On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on January 5

  • 1864 Bob Caruthers, American baseball player, born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1911)
  • 1888 George "Rube" Foster, American baseball pitcher (World Series 1915, 16; no-hitter 1916; Boston Red Sox), born in Lehigh, Oklahoma (d. 1976)
  • 1907 Volmari Iso-Hollo, Finnish athlete (Olympic gold 3,000m steeplechase 1936), born in Ylöjärvi, Finland (d. 1969)
  • 1910 Jack Lovelock, New Zealand athlete (Olympic gold 1,500m 1936), born in Crushington, New Zealand (d. 1949)
  • 1910 Ed Widseth, American College Football Hall of Fame tackle (University of Minnesota; Pro Bowl 1938; NY Giants), born in Gonvick, Minnesota (d. 1998)
  • 1920 Mohammad Aslam Khokhar, Pakistani cricketer (Pak bat scored 16 & 18 in only test), born in Lahore, Pakistan (d. 2011)
  • 1926 Claude (Buddy) Young, American NFL running back (Yankees, Texans, Colts), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1983)
  • 1928 Imtiaz Ahmed, Pakistani cricketer (Pakistan wicket-keeper in 41 Tests 1952-62), born in Lahore, Pakistan (d. 2016)
  • 1931 Walt Davis, American athlete (Olympic gold high jump 1952) and basketball center (NBA C'ship 1956, 58; Philadelphia Warriors, St. Louis Hawks), born in Beaumont, Texas (d. 2020)

Person of interestChuck Noll

1932 Chuck Noll, American NFL coach (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2014)

NFL Head Coach Chuck Noll
NFL Head Coach
Chuck Noll
  • 1934 William Bendeck, Bolivian rally driver, born in Bolivia (d. 1971)
  • 1934 Eddy Pieters Graafland OON, Dutch soccer goalkeeper (47 caps; Ajax; European Cup 1970, Feyenoord), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 2020)
  • 1936 Terry Lineen, New Zealand rugby union centre (12 caps; Auckland), born in Auckland, New Zealand (d. 2020)
  • 1938 Edwin Elliason, American archer (Olympic-92), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1938 Jim Otto, NFL center (Oakland Raiders), born in Wausau, Wisconsin
  • 1938 Piet Kruiver, Dutch soccer star, born in Koog aan de Zaan, Netherlands (d. 1989)

  • 1939 Bridget Parker, British equestrian 3 day event (Olympic gold 1972)
  • 1941 Bob Cunis, New Zealand cricketer (New Zealand pace bowler of the late 60's), born in Whangarei, New Zealand (d. 2008)
  • 1941 Mansur Ali Khan, Indian cricketer (Nawab of Pataudi, Indian batsman & capt), born in Bhopal, India (d. 2011)

Person of interestChuck McKinley

1941 Chuck McKinley, American tennis player, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1986)

Tennis Player & Wimbledon Champion Chuck McKinley
Tennis Player & Wimbledon Champion
Chuck McKinley
  • 1943 Eusébio da Silva Ferreira, Portuguese footballer (top goalscorer-1966 World Cup), born in Lourenço Marques, Mozambique (d. 2014)
  • 1945 Sam Wyche, American NFL coach (Cincinnati Bengals 1984-91; Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1992-95; introduced no-huddle offence), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2020)
  • 1947 Mercury Morris, American football player, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1948 Parthasarathy Sharma, Indian cricketer (Indian batsman of the mid-70's), born in Alwar, India (d. 2010)
  • 1951 Steve Arnold, English footballer, born in Willesden, London
  • 1957 Kevin Hastings, Australian rugby league footballer, born in Surry Hills, Australia
  • 1958 Ezra Moseley, Barbadian cricket fast bowler (2 Tests; 9 ODIs, West Indies; Barbados; Glamorgan), born in Waldrons Village, Christ Church, Barbados (d. 2021)
  • 1960 Glenn Strömberg, Swedish footballer, born in Lundby, Gothenburg, Sweden
  • 1961 Curt Bader, American sprint kayaker (Olympics 1996), born in Bloomfield, Iowa
  • 1962 Brendon Kuruppu, Sri Lankan cricketer (Sri Lankan batsman, 201* debut v NZ 1987), born in Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 1962 Danny Jackson, American baseball pitcher (Royals/Phillies/Cardinals), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1962 Donald John Cowie, New Zealand sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1963 Jeff Fassero, American baseball pitcher (Montreal Expos), born in Springfield, Illinois
  • 1964 Tracy Ham, CFL quarterback (Montreal Alouettes), born in Gainesville, Florida
  • 1965 Rick Tuten, American NFL punter (Seattle Seahawks), born in Perry, Florida
  • 1965 Vinnie Jones, English-born Welsh footballer and actor, born in Watford, United Kingdom

  • 1965 Patrik Sjöberg, Swedish high jumper (WR 2.42m 1987; World C'ship gold 1987; Olympic silver 1984, 92; bronze 1988), born in Gothenburg, Sweden
  • 1966 Renaldo Turnbull, American NFL defensive end (New Orleans Saints, Carolina Panthers), born in Saint Thomas, United States Virgin Islands
  • 1967 Chris Nabholz, American baseball pitcher (Boston Red Sox), born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • 1967 J. B. Brown, NFL cornerback (Miami Dolphins, Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1967 Ray Crockett, American NFL defensive back (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1968 Joe Juneau, Canadian NHL center (Washington Capitals), born in Pont-Rouge, Canada
  • 1968 Leila Meskhi, Georgian tennis player (1995 Hobart), born in Tbilisi, Georgia SSR
  • 1968 Felton Spencer, American NBA center (Golden State Warriors, Utah Jazz), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1968 Andrew Golota, Polish boxer, born in Warsaw, Poland
  • 1969 David Dixon, NFL guard (Minnesota Vikings), born in Papakura, New Zealand
  • 1969 Kurt Barber, American NFL defensive end (NY Jets), born in Paducah, Kentucky
  • 1969 Shaun Micheel, American golfer (PGA C'ship 2003), born in Orlando, Florida
  • 1970 James Patton, NFL defensive end (Buffalo Bills), born in Brazoria County, Texas
  • 1971 Jason Bates, American baseball infielder (Colorado Rockies), born in Downey, California
  • 1976 Diego Tristán, Spanish footballer, born in La Algaba, Spain
  • 1978 Franck Montagny, French Formula One driver, born in Feurs, France
  • 1979 Ronnie O'Brien, Irish footballer, born in Bray, County Wicklow
  • 1981 Corey Flynn, New Zealand rugby union footballer, born in Invercargill, New Zealand
  • 1983 Sean Dockery, American basketball player, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1989 Krisztián Németh, Hungarian footballer, born in Győr, Hungary