Birthdays in Sport on June 17

  • 1861 Pete Browning, American baseball player (d. 1905)

Person of interestTommy Burns

1881 Tommy Burns, Canadian boxer, born in Hanover, Ontario (d. 1955)

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Tommy Burns
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Tommy Burns
  • 1902 Alec Hurwood, Australian cricketer (d. 1982)
  • 1923 Elroy "Crazylegs" Hirsch, AAFC, NFL halfback, end (LA Rams)
  • 1929 Tigran Petrosyan, USSR, world chess champion (1963-69)
  • 1930 Brian Statham, cricketer
  • 1930 James Gathers, Sumter SC, 200m runner (Olympic bronze 1952)
  • 1932 Derek Ibbotson, 5K runner (Olympic bronze 1956)
  • 1938 Judy Kimball-Simon, LPGA golfer
  • 1940 Bobby Bell, NFL linebacker (KC Chiefs)
  • 1944 Chucho Castillo, Mexican bantamweight boxer (WBA, WBC, 1970), born in Nuevo Valle de Moreno, Mexico (d. 2013)
  • 1945 Eddy Merckx, Belgian cyclist (5 time winner of Tour de France)

Person of interestTony Roche

1945 Tony Roche, Australian tennis player and coach, born in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales

Tennis Player and Coach Tony Roche
Tennis Player and Coach
Tony Roche
  • 1948 David Concepcion, Venezuela, all star shortstop (Cincinnati Reds)
  • 1950 Cathy Sherk, LPGA golfer
  • 1952 Mike Milbury, American ice hockey player, coach and executive

  • 1956 Nick Cook, English cricketer (left arm slow bowler in 15 Tests 1983-89), born in Leicester
  • 1960 Mitzi Edge, LPGA golfer (1995 SAFECO Classic), born in Albany, Georgia
  • 1962 Ed Brady, American NFL linebacker (Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Morris, Illinois
  • 1963 Kevin Glover, NFL center (Detroit Lions), born in Washington D.C.
  • 1964 Michael Gross, German swimmer (3 Olympic gold 1984, 88), born in Frankfurt, Germany
  • 1964 Steve Rhodes, cricketer (England wicket-keeper 1994-95)
  • 1964 Rinaldo Capello, Italian racing driver
  • 1965 Dan Jansen, West Allis Wisc, speed skater (Olympic gold 1984, 88, 92)
  • 1965 Danny McManus, CFL quarterback (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • 1965 Dermontti Dawson, NFL center (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1965 Gianluca Pozzi, Bari Italy, tennis star (1991 Brisbane)
  • 1965 Mike Magnante, pitcher (KC Royals), born in Glendale, California
  • 1965 Ray Seals, NFL defensive end (Pittsburgh Steelers, Carolina Panthers)
  • 1966 Clare Look-Jaeger, high jumper, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1966 Fred Barnett, NFL wide receiver (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1967 Keith Sims, NFL guard (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1967 Pearl Sinn, LPGA golfer
  • 1967 Robyn Meagher, Antigonish Nova Scotia, 5k runner (Olympics 1996)
  • 1967 Terry Davis, NBA forward/center (Dallas Mavericks, Wash Wizards)
  • 1969 Karen Nystrom, ice hockey forward (Canada, Olympic silver 1998)
  • 1969 Patric Kjellberg, hockey forward (Team Sweden Olympics 1998)
  • 1969 Paul Tergat, Kenyan athlete
  • 1970 Arnold Ale, WLAF linebacker (Scottish Claymores)
  • 1970 Jason Hanson, NFL kicker (Detroit Lions)
  • 1970 Ron "Popeye" Jones, American NBA forward (Dallas Mavericks, Toronto Raptors), born in Dresden, Tennessee

  • 1970 Stephane Fiset, NHL goalie (Colorado Avalanche), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1971 Tripp Schwenk, American 100m/200m backstroke (Olympic silver 1996)
  • 1972 Dirk-Jan Derksen, Dutch soccer player (Roda JC)
  • 1972 James McKnight, NFL wide receiver (Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1973 Leander Paes, Indian tennis player
  • 1974 Evangelia Psarra, Greek archer
  • 1975 Petra Vaarakallio, ice hockey center (Finland, Olympics 1998)
  • 1976 Sven Nys, Belgian mountainbiker & cyclo-crosser
  • 1977 Mark Tauscher, American football player
  • 1978 Isabelle Delobel, French European ice dancer
  • 1979 Cawey Schau, canoeist (alt-Olympics 1996), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1979 Nick Rimando, American soccer player
  • 1980 Andee Pickens, gymnast (alt-Olympics 1996), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1980 Brittney McConn, Largo Fla, figure skater (1997 Eastern Sr champ)

Person of interestVenus Williams

1980 Venus Williams, American tennis star considered one of the all-time greats of women's tennis, born in Lynwood, California

Tennis Player Venus Williams
Tennis Player
Venus Williams
  • 1981 Kyle Boller, American football quarterback
  • 1981 Shane Watson, Australian Test cricket all-rounder (2005-2015), born in Ipswich, Queensland
  • 1982 Marek Svatoš, Slovakian ice hockey player
  • 1985 Marcos Baghdatis, Cypriot professional tennis player
  • 1985 Rafael Sóbis, Brazilian footballer
  • 1988 Andrew Ogilvy, Australian basketball player