On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on June 17

  • 1861 Pete Browning, American baseball player, born in Louisville, Kentucky (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 (Australian off-spinner v WI 1930-31), born in Kangaroo Point, Queensland, Australia (d. 1982)
  • 1916 Ted Atkinson, American jockey (US Champion 1944, 46), born in Toronto, Canada (d. 2005)
  • 1923 Elroy "Crazylegs" Hirsch,American NFL halfback and end (LA Rams), born in Wausau, Wisconsin (d. 2004)
  • 1929 Tigran Petrosian, Soviet Armenian world chess champion (1963-69), born in Tiflis, Georgian SSR, Soviet Union (d. 1984)
  • 1930 Brian Statham, English cricketer (masterful England quick for two decades), born in Gorton, Manchester, England (d. 2000)
  • 1930 James Gathers, American 200m runner (Olympic bronze 1952), born in South Carolina
  • 1932 Derek Ibbotson, English 5K runner (Olympic bronze 1956), born in Huddersfield, West Riding of Yorkshire (d. 2017)
  • 1938 Judy Kimball, American golfer (US Women's PGA C'ship 1962), born in Sioux City, Iowa
  • 1940 Bobby Bell, American NFL linebacker (KC Chiefs), born in Shelby, North Carolina
  • 1944 Chucho Castillo, Mexican bantamweight boxer (WBA, WBC, 1970), born in Nuevo Valle de Moreno, Mexico (d. 2013)
  • 1945 Eddy Merckx, Belgian road cyclist (Tour de France 1969-72, 74; Giro d'Italia 1968, 70, 72-74), born in Meensel-Kiezegem, Belgium

Person of interestTony Roche

1945 Tony Roche, Australian tennis player and coach French Open 1966, Australian Davis Cup captain), born in Wagga Wagga, NSW

Tennis Player and Coach Tony Roche
Tennis Player and Coach
Tony Roche
  • 1948 Dave Concepción, Venezuelan baseball all star shortstop (Cincinnati Reds), born in Ocumare de la Costa, Venezuela
  • 1950 Cathy Sherk, Canadian golfer (Canadian Women's PGA C'ship 1988, 90-91), born in Bancroft, Ontario

  • 1952 Mike Milbury, American ice hockey player, coach and executive, born in Brighton, Massachusetts
  • 1956 Nick Cook, English cricketer (left arm slow bowler in 15 Tests 1983-89), born in Leicester
  • 1962 Ed Brady, American NFL linebacker (Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Morris, Illinois
  • 1963 Kevin Glover, American 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, English cricketer (England wicket-keeper 1994-95), born in Bradford, Yorkshire, England
  • 1964 Rinaldo Capello, Italian racing driver, born in Asti, Italy
  • 1965 Dan Jansen, American speed skater (Olympic gold 1984, 88, 92), born in West Allis, Wisconsin
  • 1965 Danny McManus, CFL quarterback (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • 1965 Dermontti Dawson, American NFL center (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • 1965 Gianluca Pozzi, Italian tennis star (1991 Brisbane), born in Bari, Italy
  • 1965 Mike Magnante, American baseball pitcher (KC Royals), born in Glendale, California
  • 1965 Ray Seals, American NFL defensive end (Pittsburgh Steelers, Carolina Panthers), born in Syracuse, New York
  • 1966 Clare Look-Jaeger, high jumper, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1966 Fred Barnett, American NFL wide receiver (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Gunnison, Mississippi
  • 1967 Keith Sims, American NFL guard (Miami Dolphins), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1967 Robyn Meagher, Antigonish Nova Scotia, 5k runner (Olympics 1996)
  • 1967 Terry Davis, American NBA forward & center (Dallas Mavericks, Wash Wizards), born in Danville, Virginia
  • 1969 Karen Nystrom, Canadian ice hockey forward (Olympic silver 1998), born in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada
  • 1969 Patric Kjellberg, hockey forward (Team Sweden Olympics 1998)
  • 1969 Paul Tergat, Kenyan long distance runner, born in Riwo, Baringo District, Kenya
  • 1970 Jason Hanson, American NFL kicker (Detroit Lions), born in Spokane, Washington
  • 1970 Ron "Popeye" Jones, American NBA forward (Dallas Mavericks, Toronto Raptors), born in Dresden, Tennessee
  • 1970 Stéphane Fiset, Canadian NHL goalie (Colorado Avalanche), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1971 Tripp Schwenk, American 100m/200m backstroke (Olympic silver 1996), born in Sarasota, Florida
  • 1972 Dirk-Jan Derksen, Dutch soccer player (Roda JC), born in Tiel, Netherlands
  • 1972 James McKnight, American NFL wide receiver (Seattle Seahawks), born in Orlando, Florida
  • 1973 Leander Paes, Indian tennis player, born in Kolkata, West Bengal, India
  • 1974 Evangelia Psarra, Greek archer, born in Thessaloniki, Greece
  • 1975 Petra Vaarakallio, Finnish ice hockey center (Olympics bronze 1998), born in Helsinki, Finland
  • 1976 Sven Nys, Belgian mountainbiker & cyclo-crosser, born in Bonheiden, Belgium
  • 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