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Birthdays in Sport on November 5

Person of interestTeddy Flack

1873 edwin flack, Australian athlete, (Olympic gold 800m, 1500m 1896), born in London, England (d. 1935)

Olympic Runner Teddy Flack
Olympic Runner
Teddy Flack
  • 1883 Ernie Parker, Australian tennis player (Australasian C'ship 1913), born in Perth, Western Australia (d. 1918)
  • 1891 Herb McGirr, New Zealand cricketer (played in NZ's 1st Test series), born in Wellington, New Zealand (d. 1964)
  • 1891 Earl Neale, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame coach (Virginia; NFL: Philadelphia Eagles) and MLB outfielder (Cincinnati Reds), born in Parkersburg, West Virginia (d. 1973)
  • 1901 Eddie Paynter, English cricketer (England batting hero in Bodyline series), born in Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire, England (d. 1979)
  • 1904 Cooney Weiland, Canadian NHL forward (Boston Bruins), born in Seaforth, Ontario (d. 1985)
  • 1905 George Bissett, South African cricketer (successful South African quick in 1927-28), born in Kimberley, Cape Province, South Africa (d. 1965)
  • 1916 Len Wilkinson, English cricketer (England leg-spinner just before WW II), born in Northwich, Cheshire, England (d. 2002)
  • 1916 Jim Tabor, American MLB 3rd baseman (2 x grand slams in one game), born in New Hope, Alabama (d. 1953)
  • 1918 George Sheehan, American doctor, athlete and author ("Running & Being: The Total Experience," NY Times best seller), born in Brooklyn, NY (d. 1993)
  • 1920 Tommy Godwin, British track cyclist (Great Britain coach; 2 x Olympic bronze 1948; President British Cycling Federation), born in Connecticut, United States (d. 2012)
  • 1923 Ian Munro, British medical journalist, humanitarian and cricketer, born in Bradford, England (d. 1997)
  • 1929 Lennart Johansson, Swedish soccer administrator (President Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) 1990–2007), born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 2019)
  • 1935 Lester Piggott, British jockey (11 time champ), born in Wantage, Berkshire, England
  • 1938 César Luis Menotti, Argentine football player (1978 FIFA World Cup) and coach, born in Rosario, Argentina
  • 1939 Kenneth Walter, South African cricket fast bowler (2 Tests, 6 wickets), born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 2003)

  • 1947 Oļegs Antropovs, Latvian volleyball player (Olympic gold 1968), born in Shymkent, Kazakh SSR
  • 1950 Debbie Massey, American golfer (3-time LPGA Tour winner), born in Grosse Pointe, Michigan

Person of interestBill Walton

1952 Bill Walton, American Basketball Hall of Fame center (NBA C'ship 1977, 1986; NBA Finals MVP 1977; Portland Trail Blazers, Boston Celtics), born in La Mesa, California

NBA Center and Television Sportscaster Bill Walton
NBA Center and Television Sportscaster
Bill Walton
  • 1952 Oleg Blokhin, Ukrainian footballer, born in Kiev, Ukrainian SSR
  • 1954 Alvin Gentry, American basketball head coach (New Orleans Pelicans 2015-19; Miami Heat, Detroit Pistons, Los Angeles Clippers, Phoenix Suns), born in Shelby, North Carolina
  • 1954 Alejandro Sabella, Argentine soccer midfielder (8 caps; River Plate, Sheffield United, Estudiantes) and manager (Argentina 2011-14), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 2020)
  • 1960 Mark West, American NBA center (Detroit Pistons), born in Fort Campbell, Kentucky
  • 1962 Abédi Pelé, Ghanaian footballer (captain of Ghana National Team), born in Kibi, Eastern Region, Ghana
  • 1963 Hans Gilhaus, Dutch soccer player (Vitesse), born in Helmond, Netherlands
  • 1966 Nayim [Mohamed Alí Amar], Spanish footballer, born in Ceuta, Spain
  • 1967 Frank Pollack, American NFL tackle (SF 49ers), born in Camp Springs, Maryland
  • 1967 Grant Leury, Australian canoeist (Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1967 Steve Wagner, field hockey goalkeeper (Olympics 1996), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1968 Bob Dahl, American NFL guard (Washington Redskins, Cleveland Browns), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1968 Cary Blanchard, American NFL kicker (Indianapolis Colts), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2016)
  • 1968 Malcolm Frank, CFL cornerback (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • 1970 Javier Lopez, Puerto Rican baseball pitcher (Atlanta Braves), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 1970 Ryan Wetnight, American NFL tight end (Chicago Bears), born in Fresno, California
  • 1971 Erick Walder, American triple jumper, born in Mobile, Alabama
  • 1971 Sergei Berezin, Russian NHL forward (Team Russia, Olympic silver 1998), born in Voskrensensk, Russia

  • 1971 Todd Collins, American NFL quarterback (Buffalo Bills, Kansas City Chiefs, Washington Redskins), born in Walpole, Massachusetts
  • 1971 Rob Jones, English footballer (Liverpool), born in Wrexham, Wales
  • 1973 Alexei Yashin, Russian NHL center (Team Russia Olympic silver 1998, Ottawa Senators), born in Sverdlovsk, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
  • 1973 Johnny Damon, American professional baseball outfielder (Kansas City Royals), born in Fort Riley, Kansas
  • 1973 Kate Anderson, Australian 1.5k/3k/5k runner (Olympics 1996)
  • 1973 Rupert Grant, American NFL fullback (NE Patriots), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1974 Conrad Hamilton, American football cornerback (NY Giants), born in Alamogordo, New Mexico
  • 1974 Jerry Stackhouse, American NBA guard and forward (Detroit Pistons, Philadelphia 76ers), born in Kinston, North Carolina
  • 1974 Dado Pršo, Croatian footballer, born in Zadar, SFR Yugoslavia
  • 1977 Tuula Puputti, Finnish ice hockey goalie (Finland, Olympics 1998), born in Kuopio, Finland
  • 1977 Richard Wright, English football goalkeeper and coach (Manchester City), born in Ipswich, England
  • 1978 Bubba Watson Jr., American golfer (US Masters 2012, 2014), born in Bagdad, Florida
  • 1980 Christoph Metzelder, German footballer, born in Haltern, West Germany
  • 1980 Jaime Camara, Brazilian racing driver, born in Goiânia, Brazil
  • 1983 Mike Hanke, German footballer, born in Hamm, West Germany
  • 1984 Nick Folk, American football player, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1984 Tobias Enstrom, Swedish hockey player, born in Nordingrå, Sweden

Person of interestEliud Kipchoge

1984 Eliud Kipchoge, Kenyan distance runner (Olympic gold marathon 2016; first under 2:00), born in Kapsisiywa, Kenya

Long Distance Runner Eliud Kipchoge
Long Distance Runner
Eliud Kipchoge
  • 1986 Kasper Schmeichel, Danish footballer, born in Copenhagen, Denmark

Person of interestVirat Kohli

1988 Virat Kohli, Indian cricketer, star batsman and captain of India (2013-), born in Delhi, India

Cricketer Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli
  • 1992 Odell Beckham Jr., American NFL player (New York Giants), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana