Birthdays in Sport on March 17

  • 1872 Douglas Carr, England cricket spin bowler (1 Test, 7 wickets; Kent CCC), born in Cranbrook, England (d. 1950)
  • 1872 Willie Quaife, British cricketer (England batsman 1899-1902; 7 Tests for England, 228 runs), born in Newhaven, East Sussex, England (d. 1951)
  • 1874 Kincsem, Hungarian horse that never lost a race, born in Kisbér, Hungary (d. 1877)

Bobby JonesBobby Jones (1902-1971)

American golfer, course designer (13 major titles, Grand Slam 1930), born in Atlanta, Georgia

  • 1907 Sonny Werblin, former owner of the New York Jets (d. 1991)

Sammy BaughSammy Baugh (1914-2008)

American NFL hall of fame quarterback (Washington Redskins), born in Temple, Texas

  • 1915 William "Bill" Roycroft, Australian equestrian 3 day (Olympic bronze 1976), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 2011)
  • 1919 Hank Sauer, American baseball left fielder (NL MVP, HR leader, RBI leader 1952; MLB All Star 1950, 52; Chicago Cubs), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2001)
  • 1921 Mick Harvey, Australian cricketer (in Newcastle Brother of Neil Test umpire), born in Newcastle, Australia (d. 2016)
  • 1935 Vladimir Popović, Serbian soccer midfielder (20 caps, Yugoslavia; Red Star Belgrade) and manager (Intercontinental Cup, Red Star Belgrade 1991), born in Belgrade, Serbia (d. 2020)
  • 1938 Fred Akers, American football coach (University of Wyoming; University of Texas, Austin; Purdue; career college record 108–75–3), born in Blytheville, Arkansas (d. 2020)

Robin Knox-JohnstonRobin Knox-Johnston (83 years old)

1939 British yachtsman who completed the 1st single non-stop circumnavigation of the globe in 1969, born in London, England

  • 1939 Shahid Mahmoud, Pakistani cricketer (opener scored 16 & 9 in only Pak Test)
  • 1944 Cito Gaston, American MLB player and manager (Toronto Blue Jays), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1948 Alex MacDonald, Scottish Footballer and football manager
  • 1949 Pat Rice, Irish soccer defender and coach (49 caps; Arsenal, Watford), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1953 Chuck Muncie, American football running back, (d. 2013)
  • 1957 Mal Donaghy, Northern Irish footballer
  • 1959 Danny Ainge, American NBA basketball player (Boston Celtics, 1981-69; 3 other teams 1989-95), coach (Phoenix Suns, 1996-99), and executive (Boston Celtics, 2000-present)and MLB baseball (Toronto Blue Jays, 1979-81) player, born in Eugene, Oregon
  • 1963 Roger Harper, Guyanese cricketer (West Indies off-spinner), born in Georgetown, Guyana
  • 1964 Alex Shoumidoub, NHL goaltender (Belarus, Olympics 1998)
  • 1964 Don Griffin, American NFL cornerback (Cleveland Browns), born in Pelham, Georgia
  • 1964 Jacques Songo'o, Cameroonian football goalkeeper, born in Sackbayeme, Cameroon
  • 1964 Lee Dixon, English footballer (Arsenal), born in Manchester, England
  • 1964 Ron Warren Jr, American jockey (Bay Meadows)
  • 1965 Andrew Hudson, South African cricket player, 1984-2000 (South Africa, 163 on debut vs WI 1992), 55), born in Eshowe, KwaZulu-Nata
  • 1965 Caitlin Bilodeaux, US fencer (Olympic-92), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1965 John Smiley, American MLB pitcher, 1986-97 (Pittsburgh Pirates, Cincinnati Reds, and two other teams), born in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
  • 1967 Chris Luongo, American NHL defenseman (NY Islanders), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1968 Judy Mosley McAfee, American basketball player (Sacramento Monarchs), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1969 Andrew McMarlin, American rower (Olympics 1996), born in Vienna, Virginia
  • 1969 Domenic "Filane" Figliomeni, Canadian boxer (Olympics 1996), born in Terrace Bay, Ontario
  • 1969 Gilbert Schaller, Austrian tennis player, born in Bruck, Austria
  • 1970 Shannan Mitchem, American infielder (Colo Silver Bullets), born in Decatur, Georgia
  • 1971 Bill Mueller, American baseball player, born in Maryland Heights, Missouri
  • 1971 Katrina Colleton, American basketball player (LA Sparks), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1972 Mia Hamm, Anerican soccer forward (Olympics 1996), born in Selma, Alabama
  • 1973 Jerome Woods, American football safety (Pro Bowl 2003; KC Chiefs), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1974 John Hall, American NFL placekicker (NY Jets), born in Port Charlotte, Florida
  • 1976 Álvaro Recoba, Uruguayan footballer
  • 1976 Scott Downs, American baseball player
  • 1979 Andrew Ference, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1980 Danny Califf, American soccer player
  • 1981 Kyle Korver, American Basketball Player
  • 1981 Servet Çetin, Turkish Football Player
  • 1982 Steven Pienaar, South African footballer
  • 1986 Edin Dzeko, Bosnian footballer (Inter Milan), born in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia
  • 1989 Shinji Kagawa, Japanese footballer (Borussia Dortmund), born in Kobe, Japan
  • 1990 Saina Nehwal, Indian Badminton player, born in Hisar, India
  • 1991 Cordarrelle Patterson 'The Flash', American NFL player (Atlanta Falcons), born in Rock Hill, South Carolina
  • 1994 DeForest Buckner, American NFL player, born in Waianae, Hawaii
  • 1995 Claressa Shields, American professional boxer (only boxer to hold all four major world titles simultaneously in two weight classes), born in Flint, Michigan

Katie LedeckyKatie Ledecky (25 years old)

1997 American swimmer (6 x Olympic gold 2012, 2016, 2021; World C'ships gold x 15; WR 400m, 800m, 1500m), born in Washington, D.C.