On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on October 12

  • 1874 Jimmy Burke, American MLB third baseman (Pittsburgh Pirates), coach (World Series 1932, NY Yankees) and manager (St. Louis Cardinals), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1942)
  • 1905 Rick Ferrell, American Baseball Hall of Fame catcher (8 x MLB All Star; Boston Red Sox, Washington Senators), born in Durham, North Carolina (d. 1995)

Person of interestJoe Cronin

1906 Joe Cronin, American baseball shortstop (Pirates, Red Sox, Senators, MVP 1930, AL President), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1984)

Baseball Player and Manager Joe Cronin
Baseball Player and Manager
Joe Cronin
  • 1910 Bob Sheppard, New York Yankees and New York Giants announcer, born in Richmond Hill, New York (d. 2010)
  • 1911 Vijay Merchant, Indian cricketer (Test average 47 72, 1st-class avg 71), born in Bombay, India (d. 1987)
  • 1911 Maribel Vinson, American figure skater (9 time US National Champion), born in Winchester, Massachusetts (d. 1961)
  • 1921 Jaroslav Drobný, Czech ice hockey player (Olympic silver 1948) and tennis player (Wimbledon 1954; French Open 1951-52), born in Prague, Czech Republic (d. 2001)
  • 1921 Les Horvath, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback and halfback (Heisman Trophy 1944; first Ohio State player to win the award; National C'ship 1942), born in South Bend, Indiana (d. 1995)
  • 1923 Goody Petronelli, American boxing trainer and manager, born in Brockton, Massachusetts (d. 2012)
  • 1925 Gilbert Parkhouse, Welsh cricketer (England batsman in 7 Tests 1950-59), born in Swansea, Glamorgan, Wales (d. 2000)
  • 1925 William Steinkraus, American equestrian (Olympic gold/2 sil/br-52/56/60/64/68/72), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1926 Hans Liebold, German auto racer (Nardo, Italy)
  • 1932 Ned Jarrett, American race car driver and announcer (50 Grand National victories), born in Conover, North Carolina
  • 1932 Vitold Kreyer, Russian athlete (Olympic bronze, triple jump 1956, 60) and coach (Soviet athletics team 1967–80; head Russian team 2000 Olympics), born in Krasnodar, Russia (d. 2020)
  • 1936 Tony Kubek, shortstop (NY Yankees) and sportscaster (NBC-TV, Madison Square Garden), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1938 Bob Miller, American NHL broadcaster, born in Chicago, Illinois

  • 1938 Andrzej Pogorzelski, Polish motorcycle speedway rider (Speedway World Team Cup gold 1965, 66, 69), born in Leszno, Poland (d. 2020)
  • 1940 Glenn Beckert, American baseball second baseman (MLB All-Star 1969-72; Gold Glove Award 1968; Chicago Cubs), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2020)
  • 1946 Ashok Mankad, Indian cricketer (son of Vinoo, batted for India 1969-78), born in Mumbai, India (d. 2008)
  • 1951 Bernie Ruoff, CFL kicker (Winnipeg, Hamilton), born in West Germany
  • 1951 Sally Little, South African/American golfer (PGA 1980, du Maurier 1988), born in Cape Town, South Africa
  • 1952 Trevor Chappell, Australian cricket all-rounder (3 Tests, underarm bowling controversy), born in Adelaide, South Australia
  • 1960 Steve Lowery, American golfer (PGA C'ship 2001 3rd), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1962 Dammika Ranatunga, Sri Lankan cricketer (bro of Arjuna Sri Lankan batsman 1990), born in Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 1962 Sid Fernandez, American baseball pitcher (NY Mets, Philadelphia Phillies), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1963 Michael Zordich, American NFL strong safety (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Youngstown, Ohio
  • 1963 Alan McDonald, Northern Irish footballer, born in Belfast, Northern Ireland (d. 2012)
  • 1964 Fanie De Villiers, South African cricketer (great South African pace bowler), born in Vereeniging, Transvaal Province, South Africa
  • 1965 Chris Chandler, American NFL quarterback (Houston Oilers, Atlanta Falcons), born in Everett, Washington
  • 1965 J. J. Daigneault, Canadian NHL defenseman (Pitts Penguins), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1965 Todd Krygier, American NHL left wing (Anaheim, Washington), born in Chicago Heights, Illinois
  • 1966 Wim Jonk, Dutch soccer midfielder (49 caps; Ajax, Internazionale, PSV, Sheffield Wednesday), born in Volendam, Netherlands
  • 1968 Charles Anthony, American CFL defensive back (Toronto Argonauts), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1968 Leon Lett, American NFL defensive tackle and coach (Dallas Cowboys), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • 1968 Mike Trombley, American pitcher (Minnesota Twins), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 1968 Bill Auberlen, American race car driver, born in Redondo Beach, California

  • 1969 Alison Peek, Australian field hockey halfback and midfielder (Olympics gold 2000), born in Australia
  • 1969 Dave Chaytors, CFL defensive tackle (BC Lions), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1969 José Valentín, MLB infielder (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Manatí, Puerto Rico

Person of interestNancy Kerrigan

1969 Nancy Kerrigan, American figure skater (Olympic silver 1994), born in Stoneham, Massachusetts

Figure Skater Nancy Kerrigan
Figure Skater
Nancy Kerrigan
  • 1969 Terry Ray, American NFL strong safety (NE Patriots), born in Belgium
  • 1970 Charlie Ward, American basketball guard (NBA: NY Knicks) and College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1993, Florida State), born in Tallahassee, Florida
  • 1970 Herman Arvie, American NFL tackle (Cleveland Browns), born in Opelousas, Louisiana
  • 1970 Tanyon Sturtze, American baseball player (Chicago Cubs), born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • 1971 Bronzell Miller, American WLAF linebacker (Amsterdam Admirals), born in Federal Way, Washington (d. 2013)
  • 1971 Tony Fiore, American baseball player, born in Oak Park, Illinois
  • 1972 Singor Mobley, American football safety (Dallas Cowboys), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • 1972 Tom van Mol, Belgian soccer player (PSV), born in Dendermonde, Belgium
  • 1972 Juan Manuel Silva, Argentine racing driver, born in Resistencia, Chaco, Argentina
  • 1974 Miroslav Satan, Topolcany CZE, NHL forward (Team Slovakia, Edmonton)
  • 1974 Stephen Lee, English snooker player, born in Trowbridge, Wiltshire
  • 1975 Scott von Der Ahe, American football linebacker (Indianapolis Colts), born in Lancaster, California

Person of interestMarion Jones

1975 Marion Jones, track and field athlete/drug cheat (5 forfeited Olympic medals), born in Los Angeles, California

Track and Field Athlete/Drug Cheat Marion Jones
Track and Field Athlete/Drug Cheat
Marion Jones
  • 1977 Bode Miller, American alpine ski-racer (Olympic gold 2010), born in Easton, New Hampshire
  • 1977 Javier Toyo, Venezuelan football goalkeeper (Venezuela national football team), born in Caracas, Venezuela
  • 1977 Christie Kerr, American golfer (US Open 2007, PGA Championship 2010), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1978 Baden Cooke, Australian cyclist, born in Benalla, Victoria, Australia
  • 1980 Ledley King, English soccer defender (England 21 caps), born in London, England
  • 1981 Shola Ameobi, Nigerian footballer (Notts County), born in Zaria, Nigeria
  • 1981 Brian Kerr, Scottish football manager, born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1983 Alex Brosque, Australian footballer (Sydney FC), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1985 Mike Green, Canadian ice hockey player (Detroit Red Wings), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1986 Sergio Peter, German footballer (SpVgg Neckarelz), born in Ludwigshafen, West Germany
  • 1990 Henri Lansbury, English footballer (Aston Villa), born in Enfield, London