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)

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

  • 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 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 cricket fast bowler (20 Tests, 51 wickets, BB 6/76; Auckland, Northern Districts CA), 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)
  • 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 cricket batsman (5 Tests, 1 x 50), 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
  • 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 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
  • 1976 Ivan Tomić, Serbian football manager, born in Belgrade, SFR Yugoslavia
  • 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 hooker (15 caps; Canterbury Crusaders), born in Invercargill, New Zealand
  • 1983 Sean Dockery, American basketball player, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1989 Krisztián Németh, Hungarian footballer, born in Győr, Hungary