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Birthdays in Sport on October 15

John L. Sullivan

1858 John L. Sullivan, American boxer (first heavyweight gloved champion, de facto 1882-92; last heavyweight bare-knuckle champion), born in Roxbury, Massachusetts (d. 1918)

  • 1882 Charley O'Leary, American baseball player (Detroit Tigers), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1941)
  • 1898 Boughera El Ouafi, Algerian athlete and marathoner (Olympic gold 1928), born in Ouled Djellal, Algeria (d. 1951)
  • 1910 Xenophon Balaskas, South Africa cricketer (South African leg-spinner of 30's), born in Kimberley, Cape Province (d. 1994)
  • 1921 Angelica Rozeanu, Romanian table tennis player (World Champ 1950-55), born in Bucharest, Romania (d. 2006)
  • 1921 Gul Mahomed, Pakistani cricketer (Indian & Pakistani batsman), born in Lahore, Punjab, British India (d. 1992)
  • 1927 Bill Henry, American baseball player (Boston Red Sox, Cincinnati Reds), born in Alice, Texas (d. 2014)
  • 1935 Bobby Morrow, American athlete (Olympic gold 100m, 200m, 4x100m relay 1956), born in Brownsville, Texas (d. 2020)
  • 1935 Willie O'Ree, Canadian former professional ice hockey player and the first black player in the National Hockey League (Boston Bruins), born in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada
  • 1939 Carmelo Bossi, Italian light middleweight boxer (Olympic silver 1960), born in Milan, Italy (d. 2014)
  • 1939 Willibert Kremer, German soccer coach (MSV Duisburg, Bayer Leverkusen, 1860 Munich, Fortuna Düsseldorf), born in Hochneukirch, Germany (d. 2021)

Jim Palmer

1945 Jim Palmer, American baseball player (Baltimore Orioles 1965-1984), born in NYC, New York

  • 1945 Steve Camacho, West Indian cricket batsman, author, administrator (11 Tests, CEO WI Cricket Board), born in Georgetown, British Guiana (d. 2015)

Roscoe Tanner

1951 Roscoe Tanner, American tennis player (Australian Open 1977), born in Kiawah Island, South Carolina

Victor Pecci

1955 Victor Pecci, Paraguayan Tennis Star, born in Asuncion, Paraguay

  • 1955 Kulbir Bhaura, British field hockey player (Olympic gold 1988), born in Jalandhar, Punjab, India
  • 1957 Marco Cornez, Chilean soccer goalkeeper, (20 caps; FC Deportivo Palestino, Universidad Católica, Everton de Viña del Mar), born in Valparaíso, Chile (d. 2022)
  • 1962 Susan DeMattei, American cyclist (Olympic bronze 1996), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1963 Stanley Menzo, Surinamese-Dutch soccer goalkeeper (Ajax/PSV), born in Paramaribo, Suriname
  • 1965 Daniel Held, American 10k runner, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1966 Jorge Campos, Mexican football goalkeeper (130 caps; UNAM, LA Galaxy), born in Acapulco, Guerrero
  • 1967 Carlos García, Venezuelan baseball infielder (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Táchira State, Venezuela
  • 1968 George Koonce, American NFL linebacker (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31), born in New Bern, North Carolina
  • 1968 Meredith Rainey, American 800m runner, born in Brooklyn, New York

Didier Deschamps

1968 Didier Deschamps, French footballer and coach (France: 2018 World Cup), born in Bayonne, France

  • 1969 Vítor Baía, Portuguese football goalkeeper, born in Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal
  • 1970 Lonnie Palelei, American football offensive lineman (NY Jets), born in Nu'uuli, American Samoa
  • 1971 Bernardo Harris, American NFL linebacker (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31), born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • 1971 Roland McGhee, American long jumper, born in Flint, Michigan
  • 1971 Andy Cole, British footballer (Manchester United), born in Nottingham, England
  • 1972 Fred Hoiberg, American NBA guard (Indiana Pacers), born in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • 1973 Susannah Kate Pryde, New Zealand road race cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1975 Glen Little, English footballer, born in London, England
  • 1977 Masato Kawabata, Japanese racing driver, born in Osaka, Japan
  • 1977 Patricio Urrutia, Ecuadorian footballer, born in Ventanas, Ecuador
  • 1977 David Trezeguet, French football player (AS Monaco, Juventus), born in Rouen, France
  • 1979 Paul Robinson, English football player (Tottenham), born in Beverley, England
  • 1979 Māris Verpakovskis, Latvian football player, born in Liepāja, Latvia
  • 1979 Blue Adams, American Football Player, born in Miami, Florida
  • 1980 Tom Boonen, Belgian cyclist (2005 World Road Race Champion), born in Mol, Belgium
  • 1981 Guo Jingjing, Chinese diver (3 Olympic Gold medals), born in Baoding, China
  • 1981 Radoslav Židek, Slovak snowboarder (Olympics silver 2006; first Slovak to win Winter Olympics medal), born in Žilina, Slovakia
  • 1981 Elena Dementieva, Russian tennis player (2008 Olympic Gold), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1982 Charline Labonté, French Canadian ice hockey goaltender (Canadian team), born in Greenfield Park, Quebec
  • 1985 Walter López, Uruguayan footballer (West Ham), born in Montevideo, Uruguay
  • 1985 Marcos Martinez Ucha, Spanish racing driver, born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1987 Jesse Levine, American Canadian tennis player, born in Boca Raton, Florida
  • 1988 Mesut Özil, Turkish-German football player (Arsenal, German national team), born in Gelsenkirchen, West Germany