NFL coach (Miami Dolphins), born in Grand River Ohio

NFL Head Coach Don Shula
NFL Head Coach
Don Shula

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)

Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson
Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion
Floyd Patterson
  • 1937 R Surendranath, cricketer (Indian pace bowler in 11 Tests early 60s)
  • 1938 Louis Krebs Graham, PGA golfer (1975 US Open), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1943 Tom Wilkinson, CFL QB (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • 1949 Mick Mills, British(?) soccer player
  • 1951 Barbara Ann Cochran, Claremont NH, slalom skier (Olympic gold 1972)
  • 1953 Norberto Alonso, Argentine footballer
  • 1958 Nina Foust, Asheboro NC, LPGA golfer (1994 Hawaiian Ladies Open-6th)
  • 1962 Joe Kleine, NBA center (Phoenix Suns, Chicago Bulls)
  • 1963 Linda Muri, rower (Olympics 1996), born in Killingly, Connecticut

  • 1964 Stephanie Maxwell-Pierson, Somerville NJ, US rower (Olympic-92)
  • 1965 Guy Forget, Morocco, tennis star
  • 1965 John Jackson, NFL offensive tackle (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1965 Kevin Wickander, American baseball pitcher (Cincinnati Reds)
  • 1965 Mitch Booth, Australian tornado sailor (Olympics 1996)
  • 1967 David Toms, American golfer (PGA C'ship 2001, US Seniors 2018), born in Monroe, Louisiana
  • 1967 Michael "Mike" Peterson, rower (Olympics 1996), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1967 Rick Cunningham, NFL tackle (Minnesota Vikings, Oakland Raiders)
  • 1967 Johnny Nelson, English boxer
  • 1968 Jackie Harris, NFL tight end (Green Bay Packers, Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • 1969 Corie Blount, NBA forward (LA Lakers)
  • 1969 Kees van Wonderen, Dutch soccer player (NEC/NAC)
  • 1970 Colin Scrivener, CFL defensive tackle (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • 1970 Sean Lumpkin, NFL safety (New Orleans Saints)
  • 1971 Carlos Perez, Dominican-American baseball pitcher (Montreal Expos)
  • 1971 Deb Sonnenberg, softball pitcher (Olympics 1996), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • 1971 Errol Brown, CFL defensive back (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • 1971 Garrison Hearst, NFL running back (Arizona Cardinals, SF 49ers)
  • 1971 Orlanda Truitt, wide receiver (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1971 Richard Chee Quee, cricketer (NSW opening batsman Fiji/Chin ancestry)
  • 1973 Lamont Warren, NFL running back (Indianapolis Colts)
  • 1973 Ray Mickens, cornerback (NY Jets)
  • 1973 Todd Sauerbrun, NFL punter/kicker (Chicago Bears)
  • 1973 Frank Høj, Danish cyclist
  • 1974 Carl Powell, defensive end (Indianapolis Colts)
  • 1976 Benoît Joachim, Luxembourg cyclist
  • 1976 Ted Lilly, American baseball player
  • 1977 David Millar, Scottish road racing cyclist (banned in 2004 for doping), born in Mtarfa, Malta
  • 1978 Dominik Hrbatý, Slovakian tennis player
  • 1979 Tristan Gommendy, French racing driver
  • 1980 Yaroslav Popovych, Ukrainian cyclist
  • 1980 Miguel Monteiro, Portuguese footballer
  • 1982 Paulo Ferrari, Argentinian footballer
  • 1982 Richard Logan, English footballer
  • 1985 Fernando Rees, Brazilian race car driver
  • 1985 Al Jefferson, American basketball player
  • 1986 James Milner, English footballer
  • 1986 Steve Slaton, American football player
  • 1989 Graham Rahal, American race car driver
  • 1990 Toni Kroos, German football player (Real Madrid, German national team), born in Greifswald, East Germany