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Birthdays in Sport on November 20

Person of interestKenesaw Mountain Landis

1866 Kenesaw Mountain Landis, American judge and 1st commissioner of baseball (1920-44), born in Millville, Ohio (d. 1944)

1st MLB Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis
1st MLB Commissioner
Kenesaw Mountain Landis
  • 1869 Clark Griffith, American MLB baseball player and manager (NY Yankees), born in Clear Creek, Missouri (d. 1955)
  • 1880 George McBride, American MLB shortstop and manager (AL fielding leader 1912-15), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1973)
  • 1882 Andy Coakley, American baseball player and long-time coach at Columbia University, born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 1963)
  • 1891 Leon Cadore, American baseball pitcher (pitched all of 26 inning game), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1958)
  • 1911 Jean Shiley, American high jumper (Olympic gold 1932), born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (d. 1998)
  • 1917 Bobby Locke, South African golfer (British Open 1949-50, 52, 57), born in Germiston, South Africa (d. 1987)
  • 1918 Dora Ratjen, German man who posed as a female high jumper (Olympic 4th 1936), born in Erichshof, Bremen, Germany (d. 2008)
  • 1928 Pete Rademacher, American boxer (Olympic gold +81kg 1956; first challenger for world heavyweight title in first pro bout; lost), born in Tieton, Washington (d. 2020)
  • 1928 John Disley, Welsh athlete (co-founded London Marathon), born in Corris, Gwynedd (d. 2016)
  • 1929 Don January, American golfer (PGA Championship 1967), born in Plainview Texas
  • 1929 Gabriel Ochoa Uribe, Colombian soccer manager (record 14 x league titles; Millonarios [6], Santa Fe [1], América de Cali [7]; Columbia), born in Sopetrán, Colombia (d. 2020)
  • 1938 Tony White, West Indian cricketer (2 Tests WI v Australia 1965), born in Brighton, Saint Michael, Barbados
  • 1944 Anthea Stewart, Zimbabwean field hockey coach and player (Olympic gold 1980), born in Blantyre, Nyasaland
  • 1946 Greg Cook, American football player ( Cincinnati Bengals), born in Dayton, Ohio (d. 2012)
  • 1948 Jacqueline Hansen, American long distance athlete (world women's marathon record 1974 2:43:54; 1975 2:38:10; Boston Marathon 1973), born in Binghamton, New York

  • 1949 Juha Mieto, Finnish 15KM skier (Olympic silver 1980), born in Kurikka, Finland
  • 1953 Greg Gibson, American Greco-Roman wrestler (Olympic silver 1984), born in Stafford, Virginia
  • 1954 Steve Rogers, Australian rugby league centre (24 Tests; NSW; Cronulla-Sutherland), born in Gold Coast, Australia (d. 2006)
  • 1956 Mark Gastineau, American NFL end (NY Jets, Pro Bowl 1981-85), born in Ardmore, Oklahoma
  • 1961 Tim Harvey, British racing driver, born in Farnborough, England
  • 1961 Dave Watson, English footballer, born in Liverpool, England
  • 1964 John Maclean, Canadian NHL right wing (NJ Devils), born in Oshawa, Ontario
  • 1965 Andrew Stewart, American CFL defensive tackle (Toronto Argonauts), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1967 Alex Arias, American infielder (Florida Marlins), born in NYC, New York
  • 1967 Chris Childs, NBA guard (NJ Nets, NY Knicks), born in Bakersfield, California
  • 1968 Jeff Tarango, American tennis player (famously defaults match 1995 Wimbledon), born in Manhattan Beach, California
  • 1968 Keith Rucker, NFL defensive tackle (Cin Bengals), born in University Park, Illinois
  • 1968 Richard Clarke, Canadian sailor Finn (Olympics 1996), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1969 Chris Harris, New Zealand cricketer (NZ all-rounder in ODI's), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 1969 Richard Dickson Reid, New Zealand road race cyclist (Olympics 1996)
  • 1969 Silvia Sommaggio, Italian 5k runner, born in Camposampiero., Italy
  • 1970 Delia Gonzalez, American-Mexican boxer, born in Anthony, New Mexico
  • 1971 Dion Nash, New Zealand cricketer (NZ right-arm medium-pacer 1992- ), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1971 Joey Galloway, American NFL wide receiver (Seattle Seahawks), born in Bellaire, Ohio
  • 1971 Robert Wijnands, Dutch soccer player (FC Utrecht)

  • 1972 Riddick Parker, American football defensive tackle (New England Patriots), born in Emporia, Virginia
  • 1972 Trent Pollard, American NFL guard (Cin Bengals), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1972 Yanick Dupre, Canadian NHL left wing (Philadelphia Flyers), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1997)
  • 1973 Matthew Smith, Australian field hockey forward (Olympics 1996), born in Tamworth, New South Wales, Australia
  • 1974 Brad Williams, Australian cricket fast bowler (4 Tests, 9 wickets; 25 ODIs, 35 wickets), born in Frankston, Australia
  • 1974 Drew Ginn, Australian rower (Olympics 1996), born in South Gippsland Shire, Australia
  • 1974 Jerald Moore, American football running back (St Louis Rams), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1974 Kirk Reynolds, Canadian trap shooter (Olympics 1996), born in Outlook, Saskatchewan, Canada
  • 1975 J. D. Drew, American baseball player, born in Valdosta, Georgia
  • 1976 Dominique Dawes, American gymnast (Olympics-gold/brz-92, 96), born in Silver Spring, Maryland
  • 1976 Elisa Blair, Australian rower (1997 World Champion)
  • 1976 Theodoros Velkos, Greek badminton player, born in Pazardzhik, Bulgaria
  • 1979 Maree Bowden, New Zealand netball player (15 caps, Silver Ferns), born in Clyde, New Zealand
  • 1980 James Chambers, Irish footballer, born in Dublin, Republic of Ireland
  • 1981 Jilen Siroky, American 200m breaststroke (Olympics 1996), born in Winter Park, Florida
  • 1981 Carlos Boozer, American basketball forward (2-time NBA All Star), born in Aschaffenburg, Germany
  • 1984 Ferdinando Monfardini, Italian racing driver, born in Isola della Scala, Italy
  • 1985 Juan Cruz Álvarez, Argentine racing driver, born in Arrecifes, Argentina
  • 1990 Sam Burton, English footballer, born in Swindon, United Kingdom