On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on July 17

  • 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 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, chairman (International Olympic Committee)
  • 1920 Rudolf Karpati, Hungarian sabres (Olympic gold 1956, 60)

Person of interestToni Stone

1921 Toni Stone, American baseball second baseman (first woman to play in men's Negro League), born in St. Paul, Minnesota (d. 1996)

Baseball Player Toni Stone
Baseball Player
Toni Stone
  • 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 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 Tony Pithey, Rhodesian cricket batsman (17 Tests for South Africa; top score 154, 1965), born in Mutare, Zimbabwe (d. 2006)
  • 1933 Bruce Wells, English boxer (European amateur light middleweight champion 1953) & actor (Dr. Who 1965-73), born in Harlesden, Middlesex (d.2009)
  • 1941 Bob Taylor, cricketer wicket-keeper (too often in Knotty's shadow)
  • 1941 Daryle Lamonica, Oakland Raider QB (AFL leading passer 1967)
  • 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, Harlem Globetrotter/NBA (Phoenix Suns, ABA MVP 1968)

  • 1942 Don Kessinger, American baseball player, born in Forrest City, Arkansas
  • 1944 Mark Burgess, New Zealand cricketer (NZ batsman of the 70's), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1944 Carlos Alberto Torres, Brazilian footballer, Captain of winning World Cup team (1970), born in Rio de Janeiro (d. 2016)
  • 1948 Cathy Ferguson, 100m backstroke swimmer (Olympic gold 1964), born in Stockton, California
  • 1949 Charlie Steiner, American sports broadcaster, born in Malverne, New York
  • 1954 Eduardo Romero, Argentine golfer (Tradition 2006, US Senior Open 2008), born in Córdoba, Argentina
  • 1955 Christopher Chappell, Canadian cricketer, born in Toronto, Ontario

Person of interestBryan Trottier

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

NHL Star Bryan Trottier
NHL Star
Bryan Trottier
  • 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
  • 1963 Matti Nykänen, Finnish ski jumper (4 Olympic gold 1984, 88), born in Jyväskylä, Finland (d. 2019)
  • 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 and 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 Melissa "Missy" Schwen, American rower (Olympic silver 1996), born in Bloomington, Indiana
  • 1972 Jaap Stam, Dutch footballer, born in Kampen, Netherlands
  • 1973 Horacio Llamas, Mexican NBA center (Phoenix Suns), born in Rosario, Mexico
  • 1975 Troy Amos Ross, Canadian boxer (Olympics 1996), born in Georgetown, Guyana
  • 1975 Andre Adams, New Zealand cricketer, born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 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
  • 1981 Elpida Romantzi, Greek archer, born in Thessalonica, Greece
  • 1982 Omari Banks, West Indian cricketer, born in Anguilla
  • 1983 Ryan Guettler, Australian professional BMX rider, born in Beenleigh, Australia
  • 1983 Adam Lind, American baseball player, born in Muncie, Indiana
  • 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