On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on March 17

  • 1872 Billy Quaife, cricketer (England batsman 1899-1902)
  • 1874 Kincsem, horse that never lost a race

Person of interestBobby Jones

1902 Bobby Jones Jr., American golfer, course designer (13 major titles, Grand Slam 1930), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1971)

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

Person of interestSammy Baugh

1914 Sammy Baugh, American NFL hall of fame quarterback (Washington Redskins), born in Temple, Texas (d. 2008)

American Football Player and Coach Sammy Baugh
American Football Player and Coach
Sammy Baugh
  • 1915 William "Bill" Roycroft, Australian equestrian 3 day (Olympic bronze 1976), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 2011)
  • 1919 Hank Sauer, baseball player (NL MVP 1952)
  • 1921 Mick Harvey, cricketer (in Newcastle Brother of Neil Test umpire)
  • 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)
  • 1939 Shahid Mahmoud, cricketer (opener scored 16 & 9 in only Pak Test)
  • 1939 Robin Knox-Johnston, British yachtsman
  • 1944 Cito Gaston, MLB manager (Toronto Blue Jays)
  • 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, cricketer (Guyana & WI off-spinner Extraordinary field)
  • 1964 Alex Shoumidoub, NHL goaltender (Belarus, Olympics 1998)
  • 1964 Don Griffin, NFL cornerback (Cleveland Browns)
  • 1964 Ron Warren Jr, jockey (Bay Meadows)
  • 1964 Lee Dixon, English footballer
  • 1964 Jacques Songo'o, Cameroonian footballer
  • 1965 Caitlin Bilodeaux, US fencer (Olympic-92), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1965 John Smiley, Phoenixville PA, pitcher (Cincinnati Reds)
  • 1965 Andrew Hudson, South African cricket player, 1984-2000 (South Africa, 163 on debut vs WI 1992), 55), born in Eshowe, KwaZulu-Nata
  • 1967 Chris Luongo, NHL defenseman (NY Islanders), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1968 Judy Mosley McAfee, WNBA forward (Sacramento Monarchs)
  • 1969 Andrew McMarlin, Vienna VA, rower (Olympics 1996)
  • 1969 Domenic "Filane" Figliomeni, Terrace Bay Ontario, boxer (Olympics 1996)
  • 1969 Gilbert Schaller, Bruck Austria, tennis star
  • 1970 Shannan Mitchem, female infielder (Colo Silver Bullets), born in Decatur, Georgia
  • 1971 Katrina Colleton, WNBA guard/forward (LA Sparks)
  • 1971 Bill Mueller, American baseball player, born in Maryland Heights, Missouri
  • 1972 Mia Hamm, Anerican soccer forward (Olympics 1996), born in Selma, Alabama
  • 1973 Jerome Woods, American NFL safety (KC Chiefs), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1974 Eric Lane, running back (NY Giants)
  • 1974 John Hall, kicker (NY Jets)
  • 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

Person of interestKatie Ledecky

1997 Katie Ledecky, American swimmer (5 Olympic gold 2012, 2016), born in Washington, D.C.

Swimmer Katie Ledecky
Swimmer
Katie Ledecky