Birthdays in Sport on May 17

  • 1836 Wilhelm Steinitz, Austrian world chess champion (1866-94)
  • 1876 Alban Collignon, Belgian sport journalist
  • 1888 A P "Tich" Freeman, cricket leg-spinner (legend for Kent & England)

Person of interestCool Papa Bell

1903 James "Cool Papa" Bell, American baseball center fielder in Negro league baseball, considered by many to have been one of the fastest men ever to play the game, born in Starkville, Mississippi (d. 1991)

Baseball player Cool Papa Bell
Baseball player
Cool Papa Bell
  • 1906 Zinka Milanov, Croatian soprano (Ljublama Opera 1927, NY Metropolitan Opera), born in Zagreb, Croatia (d. 1989)
  • 1907 Ilona Schacherer Elek, fencer (Olympic gold 1936, 48), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • 1912 Clarence "Ace" Parker, NFL quarterback (Brooklyn, Boston Yanks)
  • 1913 Hans Ruesch, Swiss racing driver (d. 2007)
  • 1919 Antonio Aguilar [Barraza], Mexican singer, producer and actor (Emiliano Zapata) who popularized the Mexican equestrian sport la charrería, born in Villanueva, Zacatecas, Mexico (d. 2007)
  • 1920 Lydia Wideman, Finland, 10K cross country skier (Olympic gold 1952)
  • 1932 Peter Burge, cricketer (dashing Australian batsman of 50's & 60's)
  • 1934 Earl Morrall, NFL quarterback (Lions, Giants, Colts), (d. 2014)
  • 1943 Johnny Warren, Australian Footballer (d. 2004)
  • 1944 Arif Butt, Pakistani cricketer (pace bowler for Pakistan in three Tests 1964-65), born in Lahore, Punjab, British India (d. 2007)
  • 1946 Sinaida Turchina, USSR, team handball (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1947 John Traicos, cricketer (in Egypt South Africa 1970, Zimbabwe 1992-93)
  • 1954 Michael Roberts, jockey
  • 1956 Sugar Ray [Charles] Leonard, American boxer (Olympic gold 1976), born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina
  • 1957 Pascual Pérez, Dominican baseball player, (d. 2012)
  • 1960 Lou DiBella, American boxing promoter
  • 1962 Scott Case, NFL safety (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1963 Jon Koncak, NBA center (Orlando Magic)
  • 1964 Menno Oosting, Dutch tennis player (d. 1999)
  • 1966 Danny Manning, NBA forward/center (Phoenix Suns)
  • 1966 Mark Kratzmann, Australia, tennis star
  • 1966 Mark Schmocker, US team handball goalie (Olympics 1996)
  • 1968 Tim Grunhard, NFL center (KC Chiefs)
  • 1969 Aaron Ruffin, CFL defensive back (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • 1969 Craig Erickson, NFL quarterback (Indianapolis Colts, Miami Dolphins)
  • 1969 Ujesh Ranchod, cricketer (Zimbabwe off-spinner 1993)
  • 1970 Alan Wetmore, CFL fullback (Montreal Alouettes)
  • 1970 Derrick Deese, NFL guard (SF 49ers)
  • 1970 Hubert Davis, NBA guard (Dallas Mavericks, NY Knicks)
  • 1970 Jim Cummins, Dearborn, NHL right wing (Chicago Blackhawks)
  • 1970 Jodie Rogers, Australian diver (Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1970 John Karelse, soccer player (NAC)
  • 1970 Renzo Furlan, Italian tennis star
  • 1970 Stefania Croce, Bergamo Italy, golfer (95 State Farm Rail Classic-11)
  • 1970 Todd Mundt, NBA center (Atlanta Hawks)
  • 1970 Giovanna Trillini, Italian fencer (2 x Olympic gold foil 1992), born in Iesi, Italy
  • 1971 Bill Lindsay, Big Fork, NHL left wing (Florida Panthers)
  • 1971 Mark Williams, NFL linebacker (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1971 Shaun Hart, Australian footballer
  • 1972 Elena Wagner, Sofia Bulgaria, tennis star (1996 ITF/Redbridge-GBR)
  • 1972 John Burrough, NFL defensive tackle (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1973 Jay Riemersma, tight end (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1974 Wiki González, Venezuelan baseball player
  • 1976 Anna Windsor, Australian swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1976 Daniel Komen, Nyaru Kenya, 5k runner
  • 1976 Peter Devine, American fencer-foil (Olympics 1996), born in NYC, New York
  • 1976 José Guillén, Dominican baseball player
  • 1977 Jere Michael, Aspen Colo, figure skater (1994 National Jr champ)
  • 1978 John Foster, American baseball player
  • 1978 Paddy Kenny, Irish goalkeeper
  • 1978 Carlos Pena, Dominican baseball player
  • 1979 Wayne Thomas, English footballer
  • 1981 Beñat Albizuri, Spanish cyclist
  • 1981 Giannis Taralidis, Greek footballer
  • 1981 Leon Osman, English footballer
  • 1982 Tony Parker, French-American basketball player
  • 1983 Nicky Hofs, Dutch footballer
  • 1983 Channing Frye, American basketball player
  • 1983 Jeremy Sowers, American baseball player
  • 1984 Christian Bolaños, Costa Rican footballer
  • 1985 Matt Ryan, American football player