On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on October 1

  • 1900 Tom Goddard, English cricket off-spin bowler (8 Tests; 22 wickets @ 26.72; Gloucestershire), born in Gloucester, Gloucestershire (d. 1966)
  • 1901 Jimmie Reese, American baseball infielder and coach (LA Angels Hall of Fame), born in NYC, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1907 Maxie Rosenbloom, American boxer, actor (world light heavyweight champion 1932-34), born in Leonard's Bridge, Connecticut (d. 1976)
  • 1908 Doug Young, Canadian NHL defenceman (Stanley Cup 1936-37, Detroit Red Wings captain), born in Medicine Hat, Alberta (d. 1990)
  • 1911 Riccardo Torriani, Swiss ice hockey player, luger (Olympic bronze 1928, 48; took the Olympic oath 1948), born in St. Moritz, Switzerland (d. 1988)
  • 1911 Herman Hickman, American College Football Hall of Fame guard, coach and broadcaster (Army, Yale), born in Johnson City, Tennessee (d. 1958)
  • 1919 Bob Boyd, American baseball first baseman (National Baseball Congress Hall of Fame), born in Potts Camp, Mississippi (d. 2004)
  • 1928 Willy Mairesse, Belgian auto racer (13 F1 GP; Nürburgring 1000km 1963; GT Spa GP 1965; Targa Florio 1966), born in Momignies, Wallonia (d. 1969)
  • 1929 Ken Arthurson, Australian rugby league halfback, coach, administrator (NSWRL, ARL, Manly-Warringah chairman), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1930 Frank Gardner, Australian auto racer (European F5000 1971; British Touring Car Championship 1967-68, 73), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1934 Neil Castles, American auto racer (NASCAR Grand National East Series Champion 1972), born in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 1934 Chuck Hiller, American MLB second baseman (first NL player in history to hit a grand slam HR in World Series play, 1962), born in Johnsburg, Illinois (d. 2004)
  • 1936 Duncan Edwards, English soccer midfielder (18 caps; Manchester United), born in Dudley, Worcestershire (d. 1958)
  • 1937 Saeed Ahmed, Pakistan cricket batsman (41 Tests; 2,991 runs @ 40.41), born in Jalandhar, Punjab
  • 1938 Les Scheinflug, Australian soccer midfielder, coach (Marconi; Australia; 6 caps), born in Bückeburg, Germany
  • 1939 George Archer, American golfer (US Masters 1969), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2005)

  • 1942 Jean-Pierre Joubille, French auto racer (European F2 champion 1976), born in Paris, France
  • 1943 Naushad Ali, Pakistan cricket wicket keeper, administrator, match referee (6 Tests), born in Gwalior, India

Person of interestRod Carew

1945 Rod Carew, Panamanian Baseball Hall of Fame infielder (18-time MLB All Star; AL MVP 1977 Minnesota Twins), born in Gatún, Panama Canal Zone

Baseball Hall of Fame Infielder Rod Carew
Baseball Hall of Fame Infielder
Rod Carew
  • 1946 Ewa Klobukowska, Polish athlete (Olympic gold 4x100m relay 1964), born in Warsaw, Poland
  • 1948 Peter Blake, New Zealand yachtsman and winner of numerous Whitbread and America's Cup sailing contests, born in Auckland, New Zealand (d. 2001)
  • 1950 Mihai Romilă, Romanian soccer midfielder (19 caps; Politehnica Iași 367 games), born in Huși, Romania (d. 2020)
  • 1952 Jacques Martin, Canadian NHL coach, executive (Ottawa Senators, Florida Panthers, Montreal Canadiens), born in Rockland, Ontario
  • 1953 Grete Waitz, Norwegian long distance athlete (9 x NYC Marathon titles; World C'ship gold 1983; 5 x gold World Cross Country; WR x 4), born in Oslo, Norway (d. 2011)
  • 1954 Martin Strel, Slovenian long distance swimmer (Danube, Mississippi, Yangtze, Amazon River records), born in Mokronog, Slovenia
  • 1955 Jeff Reardon, American baseball pitcher (4-time MLB All Star; Montreal Expos, Minnesota Twins), born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts
  • 1956 Leslie Burr-Howard, American equestrian rider (Olympic gold show jumping, team 1984), born in Union, New Jersey
  • 1959 Andrei Vedernikov, Russian road cyclist (first Soviet to win individual amateur road race at World C'ships 1981), born in Izhevsk, Russia (d. 2020)
  • 1961 Corrie van Zyl, South African cricket all-rounder, coach, administrator (RSA coach 2010-11), born in Bloemfontein, Orange Free State
  • 1962 Paul Walsh, English soccer forward (5 caps; Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool, Charlton), born in London, England

Person of interestMark McGwire

1963 Mark McGwire, American MLB 1st baseman, coach (12-time All Star, Oakland A's, St. Louis Cardinals), born in Pomona, California

MLB First Baseman Mark McGwire
MLB First Baseman
Mark McGwire
  • 1964 Roberto Kelly, Panamanian baseball outfielder and coach (NY Yankees; MLB All Star 1992-93), born in Panama City, Panama
  • 1964 Jonathan Sarfati, New Zealand chess player, scientist, and author (FIDE Master), born in Ararat, Australia
  • 1965 Cliff Ronning, Canadian NHL center (1,137 NHL games; Vancouver Canucks, Nashville Predators), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1966 George Weah, Liberian soccer striker and politician (President Liberia; 53 caps; AC Milan, Monaco), born in Monrovia, Liberia
  • 1966 Cuco Ziganda, Spanish soccer striker and manager (2 caps; Athletic Bilbao 255 games), born in Larraintzar, Spain

  • 1967 Geraldine Heaney, Canadian ice hockey defense (Olympics gold 1998), born in Lurgan, Northern Ireland
  • 1967 Mike Pringle, American Canadian Football Hall of Fame running back (CFL MOP 1995, 98; Montreal Alouettes), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1967 Scott Young, US Hockey Hall of Fame right wing (1,181 NHL games; Pittsburgh Penguins, Colorado Avalanche), born in Clinton, Massachusetts
  • 1968 Phil de Glanville, English rugby union centre and captain (38 caps; Bath RUFC), born in Loughborough, Leicestershire
  • 1970 Alexei Zhamnov, Russian NHL center (Winnipeg Jets; Olympic gold 1992), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1970 Gaston Taument, Dutch soccer winger (15 caps; Feyenoord), born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • 1970 Moses Kiptanui, Kenyan steeplechaser (World C'ship gold 1991, 93, 95; Olympic silver 1996), born in Marakwet District, Kenya
  • 1970 Ronnie Bradford, American NFL defensive back and coach (Atlanta Falcons, Denver Broncos; La. Tech., USC), born in Minot, North Dakota
  • 1972 Danielle Scott-Arruda, American volleyball middle blocker (Olympics silver 2008, 12), born in Baton Rouge Louisiana
  • 1974 Christian Borle, American actor (play Peter and the Starcatcher), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1975 Eric Morel, Puerto Rican boxer, (WBA flyweight champion 2000-03), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 1979 Gilberto Martínez, Costa Rican soccer defender (61 caps; Brescia), born in Golfito, Costa Rica
  • 1979 Rudi Johnson, American NFL running back (Pro Bowl 2004; Cincinnati Bengals), born in Petersburg, Virginia
  • 1981 Júlio Baptista, Brazilian soccer forward (47 caps; São Paulo, Sevilla), born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • 1981 Johnny Oduya, Swedish NHL defenceman (Stanley Cup 2013, 15; Chicago Blackhawks), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1983 Mirko Vučinić, Montenegrin soccer forward (48 caps; Lecce, Roma, Juventus), born in Nikšić, Montenegro
  • 1984 Matt Cain, American baseball pitcher (SF Giants; perfect game 2012; MLB All Star 2009, 11-12), born in Dothan, Alabama
  • 1985 Shahriar Nafees, Bangladeshi cricket batsman (24 Tests, 75 ODI), born in Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • 1987 Hiroki Aiba, Japanese actor and singer (The Prince Of Tennis), born in Funabashi, Chiba, Japan