Birthdays in Sport on October 17

  • 1848 William "Candy" Cummings, American baseball player credited with creating the curveball, born in Ware, Massachusetts (d. 1924)
  • 1859 William "Buck" Ewing, hall of fame catcher (NY Giants, Cincinnati Reds)
  • 1890 Roy Kilner, English cricketer (d. 1928)
  • 1906 Paul Derringer, American baseball player (d. 1987)
  • 1908 Red Rolfe, American baseball player (d. 1969)
  • 1917 Martin Donnelly, cricketer (brilliant lefty bat for NZ post-war)
  • 1919 John Moroney, cricketer (Australian opener 1949-51)
  • 1921 Maria Gorokhovskaya, USSR, gymnast (Olympic gold 1952)
  • 1924 Don Coryell, American College Football Hall of Fame/NFL coach (SD Chargers), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2010)
  • 1928 James "Junior" Gilliam, Dodgers (NL rookie of year 1953)
  • 1932 Paul Anderson, American light super heavyweight lifter (Olympic gold 1956)
  • 1934 Johnny Haynes, English footballer (d. 2005)
  • 1935 Alan Brown, cricketer (England opening attack Brown & White vs Pak 1961)
  • 1940 Jim Smith, English footballer and manager
  • 1945 Dave Cutler, CFL place kicker (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • 1946 Bob Seagren, American pole vaulter/actor (Olympic gold 1968, "Soap"), born in Pomona California

  • 1958 Blaine McCallister, American PGA golfer (1989 Honda Classic), born in Fort Stockton, Texas
  • 1958 France ice hockey forward (Canada, Olympics 1998), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1960 James Patrick Delsing, American PGA golfer (1993 New England-2nd), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1960 Mandy Yachad, cricketer (South African ODI opening batsman 1991)
  • 1962 John Dorge, Australian basketball center (Olympics 1996)
  • 1963 Vijay Mehra, cricketer (United Arab Emirates batsman 1996 World Cup)
  • 1963 Sergio Goycochea, Argentine footballer
  • 1965 Pinnaduwage Aravinda De Silva, cricket (Sri Lanka's greatest batsman)
  • 1966 Danny Ferry, NBA forward (Cleveland Cavaliers)
  • 1966 Tommy Kendall, American race car driver and television personality
  • 1967 Adrianne Werdel Witmeyer, tennis star (1990 Futures-Chiba), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1967 Marianne Werdel Witmeyer, tennis star, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1967 Mark Johnson, infielder (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • 1967 Nathalie Tauziat, Bangui Cent Afr Rep, tennis star (1993 Quebec City)
  • 1967 Reggie Clark, NFL linebacker (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1968 Heather McDermid, rower (Olympics 1996), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1969 Alfred Pupunu, NFL tight end (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1969 Joe Courtney, NBA forward (Cleveland Cavaliers)
  • 1969 Theodore Ernest Els, PGA golfer (1994 US Open), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1970 Anil Kumble, cricketer (great Indian leg-spinner since 1990)
  • 1970 Jean-Paul de Young, soccer player (FC Utrecht)
  • 1970 John Mabry, outfielder (St Louis Cardinals), born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • 1970 Marciano Vink, soccer player (Genoa/PSV)
  • 1970 Tasha Tsang, Saskatoon Saskatchwan, rower (Olympics 1996)
  • 1971 Byron Chamberlain, NFL/WLAF tight end Denver Broncos, Rhein Fire)
  • 1971 Ernest Dixon, NFL linebacker (New Orleans Saints)
  • 1971 Henry McMillian, NFL defensive tackle (Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1972 Vicki Goetze, Michicot WI, LPGA golfer (1995 British Open-12th)
  • 1972 Joe McEwing, American baseball player
  • 1973 Keith McKenzie, NFL defensive end (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • 1974 John Rocker, American baseball player
  • 1975 Francis Bouillon, American hockey player
  • 1976 Sebastián Abreu, Uruguayan footballer
  • 1977 Dudu Aouate, Israeli footballer
  • 1979 Kimi Räikkönen, Finnish auto racer (F1 World Champion 2007), born in Espoo, Finland
  • 1979 Kostas Tsartsaris, Greek basketball player
  • 1980 Alessandro Piccolo, Italian racing driver
  • 1980 Ekaterina Gamova, Russian volleyball player
  • 1983 Ivan Saenko, Russian football player
  • 1984 Jelle Klaasen, Dutch darts player
  • 1987 Jarosław Fojut, Polish footballer