On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on November 17

  • 1877 Frank Calder, the first NHL President (d. 1943)
  • 1883 Harold Baumgartner, cricketer (one Test South Africa v England 1913)
  • 1901 Joyce Wethered, British golfer (English Ladies' champion 1920–24), born in London, England (d. 1997)
  • 1905 Arthur Chipperfield, cricketer (Aus batsman & leggie 99 on Test debut)
  • 1906 Rollie Stiles, American baseball player (d. 2007)
  • 1919 Hershy Kay, American composer (Olympic Hymn, A Chorus Line), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1981)
  • 1923 Bert Sutcliffe, cricketer (all-time great NZ left-handed batsman)
  • 1923 Mike Garcia, American baseball player (d. 1986)
  • 1928 Colin McDonald, Australian cricket batsman (47 Tests, 5 x 100s; Victoria), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 2021)
  • 1929 Edgar White, American yachtsman (Olympic gold 1952)
  • 1929 Sumner White, US yachtsman (Olympic gold 1952), born in NYC, New York (d. 1988)
  • 1929 Norm Zauchin, baseball player (d. 1999)
  • 1930 Bob Mathias, American decathlete (Olympic gold 1948, 52) and congressman, born in Tulare, California (d. 2006)
  • 1933 Orlando Peña, Cuban baseball player
  • 1933 Alan Harrington, Welsh soccer defender (11 caps; Cardiff City 348 games), born in Penarth, Wales (d. 2019)
  • 1935 Anton Sailer, Austrian skier (Olympic-3 golds-1956)

Person of interestTom Seaver

1944 Tom Seaver, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (NY Mets; NL Cy Young Award 1969, 73, 75; 12 x MLB All Star), born in Fresno, California (d. 2020) [1]

Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher Tom Seaver
Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher
Tom Seaver
  • 1944 Jim Boeheim, Basketball Hall of Fame coach (Syracuse; John R. Wooden Legends of Coaching Award 2006), born in Lyons, New York

Person of interestElvin Hayes

1945 Elvin Hayes, American Basketball Hall of Fame forward (NBA All-Star 1969–1980; NBA scoring champion 1969), born in Rayville, Louisiana

NBA Forward Elvin Hayes
NBA Forward
Elvin Hayes
  • 1948 Jaime Huelamo, Spanish cyclist (Olympic bronze 1972) drug disqualified
  • 1949 Thomas Lionel Hill, American 110m hurdler (Olympic bronze 1972), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1950 Roland Matthes, German swimmer (Olympic gold 100, 200m backstroke 1968, 72; WR x 19), born in Pößneck, Thuringia, Germany
  • 1950 Tom Walkinshaw, Scottish race car driver and race team owner
  • 1951 Butch Davis, American football coach
  • 1952 Roman Codreanu, Romania, wrestler (Olympic-1980)
  • 1953 Vítor Oliveira, Portuguese soccer midfielder (Braga, Portimonense) and manager (won 11 promotions to Primeira Liga, 6 as champion), born in Matosinhos, Portugal (d. 2020)
  • 1954 Jorge Hernández, Cuban boxer Olympic gold light flyweight 1976; World C'ship gold 1974, 78), born in Havana, Cuba (d. 2019)
  • 1955 Bill McCreary, Ontario, NHL referee
  • 1955 Dennis Maruk, Canadian hockey player
  • 1959 Terry Fenwick, English footballer
  • 1964 Marina Tcherkasova, American pairs figure skater (Olympic silver 1980)
  • 1964 Michelle Knox-Zaloom, rower (Olympics 1996), born in Annapolis, Maryland
  • 1965 Grant Connell, Canadian tennis player who was the world's #1 doubles player in the 1990s, born in Regina Saskatchewan
  • 1965 Paul Sorrento, Somerville MA, infielder (Seattle Mariners)
  • 1965 Rob Koll, Bellefonte PA, 163 lbs/74 kg freestyle wrestler (Olymp-96)
  • 1965 Winthrop Graham, Jamaica, 4x400m runner (Olympic silver 1988)

  • 1966 Jeff Nelson, pitcher (NY Yankees), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1967 Howard Griffith, NFL running back (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1968 Sean Miller, American basketball coach
  • 1969 Takako Inque, Toride Japan, wrestler (Japan)
  • 1970 Chris Tamer, Dearborn, NHL defenseman (Pitts Penguins)
  • 1970 Max Huiberts, soccer player (Roda JC)
  • 1971 Audra Keller, Macon Georgia, tennis star (1993 Futures-Evansville IN)
  • 1973 Scott Rehberg, tackle (New England Patriots)
  • 1973 Eli Marrero, American baseball player
  • 1973 Bernd Schneider, German footballer
  • 1974 Marc Edwards, NFL fullback (SF 49ers)
  • 1977 Ryk Neethling, South African swimmer
  • 1978 Reggie Wayne, American football player
  • 1979 Matthew Spring, English footballer
  • 1982 Katie Feenstra, American basketball player
  • 1982 Yusuf Pathan, Indian cricketer
  • 1983 Yiannis Bourousis, Greek basketball player
  • 1983 Ryan Braun, American baseball player (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1983 Scott Moore, American baseball player
  • 1983 Nick Markakis, American baseball player
  • 1986 Nani, Portuguese football player
  • 1987 Darren McKillion, Northern Irish sportsman