Birthdays in Sport on July 17

  • 1889 Joe Dawson, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1912), born in Odon, Indiana (d. 1946)
  • 1902 Arnold Pihlak, Estonian soccer forward (44 caps; FK Austria Wien), born in Tallinn, Estonia (d. 1985)
  • 1911 Ted Anderson, English footballer (d. 1979)
  • 1915 Dorothy Poynton-Hill, American platform diver (Olympic gold 1932)
  • 1917 Lou Boudreau, American Baseball HOF shortstop (8 × MLB All-Star; World Series & AL MVP 1948; Cleveland Indians) and manager (Cleveland, Boston RS, KC A's), born in Harvey, Illinois (d. 2001)
  • 1917 Lou Bourdeau, baseball player and manager (1948 AP Athlete of Year)
  • 1919 Alex Moir, cricketer (New Zealand leg-spinner in 17 Tests 1950-59)
  • 1920 Juan Antonio Samaranch, Spanish sports administrator (7th President International Olympic Committee 1980-2001), born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 2010)
  • 1920 Rudolf Karpati, Hungarian sabres (Olympic gold 1956, 60)

Toni StoneToni Stone (1921-1996)

American baseball second baseman (first woman to play in men's Negro League), born in St. Paul, Minnesota

  • 1929 Roy McMillan, American baseball infielder, coach and manager (MLB All Star 1956-57; Gold Glove 1957-59; Cincinnati Reds), born in Bonham, Texas (d. 1997)
  • 1932 Bobby Leonard, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach (ABA C'ship 1970, 72, 73; Indiana Pacers) & point guard (Minneapolis/LA Lakers, Chicago Packers/Zephyrs), born in Terre Haute, Indiana (d. 2021)
  • 1932 Johnny Kerr, American basketball forward (NBA All Star 1956, 59, 63; Syracuse Nats/Philadelphia 76ers), coach (Chicago Bulls, Phoenix Suns) and broadcaster (Chicago Bulls), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2009)
  • 1933 Bruce Wells, English boxer (European amateur light middleweight champion 1953) & actor (Dr. Who 1965-73), born in Harlesden, Middlesex (d. 2009)
  • 1933 Tony Pithey, Rhodesian cricket batsman (17 Tests for South Africa; top score 154, 1965), born in Mutare, Zimbabwe (d. 2006)
  • 1936 Bill Groman, American football wide receiver (All-AFL 1960; AFL C'ship 1960, 61, 64, 65; Houston Oilers, Denver Broncos, Buffalo Bills), born in Tiffin, Ohio (d. 2020)
  • 1941 Bob Taylor, English cricket wicketkeeper (57 Tests, 174 dismissals, 3 x 50s; Derbyshire CCC), born in Stoke-on-Trent, England
  • 1941 Daryle Lamonica, American football quarterback (Pro Bowl 1970, 72; AFL MVP 1967, 69; Oakland Raiders, Buffalo Bills), born in Fresno, California (d. 2022)
  • 1941 Morimichi Takagi, Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame second baseman (NPB All-Star 1966–67, 73, 79; Chunichi Dragons), born in Gifu, Japan (d. 2020)
  • 1942 Connie Hawkins, American professional basketball player, 1961-76 ABA MVP-1968 (Harlem Globetrotters, 1963-66; Phoenix Suns, L.A. Lakers), born Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, NYC (d. 2017)
  • 1942 Don Kessinger, American baseball player, born in Forrest City, Arkansas
  • 1944 Carlos Alberto Torres, Brazilian footballer, Captain of winning World Cup team (1970), born in Rio de Janeiro (d. 2016)
  • 1944 Mark Burgess, New Zealand cricket batsman (50 Tests, 5 x 100s; Auckland CA), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1948 Cathy Ferguson, 100m backstroke swimmer (Olympic gold 1964), born in Stockton, California
  • 1949 Charlie Steiner, American sports broadcaster, born in Malverne, New York
  • 1949 Gennadi Touretski, Russian swimming coach (Soviet Union, Australia national teams; Alexander Popov, Michael Klim, Ian Thorpe), born in Saint Petersburg, Russia (d. 2020)

Eduardo RomeroEduardo Romero (1954-2022)

Argentine golfer (Tradition 2006, US Senior Open 2008), born in Córdoba, Argentina

Bryan TrottierBryan Trottier (66 years old)

1956 American NHL Center (NY Islanders), born in Val Marie, Saskatchewan

  • 1960 Jan Wouters, Dutch football player (Ajax, Bayern Munich, PSV), born in Utrecht, Netherlands
  • 1960 Kim Barnett, English cricketer (England batsman & occasional leggie 1988-89), born in Leek, United Kingdom
  • 1960 Scott Norwood, American NFL kicker (Buffalo Bills-Super Bowl XXV goat), born in Alexandria, Virginia
  • 1962 Jay Barrs, American archer (Olympic gold 1988, 92, 96), born in Jacksonville, Florida

Matti NykänenMatti Nykänen (1963-2019)

Finnish ski jumper (4 Olympic gold 1984, 88), born in Jyväskylä, Finland

  • 1965 Ken Evraire, Canadian CFL slot back (Hamilton Tiger Cats), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1966 Michael Bradley, American golfer (4 PGA Tour wins), born in Largo, Florida
  • 1967 Kevin Pritchard, American NBA guard & basketball executive (Washington Bullets), born in Bloomington, Indiana
  • 1969 Tommy Soderstrom, Swedish NHL goalie (Sweden, NY Islanders), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1971 Calbert Cheaney, American NBA player (Washington Bullets/Wizards), born in Evansville, Indiana
  • 1971 Nico Mattan, Belgian cyclist, born in Izegem, Belgium
  • 1972 Donny Marshall, American NBA forward (Cleveland Cavaliers), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1972 Eric Williams, American NBA forward (Denver Nuggets, Boston Celtics), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1972 Jaap Stam, Dutch footballer, born in Kampen, Netherlands
  • 1972 Melissa "Missy" Schwen, American rower (Olympic silver 1996), born in Bloomington, Indiana
  • 1973 Horacio Llamas, Mexican NBA center (Phoenix Suns), born in Rosario, Mexico
  • 1975 Andre Adams, New Zealand cricketer, born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1975 Troy Amos Ross, Canadian boxer (Olympics 1996), born in Georgetown, Guyana
  • 1977 Marc Savard, Canadian hockey player, born in Ottawa, Canada
  • 1980 Javier Camuñas, Spanish footballer, born in Municipality of Parla, Spain
  • 1980 Ryan Miller, American hockey player, born in East Lansing, Michigan
  • 1982 Omari Banks, West Indian cricketer, born in Anguilla
  • 1983 Adam Lind, American baseball player, born in Muncie, Indiana
  • 1983 Ryan Guettler, Australian professional BMX rider, born in Beenleigh, Australia
  • 1984 Sotiris Leontiou, Greek footballer, born in Ioannina, Greece
  • 1985 Neil McGregor, Scottish footballer, born in Irvine, United Kingdom
  • 1987 Darius Boyd, Australian rugby player, born in Gold Coast, Australia
  • 1987 Jan Charouz, Czech racing driver, born in Prague, Czechia
  • 1987 Moussa Dembélé, Belgian footballer, born in Pontoise, France
  • 1989 Marko Todorović, Swiss swimmer and water polo player, born in Zurich, Switzerland