On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on October 17

  • 1848 William "Candy" Cummings, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (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, Russian gymnast (Olympic Champion 1952), born in Yevpatoria, Soviet Union
  • 1924 Don Coryell, American College Football Hall of Fame/NFL coach (SD Chargers), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2010)
  • 1928 Jim Gilliam, American MLB player and coach (Dodgers, NL rookie of year 1953), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 1978)
  • 1932 Paul Anderson, American light super heavyweight lifter (Olympic gold 1956)
  • 1934 Johnny Haynes, English soccer forward (56 caps; Fulham 594 games), born in London, England (d. 2005)
  • 1935 Alan Brown, cricketer (England opening attack Brown & White vs Pak 1961)
  • 1940 Jim Smith, English soccer midfielder and manager (Birmingham City, QPR, Portsmouth, Derby County), born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire (d. 2019)
  • 1941 Viden Apostolov, Bulgarian soccer defender (22 caps; PFC Botev Plovdiv 429 games), born in Novi Iskar, Bulgaria (d. 2020)
  • 1945 Dave Cutler, CFL place kicker (Edmonton Eskimos)

  • 1946 Bob Seagren, American pole vaulter/actor (Olympic gold 1968, "Soap"), born in Pomona California
  • 1946 Herb Orvis, American College Football Hall of Fame defensive tackle (University of Colorado; NFL: Detroit Lions, Baltimore Colts), born in Petoskey, Michigan (d. 2020)
  • 1950 Eric Hughes, English rugby league utility back (10 Tests England, 8 Great Britain; Widnes 481 games), born in Prescot district, England (d. 2020)
  • 1958 Blaine McCallister, American golfer (5 PGA Tour titles), born in Fort Stockton, Texas
  • 1960 Mandy Yachad, cricketer (South African ODI opening batsman 1991)
  • 1962 John Dorge, Australian basketball center (Olympics 1996)
  • 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 Marianne Werdel-Witmeyer, American professional tennis player, 1986-97 (ranked 21st in 1995), 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)

Person of interestErnie Els

1969 Ernie Els, South African golfer (US Open 1994, 97; British Open 2002, 12), born in Johannesburg, South Africa

Golfer Ernie Els
Golfer
Ernie Els
  • 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, Canadian rower (Olympic silver 1996), born in Saskatoon Saskatchewan
  • 1971 Byron Chamberlain, American football tight end (Denver Broncos, Minnesota Vikings), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1971 Ernest Dixon, NFL linebacker (New Orleans Saints)
  • 1971 Henry McMillian, NFL defensive tackle (Seattle Seahawks)
  • 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

Person of interestKimi Räikkönen

1979 Kimi Räikkönen, Finnish auto racer (F1 World Champion 2007), born in Espoo, Finland

Formula 1 Driver Kimi Räikkönen
Formula 1 Driver
Kimi Räikkönen
  • 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 (BDO World Champion 2006), born in Alphen, Netherlands
  • 1987 Jarosław Fojut, Polish footballer