On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on October 10

  • 1884 Ormy Pearse, South African cricketer (3 Tests for South Africa in Australia 1910-11), born in Pietermaritzberg, Natal (d. 1953)
  • 1895 Johnny Taylor, Australian cricket batsman (20 Tests; 1 x 100, 8 x 50) and rugby union fly-half (2 caps), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1971)
  • 1899 Brian Norton, South African tennis player (Wimbledon 1921 runner-up), born in Robben Island, South Africa (d. 1956)
  • 1914 Tommy Fine, American baseball player, born in Cleburne, Texas (d. 2005)
  • 1919 Gerry Gomez, West Indian cricketer (post-war WI all-rounder), born in Trinidad (d. 1996)
  • 1920 Frank Sinkwich, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1942, U of Georgia; NFL Draft #1 pick Detroit Lions 1943; NFL MVP 1944), born in Starjak, Croatia (d. 1990)
  • 1922 Harry Cave, New Zealand cricketer (NZ bowler & Test captain in the 1950's), born in Whanganui, New Zealand (d. 1989)
  • 1922 Merv Pregulman, American NFL Line backer (Green Bay Packers), born in Lansing, Michigan (d. 2012)
  • 1926 Ralph Liguori, American auto racer (NASCAR Grand National Series 30 x Top 10; 5 x Top 5 finishes), born in NYC, NY (d. 2020)
  • 1927 Clairmonte Depeiaza, West Indian cricketer (world record partnership v Aust 1955), born in Mount Standfast, Saint James Parish, Barbados (d. 1995)
  • 1930 Konstantin Vyrupayev, Soviet wrestler (Greco-Roman Bantamweight Olympic Gold 1956), born in Irkutsk, Russia (d. 2012)
  • 1934 Sadashiv Patil, Indian cricket fast bowler (1 Test, 2 wickets; Maharashtra), born in Kolhapur, India (d. 2020)
  • 1935 Dave Charnley, British lightweight boxer (Dartford Destroyer), born in Dartford, England (d. 2012)
  • 1936 Artie Dick, New Zealand cricket wicket-keeper (NZ of 60's), born in Middlemarch, New Zealand
  • 1937 Bruce Devlin, Australian golfer (8 PGA Tour titles), born in Armidale, NSW
  • 1942 Chartchai Chionoi, Thai boxer (WBC/WBA flyweight champion), born in Bangkok, Thailand (d. 2018)

  • 1946 Peter Mahvolich, Canadian NHL star (Montreal Canadiens), born in Timmins, Ontario, Canada
  • 1949 Lance Cairns, New Zealand cricket all-rounder (43 Tests, 130 wickets; 78 ODIs, 89 wickets), born in Picton, New Zealand
  • 1952 Bobby Nystrom, Swedish NHL right wing (Stanley Cup 1979-83; jersey #23 retired 1995), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1953 Gus Williams, American NBA guard (Golden State, Seattle, Washington), born in Mount Vernon, New York
  • 1961 Brian Lee Diemer, American steeplechase athlete (Olympic bronze 1984), born in Grand Rapids Michigan
  • 1961 Henrik Jørgensen, Danish marathon runner, born in Copenhagen
  • 1963 Mike Donnelly, American NHL left wing (Dallas Stars), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1963 Jolanda de Rover, Dutch swimmer (1984 Olympics), born in Amstelveen, Netherlands
  • 1964 Maxi Gnauck, German uneven parallel bars gymnast (Olympic gold 1980), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1965 Brett Perriman, American NFL wide receiver (Detroit Lions, Miami Dolphins), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1966 Darren Carrington, American NFL safety (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Bronx, New York
  • 1966 Derrick McKey, American NBA forward (Indiana Pacers), born in Meridian, Mississippi
  • 1966 Elana Meyer, South African runner (Olympic silver 1992), born in South Africa
  • 1966 Tony Adams, English footballer (Arsenal & England national team captain), born in Romford, London, England
  • 1967 Frank Wainright, American football tight end (Miami Dolphins), born in Peoria, Illinois
  • 1967 Willie Davis, American NFL wide receiver (KC Chiefs, Tennessee Oilers), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1968 James Williams, American NFL linebacker (Atlanta Falcons, SF 49ers), born in Natchez, Mississippi
  • 1968 Nancy Brookhart, American WPVA volleyballer (Hermosa-17th-1994), born in Elmhurst, Illinois
  • 1968 Bart Brentjens, Dutch mountain biker, born in Haelen, Netherlands
  • 1969 Brett Favre, American NFL quarterback (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31), born in Gulfport, Mississippi

  • 1970 Alexei Zhitnik, NHL defenseman (Team Russia Olympic silver 1998, Buffalo), born in Kiev, Ukraine
  • 1970 Glenn Foley, American NFL quarterback (NY Jets), born in Woburn, Massachusetts
  • 1970 Dean Kiely, Irish football goalkeeper (Crystal Palace), born in Salford, England
  • 1970 Silke Kraushaar-Pielach, German luger (Olympic gold 1998), born in Sonneberg, Thuringia, Germany
  • 1970 Mohammed Mourhit, Belgian athlete, born in Khouribga, Morocco
  • 1970 Matthew Pinsent CBE, English rower (Olympic gold coxless pair 1992, 96; four 2000, 04; World C'ship gold x 10) and broadcaster (BBC), born in Holt, England
  • 1971 Corey Louchiey, American NFL offensive tackle (Buffalo Bills), born in Greenville, South Carolina
  • 1971 Ian Bennett, English football goalkeeper (Birmingham City), born in Worksop, England
  • 1972 Marianne Limpert, Canadian 200m relay swimmer (Olympic silver 1996), born in Matagami, Quebec
  • 1972 Yinka Dare, Nigerian NBA center (NJ Nets), born in Kano, Nigeria (d. 2004)
  • 1973 Jeff Shantz, Canadian NHL center (Chicago Blackhawks), born in Duchess, Alberta, Canada
  • 1973 John Mobley, American NFL linebacker (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in Chester, Pennsylvania
  • 1973 Zach Thornton, American soccer goalkeeper (8 caps; MLS GK of the Year: 1998, 2009), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1974 Chris Pronger, Canadian NHL defenseman (Team Canada Olympics 1998, St. Louis), born in Dryden, Ontario, Canada
  • 1974 Julio Ricardo Cruz, Argentine footballer (Internazionale), born in Santiago del Estero, Argentina
  • 1974 Dale Earnhardt Jr., American auto racer, team owner and broadcaster (Daytona 500 2004, 14; Busch Series 1998-99), born in Kannapolis, North Carolina
  • 1975 Ramón Morales, Mexican footballer (Guadalajara), born in La Piedad, Michoacán, Mexico
  • 1976 Shane Doan, Canadian NHL right wing (Winnipeg Jets), born in Halkirk, Alberta, Canada
  • 1976 Bob Burnquist, Brazilian-American skateboarder, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1976 Pat Burrell, American baseball player, born in Eureka Springs, Arkansas
  • 1979 Nicolás Massú, Chilean tennis player, born in Viña del Mar, Chile
  • 1982 Hideki Mutoh, Japanese racing driver, born in Tokyo
  • 1983 Vusimuzi Sibanda, Zimbabwean cricketer, born in Highfield, Harare, Zimbabwe
  • 1984 Paul Posluszny, American football player, born in Butler, Pennsylvania
  • 1984 Troy Tulowitzki, American baseball shortstop (MLB All Star 2010, 11, 13–15; Gold Glove Award 2010, 11; Colorado Rockies), born in Santa Clara, California
  • 1984 Rod Benson, American basketball player, born in Fairfield, California
  • 1986 Nathan Jawai, Australian basketball player, born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1991 Mariana Pajón, Colombian BMX rider (Olympic gold 2012, 16), born in Medellin, Colombia