On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on October 21

  • 1851 George Ulyett, English cricket all-rounder (25 Tests; 949 runs, 50 wickets), born in Pitsmoor, Yorkshire (d. 1898)
  • 1879 Willie Anderson, Scottish golfer (US Open 1901, 1903-05), born in North Berwick, Scotland (d. 1910)
  • 1880 Reggie Spooner, English cricket batsman (10 Tests; dual cricket/rugby union international), born in St Helens, Lancashire (d. 1961)
  • 1898 Eduard Pütsep, Estonian wresler and Olympic medalist (d. 1960)
  • 1926 Bob Rosburg, American golfer, analyst (PGA Championship 1959), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2009)

Person of interestWhitey Ford

1928 Whitey Ford, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (10 x MLB All Star; World Series 1950, 53, 56, 58, 61 [MVP], 62; AL Cy Young Award 1961; NY Yankees), born in NYC, NY (d. 2020)

MLB Pitcher Whitey Ford
MLB Pitcher
Whitey Ford
  • 1928 Vern Mikkelsen, Parlier, CA, basketball player (Lakers, HOF), (d. 2013)
  • 1928 Ardico Magnini, Italian soccer defender (20 caps; Fiorentina 225 games), born in Pistoia, Italy (d. 2020)
  • 1931 Jim Parks, cricketer (England batsman-keeper in 46 Tests 1954-68)
  • 1933 Francisco Gento, Spanish soccer winger (Spain 43 caps, Real Madrid), born in El Astillero, Spain
  • 1940 Geoffrey Boycott, cricketer (stoic England opener 1964-82)
  • 1940 Osamu Watanabe, Japan, featherweight (Olympic gold 1964)
  • 1942 Allan Grice, Australian racing driver
  • 1946 Jim Hill, American sportscaster
  • 1946 Goyo Rubio, Spanish soccer defender (22 caps; Real Madrid 317 games), born in Puente del Arzobispo, Spain (d. 2020)
  • 1947 Younis Ahmed, cricketer (batted for Pakistan in 1969 & again in 1987)

  • 1949 Michel Brière, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Malartic, Quebec (d. 1971)
  • 1949 Masao Ohba, Japanese boxer (WBA flyweight champion), born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 1973)
  • 1959 George Bell, Dom Rep, outfielder (Blue Jays, 1987 AL MVP)
  • 1960 Lionel Washington, American NFL cornerback (Denver Broncos), born in Lutcher, Louisiana
  • 1962 David Campese, Australian rugby union winger (101 Tests, record 64 tries), born in Queanbeyan, NSW
  • 1965 Chris Duplanty, water polo goalkeeper (Olympics 1996), born in Palo Alto, California
  • 1965 Ion Andoni Goikoetxea, Spanish footballer
  • 1966 Jonas B, Svensson Sweden, tennis star
  • 1966 Tommy Tolles, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1996 3rd, Masters 1997 3rd), born in Ft Myers, Florida
  • 1967 Bill Berg, St Catharines, NHL left wing (NY Rangers)
  • 1967 Gavin Brian Lovegrove, javelin (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1967 John Flaherty, American baseball catcher (Tampa Bay Devil Rays, New York Yankees) and broadcaster (YES Network, NY Yankees), born in NYC, New York
  • 1967 Stanley Richard, NFL safety (Washington Redskins)
  • 1967 Paul Ince, English footballer
  • 1969 Mo Lewis, American NFL linebacker (NY Jets), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1970 Marc Wilkins, Mansfield OH, pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • 1971 Damien Martyn, cricketer (WA & Australian middle-order batsman)
  • 1971 René Ponk, soccer player (FC Utrecht)
  • 1971 Shane Hannah, NFL guard (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1971 Paul Norman Telfer, Scottish footballer

  • 1972 Orlando Thomas, NFL safety (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1973 Dan Neil, NFL guard (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1973 Derrick Beatty, CFL defensive back (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • 1975 Henrique Hilário, Portuguese footballer
  • 1975 Toby Hall, American baseball player
  • 1976 Lavinia Miloşovici, Romanian gymnast
  • 1978 Joey Harrington, American football player
  • 1979 Gabe Gross, American baseball player
  • 1981 Nemanja Vidić, Serbian footballer
  • 1982 James White, American basketball player
  • 1983 Zack Greinke, American baseball player
  • 1983 Andy Marté, Dominican baseball player
  • 1984 Anouk Leblanc-Boucher, French Canadian short track speed skater
  • 1984 Kenny Cooper, American soccer forward (10 caps), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1984 Marvin Mitchell, American football player
  • 1984 Kieran Richardson, English footballer
  • 1986 Chibuzor Chilaka, English footballer
  • 1987 Anele Ngcongca, South African soccer defender (53 caps; Genk), born in Cape Town, South Africa (d. 2020)
  • 1990 Ricky Rubio, Spanish basketball player