On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on March 5

  • 1862 Siegbert Tarrasch, German chess player (d. 1934)
  • 1873 Olav Bjaaland, Norwegian explorer and cross-country skier (d. 1961)
  • 1876 Elizabeth Moore, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1896, 1901, 03, 05), born in Brooklyn, NY (d. 1959)
  • 1886 Paul Radmilovic, England, swimmer (Olympic-3 gold-1908)
  • 1907 Carroll Rosenbloom, American businessman and NFL team owner (Baltimore Colts, LA Rams), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1979)
  • 1918 Ranga Sohoni, Indian cricket all-rounder (4 Tests, top score 29 no, 2 wickets), born in Nimbahera, Rajasthan, India (d. 1993)
  • 1918 Red Storey, Canadian football player and ice hockey referee (d. 2006)
  • 1918 Paul Christman, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (University of Missouri; All-Pro 1946, 47; Chicago Cardinals, Green Bay Packers), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1970)
  • 1918 Milt Schmidt, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center (Stanley Cup 1939, 41; Boston Bruins) and coach/GM (Stanley Cup 1970, 72; Boston Bruins), born in Kitchener, Ontario (d. 2017)
  • 1921 Elmer Valo, American baseball player (d. 1998)
  • 1922 Ebrahim Maka, Indian cricket wicket-keeper (2 Tests 1952)
  • 1929 Erik Carlsson, Swedish rally driver
  • 1930 Del Crandall, American baseball player
  • 1933 Evgeni Vasiukov, Russian chess grandmaster (World Senior Champion 1995), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 2018)
  • 1935 Malcolm J Anderson, tennis champ (US Open-1957)
  • 1935 Billy Tubbs, American college basketball coach (Southwestern Uni, Lamar Uni, Uni of Oklahoma, Texas Christian Uni), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2020)

  • 1936 Dale Douglass, American golfer (3 PGA Tour titles; US Senior Open 1986), born in Wewoka Oklahoma
  • 1938 Fred "Hammer" Williamson, NFLer (Chiefs)/actor (Julia), born in Gary, Indiana
  • 1943 Billy Backus, American boxer
  • 1945 Randy Matson, American field athlete (Olympic gold shot putt 1968), born in Pampa, Texas
  • 1946 Rocky Bleier, Wisc, NFL running back (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1947 Kent Tekulve, American MLB baseball relief pitcher, 1980 All-Star (Pittsburgh Pirates, 1974-85 and 2 other teams), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1951 Rodney Hogg, cricketer (prolific Australian wicket-taker 1978-84)
  • 1961 Zeke Mowatt, NFL tight end (NY Giants)
  • 1962 Elise Burgin, tennis star, born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1963 Eddo Brandes, Zimbabwe cricket fast bowler (10 Tests, 26 wickets; ODI hat-trick v England 1997), born in Port Shepstone, Natal Province, South Africa
  • 1966 Greg Clark, CFL linebacker (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • 1966 Michael Irvin, NFL wide receiver (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1966 Bob Halkidis, Canadian hockey player
  • 1967 Nicole Boegman, Australian long jumper (Olympics 1988, 92, 96)
  • 1968 Marq Mellor, field hockey forward (Olympics 1996), born in Long Island, New York
  • 1968 Roman Phifer, linebacker (Los Angeles/St Louis Rams), born in Plattsburgh, New York
  • 1968 Shjon Podein, NHL left wing (Philadelphia Flyers), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1969 Moussa Saïb, former Algerian footballer
  • 1971 Brian Hunter, American baseball outfielder (AL stolen base leader 1997, 99; Detroit Tigers), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1971 Chad Fonville, infielder (LA Dodgers), born in Jacksonville, North Carolina

  • 1971 Jose Mercedes, El Seybo Dom Rep, pitcher (Milwaukee Brewers)
  • 1971 Filip Meirhaeghe, Belgian mountainbiker
  • 1972 Brandon Hamilton, CFL cornerback (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • 1972 Brian Grant, NBA forward (Portland Trailblazers, Sacramento Kings)
  • 1972 Hernan Gumy, tennis star, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1972 Mikael Tillstrom, Swedish tennis star
  • 1972 Tom Hipsz, CFL defensive tackle (Montreal Alouettes)
  • 1973 Nicole Pratt, Australian tennis star (1995 Futures Australia), born in Mackay, Queensland
  • 1973 Paul Lieftink, Dutch soccer player (NAC, Spakenburg)
  • 1973 Yannis Anastasiou, Greek footballer
  • 1973 Ryan Franklin, American baseball player
  • 1974 Brad Schumacher, American 400m/800m freesytyle (Olympic gold 1996)
  • 1974 Jens Jeremies, German footballer
  • 1975 Chris Silverwood, cricketer (England Test pace bowler v Zimbabwe 1996)
  • 1975 Luciano Burti, Brazilian racing driver
  • 1976 Adriana Serra-Zanetti, Modena Italy, tennis star (1995 Moscow semi)
  • 1976 Paul Konerko, American baseball player
  • 1977 Bryan Berard, NHL defenseman (Team USA Olympics 1998, NY Islanders)
  • 1977 Mike MacDougal, American baseball player
  • 1977 Wally Szczerbiak, American basketball player
  • 1978 Mike Hessman, American baseball player
  • 1979 Tang Gonghong, Chinese weightlifter
  • 1981 Andreas Wiig, Norwegian snowboarder
  • 1981 Paul Martin, American ice hockey player
  • 1982 Daniel Carter, New Zealand Rugby player
  • 1986 Matty Fryatt, English footballer
  • 1987 Anna Chakvetadze, Russian tennis player
  • 1988 Trevor Carson, Northern Irish footballer
  • 1988 Bjarni Viðarsson, Icelandic footballer